All unmanned level crossings can be removed in a year instead of 3 years, says Railways Minister
Source : NewsBharatiDate : 10-Sep-2017
Kolkata, 10 September: It’s not been a week since the Cabinet was reshuffled and the former Power Minister Piyush Goyal already takes in charge of his new office i.e. Railway Ministry. Goyal is the new Railways Minister and has already started monitoring the recent derailment issues occurring majorly in the state of Uttar Pradesh. He said speaking on the issue, “The target of removing all the unmanned crossing lines could achieved in a year, instead of the initial goal of doing it in 3 years.“
"Initially, the Railways had a target of removing all unmanned crossings in three years. But, I told them, why not do it within a year," he said at an event at IIM-Calcutta.
Goyal said around 5,000 unmanned level crossings, which account for nearly 30-35 per cent of total rail accidents, need to be removed by the railways in the next one year. He also scrutinized the technology that the manual maintenance takes as it entails huge manpower.
"All you need is some infrastructure and a set of communication devices. The RailTel has already prepared the optic fibre network for improving communication," the minister said. Goyal had chaired a high-level meeting with top Railway Board officials on train safety in New Delhi on September 7.