INDIAN RAILWAYS has awarded two contracts to Union Switch & Signal India for the installation of electronic interlocking equipment on two routes as part of its network-wide signalling and safety upgrading programme.

The bigger contract covers the supply of Microlok-II interlockings for 14 stations on the Northeast Frontier Railway’s Rangiya Division between Chaprakata and Baihata. Valued at Rs72m, the work is due to be completed by June 2007.

A similar timescale has been set for the Rs65m contract from East Coast Railway which provides for installation of Processor-Based Interlockings at stations on the Khurda Road division between Baudpur and Chatrapur in Orissa. Both projects will be managed by US&S India from its Kolkata office.