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Admin installs high-resolution CCTV cameras along major railway stations in Kashmir

Halt stations to be covered in next project: Officials

Post by on Tuesday, July 19, 2022

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Srinagar, July 17: To curb untoward incidents and monitor every railway station in Kashmir, the northern railways have installed high-resolution closed circuit television (CCTV) cameras on all major platforms along Baramulla-Banihal section railway line.

Chief Area Manager, Kashmir railways Sakib Yousuf told Rising Kashmir that they have installed CCTV cameras along major railway stations in Kashmir. 

“Security cameras in the railway stations are aimed  to ensure the safety of rail passengers, more than 15 railway stations had received the electronic eyes,” he said.

“We are planning to install complaint or suggestions boxes in the railway stations to encourage rail passengers to record their grievances and the suggestions to improve passenger-friendly facilities in the railway stations and also in the trains,” Yousuf said.

 Assistant Divisional Signal and Telecom Engineer (ADSTE), Northern Railways Kashmir, Kuldeep Singh said they have covered 15 major stations along Baramulla Banihal section. Some of them were recently installed including Hamray Pattan, Qazigund, Baramulla, Chadoora, and Banihal.

“We have installed both bullet cameras and 360 cameras. It will help to keep track of everything along stations. They will be monitored from Budgam headquarters and will help curb theft, crime, and surveillance,” he said.

Kuldeep said halt stations will be also covered under CCTV surveillance in the future.

“CCTV cameras of stations and video feeds will be monitored at three levels to ensure enhanced safety and security at railway premises,” he said.

This will give Railway Protection Force (RPF) officials an extra edge in ensuring enhanced security. The recording of video feeds from CCTV cameras will be stored for 30 days, the official said.

In 2013, Kashmir got its first train service when it was inaugurated by then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

  The Udhampur-Srinagar-Baramulla Railway (USBRL) is a railway track being laid to connect the Valley to the rest of India. It comes under the jurisdiction of the Firozpur railway division of Indian Railways' Northern zone.

 The 359 m (1,178 ft) tall Chenab Bridge lies on this line, which once completed will be the tallest railway bridge in the world.

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