New Delhi: With the change of guard in Rail Bhawan, the new minister CP Joshi is all set to scrap the decision taken by his predecessor Mukul Roy about installing Anti-Collision Device (ACD) in the trains to check accident. Now a new system Train Collision Avoidance System (TCAS) will be adopted instead of ACD.

Speaking at the Economic Editors’ Conference on Monday, Railway Board Chairman Vinay Mittal said, “ACD has developed technical glitches due to which we have started work on TCAS which will help in avoiding train accidents.”

“TCAS is a full proof system and it will strengthen the safety infrastructure. It will also apply automatic braking system if two trains come closer on a same track,” added Mittal.

ACD was developed by Konkan Railway. The system is successfully operational in Northeast Frontier Railway. After which, it was applied in Northern Railways, Southern-Western Railway and Southern Railway on a trial basis.

After noticing some technical fault in ACD functionalities, Konkan Railway and Research Design and Standards Organisation (RDSO) had made some changes in the system.  However, ACD was not fully safe even after the changes. Mamata Banerjee during her tenure as Railway Minister had given nod to European Train Protection Warning System amid increasing number of train accidents. Later, the TPWS system was also scrapped.

(Agencies)

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