The Indian Railways is planning to cover its entire network of 68,000 route km with the Automatic Train Protection (ATP) system in a phased manner, Chairman Railway Board Vinod Kumar Yadav said recently.
He said this in his address during the 62nd annual day of Indian Railways Institute of Signal Engineering and Telecommunication (IRISET).
- As a pilot project, the system would be implemented on 650 route km of the golden quadrilateral corridor connecting the four metros – Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Kolkata, he said.
- The ATP system has been introduced all over the world, he said.
- He said, the government of India, in principle, has decided that we will go for the system on the entire 68,000 route km”.
- The signal and telecommunications department was going to play a vital role in the speeding up of services and ensuring safety in future.
- Training was important for any organisation and the role of IRISET in imparting the modern technology to the staff and managers was crucial for the railways, he said.
- The railways was planning to provide world-class training facilities to all its centralised training institutes, he added.
- Telangana chief secretary Shailendra Kumar Joshi called upon the trainees of the institute to acquire sound technical knowledge for achieving optimal results.
- The IRISET curriculum was well-designed in its training modules to make the complex signalling and telecommunication sector simple for the benefit of trainees, said General Manager of South Central Railway Gajanan Mallya.
- Railway board member (Signal & Telecom) Pradeep Kumar and its financial commissioner Manjula Rangarajan also spoke.