KOLKATA: The security arrangements at a number of stations in the Kharagpur-Tatanagar and Kharagpur-Adra sections of South Eastern Railway (SER) are being upgraded. CCTV cameras and other security equipment will be installed at six stations in the Maoist-affected district of West Midnapore by the end of April, an official said. Certain measures are also being taken to provide security to trains passing through the area at night, SER general manager A K Verma said during a high-level meeting on security in Kolkata on Friday.
“We have already completed the tendering process and selected the vendors. The equipment will be installed and become operational by the end of April,” an official said. The CCTV cameras and other equipment are being installed in accordance with a consolidated plan of action that was drawn up by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) and SER.
West Bengal, Jharkhand and Orissa have now come together to work in tandem on the issue. “It is thanks to the support from the state governments that SER could start night-running in these two sections. We have taken necessary steps as per the consolidated plan of action. These include restricting the speed of trains to 75 km per hour in sensitive areas, opening of emergency control rooms, getting Railway Protection Force (RPF) teams to escort trains at night and sending advance trains or pilot engines ahead of passenger-carrying trains in the Jangalmahal area,” Verma said.
While Dilip Mitra, director general, railways, West Bengal, spoke about proper implementation of the Disaster Management Plan, ADG A K Sarkar said that the GRP and RPF need to make their presence felt even more in the sensitive areas.