Indian Railways: To install Rs. 2,000 crore for improving safety.

- Aditya Sharma   15-06-2017


In a country like India where most of the people think of travelling to far cities and states by railways, there is a need to improve the safety of railways under the ‘Train Protection and Warning System’ (TPWS). Travelling by train has become faster and safer. This system has to be installed on 3,300 km at an estimated cost of Rs. 2,000 crore.


This advanced accident prevention measure will include the trains which will be in the constant communication with the signals through sensors installed on the track side. It will be implemented in two phases over the next three to four years of time.


A pilot project of the system was functionalized a few years ago in some sections of the railways. The TPWS, which also causes a slow down, creating delays during foggy weather, is a proven European train protection technology and is deployed extensively on the world railways.

With the railways that are planning to go for semi high speed and high speed trains, there is a need to have automatic train controlling system. TWPS also has an ability to control the speed of the train in accordance with the sectional permitted speed and signal aspect ahead by automatic actuation of brakes, in case the locomotive pilot fails to slow down the train in time..

“Thus it provides safety from accidents/collisions due to loco pilot’s error of signal passing at danger or over speeding,” said a senior railway ministry official. He also said, “It is important to see that when the line capacity is saturated and more trains are running, there is a proper and effective train control system.”

TPWS’s work has been sanctioned on 3,300 kms of automatic signaling, even with high density routes. Currently the work is under process for the installation of the advanced safety measure in the two phases.

“Further, based on experience gained,  it has been planned with priority for introduction of this technology on high density network,” the official said.