As part of the railway ministry's decision to install an integrated security system at important railway stations in India in the wake of terror attacks at railway stations and trains in different parts of the country, the Southern Railway has upgraded the closed circuit television (CCTV) network and control room at the Chennai Central Railway Station. Southern railway general manager Rakesh Chopra inaugurated the network on Thursday. The new CCTV network now comprises of the latest pan-tilt-and-zoom (PTZ) and fixed cameras that will cover platforms, circulating and concourse halls, as well as entry and exit points at the station.
The system is based on Internet Protocol and has been installed at a cost of Rs 34 lakh. The cameras are capable of covering long distances and can capture images even at low light or zero light, according to Southern Railway. The integrated security system includes the CCTV system, access control, personal and baggage screening system, and explosive detection and disposal system.
Chennai Central already has in place access control, baggage screening and explosive detection systems. Southern Railway has plans to install the integrated security system at all its stations in a phased manner. Chennai Central, Egmore and suburban stations will be covered in the first phase along with Coimbatore, Ernakulam and Thiruvananthapuram, said a press release. Tiruchi, Madurai, Mangalore and Calicut will be covered in the second phase. With 64 pairs of trains and more than one lakh passengers using Chennai Central everyday, security has been beefed up with sophisticated technology. A bomb detection and disposal squad is present and two luggage scanners were commissioned in 2008.