Indian Railways Working With Australian Firms To Revamp Railway Safety In India

Indian Railways Working With Australian Firms To Revamp Railway Safety In India

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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.

More Information:

  • 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.

Further Information:

  • 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.

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