Bouncers of private company drive away miscreants from Pune station
The Indian Railway Station Development Corporation (IRSDC) had handed over the Pune junction to BVG to manage the facility from February 15.
Pune: The Indian Railway Station Development Corporation (IRSDC) had handed over the Pune junction to BVG to manage the facility from February 15.
BVG has started their work and has deployed four ‘bouncers’ to get rid of miscreants such as petty thieves, alcoholics, etc taking shelter on its platforms at night.
As per details by sources from the railways, after taking charge of the railway station, BVG has deployed bouncers, who are managing the crowds on the foot over-bridges, platforms and outside the main building. They work in pairs of two in morning and night shifts.
On the condition of anonymity, one of the bouncers said, “Many miscreants use the Pune junction as a shelter. We are not authorised to check tickets, but when we spot people sleeping on the platform, we ask them to leave the premises. During the peak hours, passengers squat on the FOB and our job is to only free the premises.”
“We started our duty last week. Initially, passengers resisted, as we do not have uniforms like the Railway Protection Force (RPF) and Government Railway Police (GRP). During night patrolling, we found two people loitering around platform number 2 and 3. When we approached them, they tried to run away. We handed them over to the GRP,” said the bouncer.
“We come across a large number of alcoholics on platform number six during night patrolling. We round up the ones who loiter around the platform drunk or playing cards, etc,” said another bouncer.
However, Railway Pravasi Manch, Pune President Harsha Shah said managing the Pune junction by BVG has given relief to RPF personnel. BVG bouncers are doing what is expected from the RPF and GRP
“This is the duty of RPF, which is managed by BVG bouncers. Now, they are free and as a railway passenger, I can expect there will more GRP personnel on the trains,” said Shah.