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E-DRISHTI Software by Ministry of Railways

E-DRISHTI Software by Ministry of Railways


  • GS 3 ||Economy || Infrastructure || Transportation

Why in News?

  • An ‘e-Drishti’ interface has been unveiled for the Union Railway Ministry.

E-Drishti Software

  • The E-Drishti software is developed by Centre for Railway Information Systems (CRIS).
  • This software includes an interface which provides summary information on the punctuality of trains for the previous day.
  • There is also an interface which provides information on current train running on the Indian Railway network.
  • In addition, there are interfaces providing details of freight earning, freight loading and passenger earnings for the previous day & month and cumulative for the year, in comparison to the corresponding period of the previous year.
  • The system will also let the Ministry keep a check on railway stations, focusing on aspects such as safety and sanitation.
  • Real-time updates about major projects shall be sent via the system, in order to make policy and decision-making swifter.
  • Furthermore, to ensure better quality control of Railway food, live CCTV footage of IRCTC base kitchens can also be seen.

A punctuality drive

  • Punctuality of passenger carrying trains is being also monitored rigorously to improve punctuality performance on a daily basis at Divisional, Zonal and Railway Board levels.
  • To ensure running of trains right time when pairing trains are running late, scratch rakes are inducted and rakes are standardized to the extent operationally feasible.
  • Besides, punctuality drives are launched from time to time and staff involved in train operations is sensitized.
  • In addition, Zonal Railways have also been advised to have better coordination with Civil and Police authorities of states to deal with situations arising out of law and order problems.

Additional Info-CRIS

  • The Ministry of Railways set up CRIS as a Society in July 1986. CRIS is headquartered in New Delhi, with Regional offices in Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai, Chennai, and Secunderabad.Their current portfolio of projects covers the gamut of Indian Railways functions, such as passenger ticketing, freight operations, train dispatching and control, crew management, e-procurement, management of Railways fixed and moving assets, and production of rolling stock. Their information systems provide services in the remotest of locations, from Kargil to Kanniyakumari, from Tawang to the Andaman Islands.

Mains Question

What are different ways to ensure the punctuality of Indian Railways?