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Northern Central Railway to deploy drones for surveillance of train tracks

Drone cameras were earlier used during construction of Dedicated Front Corridor (DFC) between Varanasi and Sultanpur to maintain safety of its property and had very effective results.

india Updated: Oct 28, 2017 18:16 IST
HT Correspondent
A train engine moves past waiting travellers at a railway station in New Delhi. (AFP FILE Photo)
A train engine moves past waiting travellers at a railway station in New Delhi. (AFP FILE Photo)

In order to check train accidents, the Northern Central Railway (NCR) has planned to deploy drone cameras to ‘keep an eye’ on rail tracks. The high resolution cameras will take pictures from a height of 30 to 40 metres and also maintain surveillance over fish plates, pedal clips and fractures, if any, on the track.

The drones would be connected with computer networks at various railway stations for monitoring and speedy action. These cameras would be installed at almost all important NCR railway stations especially in areas, which had frequent train mishaps, sources said.

Chief public relations officer of NCR GK Bansal said the railway board had approved the plan. These cameras would also keep an eye on railway property in isolated areas. He further said drone cameras would be used for ensuring the safety and security of railway property and of railway tracks as well. “The cameras would help locate track faults quickly that would be repaired at the earliest to avoid any mishap,” he said.

Drone cameras were earlier used during construction of Dedicated Front Corridor (DFC) between Varanasi and Sultanpur to maintain safety of its property and had very effective results.