North Central Railway
No. PR/NCR/04/2018Press ReleaseDate:27.04.2018
NCR LAUNCHES 30 DAYS SAFETY DRIVE TO PREVENT ACCIDENTS AT LEVEL CROSSINGS
Reaffirming its commitment to the safety of road users at Level Crossings (LCs)-in particular Unmanned Level Crossings (UMLCs)-the North Central Railway (NCR), under the guidance of its General Manager, Shri M.C.Chauhan has launched a 30 days’ intensive drive aimed at preventing accidents at level crossings. The drive, which was launched with effect from Thursday, 26th April, 2018 will cover both Manned and Unmanned Level Crossings across the territory of NCR. As regards the UMLCs, during the period of the driveit will be ensured that:
·‘Gatemitras’are present at all UMLCs.
·Sectional Permanent Way Inspectors monitor the availability of ‘Gatemitras’ at the UMLCs and will counsel the ‘Gatemitras’ deployed in their sections about the actions/precautions to be taken by them in order to prevent accidents from happening at UMLCs.
·Frequent announcements on branch line are made by ASMs though the available Public Address Systems in order to alert the public about the precautions to be taken while crossing an UMLC.
·Launching of intensive publicity campaign to educate and counsel the road usersabout the precautions to be taken while negotiating UMLCs through audio-visual, print, and electronic media.
·Launching of intensive publicity campaign to educate and counsel the villagers, schools and educational institutions about the importance of taking due precautions while crossing UMLCs through audio-visual, print and electronic media.
It is pertinent to mention here that as per section 161 of the Railways Act, negligence while crossing an UMLC by road users is punishable with imprisonment, which may extend to one year. The word ‘Negligence’ here means:
a)Not stopping or caring to stop the road vehicle near such a level crossing to observe whether any train or other approaching rolling stock is in sight.
b)Not stopping at such a level crossing even when approaching train/rolling stock is in sight.
As regards Manned Level Crossings, during the period of the drive it shall be ensured that there is:
·100% exchange of private numbers as per laid down procedure
·Availability of prescribed equipment at the LC gates, in good working order such as Chain, retro-reflective boards, banner flags etc.
·Availability of speed breakers on either side of LCs with proper condition of road surface at LCs.
·Adequate visibility of LCs to both Loco Pilots and Road Users
·Availability of working gate-lighting arrangement
·‘Ambush checks’ at LCs in order to check the alertness of gatemen & ASMs especially between 1:00 and 4:00 hours, and also to see if crossing of closed boom is being resorted to by road users.
·100 counselling of all gatemen, ASMs, Pointsmen etc.
Speaking on the drive and the precautions being taken to prevent accidents at level crossings GM/NCR Shri M.C.Chauhan said that in the year 2017-18, NCR eliminated 75 out of its 154 UMLCs, which is 2 more than the target of 73 given by the Railway Board for the Financial Year. “We have provided ‘Gatemitras’ at all the remaining 79 UMLCs and will eliminate these UMLCs also by September 2018. While Railways is doing everything possible to prevent accidents at LC Gates, it is extremely important for road users to be careful and follow rules while crossings LC gates. We appeal to the road users to become our partners in ensuring safety at Level Crossing Gates” he added.