Bhopal: Looking at a overhauling of the security apparatus for the largest transport network of the country, Indian Railway is mulling over redefining the role of the two police forces involved in railway security - GRP and RPF.

Speculations are ripe that ending the presence of GRP, the entire responsibility of maintaining law and order will now be handed over to the RPF. The Security conference is also pondering to give the security apparatus a two-tier structure.

According to the railway officials, the relevance of GRP has been reduced as the RPF has more or less taken over the responsibility of manning the railways.

Though the disputes and misunderstandings regarding overlapping of duties of the forces are common, abolishing GRP completely will be a tough task as large number of police personnel are employed with the department.

Chief Security Officer of West Central Railway, AC Sinha said, “The issue is being deliberated at the Centre and only the Union Cabinet can decide on the issue. The RPF will not be entirely responsible for everything as the local police will also play a key role in taking care of the station premises. The RPF will cooperate with them but their participation is essential. Presently, the local police keep away from the station premises and GRP looks after it.”

(JPN/Bureau)