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MUMBAI: Central Railway (CR) has appointed a firm to implement the Rs 25.25-crore integrated security system (ISS) at six of its stations. The firm will install 784 internet-based CCTV cameras at Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST), Dadar, Kurla, Lokmanya Tilak Termninus (LTT), Thane and Kalyan.The ISS was conceptualized and implemented across India to upgrade security through the implementation of internet-based CCTV surveillance of station premises, a personnel and baggage screening system, access control system and bomb detection and disposal system. Nelco Ltd, a Tata Group firm, has bagged the contract for the project.The existing CCTV cameras on the Central network work on analog technology, but the new CCTVs will work on digital technology and have higher resolution for better facial recognition. The control and command system will provide railway officials anywhere in the country access to images from each CCTV camera through the Railways' intranet as well as the internet. Apart... Read more...
from station buildings and platforms, CCTV cameras will also be installed in railway yards to keep an eye on thefts or sabotage.The firm will also provide eight vehicle scanners, 11 heavy-duty baggage scanners, two portable baggage scanners, 85 multi-axle doorframe metal detectors, 426 handheld metal detectors and one explosive disposal unit at CST.An RPF official said, "CST will also get an eletronic vapour detector, which can help detect material used in preparing explosives like RDX." CR already has 977 CCTV cameras, 95 doorframe metal detectors, 183 handheld metal detectors and four baggage scanners across all its stations in the Mumbai division.Anil Sharma, inspector general of police, Railway Protection Force (RPF), CR, said, "The contract will be awarded before May end and all equipment will be supplied, installed and commissioned within nine months from the day of signing the agreement." A CR official said the upgraded security will help prevent terror attacks. It will also help improve response time in case of any terror attack. A senior RPF official said, "Nobody can guarantee 100 per cent security form terror attacks. However, the system will be immensely helpful in identifying the suspects of terror as well as crime."The Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India in its report for the year 2011-12 had criticized the railways for delay in implementing the ISS at CST where 52 people were gunned down within the station concourse in a 25-minute shooting spree by terrorists Ajmal Kasab and Ismail Khan on November 26, 2008. The ISS was formulated in July 2008, even before the attacks, and was to be implemented by March 2010. Central Railway floated the tender for the ISS in July 2011 to implement the ISS in CST and other Mumbai stations.