The Western and Central Railway has finalized plans to install close circuit surveillance cameras at all suburban stations in Mumbai. All the cameras would be monitored from a single control room in each railway for enhanced security of suburban passengers.
“It is practically difficult to scan each and every passenger at all stations, but we would be manning all entry points at all stations with armed guards who will randomly check suspicious movement of passengers,” General Manager of Central and Western Railway VK Kaul said at a seminar on security of suburban rail users organized by Suresh Tripathi, editor of Railway Samachar, a city-based railway journal.
“We have also increased the strength of our dog squads from three on CR and WR to 21. The squads have already bought sniffer dogs and can be deployed whenever there is a threat. Besides this, we also plan to randomly check all parcels that are transported by railways of both the zones,” Kaul said.
“In fact we had decided to physically scan all the suburban trains as they enter Churchgate and CST by deploying eight-to ten personnel per train to check for unclaimed luggage, but the scheme failed as passengers board the train at Marine Lines and Masjid Bunder itself. Hence, we shelved that plan,” he added at the fucntion that was held at Sydneham College at Churchagate.
“To create a sense of being watched, we are soon installing boards stating “You are Under Surveillance” at all stations so that the mishief maker is always deterred to commit any nuisance acts,” Satya Prakash WR divisional railway manager, said.
“We are doing efforts for security, but are at our wit’s end and invite ideas from the general public as to what can be done for security in suburban trains,” RS Virdi, CR divisional railway manager, said.
Railway police commissioner Suresh Khopade said the government railway police are being given step-motherly treatment by the railways and were not given any executive powers.