Indian Railways has decided to deploy “Drone” cameras for various railway activities especially project monitoring and maintenance of tracks and other railway infrastructure. This is in-line with Railways’ desire to use technology to enhance safety and efficiency in train operations. Drone cameras shall be deployed to undertake monitoring activities of relief and rescue operation, project monitoring, progress of important works, conditions of track and inspection related activities. They are going to be instrumental in providing real time inputs related to safety and maintenance of tracks and other railway infrastructure. They shall also be used to assess preparedness of Non-Interlocking (NI) works, crowd management during fairs and melas, to identify scrap and also for aerial survey of station yards.
Under this initiative, West Central Railways with headquarters at Jabalpur (M.P) has become the first Zonal Railway to procure Drone cameras in Indian Railways. West Central Railways has already done a trial-run of those cameras on all its three divisions.