The New Delhi-Amritsar Shan-e-Punjab Express will be the first train to be fully equipped with CCTV (closed-circuit television) cameras in all coaches by August to ensure security to passengers, the Railways said on Monday.
"It has been decided to provide CCTV cameras on coaches, especially ladies' compartments, doorway and slide aisle area to improve security measures in train, especially for female passengers," Railway Board member (mechanical) Hemant Kumar said here.
Currently, the Railways has installed CCTV cameras in two ladies' coaches - one in the Southern Railway section and another in the Northern Railway zone on an experimental basis.
"The feedback from two coaches on the CCTV experiment is quite and encouraging. Now, we will run a particular train with cameras installed in all its coaches as a pilot project," he said.
According to a senior official involved with the CCTV project, Shan-e-Punjab Express will have cameras in all 22 coaches, including two sitting-cum-luggage rack (SLR) coaches which are used by female passengers.
The footage from CCTV cameras is monitored by personnel of the Railway Protection Force (RPF) at the control room.
Kumar said the plan was to extend the CCTV facility to more trains and it would be done in close coordination with the RPF.
He said steps were also being taken to prevent fire in trains. As per the plan, 750 coaches will be fitted with an automatic fire detection system involving activation of emergency brake followed by hooter sound in case of a blaze.
At present, Bhubaneswar Rajdhani and Jammu Rajdhani trains are being fitted with the fire detection system and it would be extended to more trains, he said.