Indian Railways to work with ISRO to devise safety mechanisms for rail network

Sep 30, 2017 08:00 IST
Indian Railways to work with ISRO to devise safety mechanisms for rail network

Indian Railways would be working with the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) to devise safety mechanisms to make travel by trains safer.

The information was shared by Railway Minister Piyush Goyal, who said that he had met ISRO Chairman A S Kiran Kumar in this regard.

He further added that the Indian Railways was working along with RailTel to explore the use of space technology for safety in the rail network.

Besides this, the Minister said that modern technologies like artificial intelligence and machine learning would affect a change in the working environment and India has the opportunity to look at what is latest across the world and bring it to the country.

He also said that round the clock access to connectivity and electricity is the dream of billions of Indians and the government is making efforts to achieve it.

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Background

The Indian Railways was recently shrouded by controversy following back-to-back rail accidents. The incident also prompted the then Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu to offer to resign.

In the latest cabinet reshuffle, which was conducted just ahead of the BRICS Summit 2017, Power Minister Piyush Goyal was given the charge of the Railway Ministry.
Suresh Prabhu on the hand was made the new Minister of Commerce & Industry of India.

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Following are some of the latest rail accidents:

15 April 2017 – The Meerut–Lucknow Rajya Rani Express derailed 8 coaches near Rampur, injuring at least 24.
19 August 2017 – The Puri–Haridwar Kalinga Utkal Express derailed in Khatauli, Muzaffarnagar, Uttar Pradesh, killing at least 23 and leaving around 97 injured.
23 August 2017 – Auraiya train derailment occurred when nine bogies of the Delhi-bound Kaifiat Express derailed between Pata and Achalda railway stations. Around 100 people were injured.

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