Under a cloud with the recent spate of accidents — there were three derailments, though casualty-free even on Thursday — Indian Railways is set to install wayside equipment that will keep an eye on all wheels of coaches running on its network, monitor their health and send out timely repair alerts before wheel defects lead to accidents.
The transporter has awarded a supply-and-maintenance contract to Australia-based Track IQ, which manufacturers and supplies railway equipment and services to measure operating conditions, to install 25 such monitoring equipment at 20 sites across the country. “Of the 25 systems, 15 will be on single tracks and the rest on double tracks. It will take one a half years to install all these systems. Our intention is to put in place two systems a month. By the end of 2019 all systems will be in place,” said Track IQ’s business head John Dowie, who was part of a delegation that recently visited India during the Australia Business Week India 2017.
The first equipment will be installed at Panipat and soon will be rolled at other sites including in Maharashtra and Jharkhand. The spots have been identified keeping in mind major intersection points in order to cover the maximum rolling stock running on the Indian Railways network. Read More…
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