78 SCR stations to get 1,938 CCTV cameras
Hyderabad: South Central Railway (SCR) has installed CCTV surveillance systems at 42 stations by the end of 2016 to control crime on the railway premises. Proposals have been finalized to install 1,938 CCTV cameras in 78 stations in the Zone through a special sanction of Rs 34.63 crores under Nirbhaya Fund.
Under Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan, littering on railway premises is viewed seriously and 21,127 persons found littering were penalized and Rs 42 lakhs was realized from them, said Sanjay Sankrityayan, Inspector General-cum-Chief Security Commissioner of SCR Railway Protection Force (RPF).
He stated that ensuring safe and secure travelling of passengers is done religiously on the Zone. Intensive checks are being carried out regularly in trains and stations to provide hassle-free and secure rail journey to the passengers. The RPF was escorting 200 vulnerable long-journey trains every night for safety and security of women and disabled passengers, said the Chief Security Commissioner interacting with the media on Friday at Rail Niliyam, Secunderabad. SCR GM Eswara Rao, Additional Chief Security Commissioner, RPF, SCR, and Senior RPF officials were also present.
During the year 2016, RPF received 732 complaints through all India Security Helpline number 182. All of these complaints were attended to and timely assistance was given to the complainants. The Chief Security Commissioner urged the media to create awareness in the public on the Security Helpline number 182 for optimal and judicious utilization of the service. He asked the people to be vigilant in station premises and in trains regarding any unattended luggage or any nuisance issue and if any such thing was observed it should be brought to the immediate notice of the RPF. Timely sharing of information with RPF will go a long way in ensuring safety and security of passengers, added the Chief Security Commissioner. RPF detected Rs 4.54 crore worth of property under IPC, Customs, Forests & other Acts during the year 2016. Constant vigil and other pro-active measures taken have reduced unauthorized carrying of gold, silver, narcotics etc., through Railways.
In regard to rescue and rehabilitation of runaway children, RPF in coordination with local NGOs rescued 813 runaway children and they have been re-united with their families. In order to curb the menace of unauthorized persons/touts and criminal elements in stations and trains, special drives were launched resulting in the arrest of 134 touts and prosecution of 1.09 lakh unauthorized hawkers. RPF had also apprehended around 400 criminals, who were involved in theft of passenger belongings, he added. -NSS