ECoR To Intensify Drive Against Unauthorised Vending In Trains And Station Premises

Bhubaneswar: East Coast Railway (ECoR) has launched the second phase of special drive to intensify strict action against unauthorised vending in trains and station premises. The first phase of the anti-hawking drive was started in July this year.

Anticipating increased presence of hawkers on the train during the festive season, ECoR has directed its officials including commercial and RPF teams to take strict action against the unauthorised hawkers. The drive is being led by Principal Chief Security Commissioner, Raja Ram.

ECoR had launched the drive in July and had taken action against unauthorised hawkers. “The situation has now changed drastically and passengers can easily purchase goods from the licensed vendors on the station,” said an official.

Railway officials said that possibility of the presence of anti-social elements among the hawkers also is a concern for the officials. “Many chain snatchers and thieves board the train in the guise of hawkers and target the passengers. Lifting of valuables from passengers is also a matter of concern for Railways. Most of such offences are committed by people who move around in the guise of hawkers,” said an official.

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