India’s Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu is relying on technology to fast track the modernization drive.From using space technology to high speed technology for faster movement of trains, Prabhu is leaving no stone unturned to revamp India’s rail network.Prabhu has recently revealed that the Indian Railways is in the process of acquiring ultra high speed technology to run trains at maximum speeds of 500 kmph and above.
“It is the dream of the Railways to take not more than 12 hours to travel from one part of India to the other and the idea is to enhance the average speed of all trains, so that everyone benefits,” Prabhu said. The Minister was inaugurating the global meet on technology for ultra high speed rolling stock for operation at maximum speed of 500 kmph and above.
Earlier this year, Prabhu’s Budget announcement indicated the Railways’ plan to use geospatial and enhanced use of space technology in various sectors of governance. The Ministry of Railways also went ahead and signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) for developing Remote Sensing and Geographic Information System (GIS) for Remote Sensing at unmanned railway crossings and other uses.
The agreement aimed for developing applications in the field of Remote Sensing and Geographic Information System (GIS) for Remote Sensing at unmanned railway crossings including all geospatial solutions and customized software solutions for providing reliable, efficient & optimal solutions to the Railways in its various areas of operations thereby benefiting the rail user.
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