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Railways to introduce world’s most advanced early warning system

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.

 

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Posted by on December 11, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

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Indian Railways to set up Rs 1.1 lakh crore infra, safety fund

Indian Railways is working on a proposal to create a mega fund by the name Rashtriya Rail Sanraksha Kosh (RRSK) with a corpus of more than Rs 1.1 lakh crore that will be used to implement its drive to upgrade the creaking rail infrastructure.

The rail ministry has set up a six-member committee headed by the executive director of the planning directorate to prepare a blueprint for the scheme, including sources of the fund and areas in which it will be utilised.

“The idea is to seek a bulk of this fund from the finance ministry which will be channelized for multiple projects. This includes around Rs 40,000 crore for elimination of unmanned level crossings and replacing the old signalling and telecom infrastructure which are responsible for more than a half of train accidents,” a senior railway board official told Business Standard, on condition of anonymity.

The committee has sought inputs on fund requirements from different directorates – mechanical, electrical and civil engineering etc – which will come by the end of next week. The committee will then create a consolidated proposal within a month that will be put up to the finance ministry. “The initial estimate works out to Rs 1,10,239 crore but it is likely to be expanded further,” the official said.

Another senior Railway Board official said discussions on the source of the fund are still at a preliminary stage. “It is still not clear whether a separate cess would have to be levied to create the fund like it was done in 2001. But the fund would be used largely for addressing safety related issues,” he said.

A similar fund to bolster safety infrastructure was introduced during the tenure of former railway minister Nitish Kumar in 2001 to wipe out the accumulated arrears of renewal of over-aged assets including tracks, bridged, signalling gears and rolling stock.

It was created with an initial corpus of Rs 17,000 crore of which Rs 12,000 crore had come from the finance ministry as dividend-free capital. The fund was closed in 2008 with its balance of Rs 597 crore merged into the Depreciation Reserve Fund.

Rail minister Suresh Prabhu had earlier this month held a meeting with Finance Minister Arun Jaitley seeking assistance for creation of a special fund for safety upgradation. Officials said the fund will be channelised for elimination of level crossings, of Train Collision Avoidance System (TCAS), track renewals and signal upgradation.

Following the recent spate of train accidents, Prabhu has announced a zero accidents mission. Officials said the RRSK fund is part of that initiative to address the causes of accidents. The year 2015 has seen eight train accidents because of derailments. Two trains had derailed within minutes at the same spot near Harda in Madhya Pradesh in August claiming 29 lives, forcing Prabhu to tell zonal General Managers to pull up their socks.

http://wap.business-standard.com/article/economy-policy/indian-railways-to-set-up-rs-1-1-lakh-crore-infra-safety-fund-115112500181_1.html

 
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Posted by on November 25, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

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Railways developing backup for signalling system

Indian Railways is developing a backup for signalling system to prevent disruption train services as happened at Itarsi railway station in Madhya Pradesh a few month ago.

A fire at the signal cabin of the Itarsi railway station on June 17 disrupted train services for a month, and around 1,000 trains were affected.

Speaking at a seminar on “Capacity and Safety Enhancement with Modern Signalling” organised by Indian Railway Singalling and Telecommunication Engineers Organisation here on Friday, Research Design and Standards Organisation (RDSO) director general P K Srivastava said: “We are working on a system that will offer a backup for the entire train movement operation at a railway station. The system will be designed in such a way that it may be easy to transfer data to a laptop or a similar equipment and allow trains to pass through.”

Srivastava said, “The aim is to ensure that at least 90% of the trains are operated when a signal cabin is disabled. The backup will be ready in a month and will be implemented at all stations.”

TVM Signalling and Transportation Systems Pvt Ltd managing director Gopalakrishnan P said, “There are backups system for each functions like signals, electrical interlocking, panels, power supply and others at stations. But there is no backup for the entire train operations at a railway station. We are trying to develop and install one such system.”

Srivastava said that there was immense pressure on railways to enhance line capacity using the existing infrastructure. “It is not easy to add a third line. So we have to improve and modernise signal systems to ensure that more trains can be operated in a safe manner within the existing infrastructure.”

