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New Delhi: The Indian Railway Ministry might soon launch a website for missing children who are found or rescued particularly from trains or railway stations. The website will carry details of children who ran away from their homes or were trafficked, along with their pictures, so they can be reunited more easily with their families.

About 200 child care kiosks are also planned across major railway stations in the country that will be nodal centres to help rescued children.

Suresh Prabhu, Minister of Railways, along with Maneka Gandhi, Minister for Women and Child Development, inaugurated one of the first of the 200 upcoming child care kiosks spread across the country, on Wednesday, at the New Delhi Railway Station.

The child care kiosks, which will acts as prime centres for rescued children, are planned to be put up in various major railway stations in India.

The Divisional Railway Manager of Northern Railway, Delhi Division, Arun Arora said: “The kiosks are being put up primarily to help children who either run away from homes or are trafficked, mainly from the eastern part of the country or Nepal who land up in Delhi,” quoted The Hindu.

Arora said that the website was created on Prabhu’s instructions which called for a website showing the pictures of children rescued from railways and linked to khoyapaya.gov.in – a similar website which is run by the Ministry of Women and Child Development.

The ministers also launched the ‘Posters for Child Protection’, which will be pasted on each of the Indian Railways operated 50,000 coaches. The posters have been created to “to involve public and generate awareness,” said Arora. “They contain instructions on what to do if they find a child,” he said.

“About 20 such kiosks will come up in Delhi Division alone, the first being at New Delhi railway station. In 2014-15, we have rescued 1,711 such children from Delhi,” he added.

A helpline has also been started by the Indian Railway which people can use to call in case they have information on children who are wandering around on the stations or inside the trains, generally looking lost.

“Any passenger who sees a child loitering around can bring the child to the kiosk, which is being manned by NGOs 24X7, besides RPF personnel and our commercial staff. The kiosks will serve as an interface between the parents of the children or childcare centres if parents are not available,” said Arora.

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Indian Railways Will Promote Heritage Tourism By Preserving Its Metre-Gauge Tracks

The trains are allowed to run at a maximum speed of 30 km per hour, which reduces to 20 km per hour in accident-prone areas.

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Moving beyond the five hill networks that are major tourist attractions, Indian Railways is planning to also preserve its old five-metre gauge tracks built during its early days in the British era to promote heritage tourism.

“As part of the strategy to preserve the metre-gauge lines, Indian Railways is planning to preserve few metre-gauge lines, which have the potential to attract more tourists,” a senior Railway Ministry official told IANS, requesting anonymity.

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Indian Railways to promote tourism by preserving its meter gauge tracks.

“The decision to preserve the metre-gauge lines was taken at a meeting on February 3. Railway Board Chairman Ashwani Lohani, stressing on the need to preserve the metre-gauge lines to promote the heritage structures of Indian Railways, asked the officials to identify such railway tracks on which the tourism can be promoted,” the official said.

“Thus we have identified five lines for preservation — the 42.27 km Visavadar-Talala line in Gujarat, the 16 km Mhow-Patalpani-Kalakand line in Madhya Pradesh, the 162 km Mavli Junction-Marwar Junction line in Rajasthan, the 171 km Nanpur-Mailani line in Uttar Pradesh and the 47 km Mahur-Harangjao metre-gauge line in Assam,” he said.

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“Four of the metre-gauge lines are in working condition, while the one line located in Assam is not operational right now,” he added. The official also said that the Railway Ministry has written to the zonal railways to check the operational feasibility of these tracks. “Once the response from zonal railways is received by the third week of April, the ministry will formally launch the project,” he said.

Giving details of some of the five lines, the official said: “The Visavadar-Talala metre-gauge line passes through the Gir forest in Gujarat and there is thus a speed restriction. Currently, only three trains pass through this section in the day.”

The Mhow-Patalpani-Kalakund line, the official said, passes through picturesque mountains, valleys, tunnels, ravines and crosses the Choral and Malendi rivers, which makes the journey very memorable, especially after the rains.

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According to the official, this line was laid by the British about 150 years ago and passes through of the Vindhyachal mountain range. The official said that the Nanpur-Mailani metre-gauge railway track in Uttar Pradesh crosses through the Dudhwa Tiger reserve. The Railways currently operates six trains on the section. The trains are allowed to run at a maximum speed of 30 km per hour, which reduces to 20 km per hour in accident-prone areas.

The British laid this track in the 19th century for transporting timber from Nepal’s forests and from the forests on the border. Currently, the five hill trains — Darjeeling Himalayan train, Nilgiri Mountain Railway, Kalka-Shimla Railway, Kangra Valley Railway and Matheran Hill Railway — are a major attraction for tourists in India. IANS