How railways got rid of all unmanned crossings, a year ahead of deadline
NEW DELHI: Indian railways did away with at least 11 of its thousands of unmanned level crossings every day during the past 10 months to eliminate these death traps.
The last such crossing on broad-gauge lines was converted into a gated one in Allahabad on Thursday, the same day railway minister Piyush Goyal confirmed in his budget speech that these unmanned crossings were a thing of the past.
According to railway ministry officials, an accident on April 16, 2018 involving a school van at such a crossing on Kaptanganj-Thawe section in UP that claimed 13 lives was the turning point for putting the focus on quickly doing away with these crossings.
“The ministry had told the Parliament these crossings would be a thing of past by March 2020. But work on a war footing was undertaken to complete the task earlier after the accident,” said an official. The number of accidents at unmanned level crossings has been at an all-time low at only three during this fiscal as compared to 65 in 2009-10.
Sources said in most of the cases either mechanised or manual system of operating gates have been operationalised to stop vehicles from crossing the tracks when trains go past these spots. They added at some crossing, they have route relay interlocking system where the rail traffic flow is higher.
Officials said the railways had zeroed down on four models to eliminate the crossings including merger with another level crossing by constructing diversion road, construction of subway or rail under bridge and manning. The last option was found to be most cost effective and less time taking. Building rail under and over bridges often require land acquisition and other permissions.
Aditya - 8 hours ago -Follow
this govt is working in every field ensure prosperity and safety of ppl of india but its bad luck of india ppl hrre dont want prosperity and safetly they want freebies.saaalli slave metality abhi tak gayi hi nahi.hope coming electiom dont bring back chors and looter.vote for bjp.god bless india
Vijay Bhatt - 8 hours ago -Follow
BJP is reqired for next 50 years
India will be world safest place to live
Surendra Khanna - 8 hours ago -Follow
Congressmen should feel ashamed, if they have any human value in a corner of their heart, these people are cursed to nation, they are indirectly responsible for thousands of innocents. corrupt minsters like Lalu and Mamata appointed by corrupt family did nothing for poor people
paarth d - 6 hours ago -Follow
I am trying hard to think about the UPA days and I can''t recollect a single railway minister during that time who worked with such care and concern and at such attention to detail.
ONE LINER Challenge - 5 hours ago -Follow
FIXING RAILWAYS IS THE MOST TOUGHEST PROBLEM DUE THE SHEER SIZE OF RAILWEAYS
AND MODI FIXED ALL PROBLEMS IN A JIFFY
Eland Kumar - 6 hours ago -Follow
Gov does so much but we have so much rotten people... Yesterday they did a trial run of a new railway between Agra and Delhi and some people threw stones on it from outside, When so many people are just lousy, its hard -- how much can govt do?
Parbat Panwar - 6 hours ago -Follow
Till Modi is PM all likely hood of stopping the corruption and puttying the cheat and corrupts behind bar,
Aneesh - 3 hours ago -Follow
from Rafale to Railways , Roads, electricity, make in india......there are more than 1000 examples of modi's good work ..........we all as a indian should clap at least once .
Chandra Deshpande - pune - 4 hours ago -Follow
The Third Rate Congress Government has left the thousands of lives in disarray in the last 65 years
.Nation is changing under NAMO
Ravindran Nambiar - Puttur - 5 hours ago -Follow
once a dream now a reality.
Mahabali - Navi Mumbai - 1 hour ago -Follow
Good work by railway ministry.....now improving passenger safety should be the primary target....
nanksn - Planet earth - 6 hours ago -Follow
Another good job done by this govt..
Manu - New Delhi - 7 hours ago -Follow
Most people don't care about these crossings. Everyday one can see people sliding under these crossings to get to the other side. Many shahrukh khans even slide their motorcycles and scooters also when the train is seconds away. And when they die, they blame there was nobody at the railway crossing!!!!
jasvir singh Parmar - 2 hours ago -Follow
A great accomplishment by Railways under Modiji. Need of the hour NDA government for another term.
chandrasekhara reddy Cheemalapati - 1 hour ago -Follow
Many people of the country were addicted to drugs administered by corrupt and dynastic congress governments.Require deaddiction theraphy to change their mindset.Otherwise how can we digest the getting of votes by the congress people in elections.
Rajesh Singhal - 2 hours ago -Follow
Despite a large number of accidents at unmanned level crossings prior to 2014 were taking place but no step was taken to minimize the accidents. Let the days pass by being the motive of the previous government , the Congress. Today, good that the number of unmanned level crossings are being done away with and time will come soon when there would be no unmanned level crossings in the country.Good step taken by the Modi government.
raji195020 - Secunderabad - 1 hour ago -Follow
Current railway minister is better than most of several decades n not pm actually
Sandeep Kumar - 3 hours ago -Follow
Piyush goel is one of the best performing ministers of Modi !