Indian Railways plans to invest Rs 12,000 crore on developing a digital platform that will integrate information from all of departments, thus leading to a saving of approximately Rs 60,000 crore.
In the last Rail Budget, I had announced an Enterprise Resource Planning system that will be an IT-based platform for system-wide integration and planning.Union Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu at a conference with software companies.
He said that an investment to the tune of Rs 10,000 crore to Rs 12,000 crore would be required to set up the new platformed, named IR-One ICT , which would result in savings of close to Rs 60,000 crore in the long run.
The first phase would be implemented in two or three years, following which monitoring operations using a common platform would be possible.
Several passenger complaints can be solved. We may also get to know the vacancies in a train and the number of people travelling. Maintenance issues can be handled remotely. There will be asset utilisation, revenue seepage will reduce and ultimately customers will benefit.Suresh Prabhu
Prabhu also remarked that passenger complaints were the best tool available for the railways to make decisions.
Better capacity and asset utilisation would help the railways run more trains, carry more freight, provide better and reliable services to passengers, increase its revenues and make its operations more safe .Statement from Ministry of Railways.