Railway Division hooked to optic fibre system

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, NOV. 29. An optic fibre cable (OFC) communication system, which will facilitate the extension of passenger facilities apart from meeting the internal communication needs of the Railways, has become operational in the Railway Divisional Office complex here.

The system would help in extending facilities such as passenger reservation as well as freight operation information and interactive voice response systems to various stations, according to an official pressnote.

The Optic Fibre Repeater Station, which was formally inaugurated today, is connected to 24 fibre optic cables, which were laid in the section at a cost of Rs. 12 crores.

Single window service

The laying of the OFC cable between Thiruvananthapuram and Ernakulam would also help in setting up a single window service centre in the future for passengers.

As part of the system, state-of-the-art equipment capable of providing 155 MB capacity (1,890 voice channels) on two fibres has been installed at every station in the section. It forms part of the OFC communication link between Chennai and Coimbatore via Thiruchi, Madurai, Nagercoil, Thiruvananthapuram, Ernakulam, Shornur and Palakkad.

The Railway also plans to earn revenue by leasing out the channels to private users in various cities in the State through the Railtel Corporation of India Ltd. C. R. Kalsi, general manager, Central Organisation for Railway Electrification, Allahabad, inaugurated the repeater station.

The Divisional Railway Manager, G. Narayanan, and other senior officials were present on the occasion.

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