The modernization of signalling system will include Automatic Train Protection System along with Long Term Evolution (LTE) based Mobile Train Radio Communication System (MTRC) together with the provision of Electronic Interlocking (indoor) wherever required. The project will be implemented on four sections across the Indian Railways network.
NEW DELHI: Indian Railways bets on big signalling upgrade! Aiming to provide safer and faster train travel to its passengers, Indian Railways has taken the big step towards signalling upgradation. The national transporter has signed an MoU with RailTel Enterprises Limited (REL) for the work of modernization of signalling system. The REL is an entirely owned subsidiary firm of RailTel Corporation of India Limited. The modernization of signalling system will include Automatic Train Protection System along with Long Term Evolution (LTE) based Mobile Train Radio Communication System (MTRC) together with the provision of Electronic Interlocking (indoor) wherever required. The project will be implemented on four sections across the Indian Railways’ network.
According to a press release issued by RailTel, the project of Modern Train control system will be implemented on 165 rail kilometres on South Central Railway’s Renigunta–Yerraguntla section, 145 rail kilometres on East Coast Railway’s Vizianagaram–Palasa section, 155 rail kilometres on North Central Railway’s Jhansi– Bina section and 175 rail kilometres on Central Railway’s Nagpur–Badnera section. All these sections are some of the busiest routes on Indian Railways’ network with heavy traffic.
The pilot project, which is expected to cost around Rs 1,609 crores, is likely to be completed in 2 years. According to RailTel, the Modern Train Control system based on LTE based MTRC is Indian Railways’ one of the most ambitious modernization projects, which envisages upgradation of the signalling system at par with the world standards. After the successful implementation of this project, the national transporter plans to implement the same on other crucial high-density routes of its network.
The release stated that the Automatic Train Protection System and LTE based MRTC will improve safety. Also, it will help to reduce congestion in these rail networks, increase line capacity as well as improve punctuality. Additionally, it will also help to increase the average speed of trains.
According to RailTel, the Modern Train Control System will be as per Open Standard, Interoperable with Multi-vendor support. The MTRC system will be deployed using LTE backbone for communication between drivers, train running staff, control office and guards. Moreover, the system will be used for working of Automatic Train Protection System as well. RailTel also stated that this system will initially be provided on as many as 500 locomotives.
Talking about the project, Kashinath from the Railway Board, said “We need to implement modern train control system to keep pace with modern signalling and communication systems being used all around the world, to ensure safety of the passengers and increase line capacity to match with the challenges of running more trains on existing track.”
Briefing about the project, Puneet Chawla, CMD/RailTel said “We are already on the job and team of REL has already taken inputs, feedback from industry representatives with respect to technology, interfaces, compatibility and interoperability of various sub-systems.”
The MoU was signed by Pradeep M Sikdar, executive director, signal development, railway board, Ministry of railways and AK Sablania, director and chief executive officer of REL in the presence of N Kashinath from railway board and Puneet Chawla, CMD of RailTel.