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Railways to install CCTVs at important stations

india Updated: Jul 13, 2006 22:21 IST
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In the wake of serial blasts in Mumbai trains, the Railway Ministry is contemplating installing more closed circuit TVs (CCTV) and metal detectors at all important railway stations.

"We will arrange for closed circuit TV surveillance, sniffer dogs and metal detectors at all important railway stations," Railway Minister Lalu Prasad told reporters in New Delhi on Thursday.

Ministry officials said that CCTVs had already been installed in about eight to nine stations and the target was to extend this surveillance to 49 other stations this year.

Asserting that passenger security would be given "top most priority" in the aftermath of the serial blasts, Prasad said, "We will give more powers to Railway Protection Force (RPF) and it will be strengthened."

He said that his ministry was looking into every possible way to beef up security for rail passengers.

Prasad said that Railways have become a "soft target" for terrorists who picked up suburban trains in Mumbai to inflict maximum casualties.

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