Railways to guide people on unmanned crossings

Considering the need to man accident-prone railway level crossings, the Ambala Division has initiated a project to counsel drivers, teachers and children passing through 72 such identified crossings in the area.

The railway staff deployed at these crossings has been asked to stop heavy vehicles ferrying students and make the drivers, children and teachers aware about the safety measures to be undertaken. After schools reopen following the summer vacation, this exercise will be repeated time and again by sending SMS alerts to the drivers.

The Division has come up with this plan after analysing traffic flow across these 72 crossings.

“Other than counselling every commuter, documents of the vehicle will also be checked. There have been instances where a driver, who has a licence for light vehicles like cars, drives heavy vehicles like buses,” said Ambala Divisional Railway Manager H K Jaggi.


Documentaries against crime to be screened at railway stations

Faced with increased incidents of crimes in passenger trains, the Railways has decided to play documentary films at railway stations to make passengers alert against such practices.

“The initiative has been taken up by the Government Railway Police (GRP) to help passengers remain vigilant and avoid falling into the lure of fellow passengers with evil intentions in mind,”a senior Northern Railway official told PTI.

The first of the screenings to be held in the capital is scheduled for tomorrow at the Old Delhi station. The two documentary films, one having a duration of 45 minutes and the other 10 minutes, are prepared by the GRP Ambala.

” They will be beamed on a projector at a strategic point in the station complex where it is being screened, “said a GRP personnel of Ambala.

“Old Delhi station will be our first stop in the Capital. Thereafter we will also show the films in New Delhi station,” he said.

He said such screenings have been done in several railway stations in Haryana and evoked an overwhelming response.

The 10-minute film also contains messages of well-known faces like Kiran Bedi, advising passengers on several security related issues, he said.