The Railway Protection Force (RPF) has sought for more Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) cameras and monitors on the central railway line under the Rs 2172.13-lakh Integrated Security Service (ISS) project. The RPF says the present number is not sufficient to monitor the number of people commuting on the Central Railway.
There are 927 CCTV cameras installed across the central suburban railway station.
But RPF officials said that an additional 784 cameras, approximately valued at Rs 4.1 crore, are required to ensure complete surveillance of the railway station premises.
V.K. Dhaka, deputy inspector general of police (RPF) said: “Considering the amount of people who use the services of the railways on this route, the amount of cameras installed is not sufficient to ensure complete safety of the passengers.”
According to RPF plans, 214 CCTV cameras, out of the 784 cameras, are for CST. It is necessary that the CCTV cameras rotate at least 180 degrees. But currently, at the CST terminus only 64 of the 100 CCTV installed revolve and capture image.
RPF sources said all new cameras will rotate at least 180 degrees. An additional 120 cameras for Dadar station, 46 for Kurla and 200 cameras for Lokmanya Tilak Terminus have been proposed.
Staff Officer (RPF) Sarika Mohan said: “The ISS is a fool-proof system that will ensure maximum safety to passengers. We’ve also proposed an additional X-ray baggage scanner, sniffer dogs and explosive disposal units.”