WCR to be first zone to do away with unmanned railway crossings
Bhopal: West Central
Railway (WCR) is on its way to become first zone among 16 railway zones in the
country to do away with unmanned railway crossings. For this, three railway
over-bridges (RoBs) and 105 limited height subway-road under bridge (LHS-RUB)
were constructed last financial year while 60 LHS-RUB has been constructed so
far this year.
GM WCR Ramesh Chandra said
there would be no more such crossings by month-end. Currently, there are 787
level crossings in WCR of which around 100 are unmanned. In Bhopal division, 16
unmanned level crossings need to be done away with.
Similarly, as per data,
railways have 31,846 level crossings and around 13,530 (40%) of these are
unmanned. Large number of accidents takes place at these crossings.
constraints, railways have set an ambitious target of eliminating 10,797 level
crossings during the 12th five-year plan (2012-17) and not adding any new level
crossing to rail network in future.
Chandra added operating
ratio of the zone in 2014-15 was around 63.5%, which was better than average of
Indian Railways of 91.8%. "In first quarter of this year, originating and
apportioned income has increased by 10% and 18.74%, respectively compared to
corresponding period last year," he said.