In a major IT initiative, Indian Railways is planning for an integrated software, a first-of-its-kind for the national carrier, for faster data collection and analysis.
Various functions of the railways such as passenger reservation, movement of goods trains and asset management will be brought within the domain of the software. The software is names ‘One ICT’, and it would cost about Rs 5,000 crore over the next five years enabling data collection at sources with minimum handling. It also becomes the single source of validated and authentic information for the rail sector.
“We are working on an integrated, comprehensive strategy to leverage IT for improvements in systems, processes, enhance efficiency,” Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu said at the Digital Railway for Digital India conference in association with Nasscom.
To develop the software, the railways is planning to arrange a day-long conference, which would involve leading software companies coming together and develop the roadmap. It is likely to form a special purpose vehicle (SPV) to develop it. “ICT will cover all the aspects, including cost analysis, attendance, accounting, asset management, medical management and land management of the Railways,” Prabhu said.
The new software is expected to give better capacity and utilization of assets which would help the railways run more trains, carry more freight, increase its revenues ,provide better and reliable services to passengers, and last but not the least make its operations more safe.
Railways has also increased its IT expenditure from Rs 336 crore in the year 2016-17 to Rs 513 crore in the 2017-18 financial year.
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Madhurima Goyal, From ITvoir News Desk