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Salem division gets safer with no unmanned level crossings

COIMBATORE: The Southern Railway has eliminated all unmanned level crossings within the Salem department through setting up subways and overbridges, an legit said.
From April to September last 12 months, 50 unmanned level crossings were closed within the divisionstretching from Salem to Mettupalayamat puts like Attur, Omalur and the Nilgiri Mountain Rail. “Before April, we had closed 23 unmanned level crossings. It price us approximate Rs 2crore to close down a level crossing through placing up a fence on both sides of the observe and building subways or rail overbridges on the major street in which the observe passes,” he told TOI.

Unmanned level crossings were some of the main reasons of deaths on railway tracks. “In many small villages within the state, the place the frequency of trains passing through was limited to less than 10, there have been unmanned railway crossings, steadily with just a gate. Motorists have to check the sign, ensure there's no educate passing through, elevate the gate and power past. But this is a unhealthy observe, because if the gate is left open, others would possibly power past and run over through a educate later,” he said.

The Ooty-Salem stretch noticed a spike within the choice of educate passengers, the legit said. “The choice of passengers travelling through educate via Salem department higher through 8.39%. Data released through department workplace presentations that 1.8lakh more passengers travelled throughout the department in 2018-19 compared to the former 12 months. The advent of the Coimbatore-Bengaluru double-decker educate and alter in timing of the Podanur-Pollachi educate are probably the most reasons for the surge.”

Till December last 12 months, 23.5lakh passengers travelled throughout the section, compared to 21.7lakh passengers the former 12 months. “Our profits from passengers have also build up through nine.6%, from Rs 376.60crore to Rs 412.75crore,” the legit said.

Meanwhile, railway activists said that the change in timing of the Podanur-Pollachi educate, offering a spherical travel within the morning and night that serves each officegoers and students, also ended in the increase. “The educate, when it ran best publish lunch, was empty. Now it's crowded,” said Rajesh Okay, a widespread traveler.

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