He also said the automatic safety systems like train protection and warning system were important for railways. “We are striving to add capacity to the existing line by modernising the signals. So we need better and modern safety system. We are developing Train Collision Avoidance System (TCAS) which has features of train protection and warning system also to ensure that technology would have a supervisory role on the loco pilots who drive trains,” he added.

Southern Railway general manager Vashishta Johri said the zone had a modernised signalling system. “The zone has ensured that there was a substantial reduction in failures. The staff need to be guided and coached to improve maintenance,” he added.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Railways-developing-backup-for-signalling-system-to-avoid-another-Itarsi/articleshow/49596069.cms

 
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Posted by on October 30, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

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SCR tests low-cost anti-collision system

The trials of Train Collision Avoidance System (TCAS) system, also called as Automatic Train Protection (ATP) System, an indigenous ‘Make in India’ project of Indian Railways, was carried our between Lingampalli-Vikarabad-Tandur and Koukuntla railway stations on the Begumpet – Wadi Section.

Naveen Tandon, member, electrical, Railway Board, New Delhi, examined the trials. The TCAS, developed indigenously by Researc Designs & Standards Organisation (RDSO), Lucknow, is being extended infrastructural support by South Central Railway.

The Automatic Train Protection System, which is economical as compared to the technology in developed countries, was put on trial, as a continuing measure to the trials carried out earlier in the same section.

The TCAS trials were broadly categorised into three segments – between Godamgura and Tandur, it was a maiden trial of the new installation of TCAS while between Tandur and Koukuntla, the trials were meant to further ensure inter operability with three firms viz., Medha, Kernex and HBL which are involved in the project.

Between Lingampalli and Hafizpet, the maiden trials were carried out to check suitability of TCAS on auto signaling section. The ambitious project is being further planned for full fledged extended trials in the next few months by undertaking work on required infrastructural inputs including tower foundations, equipment installations etc.

The full fledged trials will cover Lingampalli – Vikarabad – Wadi and Vikarabad – Bidar sections upto a total length of 250 km. 40 nominated locomotives (20 electrical and 20 diesel locomotives) will be put to use for these full-fledged trials.

 
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Posted by on June 9, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

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Protecting passengers on India’s next-gen network

In the wake of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s general election triumph in May 2014, India’s railways have found themselves bearing the weight of unusual expectation. India’s massive and somewhat rickety rail system has often been described as “the lifeline of the nation”, but Modi’s administration has placed a particular emphasis on making the country’s railways faster, more reliable and more profitable, and has specifically linked the health of the rail system to the wider prospects of India’s economy.

“The railway system in our country, people have not paid attention to that,” Modi said during a talk at the Council of Foreign Relations in New York. “But there is nothing bigger than this for economic development. This is the second-largest railway line in the world.” President Pranab Mukherjee has been equally emphatic about the importance of rail improvements, noting in the wake of Modi’s election victory that “modernisation and revamping of railways is on top of the infrastructure agenda”.

Bringing India’s railways into the 21st century

The modernisation of India’s railway network, bringing it up to a standard that can reasonably increase fares and reduce its reliance on state subsidies, is an epic undertaking. The sprawling system, encompassing more than 65,000km of track, 20,000 operating trains and more than 23 million daily passengers, has been compromised by “a vicious circle” of poor investment, according to the government’s newly-appointed Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu.

This underinvestment, together with legacy complications like the variety of different track gauges used across the country by Indian Railways, will make it extremely costly to bring the network into the 21st century, with some former ministers and private sector specialists estimating that the government would have to spend between $300bn and $500bn over the next ten years to expand and modernise, including the proposed ‘Diamond Quadrilateral’ of high-speed lines linking the cities of Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata and Chennai.

If India is to have any chance of truly tackling the problems its railways face, it must begin with the most fundamental responsibility of a rail system – ensuring the safety of its passengers and the general public. The country’s railway system is one of the most dangerous in the world, and improvements to safety and security on the overcrowded network should symbiotically feed into – and be fed by – generic upgrades across the broader network.

Rail safety: the extent of the problem

To understand the extent of Indian Railways’ chronic safety issues, one need look no further than some of the truly distressing official statistics of injuries and fatalities on the network. According to a 2012 report by a government-appointed rail safety review committee led by Dr Anil Kakodkar, around 15,000 people die on India’s rail system every year. “No civilised society can accept such a massacre on their railway system,” wrote the report’s authors.

