In a small brick room near platform number one at the defunct Anna Nagar railway station, two police personnel attached to the Railway Protection Force look busy. While one of them is peering into the computer screen, the other checks the entries in the register.
They are not alone in their work — three pairs of high-resolution CCTV cameras along the platform are their allies. For a defunct railway station, this seems like a lot of activity. The station is slowly turning into a railway yard for new coaches of the ICF and as well as a repair shed.
Overcrowding of coaches at the Villivakkam railway yard, which has only two rail lines, is said to be the reason for converting the railway station into an alternative railway yard. Read more