Protection system

Railway minister inspects train protection system

HYDERABAD: Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnav on Friday inspected the operation of the “Kavach” – Indian Railways’ indigenous train protection system – between Gullaguda and Chitgidda railway stations in Vikarabad district on Friday.

While Vaishnav traveled in a train, Railway Board VK Tripathi traveled in the opposite direction on the same track to demonstrate the system that prevents head-on collisions.

Kavach helps prevent signal passing in danger, controls speed when passing through looped lines, avoids rear-end collision of trains, and corrects human error. The pilot project of this system was demonstrated in 2013 and 2014, between Lingampally and Vikarabad stations.

This system is a major milestone in the history of Indian Railways which plans to implement this system for 2,000 km in the current fiscal year on high density routes like New Delhi-Mumbai and New Delhi- Howrah. An additional 4,000 to 5,000 km will be covered during the next fiscal year. The cost of this system is between Rs 40 lakh to Rs 50 lakh for each kilometer compared to European models costing Rs 1.5 crore to Rs 2 crore for each kilometer.

Speaking to this newspaper, Vaishnav said, “Kavach is a major step by Indian Railways to push forward the Atmanirbhar Bharat initiative. Indian Railways plans to implement the Kavach protection system across its entire network at the earliest. 4G spectrum has been allocated to Indian Railways, which will further improve the reliability of railway operations.

“This overall project is developed by Indians and most of the components used are made in India. This will encourage the younger generation, especially the one who has talent but renders their services and skills abroad,” he said.