A derailment in the state of Karnataka on 13 February is a potent reminder of the danger of large-scale train incidents. The accident killed at least 11 people and injured more than 150 when three carriages of the Bangalore-Ernakulam Intercity Express derailed near Anekal. It was the most recent in a long and frequent series of derailments and collisions on the network in the last year, including a train collision in October that left 12 people dead in Uttar Pradesh, a state that saw another 23 people die when a train derailed and smashed into a stationary goods train in May.

The 2012 committee report highlighted a number of major technical issues affecting passenger safety on Indian trains and infrastructure. The main source of rail fatalities are unmanned level crossings, which represent a safety issue on all rail networks where they are present, but particularly in countries like India, where overcrowding and a tendency for passengers to rush across train tracks contributes to higher risks.

In fact, overcrowding itself is a safety threat to Indian passengers, who have become used to hanging off the side of trains and riding on the top of carriages, leaving them vulnerable to deadly falls, electrocution or even colliding with bridges overhead. On the Mumbai Suburban Railway alone – the most crowded metropolitan commuter rail system in the world – Kakodkar’s report noted around 6,000 annual deaths.

Action, not words: tackling urgent safety problems

The physical sources of rail-related deaths – derailments, collisions, level crossing accidents – are clear, but a more insidious issue lies at the root of the problem. British colonialism has left the country with a massive, ancient and unstandardised rail network, and most observers agree that Indian Railways and its various subsidiaries have neither the resources nor the operational cohesion to properly deal with that legacy.

While high-level discussions about big ticket items like the Diamond Quadrilateral continue, safety issues have been the cause of a lot of talk but limited action. “Clearly, the priorities have to be redefined,” argued the New Indian Express newspaper in February 2015. “There should be no compromise on higher investments on security, including round-the-clock patrolling on railway tracks, while headlines-grabbing bullet trains, additional train services can wait.”

“The sheer size of India’s rail network makes it incredibly difficult to deliver systemic change.”

The 2012 committee report on rail safety noted that the recommendations made by previous safety panels had been ignored by Indian Railways and the government. Today the picture is virtually the same, only now it’s Kakodkar’s 2012 recommendations that aren’t being acted upon.

In fairness, it’s not simply a matter of organisational chaos and parliamentary stasis on the issue of safety – the sheer size of India’s rail network, not to mention its lack of financial independence, makes it incredibly difficult to deliver systemic change. Parliamentary discussions have revealed that safety-related spending on India’s railways has been gradually increasing, from around $6.3bn in 2013-14 to just over $7bn in 2014-15. Nevertheless, given the scale of the challenge, a huge sum of money can end up looking like a drop in the ocean.

Steps to safety

Virtually every major safety issue facing the railways has received attention in some form, but trials and piecemeal implementation don’t seem to be bringing Indian Railways any closer to the kind of wide-scale deployment that will save thousands of lives across the country.

The Train Collision Avoidance System (TCAS), a domestically-developed collision detection system intended to minimise the risk of collisions by applying automatic brakes in the case of driver error and using radio frequency identification (RFID) to inform drivers about the location and speed of locomotives within 2-3km, has been in development for years.

“Third-party validation for the TCAS is going on,” Southern Railway chief signal and telecom engineer S Manohar told the New Indian Express in September 2014. “The work to develop the system will be awarded to Indian firms and the technology will be implanted on all important train routes of Indian Railways.”

Collision detection and train control systems are commonplace elsewhere in the world, but officials say the TCAS is significantly cheaper to implement than foreign technologies like the European-developed Train Protection Warning System, making it a cheaper retrofit on India’s 60,000km of track that uses block signalling. Still, the timeline is hazy on delivery of the TCAS, which is still being developed and tested after years of work.

The danger posed by level crossings has similarly been known for years; Kakodkar’s report recommended that around $6bn be spent between 2012 and 2017 to achieve the “total elimination of all level crossings (manned and unmanned)”. But given the globally-acknowledged expense of replacing level crossings with bridges or underpasses, this was always an unrealistic target.

