Gurgaon could become first in country to get Caterpillar Train

C-Train, envisages a citywide network of lightweight, elevated train coaches running at about 100 kmph on a track supported by poles bent into arches.

Written by Avishek G Dastidar | New Delhi | Updated: December 27, 2016 12:46 pm
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Haryana has taken the lead to set up a pilot corridor for the “Caterpillar Train”, a new concept for urban mass-transit solution designed by an Indian Railway officer which won a global award at the MIT in the United States earlier this year. Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar has instructed his office to coordinate with local authorities in Gurgaon and figure out a way forward, especially in terms of space, for the pilot corridor.

Ashwani Upadhyaya (43), the railway officer who co-invented the Caterpillar Train concept, along with Emil Jacob — both PhD scholars at MIT — met Khattar on December 8 in Delhi.

“The CM liked the idea. He instructed officers to take it forward, so local authorities have been informed. We are looking at a ‘Proof of Concept’ at this stage,” said Rakesh Gupta, additional private secretary to the CM.

Accordingly, Upadhyaya held meetings with Gurgaon deputy commissioner T L Satya Prakash and police commissioner Sandeep Khirwar to discuss a few possible areas for the corridor.

The busy area between HUDA City Centre and Sushant Lok is one of the areas they have zeroed in on, although he talked about an area near the Ambience Mall with Khattar.

“I have been asked to take help from the state’s GIS department to select a suitable corridor. Police were of the view that the corridor may be best suited for a stretch that has transport demand but does not have proper bus service yet. But they said we were free to decide a stretch of our choice after proper scouting,” said Upadhyaya.

Jacob also arrived in India to help scout for a place. The estimate is about $3 million for a “stripped down” pilot system and about $20 million for a full-fledged automated system, he said. The Caterpillar Train, or

C-Train, envisages a citywide network of lightweight, elevated train coaches running at about 100 kmph on a track supported by poles bent into arches.

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  1. A
    Dec 27, 2016 at 11:09 am
    why is Indian railways not interested in developing this technology? After all its own employee has designed it. IR has all the space and skill to put a working prototype.
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      Aman Goel
      Dec 27, 2016 at 7:20 am
      Just in dreams....because govt have suggested many kind of concepts for gurugram but all those are just bluff.
      1. D
        Dec 27, 2016 at 6:56 am
        It's Gurugram not Gurgaon. This project will decongest Gurgaon's congested roads. Govt of Haryana must make it happen.
        1. A
          Dec 27, 2016 at 6:45 am
          Innovative and novel solution is desired for decongesting Gurgaon. A holistic solution is still a dream but the current solution is to be commercially evaluated first. The commercial success is important for sustainability.
          1. R
            Dec 27, 2016 at 9:41 am
            10 years back , metro rail across all metros was a dream but now a reality... So if its beneficial , it will happen... it is required atleast to overcome the potion problem in metro along wiwth pollution..
            1. M
              Mahender Goriganti
              Dec 27, 2016 at 5:27 am
              Definitely a better solution that is cheep and efficient as no need to be bogged down with land acquisition etc, can be constructed over existing roads.
              1. N
                Dec 27, 2016 at 8:06 am
                Dear CM, plz note ; lndia is still a poor country with 128 crore potion,1) in 2004 SKY BUS Project which was headed by CE Mr. Rajaram , Failed miserably in MADGAON - Goa, 2) MONORAIL PROJECT which was headed by LandT, from concept to commissioning in Mumbai FAILED miserably and in 2015, there was an accident and Govt is still thinking whether to go ahead with the project or not , so it is better to adopt PROVEN TECHNOLOGY ,any where in the World instead of WASTING TAX PAYERS Money. lt;br/gt;Naagu
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                  Ramesh Chhabra
                  Dec 27, 2016 at 1:39 pm
                  As per as technology of railway is concerned 'Kharak singh ke kharne se kharkti hain khirkia'. Is that also fun. Whether Sr. railway officials is taking care of these windows? Pengers are compelled to enjoy rain, Hot and cold waves.
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