Indian Railway to replace Level Crossings with over/under bridges

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GUWAHATI, Sept 20: The Ministry of Railways proposed to replace Level Crossing (LC) gates in the country with Road Over Bridges (ROB) on a cost-sharing basis with the respective state governments if Train Vehicle Unit (TVU) of Level crossing gate is more than one lakh per day. Road under bridges (RUB) is also being provided to replace the level crossing gates, wherever technically feasible. This information was disclosed by the Minister of Railways and Commerce & Industry, Piyush Goyal in a written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha on Friday last.

Notably, Indian Railways has replaced a total of 2834 level crossing gates by ROB/RUBs between April 1, 2019 to March 31, 2020 at an expenditure of INR15628 crore. During the current year, an allocation of INR3575 crore has been earmarked for ROB/RUBs with a total of 7785 level crossing gates being sanctioned for replacement by ROB/RUB, which are in various stages of progress.

It may be mentioned here that Indian Railways is in a mission mode to eliminate all Unmanned Level Crossings (UMLCs) on Broad Gauge (BG) to ensure more safety for train operation. In NFR alone, during the last six years – 276 UMLCs have been eliminated while 417 UMLC gates were converted to MLC gates during this period.

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