Northern Railway inks MoU to modernise signalling system
New Delhi: RailTel Enterprises Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary of RailTel Corporation of India Ltd, has been awarded the work to replace old mechanical signalling equipment with state-of-the-art electronic interlocking system at 13 stations of Northern Railway. The existing mechanical signalling systems are using lever frames to both lower the signal and change the tracks. The new electronic interlocking signalling system will now enable lowering the signal and changing of tracks by click of a mouse. A Memorandum of Understanding was inked between REL and Northern Railway to execute the work.
There are total 13 stations which have been assigned to REL, out of which three are in Delhi Division and 10 are in Umbala Division. The stations of Delhi division are Kalayat, Kaithal and Pehowa Road. The 10 stations of Umbala Division are Anandpur Sahib, Nangal Dam, Ropar Thermal Plant, Balluana, Giddarbaha, Malout, Pakki, Panjkosi, Hindumalkot and Fatuhi. The anticipated cost of this project is approximately Rs 87 crore.
Elaborating on the utility of this new system, TP Singh, GM/ Northern Railways, said 'These state-of -the-art signalling system will go a long way in improving safety and efficiency in train operations. We need to expeditiously complete these stations.'
Talking on the project Puneet Chawla, Chairman/REL, said that the entire work will be completed by December 2019.