To prevent vandals from damaging or misusing the premises
CHENNAI: Chepauk, Triplicane, Light House and Tirumayilai MRTS railway stations will soon get better protection, particularly to prevent vandals from damaging or misusing the premises.
Trouble from anti-social elements and the mess created by people from the nearby slums have discouraged commuters from using the environmental-friendly and quicker means of transport. Hence, Railway Protection Force (RPF) authorities have prepared a plan for setting up a security system, which includes installing gates at the northern and southern end of the stations, besides erecting a barbed wire fence around them.
The proposals have been sent to Southern Railway authorities, who have agreed to the installation of the security measures before the end of the financial year. According to a senior RPF official, the cost of putting up a fence and gates on two sides will not be more than Rs. 2 lakh per station. The railway administration should easily be able to allocate the funds to take up the work and complete it at the earliest.
The stations have become a place for the old and the sick, drunkards and anti-social elements due to the absence of security measures. For example, the Light House station was used by elderly persons driven away by their families in the nearby slums. The RPF held counselling programmes for them and finally they agreed to move out.
The Triplicane station faced a different problem. Inebriated men took refuge on the ground floor. The RPF authorities removed them after they gain consciousness. In order to avoid the recurrence of such kind of problems, regular patrolling was introduced in stations in the Park-Tiruvanmiyur section.
People living nearby also used the stations as public conveniences. The RPF brought in workers to clean the place. Systematic patrolling helped in keeping the place clean.
The existing strength of 36 is sufficient to man the 12 stations from Park to Tiruvanmiyur, provided Southern Railway enhances the structural security measures at the problematical stations. Once the work is completed, the stations will become a more secure and safer place for commuters, RPF authorities said. In order to instil confidence in the minds of commuters, two constables have been asked to escort the last few trains operated between Beach and Tiruvanmiyur stations.