New Delhi, June 10: "To stop train pull chain" notice inside railway coaches will soon be thing of the past.
Reportedly the Railways has decided to do away with the age old facility which was more often misused. Not only that, unnecessary chain pulling led to huge loss of revenues to the public transporter.
In the backdrop of this, Railways has decided that it will call off this facility and instead provide passengers other alternative.
Passengers would get in direct touch with the loco pilots in case of emergency. They would be provided the contact number of the drivers.
The measure has already been initiated by the Railways by removing the chains in existing coaches, officials said, adding communications have been sent to the coach manufacturing units as well.
Chain pulling has been a big menace across the railway network, especially in states such as Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, leading to delays and a drain on the railway exchequer. Of particular concern was its misuse for nefarious activities.
The proposal to remove the facility was in the offing for quite some time and there had a lengthy deliberation of this, officials said. However, to ensure that genuine passengers in emergency do not face trouble, Railways have decided to engage staff in some coaches of a train who would be present with a walkie talkie and assist the passengers.
(With inputs from PTI)