Railways have provided an Alarm Chain Pulling (ACP) option in Suburban and Mail / Express trains for use during emergency purposes only. Of late the authority has seen that passengers are resorting to ACP for frivolous reasons like arriving late, alighting/boarding at intermediate stations etc.
The act of ACP in a train not only affects the running of that particular train but also has a cascading effect on the trains that run behind it. In a suburban system like Mumbai Division, this results in the late running of Mail / Express and suburban trains hampering its punctuality. Further, the misuse of ACP for the convenience of one or few passengers ends up causing inconvenience to all other passengers.
Central Railways Mumbai Division is keeping a close tab on such unreasonable ACP incidents. It registered 157 cases of unreasonable ACP cases for the period April 1, 2022, to April 20, 2022. Out of these, about 108 passengers have been prosecuted and an amount of INR 47,200 has been realized as a penalty.
Railways appeal to the passengers not to resort to ACP for frivolous reasons thereby inconveniencing the rest of the travellers. Resorting to ACP in unnecessary circumstances is a punishable offence under section 141 of the Railways Act.
Railways also appealed to passengers to reach the terminus/station at least 30 minutes before the departure of their respective trains and carry limited luggage. Passengers may also utilize the services of battery-operated cars or use wheelchairs available at the Station Manager’s office for movement of Senior citizens, differently-abled persons etc. to reach the desired coach so that boarding of trains can be done smoothly and in time, thus avoiding the use of Alarm Chain pulling for unnecessary reasons.