28 July 2016

R & D Units of the Ministry of Railways

Research, Designs and Standards Organization (RDSO), situated at Lucknow, is the sole Research and Development (R&D) organisation of Indian Railways and functions as the technical advisor to Railway Board and Zonal Railways. The aims and objectives assigned to RDSO include the following:

 Development of new and improved designs of systems and equipments

 Development, adoption and absorption of new technology for use on Indian Railways

 Development of overall system standards

 Development of specifications for equipment, components & materials

 Testing and Recommending authority for Statutory clearances (including Metro system)

 Assistance in technical investigations

 Quality Assurance of delegated items

Some of the important work done by RDSO, during the past three years, are listed below:
 Advance Warning System (Radio Based) to pre-warn road user about approaching trains at unmanned level crossing gate

 Crashworthy design of coach

 Fog PASS (Pilot Assistance System for Safety) with enhanced features

 Development of indigenous Advanced Auxiliary Warning System (AAWS)

 Development of satellite based accident site communication system

 Development of double decker coach design

 High capacity milk tank van

 Upgradation of existing wagons to 25t

 Development of energy efficient HOG (Head on Generation) train power system for Indian Railways in electric locos

 Development of WDG5 locomotive for increasing throughput

 Development of 9000 HHP locomotive for DFCCIL Western Corridor

 Development of Crew Voice and Video Recording System(CVVRS)

 Operation of Gatimaan Express

 Design & development of new wagon for salt loading

 Design & development of auto car wagon

 Development of world-class Interiors in ICF type coaches

 Differently-abled passenger coaches

 Broadband internet on running trains through two-way satellite communication

 Development of Integrated passenger information system (PIS) for mainline and EMU coaches

 Environment friendly coach toilet discharge system
 Introduction of biodiesel over IR

 Introduction of natural gas operated trains over IR

The total budget allocated to RDSO is as under (in Crores):

Financial year
Budget allotment (Revenue & Capital)