CHENNAI (Metro Rail News): Southern Railways has accelerated the work of setting up CCTV cameras at 26 city railway stations in Chennai and aims to complete the work by November this year. These cameras will be installed at 74 stations in the Chennai division under Nirbhaya fund which will improve security and reduce crime against commuters.
The 14 mass rapid transit system (MRTS) stations include Chintadripet, Chepauk, Light House, Perungudi, and Taramani, Thiruvallikeni, Indira Nagar which are huge buildings that remain largely deserted with little surveillance will come under CCTV surveillance by November this year together with 12 suburban stations on the Beach Tambaram route.
The MRTS stations will have 12 CCTV cameras installed while a majority of the suburban stations on the Beach-Tambaram route will get 24 CCTV cameras. Bigger stations like MMC and Fort will have more than 30 cameras.
“The platform, concourse and entry and exit level will be covered in the MRTS stations. Work is in progress and will be completed by November. Railways has sanctioned Rs 2014crore under Nirbhaya fund for the zone for the cameras,” said Southern Railway, chief public relations officer B Guganesan, TOI reported.
Apart from stations within the city, 30 stations on Chennal-Arakkonam route and 16 stations on Chennai-Gummidipoond route will also get CCTV cameras soon.
Seven stations-Nungambakkam, Arakkonam St Thomas Mount. Pazhavanthangal Jolarpet. Changa bet, Thirumalla are already under CCTV surveillance.