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New Delhi : Indian Railways achieved all- round progress in 2018 with firm focus on safety and passenger services by leveraging the latest in technology and marshalling the inherent strength of a highly dedicated workforce. Safety continues to be the foremost priority of Railways and is accorded the greatest consideration.

Some of the significant steps taken in 2018 to enhance safety include induction of Smart coach with diagnostic system monitor bearing vibrations. It provides advance information on health of bearing wheel & track.  In addition, coach has been provided with wheel slip protection monitoring. Further improvements are being brought about to provide fire safety through fire and smoke detection unit integrated with passenger announcement and information system for emergency evacuation and video analytics with phased detection and unusual occurrence features to further enhance safety and security.

Implementation of On-line Monitoring of Rolling Stock (OMRS) is the first step towards predictive maintenance for Railways’  Rolling Stock. OMRS monitors the health of each rolling stock and identifies the defective bearings and wheels. Real time alarm is generated to take corrective action before the line failure of the rolling stock.

Indian Railways have decided to completely switch over to manufacture of LHB design main line coaches from 2018-19 onwards. The production of LHB coaches in Production Units has continuously increased over the years. Production of LHB coaches from 2004-05 to 2013-14 was 2,327 coaches whereas 5,548 coaches were produced from 2014-15 to 2017-18. During 2018-19, it is proposed to manufacture 4,016 coaches.

As a result of relentless efforts put in by Railways, consequential train accidents decreased from 104 to 73 during 2017-18 in comparison to the corresponding period of the previous year.  In the year 2018-19 (from April 1, 2018, to November 30, 2018) consequential train accidents decreased further from 51 to 44 in comparison to the corresponding period of the previous year, according to a PIB release.

Altogether 3,478 unmanned Level Crossing (LC) gates were eliminated 2018. Out of 16, fifteen Zonal Railways are now unmanned level crossing free on broad gauge. Accidents on unmanned level crossings have reduced from 20 in 2017-18 to 3 in the current year up to December 2018. Highest ever rail renewal of 4,405 km was carried out in 2017-18 and 5,000 km has been planned during the current year with an outlay of Rs 11,450 crore of which 2,812 km has been completed during the current year so far.


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