The Delhi division of Northern Railway has almost finished its projects to ensure better security and mobility at its stations. The authorities have completed the installation of 400 CCTVs at 10 stations. More than Rs. 20 crore have been spent on the project.
As many as 152 cameras and nine baggage-scanners have been installed at the New Delhi Railway Station as part of an integrated security system (ISS). Also, this will be the only station in the country to have more than 100 CCTV cameras — both fixed and operational.Other stations where such cameras have been or are being installed include Old Delhi, Hazrat Nizamuddin, Anand Vihar, Sarai Rohilla, Delhi Cantt, Ghaziabad, Shahadra, Tilak Bridge and Shivaji Bridge.
“Control rooms have been set up. Even monitoring officers will also be kept under watch,” said Sudhir Garg, Delhi’s additional divisional railway manager.
“We’re also working on installing 12 escalators at four stations. We will install six more escalators at the New Delhi station, three at Old Delhi, one at Faridabad and two at Nizamuddin stations. We have finalised the sites and placed the order for six escalators,” Garg added.
He also added that by June 2013, the escalators will be installed at all the stations except the New Delhi station. “We will work on the remaining six at New Delhi after that for it already has three working escalators,” Garg added. All the six escalators at New Delhi will be installed near foot-over bridge (FoB) No. 3.
“The idea is to link this heavily crowded FoB on the Ajmeri Gate side with either lifts or escalator” he said.
New Delhi Railway Station handles over five lakh passengers and 275 trains every day. The cameras have been placed at vantage points to monitor unattended baggage and suspicious persons.
The railways have decided to implement the ISS — which will ensure surveillance, access control, personal and baggage screening, etc — at 202 stations across the country.