In what may come as a huge relief for lakhs of commuters, CR is planning to install sensors adjacent to tracks, to monitor train movements in real time.
This Train Describer System will automate the entire public address mechanism. The sensors will transmit data about where a train is, to the central control room. It will pass through an interface with the public address system, feeding updates into indicators and modifying announcements.
Srinivas Mudgerikar, Chief Public Relations Officer, CR, said, “Announcements will be centralised. All announcers will then have to monitor the system and make announcements only in emergency situations.”
Presently, information on the status of trains has to be taken from Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus control room and then updated at every station through a hotline. “Today if a train is stuck between two stations, its scheduled time and expected time on the indicators cannot be updated immediately,” he added.
Overhauling the system will cost CR about Rs 36 crore. CR hopes to have the system up and running on the CST-Kalyan belt in a year.
Commuters feel one of their biggest grievances will be addressed if the new system comes through. “If we are informed immediately, it will help us make alternative arrangements, especially during the rainy season,” says commuter Devesh Rathod.
But will the data loggers fitted alongside the tracks work when they are flooded during the monsoons? “The sensors will be water-resistant,”says Mudgerikar.