Railways’ bank on street plays to impart railroad safety lessons

In a bid to curb rising number of accidents at unmanned railway crossing, the Delhi Division of Northern Railways is going to undertake an awareness drive by holding street plays from next month. It will particularly target residents living close to rail tracks.

While street plays would be held across all major rail routes in the division, the authorities have chosen Shahadra-Shamli line in its jurisdiction as the first stretch near which it will hold the street plays in December.

According to a senior official, the 90-kilometre-long Shahadra-Shamli section has been chosen for starting the initiative as it has more unmanned crossings than any other stretch across Delhi division. “There are 69 unmanned crossings in the 90-km stretch. The initiative would be flagged off from December 15. The theatre groups would be staged the street plays near the crossings and the colonies and slums located on the sides of the rail tracks,” he said.

The official believes that several accidents on rail tracks have happened because of carelessness on part of the victims. It is also a common sight that people cross rail tracks while listening to music on their mobile phone with earphones plugged in. Some people were fatally hit by approaching trains as they could not hear the horn of the train. “Through street plays, the participants would try to send the message to people to be careful and extra vigilant while crossing rail tracks. With awareness among the people, the railway could be able to save several lives,” he added.

Since April 1, this year, two people lost their lives on the Shahdra-Shamli stretch on an unmanned crossing. A total of 823 people died in accidents on rail tracks till September this year in the entire Delhi area. A total of 1,485 people died on rail tracks in the area last year.



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