Railways New Signalling System - The railways will roll out its new signalling system from April 2020 onwards. It is expected to make trains travel faster and safer.
Implementation of the new signalling system:
- The four sections where the plan will be first implemented (covering 640 kilometres) include-
- Renigunta-Yerraguntla section of South Central Railways
- The Vizianagaram-Palasa section of East Coast Railway
- The Jhansi Bina on North Central Railway
- The Nagpur-Badnera on Central Railway
- It’s a pilot project for pan-India implementation of the INR 78,000 Crore project to modernise the signalling system.
- The project is yet to get approval from NITI Aayog, the extended Railway Board and the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs.
- These four sections are some of the busiest routes on railways with heavy traffic and will act as a pilot for signal modernization across the 70, 000 km network of Railways.
Other modern technologies to be implemented are:
- Automatic train protection system that helps in adhering to permissible speed limits without driver intervention.
- 4G based mobile train radio communication system which can be used for emergency communications.
- Implementation of these new systems will improve safety, reduce congestion, increase line capacity and improve line punctuality.
- A centralized traffic control system is the need of the hour and should be implemented along with remote diagnostics and predictive maintenance system.