Lalu Trains Technology On Railway Safety

New Delhi, July 23 | Updated: Jul 25 2004, 04:48am hrs
Expressing concern over the growing incidents of accidents at the unma-nned level crossings, Railway minister Lalu Prasad on Friday said that urgent steps were being taken to reduce them.

He said innovative signalling and telecom technology was being used on trial basis to deal with the problem. The electronic interlocking technology, to provide warning to road users through flashing light and siren for averting accidents at crossings, was being tried at 90 such points, which, if successful, would be implemented to cover all crossings across the country, he said.

Inaugurating a two-day seminar on Signalling and telecommunication systems on Indian Railways: vision for the future, he said track circuiting of railway stations has already been completed on special routes where the train speed was 75 kmph.

Mobile train radio communication system is also being introduced for communication between the staff in train and stations, the minister said.

The system is being introduced first on the northern, eastern, east-central, north-central and northeast frontier railway, he added.

Railway board chairman R K Singh said top priority was being given to infrastructure development in the pursuit for expansion, modernisation, improvement vis-a-vis rail safety.