A new technology will work by maintaining a safety margin between two trains moving one after the other, irrespective of the signals
Mumbai : Commuters on the Harbour Line might soon get trains after an interval of two minutes each as the railways are working on installing a new signalling system. This will be inbuilt in the train against the conventional signal poles along the tracks.
The new technology, known as the Communication Based Train Control (CBCT) will work by maintaining a safety margin between two trains moving one after the other of it, irrespective of the signals. This will help the railways to reduce the time lost by the trains while they stop at signals. These trains with CBTC system will also have automatic braking system; which means that the train will come to a halt on its own if one of them comes too close to the other.
Although this technology does not require any motorman but the railways will still have them to control the train in case if an emergency situation arises. The technology will be installed at a cost of Rs 80 crore with Rs 10 crore per km.
SK Sood, General Manager of CR said, “This technology will be installed on the Harbour line as it does not have any interference of outstation trains. The work will be carried out by MRVC and is at a very advanced stage.”
For having a better understanding of commuters’ problem, Central Railway will have centre where a commuter can come forth and simply note down his complaint. These centers will likely be on major stations which witness heavy crowds like CST, Thane and Parel. Those commuters who cannot be a part of the Passenger and Customer Facilitation Fortnight which will be held from May 26 to June 09 which has been initiated by Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu can be a part of this.
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