The Northern Railways is mulling over the idea of starting programmes by roping in locals and schools apart from providing training to schoolbus drivers to make them aware about unmanned crossings. This was stated by Vivek Sahay,Northern Railways General Manager,on an inspection visit to the Ludhiana railway station today.
Replying to a query about the increased number of accidents at railway crossings in the Ferozepur division,Sahay said the possible solution to avoiding accidents lies in making locals aware of the risks involved in crossing unmanned level crossings.
The Ferozepur division has the highest number of level crossings as compared to other divisions. There are about 2,500 level crossings and nearly 1,000 of them which are unmanned. It is practically not possible to convert all of them into manned level crossings. What we are planning to do is to have one manned crossing for two or three unmanned crossings within a distance of one kilometer, Sahay said.
The performance of the division in providing the various amenities to passengers has improved with the construction of waiting rooms and circulating area at various stations, he said.