In a novel move to speed up cargo delivery, the South Central
Railway moved as many as forty freight trains in a convoy in a backward region
where the railways have no plans to implement a Dedicated Freight Corridor in
the near future.
In all the Zonal railways in Southern India the freight
trains have to move in the same railway track as passenger trains. As movement
of passenger trains gets preference, freight trains get delayed making the trade
look for other railway zones where the infrastructure is modern.
The concept increases the efficiency and tones up the
revenue of the railways. The new concept of movement of freight trains in a row
by the south central railway was disclosed by the railway minister Piyus Goyal
at a function in the national capital on October fifth.
The Railway Minister inaugurated International Conference on Technological Advancements in Railway and Metro Projects
(IC-TRAM 2018). Mr. V.K.Saraswat, Member, Niti Aayog, Shri Keshav Chandra, Chairman
, Organizing Committee and former Member
Railway Board & senior Railway officials were present on the occasion.
Speaking on the occasion Mr. Goyal said, “Railways is
always open to embrace technological innovations to provide best services to the
commuters. The introduction of Shinkansen from Ahmedabad to Mumbai wasn’t only
about speed but about introducing the latest technology in the country.
The need of the hour is to figure out technological
innovations which can make Railways safer & more efficient. The top
management of Railways is open to new ideas & willing to take up new
assignments for creating a ‘New Railways’. Mr Goyal talked about the remarkable
progress made in elimination of Unmanned Level Crossings across Indian Railways
& the convoy system in freight train movement adopted by South Central
Railway recently. Forty freight trains in this convoy were able to run at
higher speeds due to lack of interference from passenger trains. This concept
will increase efficiency and revenues for the railway.
Earlier, Mr Keshav Chandra, Chairman, Organizing
Committee and former Member Railway Board, elaborated the focus
areas of each session of the conference. He asked all those in the
business of railways and metro transportation, as well as the larger
transportation community, operators, engineers to upgrade their
technical skills and knowledge, interact with specialists from
various engineering disciplines, hear from the experts from India and
abroad on the fine ‘art and science’ of metro building and railway modernization.
The second edition of the International Conference on
Technological Advancements in Railways & Metro Projects is being organized
on October 4 and 5 by DIPM Council (India). The aim is to take stock of the
consolidation taking place in Railways and Metros world-wide with special focus
on India, the inflow of new technologies effecting sweeping changes in
manufacturing processes and operations and review of the multiple business
opportunities for ‘Make in India’. Experts from various fields of Railway and
Metro Operations and Infrastructure from all over the world will be
participating in this International Conference being held at New Delhi.