Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train: Rainfall monitoring system to be installed in areas susceptible to heavy downpour

14 June,2024 04:52 PM IST |  Mumbai  |  mid-day online correspondent

The proposed system will provide real-time data on the rainfall using rain gauges, equipped with advanced instrumentation system

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To ensure the safe operations of ambitious Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train project, an automated 'Rainfall Monitoring System' is being adopted by the authorities, according to the ANI.

The proposed system will provide real-time data on the rainfall using rain gauges, equipped with advanced instrumentation system. Each gauge would contain a tripping cell that generates signal pulses in response to the collected rain volume. These pulses are transmitted via a signal communication line to the Facility Controller System at the Operation Control Centre (OCC), where they are displayed and monitored, a statement from the National High Speed Rail Corporation Limited (NHSRCL) , according to the ANI.

The system provides two critical measurement values: Hourly Rainfall: The amount of rainfall recorded in the last hour; 24-Hour Rainfall: The cumulative rainfall over the past 24 hours.

"These measurements are crucial for making informed decisions regarding train operations, particularly in areas susceptible to heavy rainfall and its effects on earth structures and natural slopes," the statement read, as per the ANI.

The statement further said that the specific regulations will be enforced based on the rainfall data and threshold values type of earth structure and natural slopes for each section duly validated by patrolling teams activated through 'Maintenance Centres'.

Six instrumented rain gauge stations are proposed to be installed along the Mumbai-Ahmedabad Bullet Train corridor, in Thane and Palghar districts of Maharashtra, specifically near vulnerable earth structures, mountain tunnel entrance/exit and tunnel portals etc.

"Areas with significant cuttings and potential landslide risks will also be closely monitored. Rain gauge influence radius is nearly 10 km," it said.

Meanwhile, Railways Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw had in March said that the much-awaited Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train project will be ready by 2026, with services between Surat and Bilimora commencing initially.

The Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train corridor has been making steady progress since work began in November 2021. The project initially faced delays due to challenges in land acquisition.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his then-Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe launched the project in Ahmedabad on September 14, 2017.

National High-Speed Rail Corporation Limited (NHSRCL) was incorporated on 12th February 2016 under the Companies Act, 2013 with the object of financing, constructing, maintaining and managing the High-Speed Rail Corridor in India.

(with ANI inputs)

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