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RailTel Initiative: Tunnel Radio Communication System for Enhancing Safety in Kashmir Valley

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The Indian Railways’ technical arm RailTel, will provide state-of-the-art communication system to the rail link project in Kashmir Valley. The Udhampur-Srinagar-Baramulla section of Northern Railway will be benefited with the project.  It will enable uninterrupted link from inside tunnels to the base station.

RailTel Corporation of India Ltd stated that the total cost of the integrated tunnel communication system (VHF Simplex) is ₹86.90 crore.

At present, Konkan Railways is managing the Udhampur-Srinagar-Baramulla section. This section of Northern Railway has 16 tunnels.

“This state-of-the-art integrated tunnel communication system is designed to provide uninterrupted radio communication between hand-held radios inside tunnels to the base station at tunnel control rooms and station masters of adjacent stations,” the RailTel statement said.

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“The hand-held devices are provided to the staff involved in construction/maintenance activities and train operations. The communication of all channels in the tunnel is independent, simultaneous, and failure-free. Completion of this work will ensure safe and smooth running of trains inside the tunnels, on undoubtedly, one of the most difficult terrains of Indian Railways,” it added.

Puneet Chawla, RailTel’s CMD, said RailTel has the expertise to execute it for improving train operations as well as safety.

“We are already executing similar projects for Panvel-Karjat, Karjat-Lonawala and Kasara-Igatpuri section of Mumbai Division of Central Railway, and Castle Rock-Kulem section (Braganza Ghat) of Southwestern Railway,” Chawla said.

“We are eyeing more similar projects and generating good revenue from these niche projects will not only help to diversify the work experience of RailTel but will also enable us to contribute towards nation-building,” he added.

Benefits of the tunnel communication system project

  • It will help to achieve continuous coverage over the entire length of the tunnel
  • It will also clear audio throughout with no interference
  • Along with this, it will have reliable system operation under harsh tunnel environmental conditions, trunked radio channels across many bands and ease of system operation and maintenance.
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