The Indian Railways is considering to install CCTV cameras in trains, including premium trains such as Rajdhani, Duronto and Shatabdi, the government informed Parliament Wednesday.
“It is under consideration to installing CCTV cameras in nearly 58,000 coaches of suburban, passenger and mail/express trains including superfast and premium trains like Rajdhani, Duronto and Shatabdi,” Minister of State for Railways Rajen Gohain said in a written reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha.
Addressing the element of trespassing functions, Gohain said while policing is a state subject, the Railway Protection Force (RPF) supplements the efforts of the Government Railway Police (GRP) and the district police.
In terms of personnel deployed for ensuring safety, the minister said that on vulnerable and identified routes/sections, 2,500 trains – on an average – are escorted by the RPF daily, in addition to 2,200 trains escorted by the GRP of different states daily.
CCTV cameras, provided at 394 stations, are used for surveillance and ensure the safety of passengers, Gohain added.
“An integrated security system, consisting of surveillance of vulnerable stations through CCTV network, access control, has been sanctioned to improve surveillance mechanism at over 202 railway stations,” he said.