Mumbai: WR observes safety awareness week on level crossings

Mumbai: In order to increase awareness regarding safety at railway level crossings among public, the Western Railway is observing a safety awareness week, which began yesterday.

This awareness week to mark the International Level Crossing (LC) Awareness Day on June 10 is being observed at all six divisions to educate people about the dangers of crossing unmanned railway level crossings without caution, said a senior WR official.

For the safety of railway passengers as well as those using roads, it is necessary for road vehicles to always stop before a railway crossing and watch carefully for the incoming train from either sides and then cross the railway level crossing safely.

Accidents can be avoided by “3 Es” viz Education, Engineering & Enforcement. With a view to spread awareness in this regard among the target audience, this awareness campaign will be conducted among school and college students and panchayats, said a statement adding that special checks and safety drives at level crossings will also be conducted.

The official also said that in order to target road users, this campaign will be conducted at unmanned railway level crossings where vehicle drivers will be made aware of the necessary precautions which are required to be taken before crossing an unmanned railway gate.

WR has planned to carry out this campaign on mass level for effective dissemination of related information. In addition to this, awareness advertisements in leading local and vernacular language news papers will be published, the statement said adding that caps, coasters, steering wheel stickers, pencil stand, paper scales, posters and sharpeners with LC Awareness slogans will be distributed at Schools and at LCs during the week.

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