Today, very little impact on the number of level crossings has been made, and deaths are still commonplace. For the period 1 April to 30 June 2014, unmanned level crossings accounted for 45% of deaths in rail incidents. Politicians continue to make speeches about the need to replace crossings, while deaths continue to rack up and local people complain of a lack of action.

As Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu prepares to launch his first railway budget, the scale of safety problems on the country’s network must be an intimidating proposition. The myriad technologies, processes and infrastructure needed to reduce the risk to India’s rail passengers requires nothing less than a total commitment from Indian Railways and the government, even if it means delaying high-profile expansion projects. Major recommendations, such as the creation of a powerful statutory railway safety authority and the wider adoption of safer Linke Hofmann Busch rail coaches, which are less likely to derail, remain frustratingly unfulfilled.

The safety of rail users and staff must form the basis for all improvements moving forward, the benchmark upon which to build, otherwise the government risks being seen as more concerned with headlines and international prestige than the wellbeing of its own people. As the New Indian Express put it in a recent editorial: “The focus should not be so much on bullet trains and announcing new routes, but on safety and security of lakhs [hundreds of thousands] of countrymen for whom Indian Railways is the cheapest and even now the most reliable mode of transport for long distance travel.”

http://www.railway-technology.com/features/featureprotecting-passengers-on-indias-next-gen-network-4532155/

 
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Posted by on March 25, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

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Major initiatives undertaken by Railways during first 100 days

Train enquiry mobile app, ‘Go India’ smart cards, next-generation e-ticketing system and successful trial of semi-high speed trains were some of the achievements that Railway Minister Sadandada Gowda on Monday cited in his ministry’s 100-day report card.

Gowda also assured, “Third party audit system of catering services will be in place shortly so that the quality is assured.” The Railways is also exploring options of advertisements on the wagons for increasing the revenue, Gowda said.

We take a look at major achievements/initiatives of Ministry of Railways during May 2014 to August 2014 as listed on the PIB website:

1. Katra connectivity: In another landmark engineering marvel, Indian Railways completed Udhampur-Katra Broad gauge line in the State of Jammu and Kashmir. Prime Minister dedicated this line to the nation at a programme on 4th July. This line has brought Jammu & Kashmir Valley nearer to the rest of the nation . Four train services up to Katra commenced from July 2014. These are: New Delhi- Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Katra Express, Pathankot-Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Katra DMU and two DMUs between Jammu Tawi-Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Katra.

2. Safety measures: Review of Kakodkar Committee; With focus on improving safety, Railway Board held a series of meetings to review recommendations on various technical and technology related aspects of the High Level Safety Review Committee constituted by Ministry of Railways under the chairmanship of Dr. Anil Kakodkar. The exercise aimed at examining the recommendations in regard to their feasibility and implementation.

Automatic Block Signalling; Automatic Signalling on 150 Route Km is targeted for commissioning during 2014-15. Against this 53 Route Kms. of Automatic Signalling has been commissioned during these 3 months. Automatic Block Signalling is being provided on Sub-urban section and High Density Routs which permits more than one train between two block stations to increase the line capacity and reduce headway between two trains.

Route Relay/Interlocking at Major Stations; To eliminate mistakes in multiple cabins mechanical lever frame working at major stations to ensure safety in train operations, Route Relay/Electronic Interlocking (RR/EI) with Centralised Operation of Points and Signals are being provided. During these 3 months, Gomoh (ECR), Bardhaman (ER) & Chheoki (NCR) have been commissioned. Work for EI at Nagda (WR) is in advanced stage and targeted for commissioning in September 2014.

Train Collision Avoidance System (TCAS); TCAS is an Automatic Train Protection System being developed indigenously by RDSO in association with Indian vendors. This system is aimed at preventing train accidents caused due to driver’s error of Signal passing at Danger (SPAD) or non-observance of speed restrictions. Extended field trials with multi-vendor interoperability features are in progress by RDSO in Lingampalli-Wadi-Bidar section (250km) of South Central Railway.

Radio Communication; Mobile Train Radio Communication system has been commissioned on 15th August 2014 covering the Metro Railway, Kolkata from Naopara to Kavi Subhash Nagar. Mobile Train Radio Communication (MTRC) system is based on Global System for Mobile-Railways (GSM-R). The system enables continuous mobile communication from train while on run with emergency calling features.

