Segways at Railway Stations
Segways is a two-wheeled, self-balancing personal transporter. Indian Railway introduced Segways at Railway stations to speeds up patrolling and facilitate the work of the security forces and Railway Protection Force (RPF) . It reduces the stress of the staff and increases their efficiency.
Railways Minister Piyush Goyal tweeted
A Segway has been introduced at a major railway station in Goa for security personnel to make announcement on the safety of passengers. The two-wheeled, self-balancing t-shaped transporter was seen on the platform of the Madgaon station.
“The Railways is using Segway at Goa’s Madgaon station to warn passengers about safety. This Segway speeds up and facilitates the work of the security forces, helping them work more efficiently with the help of technology,” Railways Minister Piyush Goyal tweeted, along with a video of a security official cruising on the Madgaon railway station platform with a Segway.
As he travels on the Segway, the security official announces, “When you travel, do not accept anything to eat or drink from strangers. It could have poison.” He also urges passengers not to touch unattended objects and to alert railway officials or the Railway Protection Force (RPF) if they spot any such items at the station.
The railways had introduced Segways at the Ahmedabad railway station in May last year for the use of the Railway Protection Force. Officers of the RPF could be seen cruising on the railway platforms at a speed of 8 to 10 km per hour on the Segways, which help them in better crowd control and patrolling at the railway station in Kalupur.
As many as six Segways were put into work at the Kalupur railway station in Ahmedabad. The RPF officers were trained to use it in a day.
EAST COAST RAILWAY
The Segway patrolling system has been already introduced in many important railway stations across the country. Under the East Coast Railway jurisdiction, this facility has been introduced a few days ago at Visakhapatnam railway station.
In a bid to improve mobility and response time of Railway Protection Force (RPF) personnel, Indian Railways has recently introduced the environment-friendly Segway patrolling system at Odisha’s Bhubaneswar railway station. An East Coast Railway official was quoted in a PTI report saying that during patrolling at railway stations, the battery-operated and eco-friendly Segway System will help RPF personnel to move from one place to another in less time and it will also help in crowd control. Moreover, the new system will also help RPF personnel for the safety of railway passengers as well as protection of railway properties, he claimed.
According to the official, the new hi-tech eco-friendly patrolling system will also increase mobility. Also, the system will improve the response time of RPF personnel as well as help in more visible policing. Additionally, the Segway patrolling system will also solve the passengers’ grievances quickly at the railway station. He further said that training has been provided to RPF personnel and more Segway patrolling systems will be introduced as per the feasibility.
According to the report, this Segway patrolling system has been already introduced in many important railway stations across the country. Under the East Coast Railway jurisdiction, this facility has been introduced a few days ago at Visakhapatnam railway station. With the help of Twitter and security helpline number 182, the RPF receives reports of snatching cases or theft cases including cases of nuisance by passengers, abusing, etc. With the introduction of the Segway patrolling system, these problems will be solved faster.
General Manager of East Coast Railway zone inaugurated the Segway patrolling system at Bhubaneswar railway station in presence of Principal Chief Security Commissioner of RPF, Raja Ram. To begin with, a total of six Segway units have been deployed in Bhubaneswar railway station by Indian Railways. The eco-friendly facility is likely to be introduced in Puri and Cuttack railway stations soon, the report said.
Railway Protection Force (RPF) of Chennai Division, Southern Railway has procured 6 Segways Self balancing scooters ( Segways are modern smart movement vehicles which can be used by the RPF Personnel to move faster during emergency ) at a cost of Rs.5,16,096 under the initiative ‘Enhanced mobility and enhanced visibility.
Dr.M.G.R Chennai Central station has a total of 12 platforms and beat staff have to cover the entire stretch many times during a day. Segways will help in reducing the response time to any emergency and will also reduce staff fatigue thus improving efficiency. Travelling at a max speed of 14km/hr, a single charge of 3 hrs, ensures a mileage of 30kms.