Odisha: Gateman doesn’t close level crossing, ECoR orders probe

Bhubaneswar: The East Coast Railway (ECoR) has ordered an inquiry against a gateman who allegedly did not close the gate at a level crossing in Odisha’s Puri district after being instructed to do so, an official said today.

The incident took place Sidhha Mahavir level crossing in Puri at around 7.25 am, he added.

“The Khurda Road Railway Division ordered an officer-level inquiry into the incident,” said ECoR Chief Public Relations Officer JP Mishra.

A four-member inquiry team comprising heads of Safety, Electrical Operations, Singal and General Operations Departments will probe the matter and submit the report by tomorrow, Mishra added.

The gateman placed two red flags but did not close the gate when Puri-Hatia-Puri Tapaswini Express train was going by despite being instructed by the station master, he informed.

Action would be taken against the gateman following the report, Mishra added. “A preliminary report on the incident is expected by tomorrow.”

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