Indian Railways set to roll out tender for 10,000 km of 'Kavach'

Presently, three Indian OEMs -- HBL PowerSystems, Kernex, and Medha -- are approved for Kavach.

Indian Railways set to roll out tender for 10,000 km of 'Kavach'

Indian Railways is issuing tenders for 10000 km of Kavach, an automatic train protection system, to prevent accidents caused by human errors, such as Signal Passing in Danger and over-speeding.

The public transporter has so far tendered 6000 km of kavach system while deployed on 1465 Route km and 139 locomotives (including Electric Multiple Unit rakes) on South Central Railway.

Currently, Kavach contracts have been awarded for the Delhi-Mumbai (including Ahmedabad-Vadodara Section) and Delhi-Howrah (including Lucknow-Kanpur Section) corridors, covering approximately 3000 route km across Eastern Railway, East Central Railway, North Central Railway, Northern Railway, West Central Railway, and Western Railway.

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Presently, three Indian OEMs -- HBL PowerSystems, Kernex, and Medha -- are approved for Kavach. Efforts are being made to develop more OEMs to enhance the capacity and scale up the implementation of Kavach.

New OEMs are expected to be onboarded for the upcoming tenders as the railways plan to expedite the implementation of Kavach. The plan is to deploy Kavach on the entire 70,000 route kilometer to ensure the safety of passengers.

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