The Telegraph
Wednesday , June 4 , 2014
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Double drive for safety on railway tracks

- Ranchi hosts seminar, Jamshedpur relays awareness messages on level crossing day

Every village along railway tracks must have a level crossing. This was the unanimous demand of 70 rural representatives who attended a seminar organised by Ranchi railway division in Hatia on Tuesday, the International Level Crossing Day

But, divisional railway manager Deepak Kashyap explained to them that providing level crossing everywhere was not feasible. “Too many level crossings adversely affect rail movement. Rather, we are emphasising on low height subways at strategic points,” he said, adding that the primary objective was safety.

The Ranchi railway division has 178 level crossings of which half are unmanned.

If the capital hosted a safety seminar, steel city Jamshedpur opted for announcements and awareness posters at vulnerable points along tracks.

A senior official posted at Chakradharpur railway division said that the day was being observed in a special way this year because of a unique reason. The official, on the condition of anonymity, said South Eastern Railway (SER) had decided to increase the speed some express trains and level crossings, especially the unmanned ones, were hurdles on the way.

“At present, express and superfast trains run at a maximum speed of 105kmph between Kharagpur and Chakradharpur railway divisions on the Howrah-Mumbai main line. The SER has plans to increase the limit 120kmph. As there are several unmanned level crossings between the two divisions, the SER has started the special drive to spread awareness among people,” he pointed out.

Under Chakradharpur division, there are a total of 21 level crossings of which 14 are unmanned.

“While negotiating a level crossing, see left and right to ensure that no train is coming from either side,” said loudspeakers at Tatanagar station. The announcement was also made in Hindi.

Apart from spreading awareness, the SER has also decided to build subways and over-bridges to facilitate safe passengers traffic.