Many railway stations across the country provide passengers with free Wi-Fi facilities, making things a lot more convenient.
Well, there’s more good news in store — the Indian Railways is about to get a lot more tech-savvy. The railways is in the process of developing an integrated digital platform that will link information flow from all departments on a common platform. With this, the railways plans on setting the benchmark for transparency in the system.
The move will not just help in curbing corruption, but will save the largest rail network in Asia a ton of money.
According to PTI, Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu had stated that the entire supply and procurement chain of the railways was being digitally revamped. Not just payment, even procurement will be made electronically. He added that this measure would put an end to corruption.
“We are also doing Enterprise Resource Planning or ERP system, which is a complete digitisation process and will be an IT-based platform for system-wide integration and planning. All rail operations will be online. We’re aiming at saving about ₹60,000 crore, according to industry estimates,” Prabhu said.
An ERP is a business process management software that enables any organization to use a system of integrated applications to manage the business and automate many back office functions related to technology, services and human resources.
Stressing on the various issues plaguing the national transporter, the Railway Minister also mentioned that organisations like the railways, with a vast and complex network, must have a vision.
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“We must have short term, medium term and long term visions, all adhering towards a pan-India construct. The impending vision, however, is to address the issues and obstacles due to which the functioning of the IR is suffering currently. Only complete digitisation will enable operation that can be managed from one place,” he added.
With future plans that include solarisation, Prabhu further asserted that the railways intends on saving close to ₹41,000 crore in the energy bill in the next 10 years. “We have a plan for producing 1000 MW solar power. All our plants are subjected to energy audit in order to bring energy efficiency. We are also using LED bulbs to conserve energy,” he said.