SIALKOT: There are as many as 150 railway crossings having no gates in Sialkot district due to which there could be any mishap on them. They are posing severe life threat for the people.
As per a survey these crossings are located at a railway track from Sialkot to Wazirabad via Sambrial and from Sialkot to Pasrur including various congested areas of Sialkot city, Uggoki, Sahowala, Sambrial, Begowala, Adalatgarha, Alhar, Chawinda and Pasrur.
There is more than 100 KMs long railway track from Sialkot to Narowal, now most of this track is rusting. There is no gate since the establishment of these railway crossings. Several hundreds of the vehicles and donkey carts pass through gate-less railway crossings.
The dozens of the people have yet lost their lives and sustained serious injuries in several fatal accidents on these railway crossings during the few years. Few days ago, two real brothers were crushed to death under the wheels of a railway engine while crossing a gate-less railway crossing near Uggoki.
Local social, religious, political and business circles have expressed grave concern over this nasty situation. They said that affixing of the gates on these railway crossings was the duty of the Pakistan Railways (PR). They said that they had repeatedly brought this situation into the notice of the high ranking officers of Pakistan Railway (PR) but they did nothing in practical for early affixation of the gates there.
On the other hand, as many as 104 years-old railway track between Sialkot and neighbouring Occupied Jammu & Kashmir has been rusting. No proper attention has ever been paid towards the rehabilitation of this railway track for re-uniting the divided people from both sides by re-starting more than 30 years suspended train service from Sialkot to Occupied Jammu & Kashmir. The high weeds, grass and soil have badly captured this rusted railway track which has also vanished from various spots.
Sialkot business community was of the view that the reopening of this railway track would boom up the bilateral trade activities between Sialkot and Held Kashmir region through Sucheetgarh.