The security and safety risks at a train station can include vandalism and graffiti, theft, drug dealing, fire, and acts of terrorism. Managing them is a challenging task, since many different areas need to be monitored: tracks, underground passageways, bicycle and car parking areas, buildings, luggage storage facilities, and parked railway cars and engines. To provide a safe and secure travel experience to passengers, Indian Railways is pitching for the procurement of CCTV cameras to ensure state-of-the-art surveillance systems in all trains and stations across the country.
As per the plan, while each coach will have eight CCTV cameras covering the entry gates, aisle and vestibules, all crucial points at stations will have the systems. Given the increased number of derailments last year, the Rail Budget this time is slated to give top priority to safety and prevention of accidents. “All mail/express and premier trains, including Rajdhani, Shatabdi, Duronto and local passenger services, will be equipped with the modern surveillance systems in the next two years,” said a senior Railway Ministry official.