The Indian Railways will deploy drones to monitor railway projects and maintenance work, and manage crowd in order to enhance safety and efficiency in operating trains. A statement released by railways on Monday said cameras fitted on drones will be used to keep a watch on various activities of the railways, including tracks, similar to oil companies using drones to keep a watch on petroleum pipelines. “Directions have been given to zonal railways to procure such cameras,” the statement said. Drones are unmanned aerial vehicles, in this case fitted with cameras, can fly over long distances through software and can be used to provide real-time information.
These will also be used to monitor relief and rescue operations, conditions of tracks and inspection related activities. Jabalpur-headquartered West Central Railway is the first zone to procure drones and have already tested them over some of the sections.