To keep an eye on suspicious activities, infrastructure and monitoring of projects, the Indian Railways will take help of drone cameras.
Directions have been given to all the zonal railways to procure such cameras.
These cameras will be effective in relief and rescue operations, project monitoring, progress of important works, conditions of track and inspection related activities.
It shall also be used to assess preparedness of Non-Interlocking (NI) works, crowd management during fairs and melas, to identify scrap and also for aerial survey of station yards.
The cameras will also provide real time inputs related to safety and maintenance of tracks and other railway infrastructure.
The West Central Railways with headquarter at Jabalpur (Madhya Pradesh) has already procured these drone cameras. West Central Railways has done a trial-run of the cameras last week on its all the three divisions in the Jabalpur Division (Narmada Bridge near Bhitoni), Bhopal Division ( Nishatpura Yard and third Line work between HBJ – Misrod) and Kota Division (Chambal Bridge near Kota and Dakania Talav Yard near Kota).
Third line work of Bina-Katni, doubling work in Katni-Singrouli, important bridge inspections and monsoon preparedness in deep cutting portions of Ghat Sections of Bhopal and Jabalpur Divisions will also be monitored with the help of these hi-tech cameras.