Hindustan Times ST (Jaipur)

4G spectrum for railways gets Cabinet approval

- HT Correspond­ent

NEW DELHI: The Union Cabinet on Wednesday allotted 4G spectrum to railways, a step that will enable the country’s largest mass transport system to switch from the 2G data network, leading to better communicat­ions and operationa­l safety, informatio­n and broadcasti­ng minister Prakash Javadekar said.

The railways has been allotted five megahertz, a measure of radio frequency, of 4G spectrum, which is estimated to entail an investment of over ₹25,000 crore. The changeover will be completed in the five years, the minister said.

A switch to 4G will enable real time and faster operation of communicat­ion systems.

According to an official statement, the shift will ensure “seamless communicat­ion between loco pilots and guards”. It will also enable Internet of Things-based remote monitoring of coaches, wagons and locomotive­s.

The allotment of 4G spectrum will essentiall­y the Railways to provide LTE or long term evolution-based mobile train radio communicat­ion.

“The modern rail network will result in reduced transporta­tion cost and higher efficiency. Also, it will attract multinatio­nal industries to set up manufactur­ing units to fulfill the ‘Make in India’ mission and generate employment,” a statement said.

Additional­ly, the railways has approved the TCAS or Train Collision Avoidance System, Javadekar said, which is an indigenous­ly automatic train protection system. “This will help in improving the safety and increasing the line capacity to accommodat­e more trains using the existing infrastruc­ture,” the minister said.

 ?? AFP ?? The project is estimated to cost over ₹25,000 crore.
AFP The project is estimated to cost over ₹25,000 crore.

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