Indian Railways’ Western Railway zone has introduced the Mobile Train Radio Communication(MTRC) system which will play an important role in preventing train accidents through effective communication.
The Mobile Train Radio Communication system is an effective and technologically advanced communication system which facilitates an instant and constant interaction of train crew with the Control Centre and the Station Master.
“This system uses lowest time to connect calls i.e 300 milliseconds and it is the first time that MTRC is commissioned in India,”according to a senior railway official.
The railway official said that,”The MRTC acts in a similar way to that of Air traffic control (ATC) for aircrafts. The system will monitor, track and aid in communication between the trains and the control room thereby ensuring smooth movement of rakes as well as help in preventing adverse events.”
The Mobile Train Radio Communication (MTRC) System for suburban trains between Churchgate & Virar over Mumbai’s suburban section The Mobile Train Radio Communication (MTRC) System for suburban trains between Churchgate & Virar over Mumbai’s suburban section
The new system has already been installed in 105 rakes of Western Railway.
Giving further details on the technology, the official informed that the Churchgate – Virar section (60 km) of Western Railway’s Mumbai suburban section is a high density traffic route where trains run with headway of approx 3 minutes in peak hours. Presently, this section has a capacity to transport over 3.4 million passengers every day by operating over 1300 services each day.
The earlier existing conventional VHF based communication system, Mobile & CUG had its limitations & does not give the facility for communication between the Crew of the running train and the controllers operating from the control center at Mumbai.