Rlys yet to eliminate 14,853 unmanned crossings

Currently, there are total of 32,694 level crossings across the country out of which 14,853 are unmanned.

Last Updated: Jul 07, 2011, 18:11 PM IST

New Delhi: Despite frequent accidents at
unmanned railway crossings like the one in Kanshiram Nagar in
Uttar Pradesh which left at least 37 people dead in the wee
hours on Thursday, Railways are yet to eliminate about 14,000 such
crossings across the country.

Currently, there are total of 32,694 level crossings
across the country out of which 14,853 are unmanned.

Railways` drive to sensitise road users about the
safety rules to be followed at unmanned level crossings has
not given the required results as accidents are taking place
frequently at these crossings claiming hundreds of lives
every year.

While 229 people were killed at unmanned level
crossings in 2010-11, 95 people have lost lives in 2011-12.

However a senior Railway Ministry official with the
safety drive claimed that though frequent rail accidents at
unmanned level crossing is a cause of concern for the
Railways, the accident rate has come down from 340 in 2002 to
229 in 2010.

According to the data prepared by the safety department
of railways, 48 train accidents had taken place at unmanned
level crossings in 2010 while there were 13 accidents so far
between April to July in the current year.

Busy level crossings are being replaced by road over
bridges (ROB), road under bridges (RUB) and limited height sub
ways (LHS) gradually, the official said.

Around 641 ROB/RUB/LHS were constructed under various
schemes in the year 2010-11.

At least 37 people were killed and 31 injured today
when a train rammed into a bus ferrying a marriage party at an
unmanned crossing in Uttar Pradesh.

PTI