Railways to use Rs 73,000Cr on safety

The railways will spend over Rs 73,000Cr on safety out of the Rs 1.48 lakh crore capital expenditure earmarked for it in the Union Budget. The ministry will focus on technology this year to ensure safety on its network.

Apart from the Rs 73,065Cr, the railways will use Rs 20,000Cr from its rail safety fund that was created last year. It will comprise Rs 5,000Cr from the capital (budgetary support), Rs 10,000Cr from railway safety fund received as railways’ share from central road fund and Rs 5,000Cr from railways’ revenue.

Railway Minister Piyush Goyal also said the first set of the modern train announced would be commissioned in September this year. Stressing on technology, Goyal said, “Our main focus will be on technology. I have to give people security. So my target is to have CCTV cameras and Wi-Fi in all trains and all coaches. We have plans to introduce an effective and modern ETCS II signalling system on the entire railway network in next six years.”

ETCS II is a radio-based cab signalling equipment on the railway network which would not only help address safety concerns but also aid capacity management.

Delhi police join hands with MSIL for Traffic Safety Management System in the capital

Delhi Police has joined hands with car manufacturer Maruti Suzuki India (MSIL) to implement a Traffic Safety Management System (TSMS) in the national capital.

A memorandum of agreement (MoA) was signed between Delhi Police and Maruti Suzuki which will spend around ₹15Cr on this project. The project is likely to be operational in the next one year. In addition, Maruti Suzuki and Delhi Police also plan to engage with academic institutions and social groups to spread awareness on traffic enforcement systems and safe driving practices in the national capital.

Some of the objectives of the programme are to reduce accidents and fatalities, improve compliance of traffic rules, strengthen and bring transparency in enforcement by eChallan system, awareness on commuter safety and surveillance of traffic movement.

The TSMS will feature advanced cameras including Red Light Violation Detection System (RLVDS), Speed Violation Detection System (SVDS) and Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) system. With these advanced camera systems it will be possible to simultaneously capture red-light violation as well as speed violation by a vehicle.The projecy will be set up along the Ring Road corridor from Dhaula Kuan to Sarai Kale Khan a stretch of around 14-km in Delhi.

Maruti Suzuki will set up the Traffic Safety Management System and maintain it for two years. The commencement and operation of the TSMS will be under the charge of Delhi Police.

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