Two of Chennai's major railway stations will now be armed with a state-of-the-art security system.

As part of a nationwide drive by Indian Railways to enhance passenger security, Chennai Central and Egmore stations will get CCTV surveillance cameras, under-vehicle scanners and x-ray baggage screening devices.

On Thursday, Southern Railway became the first zonal railway to implement the Integrated Security System (ISS) being rolled out at select railway stations by the Indian Railways.

In Chennai, ISS facilities will be installed at five suburban terminals too — Basin Bridge, Chennai Beach, Mambalam, Tambaram and Tiruvallur. A total of 14 stations on the Southern Railway network benefit from the Rs. 41-crore ISS project.

The centrepiece of ISS is Under Vehicle Scanning Systems (UVSS) at 18 entry/exit points at nine major stations. It will monitor and records under-the-carriage images of vehicles in motion.

It also captures images of the vehicle driver and is equipped with a number plate recognition system.

Southern Railway is the first zonal railway to implement the Integrated Security System

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