4188 Gate Mitras at unmanned level crossings to curb mishaps
Railways have deployed more than 4000 ‘Gate Mitras’ or gate counsellors at certain unmanned level crossings, identified as vulnerable, to strengthen passengers’ safety and to prevent accidents.
There are a total of 4188 Gate Mitras deployed at vulnerable unmanned level crossings across the country, a senior Railway Ministry official said.
Gate Mitras are imparted training on how to handle unmanned level crossings as maximum accidents occur at these spots. They are also suitably counselled before being deployed there.
They alert road users about arrival of trains and help them cross the track safely. At the time of arrival of trains, they stop vehicles a few yards away.
“Such measures would help check accidents,” the official said, adding, “Deployment of the Gate Mitra is an additional step besides the ongoing awareness campaign through posters, radio, newspapers and other media about how to use the rail crossings safely”.