New Delhi, Jul 3: The Indian Railways will raise Commando Battalions and will increase the number of women commandos. This has been envisaged in the Railway Budget 2009-10 presented in the Lok Sabha on Friday, Jul 3.
Presenting the Budget, Mamata Banerjee said that women RPF squads would be deployed for security of women passengers, particularly in sections where a large number of women travel alone regularly.
She said that though law and order is a State subject, the Railways would work together with all the agencies concerned to ensure safe journey for the passengers.
Regarding the safety related matters, she said that the present mechanism of cost sharing for the construction of road over bridges and road under bridges between the Railways and the State Governments needed to be reviewed as such bridges are extremely important from safety point of view.
The Minister emphasised that a new approach in this regard would be developed with assured funding to ensure turnkey execution of these projects and sought Planning Commission's support in this regard.
"Anti-Collision device will be put in place in 1700 km in two years. This device prevents train collision and is operational in 1736 track so far," she said.