Digital ‘Kavach’ to cover 2000 km rail track by 2022-23
On Friday the Minister for Railways, Ashwini Vaishnaw said that the Indian Railways is planning to implement Kavach protection system to an extent of 2,000 km during the current financial year on high-density routes like New Delhi-Mumbai and New Delhi-Howrah routes.
The ‘Kavaah’ is a state-of-the-art Automatic Train Protection system that was developed by the Research Design and Standards Organization (RDSO) which is meant to provide protection by preventing trains to pass the Signal Passing at Danger, (SPAD) (Red) and avoiding a collision. It activates the train braking system automatically if the driver fails to control the train as per the speed restrictions. In addition, it prevents collision between two Locomotives equipped with a functional Kavach system.
South Central Railway has been closely associated with its implementation since the development stage and is facilitating trials to achieve the corporate objective of safety in train operations across Indian Railways.
The Minister observed Kavach — the Indian Railways Indigenous Automatic Train Protection System in action between Gullaguda-Chitgidda Railway stations of Secunderabad Division in South Central Railway.
“The system will be further extended to an additional 4,000 to 5,000 km from next financial year. The indigenously developed Kavach system costs Rs.40-50 lakh for each kilometer, whereas European models cost approximately Rs.1.5-2 crore for each kilometer,” the minister elaborated.
During the development phase, Kavach was implemented for a length of 264 km covering 25 stations across Wadi – Vikarabad – Sanath Nagar and Vikarabad – Bidar sections over South Central Railway. Later, the system has been further extended by an additional 936 km, taking the cumulative deployment of Kavach to 1,200 km
[With Inputs from IANS]
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