Dark, unmonitored suburban platforms in the state, considered potential crime spots, may soon become a thing of the past with Eastern Railway (ER) planning to bring all its 220 stations under CCTV cover by the end of 2017. Besides, 16 non-suburban stations will also be brought under the plan.
“Contracts have been awarded under the Integrated Security System (ISS) to set up CCTV cameras for surveillance. Wiring work has started. Initially, there were plans to instal cameras at 11 stations but now, another 236 stations, including all the 220 suburban stations in the Howrah and Sealdah divisions, will get CCTV cameras under Nirbhaya Fund,” announced V K Dhaka, IG, Railway Protection Force (RPF) and chief security commissioner, ER, on Friday.
The South Eastern Railway (SER) has also started installing cameras at suburban stations. According to Sanjoy Ghosh, CPRO, SER, cameras have been installed at 12 stations and 10 will be set up at Left Wing Extremism (LWE) districts. “Thirty-three more stations will get cameras from Nirbhaya Fund,” Ghosh said. Read More…