Soon, you have reasons to breathe easy in terms of security at the Pune railway station. The station will be guarded with 40 new closed-circuit television camera (CCTV) cameras installed along the foot overbridge.
As on date, Pune railway station has around 33 CCTV cameras. However, the officials claim that the new CCTV cameras will have better picture quality along with enhanced technology.
Pune divisional railway manager, Suneet Sharma said, “The project has been sanctioned. As of now, the tender for procurement of 40 CCTV cameras is in progress. It can rotate to 360 degree. They will be installed in the next six months.”
Sharma added, “With the help of the latest technology, we will be able to get a better picture quality and we will also have the access of zooming in. This will help us to have better control over the security at the station.”
Moreover, the railway officials are also planning to increase the staff strength of Railway police Force (RPF) and recruit 50 home guard staffers.
Sharma added, “The staff strength of Pune RPF is only 400 and we have some 90 vacant places. Hence, we will be recruiting more staffers.”
Expect shorter queues at ticket counters
In two months, the Pune railway station will have automated ticket vending machines (ATVM) to help reduce excess rush at the ticket booking counters and save the time of passengers.
With the help of these machines, passengers will be able to book general class tickets on any train. Those who travel by Pune-Lonavla local trains can also get their tickets with the help of these ATVMs.
Pune divisional railway manager Suneet Sharma said, “In the next two months, two ATVM machines will be installed at the Pune railway station. Passengers will not have to wait in long queues. If we get a positive response, we may get more such machines.”
Sharma added, “This will help daily passengers of 46 local trains that ply on Pune-Lonavla route as well as 160 long-distance trains. On an average, more than one lakh people board trains from Pune. The ATVMs will be of great help for these passengers.”
Duronto ride to cost you more
From October 17, fare price of Duronto will be hiked by Rs25 per ticket for AC II-tier and III-tier and Rs30 per ticket for AC I. The ticket will be revised as the upward revision in the food tariff.