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Bhopal City
WCR to be first zone to do away with unmanned railway crossings
22-08-2015

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.

Despite financial 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.