New Delhi, India: Five years after the plan was first mooted, Indian Railways is finally set to install GPS-based fog shields on some lines in north India, but only at the end of January. Even though the fog generally abates by the end of January, officials say the deployment was necessary so that the full benefits of the system are evident by the next winter season.
The move follows Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee’s directive late last year. Though fog continues to disrupt train movement across northern and eastern India, only about a thousand of the fog shields will be in place this year, according to Pawandeep Singh Bahl, Director, A. Paul Instruments, inventor of the system.
The GPS-based device lets the train driver know about his exact location. It is battery-operated and allows the driver to know when the train would be approaching the next signal or level crossing gate. The Imported solutions that can help speed up safely cost billions of rupees – a price the cash-strapped railways cannot afford to pay.