Hi Friends,

Even as I launch this today ( my 80th Birthday ), I realize that there is yet so much to say and do.

There is just no time to look back, no time to wonder,"Will anyone read these pages?"

With regards,
Hemen Parekh
27 June 2013

Saturday, 3 September 2016

Indian Railways : A Trillion Dollar Opportunity

That was the name of a Conference held in Mumbai , on 03 Sept 2016

Railway Minister , Shri Suresh Prabhu , wants businesses and Agencies ( both , national and international ) , to invest billions of dollars in modernizing the Indian Railways

These " modernizations " include :

#    High speed Trains

#    Rolling Stock

#    Railway Station Development

#    Signaling and Structural Development....etc

How about making this an " Opportunity to save 15,000 lives " ? ( Number of persons getting run-over by trains each year in India )

On the tracks of Mumbai local trains alone , some 3,000 + persons get run over each year , while crossing

Just the day before the Conference , as many as 18 persons got run over in a single day !

Provision of overhead bridges has not helped . Temptation to catch a train is too much when time is short  !

Perhaps sub-conscious thinking of people who cross the track , goes :

" Of the 100,000 persons who cross the tracks daily, only 10 die. My probability of getting hit is only 1 in 10,000 ! "

But what if that probability was 1 in 1 ( 100 % certainty ) ?

Like a 11KV current flowing in the tracks ?  You dare to cross , you die ! No one will dare !

No , please don't get me wrong ! I am NOT suggesting anything sinister like that ! ( anything like replacing those pellet guns in Kashmir with AK 47 assault rifles )

What I am suggesting is a " Digital Death " for the trespassers !

For today's generation , as real as " Physical Death " - or worse !

Mobile phone ( smart phone or feature phone ) of the person crossing , to get " fried / killed " , electronically !

By an innovative application of a " Controlled EMP ( Electro-Magnetic Pulse ) " , surging through the tracks , once every second - low voltage but strong enough to kill the onboard solid state circuitry of the mobile phone

This low voltage magnetic wave , will neither harm the human carrying the phone in his pocket , nor kill the phones of those travelling in the train , due to " Skin Effect "

Even though, a " Low Voltage EMP " , is an oxymoron , I am sure Indian Scientists are quite capable to resolve this apparent paradox , if challenged

Shri Prabhu-ji  :

In your Rail Budget speech, you had said :

" A single accident or loss of a single life causes me great sorrow and anguish. It also demonstrates that we still have a long way to go in realizing our objective of a zero accident regime. Although our safety record is better at 20% lower accidents compared to the previous year, there is much more that is required to be done. I truly believe that the way forward to eliminate accidents from IR is through adoption and assimilation of latest technology. "

Instead of , always trying to " adopt and assimilate " technologies developed abroad , please consider " Evolving " of a technology locally for your goal of " Zero Accident Regime "


04  Sept  2016

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