Feb 23, 2013

Delhi Metro Rail Corporation charts Metro construction plan

: The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has finalised the plan to execute the construction works of Kochi Metro between Aluva and Pettah. The work will be executed in all four sectors - Aluva-Kalamassery, Kalamassery-Kaloor stadium, Kaloor stadium-Ernakulam south and Ernakulam south-Pettah - in a 300-metre stretch each simultaneously. The contracts for executing the works are expected to be finalised by the fag-end of March. According to sources, a contractor will not be awarded more than two contracts, and those getting the work have to simultaneously carry out the work.

Source - Times of India


Satellite Imaging for Rail Navigation to save lives of railway gangmen


LUCKNOW: Every year about 400 gangmen are run over by trains while working on the rail tracks. To check these deaths, railways will use Satellite Imaging for Rail Navigation (SIMRAN). This train tracking technology has been developed by IIT-Kanpur and Research Design and Standards Organisation (RDSO).

Meabwhile, IIT-Kanpur will hand over the final report on the Gangmen Warning System (GWS) to the Railway Board on March 10. Developed at a cost of Rs 30 lakh, GWS would alert a gangman about an approaching train from a distance of 2,000 metres. The gangman will have to walk with a device which will warn him against the approaching train. "GWS is a byproduct of SIMRAN which works on GSM technology," said BM Shukla, principal software engineer, CSE department, IIT-Kanpur. While Indian Railways discontinued working with IIT-K on train tracking system, one of the most important uses of SIMRAN technology, the institute is working on two of the other byproducts of SIMRAN -- GWS and the Unmanned Level Crossing Gates Warning System (ULCGWS).

IIT-Kanpur has completed trials for GWS and only a final trial in front of RDSO is awaited, said Shukla. On ULCGWS too, the institute has made headway. It's the final report which is awaited from ULCGWS. In this, a device would be installed at level crossings, both manned and unmanned, to alert road-users about the approaching train. The signal would change colour when the train is 2,000 metres from the crossing and a hooter would blow when the train is 700 metres away from the level crossing. Once the train has crossed, signal would change colour from red to yellow. "The alarm system would be on till the last train on the track has crossed," said Shukla.

The accidents at unmanned level crossings are rampant in railways. There have been several instances where vehicles hit the boom barriers and disrupted movement of trains. The warning system at level crossings will keep a check on such incidents. SIMRAN tracks trains through GPS, GSM and/or RF tags. The technology has been developed jointly by RDSO and IIT-K. "We completed the project in 2009 and handed it over to the Railway Board," said executive director, administration, RDSO, AK Mathur. SIMRAN has been developed using about Rs 350 crore between 2004 and 2009.

In one of the most passenger-friendly moves, railway ministry opened the first phase of Real Train Information System (RTIS) to people for accurate train tracking, using SIMRAN, in 2011. IIT-Kanpur, which played the major role in research stage, has been kept away in the deployment stage of the project. In October last year, Railway Board discontinued the role of IIT-Kanpur in train tracking system.

"We had asked for Rs 5 crore for deployment of SIMRAN in trains all over the railways but the day we were called to sign the MoU, we were told that our involvement is no longer needed in the project," said sources in IIT-Kanpur. The institute was working on the project in 36 trains. But, after railways' decision, IIT-Kanpur closed down the website giving real time information to the passengers using SIMRAN. The institute, since it had the experience of operating the technology, could have helped in deployment, but now it's the Indian Railway Project Management Unit (IRPMU) which is deploying RTIS in all the trains. "We have real time train enquiry which is similar to SIMRAN," said Anil K Saxena, additional DG, PR, Railway Board.
Source - Times of India

Increasing Coal Loading by Railways

The Ministry of Railways, in coordination with the Ministry of Coal and Coal India Ltd. has been striving to increase coal loading for increasing coal supplies in the country. The coal loading by Indian Railways has increased from 251.7 million tonnes in 2003-04 to 455.80 million tonnes in 2011-12. Further, 30 coal connectivity projects have been identified by the Ministry of Railways in consultation with the Ministry of Power and the Ministry of Coal for ensuring swift evacuation and transportation of coal during 12th Five Year Plan period and beyond. The projects are being given top priority and an Inter-Ministerial Group has been constituted to monitor these projects at the highest level. 

This information was given by the Minister of State for Railways Shri Kotla Jaya Surya Prakash Reddy in written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha today.

Source - PIB

 

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