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Railways to invest Rs 13.5 lakh crore for infrastructure modernization

 Chennai, November 21 (HS):   Indian Railways is planning to invest Rs 13.5 crore for modernizing the infrastructure from the National Infrastructure Fund in the next five years, said Pradeep Kumar of Railway Board here on Saturday.


Pradeep Kumar, who is a member of Railway Board (Infrastructure) said this during a webinar by IRSTE (Institute of Railway Signal and Telecommunication) unit of Southern Railway.


General Manager of Southern Railway John Thomas and Anshul Gupta, additional member of Signals were guests of honors for the webinar.


Pradeep Kumar appreciated the efforts of Southern Railway in absorbing latest technologies & organizing seminars and webinars for the dissemination of knowledge.


He emphasized that to reduce the load on maintenance of assets, artificial intelligence (AI) will play a major role by automating the maintenance processes.


As a pilot project already 100 stations across Indian Railway network have been identified for predictive maintenance of S&T assets.


Ten stations in Southern Railway which are on Golden Quadrilateral and Golden Diagonal (GQ & GD) routes are part of this pilot project.



 Those stations are Basin bridge, Korukkupet, Tiruvottiyur, Ennore, Sulurpetta, Nayudupetta, Avadi, Kadambattur, Tiruttani and Puttur.


Unlike the present system of carrying out maintenance in a periodical manner, a predictive maintenance system will continuously monitor the condition of the equipment and generate the required alerts so that need based maintenance can be carried out.


This will result in huge savings in maintenance costs and also reduce the asset failures.


John Thomas pointed out arious achievements of the S&T department of Southern Railway in adopting & applying latest technologies in day-to-day working.


Anshul Gupta spoke about the developments taking place in the field of AI in Indian Railways.


He further conveyed that the specification for data acquisition is under deliberation by Railway Board and will be finalized shortly.


R. Baskaran, Principal Chief Signal & Telecommunication brought the efforts taken by IRSTE unit of Chennai in educating the members about the latest technologies.


The full day webinar had three sessions and a total of 11 papers covering the entire gamut of data analytics and Artificial Intelligence Solutions.


Local trains to open for women

Southern Railway has planned to allow women passengers to travel in local trains during non-peak hours in Chennai from Monday (23 November).


Earlier, Southern Railway has allowed people working in essential services units of government and private sectors to travel in local trains in Chennai. Post that the decision to allow women passengers is taken. Women passengers will be allowed to travel in non-peak hours from Monday to Saturday, however, women can travel through out the day in local trains on Sunday.


The non peak hours are reckoned from the early hours of the day to 7:00 am in the morning, 10:00 am to 4:30 pm and from 7:30 pm to the closing hours of the day. Women can board the local trains either on purchase of single journey ticket or using their seasonal ticket.

They can board local trains with their children if they are upto age of 12 years.


However, women not working in essential services sector should not board the local trains in Chennai during peak hours which are from 7:00 am 10:00 am and again from 4:30 pm 7:30 pm on all working days from Monday to Saturday .


Southern Railway urges women passengers to follow safety norms like physical distancing, wearing the facemask at railway stations and in the train.


Women passengers must cooperate with railway staff in checking their valid documents at stations and in trains.

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