Railways to take action against track trespassing

he railway administration has appealed to passengers to make use of foot over bridges to cross rail tracks to avoid any mishaps. Officials have said that the administration was initiating strict action against trespassing on tracks.

Railway officials said, “As many as 140 people died in Pune division while crossing the tracks in an illegal manner, between January 1 and April 30. About 8 were seriously injured. The number of mishaps increased this year, as compared to previous years. About 117 people had died in 2012 during the same period.”

Officials said that many steps have been initiated to create awareness among the passengers and visitors at the stations. The staff deployed at stations, has been making continuous announcements to make use of foot over bridges, instead of crossing tracks, which is a dangerous and illegal act.

The officials said that footbridges have been constructed at all prominent stations, in fact, some stations have two or more bridges depending on passenger load.

An official at the Pune railway station said that one additional bridge was being installed between platform number one, two and three at the Daund end to assist passengers entering from the main gate to reach platforms two and three. Work on this bridge was expected to begin by next month, said the official.


Audio-visual info system at Pune railway station

The Pune railway station has been provided with an innovative and passenger-friendly audio-visual system for information on train timings, platform numbers, and other important details. It is the first development of its kind in the Central Railway.

TVs, speakers
The information is displayed through 45 colour televisions, plasma screens and 100 speakers put up on the platforms, concourse and enquiry counters. The operation of the system has been awarded to an agency on a time-sharing basis, which means there is no expenditure of public money.

The agency shall disseminate information to passengers and also display advertisements. The initiative will also earn the Railways a certain amount of revenue. This will result in saving huge capital expenditure and also substantial saving towards staff costs.

CR to replicate idea
The system has received widespread appreciation and is being replicated at other major stations under the Central Railway. The Railways will also consider displaying public information advertisements related to the Railways and other social issues that NGOs and social organisations approach it with.


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