Railway Reforms

[pib] Modern Train Control System


From UPSC perspective, the following things are important :

Prelims level : Components of Modern Train Control system

Mains level : High speed railway connectivity in India: Prospects and Challenges

Indian Railways has decided to modernize its Signalling system on its entire network by implementing Modern Train Control system.

Modern Train Control system

  • The RailTel Enterprises Ltd. (REL), a 100% subsidiary of RailTel Corporation of India Ltd. has been given the responsibility to implement these four pilot projects on behalf of Indian Railway.
  • The MTCS includes provision of:
  1. Automatic Train Protection (ATP) System
  2. Electronic Interlocking System
  3. Remote Diagnostic & Predictive Maintenance System
  4. Long Term Evolution (LTE) based Mobile Train Radio Communication (MTRC) System
  5. Centralized Traffic Control System (CTC) /Train Management System (TMS)


  • This is one of the most ambitious modernization projects of Indian Railways, which envisages upgradation of signaling system for improving safety, Line Capacity and to run trains at higher speed.
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