NEW DELHI: A Parliamentary panel has expressed concern over the slow pace of the project of installation of CCTV cameras at all railways stations in the country.
Committee on Petitions in its latest report said the Ministry of Railways (Railway Board) has submitted that at present, 344 railway stations have been provided with CCTV cameras across Indian Railways (including 94 CCTVs under the Integrated Security System).
The Ministry of Railways (Railway Board) stated that installation of CCTV cameras over 202 stations has been further approved under Integrated Security System, out of which, 94 stations have already been provided with CCTV surveillance system. Besides, it has been decided to install CCTV cameras at 983 more stations with allocation of budget to the tune of Rs 500-crore from ‘Nirbhaya Fund’.
“Project of installation of CCTV cameras on all the railways stations across the country, which is estimated to be between 8000 to 8500, is moving at a snail’s pace in view of the fact that till date, only a meagre 438 railway stations have been provided with CCTV cameras over Indian Railways,” the Panel said.
The Committee is of view that the Ministry of Railways (Railway Board) should explore ways to implement the provision of installation of CCTV cameras by utilising the allocation made from ‘Nirbhaya Fund’ with a pre-determined target date.
”Any further delay in attainment of this objective should be enquired into at the highest level in the Railway Board,” the Panel said.