Published By : 20 May 2016 | Published By : QYRESEARCH
The Indian Railways is focussing on strengthening the safety of rail network in India with its ‘zero-accident mission. The organization wants to implement Train Protection Warning System (TPWS) on about 7,900 km of main railway lines spanning across the nation. Out of the total of 7,900 km of railway lines, 3,300 km has been budgeted. This new initiative by the Indian Railways is a potential opportunity for global players such as France-based Thales to expand their business in the country. On a pilot basis, TPWS has been already implemented across a 68 km long railway line near Chennai by Thales. In the global railway transport market, Thales is a major player offering effective telecommunications, signalling, and supervision solutions for metro and rail system. The pilot project bagged by the French company is expected to be completed by the end of the year.
28 TPWS Projects to be started by Indian Railways in Next Five Years
According to Alfred Veider, the CEO of Thales, the Indian market is very important for the company. This is not the company’s first venture in the Indian market. Thales has already provided technical support to the Delhi Metro Railway Corporation (DMRC) and is involved in the metro’s fare collection system. For Hyderabad Metro, the company is assisting with communication-based train controlling system. The Indian Railways has identified 28 TPWS projects that involve installing latest technology in onboard systems and tracksides. These projects are expected to be initiated within the next five years.
Thales has developed a unique signalling system- the European Train Control System (ETCS) that prevents train accidents. The Indian Railways has chosen this system as the basis of TPWS to ensure safety in operation of trains. According to the organization’s plan, around 2,600 ETCSs will be installed in locomotives.