MADURAI: Closed circuit television (CCTV) will be a key element in the ambitious integrated security system formulated by the Railway Protection Force (RPF) in 16 of the important railway stations in Southern Railway.

Work on upgrading the security system in Chennai Egmore and Chennai Central railway stations was on, Chief Security Commissioner G.M.P. Reddy said after inspecting the RPF establishments here on Monday.

“The present CCTVs are not integrated and are in analogue mode. We want to replace them with digital ones that will store data with back-up for up to 30 days,” he said.

Besides, the present systems had limited number of cameras to keep a watch on various points and platforms of railway stations. “The new system will have around 100 cameras for Madurai railway station.”

Saying that though it was not possible to watch all the 100-odd monitors, he said that the back-up visuals would certainly help the force to “reconstruct events,” facilitating investigations, as had happened during the 26/11 terrorist attack on the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus.

Mr. Reddy said the integrated security system envisaged baggage scanners at railway stations, bomb disposal squad and access control measures at railway installations.

Commando force would be deployed in all divisional headquarters. The age-old 307 rifles would be phased out and replaced with INSAS assault rifles.

Modernisation would also include provision of bullet-proof jackets and night-vision binoculars.

At least 200 express/mail trains were being escorted by armed RPF personnel along with Government Railway Police personnel.

Security would be strengthened at all important railway stations and installations ahead of the Babri Masjid demolition anniversary along with the Tamil Nadu Railway Police, he added.

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