System embedded GPS link to Control Room to facilitate communication between trains

Hyderabad Metro trains to ‘talk’ to each other using a system of communication and GPS.  Chances of collision will be minimised with this set up

हैदराबाद Hyderabad (HYD): The trains of the Hyderabad Metro Rail project, scheduled to run from March 2015, are designed to communicate with each other to minimise chances of collision. Every train will be controlled by a computer system embedded with global positioning system (GPS), which would be connected to the central control room (CCR). The staff positioned there are expected to monitor the systems and intervene when there is a lapse. Similarly, the role of the driver will be by and large limited to opening and closing of doors unless there is a system failure.

As the CCR will be in a position to monitor the running of each train, it is also expected to control the speed of the train as well, when required. This unique system is being implemented for the first time in India in the Metro Train System.

Largest under PPP

Disclosing these details at a two-day workshop on ‘Modern Technologies in Civil Engineering,’ held on the Hyderabad campus of Gitam University here on Thursday, Ankala Sai Baba, Chief Engineer, Indian Raliways, said that the Hyderabad Metro Rail Project is the largest in the world under public private participation (PPP) mode with 71.6 km length and about 66 or 67 railway stations. During the trial run the train ran at a speed of 80 kmph without any problem. The first station would be ready in the next two months, he added.

Explaining about the construction of viaduct and model of pillars to erect the track, Mr. Sai Baba said that construction of each kilometre costs about Rs. 225 crore. He said that there were also proposals to establish solar panels on the top of metro stations. Each train would be designed to carry 915 passengers, he added. He said that there were lot of opportunities for civil engineers and the students were found wanting and need to upgrade their skills to be employable.

Pennar Pebs managing director P.V. Rao, Institute of Engineers India chairman G. Sudhakar and others were present.