Date Of Post: 12 June, 2018
New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has asked the railways to use technology developed through ‘Make in India’ for its ambitious Rs 78,000 crore new signalling project, Railway Minister Piyush Goyal said. The national transporter was assessing the delay it could cause in overhauling the century-old system, he added.
- The PM had made suggestions on 2 projects of the railways — signalling & electrification — at a meeting held earlier this year, Goyal said.
- He said,“Keeping in mind the Make in India initiative and the fact that three Indian companies are already trying to develop the signalling system, Modi suggested that we should consider indigenous technology also and in case it is found suitable, we should give preference to it.”
- The minister said,“We will simultaneously support the indigenous manufacturers to come up to the level of the international players. In any case, any project with international technology will largely be made in India for it to be cost-effective.”
- The initial plan of the railways was to roll out the signalling system, based on the ETCS (European Train Control System) Level-2, across its network
- Global suppliers like Siemens, Thales, Alstom, Bombarider, Ansaldo, STS, CAF, and the Memec Group could be considered for it, sources said.
- Goyal said,“On the electrification side, Modi said we should focus on prioritising which lines need to be electrified first. Where there is more traffic, the cost benefit is maximum. So, for every rupee you invest, you get maximum benefit. I think that is absolutely the right way in which a project should be assessed.