Indian Railways plans to implement KAVACH protection system over a stretch of 2,000 km during the current fiscal year on high density routes like New Delhi-Mumbai and New Delhi-Howrah routes, the Minister of Railways, Ashwini Vaishnaw.
The Minister observed Kavach – the Indian Railways Native Automatic Train Protection System in action between the Gullaguda-Chitgidda Stations of the Secunderabad Division in the South Central Railway.
“The system will be further extended to another 4,000-5,000 km from next fiscal year. The locally developed KAVACH system costs Rs 40-50 lakh for each kilometer, while European models cost around Rs 1.5-2 crore for every kilometer,” the minister said.
The “KAVACH” – a state-of-the-art automatic train protection system was developed by the Research Design and Standards Organization (RDSO). South Central Railway has been closely involved in its implementation since the development stage and is facilitating the trials to achieve the company’s objective of safety in railway operations across Indian Railways.
KAVACH is intended to provide protection by preventing trains from passing the signal passing at danger (SPAD) (red) and to avoid collisions. It automatically activates the brake system of the train if the driver fails to control the train according to the speed limits. In addition, it prevents collisions between two locomotives equipped with the functional KAVACH system.
During the development phase, KAVACH was implemented over a length of 264 km covering 25 stations across Wadi – Vikarabad – Sanath Nagar and Vikarabad – Bidar sections on South Central Railway. Later, the system was extended by another 936 km, bringing Kavach’s cumulative deployment to 1,200 km.
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