Excessive urbanization and increment in vehicular population is putting tremendous pressure on already scarce resources of almost all big cities of the world. People all over the world are trying to find solutions to fix these ever-growing problems, one such unique attempt by an Indian Railways Engineer earned a Global Recognition in form of an award in the category of innovations at Boston’s Massachusetts Institute of technology (MIT).
Ashwini Kumar Upadhyaya, A 1997 Batch Indian Railways Officer in collaboration with Jacob Innovations inc. has designed and presented this concept of Caterpillar Train or CTrain which has won award in both the popular choice and the judges’ choice categories, was picked over 500 entries from across the world at the Climate CoLab contest.
This concept was a clear-cut winner due to two basic features, environment friendliness and cost effectiveness in creation and delivery of this Caterpillar Train infrastructure. These Trains would run on the arch pillars on two levels on the rails and also hanging below these rails.
The operations of these Driverless Caterpillar Trains would be fully computerised where passengers would be provided smart panels to give the command of their desired locations themselves. These twenty seater trains would carry passengers and run on average speed of 62 miles per hour.
Unlike Metro Trains these lightweight trains would be running on these arch pillars giving them advantage over other similar networks in terms of cost and time to create this newly designed concept. To elaborate further his CTrain Ashwini Kumar Upadhyaya told to Indian Express,
“The strength of the concept is its simplicity and its practicability. Some ideas are very good on paper, but not practicable. I guess we won because ours was both”.
“Currently, all urban mass transit systems are developed on the hub-and-spoke concept — the transport system is the hub and users have to travel from various parts of the city and converge there to use it. But the C-Train goes wherever there is at least a five-metre road,” he said.
According to me this system has all the ingredients to cater all the big Indian metro cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and nearly all the metro cities who are expanding exponentially, has the whole lot of congested road network. Futuristic design and deep knowledge of all the already prevailing systems has helped Mr. Ashwini Kumar Upadhyaya to create an out of the Box design.
Source: The Indian Express