Train tickets to carry helpline numbers of railway police

The helpline numbers of Government Railway Police in Tamil Nadu and Kerala will now be printed on the back of the tickets booked through the Passenger Reservation System for the benefit of travellers in distress.

This was decided at a high-level coordination meeting on security convened by Southern Railway and attended by Government Railway Police chiefs of Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Puducherry.

“Initially, these numbers will be printed on the back of tickets booked through the PRS. Soon, we will extend it to open tickets too,” V. K. Dhaka, Chief Security Commissioner, Southern Railway said.

Officials attending the meeting emphasised the need for constant exchange of crime intelligence between the GRP, Railway Protection Force and local police for effective prevention of crime and extremist activities.

They also reviewed the security of passengers, especially women passengers, and exchanged inputs on improving overall safety of travellers.

Though the crime rate in 2012 on the Southern Railway network has come down by 12 per cent from the 2011 levels, the coordinated vigil will be sustained, Mr. Dhaka said.

The meeting also took stock of the state-of-the-art Integrated Security System project that envisages putting in place an anti-terror apparatus that includes high-tech surveillance cameras, under vehicle scanners, doorframe metal detectors and X-ray baggage screening conveyors and explosives detection and disposal mechanisms at important stations.

In Chennai, the system has already been set up at Chennai Central, Chennai Egmore and Basin Bridge apart from four more suburban stations. In all, the ISS is being set up at 14 stations in southern railway including Madurai, Tiruchi, Coimbatore, Thiruvananthapuram Central, Kozhikode, Ernakulam and Mangalore.

Rakesh Misra, Southern Railway General Manager, said the ISS which was already installed at six stations would be commissioned in the remaining eight stations expeditiously. More stations will also have CCTV coverage, he said.

Mangala Isai, a big hit among rail passengers

Welcoming passengers in a traditional manner, the loudspeakers installed at the Egmore Railway Station play Mangala Isai during the morning hours. The initiative, experimented at Egmore on the lines of Tiruchirapalli Junction Railway Station in Central Tamil Nadu, has been well received by the commuters, claim authorities.

“Taking a cue from Tiruchirapalli Junction, we play Mangala Isai audio from 4.30 am everyday, as trains from Southern districts begin arriving at Egmore,” a senior Railway official said.

“The classical instrumental music is played till 10 am, in between train arrival announcements, in an effort create a pleasant ambience for the visitors alighting at Egmore,” the official added.

Around 24,000 passengers commuting by 16 express trains from South Tamil Nadu arrive at the Egmore Railway Station between 4.30 am and 10.00 am, regularly.

“The initiative commenced mid-December last year (2011). People arrive in different moods at the railway station and we believe that welcoming them with classical music would refresh their mind,” an official observed.

The classical music in Nadaswaram and Thavil, is played everyday. Desikan, a commuter felt this was better than playing film music. “It is really pleasant to hear Mangala Isai at the railway station in the morning,” he added.

On the other hand, authorities at the Egmore Railway Station have introduced a new system at the enquiry counter, wherein the response from the official manning the counter would be audible for more people.

According to sources, the system of enquiry has been modified in such a way that the reply by the person from counter would reach multiple persons, who may be waiting in the queue with the same queries.

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DOOHM launches live digital hoardings

City based DOOHM, a leading dynamic digital out-of-home company, has launched live digital hoardings at Chennai Central, Egmore and Madurai Railway Stations.

As Tamil Nadu Government banned hoardings in the State, DOOHM’s digital hoarding’s offers advertisers an alternative solution to run their TV commercials in lieu of static branding.

Digital hoardings were powered with live feature, give news,weather, cricket scores, stocks and other real time updates.

This medium was also compatible with playing other formats like digital posters, ticker tape and infomercials, a company release here today said.

It said digital hoarding dimensions ranged from a minimum size of 10 sq ft and recently, DOOHM launched one of India’s biggest digital hoarding of 300 sq ft in Bangalore.

Spurred by positive response, DOOHM was planning to add 11 more digital hoardings at MRTS stations in the city and suburban Tambaram, it said.

The company had built a platform for both big and small advertisers. It has also drawn out a pan India network of LCD screens for advertisers across Airports, Business Locations like IT parks and BPOs, Malls, Clubs and Gyms.