The entire fleet of trains of the Sri Lanka Railways (SLR) is to be equipped with modern safety devices including Global Positioning Systems (GPS) to ensure the safety of passengers and crew and minimise accidents, Transport Minister Kumara Welgama said.
He said 10 trains have already been installed with GPS in a pilot project and tests have been carried out on the main line.
The software components of the device include an alarm system that alerts the engine driver about an approaching train on the same track, at a safe distance. It also gives an alarm signal to the driver if he approaches a train stopped on the railway platform on the same track. Another new facility will be the opportunity to exchange information between engine drivers over the phone Minister Welgama said.
The GPS system will enable the operators in the control room to know the exact location of a moving train at any given time, its speed and the gap between two trains on the same track. With this device an engine driver will have the facility to know the whereabouts of all trains within a 10km radius. This would greatly help towards preventing accidents, the minister added. (Sandun A. Jayasekera)
Tharaka Chanaka Monday, 21 November 2011 15:02
Still waiting to see the GPS units to be fitted on all private buses to monitor reckless driving...
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Nodrog Tuesday, 22 November 2011 03:59
Will it make the trains run on time?
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Lanke Banda Tuesday, 22 November 2011 04:28
Hope these will not cost more than purchasing Trains.
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Shabir Zainudeen Tuesday, 22 November 2011 07:32
Please provide good TOILET FACILITIES inside TRAINS as well as in Stations with RUNNING WATER before GPS. We also need a good HYGENIC railway CATERING inside trains.
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tma Tuesday, 22 November 2011 08:25
About time too!! Make SLR the best in Asia.
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Manjula Tuesday, 22 November 2011 08:43
Pls bring good skilled workers also from China or India
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