Veteran Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan, who is known to be vocal about social issues, now, has taken up the initiative to promote rail safety. The actor has been roped as a face of Indian Railways to promote safety. In a recent video shared by the Central Railways on its official YouTube channel, on Wednesday, October 24, a commuter can be seen attempting to cross the railway tracks when a train is entering a station, following which Big B appears on the screen to appeal to commuters not to change platforms by crossing railway tracks, as it can hurt them or even claim their lives. Instead, he suggested to use the foot over bridges to move from one platform to another.
"Crossing the rail track, or travelling on the roof of a train is life-threatening. While travelling, always follow the rules laid down by the railway authorities," ANI quoted him saying. He also added that before breaking rules, "Always remember that there is someone waiting for you back home".
Here's the video:
The initiative is a part of the government's 'Ek Safar Rail Ke Saath' campaign, in which two other short films on Rail Memoirs of Amitabh Bachchan and Heritage Walk of Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST), a United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) world heritage site, were also launched.
In the memoir video, Bachchan remembers how he used to watch the trains in his childhood. In the end part of the video, the actor yet again had a social message for his fans, wherein he mentioned that it is everyone's responsibility to keep railway stations clean and reiterated his message on safety from the first video. In the UNESCO video, he shared that CST should be something people should be proud of.
Amitabh Bachchan's message on rail safety was played at the Heritage Hall, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus Mumbai on Wednesday, October 24.
D.K. Sharma, General Manager, Central Railway while addressing the media said the short films will be showcased at all major stations and booking counters, and aired on social media platforms.
"Divisional Railway Managers have been advised to conduct awareness drive about dangers of trespassing. The videos will be forwarded to Railway Board for consideration so that it could act as a deterrent," he stated.
As per media reports, the videos were flared following the Choura Bazar train tragedy where 60 people lost their lives after a train ran over the crowd standing along the tracks to watch the burning of an effigy of Ravana, on Dussehra.
(With inputs from ANI)
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