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“MISSION ZERO ACCIDENT” INDIAN RAILWAYS WORKING ON AN ACTION PLAN ON ELIMINATING UNMANNED LEVEL CROSSINGS IN RAILWAY NETWORK

 
 
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“MISSION ZERO ACCIDENT” INDIAN RAILWAYS WORKING ON AN ACTION PLAN ON ELIMINATING UNMANNED LEVEL CROSSINGS IN RAILWAY NETWORK
by System Administrator - Friday, 30 September 2016, 6:10 AM
 

By: M.S.Yatnatti: Editor and Video Journalist Bengaluru: RAILWAYS MUST ELIMINATE "UNMANNED LEVEL CROSSINGS” OPPOSITE RV COLLEGE GB LAYOUT III BLOCK AND "PROVIDE MANNED LC”.There are a total of 28,607 level crossings across the country of which 19,267 are manned and 9340 are unmanned. The official said of the total unmanned level crossings, around 6,388 are on broad gauge network and need priority attention for elimination. The unmanned level crossing opposite RV College need to be removed on priority and provide manned level crossing as daily thousands of people cross it without caring to their lives and they are helpless. This unmanned LC is going to be Feeder to Metro station coming at RV College .Immediate provision of level crossing is the priority asMetro station is coming at RV College .It is now very important that GB Layout people need to be given direct access to Mysore Road by providing Railway Under Bridge FOR LMV and pedestrians opposite RV College or Road over Bridge or at least a manned level crossing .The president KM Siddramu and his executive committee members of III block GB Layout resident welfare association who have made several rounds to BBMP head officeJC office MLA and MP Offices to get their grievances redressed by BBMP officers but till today no action is taken on their major demand despite MLA MP Local corporator recommended RUB.. Their major demand is Railway Under Bridge FOR LMV and pedestrians opposite RV College .Land is already acquired by BDA and approach road exists on both side .They want a simple magic box railway under bridge which can be constructed in just few days time and without much expenditure and it will solve 15 years demand .They also welcome a fly over being planned at LC 10 but it will be of no help to III block residents and it might take 10 years to complete. Thrust is on for construction of rail overbridge, rail underbridge and manning the unmanned level crossings to prevent accidents,


Ministry of Railways concerned over loss of innocent lives in incidents taking place at railway level crossings is working on a comprehensive scheme to eliminate all level crossings in the Indian Railways system expeditiously in a phased manner. Minister of Railways Shri Suresh Prabhu in his Railway Budget  2016-17 had announced "Mission Zero Accident” and "elimination of unmanned level crossings” formed a 'sub-mission' of this. It was announced that Indian Railways intends to eliminate all unmanned level crossings on Broad Gauge in the next 3-4 years for which innovative financing mechanisms are being developed.There are total 28607 level crossings in all in Indian Railways. Out of which 19267 level crossings are manned and 9340 level crossing are unmanned. Out of the total unmanned level crossings, around 6388 level crossing or on broad gauge network and  need priority attention for elimination.  Remaining 2952 unmanned level crossings exist on Meter-Gauge/Narrow Gauge network. The traffic density movement on a particular level crossing is defined by the concept called Train Vehicle Unit (TVU) which is multiplication of 'number of train units' by the 'number of road vehicle units' passing through that level crossing in 24 hours period. Indian Railways is endeavouring to eliminate all level crossings on Broad Gauge in a phased manner by either of the following methods.   i.   Closure  Closing unmanned level crossings having NIL/negligible Train Vehicle Unit (TVU).   ii. Merger - Merger of unmanned level crossing to nearby manned/unmanned level crossing or subway/Road Under Bridge (RUB)/ Road Over Bridge (ROB) by construction of diversion road.  iii. Provision of Subways/RUBs   iv.  Manning  - Phased manning of unmanned level crossings, which cannot be eliminated by above means. v. Unmanned level crossings on Meter Gauge/Narrow Gauge will preferably be eliminated during gauge conversion. The current action plan is focusing no eliminating almost all the Broad Gauge unmanned level crossing numbering 6352 in the next 3-4 years. While Indian Railways has eliminated 1148 level crossings and 1253 level crossing in 2015-16, it has scaled up its target and now plans to eliminate 1440 level crossings.It may be mentioned that substantial funds are required in the task of eliminating unmanned level crossing.  Till such time when all the unmanned level crossings are eliminated from the railway network, Indian Railways have been taking measures to prevent accidents at such level crossings.  The data indicates that most of the accidents at unmanned level crossing have taken place because of the negligence and carelessness on the part of the road user. As a temporary measure Ministry of Railways has deployed Gate Mitras (Gate Counselors) on outsourcing on contractual basis at identified vulnerable unmanned level crossings. The Gate Mitras have been sourced from Home Guard, Ex-Servicemen etc. also at various places and are provided suitable training for carrying out their duties by the Zonal Railways. They counsel and guide road users to take appropriate precautions while passing through level crossings. The deployment of Gate Mitras has led to reduction in a number of incidents at unmanned level crossings. In 2014-15, 50 accidents took place at unmanned level crossings while in 2015-16 it came down to 29. Till 1st April, 2016 a total 4326 Gate Mitras were deployed at vulnerable level crossings.

Conclusion: Thrust is on for construction of rail over bridge, rail under bridge and manning the unmanned level crossings to prevent accidents any one at opposite RV College Mysore Roadat KM 10.300-400(Near R V College Bus Stop)There are a total of 28,607 level crossings across the country of which 19,267 are manned and 9340 are unmanned. The official said of the total unmanned level crossings, around 6,388 are on broad gauge network and need priority attention for elimination to achieve the "zero accident” target. The unmanned level crossing opposite RV College need to be removed on priority and provide manned level crossing as daily thousands of people cross it without caring to their lives and they are helpless. This unmanned LC is going to be Feeder to Metro station coming at RV College .Immediate provision of level crossing is the priority asMetro station is coming at RV College . Their major demand is Railway Under Bridge FOR LMV and pedestrians opposite RV College .Land is already acquired by BDA and approach road exists on both side .They want a simple magic box railway under bridge which can be constructed in just few days time and without much expenditure and it will solve 15 years demand .They also welcome a fly over being planned at LC 10 but it will be of no help to III block residents and it might take 10 years to complete.