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SRESHTA: Indian Railways To Set Up Special Wing For Research

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Technology and Digitalization are the latest buzz ever since the Modi Government came into power. Indian Railways, after all, the heart of the Indian economy cannot be left behind when it comes to innovation and research.


  • In an effort to make Indian Railways technology driven, the national transporter will set up its in-house research wing, SRESHTA, comprising of mostly scientists and railway experts.
  • What does it stand for?
    • Special Railway Establishment for Strategic Technology and Holistic Advancement
  • What will it do?
    • Responsible for long term research to improve the functioning of Railways.
  • Does Railway have a research arm currently?
    • Yes, The Research Design and Standards Organization (RDSO)
    • It will focus only on day to day issues in the functioning of the Railways.
  • Why is SRESHTA introduced?
    • New Technology was imported
    • RDSO was unable to conduct any in-house research on various technologies required for upgradation in signalling and telecommunication system, track designing, improvement in rolling stock and various such areas.
  • What will support SRESHTA?
    • A dedicated cross functional team called Special Unit for Transportation Research and Analytics (SUTRA) would be set up to carry out detailed analysis for optimal investment decisions and operations.
    • SUTRA will have Expert Analysts and great decision support systems.
  • Who will head SRESHTA?
    • A reputed Scientist, reporting to the Chairman, Railway Board.