All services plying from Churchgate to Virar will now use this new black box technology to enhance safety and punctuality.
The Indian Railways has commissioned an all-new Tetra-based mobile train radio communication system for local train services, plying from Churchgate to Virar, under the council of Western Railway. A first-of-its-kind technology, it will primarily focus on increasing safety and minimising delays by employing effective coordination. Launched on March 1, 2021, this Tetra-based MTRS has been installed in 200 cabs of 100 local rakes till now.
Lowest call set-up time made possible with Tetra based MTRS
The Tetra-based mobile train radio communication system has been designed to improve logistical issues on the Western Line subsection from Churchgate to Virar. It will help create a network of communication between motorman or guard and controller or station master. This, in turn, will facilitate coordination between cabs and cab of different EMUs (electric multiple units).
The system's USP is its low-call set-up time- the lowest among all such communication systems in Mumbai. This paves way for bettered connectivity, promoting faster communication and improved coordination. This will help to identify the cause of delays and minimise them. Moreover, the safety of commuters will soar higher with the system in place, read reports
Western Railway to launch fully reserved, special trains to destinations across the country
Corresponding to this new development, the Western Railway Zone Authority has also decided to introduce fully reserved special trains to several destinations, across India. These will include passenger, DEMU and MEMU special services, read reports. Additionally, about 33 special unreserved trains have started to run 65 services since March 4, 2021. These too, will have a composition of the second general class, DEMU, MEMU coaches and will continue to ply until further advice from the competent authority.
Out of these 33, about 29 trains have been lodged under the passenger train category for the benefit of travellers. The remaining 3 trains will run as mail and express trains. While this will benefit travellers, opening alternate avenues of travel for them, the national transporter has urged all train passengers to comply with the COVID norms and protocols suchas wearing face masks and honouring social distancing.