In absence of safe crossing over railway track, villagers bound to cross at stake of lives

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Keeping in view the despite repeated pleas failure of constructing railway crossing at railway track near Jagatpur, several villagers staged protest on  Jagatpur link road, in the leadership of Raman Singh Jamwal, here on Monday.

Raman Singh said that since independence the villagers of Jagatpur and dozens of other adjoining villages are demanding railway crossing over the track. “Unmanned railway crossings have been the principal cause of rail accidents, but this remains a constantly undermined and underplayed fact”, he added.

There were three rail accidents in 2009, whereas two years back one Gujjar along died along with his five buffaloes while he was trying to come towards the village after getting them fed in the fields.

There have been hundreds of accidents throughout India but railway authorities do not worry to construct railway crossings at needy places.

“The frequency of rail accidents in recent years has not inspired confidence in the rail management skills of the United Progressive Alliance government resulting to loss of life and property of railways”, he added.

Miffed over the attitude of Railway department village Roop Singh said that previously there was single track and now it is double. He added that daily hundreds of students, employees and locals cross the railway line for their respective purposes. “The parents remain on their toes until their children return home”, he irked.

During the doubling time, the villagers staged protests and after the intervention of local representatives & administration, railway authorities assure of constructing crossing over. “Since the work completed and trains started running no one came to meet their problem”, he miffed.

The protesters warn railways as well district administration of intensifying the protest if their demand, do not meet as soon as possible. Kewal Singh, Kalu Ram, Vijay Singh, Nirbhay Singh and many others were among the protesters.

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