Railways to invest Rs 55,000 crore for modernization of Signalling, Telecommunication & other infrastructure

Indian Railways has envisaged investment of nearly 55,000 Crore rupees for Modernization of Signalling, Telecommunication and other infrastructure development. Railways have also started Electronic Interlocking (EI) at 2221 Railway Stations so far. Further, 1550 EIs are planned to be provided in next 3 years. Electronic Interlocking are being adopted on a large scale to derive benefits of digital technologies in train operation and to enhance safety.

Speaking to reporters, member Infrastructure Railway board Sanjeev Mittal said, spectrum allocation to Indian Railways and provision of more modern signalling solutions will boost all round safety in Railway operations. He said, more available signal bandwidth to help eliminate train collision due to human error and enhance speed potential.

Government has approved allotment of 5 MHz Spectrum in 700 MHz frequency band to Indian Railways for public safety and security services at stations and in trains. As on April 30th, Indian Railways have provided interlocking with Signals at 11705 Level Crossing Gates to enhance the safety at Level Crossings.

AIR correspondent reports, Wi-Fi facility has been extended at 6002 stations and 101 balance feasible stations will be covered soon. Out of these stations, seventy per cent are of rural area.

Indian Railway is deploying e-filing system on a big way and it is existing physical files into digital files.


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