Now you cant force a Railwayman to open the Gate of Railway Crossings

Device installed to check unauthorised opening and closing of railway crossing gates in Ambala
A.K.Kathpal, DRM/Ambala
A.K.Kathpal, DRM/Ambala

Ambala (UBC): A move which may nail the railway men alleged to be involved in opening and closing of the gates installed on the railway crossing, the Divisional Railway Office Ambala Division on Friday put a device to check such activities.

Named as Gate Monitor, the device contains a meter for the reading of opening and closing activities of the gates. The device had been put at Lalru’s railway crossings.

DRM Ambala Division A.K.Kathpal, on Friday formally approved the installation of this kind of device on all the railway crossings. Developed by railways, this will be installed at the cost of Rs 16,000.

Notably, there had been complaints across the region where due to traffic congestion or the pressure by locals, the railway men use to open and close the gates more than once ahead of crossing of trains.

”These activities would go unreported and were dangerous and could cause major accidents. Now, mismatch of reading with the record register shall directly have an impact on the staffer on duty. He would be more alert and would report us the issue as and when he is faced with any kind of pressure or unseen circumstances forcing him to re open or to close the gates,” said AK Kathpal.

This will help in bringing down of more railway crossings related accidents, he added.

Meanwhile, continuing with consumer awareness-related activities, Ambala DRM traveled to Chandigarh and interacted with railway passengers at the Chandigarh railway station. Praveen Gaur Dwivedi, divisional commercial manager (DCM), travelled in the train to have first-hand experience of the passengers onboard local and express trains.