Bhubaneswar, Oct 30: Indian Railways has launched “Meri Saheli” initiative for focused action on security of women across all zones with an objective to provide safety and security to lady passengers travelling by trains for their entire journey from starting station to destination station.
In view of this, “Meri Saheli” project has been launched in East Coast Railway (ECoR) since October 17 for security of women passengers travelling alone in trains and New Delhi bound Special Rajdhani Express from Bhubaneswar was attended first in ECoR jurisdiction.
Altogether seven special trains are being manned by Meri Saheli team that includes Bhubaneswar-New Delhi Rajdhani Special, Bhubaneswar-Mumbai Konark Special, Puri-Durg Special, Puri-Howrah Daily Special, Visakhapatnam-New Delhi Special AP Express, Balangir-Bhubaneswar Special and Sambalpur-Puri Special trains.
Apart from this, Puri-New Delhi-Puri Purusottam Special Express, Puri-Ahmedabad Special, Howrah-Secunderabad Falaknuma Special, Howrah-Yesvantpur Duronto Special, Shalimar-Secunderabad AC Special, Howrah-Bhubaneswar Jan Shatabdi Special, Howrah-Trichirapalli Special and Korba-Visakhapatnam Special trains are being attended by Meri Saheli team enroute.
ECoR has engaged 226 RPF personnel to form 7 such teams at various important Stations like Khurda Road, Bhubaneswar, Puri, Visakhapatnam, Sambalpur, Balangir and Cuttack over its jurisdiction to handle this project.
A Google link has also been shared to all the Stations to upload the data of attending of the women passengers. Till now, altogether, 1085 numbers of women passengers travelling alone in trains have been attended and made aware about drugging & snatching and taking care of their luggages, etc.
Meri Saheli teams are not only attending the women passengers for their security, but also making them aware about the precautions to be taken to restrict the spread of Corona Virus and to follow COVID19 appropriate behavior during train journey. Women passengers are being encouraged to contact Helpline Number 182 in case of any untoward situation so that security personnel will be in touch at the earliest. Women passengers have praised this ‘Meri Saheli’ initiative taken by the Indian Railways.