In order to keep an eye on the safety of passengers and movement of anti-social elements at the stations, the Railways will install CCTV cameras at 28 more stations coming under jurisdiction of the East Coast Railway (ECoR) spread over Odisha and part of Andhra Pradesh and Chhattisgarh.
ECoR sources said the video surveillance system will be provided at 13 stations of Khurda Road division, six of Sambalpur division and nine of the Waltair division of the railway zone. All are coming under A and B category stations.
This project will be executed under ‘Nirbhaya Fund’ for safety and security of women in station areas. The system will be manned round the clock for live monitoring of cameras and responding to emergency situations as chalked out by the telecom department of the Railway Board, official sources said.
The work has been allotted to RailTel Corporation of India Limited. It will take up execution of the work on priority as its implementation is being monitored by Prime Minister’s Office. Tender has been floated by RailTel. The process is in final stage, said ECoR chief public relations officer JP Mishra.
“After commissioning of the project, it will go a long way in enhancing crime detection in general and confidence of women passengers and their concerns in particular. Our experience with already installed CCTV system at Puri, Bhubaneswar, Cuttack and Visakhapatnam has been very positive and yielded fruitful results,” said Mishra.
CCTV cameras have been playing an important role in identifying the anti-socials committing crime inside the stations. Due to the CCTV footage, the Government Railway Police could identify the miscreants for attacking a train transporting cows to Guwahati. Even the police had identified a person involved in train arson case in Puri through CCTV cameras in 2015.
The selected stations are- Khurda, Berhampur, Palasa, Jajpur-Keonjhar Road, Bhadrak, Talcher, Angul, Dhenkanal, Paradip, Balugaon, Chatrapur, Ichhapuram, Sompeta of Khurda Road division, Sambalpur, Bargarh Road, Balangir, Titlagarh, Kantabanji and Kesinga of Sambalpur division and Srikakulam Road, Vizianagram, Rayagada, Simhachalam, Duvvada, Arakku, Bobbili, Jagdalpur and Koraput of Waltair division.