Pune: The Pune railway station is set to get a high-tech surveillance system for better security and round-the-clock monitoring of its premises.
The measures to upgrade the surveillance are part of the Integrated Security System, which has been proposed for 202 important stations in the entire railway network for real-time security updates. As part of the system, the administration has planned to install Internet Protocol (IP)-based CCTV cameras, which would have more features and clear vision, at the city railway station.
The IP-based system, which will enable monitoring of CCTV footage from the officers’ desks, has been recently installed at Miraj station. As many as 15 CCTV cameras have been installed on the station premises. The officers in Pune can also monitor the footage captured by the cameras at Miraj. Officials said a similar system would become functional in Pune within two months.
At present, 30 CCTVs are being used to monitor the Pune station premises. Officials in the administration said they were assessing how many cameras have to be installed as part of the new system.
“We are still working out the number of cameras to be installed at the station and also their locations. All the cameras will be installed at strategic locations and will cover maximum areas on the station premises. The security personnel can monitor every nook and cranny of the station from a control room to ensure the safety of passengers and their belongings,” an official said.
The officials said the security of the passengers and their belongings was a prime concern and the administration was constantly taking steps to upgrade surveillance at prime stations. After replacement, the officials added, the existing cameras at the Pune station would be installed at other stations in the division. Most cameras would be installed at Shivajinagar station – one of the prominent stations along the Pune-Lonavla route. The administration is operating local trains to Lonavla and Talegaon for the last two years.
In the meantime, daily commuters want the administration to deploy additional policemen and security at all platforms. They have also suggested display of boards at prominent spots with a message that “the premise is under CCTV surveillance”.