Unmanned crossings in Khurda division to be closed by March end

January 12, 2018, 2:01 PM
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BHUBANESWAR: The East Coast Railway (ECoR) has set a target to close all unmanned level crossings (ULCs) in Khurda Road division by end of March this year. Now the division has only 10 such ULCs so far.

Khurda Road division of the ECoR has major stations and railway sections including Bhubaneswar, Puri, Cuttack, Khurda Road, Bhadrak and Berhampur. Presently, there are no ULCs near Bhubaneswar or Cuttack.

ECoR sources said there were 19 ULCs by April 1 last year in the division. Later it closed nine of these level crossings by December last year. “The Railway Boardhas given target to close the ULCs by 2020. We will finish the work before the target. Safety at level crossings will definitely get the highest priority,” said Brijmohan Agarwal, divisional railway manager (DRM), Khurda Road.

Out of the 10 ULCs, six of them will be closed by constructing limited height subways (LHBs) or railway underpasses. These places situated between Talcher and Angul, Kuhudi-Gangadharpur, Motori-Delang, Badabandha-Paradip, Naraj-Barang and Ganjam-Chatrapur.

The division has decided to close two ULCs in two lines, Delang-Bira Purusottampur and Khurda Road-Motori, by diverting the road leading to ULCs to nearby manned level crossings. The last two crossings between Tomka and Keonjhar section will be converted as manned level crossings, said an ECoR official.

According to the statistics, the division has closed 14 ULCs in 2013-14, 21 in 2014-15, 19 in 2015-16 and six in 2016-17. “We are moving ahead in mission mode to ensure that there are no ULCs in Khurda Road division after March,” said the DRM.

Sources said as many as 43 people have been killed during last six years under ECoR due to accident happened at the ULCs. After several accidents occurred at the ULCs, Railways had planned to close all these level crossings by 2020.
Recently, the ECoR has deployed Gate Mitras or gate counselors at 144 vulnerable locations in its zone to prevent accidents and alert commuters about approaching trains at sensitive ULCs. These places include 10 in Khurda Road railway division, 68 in Sambalpur division and 66 in Waltair division. They will be available at the gate round-the-clock wearing approved dress code (Fluorescent Safety Jackets).
Source – Times Of India

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