Date of Post: 01 Sep, 2018
Mumbai: In a first for India, authorities have decided to install automatic rail track fracture detection system across the 508 km Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train project, to prevent accidents. The bullet trains will be laced with advanced fire detection system and anti-derailment measures while protecting the structures from earthquake-related incidents.
- This system will be a key aspect of the safety net, officials of the NHSRCL (National High Speed Rail Corporation Limited) said.
- The existing rail network is yet to adopt this technology.
- Officials said, but given the nature of high-speed operation, where trains would touch a peak speed of 320 kmph, use of such technology becomes critical.
- A report prepared by the NHSRCL said,”This system will use electrical control circuit through rail tracks…failure in control circuits will help in identifying rail fracture on the tracks.”
- This technology will save hundreds of man-hours required for regular inspection of rail tracks focused on rail crack detection.
- The cost per kilometer in implementing the technology is being worked out though a decision had already been taken to adopt this technology, the officials said.
- A feasibility study has projected that by 2033, the number of passenger travelling per day will be 31,700.
- During peak hours, 3 trains are expected to ply on the 508 km stretch and 2 in off peak hours.
- The corridor will have 2 maintenance depots – at Thane and in Sabarmati (Ahmedabad).
- The Thane depot will carry out daily, monthly and special maintenance while the Sabarmati depot and workshop will cater to bogie maintenance and general maintenance.
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