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No crime, no begging at CSMT from May 1

Starting May 1, the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT) will probably be a no crime, no begging, no hawking station, as a part of a Central Railway marketing campaign to create style stations around the nation. A UNESCO World Heritage web site and the Central Railway’s headquarters, CSMT will be the first station in India to reach the no crime, no begging, no hawking tag. Special teams are being installed place for 24x7 surveillance at the station premises, which will probably be monitored via CCTV cameras, and plain-clothes railway police workforce cracking down on drug addicts and educate bullies.

On a mean, 4 instances of cell robbery and pickpocketing are reported at CSMT daily. Between January and March this year, 9 instances of theft had been reported at CSMT, but even so 400 instances of robbery, and a case each of passenger being drugged, attack, molestation, and kidnapping.

As a part of the no crime-no begging-no hawking marketing campaign, the Central Railway has recommended the Railway Protection Force (RPF) and the Government Railway Police (GRP) to make sure the next:

.. No passenger must break out with bullying co-passengers by blockading the doorways and cornering seats by spreading/throwing towels.
....Take preventive steps to make sure drugging crime (passengers looted after being drugged) is eliminated.
.. No encroachment on girls’ coaches and compartments reserved for the physically-challenged.
....Complete eradication of hawking from the station premises.
.. Remove all touts from the station premises.

The Central Railway’s senior divisional safety commissioner (Central Railway Mumbai Division) KK Ashraf mentioned he and his crew had been assured of CSMT reaching the no crime-no begging-no hawking status starting May 1.

“We have identified stations prone to felony activities and anti-social parts. Some of these stations are CSMT, the Lokmanya Tilak Terminus, Thane, Kalyan, and Panvel. The blueprint to curb crime at stations is able and we’ll get started from CSMT,” Ashraf mentioned.

Assistant Security Commissioner (Central Railway) NN Sai Prasad, who’s a part of the project, mentioned the RPF will probably be closely concerned along side GRP and the teams in-charge of round-the-clock surveillance will undergo rigorous training.

Hemant Bavdhankar, in-charge of CSMT GRP, mentioned his crew was already on top alert, bringing down the choice of felony instances at CSMT by almost 40% prior to now 12 months. “We’ll be happy to work with the railways for crime-free stations. To begin with, we want to have tighter keep an eye on at the CSMT’s access/exit issues,” he mentioned.

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