Dhubri, Oct. 16: Six unmanned railway level crossings from Dhubri to Golokganj will be turned into manned ones and be operational within a month, said an assistant divisional engineer who inspected the work today.
In view of frequent mishaps at unmanned level crossings after train services resumed on the Golokganj track in 2011, the railway department surveyed the track and approved six manned level crossings.
The crossings are coming up near Modergola on Dhubri-Gauripur Road, Gauripur, Dumordoh, Balajan, Nandini and Golokganj.
The assistant divisional engineer of Alipur railway division, S. Sekhar, who visited all the six level crossings and took stock of progress of the work, told The Telegraph that all six crossings would be operational one by one within a month.
“Most of the work has been done. Only electric and telephone lines are left to be connected. There are a few minor things which would be completed soon, so that at least one level crossing could be inaugurated within this week,” Sekhar said.
Altogether 27 people died on this railway track, including three who had died near Dhubri when a train rammed into a Cruiser on February 5 last year.
A source in Dhubri railway station said the railway ministry had taken up a plan in 2010-2011 to man 202 level crossings. Of these, 110 are in Assam.
Chief convener of Dhubri Bikash Aru Pragati Manch, Shyamal Sanyal, while expressing satisfaction over the completion of manned level crossings in Dhubri district, said the railway department should also now seriously consider converting all the unmanned level crossings into manned ones in Assam.