Mumbai: The Government Railway Police (GRP) has appealed to the state government to extend its jurisdiction over the metro and monorail network in the city. The GRP said many of the criminals active on railway lines in MMR are also active on metro and monorail lines.
“We have written to the state government, requesting them to hand over the monorail and metro lines to the GRP,” said Mumbai GRP commissioner Quaiser Khalid, who heads the police force that oversees law and order in the suburban local rail network. Also long distance rail network from Mumbai CSMT to Kasara, Mumbai CSMT to Karjat, Mumbai CSMT to Panvel and Churchgate to Palghar.
At present, if any crime occurs on a metro line or monorail, the crime is registered by the police station within the city limits.
“There are no dedicated police stations for the monorail or the metro. The 11.4 km long east-west (Versova-Andheri-Ghatkopar) corridor of the Mumbai Metro started 12 elevated stations in 2014. But so far the local police have registered only 99 cases related to crimes committed on the metro line. A police officer.
“Not a single crime has been registered on the Chembur to Jacob Circle monorail route,” he said.
“It cannot be said that there have been no crimes on the monorail and only 99 crimes on the metro line since its inception in 2014. The same conglomerates that operate in the main railway network are active in metro trains. And. Such gangs are already under our watch. Also, there is no police presence at metro and monorail stations. Thus, if these routes are taken over by the GRP, police presence can be provided there, said a senior police officer.
With no police stations at railway stations, he believes that if one were to register a crime, say theft in the metro, he or she would have to travel to the nearest police station, the official said. Almost all police stations are 2 to 3 kilometers away, which discourages complainants from reporting incidents to the police and pursuing the matter with the police.
“At GRP we register a crime at any place and then it is transferred to the concerned police station where the crime took place. This will help people register crimes while traveling and also in metro and monorail, said a police officer.
“We have come up with this proposal to add several new metro and monorail lines and are now waiting for the government’s approval,” said a police officer.
Several metro lines like Colaba-BKC-SEEPZ, Dahisar to Andheri, Wadala to Thane and Wadala to Mumbai CSMT are under construction and expected to be commissioned in the near future, the official said. “If the GRP gets jurisdiction over the law and order situation on the monorail and metro lines, it will help in planning and executing the stations with safety in mind,” the official said.