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Station opens third eye

Tuesday marked the beginning of third eye surveillance at Tatanagar.

As many as 46 CCTV cameras, installed for Rs 1.5 crore, clicked into action from morning, with the railway authorities underscoring that the gadgets will make the A-category station a much safer place for both passengers and goods.

“All strategic points on the station premises have been brought under 24x7 electronic surveillance as a part of an extensive security project being implemented by the Railway Protection Force (RPF).

The hi-tech gadgets were on trial for nearly a week, during which their coverage area and lens capacities were ass essed,” said Arun Kumar Chaurasia, senior RPF com mandant of Chakradharpur division.

Chaurasia added that during a recent training conducted by Calcutta-based firm Honeywell Automation — which installed the digital eyes — RPF personnel including assistant sub-inspectors and sub-inspectors learnt the nitty-gritty of operating the cameras and monitoring their footage.

Sources revealed that the CCTV cameras had been fixed in such a manner that the entire station, except parking and circulating areas, was now under surveillance.

Notably, the cameras were supposed to become operational last year, but eight of them could not be set up owing to paucity of funds. The financial crunch also delayed setting up of the control room.

Railway officials said the CCTV cameras had been installed on five platforms, entry/exit points and reservation counters.

While 25 of these have been perched atop the main station building, entrance, waiting area and platforms 1, 2 and 3, half a dozen pan-tilt-zoom cameras have been put up at entry/exit points and crowded places like ticket counters. The remaining have been fitted at different points on the premises.

Station manager Awtar Singh said the cameras would help railway police beef up security on the premises, benefiting both passengers as well as the railway authorities.

Bringing Tatanagar under third-eye surveillance is aimed at checking crimes like pick-pocketing and molestation on platforms that witness a traffic of over 90 mail, express and passenger trains and a footfall of over 60,000 passengers daily.

With the digital surveillance system in place, security personnel can now keep an eye on mischief-mongers and launch specific crackdowns.

Railway sources further said that CCTV cameras were also being installed at two other railway stations under Chakradharpur division — Rourkela and Chakradharpur. The gadgets there will start functioning by the end of this month, they added.


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