CCTV cameras to be installed in trains to keep women safe

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Four closed circuit television (CCTV) cameras has been inaugurated by senior Southern Railway officials, which would ensure that it will no longer be easy for chain snatchers to get away at least on two coaches on the Chennai-Avadi and Chennai-Gummidipoondi stretch.

The 70,000 system, including the cameras, is part of the effort to improve safety on trains, a senior official said. The project was completed by the Senior Divisional Electrical Engineer at the Avadi EMU shed and handed over to the Railway Protection Force. It was funded from the 500 crore Nirbhaya corpus for increasing security measures, officials said.

The system contains a high-definition Digital Video Recorder which will keep tabs on movements inside the coach, said K K Ashraf, Senior Divisional Security Commissioner.

Ashraf added,“It will be able to record footage for 15-20 days. In case of any incident, we can check the footage. It can aid RPF personnel who patrol trains.” He also stated that real-time surveillance from the control room has been avoided due to privacy issues,

Southern Railway has already installed CCTV cameras in two passenger train coaches. Integral Coach Factory (ICF), which manufactures coaches, plans to install more CCTV cameras in the coaches it churns out, a senior official said.