Surat Railway station gets 24×7 CCTV surveillance

Surat (ST):  With the installation of 43 high resolution closed circuit television (CCTV) cameras, Surat’s railway station is now under round-the-clock surveillance. The cameras have been installed on platforms, ticketing areas and other strategic spots in the last two days to keep a close vigil on the illegal activities and suspicious movement of those in the station premises.

Divisional Railway Manager (DRM) at Mumbai Shailendra Kumar was in the city on Thursday to inaugurate the CCTV cameras and other projects including raising the height of platform number 2 and 3. He told “There were 32 CCTV cameras installed earlier, but they were not capable to detect faces and were of very low resolution. Thus, we decided to replace them with high-resolution surveillance cameras.”

Kumar announced that Surat Municipal Corporation (SMC) is all set to take over the sanitation of the railway station in the next couple of months. An agreement has been signed between the western railway and SMC in this regard.

On the re-development of Surat railway station, Kumar said, “The work has been put on fast track. The Indian Railway Station Development Corporation (IRSDC) is preparing the final designs and work orders would be given soon.”

Sources said that the railway platforms and the main entrance are always occupied by beggars and suspicious persons loitering. A separate monitoring room has been set-up to watch the movements of people. On finding any suspicious movement, the railway protection force (RPF) would be alerted.

“More than 130 passenger trains pass through Surat in a day. Thus, safety of the passengers is of utmost importance,” said Kumar.