New Projects by Indian Railway

New Projects by Indian Railway
New Projects by Indian Railway

New Projects by Indian Railway

Indian Railway announced various new projects and here we are giving Updates of New Projects by Railway. 

Mobile Train Radio Communication System in Indian Railways

Indian Railways has introduced Mobile Train Radio Communication (MTRC) system over Indian Railways (IR announced via press release on 24.03.2021). The aim and objective for implementing MTRC are to establish direct voice communication between Loco Pilot, Station Master, Controller and also to use it for Modern Train Control System. The system has been provided over 3460 Route KM. Details of MTRC provided are appended as under:-

Status of Mobile Train Radio Communication (MTRC) System based on GSM-R and TETRA over Indian Railways

ZonalRAILWAYSectionTECHNOLOGYROUTE KM
EasternHowrah-DhanbadGSM(R)270
East CentralDhanbad-MughalsaraiGSM(R)400
North CentralPalwal -JhansiGSM(R)353
North CentralGhaziabad-Aligarh-Kanpur- ALD-DDUGSM(R)760
NorthernNew Delhi-Ambala-Ludhiana Including New Delhi – Palwal and Delhi areaGSM(R)372
NorthernLudhiana-Pathankot-Jammu Tawi-AmritsarGSM(R)455
NorthernLucknow – KanpurGSM(R)75
Northeast FrontierNew Jalpaiguri – Bongaigaon-GuwahatiGSM(R)410
Northeast FrontierNew Jalpaiguri-Barsoi-Malda Town & Barasoi-KatiharGSM(R)270
Metro Railway, KolkataNorth-South Coridor – Kabi Subhas to DakshineswarGSM(R)28
Metro Railway KolkataEast-West Corridor- Phoolbagan to Sector-VTETRA7.5
WesternChurchgate – VirarTETRA60
 TOTAL3460.5

GSM(R) = Global System for Mobile Communication-Railway.

TETRA = Terrestrial Trunk Radio

Further, new works for Long Term Evolution based MTRC System over 34304 Route KM have been approved at a cost of ₹ 6861 crore. Details are appended as under:-

List of sanctioned LTE works over Indian Railways.

SNZonal RailwayName of the Umbrella WorkRoute KM
1CentralUmbrella work for provision of LTE based mobile Train Radio equipment at GD/GQ Section of CR @ ₹ 20 lakh per Km on 1854 RKm1854
2CentralCentral Railway- Umbrella works for provision of LTE System on low density Railway Network in connection with TCAS @ ₹ 20 Lakh per Km on 1563 Km1563
3CentralUnder Modern Signalling work175
4EasternEastern Railway- Umbrella works for provision of LTE System on low density Railway Network in connection with TCAS @ ₹ 20 Lakh per Km on 1563 Km1563
5NorthernNorthern Railway- Umbrella works for provision of LTE System on low density Railway Network in connection with TCAS @ ₹ 20 Lakh per Km on 1563 Km1563
6North EasternNorth Eastern Railway-Umbrella works for provision of LTE System on low density Railway Network in connection with TCAS @ ₹ 20 Lakh per Km on 1563 Km1563
7Northeast FrontierNortheast Frontier Railway- Umbrella works for provision of LTE System on low density Railway Network in connection with TCAS @ ₹ 20 Lakh per Km on 1563 Km1563
8SouthernSouthern Railway-Umbrella works for provision of LTE System on low density Railway Network in connection with TCAS @ ₹ 20 Lakh per Km on 1563 Km1563
9South CentralSouth Central Railway- Umbrella works for provision of LTE System on low density Railway Network in connection with TCAS @ ₹ 20 Lakh per Km on 1563 Km1563
10South CentralUmbrella work for provision of LTE based mobile Train Radio equipment at GQ/GDSection of SCR @ ₹ 20 lakh per Km on 1549 RKm. 1549
11 Under Modern Signalling work165
12South EasternSouth Eastern Railway- Umbrella works for provision of LTE System on low density Railway Network in connection with TCAS @ ₹ 20 Lakh per Km on 1563 Km1563
13South EasternUmbrella work for provision of LTE based mobile Train Radio equipment at GQ/GD Section of SER @ ₹ 20 lakh per Km on 692 RKm.692
14WesternWestern Railway- Umbrella works for provision of LTE System on low density Railway Network in connection with TCAS @ ₹ 20 Lakh per Km on 1563 Km1563
15East CentralEast Central Railway- Umbrella works for provision of LTE System on low density Railway Network in connection with TCAS @ ₹ 20 Lakh per Km on 1563 Km1563
16East CoastUmbrella work for provision of LTE based mobile Train Radio equipment at GQ/GD Section of ECoR, NCR and SR @ ₹ 20 lakh per Km on 894 RKm.894
17East CoastEast Coast Railway- Umbrella works for provision of LTE System on low density Railway Network in connection with TCAS @ ₹ 20 Lakh per Km on 1563 Km1563
18 Under Modern Signalling work142
19North CentralNorth Central Railway- Umbrella works for provision of LTE System on low density Railway Network in connection with TCAS @ ₹ 20 Lakh per Km on 1563 Km1563
20 Under Modern Signalling work153
21North WesternNorth Western Railway- Umbrella works for provision of LTE System on low density Railway Network in connection with TCAS @ ₹ 20 Lakh per Km on 1563 Km1563
22South East CentralUmbrella work for provision of LTE based mobile Train Radio equipment at GQ/GD Section of SECR and WCR @ ₹ 20 lakh per Km on 831 RKm.831
23South East CentralSouth East Central Railway-Umbrella works for provision of LTE System on low density Railway Network in connection with TCAS @ ₹ 20 Lakh per Km on 1563 Km1563
24South WesternSouth Western Railway- Umbrella works for provision of LTE System on low density Railway Network in connection with TCAS @ ₹ 20 Lakh per Km on 1563 Km1563
25West CentralWest Central Railway-Umbrella works for provision of LTE System on low density Railway Network in connection with TCAS @ ₹ 20 Lakh per Km on 1563 Km1563
  Total Route KM31463
26 Under Mission raftaar 
i NDLS-HWH (ER 243, ECR 420, NCR 752, NR-39)1454
ii NDLS-Mumbai (NR-58, NCR-83, WCR-549 , WR-697)1387
  Total34304
     

