Suburban passengers travelling on the western line beyond Virar will be able to know the expected arrival time of the next two suburban locals, on the lines of other stations in Mumbai.
The Western railway (WR) has decided to extend its train management system (TMS), currently operational between Churchgate and Virar, to stations until Dahanu.
The system will inform passengers of changes in train timings, ensuring a safe travel for passengers traveling to Dahanu, which is 120 kilometers away.
Railway officials will also be able to directly communicate with the railway control room in case of emergencies that may occur between Virar and Dahanu.
The TMS shows real-time locations of trains at the control room. It is integrated with indicators and video display units which display a count down of minutes in which a train is expected.
These details are displayed at stations along with automatic announcements.
“We have begun the process to extend the TMS facility beyond Virar,” said Sharat Chandrayan, chief public relations office of WR. He added that although the proposal was in its initial stages, the TMS is a necessity for running suburban services efficiently.
TMS already operational on the 60 km stretch between ect is Rs25 crore, according to railway officials.
The WR wants the Mumbai Railway Vikas Corporation (MRVC), a planning and executive body for suburban railway projects to fund the project.
Between Virar and Dahanu, there are seven suburban stations catering to thousands of commuters every day.
Another component of the TMS is the mobile train radio communication (MTRC), which enables direct communication between running trains and the Churchgate and Virar since 2003. WR wants to extend the facility between upto Dahanu, a 64 km stretch.
TMS also has mobile train radio communication (MTRC), enabling direct communication between running trains and the control room. control room.
The WR pioneered the implementation of the TMS, which kicked off between Churchgate and Virar in 2003.
At present, the TMS manages the movement of around 1450 trains, including long distance passenger and goods trains.
The TMS has been operational on the central line between CST and Kalyan since 2011 and will be extended to the harbour line up to Panvel.