New Delhi, India (Urban Transport News): In a significant development towards realizing the Government of India’s vision of an ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’, the National Capital Region Transport Corporation (NCRTC) signed a Memorandum of Undertaking (MoU) with Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) for indigenous development of Platform Screen Doors (PSDs).
The MoU was signed between Navneet Kaushik, Director (Systems) of NCRTC and Manoj Kumar, Executive Director (National Marketing) of BEL on 6th November 2020. The indigenously developed PSDs will be used for the upcoming BRTS/MRTS/RRTS/high-speed rail projects of India and abroad. Till now, the PSDs used in India have been imported.
Vinay Kumar Singh Managing Director, NCRTC on this occasion said:
NCRTC is working continuously towards identifying items that are presently being imported for MRTS/RRTS/High-Speed Rail projects and make strategies to bring such technologies to India through RRTS project to trigger domestic capacity development. Indigenous development of PSDs is one such step towards realising the vision of an Atmanirbhar Bharat. Made in India PSDs will not only benefit the upcoming RRTS corridors but will also benefit the upcoming and existing BRTS/metro rail systems/high-speed rail projects of the country.
The PSDs will work as a barrier between the passengers and the train standing on the platform. Often such incidents have occurred when passengers try to commit suicide by jumping in front of the train or metro train. Having such doors will prevent such incidents on the platform.
The doors will be installed on the side of the track on the platform. They will be transparent so that the platform on the other side can be seen completely. No one can cross this door from six feet high. When the train stops and the doors of the train reach in front of its doors, the doors open automatically under the automatic system. These doors close a few moments before the train leaves so that no passengers can enter.