Broad gauge lines to be free from un­manned level cross­ings soon

Au­thor­i­ties ad­vanced the March 2020 dead­line af­ter the Go­rakh­pur in­ci­dent.

The Sunday Guardian - - Nation -

How­ever, this dead­line was ad­vanced in the wake of the Go­rakh­pur tragedy. The re­duc­tion in UMLCs has brought down the num­ber of ac­ci­dents at th­ese cross­ings. In 2009-10, as many as 65 peo­ple died at th­ese cross­ings, while this num­ber came down to 10 in 2017-18.

Be­sides the 77 un­manned cross­ings on the broad gauge, there are 1,135 on me­tre gauge and 1,178 on the nar­row gauge lines. How­ever, there is no such plan for the nar­row gauge routes as th­ese are mostly in hilly ar­eas and the speed is very low. The of­fi­cial said pri­or­ity is given to busy tracks while the ones where only one or two trains pass in a day, will be taken up later.

Soon af­ter tak­ing charge, Rail­way Min­is­ter Piyush Goyal had held a meet­ing of top Rail­way of­fi­cials on 7 Septem­ber last year, es­pe­cially on the safety is­sues. Dur­ing the meet­ing, he had di­rected that all UMLCs should be elim­i­nated in the next one year.

In the meet­ing, it was de­cided to adopt a mul­ti­pronged strat­egy to elim­i­nate the re­main­ing UMLCs which would in­clude man­ning, con­struc­tion of rail­way un­der-bridges, di­ver­sions etc. It was also de­cided to share the progress of elim­i­na­tion work trans­par­ently on­line through a web­site to in­crease ac­count­abil­ity and pub­lic mon­i­tor­ing.

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