Facility for Tuticorin, Rameswaram in second phase
To curb movement of unsolicited persons on the railway junction premises and ensure safety of commuters, the Southern Railway has installed a highly sophisticated surveillance system here after its efficacy has been proved on several occasions in other railway stations.
Chief Signal and Telecommunication Engineer, Southern Railway, Chennai, S. Manohar, inaugurated the close observation facility in the presence of Divisional Railway Manager, Southern Railway, Madurai, A.K. Goel, and Chief Signal and Telecommunication Engineer (Planning and Projects), Southern Railway, Chennai, K.A. Manoharan, on Saturday.
Installed at a cost of Rs. 25 lakh, the surveillance system comprises of 25 Bosch cameras installed at as many vantage points, which can clearly capture the images of even vehicles zooming past the rail over-bridge on North Bypass Road.
The registration numbers of vehicles loading petroleum at the neighbouring Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited depot can be distinctly zoomed.
“We can continuously record for seven days the images captured through our cameras and play it back to analyse for further appropriate action,” Mr. Manohar said.
Speaking to reporters, Mr. Manohar said similar surveillance system with baggage scanners would be in place in 14 busier railway stations including seven metro railway stations in Chennai, Thiruvananthapuram and Ernakulam before March next year on an outlay of Rs. 35 crore. Railway stations in Tuticorin, Virudhunagar and Rameswaram would get the facility in the second phase.
While informing that the surveillance system in Dindigul would be formally put to use within two weeks, he said baggage scanners could be added at Tirunelveli Railway Junction also.
On the poor condition of most of the sleeper and unreserved coaches connected to express and super fast trains passing through Tirunelveli to major cities like Chennai, Bangalore and Mumbai, Mr. Goel said formalities pertaining to the award of contract of manual and equipment-based cleaning would be completed before March.
He said the broad gauge between Tirunelveli and Tenkasi would be inaugurated before March next year and the electrification of rail track between Madurai and Tirunelveli would be completed by December 2012.
Mr. Goel said the Southern Railway had completed all the formalities pertaining to the construction of rail over bridges at Thatchanallur and Kulavanigarpuram and hence the ball was on the State Government's court.