Feel unsafe in Mumbai local train? WR to install CCTV camera for safety of women
Mumbai: In a bid to ensure safety and security of women commuters in Mumbai's lifeline, the Western Railway (WR) has decided to increase the surveillance by installing CCTV cameras in few rakes from July next year. In July this year, a nurse was molested between Mahalaxmi and Lower Parel. In August also, an American national, Michelle Marks, was assaulted between Marine Lines and Charni Road. The drug addict had escaped with her mobile phone.
On August 26, a Nalla Sopara resident, Rupali Shinde, was assaulted by an unidentified man while she was boarding the train at Oregano railway station around 8 pm.
On September 5, Dombivli resident Aarti Gholapkar, a single mother, fell off a Thane-bound train after being attacked by a robber. She died two days later.
To stop such incidents from happening again in the local train, the WR has decided to increase the surveillance in the trains.
"Two CCTVs each will be installed in all women's compartments in the selected services," said Sharat Chandrayan, Chief Public Relations Officer, WR.
Mumbai witnessed a spurt in crimes against women on local trains this year. As a pilot project, WR had installed CCTV cameras in a coach six months ago. During the trials, various aspects from technical integration of the CCTV system to quality of images were tested."
"There were problems regarding quality of footage. Unlike on platforms, where the camera is not disturbed, vibrations due to the movement of trains were resulting in shaky images. The other issue was about the transfer of information from the camera to the central server. The issues have been resolved and WR has initiated the tendering process," Indian Express quoted a senior railway officer as saying.
Additional Commissioner of Police (Protection & Security) Madhukar Pandey had earlier said that the police department had written to the railways regarding the feasibility of CCTV cameras on trains.
According to Mumbai Police, CCTV surveillance has worked very well for the BEST. "The BEST has a fleet of more than 6,000 buses, of which around 3,500 have CCTV cameras. Besides helping in identifying the suspects, the cameras act as deterrent. They have been a great help in solving cases of thefts and sexual harassment on buses," a senior police officer had said.
Two CCTVs each will be installed in all women's compartments in the selected services.