Wednesday, June 16, 2021

4G spectrum for Indian Railways to ensure safe, secure, & faster train operations

In a big boost towards realising the Aatmanirbhar Bharat mission, the government of India has approved the allotment of 4G spectrum to Indian Railways to ensure safe, secure, and faster train operations.

Keeping the safety of the public as well as security services at stations and in trains in mind, the project that is said to be completed in 5 years will likely incur an estimated investment of more than Rs. 25,000 Crore.

With this spectrum, Railways intends to provide LTE or Long Term Evolution based Mobile Train Radio Communication on its route.

Why is Indian Railways bringing these reforms?

This whole project is targeted to bring a strategic shift in Railways’ operations and maintenance regime.

Railways has approved TCAS or Train Collision Avoidance System, an indigenously developed Automatic Train Protection System. This system will help in avoiding train collisions thereby reducing accidents and ensuring passenger safety.

An advanced maintenance regime will help in improving the safety and increasing the line capacity to accommodate more trains while still using the existing infrastructure.

Moreover, the modern rail network will result in reduced transportation cost and higher efficiency.

It will also attract multinational industries to set up manufacturing units that would eventually fulfil the ‘Make in India’ mission and generate more employment.

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