Date of Post: 06 Sep, 2017
New Delhi: To expand safety in railway, the Indian Railways (IR) has decided to collaborate with Australian firms to revamp railway safety in India.
A part of government’s Rs 2.8 lakh crore plan for the railway sector (called Re-Build Railways), the tie-up will result in measures such as the development of high-tech driver training centres, adaptation of international safety models & procurement of sensor-based track detection machines from Australia.
- The Railways, in 2014, floated a $30 million tender for setting up driver training centres in 12 cities Include – Mumbai, Kolkata, Ahmedabad, Jodhpur, Jalandhar, Vijayawada, Siliguri, Jhansi, Itarsi, Kharagpur, Ghaziabad & Tatanagar; and it was bagged by the Sydac Australia.
- Now nearing completion, the project has led to the development of 12 high-tech training centres with 3D rail simulators & 72 regular training centres with smaller simulators.
- The company has bid for the new tender with the aim of increasing the number of simulators in these centres, Sydac Australia, Managing Director, Dermot Dixon said in a report.
- The firm is willing to provide training solutions to the IR for personnel involved in signalling & switching operations, he said.
- India has around 86,000 train drivers who operate over 12,000 electric & diesel locomotives every day to transport passengers & freight across the country; so the driving skills, alertness & ability to deal with hazardous events of drivers is critical to safety in train operations.
- This, along with route learning & fuel efficient driving, is the core areas of focus at the training centres.
- Indian Railways tied up with an Australian firm Track IQ to procure high-tech equipment that includes sensor-based systems that can detect cracks in rail tracks.
- Also, Railways is working to make its safety research institute operational at the earliest, to reduce rail accidents by 50% in the next 2 years.
- SRESTHA (Special Railway Establishment for Strategic Technology and Holistic Advancement), it will focus on developing cutting-edge railway technology for both local & global use.
- Also, it will help Indian Railways adapt international models to the national railway environment.
- Already, SRESTHA has started working with Australia’s premier track & vehicle railway research centre, Monash University Institute of Railway Technology (IRT), to help Indian Railways’ ambitious plans come to fruition.