RPF gets Segways to patrol major railway stations in Mumbai
After Mumbai Traffic Police, Railway Protection Force (RPF) personnel on Western Railway will be seen patrolling major suburban railway stations on Segways, the two-wheeled, self-balancing and battery-powered electric vehicles.
The vehicle, introduced on the Republic Day, will help the RPF in keeping an eye on every nook and corner of the railway stations, specially on long platforms, Western Railway’s Chief PRO Ravinder Bhakar said on Monday.
“This is the first-of-its-kind initiative by the Indian Railways. We have got six Segways and five more are expected in the next few weeks,” he said.
The Segways have been procured at a cost of Rs 78,000 each and will primarily be used when the stations are not overcrowded.
The six Segways that have already arrived will be used by RPF personnel at Churchgate, Mumbai Central, Bandra Terminus, Andheri and Borivali stations. The other five will be deployed at Bandra, Goregaon, Malad, Virar and Surat stations.
Segways were first used by Marine Drive police in South Mumbai to patrol on the promenade.
After successful training and implementation, more self-balancing vehicles were procured earlier this month to patrol the promenades at Bandra, Worli and Versova.