'CCTV cameras to be installed at five railway stations'

The Railways have identified five railway stations in Salem Railway Division for the installation of closed circuit television (CCTV) system at an outlay of ₹3.5 crore under the Nirbhaya scheme, U. Subba Rao, Divisional Railway Manager, said here on Wednesday.

Speaking at the Railway Protection Force Raising Day celebrations in the divisional office premises in the city, Mr. Rao said at present 11 CCTV cameras have been installed at Mettupalayam Railway Station under the scheme. The work of installation of the CCTV cameras in the other four stations was progressing at a fast pace.

The Coimbatore Railway Station has been provided with integrated security system (ISS) at an initial cost of ₹39.5 lakh.

He said that the installation of state-of-the-art communication system has provided a new dimension for surveillance on real-time basis and dealing with criminals to prevent crimes on the railway premises.

Referring to the vital role played by the RPF, Salem division, in ensuring safety and security of the travelling public, Mr. Subba Rao said that the RPF has been doing commendable work by extending special concern towards senior citizens, differently abled, women and children and rendering timely assistance.

The RPF has also been in the forefront in rescuing runaway children and providing care and protection to them. “Child Help Desks” have been established in Salem and Coimbatore, the DRM said adding that till August in the current year, as many as 166 children have been rescued.

The twitter handle and security helpline No. 182 are functional round-the-clock providing security-related assistance to passengers in distress. The helpline number dealt with 43 complaints, this year.

Mr. Rao said that untoward incidents such as falling from train and run over of persons have cast a shadow on the division. In order to prevent the loss of life and limbs, the RPF has launched awareness programmes at all major stations for safe travel in trains.

Innovative steps have been taken to identify educational institutions to conduct awareness programmes.

Further, relentless drives were also conducted to prevent foot board travelling in trains.

The DRM said that the RPF, Salem division, has also been doing yeoman job in detecting crime against passengers in coordination with GRP. So far during this year, 55 cases have been detected with the arrest of 60 accused and recovery of property worth ₹7 lakh.

Mr. Rao also commended the role played by the RPF in checking e-ticket touting. Special teams conducted drives against e-ticket touting, resulting in the arrest of 14 touts.

Mr. Rao commended ASIs Hrishikesavan (Coimbatore) and N. Venkitachalam (Erode) and former ASI N. Chezhian, who were conferred DG’s Insignia and Commendation last year.

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