New Delhi Current Affairs - 2020

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PRAKHAR: Delhi Police’s anti-street crime vans

Delhi Police Commissioner Amulya Patnaik flagged off 15 ‘PRAKHAR’ vans from the police headquarters at ITO, New Delhi. The vans are special vehicles to curb street crimes in the national capital.  The new vans are in addition to already operational 15 ‘PRAKHAR’ vans launched in September 2019, thus taking the total number of vans plying in New Delhi to 30.


These patrol vans are tasked especially to curb street crimes as well as crimes against women in vulnerable areas in the national capital. They are specially designed and equipped with latest gadgets for quick transmission of information about any crime.

Feature: Besides the wireless set, each ‘PRAKHAR’ van is also equipped with Mobile Data Terminal (MDT) with inbuilt GPS. For immediate action, the MDT immediately transmits calls related to street crimes as soon as it is received in Command Room to concerned nearest PRAKHAR’ van.

These vans conduct intensive patrolling and dedicated checking at vulnerable points in crime-prone areas of the districts. Thus with the latest induction, each district will now have 2 such vans to cover vulnerable stretches.

The deterrent presence of ‘PRAKHAR’ MPVs (Multi-purpose Vehicle) has substantially helped in curbing crime. During the one month of operation of these patrol vans in city, the number of calls related to snatching and robbery incidents have decreased in localities covered by them.

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Indian Railways installs most advanced Electronic Interlocking System

Indian Railways has installed the most advanced Electronic Interlocking System on the Grand Chord route, one of the busiest section of railways. This most advanced and safer Electronic Interlocking System was installed at Tundla Junction in Uttar Pradesh by railways as part of upgradation process.

Key Highlights

This new Electronic system has replaced outdated 65-year old Mechanical Signalling System at Tundla Junction in UP on the route.

The introduction of advanced system is expected to help railways to speed up trains and achieve the goal of reducing travel time between Delhi and Howrah to nearly 12 hours from existing 17-19 hours. Besides improving the punctuality of trains on New Delhi-Howrah mainline, the work will also have manifold benefits during incoming foggy season through safe and detention free handling of trains at Tundla Junction.

Why Tundla Jn.? It is an important station on this super-saturated route that operates 160% of its designed capacity. Tundla was having 613 route combinations which is only 2nd to Kharagpur in South Eastern Railway with 800 routes.

About Grand Chord route

Grand Chord is part of Howrah-Gaya-Delhi line and Howrah-Allahabad-Mumbai line. It acts as a link between Sitarampur in West Bengal and Pt. Deen Dayal Upadhyay Junction in Uttar Pradesh (UP). A lot of important trains pass through this route which connects national capital with eastern region of country. It covers a stretch of 450 kilometres falling in North Central Railway Zone (NCRZ).

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