Indian Railways passengers will be able to experience high-speed WiFi facilities at major stations. This mega exercise is scheduled to be completed by September this year.
Indian Railways collaborates with ISRO to ensure punctuality of trains, and real-time tracking! The national transporter has adopted three-pronged measures to implement separate projects. Indian Railways is banking on Global Positioning System (GPS), ISRO satellites, CCTVs and WiFi to provide safe, secured and technologically advanced ambience and environment for its passengers.
GPS in all locomotives: All the locomotives of Indian Railways will have GPS by the end of the current fiscal (FY 20) so that real-time position of the trains can be ascertained, Railway Board Chairman Vinod Kumar Yadav was quoted as saying by PTI. This move is part of the Real-time Train Information System (RTIS). Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has been roped in to improve punctuality of the trains. Yadav has said that train’s position and speed will be relayed through ISRO satellites to the Indian Railways’ Control Office Application (COA) system. This will go for automatic plotting of control charts.
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CCTVs at railway stations, in Mail/Express trains: With an aim to improve passenger security, Indian Railways has decided to install CCTVs in Mail/Express trains. Major junctions will also be equipped with CCTVs.
WiFi at key stations: Indian Railways passengers will be able to experience high-speed WiFi facilities at major stations. This mega exercise is scheduled to be completed by September this year, Yadav said. Indian Railways was stressing on infrastructure development, Yadav said adding that there has been significant growth in Railway traffic in the country in the past 25 to 30 years.
In Budget 2019, the Modi government set out its top priorities for Indian Railways. Passengers’ safety, modernization of railway stations, improving railway travel experience, and increasing train efficiency were the key areas where the government focused. In the Railway Budget 2019, the government proposed to introduce Automatic Train Protection (ATP) system. The central government also talked about a massive programme launched by Indian Railways to modernize railway stations. To provide Digital India experience to travellers, Indian Railways targetted to provide free WiFi at 4,882 stations by August 31, 2019. Indian Railways has also proposed to install CCTV cameras at all stations and coaches of passengers’ trains by 2020-21.