3. Improving cleanliness: With a special emphasis on cleanliness, a special cleanliness drive was launched in June 2014 on all railway stations and trains across the country. Divisional Railway Managers (DRMs) all over the country personally visited inspected and supervised the cleanliness activity during the drive and initiated remedial measures to make a visible impact on cleanliness in passenger areas.

30 additional mail and express trains have been covered under On-Board House keeping Service (OBHS) to ensure cleanliness in the trains on move. Altogether Indian Railways has implemented the scheme in 446 trains. To ensure cleanliness on track, passenger coaches are being fitted with bio-toilets. During this financial year so far 475 coaches have been fitted with bio-toilets by RCF and ICF. To improve the level of cleanliness on trains and at stations, the budget allocation for cleanliness in the current year has been increased by 40 per cent over the previous year.

Action has also been initiated for framing the guidelines to outsource cleaning activities at 50 major stations to professional agencies and to set up a separate Housekeeping Wing to have focus attention and exclusive responsibility of maintaining cleanliness and sanitation at stations.

Economic Times

 
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Posted by on September 9, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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Conference on Train Protection and Energy Management System Held

A one day conference on “Emerging Trends in Train Protection and Electric Energy Management Systems” was organised here today by Institution of Railway Electrical Engineers (IREE) and Institution of Railway Signal and Telecommunication Engineers (IRSTE). The conference was inaugurated by Sh. Kul Bhushan, Patron, IREE and IRSTE & Member (Electrical) Railway Board. On this occasion, Member Staff, Railway Board Sh. A.K. Mittal Member Traffic, Railway Board Sh. D.P. Pandey, Member Engineering, Railway Board Sh. V.K. Gupta and Financial Commissioner, Railways, Smt. Rashmi Kappor were among those present on the occasion. Sh. M. Suresh, President, IRSTE & Addl. Member (Signal), Railway Board gave the welcome address. Sh. Man Singh, President, IREE and Addl. Member (Electrical) Railway Board proposed the vote of thanks at the end of the Conference.

In his inaugural address, Shri Kul Bhushan, Member Electrical, Railway Board said that Safety of train operation is an area of concern. High priority is being accorded to adopt measures & induct new technological systems progressively to enhance level of safety on Indian Railways. Systems like Panel/ Electronic interlocking/Route Relay Interlocking, Block proving by axle counter , data logger, track circuiting etc have been inducted which has significantly reduced accidents in station area. He said that Corporate Safety Plan of Indian Railways envisages provision of Train protection systems on Indian Railways network to mitigate the risk of Signal Passing At Danger (SPAD) and over speeding by Motorman/Loco Pilots of trains which sometimes lead to accidents. TPWS has been commissioned on Chennai Central – Gummiddipundi (50 RKms) suburban section of Southern Railway and Dum Dum- KaviShubhash section of Kolkata Metro (25 RKMs). Commercial trials of pilot project on Delhi-Agra non-suburban section (200 RKms) of Northern / North Central Railway is in progress with 35 locomotives on nominated trains. Work has also been awarded for Basin Bridge- Arakkonam section (67 Rkm) on SR and is in progress.

He said that Train Protection & Warning System (TPWS) has also been approved for covering more than 3330 Rkm Automatic Signalling sections of Indian Railways. In the first phase, implementation of TPWS on automatic signaling suburban sections (where EMU/MEMU/DEMU ply in close loop) of ER, SER and NCR is envisaged. A TCAS project has been taken up by RDSO for indigenous development of Train Collision Avoidance System (TCAS) for its deployment on the IR network. The pilot project is in progress on 250 Rkm section on SCR and initial field trials have been very encouraging. There is a presentation on TCAS in this conference and I am sure TCAS will be deliberated in greater detail.

Shri Kul Bhushan said that Indian Railways consumed 17.5 billion units of electricity last for its traction and non traction purposes and have a financial outgo of Rs.11,500 crores. The annual fuel bill of IR for electricity and diesel was about Rs.28,500 crore and out of this the electric traction bill was Rs.9600 crore for hauling of about 62% overall traffic. In fact total fuel bill during the current financial year has been estimated to be a whooping Rs.35,000 Cr, of which diesel will be over Rs 24,000 cr as against electricity bill of under Rs 11,000 cr. Thus hauling of traffic on electric traction is the cheapest available mode of transport in the country and Indian Railways is progressing steadily towards Railway Electrification on important and busy routes.

