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Indian Railways to Track Wagons, Coaches Using Radio-Frequency Tags

The Indian Railways will use radio-frequency identification tags (RFID) for tracking of wagons, coaches and locomotives to ensure effective and transparent functioning.

Leveraging information technology in a big way, the public transporter has issued instructions for equipping all wagons with RFID tags to begin with.

There are about 2.25 lakh wagons, 50,000 coaches and 9,000 locomotives in the railways. Railways have sanctioned Rs 57 crore for the first phase of rollout of the system.

The tag designed by the Centre for Railway Information System (CRIS) is estimated to cost Rs 1000 per tag. Using RFID devices, it will be easier for the railways to know the exact position of wagons, locomotives and coaches.

Currently, such data is maintained manually, which leaves scope for errors.

While the RFID tag will be fitted in the rolling stock, trackside readers will be installed at stations and key points along the tracks to read the tag from a distance of about two meters and transmit the wagon identity over a network to a central computer.

In this way, each moving wagon can be identified and its movement tracked.

With the introduction of RFID, the issue of shortage of wagons, locomotives and coaches is expected to be addressed in a more transparent and expeditious manner, said a senior Railway Ministry official involved with the automatic vehicle identification project.

At the time of wagon condemnation, RFID tags have to be removed and can be reused as they have a life of 25 years. Henceforth it would be a standard practice for all new wagons coming out of manufacturing units to be equipped with RFID tags.

Railways had implemented the RFID system on the Vishakhapatnam-Talcher-Paradeep section as a pilot project.

Railways Forgets To Wake Up Passenger, Fined Rs. 5,000

The Betul district consumer dispute redressal forum has directed the central railway to pay Rs. 5,000 for not alerting a passenger who had registered for the wake-up call service.

The forum presided by Virendra S Patidar also asked it to pay Rs. 2,000 as litigation costs to Girish Garg, an advocate by profession.

The incident took place on June 13, 2015 when Advocate Garg had boarded Coimbatore-Jaipur Superfast Express (12969) from Betul station around 2.05 PM.

“I contacted customer care of the railways on number 139 and requested them to wake me up before I reach my destination Kota at 1.40 AM the next day,” Advocate Garg (48) told PTI.

The customer care executive registered my request and assured to wake me up, he said.

But, he said no one woke him up.

“Luckily, at the eleventh hour, I woke up on my own and in a hurry alighted from the train at Kota station,” he added.

“After this, I approached the consumer forum seeking Rs. 20,000 from the railways for the mental harassment caused to me,” Advocate Garg said.

The railways in its submission contended that their customer care does not guarantee that passengers would be woken up.

To end corruption in Railways, PM Narendra Modi orders ‘strictest action’ against corrupt officials

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has taken a serious note of the “large number of complaints” about “corrupt practices” of Railway officials and directed strictest possible action against those found guilty.

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has taken a serious note of the “large number of complaints” about “corrupt practices” of Railway officials and directed strictest possible action against those found guilty.

According to PTI, the PM has asked the Railways to work towards a unified single telephone number for all grievances and queries, including helpline in the case of an accident.

PM Modi made the comments while reviewing the progress of vital infrastructure projects in the railway, road and power sectors, spread over several states.

Chairing a meeting of Pro-Active Governance and Timely Implementation (PRAGATI), an ICT-based multi-modal platform, he reviewed the progress towards handling and resolution of grievances related to Railways.

“Noting that a large number of complaints were related to corrupt practices of officials, he directed strictest possible action against Railway officials found guilty of corruption,” a PMO statement said on Wednesday.

The Prime Minister has been asserting that his government is determined to eliminate corruption.