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Rlys put train protection system on fast track

After the rail accident in Tamil Nadu last month, the Indian Railways has expedited the process for implementing the Train Protection and Warning System (TPWS) — a European technology — on an 800-km long railway track.
Estimated to cost Rs 50-55 lakh per kilometre, the Railways will install the technology on the busy Delhi-Mumbai and Delhi-Kolkata route. “The tenders have been announced and are to be opened in November. After finalising the bid, the work will be awarded to develop the system on the selected 800-km long route,” said a senior Railway official.
The TPWS technology ensures automatic application of emergency brakes in case the driver has jumped a red signal.
While one of the components of the TPWS is be installed in the loco cabin, another is to be fitted in the signal pole along the rail track.
According to records available with the Railways, around 60 per cent accidents take place due to “human error”. On September 13, in the train accident near Arakkonam in Chennai, the Chennai Beach-Vellore Cantonment train rammed into the stationary Arakkonam-Katpadi passenger train after the driver jumped the red signal.
Source -  Indian Express

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