Better days ahead for Passengers, Railways installing Fog Pass Devices: Piyush Goyal

Piyush Goyal said 6,000 fog pass devices have been installed. Another 6,000 devices will be installed next year. This would improve to a large extent the problem of train delays. The fog pass devices keep telling the train driver how far the signal is.

NEW DELHI: Railways and Coal Minister Piyush Goyal has said there was no question of instituting a joint parliamentary committee (JPC) probe into the Rafale deal. On the trains getting delayed due to fog, he said the Railways is installing devices and the situation should improve by next year. Speaking in the session ‘Yatrigan Kripya Dhyan De, Chunav Aane Wala Hai’, Piyush Goyal at New Delhi today (December 17), Piyush Goyal said, “There is no question of instituting a JPC probe as the Supreme Court has given its judgment.”

On Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train, the Railways minister said there is a fixed time frame to implement it. One section of the route will be ready by 2022 while the whole route would be operational by 2023.

On security, Piyush Goyal said his priority was to make Railways’ security foolproof.

He said there were 4500 unmanned railway crossings till September 2017. From April till September this year, 3000 unmanned crossings converted.

On train getting delayed due to fog, Piyush Goyal said Indian Railways was dependent on signals. The drivers cannot cross signals lest it leads to accidents. And due to fogs, signals are not seen. Therefore, the drivers have to slow down the speed of the trains.

India is developing an indigenous signalling system. The dependence on signals will be gone. If there is a train in the front, the train behind will stop automatically without the driver stopping it.

Till then, fog pass devices are being installed. This device keeps telling the driver how far the signal is. Till then the driver can run the train on its normal speed. When the signal comes near, he can slow down the speed of the train to see the signal and then proceed.

Piyush Goyal said 6,000 such fog pass devices have been installed. Another 6,000 devices will be installed next year. This would improve the situation and delays of trains due to fogs during winters to a large extent, he said.

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