Sunday, November 20, 2011

Cash crunch hits Railways, advanced security system delayed

NEW DELHI: The cash crunch in Railways has hit the crucial Rs 344-crore security project involving installation of advanced surveillance system at sensitive stations across the country.

Despite a delay of over two years, Railways are yet to install the Internet Protocol (IP)-based CCTV cameras and vehicle scanners as part of the Integrated Security System at important stations including New Delhi, Nizamuddin and Old Delhi, according to a senior Northern Railways official.

Against the backdrop of growing security threats to trains, Railways had decided to implement the security system project at 195 stations in the country at a cost of Rs 344.31 crore to be managed by Railway Protection Force.

The public sector behemoth faces a revenue shortfall of about Rs 2000 crore till October as its earnings from the loadings of coal, iron ore and foodgrains have fallen due to various factors.

The Public Accounts Committee, in its report, has pointed out that Railways security mechanism was inadequate and surveillance at stations ineffective posing serious threat to the safety of passengers.

Railways' properties have in the recent past come under terror and Naxal attacks, prompting an urgent need for strengthening and upgrading the security system at stations.


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