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Experiences and challenges of operating and upgrading railways in India


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We've all seen images of overcrowded passenger trains in India with people hanging out of windows and sitting on the carriage roof but what is the reality? Join us to explore the experiences and challenges of operating and upgrading the rail network in India.

Date and Time

24 January 2013 - 18:00-20:00


London, United Kingdom - icon_popup  (See map)


Organised by the Railway TPN.

About this event

India is a vast country and its railway network is equally vast. Catering for a population of 1.3 billion and spread over an area of about 3.3 million square kilometres, the railway network in India is a gigantic multi gauge, multi traction system, with a total length of 63,028 route kilometres.

Pradeep Srivastava will talk about the Indian Railways Network, suburban operations, constraints and solutions, infra structural augmentation and future planning. 

Kapil Khanna will discuss how the size and population of the country and the size of the railway network poses a huge challenge to a Railway Engineer and Operator. What is taken for granted on other railway networks cannot be so on Indian Railway network. What are these challenges? How are they handled? He will share his experiences and views on this important aspect of Indian Railways.


Mr Pradeep Kumar Srivastava - Chief Electrical Engineer of Central Railway, Mumbai

Having joined Indian Railways in 1977, Mr Srivastava is currently working as Chief Electrical Engineer (CEE) of Central Railway, Mumbai CST handling Intense Suburban Operations, in Mumbai along with leading the Prestigious DC to AC Conversion project. Prior to his current role, he was an Advisor of Electrical/ Rolling Stock for the Indian Railway Board handling all planning, development, new acquisitions, production, operations including crew management of Electric Locos over Indian Railways. He has more than three decades experience in the cross functional areas of strategic planning, major construction activities and suburban and mainline operations.

Mr Kapil Khanna - Head of Rail Engineering Projects (Bangalore), Atkins

Working in the rail industry since 1987, Kapil Khanna is currently Head of Rail Engineering Projects at Atkins, Bangalore leading a team of 100 signal and communication engineers. He has experience in almost every aspect of Railway Signalling and Telecommunication such as project, design, construction, testing and maintenance. His experience includes various associated fields such as Materials Management; Human Resource Management; QSE and HSE Management; Finance / Budget; Tenders and Contracts Management.

Kapil has been with Atkins in two spells. Between May 2001 and March 2005, at Sharjah, UAE during which he held roles such as Signalling Design Manager, Responsible Design Engineer, QSE Manager and Training Manager. Later, in February 2008, Kapil joined Atkins as Chief Engineer and Head of Rail Engineering Projects at Sharjah, UAE. In April 2010, he moved over to Atkins’ office at Bangalore along with his team.

He previously worked with Indian Railways as Chief Signal Engineer in one of the Zonal Railways responsible for maintenance of signalling assets, formulation and application of policy guidelines, finance / budgeting, design apart from handling a number of small to medium size signalling projects for system improvement. His earlier exposure on Indian Railways includes design and construction experience on Railway Electrification, Doubling, Gauge conversion and new line projects. He also had a chance to be in-charge for the maintenance of high density suburban section in Chennai formerly known as Madras.

Kapil has a degree in engineering in Electronics and Telecommunication and an Advance Diploma in Management. Kapil has done a one year Advance Management Programme from Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore.and is a Member of the IET, IEEE, IRSE and the Institute of Railway and Signaling and Telecommunications, India.


18:00    Registration and refreshments
18:30    Introduction by Rowan Joachim - Chairman, IET Railway Network
18:35    Kapil Khanna - Head of Rail Engineering Projects (Bangalore), Atkins
19:15    Pradeep Srivastava - Chief Electrical Engineer of Central Railway, Mumbai
19:55    General discussion and Q&A session
20:15    Vote of Thanks by Martyn Chymera - IET Railway Network
20:20    Finish

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