Ambala, Dec 12 (UNI) The Indian Railways have introduced Global Positioning System (GPS) to ensure safety and punctuality of the trains, especially during the low visibility due to thick fog.
According to the Ambala Division ADRM R.K. Saxena, the GPS would be introduced on Ambala-Bhatinda section on experimental basis.
If successful, the new system would be extended on other lines for running trains specially in northern region which get engulfed in thick fog during the winters, bringing the train traffic to almost a halt.
He said that it was a challenge to run trains under fog as it posed continuous danger of accidents at the unmanned level crossings.
He said that the Railways were already using new signal system, walky talkies and other latest techniques to provide safe rail journeys.
However, he said that such equipment didn't work properly during rains, fog and night time due to which the safe running of trains was adversely affected, particularly during the nights and early morning in winters.
Due to this, the trains had to be run on slow speed causing inconvenience to the passengers and loss to the Railways, he said.