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Parichaalan - a Mobile Application for Railway Freight Operations

Minister of Railways, Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu today launched Parichaalan - a Mobile Application for Railway Freight Operations developed by Centre for Railway Information Systems (CRIS) (the IT arm of Ministry of Railways. ‘Parichaalan’ is a mobile application conceptualized and developed by CRIS to make decision making on freight operations absolutely easy and user friendly. The application is a powerful tool as it not only represents data in a pictorial and graphical manner that is easily comprehensible but also makes the information dynamic and current in nature. Instead of focusing on post-mortems, Parichaalan moves operations management systems to a higher level of real time decision making.
‘Parichaalan’ overcomes all this by:
• Providing mapped movement of freight trains- the first time ever on IR.
• Providing powerful search tools-removing the need to sift through voluminous tabular data.
• Providing effective Decision Support System-focusing on the right parameters
• Use of powerful graphical interfaces-for easy comprehension of vital parameters of operations.
• Providing an effective planning tool-predictive in nature for planning of movement and loading.
• Providing a paperless tool- environment friendly leading to savings of a 1000 trees per annum.
• Allowing for mobility of officials- Live updates and decision sharing through the app.
• Allowing adequate time for officials- less stressful working environment.
• Allowing for instant information retrieval across multiple pages through hyperlinks.
• Cost saving in procurement of paper, printing and distribution

This app has the potential to earn carbon credits for IR and also can become a revenue generating tool by providing similar logistics solutions for IR customers like CIL, NTPC, SAIL, TISCO, FCI, Oil Co’s, Ports, etc.