Friday, April 24, 2015

Railways to install new signalling equipment

PATNA: Keeping in view running of semi-high speed trains on a few select routes, railways is considering a proposal to install train protection warning system (TPWS), an advanced equipment for signalling system, on all crowded routes to ensure foolproof safety to passengers. Railway minister has also proposed implementation of the new technology in the current rail budget for safety reasons.

Since East Central Railway (ECR) is also likely to run semi-high speed trains, implementation of this proposal has become a must for ECR on Howrah-Patna-Mughalsarai-New Delhi and Howrah-Dhanbad-Gaya-Mughalsarai-New Delhi routes. According to a Railway Board official, the Board has already received a proposal from ECR for the final approval to this plan. Board will implement it soon after getting approval and adequate funds for installation of the new system, particularly between Jhajha and Mughalsarai on the mainline route of Danapur division of the ECR, he said.

The Jhajha-Mughalsarai mainline route is important in the sense that several pairs of Rajdhani Express, running at the maximum 130 kmph speed, are passing through it. Under the new system, there will be an automatic application of emergency brakes in case loco pilots overshoot the red signal either due to human failure or poor visibility. Possibility of mishaps on tracks (head on collision) could be completely ruled out with the installation of the new device, the Board official said.

The estimated cost for installation of this system is likely to be about Rs 50 lakh per kilometre. Railways has decided to complete this project under a pilot project of railways. Railways intends to install it first in a stretch of about 200km distance on Delhi-Agra route on which semi high speed trains are running on trial basis, sources said.

According to a Board official, railways is likely to incur an expenditure of about Rs 250 crore in completing this project in the first phase. Under the new foolproof system, the new device is to be installed in the loco pilot cabin and another device in the signal pole all along the rail tracks to keep the TPWS operational uninterrupted.


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