Rlys asked to decide soon on cost for posting GRP in trains

The Bombay High Court today directed the Railways to decide by August 30 a proposal to bear 50 per cent of the cost incurred to deploy additional 100 GRP personnel across suburban railway stations and in local trains to ensure safety of women commuters.

A division bench of Chief Justice Mohit Shah and Justice M S Sanklecha was hearing a suo moto (on its own) public interest litigation based on newspaper reports and a PIL filed by NGO Help Mumbai Foundation regarding women’s safety in the city and while travelling in local trains.

On the last hearing, the court was informed that on request from the Government Railway Police (GRP) for additional 100 Home Guards the state government had sanctioned it but had asked the railways to bear 50 per cent of the cost. However, the railways did not agree to it.

The railways today submitted an affidavit stating that the proposal was forwarded to the railway board on July 22 for sanction.

“Considering the urgency involved we direct the railways board to decide the proposal by August 30,” the bench said.

The court also directed the state government to take a decision by August 31 on whether it would be accepting the recommendations made by the Justice Dharmadhikari committee, set up to look into women safety issues.


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High Court asks CR, WR to consider setting up medical centres near accident-prone spots

High Court asks CR, WR to consider setting up medical centres near accident-prone spots.

The Bombay High Court on Tuesday asked railways to consider setting up medical centres near railway stations that are near accident-prone spots on the Central and Western railway routes.

Information accessed through the Right to Information (RTI) presented in court by the petitioner revealed that more than 3,500 persons lost their lives in suburban train accidents in the city last year.

According to statistics submitted by petitioner Samir Zaveri 2,297 deaths occurred on Central Railway and 1,244 on the Western Railway. The number of injured was 2,310 on CR and 1,498 on WR.

Kurla, with 459 fatalities, topped the accident chart followed by Kalyan where 429 people were killed in train accidents and Borivali, where 339 deaths were reported in 2012.

The court asked the railways to consider setting up emergency medical centres in the vicinity of local railway stations where a large number of accidents have been found to take place. It also asked CR and WR to file affidavits stating the estimated cost of setting up these medical centres.

Taking note of the emergency medical centre set up in Dadar, Chief Justice Mohit Shah questioned as to why other major stations cannot have similar facilities.

In a 2010 hearing activist Zaveri’s petition seeking more emergency medical centres close to suburban railway stations, the court had suggested that the railways create a separate department for accident victims.

Rooftop traveller injured, critical

A rooftop traveller was injured on Tuesday after he came in contact with overhead electricity wires. Dahisar-resident Prem Singh Thakur (25) was travelling atop a local train at Dadar on the Western Railway. Thakur was rushed to Sion hospital, where he is reported to be in a critical condition. The government railway police officers said the incident took place at 11.20 am Tuesday.


LED indicators for CR

The Central Railway plans to replace the conventional indicators on all its suburban railway stations with LED-based graphical type display indicators in the next two years. Already installed on some stations, these multi-colour graphic indicators are proving to be more effective and commuter-friendly.

Indicators are integral part of the railway’s passenger information system (PIS), as they help commuters get details on arrival of the next train on any particular suburban or main stations.

Until now, the CR has upgraded indicators on 19 suburban stations. Capable of showing full name of destinations and halt stations, these indicators are mainly fitted on major stations like CST, Byculla, Dadar, Kurla, Ghatkopar and Ambernath.

“We have installed 317 LED-based indicators,” said a senior railway official. He added that in next couple of years, they plan to upgrade the conventional indicators on other stations with these advanced graphical indicators.

Apart from LED-based graphical indicators, CR has also installed trilingual indicators, which can show details of trains in Marathi, Hindi and English — a long-pending demand of commuters and a section of political parties as well. These indicators have been installed on 13 suburban stations like Kopar, Dadar, Thane and others.

The CR operates about 1,296 local services every day, including 16 with fifteen-car rakes, which ferry about 39 lakh commuters. The train management system, which is installed for effective management of trains running between CST and Kalyan stations, is also connected with indicators as part of the PIS system.

Of the 76 suburban stations on CR, there are indicators on nearly all stations. But commuters complain that indicators on many small stations remain non-functional most of the time. “If any passenger complain about indicators, railway staffers at stations reply that indicators are functional, but there is no announcer to operate them,” said Pradeep Mehta, a resident of Parel.


Coupons with bar codes for train travel

Commuter-friendly coupon validation machines (CVMs) on suburban railway stations, will continue to be available for commuters. Railway authorities have managed to integrate the CVMs with its Unreserved Ticketing system (UTS) with the help of the bar-code system.

There are around 575 CVMs, of which, around 350 are on Central Railway, and 225 are on Western Railway.
The Railway Board had announced that CVMs will be phased out and replaced with Automatic Ticketing Vending Machines (ATVMs) from March next year.

It had also stated that it will allow CVMs to continue only if the machines were linked and integrated with the UTS system.

The Western Railway has finally developed a CVM that works well with the bar-code mechanism.

The WR, with help from CRIS, is now developing an ‘exchange protocol’, which may take up to 45 days, said Mahesh Kumar, WR general manager.

Kumar explained that there will be a bar-code on each coupon and a bar-code reader installed inside every machine.

Linked to a computer, the CVM will read bar code on coupon while validating coupon and will sent the details to computer. The computer will send the data to the UTS server.

“While issuing coupons at ticket windows, we will swap those. This way, details of sold coupons will be available with us,” he said.

Kumar added that 158 more CVMs will be installed on WR’s suburban stations.