Tag Archives: unmanned level crossings

Delhi, India: INR one trillion over five years for safety

8 Feb

The end of a separate railways budget after 93 years appears to be working in favour of the railways. Central Government’s allocation for railways in 2017-2018 is INR 1.3 trillion, an increase of INR 1.4 billion over the comparable 2016-2017 budget.

Included within the allocated funds is a ring-fenced INR one trillion spread over five years for safety improvements and includes delivery of the government’s pledge to eliminate all unmanned level crossings by 2019.

India: 12,330 grade-separations on the way

19 Aug

India’s Minister of State for Railways Manoj Sinha announced on August 17th, 2015 that 12,330 grade separations would be constructed to replace level crossings and reduce risk arising at them. Many of the level crossings are presently unmanned. The costs of these works would be shared equally by the Railway Ministry and the National Highways Administration.

India: Level crossing elimination at a new high

11 Mar
Indian Railways is eliminating increasing numbers of level crossings as there is now support for this  driven off what is now a politically unacceptable loss of life on India’s railways. While cost effective grade-separation forms a significant component of the multi-year programme to reduce risk arising at level crossings, consolidation is a similarly acceptable approach from the railway perspective. However, consolidation is too often ineffective as many pedestrian users refuse to use a diversionary route that they consider an unacceptable additional distance to walk. This results in endemic trespass at some locations where there was until recently a level crossing.
In reply to a parliamentary question posed by MPs from several parties, Minister of State for Railways, Manoj Sinha, released the following information that showed 1,740 level crossings eliminated in fiscal year 2014-2015 to January 31st, a further significant increase in the rate of progress shown in the chart below:

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The figures for casualties shown in the chart below are distorted as it does not include pedestrians killed or injured in level crossing and other accidents is running at more than 20,000 per annum.

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The objective remains to completely eliminate unmanned level crossing on India’s railway system, subject to the funding being released by the Indian Government. Going forward the strategy remains grade-separation where this can be justified, diversion via existing grade-separated routes across the railway or via manned level crossings or upgrading an unmanned level crossing to a manned status. Where a new grade-separated route is provided, this is often by means of a limited use underpass with larger vehicles diverted to another safe route across the railway,

Currently, Indian Railways has 18,785 manned and 11,563 unmanned level crossings of its 65,808 km length equating to a level crossing every 2.19 km.

India: Railways Minister says volunteers should guard unmanned crossings

12 Jan

Reform minded Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu has told India’s parliament that volunteers are to be sought to help protect presently unmanned level crossings. Additionally, help from police officers will be solicited via Chiefs of Police. The move comes at a time of tight budgets precluding recruitment of additional crossing keepers and pressure on the ambitious plans to eliminate all unmanned level crossings nationwide. In addition, there is extra focus on preventing line-of-route trespass.

Lahore, Pakistan: At least five years needed to eliminate unmanned level crossings

27 Dec

The Federal Minister for Pakistan Railways, Khawaja Saad Rafique, said on December 25th, 2014 that it would take at least five years  to convert all unmanned level crossing into manned level crossing. This is subject to all provincial governments supporting Pakistan Railways delivery of the necessary changes.

Madurai, India: Plans to eliminate unmanned level crossings outlined

30 May

The Madurai (Tamil Nadu) Railway Divisional Manager has set out his plans to eliminate unmanned level crossings on his division by the end of the 2015-2016 financial year which show that most of the remaining 294 unmanned level crossings will in fact be gone or upgraded to manned status within the current financial year

Of the 294 level crossings, 257 will be addressed currently either be closure without a new replacement route across the railway, upgraded, consolidated with nearby manned crossings or replaced with a grade-separated route across the railway, including by way of limited-use underpasses. The remaining 37 will be addressed in the following year.

Chennai, India: Two killed on unmanned leve crossing

24 Apr

Two persons were killed and a third seriously injured when the bicycle they were using as they crossed the railway on an unmanned level crossing near the Pattaravakkam railway station, in the Chennai suburbs.

The accident occurred at about 13.45 on April 22nd, 2013. The police has said that this is third accident on this level crossing in recent months. Indeed, Seema Agarwal, Inspector General of the Railway Protection Force, has been quoted: “On an average, four or five fatal accidents are reported everyday at the level-crossings in and around Chennai district. Two or three accidents occur within the city everyday. Our attempts to create awareness among the people have not yielded the desired results.”