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Digital vigil at Tatanagar

Tatanagar railway station is all set to become more secure with third eye surveillance.

Forty-six CCTV cameras installed on the premises of the A-category station in a bid to check crime will become operational by next week.

Officials of Calcutta-based firm Honeywell Automation, which installed the gadgets, arrived in the city on Wednesday to train a team of over a dozen Railway Protection Force (RPF) personnel to operate the cameras and monitor the images. The training will continue for the next two days.

According to RPF inspector D. Sharma, the surveillance system was expected to become operational by March 10. “Officials of the firm, which has installed the cameras and set up the control room at the administrative building, are training our men. RPF personnel, including assistant sub-inspectors and sub-inspectors, are learning how to operate and monitor the footage recorded by CCTV cameras,” Sharma added.

Chakradharpur division’s RPF senior commandant Arun Kumar Chaurasia would visit Tatanagar on Saturday to inspect whether the cameras had been installed at proper points. The senior officer would also assess if the personnel had been trained adequately to monitor the footage, said Sharma.

“Once the senior commandant approves the installation and training of RPF personnel, the CCTV cameras will start scanning the premises,” he added.

Chaurasia confirmed his inspection before giving the nod to start operation. “I will visit Tatanagar on Saturday to ensure that the third eyes had been installed properly and the personnel are trained to monitor them,” he told The Telegraph.

The 46 third eyes installed on the station premises cover the entrance, dormitories, waiting rooms and administrative section. The high-tech monitoring set-up has also been introduced on platforms 1 and 5.

Sources said that the CCTV cameras had been fixed in such a way that the entire station had been brought under surveillance.

The CCTV cameras were supposed to be installed last year, but eight of them could not be set up owing to paucity of funds. It also delayed setting up of the control room.

The move to install third eyes on Tatanagar station premises was aimed at curbing crimes like pick-pocketing and molestation on the platforms that witness thousands of people boarding trains daily. With the digital surveillance system in place, security personnel can keep an eye on mischief-mongers and launch crackdowns.