Indian Railways has developed a vandal-proof warning system for unmanned level crossings. The system is currently working satisfactorily on Coimbatore-Metupallayam section for the last three months.
The specifications of the system have been finalised by the Research Designs and Standards Organisation (RDSO), the research wing of Indian Railways.
The system has been developed with a Mumbai-based vendor and RDSO will call for an expression of interest from other vendors for the production of more such systems.
With time, the warning system will be installed in all zonal railways in their respective areas as a step towards prevention of accidents.
At present, there are 30348 level crossings across the country out of which around 11563 are unmanned.
Mishaps at level crossings account for about 40 percent of train accidents and about 60 percent of fatalities due to the failure of the railways to man these crossings or build road overbridges or underpass.