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Northeast Frontier Railway to introduce AI Driver Safety System

Utkarsh Classes 11-09-2023
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The Northeast Frontier Railway(NFR) zone of the Indian Railway is developing an Artificial Intelligence  (AI) based device to monitor train drivers alertness level by tracking blinking of their eyes . The device named Railway Driver Assistance System (RDAS) is being developed by NFR in response to the directive from the Railway Board.

This technology is based on the tracking of the driver's blinking of eyes . If the RDAS detects signs of drowsiness in the driver then it alerts the driver. In an emergency situation it can stop the train. 

When the system becomes operational it is expected to reduce accidents in India caused due to fatigue of the railway  engine drivers.

The RDAS is at a development phase and it will be initially deployed as a pilot project in 20 goods train engines and passenger train engines  in the next few weeks .

Indian Railways Zones and Divisions (as on 11 September 2023)

At present there are 17 Railways Zones and 68 Divisions in India . The Government of India has announced a new South Coast Railway Zone but it has yet to be officially notified by the government.

Serial No 

Railway Zone

Division 

Zonal Headquarters 

Established 

 

1

Eastern Railway 

Asansol,

Howrah,

Malda,

Sealdah

Kolkata 

1952

West Bengal,

Jharkhand

2

East Central Railway

Danapur, 

Dhanbad,

Mughalsarai,

Sonpur,

Samastipur

Hajipur 

2002

Bihar, 

Jharkhand,

Madhya Pradesh,

Uttar Pradesh

3

East Coast Railway

Khurda Road,

Sambalpur,

Waltair

Bhubaneshwar 

2003

Odisha ,

Andhra Pradesh 

Chhattisgarh 

4

Western Railway

Mumbai Central,

Vadodara,

Ahmedabad, 

Ratlam,

Rajkot,

Bhavnagar  

Mumbai CST 

1951 

Gujarat,

Maharashtra, 

Madhya Pradesh

5

West Central Railway 

Kota,

Jabalpur,

Bhopal

Jabalpur 

2002

Madhya Pradesh 

Uttar Pradesh,

Rajasthan

6

Northern Railway 

Ambala, 

Delhi,

Firozpur, 

Lucknow ,

Moradabad

New Delhi (Baroda House)

1952

Jammu & Kashmir, 

Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand,

Uttar Pradesh,

Delhi and Chandigarh,

7

North Central Railway

Prayagraj,

Jhansi,

Agra 

Prayagraj

2003

Uttar Pradesh, Haryana,

Madhya Pradesh , Rajasthan

8

North  Eastern Railway 

Varanasi, 

Izzatnagar, 

Lucknow 

Gorakhpur 

2002

Uttar Pradesh, 

Bihar,

Uttarakhand

9

Northeast Frontier Railway 

Tinsukia, 

Lumding,

Rangiya,

Alipurduar,

Katihar 

Maligaon, Guwahati 

1958

Assam, 

West Bengal, Nagaland, 

Tripura, 

Sikkim, 

Manipur, 

Mizoram,

Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, 

Bihar

10

North Western Division 

Ajmer,

Bikaner,

Jodhpur, 

Jaipur

Jaipur 

2002

Rajasthan, 

Uttar Pradesh, Haryana,

Punjab,

Gujarat

11

Southern Railway 

Chennai,

Tiruchirapalli,

Madurai,

Palghat,

Trivandrum,

Salem


 

Chennai

1951

Tamil Nadu, 

Kerala,

Pondicherry,

 Andhra Pradesh

12

South Central Railway 

Secunderabad, 

Hyderabad, Vijayawada, Guntakal, 

Guntur, Nanded

Secunderabad

1966

Andhra Pradesh,

Telangana, Maharashtra, 

Karnataka, 

Tamil Nadu ,

Madhya Pradesh 

13

South East Central Railway 

Bilaspur,

Nagpur,

Raipur

Bilaspur 

1998

Chhattisgarh,

Maharashtra, 

Odisha,

Madhya Pradesh 

14

South Eastern Railway 

Ranchi,

Adra,

Chakradharpur

Kharagpur 

Kolkata 

1955

Odisha,

Jharkhand,

West Bengal

15

South Western Railway 

Hubballi, 

Mysuru,

Bengaluru

Hubli

2003

Karnataka, 

Andhra Pradesh,

Tamil Nadu,

Goa ,

Maharashtra 

16

Central Railway 

Mumbai, 

Pune,  Bhusawal, Nagpur, Solapur . 

Mumbai (Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus )

1951

Maharashtra,

Karnataka, 

Madhya Pradesh 

17

Metro Railway Kolkata 

No division 

Kolkata 

2010

 

 

Oldest and largest railway zone : North Zone

Smallest railway zone : Northeast Frontier Railway

17th railway zone : Kolkata Metro 

Indian Railways 

  • Railways was first introduced in India 0n April 16, 1853 when the first train covered the 34 Km distance between Mumbai’s Bori bandar to Thane.
  • The train was operated by three engines , Sultan, Sahib and Sindh.
  • India has the third largest rail network in the country after the United States of America and China.
  • World’s highest railway bridge is in Dharot, Jammu and Kashmir over river Chenab. It is 1178 feet above the river .
  • Hubballi railway platform, Karnataka  is the longest platform in the world .It is 1507 meters long.

FAQ

Answer : Northeast Frontier Railway

Answer : Maligaon, Guwahati

Answer : Hubballi railway platform, Karnataka is the longest platform in the world .It is 1507 meters long.

Answer : United States of America. China has the second largest and India third largest network in the world

Answer : Kolkata Metro railway . It was made a railway zone in 2010.
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