Special Correspondent

Villagers demand manned level crossing

SALEM: Villagers of M. Perumampalayam near Vazhapadi blocked the traffic on Salem-Chennai National Highways on Monday urging the Southern Railway to provide a manned level crossing at the village for the broad gauge track of Salem and Attur that was traversing through their village.

The agitation, staged near the Mettupatti bus stand, paralysed the road traffic for nearly 30 minutes.

Villagers, a majority of them women, participated.

Broad gauge track

After talks with officials, the villagers called off their stir.

The local body representatives and the elders of the village met here on Saturday and decided to approach the Southern Railways with request for erecting a manned level crossing as the newly laid broad gauge track was traversing through their village.

Threat to children

The villagers pointed out that the track had separated the village and hence would pose a grave threat to children and others who had to cross the track for any thing and everything in the village.

At a time when many fatal accidents took place at the unmanned level crossings, the Railways should come forward to provide the crossing at the village a manned one in the safety of the villagers, they pointed out.

Road blockade

They said that if the Railway administration failed to meet their demands, they would be forced to stage a road blockade at the Salem-Chennai National Highways at the village.

"As there is no response from Railways, we have staged the agitation," said a villager who also warned that they would intensify their stir till their demand was met.