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new:S. Subramhanyan, Divisional Railway Manager, handing over the first copy of safety brochure to
new:S. Subramhanyan, Divisional Railway Manager, handing over the first copy of safety brochure to

Special Correspondent

Colourful brochures distributed to students of higher classes

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TIRUCHI: Railways has always accorded top priority for safety aspects as thousands of people use the services offered by it across the country every day.

Despite the sincere efforts by the Railways, accidents and loss of human lives cause concern to all sections of the society. Mainly the accidents at the unmanned level crossings have been a matter of concern for the railway officials. The railways has been regularly conducting awareness programmes to check the accident rate.

The Safety Organisation of the Tiruchi Railway Division of the Southern Railway has of late embarked upon the idea of creating awareness among the school students of the safety aspects in a novel way.

It has brought out brochures incorporating many important Chemistry and Physics formulae that will be of much help to the school students. The compilation of formulae will make the students to preserve the brochure all through their educational career.

The brochure explains the steps to be taken before crossing the unmanned level crossings and the initiatives of the railways to protect the lives and properties of the travelling public.

The brochure was released by S. Subramhanyan, Divisional Railway Manager, during the anniversary of the SRWWO (Southern Railway Women's Welfare Organisation) Matriculation School, Kallukuzhi here recently. The first copy was received by school Headmistress R. Vijaya Lakshmi in the presence of C. Rajayan, Senior Divisional Safety Officer, and Gomathi Subramhanyan, president of the SRWWO.

The brochures were distributed to the students of higher classes on the occasion. Since then, the Railways has distributed thousands of such brochures in various government and private schools and railway schools in Tiruchi Railway Division. The Safety Organisation also distributes these pamphlets to the school students travelling by trains and during all the railway functions held in the division, according to Mr. Rajayan.

This initiative is not only to target the students, but their parents and in turn the rural masses, he says. There has been overwhelming response and the support for the initiative from the heads of school has also been encouraging.

The Safety Organisation has also launched an SMS campaign sensitising the masses to the importance of safety at unmanned level crossing. The message reads: “Life is more precious than time. Stop, look out for trains before crossing unmanned level crossing gates”.

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