Jul 30, 2013

Railways mobile court soon

Imagine a railway court functioning in a moving train! In an initiative to speed up disposal of criminal and petty cases which are pending at the Railway Magistrate Court in Kollam, the Thiruvananthapuram division of railways will start ‘Court on Wheels’ in the coming months.

The coach of the ‘court’ will be attached to a train plying in the Thiruvananthapuram division. Any case, ranging from ticketless travel, irregularities in train travel, abuse of woman travellers and thefts caught by the RPF, will be brought before the railway magistrate who will travel in the coach. The cases will be settled immediately. T

he court will function akin to any other court with the magistrate in chair. However, if the passenger demands that he would like to appoint a lawyer to contend the case, it will then be referred to the Railways’ Kollam Second Class Magistrate. Currently, all cases under the Thiruvananthapuram division are settled in Kollam. Occasional sittings by the railway magistrate are held at major stations once or twice in a month.

“However, the ‘Court on Wheels’ will function almost everyday and will be attached to different trains throughout the month. If on one day the coach is attached to the Guruvayur-Ernakulam- Trivandrum Intercity Express, it will be linked to Venad Express the other day. Crimes related to that particular train will be settled in the train itself,” said Thiruvananthapuram Divisional Security Commissioner R K Tripathi. The idea is to bring down the rate of crimes taking place within trains. “The number of ticket-less travel has increased over the months. People who are not willing to pay the fine can settle their case with the railway magistrate. However, if the passenger realises that a magistrate is onboard, he would think twice about travelling without a ticket,” the official said.

More Railway Protection Force and Government Railway police will be deputed onboard the train. They will be given the responsibility of bringing the offenders to the magistrate. RPF officials said even though the initiative is on their agenda, they were yet to make a full-fledged plan. A special coach for the purpose has to be set up and a date fixed for the launch. Recently, the Palakkad division had started the mobile railway court, a first in the state. It settled over 60 cases last week, collecting fine of up to Rs 20,000.

SOURCE new indian express

Three railway line projects for Haryana, state government will give 50%: Hooda

SIRSA: Haryana chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda on Sunday announced that the state government would give 50% of Rs 2,515 crore for implementation of three railway line projects of Delhi-Sohna-Nuh-Ferozpur Jhirka-Alwar, Hisar-Agroha-Fatehabad-Sirsa and Yamunanagar-Sadhora-Naraingarh-Chandigarh thus paving the way for their early construction. The length of these rail lines would be 104km, 93km and 91km respectively.

CM Hooda who addressing a massive rail-road rally at Hansi, was responding to the suggestion made by Union railway minister Mallikarjun Kharge, at the same venue that railway ministry would take up the three important rail lines on priority basis provided the state government bear half of the expenditure.

Source times of india

Railway station: Security devices not functioning, entry not restricted

At platform number1 at Chandigarh Railway Station on Sunday

Next time when you visit the Chandigarh Railway Station, look around for security measures. Chances are you will find half-baked ideas and half-hearted attempts in the name of security.

A reality check by Chandigarh Newsline has come as an eye-opener. The entrance of the station is unmanned and unguarded. As one enters the station, the first sign of laxity on part of the authorities is reflected through a non-functional door frame metal detector.

The entrance to the station is unrestricted and easy. Even one need not buy a platform ticket as there is no one to check it . Beggars and destitute are easily found on the platforms.

Moreover, most vulnerable is the entry from Panchkula side which is an extremely deserted patch and can be a easy entry point for anti-social elements. Not only this, the baggage scanner, an important security device, is nowhere to be seen at the entry point. Anyone can easily walk into the station with any restricted object and bags.

Three authorities — Railway Protection Force (RPF), Railway Administration and Government Railway Police (GRP) — are jointly responsible for the safety of passengers.

According to RPF officials, it is the duty of GRP to ensure the door frame metal detectors are working. However, when contacted, GRP officials were clueless about the non-functioning device.

Railway Senior Divisional Security Commissioner Mohinder Singh said, "We will take cognisance of any security lapse. We have properly deployed security on the station and we ensure that there is a proper and consistent check on any anti-social element."

"The baggage scanner and the metal door were installed at the bigger stations like Delhi. In most of the smaller cities, they are yet to be installed. Chandigarh railway station will also get these facilities in some time," said Divisional Railway Manager, Ambala Division, P K Sanghi. He was transferred on Friday.
Source indian express

Untidy Cantonment Railway Station to greet passengers

VARANASI: Despite tall claims made about catering heavy rush of passengers at Cantonment Railway Station in view of first Monday of Shrawan, negligence was prevailing in the station premises on Monday.

While heap of garbage dumped opposite the railway station premises welcomed devotees and Kanwariyas in the city, the situation inside the station premises was no different. The railway tracks were littered with solid waste across length of the platform. The condition near the public convenience also remains the worst. The condition of waiting area behind the food plaza also gives a picturesque of the poor sanitary conditions in the station premises.

Passengers who had assembled in the waiting hall at platform number 5 complained about the unavailability of water in toilets and wash rooms. This led to a state of uncomfortable for many passengers. According to Ranjeet, who looks after the public convenience at platform number one, no extra arrangement for cleanliness was made for washrooms keeping in view the extra rush on Monday.

At the same time, as waiting hall at platform one was not properly cleaned, pilgrims and devotees who had arrived in the city from far-away places had assembled in the main hall and platform number one of the station and preferred sitting on their luggage and mattresses on the floor.
Source  times of india





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