Death of School Going Children On Unmanned Railway Crossing. that in running days the way between school and home is converted in a tragic way of death because either school authorities or state both have closed their eyes towards this important issue and hence these kids lose their lives on roads, railway tracks, in school buses,etc. And this loss can never be compensated in any manner. And the parents live the rest of their lives with mental trauma. We are losing the future of our nation in accidents.
That Indian Railways is a lifeline in India having largest rail network worldwide but the safety standards of India’s massive railway network, which operates 9,000 passenger trains and carries more than 23 million passengers every day. That mishaps at level crossings are the biggest killer accounting for 40% of train accidents and 66% of fatalities, reflecting the railways failure to man/secure these crossings or built road over bridges and road under bridges. There are 30,348 level crossings, of which around 40% (11,563) are unmanned. Before the recent mishap in which 19 innocent people along with 14 school going children died, 53 people have been killed in accidents on unmanned crossing since April 2014.
In this concern Ajay Gautam Filed a Writ Petition No 761 /2014 in the Supreme Court of India, and Court issued many directions to ministry of railways.
Note : That it may be pointed out that an accident took place at Railway Crossing in Kushi Nagar in Uttar Pardesh In which 13 children aged 8 to 10 years died as a result of collision between train and van according to Indian Express dated 26.04.2018., it is submitted when Ajay Gautam raised same issue before Central Railway Minister, Sh. Piyush Goyal on 24.05.2018 , the part and parcel of reply of Minister as reproduced at here :
“You will be pleased to know that now there are only 58 unmanned railway crossings on the ABC routes which constitute 80% of the railway traffic and these 58 unmanned railway crossings too will be finished very soon. Out of the Broad gauge railway system, there are only 4,500 ABC routes left which are very rarely used. After I became Minister, I ordered on 4.9.2017 and 7.9.2017 that all the unmanned railway crossings are either to be converted into manned railway crossings upto 30.9.2018 or sub-way will be constructed there or diversion will be done or it will be closed. You will be happy to note that all the unmanned railway crossings on the broad gauge routes will be removed upto 30.9.2018”
Note : It is submitted that, if all unmanned railway crossings on the broad gauge routes will not be removed upto 30.9.2018 by department than the Ajay Gautam once again will approach the Apex Court for same purpose and waiting till 30.09.2018 as per promise made by Minister.