Startups for Railways Initiative Gathers Momentum As Indian Railways Awards 23 Projects Worth Rs 43.87 Crore To Startups

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The startup initiative in the rail sector has gained momentum with a total 1,251 entities registered on the Indian Railways Innovation Portal to participate in various innovation challenges, of which 23 projects worth Rs 43.87 crore have been awarded.

The Indian Railways has taken an important initiative in the field of innovation through the participation of start-ups and other entities.

‚ÄúStartups for Railways” initiative was launched by Ministry of Railways on 13 June 2022. As part of this initiative, the Indian Railways Innovation Portal is available at https://innovation.indianrailways.gov.in/.

The objective is to leverage innovative technologies developed by Indian startups/MSMEs/innovators/entrepreneurs to improve operational efficiency and safety on Indian Railways.

11 problems statements have been identified to deal via new Innovation Policy and uploaded on the portal.

Broken Rail Detection System

Rail Stress Monitoring System

Headway Improvement System for suburban section interoperable with Indian Railways National ATP system

  1. Automation of Track Inspection Activities
  2. Rail Stress Monitoring System
  3. Headway Improvement System for suburban section interoperable with Indian Railways National ATP system
  4. Automation of Track Inspection Activities
  5. Design of superior Elastomeric Pad (EM Pad) for Heavy Haul freight Wagons
  6. Development of on-line Condition Monitoring System for traction motors of 3-phase Electric Locomotives
  7. Light-weight wagon for transporting commodities like Salt
  8. Development of analytical tool by using digital data for improving passenger services
  9. Track Cleaning Machine
  10. App for post-training revision & self-service refresher courses
  11. Use of Remote Sensing, Geomatics and GIS for bridge inspection

Ministry of Railways aims to address quality, reliability, and maintainability-related issues of the Indian Railways. Under the policy, the startup/MSME/innovator/entrepreneur will have exclusive ownership of intellectual property rights (IPR) created in the project.

According to the Railways, the value of 23 awarded projects is approximately Rs 43.87 crore.

The total number of entities registered on the Innovation Portal is 1,251 out of which 248 are startups, 671 are individual innovators, 142 are MSMEs, 58 are R&D organisations/institutes, 47 are proprietorship/partnership firms/companies/JV/consortiums, 19 are NGOs, and 66 others.