15/12/2014 4:31 PM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:24 AM IST

Nearly 100 Ladies Coaches Will Install CCTV Cameras

Indian women stand on a door of the ladies compartment of a train as they travel to work early morning in Mumbai, India, Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013. Police badly beat the five suspects arrested in the brutal gang rape and killing of a young woman on a New Delhi bus, the lawyer for one of the men said Thursday, accusing authorities of tampering with evidence in the case that has transfixed India. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)

New Delhi: With a view to strengthen security of women passengers in trains, Railways has decided to install CCTV cameras in about 100 ladies coaches in a few selected trains, Lok Sabha was told today.

The ministry has advised a long-term and a short-term action plan for provision of CCTV cameras in ladies compartments, Minister of State Railways Manoj Sinha said in a written reply.

As per long-term action plan, CCTV is to be provided in the ladies compartments of 50 Electric Multiple Unit (EMU) rail cars and on 50 main line trains, he said.

These CCTV cameras would be installed based on technical specification being developed by Integrated Coach Factory at Chennai.

Sinha said security has been identified as one of the priority areas by railways for strengthening and upgradation.

Steps initiated to strengthen security at stations include surveillance through CCTV cameras, access control at major stations, protection and guarding of platforms, yards and circulating areas and coordination with GRP and civil police authorities among others.

Currently, 7,274 CCTV cameras are installed at 311 stations as part of the strengthened security system.