To keep railway tracks clean and clear,RPF to counsel litterbugs

The Western Railway (WR) has directed the Railway Protection Force (RPF) to counsel people commuting via foot over bridges and road over bridges to not throw objects on the railway tracks

Written by Express News Service | Mumbai | Published:August 7, 2013 12:45 am

The Western Railway (WR) has directed the Railway Protection Force (RPF) to counsel people commuting via foot over bridges and road over bridges to not throw objects on the railway tracks. The move comes after a shoe sole and two wires,suspected to have been thrown from a road over bridge,disrupted suburban railway operations Monday evening.

Following the disruption,trains were reported to be running late by 15-20 minutes. It is being suspected that the shoe sole and wires were hurled in between Kandivali and Borivali.

At around 8.30 pm Monday,a bang was heard while the train to Churchgate was passing under a road over bridge. Initially officers thought it was pantograph failure. After an inspection,it was found that the shoe and the wires had damaged the electrical equipment resulting in the loud sound.

A senior railway official said,“A shoe and two wires were found. A lightning resistor was damaged in the incident. As a precaution,we have asked the RPF to counsel people on foot over bridges and road over bridges to not throw things on the tracks.” The official added that such actions besides damaging equipment also inconvenience to passengers by disrupting railway operations.

Confirming the drive,Rajendra Rupnawar,a senior divisional security commissioner,RPF,Western Railway said,“The Railways has asked us to ensure that BMC foot over bridges are hawker free. We are coordinating with the BMC to ensure that hawkers are removed from the foot over bridges.”

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