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No more chain pulling to stop train

India TV News Desk 09 Jun 2015, 10:39:26 IST
India TV News Desk

Bareilly: Notice inside the railway coaches “To stop train pull chain” is all set to become history in the coming days.

The Railway Ministry has decided to do away with this pull-up chains. Railways incurred a loss of Rs 3,000 crore because trains ran late with the indiscriminate chain-pulling for no good reason, said officials.

As an alternative arrangement, the mobile phone number of the driver and assistant driver could be displayed in coaches, so passengers can call in case of an emergency.

In addition to this, one employee carrying a walkie-talkie would be present for every three coaches in each train.

During a recent visit to the city, MoS for Railways Manoj Sinha had said that chain-pulling to stop the train was a big menace in UP and Bihar and train schedules were thrown out of whack by miscreants who pulled the chain for no good reason, causing huge losses to the railways.

Divisional railway manager, (DRM) Izzatnagar division, Chandra Mohan Jindal, said, "It is undeniable that chain-pulling is among the major factors delaying trains. This has come up for discussion before the Railway Board. The problem is acute in states like Bihar UP, Rajasthan, Punjab and Haryana."

The alarm chain is meant to be pulled only in case of emergency, and only when contact cannot be established with the travelling ticket examiner (TTE) on board.

The work of removing the chains from the trains has already begun at Izzatnagar in Bareilly.