A) Captain Arjun launched by Pune Division, Central railway
Pune Division, Central railway launched an innovative ROBOT named ARJUN which has two cameras and a thermal screening machine.
The cameras track for any anti-social activity in plate form areas and the thermal screening machine scans the temperature of passengers. In case of high temperature, it sounds an alarm.
The Railway Protection Force(RPF) wing of the Pune Division, Central Railways launched this innovative equipment.
Captain ARJUN will go a long way in the history of railways as an innovative initiative.
B) World-class Railway stations at Habibganj and Gandhinagar by December 2020
IRSDC( Indian Railway Station Development Corporation) is developing Railway stations of Indian Railways on modern lines.
IRSDC is a joint venture company of RLDA and IRCON, the two railway PSU’s. In the first phase, railway stations at Habibganj and Gandhi Nagar will be completed by December 2020.
The modernized station will have a dedicated concourse area with airport-like retail outlets, food cafeterias, plush waiting lounge, modern toilets for passengers.
The renovated station will have also boast world-class interiors along with gaming and museum zones.
IRSDC is also carrying works for station development at other stations Anand Vihar, Bijwasan, Chandigarh, Shivajinagar, Surat, Baiyyappanahalli, Nagpur, Gwalior, Amritsar, Gandhinagar(Jaipur), Sabarmati, Kanpur, Thakurli.
For Gwalior, Amritsar, Nagpur, and Sabarmati stations, IRSDC has started the tendering process and likely to be completed by August 2020. These stations are being developed on the PPP model i.e Public-Private Partnership.
C) Green Station Ranking topped by Rajendra Nagar Railway station
Rajendra Nagar Railway station in Danapur division of East Central Railway has topped the list of green railway stations in the country.
The railway station is equipped with the best in class water harvesting facility and declared as the best green station in overall category.
IGBC(Indian Green Building Council) with the support of Environment Directorate of Indian Railway has developed the Green Railway Stations rating system.
D) 400 MW of Solar energy contract floated by Railway Energy Management Company
Railway Energy Management Company, a joint venture established by Indian Railways and engineering consultancy Rites Ltd has invited bids for the development of 400 MW of grid-connected solar generation capacity on vacant railway-owned land.
E) DFFCIL terminates signalling project of Chinese company
Dedicated Freight Corridor Corporation of India Ltd. (DFCCIL), a special purpose vehicle under the Railway Ministry, decided to terminate the ₹471 crore signalling contract given to a Chinese firm.
The contract for ‘signaling and telecommunication work’ for the 417 km section from Kanpur to Mughalsarai on Eastern Dedicated Freight Corridor was awarded to Beijing National Railway Research & Design Institute of Signal & Communication Group in 2016.
As per the Indian Railways, despite passage of four years, only 20% of the work has been completed.