Indian Railways is pitching in to have 12 lakh CCTV cameras with state-of-art surveillance in all 11,000 trains (including premier and suburban) and 85,00 stations.
It will make a provision for Rs 3,000 crore in the 2018-19 budget to provide security at railway premises. Currently, there are CCTVs in 50 trains and 395 stations.
Each coach will have 8 cameras covering aisle, entry gate and vestibules. The stations will have CCTV cameras at all important points.
The Indian Railways Department is also looking for other ways to fund the project and may seek funds from the market if needed.
After numerous derailment incidents of the previous year, the railways are prioritizing safety this time around.
Highlights of the budget include the elimination of 4,943 unmanned level-crossings, replacement of all old tracks and strengthening of the remaining tracks as means of safety.
Unmanned level-crossings are also among the reasons for a maximum number train accidents and it has been decided to eliminate all by 2020.