NCRTC and BEL signs MoU to develop indigenous Platform Screen Doors for Metro, RRTS and High Speed Rail projects

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Taking a step forward towards realising Hon’ble Prime Minister’s vision of an ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’, NCRTC signed an MoU with BEL (Bharat Electronics Limited) for indigenous development of Platform Screen Doors (PSDs).

The MoU was signed by Shri Navneet Kaushik, Director/Systems, NCRTC and Shri Manoj Kumar, Executive Director (National Marketing), BEL. NCRTC and BEL will indigenously develop PSD system for the upcoming BRTS/MRTS/RRTS/ high-speed rail projects of India as well as abroad.

  • The PSDs act as a safety barrier between the passengers on the platform and the train/track.
  • Besides helping in better crowd management at the stations, PSDs also prevent any untoward incidents like jumping or falling on the track. 
  • Till now, the PSDs used in India have been imported. 
  • There exists a huge demand for affordable PSDs in upcoming BRTS/Metro/RRTS and high-speed rail projects in India. 
  • Existing metro systems are also realising the need to install PSDs for ensuring passenger safety. 
  • Right from the planning and designing stage of the project RRTS, NCRTC has accorded utmost importance to passenger safety. 
  • Given the high-speed train movement at rapid frequencies, NCRTC has planned the provision of PSDs at all the RRTS stations.
  • NCRTC and BEL in collaboration will design and develop PSDs for different rail-based systems in India and abroad. 
  • This will be a first and one of its kind initiative where indigenously developed PSD system will be used in India and will be exported globally as well.

There is also requirement for retrofit works in existing Metro systems for ensuring passenger safety. NCRTC has assumed the responsibility of bringing the technology of manufacturing PSD in India and in July this year, the NCRTC had invited Expression of Interest (EOI) for indigenous development of Platform Screen Doors (PSD).

Recent Achievement:

NCRTC on 26th October, 2020 signed an agreement with Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) for transfer of land on temporary basis for the construction of Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut RRTS Corridor. This agreement will help in further pacing up the ongoing construction activities and deliver this commuter-centric project in time. 

  • NCRTC has geared up construction activities on India’s first Regional Rail between Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut.
  • Superstructures are now visible on the Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut RRTS corridor.
  • The RRTS will have a total length of 82.15 km (68.03 km elevated and 14.12 km underground) with 25 stations.
  • It will have a design speed of 180 km per hour, maximum operating speed of 160 km per hour and high-frequency operations, which will reduce the journey time from Delhi to Meerut to 60 minutes. 
  • The Project will develop an efficient and sustainable regional transport system and reduce congestion in Delhi, by offering people the alternative of settling in surrounding cities and being able to commute to Delhi through a fast, reliable, safe and comfortable public transport system.

Source: NCRTC-Press Release | Main image credit: Bombardier Transportation India

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