Visakhapatnam, India: Road traffic and pedestrians ignore crossing closure

15 Sep

The Rammurthy Pantula Peta manned level crossing in Visakhapatnam remains closed to road traffic continuously with the result that pedestrians similarly cross at all times, including when a train is standing across the level crossing. When this happens, the pedestrians board the train and alight the other side. As for motorcyclists and cyclists, they force their way around the barriers to cross. While these practices are known to the East Coast Railway, nothing is done. Indeed, residents say that they are actively condoning the practice of circumventing the gates by virtue of the path around the gates which residents say was created by the railway.

In addition to the concerns of local people that their route across the railway is rarely overtly safe , residents are raising concerns that ambulances forced to detour around the closed crossing can take up to 15 minutes longer to reach patients and also on the return to the hospital.

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