The Indian Railways has embarked on a major mechanisation drive to make track-laying and maintenance work completely machine-driven, removing the need for any human interface, including patrolling.
The procurement tenders have already being issued for purchasing automatic and improved versions of various machines, said Railway Board’s Member (Engineering) Vishwesh Chaube here on Friday.
Modern high output ballast cleaning machines and 96 rail-borne maintenance vehicles are being procured, while a fleet of 916 track machines and rail inspection vehicles would be doubled to cover the entire network in three years. The complete mechanisation with about 2,850 machines would be done by 2024, he said.
Mr. Chaube was addressing a two-day international seminar on ‘Innovations and Technologies for Fast-Paced Constructions’ organised by The Institution of Permanent Way Engineers at HICC in Madhapur. Read More