पटना Patna (PNBE): The process to nab ticket touts who buy tickets in bulk and sell them to passengers at a premium has begun from Patna Sahib railway station. East Central Railway is installing the CCTV cameras at passenger reservation system counters in a phase-wise manner. At present, it is being done at 10 railway stations under Danapur division. Installation of CCTV cameras at four other divisions, namely Dhanbad, Mughalsarai, Samastipur and Sonepur, would follow.
ECR chief public relations officer (CPRO) Arvind Kumar Rajak said: “This is being done as part of our drive against touts. Special railway protection force (RPF) teams have been formed to catch them. However, since it is impossible to keep a close eye on them manually, we decided to install CCTV cameras above reservation counters. We started by installing them at Patna Sahib and nine other stations under Danapur division.” Four high-resolution cameras were installed at Patna Sahib two days ago. The other stations are Buxar, Ara, Danapur, Patna, Rajendra Nagar, Bakhtiyarpur, Mokama, Kiul and Jamui. A private firm, Hi-Tech Electronics Eye System, is installing it.
Rajak said: “The number of cameras would hinge on area. Bigger stations would have more cameras. Patna Junction would have the most CCTVs in Danapur.”
A senior ECR official said on condition of anonymity: “Commercial inspectors of the respective divisions and divisional railway manager (DRM) would monitor CCTV feeds daily. Experts are training these officials to monitor irregularities and movement of touts. RPF would take further action based on information by railway officials.”
The railway board in October issued a circular to all zones asking them to curb black marketing of tickets by installing CCTV cameras at major railway stations.
A relieved East Boring Canal Road resident and passenger Rajesh Kumar said: “It is a welcome step and hope installation of CCTV cameras puts a full stop to presence of touts at reservation counters. Though the decision has come very late in the day, I hope it would stop passengers from having to pay extra to touts to get their tickets.