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Indian Railways talks to install CCTV cameras on long distance trains and Mumbai local trains

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            Following the introduction of long-distance trains and women-only carriages on Mumbai local trains, Indian Railways has chosen to monitor the drivers using CCTVs.

The installation of CCTV cameras on locomotives and trains has already begun on Indian Railways. These CCTV cameras will initially be deployed in engines of long-distance trains and motorman cabins of local trains. These cameras will be controlled by a centralised control centre, which will watch the driver’s every move during the voyage or in the case of an accident.

The installation of CCTV cameras in motorman cabins of local trains and locomotives of long-distance trains has begun, according to Shivaji Sutar, Chief Public Relations Officer of Central Railways. The cameras will initially be put on express and local railway engines.

The major purpose of CCTV cameras is to keep a watch on train drivers so that they do not chat or use their phones while driving.

According to Central Railway authorities, 30 electric locomotives of long-distance trains have already been outfitted with CCTV cameras, and the work is still ongoing. These high-resolution cameras capture both video and audio.

In Mumbai local trains, cameras will be put on the front side of the motorman cabin to capture any form of mishap.

Cell phone usage while driving has been discovered to be a prevalent habit among train drivers. An electric multiple units collided with a halted passenger train in Chennai in 2011. The crash killed 15 individuals and wounded over 100 others. The driver was eventually detained for using his phone while driving.

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