A new GPS-based system has been installed in all the locomotives of Northeast Frontier Railway to alert loco pilots about approaching signals and help in the timely running of trains during heavy fog.
As North India continues to reel under dense fog, the Indian Railways has installed a fog-safety device in the trains to prevent their long delays in winters.
The Indian Railways has ditched the tried-and-tested method of tying crackers to the tracks to alert drivers of approaching signals, in favour of a system that can ensure trains no longer move at a snail’s pace in foggy weather.
A GPS-enabled device fitted in locomotives will let passengers track their trains on a real-time basis in a move to overhaul the railways’ slower manual system and provide accurate train timings.
Installation of the global positioning system (GPS) will be made mandatory for all commercial transport vehicles in the State by this year-end to bring in transparency.