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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)

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Crossing Railway Tracks in Mumbai? Yamraj will Find you and Teach you a Lesson. Literally

This Yamraj ji saves lives

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As per Hindu mythology, Yamraj is the lord of death and justice. Wikimedia Commons

The Western Railway on Thursday launched an innovative campaign in Mumbai to spread awareness, save lives and discourage trespassing.

In pictures shared by the Western Railway on micro-blogging site Twitter, a person dressed as Yamraj is seen carrying people attempting to cross railway tracks on his shoulder.

As per Hindu mythology, Yamraj is the lord of death and justice.

“This Yamraj ji saves lives. He catches people who are endangering their lives by trespassing the railway tracks, only to save them. This Yamraj picks up people to release them safely. Please do NOT cross tracks, it’s dangerous,” the Western Railway tweeted.

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In pictures shared by the Western Railway on micro-blogging site Twitter, a person dressed as Yamraj is seen carrying people attempting to cross railway tracks on his shoulder. Wikimedia Commons

The post from Western Railway has gone viral and attracted hundreds of memes, jokes and funny reactions.

Here are some reactions on the Yamraj tweet:

A women tweeted: “It’s very nice social message to teach valuable lesson to those commuters not following the safety rules #Andheri #Yamraj. Hope people learn from this awareness drive for their own wellbeing.”

“At #andheristation, new initiative taken against people who is crossing railway track #yamraj is coming to pick them up,” another user tweeted.

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A person with the usnername @srivastava_neh tweeted: “#Yamraj on Special duty! Kudos to @WesternRly & #RPF for this innovative awareness campaign about the dangers of trespassing & crossing railway lines. Other zone must come up with the similiar ideas in order to curb the menace.”

“Personal safety is important and there is always someone waiting. So don’t let “Yamraj” wait for you. Don’t cross railway line by foot but use foot over bridge. Same should while crossing Highways,” another tweet read. (IANS)