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Railway proposes to Let RPF Secure, Manage New Metro Stations Across India

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The railway board of India has written a letter to the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs saying that the Railway Protection Force must be made in charge of security for the new metros. These cities include Lucknow, Nagpur, Chennai, Pune, Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Indore, Bhopal and Hyderabad.

NEW DELHI:

The Indian Railways has proposed that the government should give RPF the responsibility of securing the location of all future metro stations in the country, according to a senior official.

The railway board has written to the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs saying that the Railway Protection Force has been already guarding the Kolkata Metro. It should be made in charge of security for the new metros in Lucknow, Nagpur, Chennai, Pune, Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Indore, Bhopal, and Hyderabad.

A senior official said and we quote “Having a single dedicated force for the Metro Railway is advantageous since the staff can be trained in the safety and security requirements of the metro. The RPF has specialized training because it is already securing sub-urban stations for years,”

The official said that this step will also be cost effective as well. Currently, the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) charges Rs. 1.84 lakh annually per jawan for securing the metro location. While the RPF charges only Rs. 78,000 per jawan per annum.

Also, we can trust the RPF well with the responsibility of protection and security of railway property. Along with the passenger area. They also have the power to arrest, investigate and prosecute unlawfully. RPF would be able to use them at stations as well.

The official has also said “The RPF with only 900 staffers is managing Kolkata metro. It has a footfall of about five to six lakh commuters daily. They have both the expertise and the experience to manage and secure mass transport system like Railways. Indeed they can actually deal with metros,”

The RPF has a sanctioned strength of 74,456 people.

Railways is going to use ‘green’ composite sleepers

Focusing on becoming more eco-friendly, the railways want to remove wooden sleepers. Composite sleepers will replace these. These are not just lighter in weight but also have more strength. A senior Railway Ministry official has said and we quote, “The Railways has decided to use the composite sleepers in a limited way. Mainly girder bridges use it.”

In the year 2003, the Muradabad division in the railways was first to use Composite sleepers. They offer more benefits than the traditional wooden sleepers. Senior officials in railways have said that there are no complaints regarding their usage.

These sleepers will deploy from the year 2016 on a bigger scale for over ten zones.

The official has said that The cost of a composite sleeper is about Rs 25,000. Whereas a channel sleeper costs about Rs 7,000,”.

Addition of this cost is certainly a big factor as well. As these consists of a mixture of steel and fiber plastic.  They are a bit expensive than the other sleepers. This decision will reduce the cutting of trees. This is going to be a more environmental friendly step. Pavwan Droliaa, Managing Director of Asterix Reinforced Limited said, “As a lightweight, high-strength, environment-friendly product, FFU composite is a cost-effective alternative to timber or concrete,”