NEW DELHI: The Sam Pitroda committee report on rail modernization has recommended for setting up frequent identification (RFID) tracking system to track trains on real-time basis and to improve utilization of their coaches, wagons and locomotives.
Advocating complete computerization of railways, the high-power committee has also strongly pitched for introducing e-file system to expedite decision making. The committee headed by technocrat Sam Pitroda has also emphasized on implementing the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) initiatives in a big way for railway modernization plans.
The RFID system would lead improvement in utilization and availability of wagons, coaches and locomotives significantly, the expert committee has said in its report submitted to the railways.
It has suggested to establish an “ICT platform” for 6000 railway stations across the country.
“Use ICT to modernize organization, management, development, finance, project management, research, procurement and payment,” said the committee in its report.
The total cost of ICT initiatives recommended by Pitroda committee is estimated to cost Rs 1315 crore in four years.
The Pitroda committee recommendations are likely to reflect on policies of railways, said Railway Minister Dinesh Trivedi after receiving the report.
The committee has sought speedy implementation of real-time information systems (RTIS) to provide information to passengers about running trains at stations.
It has also suggested to provide internet access at 342 railway stations.
“Customers will benefit from the improved on board information, station security, services and facilities while railways will benefit from resource mobilization using innovative business models,” the report said. -PTI