In a initiative to boost cleanliness and safety drives, the cash-strapped public transporter has received Rs 1655 crore from the government for the installation of CCTVs at stations and bio-toilets in trains across the country.
While Rs 1155 crore has been given to the railways for installing bio toilets in trains under Swachh Bharat Mission, it has got Rs 500 crore under Nirbhaya Fund for putting all major stations under CCTV surveillance for enhancing passenger safety and security.
Mital said apart from cleanliness and environment-friendly effect, the life of tracks will increase by way of reduction in rusting of rails as fitting of bio toilets will prevent open discharge on the track.
High-lighting the safety and security of passengers as “paramount importance” for the railways, Mital said, “We have received Rs 500 crore for installation of CCTV systems at around 1000 stations. The aim is to enhance safety and security of passengers, particularly women.”
At present, the railways has CCTV systems at around 100 stations and according to the plan, all major stations will be put under the surveillance system to improve security.
Mital said the CCTV system will enable the railways to keep a watch on unscrupulous elements at rail premises to prevent crive, including trafficking of children.