Jaipur: Six years after it made its first journey from Pakistan’s Karachi to Bhagat Ki Kothi in India’s Jodhpur, the government has announced to provide Z-category security to the Thar Express, the weekly train between India and Pakistan.

To secure the Thar Express from terrorist attack, it has been decided to park the train inside an iron enclosure at Bhagat Ki Kothi railway station, which is situated at a few kms from Jodhpur station. The iron enclosure would be installed along the railway track adjacent to platform number 1. The iron enclosure would be accessible through two doors. The gates would be locked immediately after the train's arrival.

At present the train is being parked in the open.

X-ray baggage scanner and other electronic machines including metal detector devices would be installed at Bhagat Ki Kothi station to scan the luggage thoroughly.

The railways have also decided to raise the height of walls where the train is parked. The compound wall would be fenced with barbed wires.

Railway Protection Force will be deployed at Bhagat Ki Kothi station.

The government is also planning to increase the number of BSF personnel at the station. Before issuing tickets to the passengers, the railways will now also examine the details of passengers thoroughly. India has also urged Pakistan to look into the matter sincerely.

North Western Railway (NWR) spokesman Lalit Bohra said, “This security plan will definitely boost the confidence among the passengers travelling in Thar Express.”

The new security model is replicate of the security model of the Samjhauta Express connecting Delhi - Lahore.

(JPN/Bureau)