Western railway is all geared up to provide a safe, secure and convenient travel experience to its passengers in view of the upcoming festive season and Diwali celebrations.
According to a press release issued by WR CPRO Ravinder Bhakar, during this festive season, W. Rly is running 378 services of about 58 special trains to various destinations in order to clear the extra rush. In order to ensure smooth functioning and to curb malpractices especially in unreserved coaches, to detect fraud in UTS and printed card tickets special drives are being conducted from 1st September to 31st October, 2019.
Surprise inspections are also conducted by the Officers and Commercial Inspectors at all stations including suburban stations to check for any irregularity or malpractice. Similarly, Special ticketless checking drive is also being conducted in coordination with Commercial department to prevent entry of unauthorized persons and anti social elements. Senior officials have been deployed for monitoring and supervision of checking staff.
The pantry Car coaches are equipped with 5 to 8 fire extinguishers and each of these fire extinguishers are placed at conspicuous places such as kitchen entry area, at counter place and near Manager’s Cabin, for immediate use in case of emergency. Also, each Pantry Car staff is required to possess fire fighting certificate that he is having knowledge of extinguishing fire in case of fire.
In case of Parcel traffic, proper stacking and timely removal of all parcels from station premises are ensured to avoid accumulation of packages at platforms and to allow free and safe movement of passengers at all times. Similarly, it is also ensured that the petrol tanks of motor cycles and scooters loaded in trains are empty and the fuel pipe connecting the tank with the engine is disconnected.
Another major initiative is sensitization and awareness programmes to passengers against carrying inflammable articles in train or station premises, which can either damage to the railway property or endanger the safety of fellow passengers. The carrying of inflammable items including firework is an punishable offence U/S 164 Railways Act, with 03 years of imprisonment. Lighting fireworks near the track or on the train is also an offence which can endanger the life of innocent passengers & public, loss of National assets and also affect environment.
Proper awareness program among public/passengers through PA system, Loudhailers, Media coverage, Nukkad Natak are organized to create awareness among the passengers and public. RPF including Special Intelligence Branches and Crime Intelligence Branches have been instructed to ensure the Firework shops should not be installed or any sale within the limits of 150 mtrs. or nearby railway track.
Daily basis, surprise checking are conducted by RPF in coordination of GRP and City Police. Severe punishment can be levied on the person who are found or proved to have been involved in such activity. Passengers are also requested to be vigilant and to report any unclaimed article or suspected items found or seen in railway premises or in trains which may be reported to uniformed Personnel/Railway Employee or through toll free Helpline no. 182 / 1512.
Bhakar further stated that the security of passengers is the top-most priority. In this direction, W. Rly has deployed 1150 RPF and 550 MSF including suburban area for safety, security, crowd control and mobilization of passengers in coordination with GRP and City Police. Quick Response Team (QRTs) have been deployed during peak hours to resort in action at any distress call on daily basis. 29 Dogs, 44 DFMDs, 11 Baggage scanners, 04 Nos of Biometric Token Machine, 1533 CCTV cameras are installed at important stations of WR and utilized for frisking of passengers and their luggage to identify the defaulters/ violators.
All the divisions of WR is fully equipped with Bomb Detection and Disposal Equipments for prevention, detection & disposal and their utilization is intensified during such occasions. The BDD squads with Dog squad are ensuring special checks of Bomb & explosives and inflammable items and ensuring safety & security of passengers.
About 152 trains are escorted daily by armed RPF over Western Railway. Time to time review of train escorting is done. Surprise checking of escorts is conducted by the superior and subordinate officers. About 110 Mail/Express trains are being escorted by GRP over Western Railway. All RPF staff have been sensitized to be vigilant and to keep watch on suspicious persons trying to befriend with passengers or group of passengers, inorder to avoid drugging incident to innocent passengers.