Mumbai Division of Central Railway in Indian Railways has recently procured two Ninja UAVs for better security and surveillance in Railway areas like station premises, Railway track sections, yards, workshops, etc. Drone surveillance technology has emerged as an important and cost-effective tool for security surveillance over large areas with limited manpower.
A team of four staff of Railway Protection Force (RPF), Mumbai has been trained for drone flying, surveillance and maintenance. These drones are capable of real-time tracking, video streaming and may be operated on automatic fail-safe mode.
Railway Protection Force (RPF) has planned extensive use of drones for the purpose of railway security. Nine drones have been procured by RPF so far at a cost of Rs. 31.87 Lakhs at South Eastern Railway, Central Railway, Modern Coaching Factory, Raebareli and South Western Railway.
It is further proposed to procure 17 more drones in future at a cost of Rs. 97.52 Lakhs. Nineteen 19 RPF personnel have so far been trained in operation and maintenance of drones out of which 4 have received licenses for flying drones. Six more RPF personnel are being trained.