The CCTV Surveillance System at Dr. MGR Chennai Central and Chennai Egmore Stations were inaugurated yesterday on 21st November, 2020 by R. Baskaran, Principal Chief Signal and Telecommunication Engineer, Southern Railway, Govt. of India. The CCTV Surveillance facility for the Railway Ticket Reservation users of Puratchi Thalaivar Dr. MGR Chennai Central & Chennai Egmore Stations has been commissioned for providing safe, secured service to the users. The service built over the fiber network of Railways is designed to have scalable, secured network for better crowd management and have high bandwidth to have data collection, recording and retrieval.
This surveillance facility will also help in curtailing tout activities. The CCTV Surveillance system at Dr MGR Chennai Central and Chennai Egmore is provided with 10 and 8 numbers of cameras respectively for each station with facility of recording and storage of footage for a period more than 30 days. The servers, storage and monitoring arrangements will be in the Passenger Reservation Counters (PRS) premise under the custody of Chief Reservation Supervisor (CRS).
Chennai is the sixth-most populous city and fourth-most populous urban agglomeration in India. Dr MGR Chennai Central and Chennai Egmore are one of major reservation counters with an average of 2682 & 1020 tickets per day accounting to around 965520 & 367200 tickets per year being booked.
Southern Railways has now provided CCTV Surveillance system for the passenger reservation counters at a total of 9 locations – eight (8) in A1 category & One in A category stations (Dr MGR Chennai Central, Chennai Egmore, Madurai, Thiruvananthapuram, Coimbatore, Ernakulum, Calicut, Thrissur, Thiruchchirapalli stations ) The work is executed by Southern Railway Signal & Telecom wing of Project unit. On the occasion of inauguration, Shri. R. Baskaran, Principal Chief Signal &Telecom Engineer said, “Our intent was to fulfil Indian Railway’s vision of providing better service for Railway passengers with transparent and secured service”.
The work at 34 more passenger reservation counters (Chennai Beach, Tambaram, Katpadi, Arakkonam, Tiruvallur, Mambalam, St. Thomas Mount, Perambur, Avadi, Mylapore, Jolarpet, Melmaruvathur, Chengalpet, Pondicherry, Srirangam, Kumbakonam, Mayavaram, Tiruvarur, Nagapattinam, Vellore, Villupuram, Rameshwaram, Ramnad, Paramakudi, Karaikudi, Tenkasi, Rajapalayam, Sivakasi, Virudhunagar,Kodaikanal,Kovilpatti, Tirunelveli, Thoothukudi & Dindigul) are in progress.