IIT-Gandhinagar to run on-site Bullet Train studies

Bullet Train innovation center gets academics from Tokyo University

AHMEDABAD: Researchers from IIT-Gandhinagar (IIT-Gn) will carry out on-site studies for the high-speed railway (HSR) corridor between Ahmedabad and Mumbai. Prof Amit Prashant, the officiating director of IIT-Gn, said that the HSR Innovation Trust, consisting of several stakeholders from India and Japan, has been set up to work on technical issues.

A seminar of stakeholders was organized on IIT-Gn’s campus on Tuesday. Among the attendees were Achal Khare, Managing Director of National High-Speed Rail Corporation (NHSRCL), and Dr Norimichi Kumagai, the president of Railway Technical Research Institute (RTRI), Japan.

“The trust, consisting of experts from institutes such as IITs and IISc, will understand and adopt the technology for Indian conditions and also develop our own technology so that we can be self-sufficient in the field of HSR in four to five years,” said Prof Prashant. “We will also work closely with the industry on several aspects of the project so that we can build capacity for indigenous technology.”

Some of the areas for which the academia has been included by government agencies are signalling, control, safety, fire and earthquake safety, duct design, and corridor design. After the meeting on Tuesday, a few of the projects have been green-lit for further development.

In his speech, Khare discussed some of the challenges and opportunities for research in the high-profile project. “We are looking for innovative ways to recycle/reuse construction waste generated from the project,” he said. “Under Swachh Bharat Abhiyan and a movement against single-use plastic, we will use a large amount of polythene waste as a cost-effective construction material like paver blocks.”

Dr Kumagai explained the technical concept of Shinkansen and how it brought significant change in Japanese economy and social life. “Safety should be the top priority of all railway systems…railway is a sophisticated system, but still, many technical challenges remain to be addressed,” he said.

Bullet Train innovation center gets academics from Tokyo University. The trust will also provide eco-friendly and environmentally sustainable solutions. It will also contribute to the development of HSR specific standards in India.

On Tuesday, the High-Speed Rail Innovation Centre formed by National High-Speed Rail Corporation organized a seminar at IIT, Gandhi Nagar in Gujarat.

Achal Khare, Managing Director, NHSRCL and Dr. Norimachi Kumagai, President, Railway Technical Research Institute (RTRI) Japan addressed researchers, students, and faculty of the Institute and discussed the maiden HSR project in India and technological aspects associated with it.

This was followed by a panel discussion where the advisory council members interacted with the young minds and also responded to the questions of students and faculty of IIT, Gandhi Nagar.

During his address, MD/NHSRCL Shri Achal Khare said, “India has long been a technological powerhouse and young Indian minds are bubbling with innovative technological ideas. NHSRCL would like to collaborate with them and provide them a platform to develop sustainable and indigenous technological solutions for High-speed railways in India.”

The High-Speed Rail Innovation Centre Trust has a mandate to undertake targeted, applied collaborative research to solve issues raised by the railway industry to enhance railway safety, reliability, productivity, efficiency, and sustainability in order to ensure customer satisfaction.

The trust will also leverage Indian technical capabilities and develop indigenous capabilities in relevant fields of High-Speed Railways to develop professional expertise in all aspects of High-Speed Railways so as to provide innovative, indigenous, cost-effective solutions, technological guidance, strategic analysis, and advice to the Indian Rail Transportation Industry on significant challenges and opportunities.

The trust will also provide eco-friendly and environmentally sustainable solutions. It will also contribute to the development of HSR specific standards in India.

HSR Innovation Centre which was registered on January 22, 2019, is managed by a Board of Trustees Chaired by Managing Director, NHSRCL and supported by Executive Council, which is assisted by the Advisory Council to review nature of the projects to be undertaken by the Innovation Centre.