NITTTR, Bhopal develops multifunctional railway track scavenging vehicle

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New Delhi, Apr 5 (PTI) The National Institute of Technical Teachers' Training and Research, Bhopal has developed a ‘Multifunctional Railway Track Scavenging Vehicle’, the Department of Science and Technology said on Monday.

The self-propelled road-cum-rail vehicle is equipped with dry and wet suction systems, air and water spraying nozzles, and a control system, with the road-cum-rail attachment being multifunctional and easy to operate.

A display unit is provided for real-time control of the cleaning under drastically changing environment. It requires only one person along with a driver to carry out the automatic cleaning of the railway track, it said.

“Once the dry and wet suction is over, the water nozzles start spraying water jets to clear any human waste or semi-solid garbage present on the track floor,” the Department of Science and Technology (DST) said in a statement.

Another set of nozzles spray disinfectants on the track to get rid of flies, rats and other insects. Water jets completely remove the human waste and other wet garbage from the inter rail space zone.

Both dry and wet garbage are collected in different tanks, and once filled, it can be decanted at appropriate local municipal garbage collection point. A joystick-controlled telescoping suction pipe is fitted to clear the slurry from the trench parallel to the track. The telescoping suction pipe can easily be placed at appropriate position in the side trench to suck the sewage slurry, the statement said.

As this is a rail-cum-road vehicle, it can also be used as a material/garbage transport vehicle from track to road by the Indian railways. It can also be used as maintenance/inspection vehicle and disinfectant spraying vehicle by the national transporter.

After successful development and testing, the developed vehicle can be adopted by the railways as a scavenging vehicle for all of its stations.

The developed vehicle having low maintenance cost, compact size, reverse and forward movement, and continuous and intermittent action, makes it better and effective as compared to existing research endeavours, the statement stated.

The initiative has been supported by the Advanced Manufacturing Technologies programme of the DST. A national patent has also been published for this technology, it added.