Bhubaneswar, Oct 30 (LocalWire): East Coast Railway launched special drives to intensify strict action against unauthorised vending in trains and in Railway premises.
After receiving good response from the public and the media and strict vigil by East Coast Railway, cases of unauthorised vending have reduced sharply.
Vending in trains has been reduced to 1451 from June to September from its jurisdiction.
During this period in 2018, ECoR had arrested 4741 people whereas in 2017, the number of arrests was 5250.
Due to intensive drives, passengers are also relieved.
There are no spurious food being sold, littering in train compartments has reduced, no shouting of wares, they are getting more space and there is reduced number of thefts, snatching and molestation as many criminals in the garb of unauthorised hawkers resort to such crimes.
Earlier, the vendors disturbed bonafide passengers by harassing them, 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 by these hawkers.
The drive is to provide better service during train journey and to serve passengers better and look after their health, safety, security, comfort and cleanliness.
Anticipating increased presence of hawkers on the train after the Puja vacations, 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, Shri Raja Ram.
Generally, it is seen that the unauthorised hawkers start selling edibles, books and toys on the trains.
The number of passengers is on the increase in winter season and this may prompt many hawkers to choose train as their vending place. Hence, Phase III of this drive will be intensified from November.
Lifting of valuables from passengers is sometimes reported in trains and this is a matter of concern for the Railways. Such offences are mostly committed by people who move around in the guise of hawkers.
The officials have also been advised to intensify action against beggars and alm-seekers boarding the train and entering the railway station premises.
Beggars are being removed from the railway station premises. ECoR has also urged passengers to provide support to eradicate unauthorised hawking and beggars from trains by discouraging them.
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 appeals 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.