New Delhi: The Control Office Application (COA) system designed by Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has begun real-time monitoring of over 700 trains, fitted with GPS (Global Positioning System). The system will help track movement of trains even between two stations.
The COA system was designed after the Indian Railways collaborated with ISRO for monitoring of passenger and freight trains, making it easy to track them and automatically feed the control room about their movement.
It will not only help in real-time monitoring of passenger trains, but also help railways avoid theft of coal, oil and other materials ferried by freight trains.
Arun Kumar, Director-General of RPF, said, "Now it will not be easy to stop freight train between stations. Anybody who attempts to commit theft or steal goods will be caught red-handed."
Indian Railways gets major share of its revenue from freight services. The continued theft and pilferage were a cause of concern. The new system will help railways modernise control room, rail network for efficient train movement across the network.
In other news, the Ministry of Railways on Wednesday announced a discounted fare scheme to be rolled out by the end of September. The railway ministry said that discount to be offered can be up to 25% of the base fare and the scheme shall be applicable for AC Chair car and Executive chair car categories of selected trains such as Shatabdi, Gatimaan, Tejas, Double Decker, Intercity among others.
"Discount to be offered can be up to 25 per cent of the base fare. Reservation fee, superfast charge, GST, etc., as applicable will be separate. Discount can be given for the first leg and/or the last leg of the journey and/or intermediate sections and/or end to end journey. There is a provision to make catering optional with the discounted fare," an official release said.