CCTVs for Metro stations to prevent suicides

KOLKATA: To prevent the frequent disruptions in the services of the Metro Railway caused by passengers committing suicides — with as many as 14 incidents reported this year — all stations will be equipped with close circuit television (CCTV) cameras, officials said here on Friday.

“Ten colour CCTV cameras will be installed in each of the 21 Metro stations that will continuously screen passengers on the platform,” said R.N. Mahapatra, spokesperson for Metro Railway.

The feed from the cameras will be monitored by the security control manned by the Railway Protection Force (RPF) and the Central Control.

Installing these cameras will also help in preventing accidents and keeping track on passenger traffic, he said.

If a person is loitering on the platform for more than 20 minutes without boarding a train, security personnel will be alerted, Mr. Mahapatra said.

Hotlines to the each station have also been installed which will allow quick response teams to respond.

There have been 14 suicide attempts in 2009 of which nine resulted in deaths. The issue has become a matter of concern for the authorities, he said.

“We also approached certain NGOs in the city to help reduce the suicide incidents,” he said, adding that some NGOs have come forward with literature and even helped with providing details of 24-hour helplines.

The first time a person committed suicide on the Metro track was in 1988. There have been 183 attempts since then, of which 85 have been fatal, Mr. Mahapatra added.

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