YSRCP president Y.S.Jagan Mohan Reddy asked the governments in both the Telugu states to set up gates at un-manned level crossings at various places in the state. (Also Read: "Bhadram Bidda....' 'Bye Amma!!' )
Speaking after visiting the gruesome accident site where a school bus rammed into a train at Masaipalli in Medak district, Jagan said: “The local people staged a dharna three times here demanding the gate here. But, the state governments did nothing. If the railway officials do not come forward to arrange the same, atleast the state governments should take steps to arrange the same.”
Referring to the mishap, YS Jagan said: “It is very unfortunate. 20 students were killed in the accident. It feels very sad that so many students have lost their lives. There are so many such crossings in the state. The governments should take steps to prevent such incidents in the future. The railway department should set up the gates at all places in the state. If it could not do the same, our state governments should do the same keeping in view the safety of our people. Some amount should be allocated in the state budget,” said Pulivendula MLA. (YS Jagan rushes to Medak tragedy site)
“I am not here to criticize anyone. We have to think of the ways of preventing such incidents. The ex gratia should be very high so that the railway department would be forced to set up gates at all unmanned level crossings. I am expecting that two chief ministers and union railway minister will respond positively on the issue,” said Y.S.Jagan.
“I heard that an ex gratia of Rs.5 lakhs is announced for the families of each student killed in the accident. I am demanding the governments to double the amount. Our party will extend all kinds of support to the families of students,” said Y.S.Jagan.