In A Bid To Reduce Crimes, Central Railway To Get Watchtowers

A tower between Kalyan and Titwala will enable the authorities to monitor the tracks. Moreover, a Railway Police Force (RPF) personnel will also be posted on the watchtower along with a weapon and binoculars.

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There has been a drastic increase in the number of crimes on railway tracks and most of them have been on the routes operated by Central Railway (CR). In order to keep the climbing crime rate in check, Central Railway authorities have decided that they will be installing watchtowers at vulnerable spots on its suburban network. 

They will be putting a watchtower between Kalyan and Titwala that will enable the authorities to monitor the tracks. Moreover, a Railway Police Force (RPF) personnel will also be posted on the watchtower along with a weapon and binoculars. The Railway authorities are also checking if a watchtower can be installed at Parsik tunnel near Thane and near Wadala railway station. Along with the CCTV cameras that have been installed at several locations, these watchtowers will also allow the authorities to monitor anti-social elements that cause nuisance on the tracks especially during the night time. 

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Recently, Central Railways also announced that it has form a 15-member Flood Rescue Team (FRT), which will be trained by National Disaster Response Force (NDRF). These personnel will be deployed at vulnerable spots during flood-like situations in monsoon 2020. 

 A senior railway official stated that in 2019, there were many instances wherein NDRF authorities were called to rescue people. With this move, Central Railway can deploy their staff to rescue stranded passengers. Therefore, CR has written to NDRF to provide the necessary trainning for relief and rescue operations to CR's staff. In addition to this, women Railway Police Force (RPF) personnel will also be given disaster response training. 

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Not only is Central Railway working on enhacing safety measures for its passengers but it is also looking at other avenues to increase their revenue. With this view, CR has collaborated with Amazon India to transport the latter's local parcels from Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT) to Kalyan. Chief Public Relation Officer, of Central Railways, Shivaji Sutar stated the deal will be on a trial basis for three months trial basis they are expecting to earn ₹6.10 lakhs from this move. 

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