Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala today asked
Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee to take steps to avoid
accidents at the unmanned level crossings in the state
in view of recent mishaps including the one that led to
death of two German tourists at Mararikkulam near Alappuzha.
In a letter to Banerjee, Chief Minister V S Achuthanandan
wanted the railways to employ staff at such level-crossings
and improve the signal system.
Several lives had been lost in accidents at unmanned level
crossings along Ernakulam-Alappuzha-Kayamkulam sector over
the years. If such accidents had to be avoided, the raiwlays
should take necessary measures, he said.
Meanwhile, the Southern Railway said a massive public
awareness campaign had been launched by the Safety
Organisation jointly with the Thiruvananthapuram division
of railways on the matter.
A four-day counselling programme for road users began today
coering 47 unmanned level crossings in Ernakulam-Kayamkulam