Union Minister of Railways Current Affairs - 2019

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Indian Railways conducting trials of Tri-Netra technology

Union Minister of Railways Piyush Goyal during Question Hour informed Rajya Sabha members that Indian Railways is conducting TRI-NETRA (Terrain Imaging for Drivers Infrared, Enhanced, Optical & Radar Assisted) technology for detecting obstructions on tracks.

Key Highlights

Background: First in 2002-03 India Railways has developed a modern technology and tried it extensively but it was found to be not successful. So the project was aborted and subsequently another technology of Fog-past devices for seeing in fog was developed. Thus, TRI-NETRA system is another attempt by Indian Railways to develop modern technology.

Trial & Test: Indian Railways is conducting extensive trials of Tri-Netra technology so as to be sure that it is perfect in detecting any obstruction on tracks during fog. Therefore without proper testing it cannot be implemented as it does not give Railways the confidence to implement technology.

About TRI-NETRA

TRI-NETRA is abbreviation for Terrain Imaging for Drivers Infrared, Enhanced, Optical & Radar Assisted system.

It comprises of infrared camera, optical camera and radar assisted imaging system for assisting loco pilots in identifying obstructions on tracks, mainly in foggy conditions.

This device is making an attempt during fog via ultrasonic waves by help of which it will be able to detect any obstruction on tracks.

The field trials being undertaken is for proof of concept and its testing on all parameters will be done after its procurement.

Railway Minister launches Rail Drishti Dashboard

The Union Minister of Railways Piyush Goyal has launched Rail Drishti dashboard. It encompasses all the digitisation efforts in Indian Railways and promotes transparency and accountability.

Rail Drishti Dashboard

  • The url of the dashboard is raildrishti.cris.org.in.
  • The dashboard brings information from various sources on a single platform and gives access to key statistics and parameters to every citizen of the country.
  • The dashboard can be accessed using a desktop/laptop or a mobile device such as a phone or tablet and the application is mobile optimized for ease of use of the public.
  • The dashboard will provide every kind of information related to railways anytime, anywhere to everybody.

As the saying goes sunlight is the biggest disinfectant to the system, the Rail Drishti dashboard through promoting transparency aims to empower the citizen with the information regarding the working of the Indian Railways.