Free Press Journal
  • Mumbai: Indian army begins construction work on new foot overbridge at Ambivali station

    Mumbai: The Indian army has expedited the work of constructing a new foot overbridge (FOB) at Ambivali station on the central line from Wednesday onwards. The preliminary work of clearing the obstructions has begun in order to construct a new bridge. On Wednesday, the demolition work for a new platform shelter (sheds) was initiated in…

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  • Record-setting replacement mega block held at Thane

    Mumbai: At least 300 labourers risked their lives and did a commendable job of replacing at least 3.1 kilometres of rail during a mega block operated near Thane section on Sunday. On the same day, the central railway set a record of undertaking the ‘longest rail replacement’ on a single day of mega block. On…

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  • Mumbai Central: The genesis

    Mumbai: The famous erstwhile Colaba terminus, which is now shut was opened by Bombay, Baroda and Central India Railway (BB&CI) company to serve as a Terminus for both long-distance passengers and suburban commuters. In 1873, the terminus came into existence after people living in Fort and Colaba did not benefit from the earlier railway line…

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  • Mumbai: 37 canines patrol stations on Central line

    Mumbai: The Railway Protection Force (RPF) of Central Railway has increased the presence of sniffer dogs at railway stations for the safety of passengers. RPF has at least 37 canines and they are housed at four kennels at Chhtrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT), Lokmanya Tilak Terminus (LTT), Matunga and Kalyan. These dogs are on round-the-clock…

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  • Mumbai: ‘Mahila Vahini’ protecting, guiding women commuters on local trains

    Mumbai: For the past seven years, a team of Railway Protection Force’s (RPF) women staffers have ensured that women commuters can travel safely in Mumbai’s local trains. The team, called ‘Mahila Vahini’, catch chain snatchers, mobile robbers and rescue minor girls from stations. This team was formed by former Railway Minister Mamta Banerjee in 2010…

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  • All you need to know about Mumbai Central Terminus

    Mumbai: The lesser known Bellasis Road, currently outside the Mumbai Central terminus, became administrative headquarters of the Bombay Baroda and Central Railway (BBCR)—today’s Western Railway, after the British regime felt the importance of extending the administrative enclave from Churchgate. Another reason of having a full-fledged terminal was because the Backbay Scheme had sought evacuation of…

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  • Mumbai: Western Railway launches app for women’s safety

    Mumbai: The Railway Protection Force (RPF) in Mumbai Central, a unit of western railway has launched a new mobile application called ‘Eyewatch railways’ for the security of women commuters on the western line. This application has been launched for the women commuters travelling on the route between Churchgate and Borivali stations. The application was launched…

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  • Mumbai: Soon, multi-purpose stalls on Railway’s Western line platforms

    Mumbai: Western Railways plans to relocate the stalls on the platforms and construct a single stall which will sell multiple items including eatables, drinking water and newspapers. This move is part of crowd control and management after the horrific stampede at Elphinstone Road station on September 29. The officials said that a multi-purpose stall needs to…

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  • Mumbai: RPF seeks additional 400 personnel to manage peak hour rush

    Mumbai: The Railway Protection Force (RPF) of western railway has sought for an additional 400 personnel, citing staff crunch to manage peak hour crowd. The move comes two days after the incident of stampede at Elphinstone Road bridge which killed 23 persons. At present, the suburban section of RPF western railway has 843 staffers. The…

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  • Mumbai: Lone RPF jawan on over bridge on day of Elphinstone Road stampede

    Mumbai: The footage of Close Circuit Television Camera (CCTV) on the Elphinstone overbridge showed that there was only one RPF personnel on duty on the day of the horrific stampede. The RPF personnel has been identified as S Chennar and he was deployed on the bridge the same day. RPF officials said that the deployment of…

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  • Mumbai stampede: RPF presence increases 6 days after mishap at foot over bridge at Elphinstone

    Mumbai: After the Elphinstone Bridge stampede claimed the lives of at least 23 persons the focus has been on increasing the presence of Railway Protection Staff (RPF) on the crowded foot overbridge at Elphinstone. When Free Press Journal reporter visited the spot, on Tuesday, at least six RPF staffers from Dadar were posted at the…

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