After more than two decades of wait and years of trial on indigenous developed collision warning system, Indian Railways is all set to formally introduce world’s most advanced Train Collision Avoidance System (TCAS) on the world’s third largest rail network covering 66,000km in the railway budget for 2016-17.
According to the government report, it is the cheapest system in the world and would merely cost Rs 10 lakh per km to implement. It is expected to be introduced on the trunk routes for Indian railways in a systemic manner. The system is expected to be formally introduced post March month between New Delhi to Mughalsarai and New Delhi to Jhansi
A senior railway official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, told TOI, “The success of Indian engineered technology will be reflected in the coming rail budget and TCAS will be laid down on tracks boosting Prime Minister’s ‘Make in India’ initiative.”
The unnamed source said, “We have received a successful report of the pilot project that was undertaken by South Central Zone in Secunderabad division on its 250 km long track. This has paved the way for series of systems pertinent to be introduced across country. Now it is up to the railway board as to how much fund would they want to allocate for implantation of TCAS.”
“TCAS is developed by RDSO (Research Designs and Standards Organisation) and is a combination of earlier truncated version of Train Protection Warning System (TPWS) and latest European Train Control System level II (ETCS-II). The technology has the potential for enabling driver-less train operation in future and is most advanced among all the available systems across the world,” the official said.
“TCAS can tab signals up to a distance of three km and intimate the loco pilot about the status of en route signals, stations and other trains in the area on the dash board monitor, which means that the loco pilot would no longer be required to look outside during foggy weather conditions or in night,” the official added.