Railway Board puts Rs 3,000 crore CCTV project on the back burner


Railway Board puts Rs 3,000 crore CCTV project on the back burner

The Railway Board has put a proposal by the Prime Minister’s Office to install CCTVs at all stations and in train coaches on the slow track as it figures out how to fund the Rs 3,000-crore project that will require about half a million cameras to be set up.

During a review meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in March, the rail board was told to place cameras at all stations and in the coaches of all 11,000 trains for enhanced passenger safety and crowd management. A tender was to have been issued in March by RailTel Corporation, which owns an optic fibre network along the nation’s railway tracks.

However, the board has excluded CCTVs from the list of safety items and has clubbed them with security aids and this re-categorisation could delay implementation of the project. Read More

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