Bhubaneswar: For first time in Indian Railways, the East Coast Railway will engage drones to keep a watch on its assets during the Lockdown period.

” This will help in saving manpower as vital installations can be guarded and monitors from remote locations”, said a railway spokesperson. The RPF will get assistance of the drone in guarding the vital installations’, he added.

During lockdown, assets like coaches, PRS counters, etc are out of sight being not in use, locked. This is in addition to assets on use – yards signalling infrastructure, stations relay rooms, goods sheds, wagon stock etc. RPF staff has to ensure safety of each of these assets, whether in use or not. As a large part of ECOR territory is under LWE influence areas, keeping an eye 24x 7 on all fixed & moving assets in addition to activity centres, is a challenge during lockdown.

These drones are deployed on instructions of RPF officers to optimize RPF productivity and effectiveness.