EAST COAST RAILWAY DEPLOYED GATE MITRA AT UNMANNED RAILWAY CROSSINGS TO MAINTAIN SAFETY
East Coast Railway (ECoR) has deployed “Gate Mitra" (Gate Counsellors) at sensitive Unmanned Level Crossings (UMLC) to check accidents. This is an initiative by Ministry of Railways to improve safety and prevent accidents at Unmanned Level Crossing gates. The person engaged as "Gate Mitra" would alert Road Users about the approaching trains at Unmanned Level Crossings.
Railway’s Gate Mitras are mainly deployed to counsel the road users to be vigilant while crossing the Unmanned Level Crossing Gates. This system will be in place before all Unmanned Level Crossings are eventually converted into either manned gates, limited height subways or Road Over Bridges (ROB)s depending on feasibility. The "Gate Mitra" will also distribute Safety instruction pamphlets to Road Users for safely crossing the Level Crossing Gates and will be provided with flag to alert users. Gate Mitras are imparted training by Railways on how to handle Unmanned Level Crossings and also being suitably counselled before they are deployed at field level.
The Gate Mitras will be available at the Gate round-the-clock wearing approved Dress Code (Fluorescent Safety Jackets) and will also report any misbehaviour and obstructions including lodging FIR against Road Users who are violating Rules.
East Coast Railway has deployed Gate Mitras at 144 vulnerable locations in its jurisdiction. These places includes 10 in Khurda Road Division, 68 in Sambalpur Division and 66 in Waltair Railway Division to ensure safety of Road Users at vulnerable Level Crossings where the road traffic is high so that possibility of any accident on such unmanned level crossing gates can be avoided.
This deployment of Gate Mitras is a temporary measure as all Unmanned Level Crossing Gates will be eliminated in the year 2018. ECoR has already eliminated 25 Unmanned Level Crossing Gates in the current financial year 2017-18 and rest Unmanned LC Gates will be eliminated by the end of 2018.