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Writ filed seeking ban on un-authorized level crossing

  • Published at 11:48 am July 18th, 2019
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File photo: The wrecked microbus and the train at a level crossing at Ullapara upazila of Sirajganj following their collision on Monday, July 15, 2019 Dhaka Tribune

The petition also sought rule and directives on the authorities concerned on to stop passengers from travelling on roofs of trains

A writ petition has been filed with the High Court seeking its directives on government to take action to stop un-authorized level crossings across Bangladesh.

Supreme Court lawyer Barrister Humayun Kabir Pallab filed the petition on Thursday morning.

Four people, including the Railways Secretary Mofazzal Hossain and, were made respondent for this writ.

The petition also sought Tk1 crore and Tk10 lakh compensation -- respectively for those killed and injured -- in a collision between Padma Express and a microbus at an un-manned level crossing in Sirajganj on July 15.

The petition also sought rule and directives on the authorities concerned on to stop passengers from travelling on roofs of trains.

Supreme Court lawyer Barrister Humayun Kabir Pallab said he filed the petition as the respondents did not respond to a legal notice sent to them in this regard on Wednesday.

He said, according to the Railways Act - 1890, if any department wants to install a level crossing, it will have to take permission from the railway authorities.


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Un-authorized and unmanned level crossings account for a significant number of deaths and incidents in Bangladesh.

On July 15, ten people, including a newlywed couple, were killed and dozens injured in a collision between the Padma Express and a microbus at a level crossing in Ullapara, Sirajganj.

The level crossing, where the accident took place, had no gates or guards.

Bangladesh Railway's west zone divisional manager Mizanur Rahman, however, blamed the microbus driver for the accident stating that he rushed to cross the level crossing.

He said: “Bangladesh Railway is not responsible for this. This level crossing is also not under the railway’s jurisdiction. The locals opened this crossing and used it.”

About having mandate for manning all level crossings, Pallab said: "The railway administration should have continuous audit of tracks. When new roads are built on either side of the tracks, traffic must and safety measures must be put in place."