The Government of India has announced that Indian Railways will work on modernizing its signaling system on its entire network by introducing a modern train control system with an automatic train protection system (LTE)-based mobile train radio communication (MTRC).
As per the statement released by the Ministry of Railways, four works of 640 km route at a cost of Rs 1,810 crore have been sanctioned as pilot projects for the extensive trial of the modern train control system.
Under this project, Railway will upgrade the signalling system for improving safety, line capacity and to enhance the speed of trains, the statement stated.
The modernization of the signaling system on the entire Indian Railway network will cost Rs 77,912 crore, it said. However, these projects will be implemented only after approval of NITI Aayog, Extended Board for Railways (EBR) and sanction of the Cabinet committee on economic affairs (CCEA).
The four sections taken up in the first phase were Renigunta (RU)–Yerraguntla (YA) section on South Central Railway, Vizianagaram (VZM)–Palasa (PSA) section on East Coast Railway, Jhansi (JHS) – Bina (BINA) Section on North Central Railway and Nagpur (NGP)–Badnera (BD) Section on Central Railway.