Indian Railways is working with the Indian Space Research Organisation () to devise safety mechanisms to make travel by trains more safer, Railway Minister Piyush Goyal said, a day before Mumbai stampede. The minister said he met Isro Chairman A S Kiran Kumar a few days ago. Railways and RailTel are working together to explore the use of space technology for safety, he added.
“Safety is a very pressing and urgent need. The discussion which we had was very eye-opening in some sense for me, but also very exciting in terms of possibilities that open for engaging with space technologies that Isro has developed, helping in bringing safer travel to Indian Railways,” Goyal said at the India Mobile Congress.
Talking about technology, Goyal said the railways has been an early adopter of computers which could have been also expanded for various operational processes like safety. He said modern technologies like artificial intelligence and machine learning are going to change the world and India has an opportunity to look at what is the latest across the world and bring it to the country.
“I have asked Alltel to look at a programme to connect thousands of railway stations with wi-fi… we can actually provide also the villages around railway stations with wi-fi connectivity and get rural India also connected with new age technology. Let’s give the same kind of opportunity that our children in cities are enjoying,” Goyal said. ALSO READ: ‘Desi’ GPS to soon become a reality after ISRO signs MoU with CSIR-NPL
The minister said that round the clock access to connectivity and electricity is the dream of billions of Indians and the government is making efforts to achieve it. A high-level enquiry headed by the Chief Safety Officer of Western Railways has been ordered on Friday in Mumbai stampede which claimed 22 lives. At least 22 people died and more than 30 were seriously injured on Friday in a stampede at Mumbai’s Elphinstone railway station. After the accident, Union Railway Minister Piyush Goyal reached Mumbai to take stock of the situation.
Later, he told ANI, “I have ordered a high-level enquiry headed by the Chief Safety Officer of Western Railways. The team will inquire about the matter and ascertain the cause of the incident.”