He said that the first captive power plant of 1000 MW capacity at Nabinagar, in Bihar, being set up in joint venture with NTPC is under advance stage of construction and the first unit of 250 MW is likely to be commissioned by May 2015. After the commissioning of all the 4 units, an annual saving of Rs 500 Cr is anticipated. Similarly, Indian Railways is also proposing to set up another coal based 1320 MW captive power plant at Adra in West Bengal in JV with NTPC for which coal allocation is awaited.

He further said that in its endeavour to protect the environment and promoting sustainable development, Indian Railways have planned to proliferate green energy initiatives by harnessing wind and solar energy on a large scale. So far Indian Railways is harnessing wind and solar energy from its 10.5 Mega Watt (MW) capacity wind mill plant and solar Photo Voltaic (PV) modules of about 7 MW capacity at about 500 railway stations, about 4000 LC gates and solar based water heating systems at training institutes, retiring rooms, running rooms etc. The project of wind mill has already been registered with United Nations Frameworks Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and is earning carbon credits of 20000 CERs per annum. To expand its footprint in the generation of green energy, Indian Railways has further planned to install about 168 MW of wind mill plants, of which 157.5 MW will be in joint venture model, and about 7 MW of solar photo voltaic modules at 200 Railway stations, 26 roof top of buildings and 2000 LC gates. Out of 157.5 MW wind mill plant to be set up in JV model, REMC has planned to set up 25 MW of windmill in Rajasthan for which the tender is under advance stage of finalisation.

Shri Kul Bhushan hoped that technical experts from Rail Transport Industry are participating in this one day Conference. Dissemination of technical information, mutual interactions and technical sessions planned in the conference shall help in addressing the challenges faced in its implementation and identification of optimum technologies and strategy to implement it on large scale on Indian Railways network, he added.

In his address Member Staff Sh. A.K. Mittal said that two biggest challenges faced by Indian Railway today are safe operations and controlling cost of operations. Presently safe operation depends mostly on alertness of loco pilot with very little support of technology. With increase in traffic density and introduction of semi high speed trains, provision of train protection system has become essential to avoid risk of signal jump and accidents. India Railways consumes 17.5 billion units of electricity with annual expenditure of 11000 crore provision of electricity bill and regulatory frame work provides opportunity to obtain power at competitive rates. Harnessing Green energy in also need of have deliberation on train protection System and Electric Energy Management by experts will go a long way in the improvement of the Railway system in our country Sh. Mittal added. He said that Indian Railways should exploit modern technological advancements made in the field of Electrical and S&T systems to improve its efficiency in all facets of train operations and passenger information systems. Industrial and population growth increases the need of transport. Effective signalling system is one of the widely acknowledged means to meet this increased need in an effective and efficient manner in the shortest possible time. Sh. Mittal said that similarly, new emerging trends in electrical energy system will have huge potential of saving in fuel expenditure through innovative and available policy framework provided in the Electricity Act and will go a long way in achieving the objective or IR in reducing the electricity tariff.

In his welcome address, Sh. M. Suresh, Addl. Member (Signal), Railway Board said that this conference is discussing seven papers on the subject of Train Protection Systems and six papers on Electrical Energy Management Systems. He said that conference is having detailed deliberation for improving safety in Train Operation as well as reducing expenditure on power with use of efficient and cost effective technologies.

The conference witnessed path-breaking deliberations, presentations from eminent international and national speakers and participation by over 500 delegated from Govt. Organizations, various Public Sector Undertakings, leading Industries and Manufactures. Issued on concurrent topics like TPWS development on Indian Railways, communication based train control system etc; concerning safety aspects were deliberated at length. The Conference also focused on ways and means to reduce expenditure on fuel through implementation strategy for procurement of power through open access, power evacuation arrangement through dedicated transmission network, energy efficiency initiatives for market transmission, solar power a sustainable energy source including harnessing energy on the available roof top spaces etc.

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Posted by on July 28, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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