ISRO’s GPS Will Make Indian Railways Punctual; But Railways Is Not Able To Handle Passengers

ISRO's GPS Will Make Indian Railways Punctual
ISRO’s GPS Will Make Indian Railways Punctual

Soon, all the trains of the Indian Railways will come equipped with GPS systems and for this, the Indian Railways plans to collaborate with ISRO. In addition to this, the Indian Railways is also planning to install CCTV surveillance systems at all the major junctions, and on express trains as well.

On the negative side of things, the Indian Railways has not been able to match up to the requirements of the passengers as admitted by the Chairman of the Railway Board. 

How will the GPS systems be installed? Why is the Indian Railways unable to meet the demands of the passengers? Read on and find out! 

Indian Railways To Install GPS Systems, CCTV Cameras

The Indian Railways, in partnership with ISRO (Indian Space Research Organisation), will install a GPS systems and CCTV surveillance systems to provide passengers with better security.

The GPS (Global Positioning System) devices will be installed to identify the real-time location of the trains. This is for the sake of punctuality and is under the Real-time Train Information System (RTIS) project. The RTIS will be joining hands with ISRO.

Railway Board Chairman Vinod Kumar Yadav said, “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.”

The Indian Railways has set the end of the Financial Year 2020 as the target date for the completion of this project. 

The Indian Railways Cant Meet Demands of Passengers

The Chairman of the Railway Board, V K Yadav, has spoken about the shortage of capacity in the Indian Railways, and that the national transporter isn’t able to meet the requirements of the passengers. 

Yadav said, “I have no hesitation in accepting that we are not able to cope up with the demand in the passenger segment, and even in freight. If we talk in the real business sense, we are losing money in the passenger segment and that is creating problem for the freight business.”

He said the Indian Railways is working on making more railway tracks so that passenger capacity can be taken care of. This needs to be done methodically and with careful planning. 

He has remarked that the freight services are severely influenced by the lack of revenue in the passenger sector. Land acquisition and forest clearances are the major reasons for the projects not being completed on time, as per Yadav. 

We’ll keep you informed as more details come in.

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