Railway Minister Piyush Goyal on Friday asserted that the entire rail network will be unmanned level crossing-free by December. The railways would also complete the Dedicated Freight Corridor by the end of 2020 which would ease the rail traffic, he said.
Interacting with the audience at the 16th Hindustan Times Leadership Summit in Delhi, Goyal said: “Only three rail accidents happened due to unmanned level crossings in the last six months (April-October) as compared to 118 in 2013-14.” He said Prime Minister Narendra Modi has decided to do away with all unmanned level crossings.
During 2014-17, the railways eliminated about 1,100 unmanned level crossings every year. “There were around 5,500 unmanned level crossings on the rail network across the country, out of which, around 5,000 have been eliminated as of September 30. The remaining 474 would be eliminated by December,” Goyal said. Read More