Awareness drive launched after spike in chain pulling incidents

Bhubaneswar: Railway Protection Force (RPF) and Bhubaneswar railway station manager on Friday launched a special drive to create awareness among people regarding the ill effects of chain pulling in trains which is on the rise across the country.

Senior officials informed that chain pulling is one of the major factors for the delayed operation of trains at the national-level. Moreover, in most cases alarm chains are pulled by passengers for many trivial reasons.

Despite being punishable under the Railway Act, passengers do not hesitate in stopping the trains by pulling alarm chains even if there is no such emergency situation.

During the awareness campaign, the passengers were asked to use the Railways Security Helpline number 182 which is functional round the clock.

“Though Bhubaneswar railway station has witnessed less chain pulling cases compared to other stations, we are organising such awareness drive to ensure zero chain pulling here,” said RPF inspector-in-charge Kalu Sethy.

The passengers can also alert the RPF and register their complaint by dialing to RPF security helpline number 182, Sethy added.

” In maximum cases, we have noticed that passengers who arrive late at the station are engaged in chain pulling incidents. The special campaign has been launched to raise awareness among the passengers so that they can use the facility only in case of emergency, ” said Chittaranjan Das, the station manager.

“The passengers are being advised to reach the station at least 20 minutes in advance so that there is no rush and they can board trains without hassles, ” Das added.