Railway trains have been the target of a slew of safety concerns in recent years, with many commuters fearing they could be at risk of falling off the rails.
But an Indian railway official has said that train cameras will be installed in all trains in the country.
The Railway Ministry said in a statement that in the first phase of the project, about 1,000 cameras will replace existing equipment.
The project is being carried out by the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) and the railway is planning to get the cameras operational by 2021.
In its statement, the Ministry said it was committed to improving safety of all railway operators.
“In the first stage of the programme, 1,200 CCTV cameras will go on board all the trains in India.
By 2021, we are aiming to get 1,400 CCTV cameras installed in the whole country,” the ministry said.
According to the NHAI, it is the first time the railways have taken a decision to equip trains with CCTV cameras.
The ministry said in its statement that the new camera systems would help improve the safety of the train as well as reduce the time taken to reach the station.
A spokesman for the ministry, Ashish Prasad, said it is taking the decision to make CCTV mandatory in trains in a “step-by-step” manner.
The Ministry of Railways is also planning to deploy CCTV in all private and public transport in the national capital region, according to the ministry.
“We are making the decision for the national rail network to have CCTV in private vehicles,” Prasada said.