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Underpasses or ROBs at all crossings by next year

Monday, 5 May 2014 - 9:49am IST | Place: Pune | Agency: DNA
Decision taken in the backdrop of train accident at Khamgaon railway crossing which claimed three lives on Saturday

Pune: With an aim to avert accidents at railway crossings, the Pune railway division is now planning to make, underpass and road overbridges (ROB) at all the railway crossings which witness heavy traffic flow. 
The construction of the underpass and overbridges is likely to get completed by the end of next year. 
The decision has been taken in the backdrop of the accident that took place on Saturday morning at Khamgaon railway crossing near Yavat and Urli about 40 km away from Pune. 
Three people were killed and eight others sustained serious injuries after the the railway crossing gate was left open before Secundrabad- Lokmanya Tilak Terminus Duronto Express passed which resulted into collision between the train and a tractor trolley.
Public relation officer of Pune railway division, Yogendra Kumar Singh, said, “In a bid to avert any such incidents, we are planning to make underpasses or ROBs at various places depending on the traffic in flow in those areas.”
The jurisdiction of the Pune railway division functioning under Central Railway stretches till 500 kilometres. There are, presently 186 railway crossings of which 142 are manned by railway staffers. 
These are situated in the Pune-Lonavla and Pune-Daund sections.There are 44 unmanned railway crossings in the Pune-Kolhapur and Daund-Baramati sections of the division. 
About 40% rail accidents occur near railway crossings. Constructing rail overbridges and under bridges to reduce accidents.
Singh added, “Special awareness drives at level crossings are being conducted. During the drives, we speak to residents, students of schools and colleges and people from other establishments regarding use of crossings and educate them not to cross the railway crossing when the railway gate is closed. 

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