Sam Pitroda to head railway panel on ICT

Sam Pitroda to head railway panel on ICT
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First Published: Thu, Oct 01 2009. 11 49 PM IST
Updated: Thu, Oct 01 2009. 11 49 PM IST
New Delhi: The railway ministry has constituted a three-member committee on the usage of railways’ optic fibre cable network as well as other information and communication technologies.
The committee, headed by former Knowledge Commission member Sam Pitroda, will also include four senior railway employees as well as Partha Mukhopadhyay, a transport economist and senior fellow at the New Delhi-based think-tank the Center for Policy Research.
The committee will propose ways and means to use technology, especially the railways’ optic fibre cable network as well as wireless technologies to improve freight and track management to increase revenue and reduce costs.
The committee will also propose use of these technologies to modernize stations, as well as the railways’ various manufacturing operations and vendors among others, the government said in a press statement. The railways has an optical fibenetwork of some 34,000 route kilometers.
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First Published: Thu, Oct 01 2009. 11 49 PM IST