NEW DELHI: In its endeavor to make traveling more safe and comfortable for the passengers, the Indian Railways has come up with a most important proposal of installing CCTV cameras in all its trains and stations across the country. Sources close to the development disclosed that the Railways need at least 12 lakh cameras to complete the security project by 2020.
It is learned that the Finance Minister Arun Jaitley will effectively make an announcement in this regard during the upcoming Budget session. An estimated Rs 3,000 crore is needed for the Railways to install CCTV cameras in 11,000 trains and 8,500 stations spread across the country.
As per the proposal, every train coach will be fitted with at least eight Cameras covering the entry points and other important locations inside the coach. On the other hand, every key location of the Railway stations will be guarded by cameras for effective monitoring. As of now, only 50 important trains have been covered under CCTV surveillance.
Meanwhile, political analysts are of the view that the Railway budget for the current financial year will be more focused towards improving safety standards rather than providing other passenger-friendly amenities. Keeping in mind the railway accidents in 2017, the Centre may propose replacing the old tracks, strengthing the existing ones and removing 4,943 unmanned level-crossing altogether, which were the main cause for a majority of accidents last year.