SOUTH WESTERN RAILWAY OBSERVES INTERNATIONAL LEVEL CROSSING DAY 11.06.2020
South Western Railway observed International Level Crossing Awareness Day on 11.06.2020 with the theme of educating people when crossing Railway Level crossing and promoting awareness of safety in and around level crossings gates. It is being observed all over the world and aims to raise awareness about the dangers associated with the road/rail interfaces level crossings.
International Level Crossing Awareness Day was observed by all the three divisions Hubballi, Bengaluru and Mysuru divisions of SWR. SWR is one of the first Railways to eliminate all un-manned level crossing gates by construction of ROBs/RUBs, Limited Height Subways and manning of all level crossings. Presently all level crossing gates on SWR are manned by Gateman or Gatemitras. Safety at level crossings is one of the focus area of Hon’ble MoSR and all efforts are being taken to construct ROB/RUB, Subways where ever Train Vehicle Units (TVU) are more than 1 lakh and in cost sharing basis with State Govts. for less TVUs.
On this Level Crossing Awareness Day, the officers of Head quarter directly connected to Road users and distributed safety pamphlets at level crossing gates. Safety banners were posted at prominent locations informing the importance of following the signals at level crossing gates and not to leap over/under gates. Shri M.A.V.Ramanujan PCSO SWR along with Sr.DSO/UBL has conducted campaigning at LC Gates No.297/T Dharwad Traffic gate and distributed the pamphlets to observe road warning boards, obey road signals and not to use head phones and be alert when driving. In addition to distribution and awareness at LC gates, pamphlets were distributed at RTO Offices, Petrol Bunks, auto stands, buses, and main roads and streets of Hubballi.
In view of precautions to be taken for prevention of Covid-19, care was taken to ensure maintaining of social distancing and wearing of mask while conducting this awareness.
Scouts and Guides of SWR displayed skits and Nukkad Natak which attracted persons and conveyed the message of safety at Level Crossing gates. Quiz about the safety signages was also conducted for the Road users and chocolates were awarded to those who gave the correct answers.
To get a wider reach of public, SMS campaign was also given through cellular network with safety messages to a wide number of users. To caution the State Transport drivers and conductors, safety posters were also put up at the central Bus stations. Public were also counseled at Regional Transport Office by distributing posters and displaying safety banners. About 1200 Road users have been counseled.