Cabinet approves Rs25,000 crores for modernising railways

The CCEA also approved an increase in MSP of Kharif crops for the 2021-22 marketing season.

On Wednesday, the Union Cabinet chaired by PM Modi approved funds worth Rs 25,000 crores for Indian Railways over a period of 5 years for modernising its communications networks. It will be using a 4G spectrum to enhance public safety and security at train stations and in trains.

The railways will be allotted a 5 MHz Spectrum in a 700 MHz frequency band. This is to provide Long Term Evolution (LTE) based Mobile Train Radio Communication on its route. In addition, it has also approved an indigenously developed Train Collision Avoidance System (TCAS) which will reduce train collisions and improve safety.

LTE for Indian Railways will provide secure and reliable voice, video and data communication services for operational, safety and security applications. It will also be used in modern signaling and train protection systems. This will also enable the Internet of Things (IoT). Remote asset monitoring, especially of coaches, wagons & locos will be possible by using IoT. The live video feed of CCTV cameras in the train coaches will also be made possible.

“It will be bringing a strategic shift in Railways’ operations and maintenance regime. It will be helping in improving the safety and increasing the line capacity and accommodating more trains using the present infrastructure,” said the Railway Ministry in an official statement.

Meanwhile, the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) has also approved an increase in minimum support prices (MSP) of Kharif crops for the 2021-22 marketing season to ensure farmers get remunerative returns for their produce.

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