Mysuru railway division sends 7 lac messages to spread awareness on UMLC
Mysuru: In first of its kind move, the Mysuru division railway authorities sent seven lac bulk text/voice messages to warn people about the risk of unmanned crossings.
“Life is more precious than time, stop, look-out for trains before crossing unmanned level crossings” the message reads. The messages have been sent to mobile subscribers of rural areas living close to Unmanned Level Crossing (UMLC) gates across Mysuru division.
As part of five-day level crossing awareness taken up as per Railway Board and South Western Railway Head Quarters directives, Mysuru division under direction of Atul Gupta, Divisional Railway Manager, Mysuru division, South Western Railway and Ajay Kumar Sinha, ADRM observed level crossing awareness week from May 29 to June 2. Apart from bulk messages, the authorities also distributed 25,000 pamphlets to road users at 130 UMLCs across the division, used flex banners which were displayed at 20 important Railway Stations and awareness campaign at RTO offices to counsel DL, LL candidates. Last year, the division eliminated 35 UMLCs and have put target of 40 UMLCs elimination for 2017-18.
Speaking to Newskarnataka T Venkateswara Rao, Senior Divisional Safety Officer, Mysuru division, SWR who headed the team said, “During five days awareness week we had been to 15 different places across the division and displayed banners in 20 different railway stations. As of now we have 130 unmanned level crossing and 250 manned level crossing across the division. This year, that is from April we have already eliminated seven unmanned level crossing in the division and by 2020 our target is to completely eliminate all unmanned level crossing across the division,” he said adding that last year two accidents were reported at unmanned level crossing; two died at Bageshpura in Hassan district while in the second accident at Mulakalmur in Chitradurga district four died due to negligence on part of ambulance driver. In Mysuru division more unmanned level crossing are found between Shimoga and Sagara, KR Nagar and Hassan and between Chikjajur and Rayadurga routes.