Mumbai Railway Police to target illegal commuters travelling on disabled coaches
After many complaints from disabled commuters about government officials and men in uniform travelling in coaches reserved for disabled people, the Government Railway Police from Central Railways has decided to start a drive against such illegal commuting.
Authorities say that despite strong action, many people without disabilities continue to travel in coaches reserved for disabled people. So, they have decided to start a publicity campaign asking such people to avoid entering coaches reserved for people with disabilities.
The police say that disabled people have repeatedly complained about the problems they face while boarding and getting off trains. This is especially true for trains from Kalyan, Dombivli and Thane stations during peak hours in the morning and those heading back to Thane and Dadar during the evening rush hour.
In the last one year, the number of people without disabilities travelling illegally in the Central Railway coaches reserved for disabled people has gone up by 30%. Despite tough action, men in uniform continue travel in coaches reserved for disabled people.
In March 2018, 1,548 able-bodied commuters were caught travelling in coaches reserved for disabled people. Out of these, 710 commuters were charged under sections of Right of Persons with Disability (RPWD) Act, 2016. The police has also imposed a fine of Rs one lakh or imprisonment of up to two years on those caught breaking the law.