Rlys plan to install CCTVs in super fast trains

PATNA: The railways are planning to install close circuit cameras (CCTVs) in all the super fast trains running across the country to further tighten up security on running trains.

It follows repeated attacks on railway property and passenger trains, said a Railway Board official. According to him, the railways have decided to install first CCTV in the premier Shatabdi Express and Rajdhani Express trains. The railways will then introduce this system in all super fast trains for security reasons. The new system will also help railway security personnel to keep a tab on the activities of terrorists, particularly at vulnerable places, he said.

According to sources, the railways intend to manufacture new coaches fitted with secret cameras to maintain a close surveillance on the passengers’ activities. Besides, it will keep a tab on those smoking on running trains. Since the railways have completely banned smoking either on running trains or on railway platforms, the CCTV would help the railways to check any nuisance in coaches on running trains, sources said. Under the new plan, the railways intend to install master computers at different places in various zones to monitor a strict surveillance through CCTV on running trains. The railway vigilance staff are working hard to prepare a foolproof security system on running trains, the board official said.

Though there is no time limit, the railways are very keen to implement this project within six months in all super fast trains running across the country. Keeping in mind the fact that new railway minister Mamata Banerjee is very serious about providing security and safety to passengers on running trains, the railways have prepared a foolproof security plan which will be placed before her soon, the board official said.

That apart, the railways are likely to introduce a new system in the Rajdhani Express and Shatabdi Express trains under which doors would remain locked throughout the journey. In any emergency, passengers could press the button provided in coaches after which a security staff would be available for their assistance, sources said. According to an East Central Railway (ECR) official, the railways have so far installed CCTVs at platforms.

Talking to TOI, divisional railway manager (DRM), Delhi division, B D Garg said that it was a long awaited proposal of the railways. The Delhi division is yet to get any directive from the board in this connection, he said.