International Level Crossing Awareness Day (ILCAD) is celebrated every year since 2009 to raise public awareness about the dangers of not following adequate safety precautions at the level crossings. This year, inspite of unpleasant circumstances due to corona pandemic, 12th International Level Crossing Awareness Day (ILCAD) was observed and celebrated in all the six divisions of Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Ratlam, Vadodara, Bhavnagar & Rajkot.
According to a press release issued by WR CPRO Ravinder Bhakar, the 12th edition of ILCAD was observed this year by focusing on the users of Manned Level Crossings (MLCs) instead of Unmanned Level Crossings (UMLCs). He stated that this was because Western Railway has eliminated all Unmanned Level Crossings (UMLCs) on Broad Gauge in October, 2019 and has been declared as 100% UMLC free on Broad Gauge (BG), in pursuance of the Railway Board’s policy to eliminate all the ULMCs on Broad Gauge (BG) Track on Indian Railways.
The event was observed with equal dedication, even amidst the COVID-19 situation, by following all the protocols including maintaining social distancing, wherein the Railway Officials were deputed at some of the busy Manned Level Crossings to counsel road users regarding precautions to be taken. The awareness to the road users was done in the following manner:
a) Displaying banners containing massages and slogans.
b) Distributing pamphlets to road users.
c) Pasting stickers on the road user’s vehicles.
d) Distributing Cotton Caps printed with slogans and Western Railway Monogram.
e) Road users were counselled not to cross the level crossing from under the lifting barriers or over it.
f) Road users were counselled not to drive vehicle after consuming alcoholic drinks.
g) Road users were counselled of the ill effects of driving vehicles with headphones and using mobile phones while driving.
h) Drivers of school buses counselled regarding crossing of level crossings and were made aware of past accidents due to negligence of school bus drivers at level crossings.
i) Road users made aware of article 131 of motor vehicle act 1988, article 160 & 161 of Indian Railway act 1968.
During the awareness, about 5,000 road users were counselled at various locations over Western Railway. About 200 caps, 5,000 pamphlets and 5,000 stickers were distributed to the road users.