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Railway Board Chairman Vinod Kumar Yadav has claimed that all the trains will be equipped with Global Positioning System (GPS) devices by the end of FY20 by Indian Railways.
Railway Board Chairman Vinod Kumar Yadav has claimed that all the trains will be equipped with Global Positioning System (GPS) devices by the end of FY20 by Indian Railways. A senior Railways official said that these GPS systems will allow the Indian Railways to determine the real-time position of the trains. The step will taken as part of Railways' Real-time Train Information System (RTIS) and will be implemented in collaboration with the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) to improve punctuality of the trains.
"Position and speed of the train will be relayed through ISRO satellites to the Control Office Application (COA) system of Railways for automatic plotting of control charts," he was quoted as saying by PTI. The other major steps planned by the Railways include introducing Wi-Fi to more facilities and installation of CCTV cameras at major junctions.
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Yadav said that all the major railway stations will be equipped with Wi-Fi facilities by September. CCTVs will also be installed at the major junctions and express trains by the end of the financial year to improve passenger security, he said.
The official added that the East Coast Railway (ECoR) aims to transport over 200 million tonnes of freight in this fiscal. He said that more funds will be allocated for completion of pending projects in Odisha hoping that land acquisition problems that have held them up will be sorted this financial year. He said that a survey was sanctioned this year to run freight trains bypassing Bhubaneswar and Cuttack. This step was taken as the Indian Railways identified the need to run more trains from Bhubaneswar.
Yadav appreciated the work by ECoR for the restoration of cyclone-ravaged Bhubaneswar and Puri railway stations and Puri coaching depot before the Rath Yatra. He said that an MoU will be signed with the state government for redevelopment of the main entrance of Bhubaneswar railway station.
"The second entry from platform number six will also be developed and the fund has been allocated for improvement of road connectivity to Bhubaneswar station," he said. As there has been significant growth in Railway traffic in the country in the past 25 to 30 years, the main focus of the Railways is on infrastructure development, he was quoted as saying.