India: Commitment to eliminating unmanned level crossings reiterated

13 Feb

In presenting his proposed 2014-2015 budget to Parliament, India’s Railway Minister Mallikarjun Kharge has reiterated the commitment of the Government to press ahead with eliminating unmanned level crossings from the Indian Railways’ network. Discussing progress to date Mr Kharge said that in the last five years 5,400 unmanned level crossings were eliminated. Of these 2,310 were upgraded to a staffed status and 3,090 by closure, consolidation or construction of new grade-separated routes across the railway. The same principles will apply going forward with there being a time-bound commitment for action.

There are 18,672 level crossings in the country, of which 12,582 are presently unmanned.

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