Jamshedpur, Feb 18: In a move to further improve the security level at the railway station, Tatanagar railway management is in the process of installing additional 22 CCTV cameras. The additional surveillance cameras will be installed at the railway parking, newly set-up overbridge and at some other points which are away from the range of the existing cameras.
According to authorities, there are in all 103 CCTV cameras installed well across the Tatanagar station, 48 of them installed there since the year 2014, aimed at reducing the criminal incidents like pickpocket, chain and mobile snatching, luggage lifting and assault considerably.
Revealing about the move, railway protection force (RPF), inspector, Tatanagar, MK Sahoo said that there are in all 103 CCTV cameras at the premises of the Tatanagar station.
” CCTVs play key role in controlling the crime rate. Though the 103 surveillance cameras, including four PTZ (Pan-tilt-Zoom) cameras at various strategic locations, two sites, the railway parking and the newly set up overbridge are not being covered. This is the reason that we have recommended for 22 additional cameras to be installed at the Tatanagar station,” said Sahoo.
The RPF inspector pointed out that there are half-a-dozen CCTV cameras already installed at the railway parking area but those cameras belong to the parking contractor who has installed them in view of warding off any quarrel between the parking staff and the vehicle owners.
The RPF inspector said that the CCTV cameras are installed by the Signal and Light department of the railway and the recommendations for the additional 22 surveillance cameras were made after the RPF which maintains the security aspects at the railway station carried out a meticulous survey.
“Tatanagar Railway authorities are using CCTV cameras installed at the station premises to help crack down on crime. The CCTV footages recently led railway police to arrest two chain-snatchers while they were trying to snatch gold-chain from a lady passenger. Thanks to a growing network of security cameras, railway is using a new strategy to fight crime. No doubt the security cameras give extra eyes on the system and add an important layer to security efforts. More such CCTV cameras must be installed at other places places to curb crime,” said UK Srivastava, a senior functionary of Chotanagpur Passengers Association.
Tatanagar railway station, located on the Howrah-Mumbai main line, witnesses 45 pairs of express, mail and passenger trains, serving as many as 60,000 passengers daily. Most of the long distance and high profile trains including Bhubaneshwar-New Delhi Rajdhani Express, Howrah-Mumbai Duronto Express and Puri-New Delhi Purushottam Superast Express usually halt in platform no. 2,3 4 and 5.