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14 unmanned level crossings to have gate ‘mitras’ in Madurai

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Since the Virudhunagar-Tenkasi section had no late night rail movement, the ‘mitras’ did not have to work during night hours.

In an attempt to ensure safety at unmanned level crossings, the Southern Railway has proposed to deploy gate ‘mitras’ at 14 unmanned level crossing gates on the Virudhunagar-Tenkasi section.

The gate ‘mitras’ would alert the road users about the approaching trains by whistling and waving a red flag, Divisional Railway Manager A.K. Rastogi said.

A tender to identify the agency to supply manpower would be floated soon, he said.

Since the Virudhunagar-Tenkasi section had no late night rail movement, the ‘mitras’ did not have to work during night hours.

The railway administration would put up shelters for the ‘mitras’ near the gates.

“Lack of patience among vehicle users is the most common factor for accidents at unmanned level crossings. The use of music system, air-condition in vehicles and use of phones with headphones distract the concentration of the drivers from the rail movement,” the DRM said.

Senior Divisional Safety Officer A. Ravichandran said, “The gate ‘mitras’ will note down the registration numbers of vehicles that ignore their warnings and speed away through the unmanned level crossings. The numbers will be passed on to the Regional Transport Offices for action under the Motor Vehicle Act.”

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