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May 26 (15:10)   Indian Railways may have finally found the solution to its punctuality problem

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The Indian Railways has decided to revamp its antiquated signalling system in phases to enhance safety and increase average speed of trains. The national transporter plans to introduce the new European Train Control System-2 (ETCS2) which will allow it to increase train speeds significantly and, as a result, run more trains with the same infrastructure, officials said.
The new technology allows trains to run in shorter blocks, which means trains can run on the same track with a minimum distance of just 500 metres between them. The first such signalling system will be installed on the highly congested Delhi-Mughalsarai section. Indian Railways expects companies such as Bombardier and Alstom to bid for the project, according to officials.
the recent Rail Board meeting, the 830-km Delhi-Mughalsarai section was identified for ETCS2 signalling. This will be carried out through a joint venture with Power Grid Corporation for signalling and with Railtel for communication.
Since the Delhi-Mughalsarai route has very high traffic density, modern signalling will help in decongestion,” said a railways ministry official, who did not wish to be identified. “Modern signalling will help reduce congestion in rail network and increase line capacity by 40-50%,” he said.
The ability to run more trains on tracks will also help the railways improve its chequered record in terms of punctuality.
“It will eliminate train delays due to automated signalling and real-time information of train movements being made available, eliminating the need for manual data logging,” the official said.
Besides, the move will enhance safety on tracks. In 2017-18, 73 accidents had taken place on railway tracks. “Signalling will potentially eliminate human induced rail accidents to zero,” the official said. In a recent review meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the railways was told to go for a signalling technology which was financially viable and indigenous.
The ministry official said that once the ETCS2 technology is tried on the Delhi-Mughalsarai section, foreign companies will be invited to set up the signalling equipment manufacturing plants in India.
“The European technology will be price competitive and in later stages we also plan to manufacture it locally under ‘Make in India’,” he said.

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