Pakistan Railways was planning to convert all the level crossings from Karachi to Peshawar, Main Line-I (ML-I) into flyovers and underpasses to control trains accidents and save the precious lives.
The level crossing would be converted during the up-gradation of ML-I under China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project for which the PC-I was with the Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (ECNEC) for approval, an official in the Ministry of Railways told APP.
He said that Pakistan Railways has total 510 level crossings from Karachi Cantonment to Rawalpindi Stations, which include 398 manned and 112 un-manned.
At present as many as 105 overhead, flyover bridges and 35 underpasses of Pakistan Railways were constructed by various departments over the track, the official added.
He said the level crossings were allowed by Pakistan Railways on the request of District Administration therefore, the Provincial Government was responsible to construct flyovers and underpasses on level crossings.
To a question, he said that Pakistan Railways has provided foot overbridges at Kot Laloo and Padidan Railway Stations, however the manned level crossings also exist at Kot Laloo.
Therefore, to keep the commute safe and smooth, Pakistan Railways plans to convert all the level crossings on the ML-1 route into underpasses or flyover crossings.
The Ministry of Railway told the media that the level crossings on ML-1 shall be upgraded under the CPEC project.
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The official said that it was also fact that pedestrians often cross railway track by tress-passing instead of using foot over bridge which could be reason for accidents.
He said that the rail fencing and other safety measure have been adopted to secure these tress passing’s sites to avoid incidents and ensure safety of human lives.
Furthermore, he said the case for provision of Flyover Bridge for road traffic at Kot Laloo level crossing was under process with the provincial government.
The pedestrian bridge already exists on both Railway Stations Kot Laloo and Padidan to facilitate the movement of passengers, he added.