The total amount for MTRC allocated till Financial Year 2020-21 is ₹ 232.54 crore which has been fully utilized.

Other steps are taken to develop state-of-the-art and high tech method of monitoring, inspection, and maintenance of rail tracks to avoid train accidents are as under:-

Periodical inspection and monitoring of tracks are done by contactless sensor-based Track Recording Cars (TRCs). Inspection of the track is also performed by Zonal Railways using Oscillation Monitoring System (OMS).
Besides this, the Automatic Track Geometry-cum-Video Inspection System, Self-Propelled Turn-out Geometry Measurement System, and Ground Penetration Radar (GPR) are also in the procurement stage for further strengthening the monitoring and inspection of rail tracks.

Indian Railways is using state-of-the-art track maintenance machines like High Output Rail Grinding Machine, High Output Ballast Cleaning Machine. High Output Integrated 3X-Dynamic Tamper etc for maintenance of the rail tracks.
Improvements in Alumino Thermic welding – Mechanised preheating, Three-piece prefabricated mould, Auto Tapping Thimble, Single-shot crucible has been provided for improved quality of welding.
Improvement in Ultrasonic Flaw Detection (USFD) Testing Machines – Analogue USFD testing machines have been replaced by digital USFD testing machines capable of data logging, saving, and transferring testing results to on-line application Track Management System (TMS) and PCs. USFD testing machines have been introduced having features for location tagging, time-stamping of recording and improved scan (B-scan) capability. Self-propelled Ultrasonic Rail Testing (SPURT) Cars have been introduced on Indian Railways for faster ultrasonic testing of rails.
Introduction of Thick Web Switches & Weldable CMS Crossing (WCMSC) – Thick web Switches & Weldable CMS Crossings have been introduced in Indian Railways. This will help in better Track maintenance and safety.

Prime Minister dedicates the historic Kosi Rail Mahasetu to the Nation Inaugurates New Rail Lines and Electrification Projects in Bihar for the benefit of passengers

The Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi dedicated the historic Kosi Rail Mahasetu to the Nation and inaugurated new Rail Lines and Electrification Projects in Bihar for the benefit of passengers through video conference. Railway announced via press release on 18.09.2020.

Speaking on the occasion, Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi said a new history has been created in the field of rail connectivity in Bihar. He said projects worth about Rs 3000 crore like the inauguration of Kosi Mahasetu and Kiul Bridge, electrification projects, promotion of Make in India in Railways and a dozen of new job-creating projects are launched today. These projects will not only strengthen Bihar’s rail network but also strengthen West Bengal and Eastern India’s rail connectivity.

Apart from Kosi Rail Mahasetu Bridge, the Prime Minister also inaugurated other rail projects related to passenger facilities for the benefit of the Bihar State. These include

  • New Electric Locomotive Shed at Barauni
  • A new railway bridge on the Kiul River,
  • 5 Electrification projects: Muzaffarpur – Sitamarhi, Katihar–New Jalpaiguri, Samastipur-Darbhanga-Jaynagar, Samastipur-Khagaria, Bhagalpur- Shivnarayanpur Sections.
  • Karnauti- Bakhtiyarpur link bypass and 3rd line between Barh-Bakhiyarpur
  • The new bridge on River Kiul and Electric Interlocking

Along with the dedication of the Mahasetu, the Prime Minister also flagged off the Supaul- Raghopura DEMU train from the Supaul Station. Once the regular train service begins, this would prove to be highly beneficial to the Supaul, Arariya and Saharsa districts. It would also make it easy for long-distance travel to Kolkata, Delhi and Mumbai for the people of the region.

