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942 Walk safe campaign: a rail-road commuters’ safety program with railways (since 2012 and continued)
  1. Rajni Gandhi1
  1. Trax Sports Society, Member of Global Alliance of NGOs for Road Safety, International Road Federation (INDIA Chapter)


Background The ‘High Level Safety Review Committee’ (appointed by Railway Ministry, Government of India) report-2012 states that the estimation is almost 15000 persons get killed in on the entire railway system every year. During 2007–08 to October, 2011, 1600 Railway Staff was killed and another 8700 people were injured due to railway accidents. It is to be noted that casualties in train accidents include a large chunk of deaths and injuries due to unmanned level crossing accidents attributed to the negligence of road users.

Methods With the objective to sensitise daily Railway commuters about developing good Safety Habits as Railway Commuters and Road Users, we devised a Specialised/Trained team. This team conducts Workshops, Performs Street Plays and Distributes Educational Pamphlets and interacts with target group members. Under this campaign we have covered different sections falling under different divisions of Northern and North-Central Railways.

Target Locations – Schools, Colleges, Traffic Intersections, Railway Platforms, Unmanned Railway Crossings

Area Covered – Urban and Rural

States Covered – Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Rajasthan and Delhi

Results This is an ongoing operation the impact of such campaigns need to be evaluated over a readably period. However, on the spot response has been encouraging and positive.

Conclusions The existing campaign has been planned for Northern and Northern Central Division. We plan to take it further to other divisions of Railways in coming years. It is expected that the 50% of the entire Railways network would be covered in the next five years.

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