Indian Railways on 15 May 2017 announced to install CCTV surveillance system at more than 900 stations under the Nirbhaya Fund at an approved cost of Rs 500 crore with an aim to strengthen security at railway premises.
For this purpose, Indian Railways will shortly send out tenders to install about 19000 high definition CCTV cameras at 983 stations across the country to ensure round-the-clock security to passengers including women.
• The cameras will be installed at platforms and waiting areas while there will be control rooms at stations to monitor CCTV footages by trained RPF personnel constantly.
• The station master will also be given access to monitor CCTV camera footage as part of the project being undertaken by the public transporter.
• Besides keeping a constant watch, the CCTV surveillance system will help in post-incident crime investigation.
• Besides, stations, important trains like Rajdhani Train will also be installed with the CCTV cameras, as per the plan.
• Some ladies compartments of Mumbai suburban service will be covered under this project.
• The Hamsafar Express and the upcoming Tejas service will also be equipped with CCTV cameras.
• Presently, only Shaan-e-Punjab Express is fully covered with the CCTV system.
Indian Railways have about 8000 stations, out of which only 344 stations were provided with CCTV cameras till now. However, now Railways aims to cover all stations with the CCTV system in a phased manner by using Nirbhaya Fund.
The Nirbhaya Fund was created by the Union Government with a Rs 1000 crore corpus in its 2013 Union Budget to support initiatives by the government and NGOs working towards protecting the dignity and ensuring safety of women in the country.
The Fund was created in the memory of 2012 Delhi gang rape victim Nirbhaya.
Who: Indian Railways
When: 15 May 2017