Indian Railways to deploy “Drone” cameras to enhance safety and efficiency in train operations

Jan 8, 2018 13:32 IST
Drone Camera in Railways

The Indian Railways has decided to deploy “Drone” cameras (UAV/NETRA) for various railway activities especially maintenance of tracks, project monitoring and other railway infrastructure.

All the zonal Railways have been directed to procure such cameras. This is in-line with Railways’ desire to use technology to enhance safety and efficiency in train operations.

This decision is taken to help railways in various activities especially project monitoring and maintenance of tracks and other railway infrastructure.

Drone cameras initiative

“Drone” cameras shall be deployed to carry out monitoring activities of rescue and relief operation, the progress of important works, project monitoring, conditions of the track and inspection related activities.

It shall also be used to assess preparedness of Non-Interlocking (NI) works, to identify scrap and also for aerial survey of station yards and crowd management during fairs and melas.
Drone camera will be instrumental in providing real-time inputs related to safety and maintenance of tracks and other railway infrastructure.

Under this initiative, West Central Railways with headquarter at Jabalpur (M.P) has become the first Zonal Railway to procure “Drone” cameras in Indian Railways.

West Central Railways has already done a trial-run of those cameras last week on it’s all the three divisions in the following locations.

1.Jabalpur Division – Narmada Bridge near Bhitoni
2.Bhopal Division – (i) Nishatpura Yard; (ii) Third Line work between HBJ – Misrod.
3.Kota Division – (i) Chambal Bridge near Kota; (ii) Dakania Talav Yard near Kota.


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