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IIT-Kgp to provide rlys tech support for wagon

Posted on: October 7, 2010

KHARAGPUR (WEST MIDNAPORE): Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, will not only help the Indian Railways to develop high-speed corridors through which passenger trains can move at speeds between 250-350 km per hour, it will also provide assistance for the Advanced Loco Pilot Training Centre (ALPTC) and wagon prototyping unit that are being set up at Kharagpur.

Speaking at the foundation stone laying ceremony of these two establishments, IIT, Kharagpur director Damodar Acharya promised technological support in wagon prototyping.

“We would also like to develop simulators to train loco pilots. The IIT came to Kharagpur only because of the large railway set-up here. The Centre for Railway Research that is being set up at IIT, will be a one of its kind facility, not only in the country but also the world. We can’t rely on technology from abroad but develop our own. As many as 14 different projects for the railways will be undertaken here,” the IIT director said.

For this purpose, IIT will create links with universities in the US, Sweden and Australia, Acharya revealed.

The ALPTC, that is being set up at a cost of Rs 12 crore will help train drivers enhance and upgrade their skills, in keeping with the technological advancements that modern-day locomotives have undergone. Senior South Eastern Railway officials said that these courses would help in bringing down the stress levels of drivers. The course will include topics like meditation.

Railway minister Mamata Banerjee hailed this development and said that the railways would continue to work in close association with the IIT.

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