India’s long-distance and suburban local trains may soon get Close-Circuit Television (CCTVs) as the Research, Design and Standard Organization (RDSO), the R&D (Research & Development) wing of Indian railways have proposed to install CCTVs inside long-distance trains under phase 1. If the move is successful, then the CCTVs will be installed in local trains under phase 2 of Mumbai Urban Transport Project.
RDSO is currently studying the impact of CCTVs inside train coaches, how and who would monitor the cameras once installed and their maintenance. As per the proposal, these CCTVs will be placed inside every coach and connected with a cable. The images transmitted by them would be flashed on a screen in the security guard’s cabin. This move will help railway authorities to keep an eye on all commuters and all activities taking place inside the trains.
“There is a need for CCTVs to be placed inside coaches, which would allow us in detecting minutest of details in case of any incident. We will have to take care of several things including the timely maintenance of CCTVs, constant monitoring, ensuring that all CCTVs function and finally the cost-economics of the project, before going ahead with the plan, ,” said a senior railway official.