Bhubaneswar: Railway Protection Force (RPF) personnel can now move from one place to another during their patrolling duty on battery operated and eco-friendly Segway System inaugurated at the Bhubaneswar Railway Station on Tuesday in presence of RPF’s Principal Chief Security Commissioner Raja Ram and Khurda Road Divisional Railway Manager Sashikant Singh.
Introduced by East Coast Railway (ECoR), the Segways will help RPF personnel in safety of passengers and protection of Railway properties. This hi-tech patrolling system will increase the mobility and response time of RPF personnel and will be helpful in more visible policing. This will also solve the passenger’s grievance quickly at Station.
The Segway System has been introduced in many important Stations of the country. Introduction of this facility is second in ECoR and first in Odisha. It has been introduced a few days back at Visakhapatnam under ECoR jurisdiction. RPF personnel have been trained and more Segway will be introduced as per the feasibility.
A total of six Segways were introduced today at a cost of Rs 4,91,400 as cost per unit is Rs 81,900. Twelve RPF personnel have been trained to operate the Segways which will initially run at Bhubaneswar, Cuttack and Puri railway stations which are covered under Integrated Security System.
If the initiative proves to be a success, the ECoR has planned to introduce more Segways, two each at all important stations. Being battery operated, the Segways are pollution free and eco-friendly.
Each Segway has a horn and light facility, can run at 18 kmph, turn 360 degrees and theft proof as it is remote controlled. It takes around 6-7 hours to charge a Segway and it can run upto 30 kilometres at a single charge. It will be recharged through battery charging point kept at station.
It is worthwhile to mention that RPF receives reports of theft cases or snatching cases including cases of abusing, nuisance by passengers through twitter or through Security Helpline Number 182. These kinds of problems will be solved faster with the introduction of Segway.