Aiming at increasing line capacity to run more trains on existing high density routes, the 762-km-long Ghaziabad-Pt. Deen Dayal Upadhyay section becomes the longest fully automatic block signalling section of the Indian Railways.
Automatic Block Signalling (ABS) is a cost effective solution to enhance line capacity and safety in train operation.
On a mission mode, Indian Railways has been rolling out ABS, with 268 route-km being commissioned during 2022-23. As on 31 December 2022, ABS has been provided on 3,706 route-km.
With implementation of automatic signalling, increase in capacity will accrue resulting in more train services becoming possible.
Electronic interlocking systems are being adopted on a large scale to derive benefits of digital technologies in train operation and to enhance safety. 2,888 stations have been provided with electronic interlocking, up to 31 December 2022, covering 45.5 per cent of Indian Railways.
Electronic interlocking systems have been provided at 347 stations during 2022-23.
Recently, with the commissioning of ABS in Sath Naraini-Rundhi-Faizullapur Station section of Prayagraj Division, 762-km-long Ghaziabad-Pt. Deen Dayal Upadhyay section has been fully automated and has also become the longest automatic block signalling section of Indian Railways.
Arun Kumar Das is a senior journalist covering railways. He can be contacted at email@example.com.
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