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.
Railway minister Piyush Goyal has asked all 16 railway zones in India to adopt the new system, called real-time punctuality monitoring and analysis (RPMA), to ensure punctuality and safety.
It will be available first on the Delhi-Howrah and Delhi-Mumbai routes by February-end, and cover the entire country in phases later. The existing national train enquiry system (NTES) is based on manual entry data by train controllers. “If a train passes, let’s say Ghaziabad at 8.30am, the station master informs the controller who makes an entry into the system and this gets reflected in the NTES,” a railway source said.
The new device was tested in the Mughalsarai division in October in collaboration with Maps of India, a private entity. The experiment is said to be successful.
“The system keeps plotting the train on the map and on the speed chart. The station locations are pre-fed and plotted on the map and the speed chart in addition to the cautions,” Mughalsarai divisional railway manager Kishor Kumar explained. He said the speed chart lets officials know if a train is running at the maximum permissible speed, excess controlling by the driver at cautions, late start, extra stoppage, and signal checks.