Mumbai: GRP, RPF form human chains to emphasise railway safety

Mumbai: In an attempt to reach out to the general public on averting deaths on railways tracks across the city, the Government Railway Police (GRP) has initiated a series of drives as part of its Railway Safety Week campaign. On Thursday a team of railway police and volunteers stood in a human chain at the Elphinstone Road station announcing slogans “Be safe, be alert, don’t cross the tracks”, which attracted the commuters a lot more than the daily announcements.

The campaign was initiated by the GRP along with the help of Railway Police Force (RPF) on November 28 and will continue till December 4. The campaign includes rallies, physical announcements and street plays at various railway stations performed by the railway police officers and volunteers to inform the commuters about safety measures.

The officials have used both print and social media to spread this message to tap the youth, who they feel are important to influence their friends and family members. Posters and banners have been displayed at all local stations while the volunteers are also distributing booklets and handbills to the commuters. Meanwhile, the Mumbai railway police has created a video conveying a message ‘Be Alert, Be Safe’ on its m-Indicator mobile application and its Facebook page to tap the youth.

A senior GRP official told the Free Press Journal, “The main aim of this campaign is to create awareness among the youth who carelessly lose their lives while travelling in the trains. Every day we have cases of crossing tracks, rooftop travelling, fatalities due to stunts performed by youngsters and also accidental deaths.”

The railway police have also conducted awareness sessions and talks at schools and colleges educating nearly 1.5 lakh students. Rupali Ambure, deputy commissioner of police, central railways said, “This campaign focuses to save life and ensure safe travel of commuters by curbing the number of daily accidents. We have initiated this campaign to make the commuters feel secure.”

The Helpline number of the Mumbai railway police 9833331111 has been displayed at all the railways stations.

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