Budget 2018: With CCTV, Wi-Fi plans, Railways to focus on tech this year

A majority of the thrust will be on improving the signalling system through ETCS II, Goyal said

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Railway Minister Piyush Goyal on Thursday said the national transporter would focus on technology this year to ensure safety on its network.

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley allocated Rs 20.25 billion for an overhaul of the signalling and telecommunication system of the Indian Railways in 2018-2019. Rs 114.50 billion has been earmarked for track renewal.

A majority of the thrust will be on improving the signalling system through ETCS II, Goyal said.

 

 

“When ETCS II, which is the most modern radio-based signalling system in the world, comes into force …say in Mumbai, the frequency of trains will reduce to two minutes from three to four minutes at present,” he said.

“The focus will be on technology, in everything. I have to give people security. If I try and provide personnel on every train and in every coach, it will be very expensive. My target is to have CCTV cameras and Wi-Fi in all trains and all coaches,” he said at a press briefing.

Goyal said the total expenditure planned on safety, including Rashtriya Rail Sanraksha Kosh (RRSK), is Rs 730.65 billion in 2018-19. It was Rs 687.25 billion in 2017-18.

The RRSK will have Rs 50 billion from Capital (Budgetary Support), Rs 100 billion from the Railway Safety Fund and Rs 50 billion from the Railways revenue.

“In my department, money is never a concern,” he said, when asked about the budget for introducing high-end technology in the Railways. | Readmore…

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