New security system for Mumbai rail network

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Old 29-Sep-2011
New security system for Mumbai rail network

Mumbai: In an effort to step up surveillance on Mumbaiís suburban railway network in the wake of recurring blasts in Mumbai, the federal ministry of Railway plans to put in place an Integrated Security System (ISS) at a cost of Rs3.5 billion, at various railway stations in the metropolis.

As part of the exercise, the Indian Railways has already identified 38 railway stations in Mumbai and its suburbs for the implementation of the ISS.

The ISS is in addition to the 1. 445 CCTV cameras installed at various railway stations of Mumbai, for the round-the-clock surveillance against suspicious activities , persons and unclaimed objects.

In a letter written to former Union Minister of State for Home and current MP from Mumbai Gurudas Kamat, Chairman of the Railway Board Vinay Mittal said that the CCTVs installed at various Mumbai railway stations were in a functional state.

Mittal also pointed out that for strengthening the surveillance mechanism further, the Railway Ministry was envisaging an ISS at an approved cost of Rs3.5 billion for Mumbai railway stations. While 38 stations had been indentified for implementation of the ISS, one of the prominent features of the ISS was Internet Protocol based CCTV surveillance system.

Mittalís letter was in response to Kamatís letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh July 13, 2011, within hours after the triple blasts leaving 27 people and 100 others injured.
In his letter, Kamat had expressed disappointment that over 5,000 CCTVs to be installed in several parts of Mumbai had still not been done and lakhs of people travelling in Suburban trains were also apprehensive about security measures and functioning of CCTVs at railway stations.

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