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IIT Bombay's Contribution to Railway Timetables

IIT Bombay’s team comprising of Prof. Narayan Rangaraj (Dean of Academic Programs and professor in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research), Prof. Madhu Belur (Department of  Electrical Engineering) and M.Tech. student Soumya Dutta have recently developed of a software system which will lower the time required for creating railway timetables to a degree that the suburban railway schedules can be created in as little as five minutes. The project was taken in collaboration with Central Railways two years ago. The final presentation was given by the IIT Bombay’s team along with Central Railway’s deputy chief operations manager , Mr.KN Singh  to a panel which comprised of Chief Operations Manager RD Sharma and Senior Divisional Operations Manager Anil Patke of Central Railways.

With the software, the team created a periodic timetable that unifies the many processes rail staff would need to employ. The new system is not only a notch above the existing scheduling process, but it also sidesteps various bumps the railways faces, such as fluctuating number of rakes, availability of platforms at certain terminals, and various glitches and deficiencies the railways battle every day.

This new software will be adopted by suburban rail networks across the country in the near future. The project has been chosen to be presented at a global seminar by the International Association of Railway Operations Research (IAROR) in France to be held in the first week of April. The organisation encourages academic and professional railway research and contributes to the development of new standards for railway traffic management by integrating various scientific discipline

This software is expected not only to make the scheduling process easier and efficient but also provide a lot of option for adopting time tables for suburban operations according to Central Railway’s needs.