Pune Jn: The railway administration is set to expand its CCTV surveillance system to more railway stations in 2014, including Shivajinagar and Miraj. At Pune station, the administration will replace the existing 33 CCTV cameras and add 12 new CCTV cameras with advanced features
The cameras will cover key areas, including entry-exit gates, parking lots, reservation counters, ticket windows and platforms.
The work of laying cables has already begun and the network of cameras is expected to be functional in the next three months. The new cameras will be able to capture a greater distance with better clarity, while the system will have increased storage capacity. As many as 14 cameras will be equipped with night vision facility.
Sources in the administration said the expansion project would address all issues arising out of technological limitations of the existing CCTV cameras.
“Installation of advanced CCTV system is part of the integrated security system. There is a plan to upgrade security systems at more stations in the division. Stations with increasing passenger traffic will come under CCTV surveillance with priority. Shivajinagar and Miraj would have about 18 and 15 cameras respectively,” a senior official in the administration said.
Footage captured by CCTV cameras will be monitored round-the-clock by a team of railway protection force (RPF) staff and the existing monitoring room at the station will undergo minor changes after the installation of new cameras.
Meanwhile, the RPF has demanded additional staff in the backdrop of increasing train traffic. An official from the RPF said that the administration was expecting an addition to the existing fleet, adding that a proposal has been sent to the head office.
Pune station registers traffic of about 1 lakh passengers and over 150 trains, including mail, express and intercity trains, every day. The station is also a prominent junction in the western part of the country as it has direct trains to metros like Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai, Bangalore and Hyderabad.