Chennai: Soon, the Southern Railway will equip all major railway stations in Chennai division with Closed Circuit Television (CCTVs) at a cost of Rs 40.6 crore to step up security measures. The CCTVs will be connected to 15 remote monitoring locations.
As many as 82 railway stations in Chennai division would be covered under the project. It is in addition to the seven stations that are already equipped with CCTVs, said Divisional Railway Manager (DRM) of Chennai Division, Southern Railway, Anupam Sharma shortly after reviewing the ongoing works in Katpadi Railway Station on Thursday.
“All the A1, A, B and C class Railway Stations will be covered under this project. Each station would be equipped with 15 to 16 CCTVs. Fifteen remote monitoring locations will also be established,” Anupam Sharma said and added that the project would be completed within six months.
For Katpadi Railway Junction, the department has received a separate sanction of Rs 1.04 crore from the Union ministry of railways to install CCTVs. “A total of 42 CCTVs will be installed in Katpadi Station in the next three to four months,” he added.
Sources in the department said that the agency that had been assigned with the project had already visited Katpadi Station on Tuesday to inspect and identify locations to install CCTVs. On development projects, the DRM said the Railways ministry had sanctioned Rs 40.5 crore to improve the passenger amenities. “We have taken up works such as establishing escalators and lifts in Katpadi station,” he said.
While an escalator and lift will come up in the circulating area in the station, the second escalator and lift will come up between platforms 2 and 3 to facilitate the commuters. “The prepaid A/C waiting hall in Katpadi Station has received a good response from the commuters,” he noted.
He said they have taken up work such as extension and paving of platforms and shelters in several stations in Vellore district. He said all the 75 Chennai suburban stations have pay and use toilets. The department has created 5000 sq ft of shelter in Arakkonam Railway Junction and laid a new platform in Sevur Railway Station in Vellore district, he said.