Railways to deploy drones to monitor projects

Cameras (UAV/NETRA) will be used for various railway activities. Photograph:( Zee News Network )

PTI Delhi, India Jan 08, 2018, 09.21 AM (IST)

Drones will now monitor railway projects, aid in crowd management and oversee maintenance work across its zones, railway officials said today.

Cameras (UAV/NETRA) will be used for various railway activities especially project monitoring and maintenance of tracks and other railway infrastructure, the national transporter said in a statement.

"Directions have been given to Zonal Railways to procure such cameras. This is in-line with Railways desire to use technology to enhance safety and efficiency in train operations", it said.

Unmanned aerial vehicles or drones shall be deployed to undertake monitoring activities of relief and rescue operation, project monitoring, the progress of important works, conditions of the tracks and inspection related activities, the statement said.

It shall also be used to assess the preparedness of non- interlocking (NI) works, crowd management during fairs, to identify scrap and also for the aerial survey of station yards. It is going to be instrumental in providing real-time inputs related to safety and maintenance of tracks and other railway infrastructure.

A drone is essentially a flying robot which can be remotely handled through software-controlled flight plans embedded in its systems working in conjunction with GPS