Kochi: Stepping up its surveillance, Southern Railways will be installing 50-60 high definition cameras (HD) with sophisticated technology at Ernakulam and Thiruvananthapuram stations and would man all the 110 unmanned crossings in Kerala by December next year, a top official on Saturday said.
Tendering process with regard to the cameras was being finalized, Thiruvananthapuram Divisional Manager, Rajiv Dutt Sharma told reporters here.
To prevent loss of life in railway crossings, railways would also man all the 110 unmanned level crossings in the state by December next year, he said.
Kerala would be the first state to achieve this distinction, sharma said.
Since 2009, at least 12 persons have been killed in the division in mishaps at unmanned crossings, he said.
Unmanned level crossings are the serious concern for the railways. Out of the 407 level crossings in the division, 108 are unmanned. There are 2 unmanned crossings in Palakaad division.
There were plans to post gatekeepers for 90 of the 108 unmanned level crossings, the initial cost of, which would work to about Rs 30 lakh besides recurring maintenance charges of Rs 20 lakh per year, Sharma said.
The railways had received good response from Tamil Nadu government over its proposal to close 9 unmanned gates in Kanyakumari and Tirunelveli. However, the same proposal could not be implemented in Kerala due to public pressure.
218 ex-servicemen have been absorbed by the railways of, which 70 have been taken in the engineering department to man the unmanned gates. Training has been given to them.
Work on 19 overbridges work was going on, sharma added.
More RPF personnel would be deployed in trains for the protection of passengers. During the last two months, several anti-social elements have been arrested from the trains.