Mumbai: Western Railway to use drones to inspect disaster situations

After recent bridge collapse in Mumbai, the Western Railways (WR) has planned to deploy drones during disaster situations. The WR as used such technology like drones during recent Surat flooding, and, owing to its success, the WR has now planned to use it during a disaster situation. The idea of using technology during disaster situations was mulled after the recent Andheri bridge collapse, which claimed two lives. The idea of using drones during accidents and disasters was mooted during a discussion held on July 20, and was cleared during the same meeting.

A railway official told Mumbai Mirror, “After the Andheri bridge collapse, we used a lot of before and after pictures of the site – taken during inspections – as evidence and study material. It was then decided that drones could help in giving us an aerial perspective that will enable us to not only maintain an updated record of these spots but also use them as proof during internal inquiries.” The WR had used drones to study the flood water’s inflow and outflow during July 17 flooding at Saurashtra and south Gujarat regions with districts, including Rajkot.

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