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25,000  cr  plan to boost railway communication infra gets govt nod

Union Cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. (File Photo: ANI)Premium
Union Cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. (File Photo: ANI)

The CCEA also approved an increase in minimum support prices (MSP) of kharif crops for the 2021-22 marketing season to ensure farmers get remunerative returns for their produce. While paddy MSP has been raised by Rs72 to Rs1,940 per 100kg, tur MSP has been raised by 300

NEW DELHI : The Union cabinet on Wednesday approved a 25,000 crore five-year plan to use 4G technology to modernize communication networks in railway stations and improve the safety and security of train journeys.

Railways will be allotted 5MHz spectrum in 700MHz frequency band to provide long-term evolution or LTE-based mobile train radio communications.

In addition to this, Indian Railways has approved an indigenously developed ATP (Automatic Train Protection) system, which will help avoid train collisions.

The purpose of LTE band for the railways is to provide secure and reliable voice, video and data communication services for operational safety and security applications. It will be used for modern signalling and train protection systems and ensure seamless communication between loco pilots and guards.

It will also enable Internet of Things-based remote asset monitoring especially of coaches, wagons and locos, and live video feed of CCTV cameras in the train coaches to ensure efficient, safer and faster train operations.

“It brings a strategic shift in Railways’ operations and maintenance regime. The modern rail network will result in reduced transportation cost and higher efficiency," the rail ministry said.

The Cabinet Committee of Economic Affairs (CCEA) also approved the revival of Ramagundam Fertilisers and Chemicals Ltd (RFCL) to enhance indigenous production of gas-based urea and help achieve self-sufficiency by improving availability of fertilizers for farming.

“It will be one of the largest fertilizer manufacturing units of South India. The project shall not only improve the availability of fertilizer to farmers but also give a boost to the economy in the region including development of infrastructure like roads, railways, ancillary industry, etc., besides ensuring food security to the nation," the cabinet secretariat said.

The government is reviving five closed fertilizer units by setting up new ammonia urea plants at Ramagundam (Telangana), Talcher (Odisha), Gorakhpur (Uttar Pradesh), Sindri (Jharkhand) and Barauni (Bihar) through formation of joint ventures of leading public sector units with an investment of about 40,000 crore.

CCEA also approved increasing the minimum support prices (MSPs) for kharif crops for marketing season 2021-22 to ensure remunerative prices to farmers. While paddy MSP is increased by 72 to 1,940, tur MSP has been raised by 300. “The expected returns to farmers over their cost of production are estimated to be highest in case of bajra (85%) followed by urad (65%) and tur (62%). For the rest, returns over cost of production is estimated to be at least 50%," the agriculture ministry said.

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