Date of post: 10 January, 2019
The Indian Railways has achieved its target of eliminating all unmanned level crossings on its network, except for one in Allahabad division, with as many as 3,478 being eliminated in the last 1 year, sources said. The last Unmanned Level Crossings (UMLC) to be eliminated was in Jodhpur division in the Barmer-Munabao section, where the crossing was converted into a manned one.
- Railways has either closed the UMLCs where very few trains pass or merged them with a nearby manned crossing, built an Road Under Bridge (RUB) or a subway or converted it into a manned level crossing.
- The elimination of such UMLCs is an achievement for the Railways towards improving safety on its network.
- An Official said, “It is a great achievement for Railways as these were potential death traps. One also has to look at the speed at which this has been done.”
- In 2009-10, only 930 were eliminated, the number went up to 1253 in 2015-16 and in the last year, 3478 have been eliminated across all zones.
- In the last 7 months, progress improved more than 5 times as compared to the last years.
- Officials said that the last UMLC, which is in Uttar Pradesh, has not yet been eliminated due to local resistance but it is likely to join the others this year.
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