Bokaro, July 21: General manager of South Eastern Railway A.K. Verma today dished out a host of promises for passengers of Bokaro, including provision of fool-proof security on trains, punctuality and better amenities.
Verma, who was on a scheduled inspection drive, asked all divisional railway managers to co-ordinate with deputy commissioners and SPs of their areas in order to beef up security on trains as well as negate the threat of Maoists, who often targeted railway property.
“We are committed towards providing total security to passengers. Railway managers, along with RPF and GRP jawans, are working hard towards achieving this objective. There has been a fall in Naxalite-related activities in the zone, but we cannot afford to get complacent. We need to be more alert and keep up the pressure,” Verma said.
He added that close to 183 trains passed through Bokaro zone and it was a Herculean task providing security on each one of them.
“However, we need to be more vigilant, especially during bandhs,” Verma said.
The general manager also claimed that the railways had been collaborating with senior police officers of the state and had drawn up new strategies, which included intensive patrolling of targets that are perceived as “soft” by the Maoists.
“We are also focussing on maintaining punctuality of schedule of trains, which we believe, will help us in gaining more revenue,” Mishra said.
He, however, expressed anguish over largescale encroachment of railway property that had taken place in and near the station.
Later, while touring the station complex, Verma also interacted with a number of passengers and took a note of their complaints.