In the last few months, we have seen many rail accidents in India. As on March 2016, Indian Railways data shows that 66 of 105 serious railway accidents happen due to mistakes or negligence by the railway staff members.
Keeping this in mind, Indian Railways has collaborated with an Australian company to restructure the security system of rail network in India.
India’s rail network is the largest in the world and this is the reason why Railway Ministry gets a big chunk of central budget. Earlier, the government of India had announced a ₹2.8 lakh crore plan to develop cutting-edge rail technology for both local and global use.
In 2014, the government of India released a budget of $30 million for upgrading facilities at training centres in 12 cities (Mumbai, Kolkata, Ahmedabad, Jodhpur, Jalandhar, Vijayawada, Siliguri, Jhansi, Itarsi, Kharagpur, Ghaziabad and Tatanagar) and it bagged by the Sydac Australia.
And, as of now, 12 high-tech training centres with 3D rail simulators and 72 regular training centres with smaller simulators have built by Sydac Australia.
Speaking to The Sunday Guardian, Dermot Dixon, the managing director of Sydac Australia, revealed that the company has delivered 12 full cab rail simulators and 72 smaller simulators and built training centres in 12 cities—Jodhpur, Vijayawada, Jhansi, Ghaziabad, Ahmedabad, Tatanagar, Kharagpur, Itarsi, Silliguri, Mumbai, Jalandhar and Kolkata.
India’s deal with the Sydac Australia to revamp the security and safety structure of Indian Railways has two key aspects:
1) Development of high-tech driver training centres, adaptation of international safety models and procurement of sensor-based track detection machines from Australia.
Note: There around 86,000 train drivers in India who operate over 12,000 electric and diesel locomotives every day.
2) Track IQ to procure high-tech equipment that includes sensor-based systems that can detect cracks in rail tracks.