The Indian Ministry of Railways has released three online applications to improve project monitoring and IT-enabled services throughout the country.

The applications comprise CRS Sanction Management System, Rail-Road Crossing GAD Approval System and TMS for Construction.

CRS Sanction Management System deals with work related to level crossings, such as closures, minor bridges, and manning and shifting. It also speeds up the processing of CRS Sanction cases and improves monitoring of compliance.

This application will be further developed to boost speed over doubling, inspections of new lines, turnouts and loop lines. The CRS Sanction Management System offers a repository of CRS Sanction circulars, checklists or guidelines, along with reports to check the cases and compare performance.

The Ministry of Railways and Ministry of Road Transport & Highways developed the Rail-Road Crossing GAD Approval System to quicken the approval of General Agreement Drawings (GADs) for roads over and under bridges.

The Rail-Road Crossing GAD Approval System maintains the accountability of railways and governments at different stages of approvals, as well as facilitate better coordination between the stakeholders. It also sends proposal status updates via mail and SMS, and aids in keeping approval times under 60 days, the rail operator said in its press statement.

TMS for Construction is dedicated to the construction of new assets. Data for the assets can be filed by construction officials before final checks. This application is for source data validation, smoother data entry and checks and accountability on the data.

In September, the Indian Ministry of Railways decided to adopt Head on Generation (HOG) technology on all Linke Hofmann Busch (LHB) coaches to reduce power costs.