North Central Railway has geared up to celebrate International Level Crossing Awareness Day (ILCAD) on May 7. According to the plan, awareness drive will be carried at the railway crossings urging people to take precautions while passing manned and unmanned railway crossings. To enhance the safety and reduce inconvenience to road users, busy level crossings are being replaced by Road Over Bridges( ROB)/ Road Under Bridges(RUB) and Limited Height Sub Ways(LHS).
In the North Central Railway region comprising of the Allahabad division, Agra division and Jhansi division, there are about 1,512 level crossings. Among them, 1,028 are manned railway crossings and 453 are unmanned. There are five cattle crossings and 26 canal crossings.
In the financial year 2012-13, about 11 ROBs (railway over bridges) and 6 LHS (limited height subways) were constructed replacing the railway crossings. In addition to this, about seven manned level crossings were also closed in the previous financial year. About 30 LHS are also planned in financial year 2013-14.
On the occasion of International Level Crossing Awareness Day, general manager of North Central Railway Alok Johri will flag off a Mobile Video Van on Tuesday to disseminate information among public regarding precautions to be taken while crossing unmanned crossings.
The van will be equipped with high definition LED television which is the best medium for delivering the message to the target audience in most effective way. The Mobile Video Van is the best medium to reach out to people in remote villages as well as urban areas to make them aware of all the railway safety policies and initiatives taken by the North Central Railway.
Many campaigns through newspapers, TV and radio are being organised. Street plays are also being staged to spread awareness about safety measures to be taken at unmanned crossings.
On this occasion, public awareness campaign would be organised to counsel villagers, educational institutions and road users and make them aware of the provision of Motor vehicles Act and Railway Act by distributing posters, pamphlets, handbills in gram panchayats, markets, petrol pumps and other public places.
Talking to TOI, public relations officer of North Central Railway Amit Malviya said “On the occasion of International Level Crossing Awareness Day, we are undertaking several measures for creating awareness among people. General manager of NCR Alok Johri will flag off a mobile van to create awareness among the people. In addtion to this, nukkad nataks will also be organised near the unmanned crossings so that people were aware of safety measures to be adopted while going past the unmanned crossings.