30 October 2019
Bhubaneswar: East Coast Railway (ECoR) had launched special drives against unauthorised vending in trains and railway premises. After receiving a good response from the public and the media and strict vigil by ECoR, the cases of unauthorised vending have reduced sharply.
As a result of the drive, unauthorized vending has dropped to 1,451 during June to September 2019 under ECoR jurisdiction. During this period in 2018, ECoR had arrested 4,741 persons whereas in 2017, this figure was 5,250, the ECoR reported in a press release on Wednesday.
“In general, the passengers are happy with the cleanliness and relieved from the fear of contaminated food items. Littering in compartment and platform has also been reduced significantly. There is reduction of theft and snatching cases, cases of molestation, intimidation are prevented as many criminals in garb of unauthorised hawkers resort to such crimes,” the ECoR stated.
Earlier, the vendors were disturbing passengers in many ways such as harassing them, they were using inflammable items in trains, littering train compartments and making the surroundings unhygienic and threatening passengers and staff on duty.
“Repeated complaints were received from pantry car Staff that they were not allowed to sell pantry car food. Nuisance of hawkers had a bad effect on passenger safety and passenger health,”
Anticipating increased presence of hawkers on the train after the Puja vacation, East Coast Railway directed its officials including Commercial and RPF Teams to take strict action against the unauthorised hawkers. The Drive is being led by Principal Chief Security Commissioner, Raja Ram. Phase-III of this drive will be intensified from November, 2019.
The officials have also been advised to intensify action against Beggars and alms-seekers boarding the train and entering the railway station premise. The beggars are being removed from the railway station premises. ECoR has also urged passengers to provide their support for eradicating unauthorised hawkings and beggars from trains by discouraging the hawkers.
“Public cooperation in removing hawkers will provide a better environment in trains and Stations and give a pleasant journey experience,” the ECoR added.
Railway Board has ordered an All India Drive against illegal Hawking and Vending on Trains. The entire machinery has been sensitised on the subject and full support of passengers is being requested.
East Coast Railway has appealed to general public and passengers to help Railways by reporting such types of incidents by using toll free security helpline number 182 which is functional Round the Clock to report such cases during train journey.