WESTERN RAILWAY’S RPF INTENSIFIES DRIVE AGAINST UNAUTHORISED HAWKERS AND VENDORS
Photo Caption: RPF staff alongwith the unauthorized hawkers & vendors apprehended from railway premises as well as trains at Borivali station.
Western Railway conducts regular drives against unauthorized hawking in railway premises, especially, in the present scenario of COVID-19 pandemic. In continuation to this, the RPF staff of Western Railway’s Mumbai Division has launched 15 days intensive drive to curb the menace of unauthorized hawkers and vendors inside trains and in railway premises.
According to a press release issued by Shri Sumit Thakur – Chief Public Relations Officer of Western Railway, an intensive drive of 15 days has been launched from 1st to 15th August, 2021 to curb the menace of unauthorised hawkers and vendors inside trains and in railway premises, by the RPF personnel of Mumbai Division. on the first day of the drive, 52 cases were registered while 78 cases were registered on the second day, taking the total to 130 cases. It is worth mentioning that in the last 6 days, RPF has caught 479 hawkers in Mumbai Division out of which 423 were caught inside local and Mail/Express trains and 56 were caught in railway premises.
Shri Thakur further stated that, it is illegal to sell any good inside railway premised without a valid licence. Also, these unauthorised hawkers sell unhygienic goods and flout COVID norms. WR’s RPF staff apprehends and prosecutes such unauthorised hawkers under section 144 of Railways Act, with punishment of imprisonment upto one year or with fine upto Rs. 2000/- or both.