Railway Station Development Program Current Affairs - 2020

MoU between India and Germany approved by Union Cabinet

On March 25, 2020, the Union Cabinet chaired by PM Modi approved MoU signed between India and Germany. The MoU was signed between Ministry of Railways and DB Engineering and Consulting GMBH of Germany. The Memorandum was signed in February 2020 and will facilitate technological cooperation in Railway sector.

Key Highlights of the MoU

The technological cooperation under the MoU will facilitate freight operations including automotive transport, cross-border transport and logistics. It will also help in infrastructure building. This includes new dedicated freight corridors and building of new passenger trains.

The agreement will facilitate technology transfers in IT solutions for railway sales, marketing and operations.

Background

The Ministry of Railways is in the mode of modernization of Railway sector. In order to achieve this, the Ministry has signed several agreements, memorandum of cooperation, technical cooperation, with foreign governments. Through these measures, the ministry aims to achieve high speed rails, increasing speed of existing routes, modernization of rail infrastructure and development of world class stations.

Artificial Intelligence based Chatbot ASKDISHA launched by the Railways

The Indian Railways recently launched Artificial Intelligence based chatbot called “ASKDISHA”. The chatbot will interact with the Railway customers in Hindi language resolving their queries.

Highlights

The Chatbot was initially launched in 2018 in English. Now, the chatbot has been empowered to converse in Hindi. The bot handles more than 3.000 inquiries. There are further plans to launch the chatbot in more languages.

AI in Indian Railways

Indian Railways is the fourth largest in the world. The technology of Artificial Intelligence in Indian Railways is implemented in the following areas

  • To Schedule trains
  • To control speed of the trains
  • Delay prediction and Reduction. GoI is currently planning to extend this application to inform passengers about the delay in trains.

Budget 2020

In the Union Budget 202, Rs 1.61 lakh crores were allocated for Indian Railways. This is 3% higher than the previous year budget allocation. With this, GoI plans to make the railway stations smarter with faster Wi-Fi and easy smart digital technology-based ticketing.