Date of Post: 18 Dec, 2017
New Delhi: Railways has cleared a Rs 12,000-crore proposal to equip electric locomotives with the latest European train protection system.
A senior Railway Ministry official told at its meeting on December 15, the Railway Board cleared the proposal to equip 6,000 electric locos with European Train Control System (ETCS) Level-II to help drivers – or pilots – to prevent rail mishaps.
- Besides, the Board also decided to install the ETCS Level-II system on the entire 9,054 km Golden Quadrilateral route connecting the four metros to make it a fully accident-free corridor.
- The entire project to ensure ETCS Level-II compliance is expected to cost around Rs 12,000 crore.
- At present, the Railways has a basic automatic train protection system based on the ETCS Level-I specification to provide a back-up to loco pilots on a limited stretch.
- Known as a “train protection warning system”, the facility based on ETCS Level-I has been implemented on around 342 km of railway route.
- However, it was decided to upgrade the system to put it on par with world standards as the ETCS Level-I has limitations.
- With the implementation of ETCS Level-II, the balise fitted on the track for communicating the status of signals are no longer required.
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