Modernization and technological upgradation of the railway system is an ongoing process and is one of the thrust areas of the 11th Five Year Plan (2007-2012). Various modernization activities covering passenger business, freight business and other areas were identified for implementation in the Integrated Railway Modernization Plan (IRMP) for the period 2005-2010. The plan to improve safety in signaling system include provision of route relay interlocking/panel interlocking/electronic interlocking, colour light signaling, LED Signals, axle counters, track circuiting, data loggers, onboard train protection system and interlocking of level crossing gates. To improve telecom infrastructure, it is planned to provide Optic Fibre and Quad Cables and Mobile Train Radio Communication, Satellite Communication and Voice Recorders.
Modern technology and systems not only prevent failures including human errors, they enable detection of failures like rail fractures, other equipment failures and obstruction of track etc. During the last three years, 12,530 kilometers of track renewals have been done; 20,200 route kilometers of Optic Fibre and Quad Cable laid, Mobile Train Radio Communication (MTRC) commissioned on 700 route kilometers, 230 remote locations connected through V-Set Network and Voice Recorders provided in all Control Offices.
This information was given by the Minister of State for Ministry of Railways, Shri K. H. Muniyappa in a written reply in Lok Sabha today.