What is your biggest concern when it comes to travel via trains?
If you ask me, I would say that it is the trouble of the extra stoppage of trains which often delay the timings.
But what if I tell you that now you can track this. Yes, now you can track if the train is starting late or is having an extra stoppage. Because Railway minister Piyush Goyal has announced to each of the 16 railway zones in India to adopt the brand-new system, Real-time Punctuality Monitoring and Analysis (RPMA), that is made to guarantee regularity and protection of the Railway.
Come on, let's know more about this new feature.
According to Hindustan Times, in order to overcome the stereotype slower manual system, a GPS-enabled equipment will be provided in the trains which will help the passengers track their locomotives on a real-time data.
You must know that the current National Train Enquiry System (NTES) works on a manual entry data which is controlled by the train controllers. Let's say, if a train passes Ghaziabad at 8.30 am, the station master will inform the controller who makes an entry into the system and then it will get reflected in the NTES.
"The system keeps plotting the train on the map and on the speed chart. The station locations are pre-fed and plotted on the map and the speed chart in addition to the cautions," Mughalsarai divisional railway manager Kishor Kumar explained.
He even clarified that the speed chart also lets the officials know whether the train is running at the maximum permissible speed, it also informs about the excess controlling by the driver at various cautions, the train's late start, it's extra stoppage and even the signal checks.
It is believed that this could bring a new reform to the country's largest public transporter, the world's fourth-largest rail network and world's eighth biggest employer.
"If a train starts late by half an hour, the station master might not inform the controller about the delay. Officials tend to overlook delays to show a good punctuality record," one of the sources said according to Hindustan Times report. It is said that the feature keeps a look on the performance of the drivers and guards and rate them on a scale of 1-10. "Five drivers scored nine and were rewarded with Rs 5,000 each (during the test run)," Kumar added.
We hope this new feature of Indian Railway adds to the ease of its travelers.