Indian Railways Clears Rs 12,000 Crore Proposal To Equip Electric Locomotives With Latest European Train Protection System

Indian Railways Clears Rs 12,000 Crore Proposal To Equip Electric Locomotives With Latest European Train Protection System

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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.

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  • 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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