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Good news for CR commuters in Mumbai: 11,000 CCTVs in all trains by 2018-end

Each coach to get six CCTVs, women’s compartments to get talk-back systems, say officials

mumbai Updated: Jan 18, 2018 08:51 IST
Aroosa Ahmed  and Surendra P Gangan
Aroosa Ahmed and Surendra P Gangan
Hindustan Times
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Currently, the cameras are installed only in a few women’s compartments of local trains on the CR and WR.(FILE)

In a major step towards improving safety in suburban trains, the central railway (CR) plans to fit closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras in all compartments of its local trains by the end of 2018.

Currently, the cameras are installed only in a few women’s compartments of local trains on the CR and WR.

The CR officials said on Wednesday that 11,000 CCTV cameras will be installed in local trains, at an approximate cost of Rs177 crore.

Each coach will have six CCTV cameras in its compartments. These CCTVs, however, will not be monitored live, said officials.

Along with CCTV cameras, a talk-back system will also be introduced in women’s compartments, officials said. Around 1,106 talk-back system sets will be installed by the end of 2018.

The talk-back system will help women commuters speak to the guard of the local train, in case of an emergency. The system was earlier introduced by the western railway.

“The railway board has got approval for induction of CCTV cameras. By the end of this year, all local trains will be fitted with CCTV cameras,” said SK Jain, divisional railway manager, CR.

The cameras will be installed in trains that run on the main, harbour and trans-harbour (Thane-Belapur) lines of the CR. There is also a plan to link the CCTV camera network with local police stations, but it is not clear how it will be done.

Union railway minister Piyush Goyal in an event last week mooted the plan for CCTV cameras.

Pitch big-ticket projects, state tells MPs

In a coordination meeting with Members of Parliament (MPs) from Maharashtra ahead of the budget session of Parliament, the state government requested them to pitch big-ticket infrastructure projects in urban areas and irrigation projects in rural areas. The law makers took the opportunity to push the pending projects in their constituencies and also sought accommodation facility in Mumbai.

Chief minister Devendra Fadnavis held the meeting with MPs representing the state in Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha on Tuesday, apprising them about the state’s projects with the central government. The government has requested the legislators to bat for pending railway projects, infrastructure projects in Mumbai and other cities, addition of the word Maharaj in name of Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, status of classical language to Marathi and resolution of the dispute over Maharashtra-Karnataka border issue.

“I requested the state government to resolve the issues related to the houses of the fisherfolk in the Koliwadas. The government should address the issues related to development of the koliwadas that face the coastal regulation zone restrictions by giving them additional FSI or the transfer of development rights,” Bhartiya Janata Party MP Gopal Shetty said.

South Mumbai MP Arvind Sawant said that he raised the issue of slums on the central government land and demanded policy for speedy rehabilitation.

Of the 67 Mps representing the state, 32 attended the meeting. Swabhiman Shetkari Paksha MP Raju Shetti slammed the government saying it was just a formality.

“Of the 561 issues raised by the MPs in last three meetings in three years, 431 have been resolved. The remaining will be addressed to at the earliest,” chief minister Devendra Fadnavis said.

First Published: Jan 18, 2018 08:51 IST