Central Railway to adopt LIDAR technology to detect track fractures

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Mumbai: The Central Railway (CR) may soon adopt LIDAR (Light Detecting And Ranging) technology to detect track fractures and faults, according to reports. Gangmen and keymen presently carry out such maintenance work.

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  • The LIDAR is a surveying method that measures distance to a target by illuminating the target with pulsed laser light and measuring the reflected pulses with a sensor.
  • Once the CR approve the plan, LIDAR sensors will be mounted atop a rail car, as per the reports.
  • It added that these sensors will capture speed signals from both the rails of the tracks.
  • It will capture rail curvatures and detect minute fault on the tracks.
  • Following this, in order to give clear picture, the images will be used to develop 3D models of the entire section.
  • The LIDAR technology will also result in reducing human intervention by minimising the chances of staff casualties which often take place while working on the section.
  • Already, the LIDAR technology has been successfully implemented on the Konkan Railway, according to the report.

Hazrat Nizamuddin, Anand Vihar railway stations become ‘Green’ stations

Date: April 12, 2019

The Anand Vihar and Hazrat Nizamuddin railway stations have become ‘Green‘ stations, as per a report. These stations will soon have various facilities including air-conditioned lounge, steel benches, deluxe toilets, clean drinking water etc. Green plants and shrubs have been planted outside the station, it added.

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  • Reportedly, the arrival and departure areas have been cleaned for the convenient occupancy of passengers.
  • While the IGBC (Indian Green Building Council ) has identified Anand Vihar and Hazrat Nizamuddin stations as ‘green’ railway stations, the council is yet to give the ‘green’ certificate.
  • Already, these stations are equipped with facilities like Wi-Fi, LED lights, solar panels for power generation, among others. Anand Vihar and Hazrat Nizamuddin are soon to receive the certificate.
  • In the budget 2019-20, it was announced that both the stations would be developed into ‘world-class’ stations.
  • The vacant areas of these stations will also be developed, according to the reports.
  • The Northern Railway Zone has given this task of development to the Indian Railway Station Development Corporation (IRSDC).
  • The report added, the Anand Vihar railway station operates an average of around 104 trains per day with a footfall of around 1 lakh passengers.
  • The IGBC offers a wide array of services which include developing new green building rating programmes, certification services, green building training programmes, among others.

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