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Shatabdi, Rajdhani, Duronto trains to have CCTV cameras

Ajith Athrady, DH News Service, New Delhi, Feb 8 2018, 18:09 IST
Shatabdi Express train

Shatabdi Express train

As a part of safety measures, railways will install four CCTV cameras in each coach of all Shatabdi, Rajdhani and Duronto trains soon.

Twenty-three pairs of Rajdhani, 26 pairs of Shatabdi and 18 pairs of Duronto trains would have the facility, Vishwesh Chaube, General Manager, Northern Railway, said at a media briefing in the capital.

"All Rajdhani, Shatabdi and Duronto train coaches are to be fitted with CCTVs -- one each on the (two) entry gates and two in the gallery (corridor)," he said.

Around Rs 3,000 crore were allocated in the 2018-19 Union Budget to install CCTV cameras in more than 11,000 trains, officials said. The project would eventually extend to cover all the premier and suburban services and the 8,500 stations in the railway network.

Chaube added that the Northern Railway had achieved a total originating earnings of Rs 15,841 crore in 2017-18 (till January), compared to the Rs 15,663 crore registered in the previous year.

This year's budget announcement has scaled up investments by almost three times to Rs 1,48,528 crore in 2018-19 as against the Rs 53,989 crore in 2013-14. The highest priority has been given to passenger safety with the total expenditure planned under this head amounting to Rs 73,065 crore.

(with inputs from PTI)

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