Indian Railways Signs MoU with RailTel for implementation of Modern Train Control System Project -Renigunta-Yerraguntla section of SCR on the identified corridors

Indian Railways signed MoU with RailTel Enterprises Limited (REL), a wholly owned subsidiary company of RailTel Corporation of India ltd, for the work of modernization of signaling system o­n 4 sections, which includes Automatic Train Protection System with Long Term Evolution (LTE) based Mobile Train Radio Communication System (MTRC) together with provision of Electronic Interlocking (indoor) wherever required.

This project of Modern Train control system will be implemented o­n 165 Route Kilometers (RKMs) o­n Renigunta (RU) – Yerraguntla (YA) section o­n South Central Railway, 145 RKMs o­n Vizianagaram (VZM) –Palasa (PSA) section o­n East Coast Railway, 155 RKMs o­n Jhansi (JHS) – Bina (BINA) Section o­n North Central Railway and 175 RKMs o­n Nagpur (NGP) – Badnera (BD) Section o­n Central Railway. These are some of the busiest routes o­n Indian Railway with heavy traffic. Automatic Train Protection System and LTE based MRTC will improve safety, help reduce congestion in these rail networks and increase line capacity, improve punctuality. It will also help to increase average speed of trains.

The Modern Train Control System shall be as per Open Standard, Interoperable with Multi-vendor support. Mobile Train Radio Communication System shall be deployed using LTE backbone for communication between Train Running staff, Drivers, Guards and Control Office. This system will also be used for working of Automatic Train Protection System. Initially, this system will be provided o­n 500 Locomotives.

Speaking about the project, Shri Kashinath, Member (Signal and Telecom), Railway Board, said that there is a need to implement Modern Train Control System to keep pace with modern signaling 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, Shri Puneet Chawla, CMD/RailTel said that 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. Based o­n these inputs from all stakeholders, a blue print for speedy execution of the pilot project is ready for implementation.

The pilot project at estimated cost of Rs. 1609 crores is to be completed in 24 months. Modern Train Control system based o­n LTE based MTRC is o­ne of the most ambitious modernization projects of Indian Railways, which envisages upgradation of signaling system at par with the world standards. o­nce this pilot project is implemented successfully, Indian Railways is proposing to implement the same o­n important high-density routes of the Railway network.

The MoU was signed by Shri Pradeep M Sikdar, Executive Director/Signal Development, Railway Board, Ministry of Railways and Shri A.K. Sablania, Director and CEO, M/s REL in August presence of Shri N Kashinath, Member/S and T, Railway Board and Shri Puneet Chawla, CMD/RailTel.


Memorandum of Understanding between India and Russia in the field of Railways

Indian Railway announced on a press release that (On: 12 JUN 2019) Cabinet approves signing of Memorandum of Understanding between India and Russia in the field of Railways

The Union Cabinet, chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, was apprised of a Memorandum of Understanding on the cooperation between Research Designs and Standards Organisation, under the Ministry of Railways, India and Railway Research Institute, Russia and Research and Design Institute for Information Technology, Signalling and Telecommunication on Railway Transport, Russia.

The MoU will facilitate exchange of information, expert meetings, seminars, technical visits and implementation of jointly agreed cooperation projects.

The MoU was signed in April, 2019.


Memorandum of Understanding between India and Bolivia in the field of Railways

Indian Railway announced on a press release that (On: 12 JUN 2019 8:14PM by PIB Delhi) Cabinet approves signing of Memorandum of Understanding between India and Bolivia in the field of Railways
The Union Cabinet, chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, was apprised of a Memorandum of Understanding on the cooperation between India and Bolivia on cooperation regarding Bioceanic Railway Integration Corridor Project.

The MoU will facilitate exchange of information, expert meetings, seminars, technical visits and implementation of jointly agreed cooperation projects.


Indian Railway Station Development Corporation (IRSDC) enters into Tripartite Agreement with French National Railways (SNCF) and AFD, a French Agency

Indian Railway announced through a Press release (on 11 JUN 2019 10:41AM by PIB Delhi) that Indian Railway Station Development Corporation (IRSDC) entered an Tripartite Agreement with French Railways (SNCF) and AFD, a French Agency on 10th June, 2019. On this occasion, Shri Suresh Angadi, Minister of State of Railways and H. E. Mr. Jean Baptiste Lemoyne, Minister of State, Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs, Government of France, H.E. Mr Alexandre Ziegler, Ambassador of France in India and senior officers were present from both side.

Under this agreement, AFD a French agency, has agreed to provide in-kind grant financing up to 7,00,000 EURO, through French National Railways (SNCF)-Hubs and Connexions as a Technical Partner to IRSDC to support the Railway Station Development Program in India. This will impose no financial liability on IRSDC or Indian Railways.

Speaking on this occasion, Shri Suresh Angadi, Minister of State said, “India and France have a strong and long standing prosperous partnership in the Railway sector. French Railways (SNCF) in the past has been associated with Indian Railways in conducting speed upgradation study for Delhi-Chandigarh section and station development of Ludhiana and Ambala stations. I am sure that this effort will go a long way in further strengthening Indo-French cooperation and will help Indian Railways in positioning its stations to world class standards.”

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