New Delhi, February 9: The Indian Railways will soon install four closed-circuit television (CCTV) in all coaches of the Shatabdi, Rajdhani and Duronto trains to ensure passenger safety, a railways official said. Also Read - MoS Railways Suresh Angadi Dies of Coronavirus at 65; National Flag to be Flown at Half Mast on Thursday
The facility will be provided in 23 pairs of Rajdhani, 26 pairs of Shatabdi and 18 pairs of Duronto trains, the official said. Also Read - Another Blow to China as Railways Floats Fresh Tender, Pushes 'Make in India' For 44 Vande Bharat Trains
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- 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), said Vishwesh Chaube, General Manager, Northern Railway.
- In the Union Budget, around Rs 3,000 crore were allocated to install CCTV cameras in more than 11,000 trains eventually.
- The ministry was also looking at different options to fund the project, including market sources.
- The project would eventually extend to cover all the premier and suburban services and the 8,500 stations in the railway network.
- The money for the project would come from the Nirbhaya fund.
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.