Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu announced Saturday that women officers had recently been inducted into the Railway Protection Force (RPF) to ensure safety of women passengers travelling n suburban trains in Mumbai.
“I met senior officers of the RPF. The women personnel have been trained to combat any situation on local trains that compromises safety of women commuters,” said Prabhu.
He added that CCTV cameras would soon be installed in all women’s compartments in local trains. “We already initiated this in the Western Railways,” Prabhu said.
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On Saturday, Prabhu and Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis also attended the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) between the Rail Vikas Nigam Limited and the Dighi Port Limited for the Roha-Dighi Port rail connectivity project.
A second MoU was signed between Ministry of Railways and Mumbai University at Raj Bhavan to set up a Centre for Railway Research at the varsity. Degree, post-graduate courses and PhDs in subjects such as heavy haul technology, vehicle dynamics and high-speed technologies, among others, will be offered at the University’s sub-campus in Ratnagiri, according to the MoU. “MoUs will be signed with educational institutes across the country to enhance the running of the Railways,” said Prabhu.
The minister said that a team from a private firm in Japan had recently visited the country to study the proposed bullet trains between Mumbai and Ahmedabad. “The company is ready to finance the project. A discussion also took place with a Japanese team in the presence of the Prime Minister. The team also studied the route and drafted a report,” he said.
Prabhu added that air-conditioned local trains might arrive in Mumbai by October this year.