Bengaluru: A video surveillance system will soon come up in 31 more stations of South Western Railway (SWR) under the Nirbhaya fund. Under the system, CCTV cameras will be installed at vantage points on the station premises covering platforms, waiting area, parking, with a view to ensure round-the-clock security to passengers.
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- The facility will come up at 12 stations across Hubballi division at a cost of Rs 5.72 crore, 11 stations across Bengaluru division at a cost of RS 5.49 crore, and 8 stations in Mysuru division at a cost of Rs 3.96 crore.
- Such a CCTV-enabled surveillance system has already been commissioned at Bengaluru, Yeshwantpur, Mysuru, Ballari, Hospet, Dharwad, Belagavi, Vasco Da Gama, Vijayapura & Hubbali.
- The Signal & Telecommunication (S&T) staff of the Railways had already carried out a survey of the number of CCTV cameras required for each railway station, and the locations at which they need to be installed, said Prakash Kumar Panda, Divisional Security Commissioner, Railway Protection Force (RPF), Mysuru.
- He said,“The number of CCTV cameras required varies from station to station.”
- A proposal on the number of cameras required for each station has been submitted to the authorities, he added.
- Almost all the A & B category stations in Mysuru division, like Davangere, Chitradurga, Hassan, & Bhadravati will be covered under the video surveillance system.
- Bigger stations like Shivamogga & Arsikere in the division will have more CCTV cameras, while smaller ones like Harihar & Haveri will have a lesser number, Panda said.
- Also, a decision is yet to be taken on whether to have separate video feed monitoring units in different stations or to have a centralised monitoring unit at the divisional headquarters.
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