May 18, 2013

Students wow railway authorities with their designs on safety

About 100 students designed projects on safety in railways including automatic coach guidance, signal control system and submitted a thesis to the South Central Railway (SCR) authorities.

The engineering students who designed the circuits and software programmes displayed them before the Vijayawada Division Railway officials at Railway Auditorium on Friday. The projects would be useful both for the railways and passengers, said the students.

Vijayawada Additional Divisional Railway Manager S. Subba Rao, SCR Women’s Welfare Organisation president Priti Awasthi and heads of various departments visited the software products exhibition. Ms. Awasthi praised the budding engineers for designing the projects with innovative ideas.

Alerts for driver

Four students of Electronics and Communication Engineering of Vignan University – Vamshi Krishna, Aravind, Siddhartha and Vara Prasad – prepared a circuit on Signal Control System, which would prevent accidents and provide safety for the passengers.

“In Signal Control System, we placed a monitoring device on the signal pole and receiver in the engine. The train drivers can know the signal position (from each pole) through the receiver at some distance. Signal Control System will be useful particularly during winter seasons when there is heavy fog,” said Mr. Vamshi Krishna.

If the train crosses the red signal, the system would automatically slow down the train and prevent any possible mishap. The device was prepared after discussing the problem with loco drivers, said Mr. Siddhartha.

The GPS on Fire Detecting System would alert the railway authorities, if there was any fire in the coaches. Likewise, the Rail Tracking System, designed by four students – T. Bhavya, D. Kavya, Ch. Kranthi and K. Srujana -- of K.L. University, can alert the station master or superintendent of the next station through satellite system on the position of the tracks, location of train and at what time it was expected to arrive at the station. “We travelled in the train from Vijayawada to Visakhapatnam and studied on implementation of Rail Tracking System, which can help reduce manpower and give accurate position of the train on tracks”, Ms. Srujana told The Hindu. Students also designed projects on digital caution order, power line failure, wireless energy meter, vigilance control device, and a digital eye for coach guidance automation.

Source - The Hindu

Land for Delhi Metro 40 times dearer

NEW DELHI: Delhi government will now charge Delhi Metro up to 30-40 times more for selling its DUSIB land to DMRC for construction of its Phase-III line. In its latest decision, Delhi Urban Shelter Improvement Board has decided to sell its land to DMRC as per circle rates. The decision has been approved in principle by DUSIB in a meeting on Saturday. The board is chaired by Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit. The decision will also be applicable on the properties sold to Delhi Health Services. 

The new policy would increase the cost of land in Category A areas 35 to 40 times. For now, DUSIB has decided to implement it in 12 projects of which four projects belong to DMRC. In the first case, a 5,286 sqm land (Category D) in Rajouri Garden, west Delhi, that was earlier available at Rs 2.45 crore will now cost Rs 56.23 crore. 

Earlier, DUSIB gave its land to DMRC at concessional rates in compliance with GOI orders irrespective of the locality of the plot. A DMRC spokesperson said they are yet to receive the order and hence cannot comment on the matter. Sources in DMRC said that the order, if implemented, will make a major difference to the project cost. "It's basically transfer of government money from one body to another. If they increase the rates so drastically we will be forced to go back to the Centre for funds," a senior DMRC officer said.
Source - Times of India

Railways to improve safety levels with communications-based control system

Indian Railways plans to roll out a communications-based train management system that provides higher precision in locating trains when compared to the conventional signalling systems, S. Manohar, Chief Signal and Telecommunication Engineer, Southern Railway, said on Friday.

Addressing a function to mark the World Telecommunication Day organised by Southern Railway, Mr. Manohar said the CBTC or Communications-Based Train Control systems would facilitate a more efficient and safe way to manage railway traffic.

Metro rail networks and other railway systems in a few cities were already adopting this technology which improved the safety levels.

According to Mr. Manohar, RailTel Chennai, would be implementing the National Optic Fibre Network (NOFN) in Tamil Nadu, which along with Gujarat, are the only two States selected for the NOFN project. The nationwide plan to connect all 2,50,000 gram panchayats in the country is being implemented by utilising the existing fibres of PSUs (BSNL, Railtel and Power Grid) and laying incremental fibre, he said.

Some of the technology-driven projects implemented in Southern Railway were the Train Protection Warning System, Integrated Security System and train Management System in two suburban sections in Chennai, he said.

Rakesh Misra, Southern Railway General Manager, inaugurated an exhibition and released a compendium which contains important letters pertaining to telecommunication to serve as a ready reckoner. G. Narayanan, Additional General Manager, spoke.
Source - The Hindu





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