Security boost on SCR, Vijayawada Division to get additional 30 eyes

Vijayawada: The officials of the railway department have decided to install closed circuit television cameras at several stations within the Vijayawada division limits.

The railway department will also strengthen the security in moving trains with additional GRP and CRPF staff.

As many as 20 CC cameras will be installed at the Vijayawada railway station and another 30 CC cameras in several railway stations in the division limits soon, in addition to already installed 72 CC cameras on entire the Division. Disclosing the security arrangements to the media here Saturday, Shri Pradeep Kumar, DRM/BZA said that 37 of the 70 CC cameras already installed were in place in Vijayawada station.

The officials have also made all arrangements to provide escalator facility in Vijayawada, Nellore, Bhimavaram, Kakinada, Tenali and Chirala stations.

The department also plans to remove all unmanned gates in the division limits. Divisional railway manager K. Pradeep Kumar told mediaperson here on Saturday  that he was satisfied on the overall performance of Vijayawada railway division.

The railway official said that its income reached Rs 796 crore in the first quarter as against the Rs 643 crore in the same period last year.

The division’s punctuality also improved from 94 to 98 per cent and coal transport improved to 7.22 metric tones from 5.23 metric tones, Kumar said.

However, the mango export has got down 24 racks against the 32 racks past record. He added that the proposed Gunadala circular railway station works will be completed after developing the infrastructure facilities at station premises by the municipal corporation.

Railway reservation counter has been opened at Vuyuru post office and some more counters would be opened across the district, Kumar added. Additional divisional railway manager S. Subba Rao and several officials were present.