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Railway Cracking Down on Sale of Unauthorized Brands of Drinking Water at All Major Railway Stations

Among those arrested were four Pantry Car managers

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The drive 'Operation Thirst', launched on July 8-9, also led to the offenders being fined Rs 6,80,855. Pixabay

Cracking down on the sale of unauthorized brands of drinking water at all major railway stations, the Railway Protection Force (RPF) has arrested 1,371 persons and seized over 69,000 bottles.

The drive ‘Operation Thirst’, launched on July 8-9, also led to the offenders being fined Rs 6,80,855.

Among those arrested were four Pantry Car managers. Several stalls at railway stations were found to be selling packaged drinking water bottles of unauthorized brands, an official statement said.

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Cracking down on the sale of unauthorized brands of drinking water at all major railway stations. Pixabay

Determined to go to the root of the corruption, the special drive will be followed by continuous action by Principal Chief Security Commissioners.

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All the Zonal Principal Chief Security Commissioners (PCSC) were asked to crackdown on the sale of unauthorized packaged water brands. (IANS)

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Railway Protection Force Using Segways to Get Around Ahmedabad Station

The railway platform here stretches up to 800 metre and the Segway helps reach the different corners faster to help people

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Segway, the two-wheeled, self-balancing, personal transporter that has become a rage in the West. Pixabay

Segway, the two-wheeled, self-balancing, personal transporter that has become a rage in the West, has come to the Ahmedabad Railway Station for the use of the Railway Protection Force (RPF).

Officers of the RPF could be seen cruising on the railway platforms at a speed of 8-10 km per hour on the Segways, which help them in better crowd control and patrolling at the railway station in Kalupur.

Gracious Fernandes, Inspector of the RPF, Ahmedabad, told IANS, “The railway platform here stretches up to 800 metre and the Segway helps reach the different corners faster to help people.

“The battery operated Segways come handy in reaching and controlling the crowd at the station quickly as well as for overall patrolling.”

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Officers of the RPF could be seen cruising on the railway platforms at a speed of 8-10 km per hour on the Segways. Pixabay

As many as six Segways were put into work at the Kalupur railway station on May 23. The RPF officers were trained to use it in a day, Fernandes said.

“It is the initiative of the Ahmedabad railway division and the Segways are of immense help to the RPF as they can aid people in need in no time,” Railway Public Relations Officer (PRO) Pradeep Sharma told IANS. He said each machine would have cost around Rs 1 lakh.

Fernandes said, “The Ahmedabad railway station is quite big. There are as many as 12 platforms and covering all of them on feet takes a long time. With the Segways, our work becomes faster and more efficient.”

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He could not recall any untoward incident since the Segways were introduced on May 23. (IANS)