Indian Railways new elaborate plan will soon make Water Shortage on Trains a thing of past

Railways is giving the final touch to a system that will reduce water filling time from the existing 20 minutes to just five minutes at stations. Railways will introduce the system in March next year at over 142 stations. The Railway Board has sanctioned Rs 300 crore for the project. The quick watering system can fill a 24-coach train within five minutes.

NEW DELHI: Water woes onboard trains will soon be a thing of the past with Indian Railways is giving the final touch to a system that will reduce water filling time from the existing 20 minutes to just five minutes at stations.

The Railways will introduce the system in March next year at over 142 stations which have the water filling system for trains.

The Railway Board has sanctioned Rs 300 crore for the project.

According to the plan prepared by railways, water in long-distance trains which are used in toilets and washbasins are filled every 300-400 km, even if they are not empty, to ensure that there is adequate water in the coaches.

With the use of the quick watering system, a 24-coach train can be filled up within five minutes and multiple trains can be simultaneously watered at the same time.

Earlier the water in the coaches was filled with the help of four-inch pipes. These would now be replaced with six-inch pipes with high power motors and the water would be supplied to the train coaches through a computerised system called SCADA (Supervisory Control And Data Acquisition).

The old pipes, the document said did not have enough pressure and took around 20 minutes to fill the tanks with a capacity of 1,800 litres of water in a coach, which resulted in shortages.

A senior official of the ministry said that the national transporter receives a lot of complaints about inadequate water in coaches and this system would ensure that there will be no water shortage in trains because the time to fill up the tanks was minimal.

The railway ministry has planned to install pumps of 40 horsepower to increase the water pressure.

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