An International Conference on Technological Advancements in Railway & Metro Projects will be held under the aegis of Ministry of Railways and Ministry of Urban Development. The seminar will deal with cutting edge technologies, innovation and safety in Railways and Metros. The thrust will be to maximize the Make in India initiative and make India self-sufficient. In the past two decades Indian Railways has grown manifold not just in terms of size and volume, but also in terms of usage of cutting-edge technologies. Today, Indian Railways, is entering
new fields, such as High Speed Railways, Dedicated Freight Corridors, bridging new frontiers by laying tracks in inhospitable terrains of the North-East, building mountain railways and using alternative fuels to reduce dependence on fossil fuels to name a few initiatives.
In more or less the same period, (since Delhi Metro became operational in 2002), concurrently, there has been an awakening of sorts pan-India, in the direction of building more and more Metros to cater to the increased mobility requirements of the burgeoning population of the metropolitan towns. As of now some 35-40 metros are under planning or execution, aggregating a colossal investment of some $68 bn (Rs 4. 5 lakh crores) over the next five to seven years. This will soon make India one of the top Metro hubs in the world, ahead of some of the most advanced countries in the world.
Some of the important topics, which will be covered in the two day Seminar, are as follows:
• Emerging technologies in manufacturing of rolling stock.
• Advancements in civil engineering, track, bridges &
tunneling, station buildings and ancillaries (psds, etc).
• Cutting edge technologies in signalling & telecom, driverless train operations.
• Electrical – overhead equipment/3rd rail, traction /general power supply with emphasis on green energy and
• New trends in accident prevention, safety & security-zero tolerance for accidents.
• High speed railways-the international experience-the variants.
• Semi-high speed railways & their relevance.
• Next generation railway coaches, using latest lightweight materials.
• New propulsion systems such as turbine, fuel cell, etc.
• Use of renewable sources of energy, such as, bio-diesel, methanol, etc.
• Railway’s drive for self-sufficiency in generation of energy for traction purposes.
• Cutting edge technologies in signalling and telecom.
• Advancements in electric – overhead equipment/3rd rail, traction /general power supply with emphasis on green
energy and heating/air-conditioning.
• Train management & protection systems, creating a foolproof operational safety net in all-weather conditions,
including dense fog.
• Advancements in civil engineering, track, bridges and tunneling.
• Development of world class railway stations