After three recent incidents of rooftop travel, the Railway Protection Force (RPF) has launched a drive against those who travel on the rooftops of trains, putting not only their lives, but also those of co-passengers, at risk.
Of the three recent incidents, two were on the harbour line and one on Central Railway’s (CR) main line.
On June 2, the first day of the drive, the RPF took action against 22 persons. “They were either travelling on the rooftops or performing stunts, endangering lives,” said a CR spokesperson. He said that CR general manager Subodh Jain had announced an award of Rs 50,000 for their timely action.
Earlier, the RPF had a team of 12 personnel to curb rooftop travel. Recently, 13 more were added to this team, taking the number to 25. Last month, the RPF took action against 342 persons for rooftop travel and related offences, and collected fines totalling Rs 59,900 from them.
Central Railway sources say there are more rooftop travellers on the harbour line, particularly the Wadala-Mankhurd section, as compared to the main line.
CR officials are increasingly concerned over the growing cases of rooftop travel, more so as they plan to convert their overhead power line from 1,500 volts direct current (DC) to 25,000 volts alternate current (AC) by the end of the year.