Hyderabad: The ‘International Union of Railways’ will observe June 9 as International Level Crossing Awareness Day, according to the South Central Railways.
Indian Railways is participating in this global campaign to sensitize road users to increase safety at unmanned level crossings. The International Level Crossing Awareness Day focuses on educational measures and the promotion of safe behaviour at and around level crossings.
The number of accidents at unmanned level crossings occurring on Indian Railways is a cause of concern.
At present, there are a total 2295 level crossings over South Central Railway, out of which 1038 are unmanned level crossings, where the accidents occur primarily due to inadequate precautions by the road users failing to observe mandatory sign boards, signals and basic traffic safety rules.
Special Safety Drive: South Central Railway has launched a seven days long safety drive specially targeting safety at unmanned level crossings with effect from 9th June, 2011. The drive focuses on organizing public awareness campaigns to educate/ counsel the road users and make them aware of the relevant provisions related to safe crossing of Level Crossing.
Besides, organizing safety Seminars at various places in the Divisions including Road Transport offices and Educational institutions and checking the whistling habits of Loco Pilots while approaching the level crossings by deputing officers and supervisors in the first coach immediately after the Locos of the trains.
Joint ambush checks involving Railway Protection Force, Government Railway Police and Civil Authorities at the level crossings to apprehend errant road users under sections of Motor Vehicle Act. The Railways will a also concentrate on ensuring availability of speed breakers whistle boards, road signs and stop boards etc., at Level Crossing gates.
South Central Railway has formulated a Safety Action Plan to eliminate unmanned Level Crossing gates by various schemes such as replacement of Unmanned Level Crossings through construction of Limited Height subways, Road Over Bridges, Road Under Bridges and manning of Unmanned Level Crossing Gates etc.
During 2010-11, 198 Unmanned Level Crossing gates have been eliminated.
Apart from elimination of Unmanned Level Crossings a large number of campaigns / programs are being organized.
Short video films are being screened on Close Circuit Televisions provided at stations. Co-operation from all Road Vehicle Owners / Users is solicited in following procedures Viz,. Stopping and looking out for train in both directions before crossing the track at Unmanned Level Crossings. Co-operation of Road Users is solicited to achieve Zero accidents at Level Crossing gates.(INN)