RPF staff mon­i­tor trains to en­sure com­muters’ safety

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - Sajana Nam­biar sajana.nam­biar@hin­dus­tan­times.com

DOM­BIVLI: Alarmed by the death of a youth who fell off a train on Fri­day, the Rail­way Po­lice Force (RPF) in Dom­bivli has taken it upon it­self to en­sure pas­sen­gers’ safety.. From Mon­day, it has started de­ploy­ing around 10 of its per­son­nel on rail­way plat­forms dur­ing peak hours.

The RPF per­son­nel will make sure the 3.5 lakh daily com­muters man­age to board trains and that com­muters do not block doors or stand on foot­boards if there is space in­side. The train jour­ney of Dom­bivli res­i­dents has be­come more dan­ger­ous and risky with an in­crease by 50,000 com­muters in the past one year.

On Fri­day, 21-year-old Bhavesh Nakate, a res­i­dent of Dom­bivli, fell on the track be­tween Kopar and Diva rail­way sta­tions. An­other com­muter recorded the in­ci­dent on his mo­bile phone and the clip went vi­ral spread­ing con­cern about how res­i­dents travel.

“We started tak­ing this step apart from our rou­tine work. We need to spread safety aware­ness among com­muters, who usu­ally en­dan­ger their lives while trav­el­ling,” said a se­nior RPF of­fi­cer.

A team of 10 of­fi­cers de­ployed on Dom­bivli rail­way sta­tion plat­forms helps com­muters board crowded trains by ask­ing peo­ple not to block doors and dis­suad­ing com­muters from lean­ing out of trains. “Af­ter a train pulls up at the sta­tion, we tell com­muters in train not to block doors by stand­ing on the foot­board. We help com­muters get in safely. If we see there is no space to stand, we tell pas­sen­gers to board the next train,” said RS Bhor, an RPF of­fi­cer.

“We have no op­tion but to hold on to crowded train. Be­cause even if we give one crowded train a miss, the oth­ers will be equally crowded,” said San­jana Naik, 32, a res­i­dent of Dom­bivli who trav­els to And­heri ev­ery day.

The RPF of­fi­cers in Dom­bivli will con­tinue the drive for some time.

“Ear­lier, we had been help­ing the dis­abled to board trains. Now, we are look­ing af­ter all com­muters. The RPF of­fi­cials will keep a track on the en­tire sit­u­a­tion and will main­tain a daily re­port. Based on this, we will plan fur­ther im­ple­men­ta­tions. Com­muters too should understand the im­por­tance of trav­el­ling safe,” said Bhor.

Lata Ar­gade, vice-pres­i­dent of Rail­way Pravasi Ma­hasangh, said 10 po­lice­men are not enough for the lakhs of com­muters. “The only so­lu­tion is to im­prove the fre­quency of trains and em­pha­sise on au­to­matic doors. The rail­ways should have planned for the in­crease in com­muters,” said Ar­gade.

The only so­lu­tion is to im­prove the fre­quency of trains and em­pha­sise on au­to­matic doors. The rail­ways should have planned for the in­crease in com­muters LATA AR­GADE, vice-pres­i­dent, Rail­way Pravasi Ma­hasangh

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