Over 25 cities to have metro rail networks in coming years: Ashutosh Shukla, Schneider Electric India

Managing India’s vast rail and metro network is an increasingly difficult task. Some of the sector’s most important issues include the extension of metro-rail lines and stations, the system’s complexity, and the high volume of passenger traffic.
Furthermore, within the limited space of the stations, there are numerous installed electrical facilities that consume a significant amount of electricity. This necessitates a continuous and reliable power supply to ensure that system operations are carried out safely and efficiently. The government of India involves various private players to ease its burden in managing the network. In conversation with Financial Express Online, Ashutosh Shukla, Director- Transportation & Mobility, Schneider Electric India talked about the current scenario and challenges for metro rail in Indian and about the company offers open, interoperable, IoT-enabled system architecture and platform that delivers enhanced value around safety, reliability, efficiency, sustainability, and connectivity to the customers. Schneider Electric India claims that the solution aids Metro Rail networks in different areas like power delivery, environmental control, communication and services. Here are the excerpts of his interview with Financial Express Online:

What is the current scenario of the metro rail segment in the country and the challenges faced by the sector?

The metro rail-segment in India is growing at a rapid pace. Recently, the focus is also shifting to tier II cities as new metro rail constructions have started in cities such as Indore, Surat, Bhopal, Kanpur, Patna, etc. While some projects are Greenfield i.e. they are in the first phase, others are extending their existing railway infrastructure by introducing new lines and phases.

Managing this exponential rail network is becoming increasingly difficult as the sector is facing issues like system complexity, high volume of passenger traffic, limited space of the stations etc.

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