HYDERABAD: Indian Railways is leveraging technology for reducing the reliance on human interface and efficient allocation of resources to improve safety, said Sri Vishwesh Chaube, Member Engineering, Railway Board. He also stated that higher speed of 160kmph would warrant a situation where manual inspections and patrolling of track will not be possible without controlling traffic. Shri Vishwesh Chaube delivered key note address at the International Technical Seminar on “Challenges in introducing speed of 160 kmph for passenger trains and 100 kmph for High Axle Load Freight Traffic and Innovative Technologies for fast paced construction on Indian Railways” today i.e., 22nd February, 2019 at Hyderabad International Convention Centre, Hyderabad. Sri S.N.Agrawal, Member Staff, Railway Board was the Guest of Honour and Sri Gajanan Mallya, General Manager, South Central Railway attended as Special Invitee. Around 600 delegates from all over the Indian Railways and production units and foreign countries have participated in the seminar.
Speaking on the occasion he stated that the present day track structure on Indian Railways requires mechanized maintenance. Indian Railways is having a fleet of 916 track machines at present and it will be doubled in the next three years and it is being planned for complete mechanization with about 2850 machines by the year 2024. Track component monitoring system with machine vision fitted on LHB OMS coaches, automated ballast unloading hoppers, long rail panel unloading systems etc are under process of induction. For running 160kmph speed trains, isolation of track from surrounding is mandatory and construction of boundary wall/fencing is essential. During 2018-19 FY works worth more that Rs.3000 crore has been sanctioned for the purpose.
Speaking on the occasion Shri Gajanan Mallya General Manager stated that, the rail net work in the country is highly congested and up gradation of infrastructure facilities to meet the expectations of the travelling passengers and freight customers is the need of the hour. He also stated that technical seminars on challenges being faced will certainly help in innovations and contributes to the might of the Indian Railways.
Speaking on the occasion Shri S.N.Agrawal stated that, running of semi speed and high speed trains is very essential to meet the expectations of present day generation and running of higher axle load freight trains is essential for the organization. Assent maintenance and protection of track shall be given priority.
During the daylong session on the 1st day, Technical Papers presentation and deliberations are carried out on the subject topics on introduction of higher speeds for passenger and goods trains.
A Technical Exhibition has also been inaugurated by the Chief Guest Sri Vishwesh Chaube where innovative, modern equipments and track components etc., developed by various industries and SC Railway departmentally were exhibited. The exhibition will contribute for exchange of innovative ideas for implementation.
The Chief Guest has released various web apps and items like IPWE Souvenir, Technical Diary, Work site safety pamphlet, e-learning website of IPWE, e-release of Technical Proceedings of IPWE & Knowledge Bank App.
The Chief Guest also presented Best Paper IPWE 2018 Awards to Shri Naveen Chopra, PCE/NR & Shri Ashish Bansal, CE/TM/NR, Shri Anurag Kumar Sachan, Shri R.P.Tiwari, Director/TM/RDSO & Shri Rahul Singh, Joint Director/TM/RDSO. VCA Padmanabhan Memorial Cash Award IPWE exam 2017-18 to Shri Pradipta Chokraborty & Shri Rajroop Ghosh.
Important presentations were made on topics like:
- Challenges in introducing speed of 160 kmph for passenger trains and 100 kmph for high axle freight on IR.
- Design & Development of New Track Components including wider & heavier PSC Sleeper and Fastening System suitable for Semi-high speed and heavy Axle Load.
- Innovative approaches / method adopted in fast pace construction of RUBs to achieve huge target elimination of UMLCs on SCRly.
- Fast Track construction in dedicated freight corridor.
- IT enablement of Engineering Department on IR-status & Road map ahead.
The Seminar is being organized under the guidance of Sri K.V.Siva Prasad, Principal Chief Engineer, South Central Railway & Chairman, IPWE(I), South Central Railway Center.