September 29, 2020

Security step-up for junction

Patna: Patna Junction will soon get an integrated security system in which intelligent closed-circuit television cameras (CCTVs) would be installed. Rajendra Nagar Terminal is already equipped with this system and on Wednesday, Mughalsarai station became the second station of East Central Railway (ECR) to install the system.

Under the integrated security system, the entire station premises – from the circulating area to the platform – everything would be monitored through CCTVs. It is would be installed by the signal and telecom department through RailTel Corporation of India of the Indian Railways.

The integrated security system is being put in place keeping passenger safety in mind. At present, the CCTVs at Patna Junction are very old and many of them are defunct.

ECR chief public relations officer (CPRO) Rajesh Kumar said: “Under the integrated security system, the circulating area, platform, parking, foot over bridges are under surveillance. All the CCTVs would be monitored from a control room. The footage of all the cameras would be available. If there is any untoward incident, then an alarm is generated in the control room automatically,” Rajesh said.

Earlier, the alarm system was not in place. The camera can even identify unclaimed luggage if kept at one place for a certain period.

“The camera has a feature to identify unclaimed luggage and also an alarm if there is a stampede-like situation. Earlier, action used to be taken if any incident came to the notice of the station master. However with integrated security system, no incidents would go unreported. The best part if the first alarm is not responded to, it goes up to a higher-level alarm,” Rajesh said.

The high-resolution camera would be beneficial for the Government Railway Police as well to crack cases in a short time and identify criminals.

ECR general manager LC Trivedi on Wednesday formally inaugurated the integrated security system. At least 62 CCTVs would be installed at Patna Junction in which the maximum would be fixed CCTVs, a few would be PTZ (pan-tilt-zoom) camera) and a few will be dome cameras.

Rajesh said: “Once the integrated security system is installed, touts and criminals active on the railway station premises will not dare do anything. It would be beneficial for the passengers as well as for the railways.”

The system will be installed at Patna Junction within a month. As the matter is related to security, the railways did not reveal the cost of the system.

Courtesy: The Telegraph

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