Indian Railways Current Affairs - 2019

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Indian Railways installs most advanced Electronic Interlocking System

Indian Railways has installed the most advanced Electronic Interlocking System on the Grand Chord route, one of the busiest section of railways. This most advanced and safer Electronic Interlocking System was installed at Tundla Junction in Uttar Pradesh by railways as part of upgradation process.

Key Highlights

This new Electronic system has replaced outdated 65-year old Mechanical Signalling System at Tundla Junction in UP on the route.

The introduction of advanced system is expected to help railways to speed up trains and achieve the goal of reducing travel time between Delhi and Howrah to nearly 12 hours from existing 17-19 hours. Besides improving the punctuality of trains on New Delhi-Howrah mainline, the work will also have manifold benefits during incoming foggy season through safe and detention free handling of trains at Tundla Junction.

Why Tundla Jn.? It is an important station on this super-saturated route that operates 160% of its designed capacity. Tundla was having 613 route combinations which is only 2nd to Kharagpur in South Eastern Railway with 800 routes.

About Grand Chord route

Grand Chord is part of Howrah-Gaya-Delhi line and Howrah-Allahabad-Mumbai line. It acts as a link between Sitarampur in West Bengal and Pt. Deen Dayal Upadhyay Junction in Uttar Pradesh (UP). A lot of important trains pass through this route which connects national capital with eastern region of country. It covers a stretch of 450 kilometres falling in North Central Railway Zone (NCRZ).

Indian Railways set to carry E-commerce consignment

The Indian Railways has started its pilot project of allowing e-commerce consignments in non-peak hours. The project was earlier launched by the Eastern Railways for the first time in India when it allowed the Amazon consignments in its EMU local (suburban services)

Regulations

  • The rate chargeable is that of Luggage Rate that is Rs 5,537 per day.
  • The Railways has permitted the usage of the vendor compartment alone to fulfill the consignment. This therefore will not create disruptions to the existing systems.
  • The Railways have fixed the non-peak hours for the transit. It is between 11.00 hours and 16.00 hours.
  • The agreement was signed by Indian Railways and Amazon Group for a period of three months. Sources say that this is just a trial. Upon success, it will be extended to other e-commerce groups as well.

Significance

This will benefit both the railways and the e-commerce industries. The Railways can earn revenue without additional stress or burden on existing system. It helps e-commerce to reduce its transit time. With new rail routes, gauge up gradation, private trains, new tourism connects the railways recently have undergone massive change over. Inclusion of e-commerce into its transit is yet another major transformation being introduced. The purpose of all the new initiatives is to earn additional revenues to the railways sector.

The transformation and up gradation are essential as Railways fetch around 2 lakh crore (2018-19) revenue to the country.