CCTV cameras are mounted in the engines of electric trains operated through Chennai-Arakkonam route to accurately detect accidents and defects in the railway tracks.
There are 670 electric trains running from Chennai to Velacherry, Tambaram, Chengalpattu, Tirumalapur and Arakkonam. About 7 lakh people travel in these trains. Train accidents are caused by cracks on the railway tracks, derailment and natural disaster. Therefore, surveillance cameras are fitted on the engine of some fast trains to accurately detect accidents.
As the next step, 3 CCTV cameras were set up in the basis of test run on the Chennai-Arakkonam electric train engines. Through the camera under the engine, signals and defects in rail tracks can be monitored. Through the rear camera, the back side of train including footboard travelling can be monitored. The camera in the pilot’s cabin helps to keep a check on the train operators. These cameras can accurately identify the cause of accidents.
The Southern Railway officials said that measures are being taken to fit the cameras on other trains as well. But the loco pilots have expressed dissatisfaction over the placement of CCTV in the engines. They feel like they were constantly being monitored, by the placement of camera in the center of the driver's cabin.