Thales wins contract to help ensure rail safety

Thales wins contract to help ensure rail safety

Oct 10, 2014

The new government led by PM Modi considers railway safety a key focus area on its revive India agenda. The French Thales Group has been awarded the ~INR29 crore ($4.7 million) contract to install the train protection warning system (TPWS) on the Basin Bridge-Arakonam in Tamil Nadu. “A total of 169 signals in the Basin Bridge-Arakonam section will be...

How India is improving passenger rail experience

How India is improving passenger rail experience

Sep 29, 2014

Things haven’t always run smoothly for the Indian Railways and passengers do occasionally complain about the quality of service. This article lists the new changes which are being incorporated by the Indian Railways to improve the travel experience. How successful will this endeavour of the newly elected government be? Only time will tell.   23 million...

Foreign equity to the rescue for big-ticket projects.

Foreign equity to the rescue for big-ticket projects.

Sep 24, 2014

Bad food, unhygienic coaches, train accidents, Indian Railways has long been in the limelight for all the wrong reasons. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has given a nod to foreign equity which is expected to facilitate the development of railway infrastructure. This article discusses the situation previously and ponders about the impact of this new move for the...

Planned railway linking China to India by 2020

Planned railway linking China to India by 2020

Sep 23, 2014

The announcement by both China and Thailand to expand their railway networks and connect it to India is a noteworthy, yet strategic move to improve ties. Now begins the interesting game of waiting and watching if this announcement translates into reality or not.   According to a state-run newspaper, post the opening of the extension to a key site in...

Diu gets a dedicated cycle track

Diu gets a dedicated cycle track

Sep 18, 2014

India’s second smallest union territory, Diu, has created dedicated cycling tracks to promote ecotourism and preserve its fragile ecosystem. Protected bicycle lanes will reduce pollution and commuting time and up the quality of life. India will need to depend on cleaner alternatives such a better bicycle infrastructure, especially in bustling urban areas, to...

Railways to focus on a cost-effective, indigenised TCAS

Railways to focus on a cost-effective, indigenised TCAS

Sep 17, 2014

India has come up with an advanced ‘Train Collision Avoidance System’ that is likely to be installed post its successful trial on tracks near Hyderabad to prevent accidents. The indigenous technology assumes significance in the wake of the rising number of rail accidents at unmanned rail crossings in India. The Train Collision Avoidance System (TCAS) will be...