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Jun 05 2018 (02:24)   Guards to manage crowds on Railway FoBs during monsoon

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Pune: The Pune division of the Central Railways will be hiring about 200 personnel from government-owned security agencies to help in effective crowd management on foot over bridges (FoBs) during the monsoon. These hired men will walk up-and-down the bridges and ensure there is no unnecessary crowding that may put pressure on these structures.
A proposal has been sent to the Mumbai headquarters to seek funds for the project.
“During the monsoon, there are often abnormally large crowds on the FoBs. When it rains continuously, most people try to find a shelter to
shield themselves from the downpour. Many commuters prefer to use the FoBs as shelter and they also like to wait on the bridges till the time their trains arrive. Even the station platforms get completely packed,” said an official who requested anonymity.
He added, “Often it is difficult to control the growing crowd. In the wake of last year’s Elphinston Road FoB stampede, the Railways has intensified its focus on safety and security of passengers. Steps, therefore, must be taken for effective crowd control and management,” he said.
D Vikas, the divisional security commissioner of Pune division, confirmed that men will be hired. “Personnel from the Maharashtra security force could be hired for the purpose as we are focusing more on government-owned companies. The goal is the safety of people. These men will be stationed on some of the FoBs that witness a lot of crowds,” the official told TOI.
At the old FoB at the Pune railway station — which sees a large number of people in the afternoon almost every day — RPF personnel are currently managing the crowd movement. “The men are there on the FoB, particularly during the afternoon hours, and they don’t allow anyone to stand idly on the bridge. They keep people moving on both sides. While it is difficult to tell people to not stand idly on the FoBs when it is raining heavily, the guards will ensure there is no chaos on the bridges. If there is space on the station platforms, people will be asked to move there. Once the new guards arrive, they will be briefed and assigned their duties,” another official said.
Shyam Kadam, a regular train passenger, said the plan could have come earlier. “Though some steps have been taken on the old FoB at the Pune station, things are far from safe. And now the monsoon is just days away. By the time these men come, the monsoon will already be there. Why did the Railways come up with the plan so late? This shows that it is not bothered about people’s safety and only acts after an untoward incident has taken place,” Kadam said.

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