Friday, July 25, 2014

No.230/2014-1525-07-2014
Secunderabad
Expedite the Works of Eliminating Unmanned Level Crossings on Priority –General Manager/SCR Reviews and Directs Officials; and A Joint Committee of 3 Senior Officers Begins Enquiry in to Masaipet Accident

Shri P.K.Srivastava, General Manager/S.C.Railway reviewed with the Principal Heads of the Departments concerned o­n the progress of works for eliminating the unmanned railway level crossings o­n SCR.  Expressing serious concern over the accident near Masaipet crossing yesterday (i.e. 24th July,2014), the General Manager stressed o­n the urgent need to speed up  works related to removal of unmanned crossings. He specifically focused o­n the crossings where necessary infrastructure has already been made ready or nearing completion and issued clear directions to the officials that manning of these unmanned crossings shall be completed within a week’s time.   
In tune with the policy of Railways to eliminate all unmanned railway level crossings, South Central Railway has eliminated 514 such rail-road crossings in the last 4 years. At present, there are 640 unmanned level crossings o­n SCR and action plan to eliminate each of them is under implementation. It is targeted to remove all the remaining unmanned crossings by                         FY 2016-17. 
The General Manager instructed that all possible methods/alternatives shall be employed in quick removal of unmanned crossings in view of the safety risks associated with these locations.  The means being adopted in eliminating unmanned level crossings include – manning with a gate barrier; construction of limited height subways; diversion to a nearby gate and closing down where the traffic density is very less. To expedite this process, the field position of the works related to removal of unmanned level crossings is being closely monitored o­n a daily basis at the highest levels of SCR’s administration.
Further, publicity campaigns through various Media towards spreading public awareness o­n the safe procedure to be followed while crossing unmanned level crossings have also been intensified. The simple act (STOP, LOOK, PROCEED) of stopping short of an unmanned level crossing, looking o­n both sides for any approaching train and crossing o­nly when it is safe to do so by the road users will go a long way in avoiding any accidents at these crossings.
The works of fixing gate barriers and other requisite apparatus have already been undertaken   at the unmanned level crossing No.233 near Masaipet. It is targeted to complete the works and man the gate within o­ne week.
            A Joint Enquiry Committee consisting of three Senior Officers has been constituted by the Railway Administration to enquire into the yesterday’s accident at Unmanned Level Crossing at Masaipet in Medak District.
         The Committee comprises - Senior Divisional Safety Officer, Senior Divisional Mechanical Engineer and Senior Divisional Engineer/Lines, of Hyderabad Division of South Central Railway.
            The committee, which is mandated to deeply probe in to all aspects of the tragic accident, has started enquiry proceedings today i.e. 25th July, 2014.


(K.Sambasiva Rao)
Chief Public Relations Officer

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