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Yesterday (9:16AM)   2 Dead, 6 Injured After 2 Coaches Of Capital Express Train Derail In Bengal

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Dead, 6 Injured After 2 Coaches Of Capital Express Train Derail In Bengal All India | Written by Indroneil B Biswas | Updated: December 07, 2016 08:05 IST
The Northeast Frontier Railway said the engine and the coach adjacent to it derailed. NEW DELHI:  HIGHLIGHTS The engine and the coach adjacent to it derailed. The derailment took place near Samuktala Road Station in West Bengal. Three of the twelve are seriously injured.
At least two people have died and six injured after two coaches of Capital Express train, scheduled from Bihar's Rajendra
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Nagar to Guwahati in Assam, derailed in West Bengal this evening. The derailment took place close to Samuktala Road Station in West Bengal's Alipurduar district, which is about 720 kilometres from Kolkata, around 9 pm.
The injured have been sent to hospital. Arrangements are being made to safely send other passengers to Guwahati. According to the Northeast Frontier Railway, the engine and the coach adjacent to it derailed.
Two weeks ago, 14 coaches of the Indore-Patna express ran off the tracks near Kanpur in Uttar Pradesh, killing over 100 peop

  
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Very sad news.May the departed souls R.I.P

  
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Sad incident.

  
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NFR ke kuch laparwah karmchari ki wajah se derailment huva hai. Indian Railways ne laparwahi karmchari par strict action lena chahiye aur suspend karna chahiye aur un karmchari ki jagah par new logon ko vacancy par lena chahiye.
  
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Nov 27 2016 (7:46AM)   On this man rests a rail system | The Indian Express

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On this man rests a rail system Machines to inspect tracks are few, finances are stretched, and despite the flurry after the Kanpur accident, maintenance is low on priority.
Written by Avishek G Dastidar | Published:November 27, 2016 12:29 am
It essentially comes down to an ageing breed of gangmen to ensure that 20,000 trains running on a 1.14-lakh-km track do not go off rails. “We have blind faith in them,” a track supervisor at the New Delhi Railway Station says, pointing towards a group of eight middle-aged men, wearing orange shirts, sitting
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by the tracks, smoking, chatting, during what looks like a break. Groups like this, comprising around 2.2 lakh gangmen on the Railway’s payroll, are virtually the last line of defence against dangerous abnormalities found in tracks on which run close to 20,000 trains in India, day and night. Abnormalities that, if not detected, may cause derailments. One such derailment on November 20 near Kanpur caused one of the worst rail accidents in the history of Indian Railways, with the toll 152 now. Derailments, data shows, make around 50 per cent of all train accidents in India. Railway Authorities Restore Damaged Tracks After Indore-Patna Train Mishap   “There are laid-down procedures for periodic inspections by senior officers… but at the end of the day it is they (the gangmen) who have to spot faults and raise alarms in real time, all the time,” the supervisor says. “So faith is a must.” On the world’s fourth largest rail network, this faith that a gangman — standing in the middle of nowhere, with no one watching over him — will diligently try to spot even the minutest crack in rails stands between safety and derailment for a train running at 100 km per hour. “I walk 8 km a day, up and down along the tracks. Depending on the season, I start at around 6 am,” says Ramswaroop, 52, a ‘keyman’ — an elevated post for an experienced gangmen — posted in Delhi. Keymen like him, carrying spare nuts, detonators, wrenches and suchlike in a 20-kg bag, are lone rangers, meant to cover 6-8 km over eight hours, day or night. He fixes faults such as a loose key that holds the rails to the sleeper, a missing fishplate (which joins two rails), or a missing nut. If he finds a fracture that can be dangerous, he has the authority to stop trains and raise an alert. Like Ramswaroop’s tools though, the practice itself is 100 years old and more or less extinct in modern railway ecosystems. ***
Truth is, India’s transition to modern, safer and technology-aided, real-time flaw detection in its tracks running over 1.14 lakh kilometres has remained, at best, a half measure. “We are switching to automatic fault-detection systems. To cover the entire length and breadth of the Railways will take time. But let me tell you, the existing system of manual detection has been working well,” says Aditya Kumar Mittal, Railway Board Member (Engineering), the top boss of all matters related to railway tracks in the country. Once in a while, a machine is dusted and brought out from railway stores across India. In appearance, with probes and a graph monitor, it looks more like a medical equipment. Mounted on a trolley, when this machine is manually pushed on tracks by technicians on foot, the probes send ultrasonic frequency through the rails. Any disruption in the frequency sends the graph oscillating, revealing a fault not visible to the naked eye. But even this slow — although reliable — ‘Ultrasonic Flaw Detection System (USFD)’ is based on a technology that is almost half-a-century old and is going out of vogue. At best, they test tracks at a rate of five kilometers a day. Modern rail systems across the world instead carry out real-time track diagnostics through a vehicle-borne USFD — a faster and more efficient cousin whose minimum potential speed of testing is claimed to be 40 km per hour. Besides the USFD, there are several modern track machines for routine maintenance, which goes on around the year. But given these limited options, gangmen remain vital. *** In 2012, a High-Level Safety Review Committee under Anil Kakodkar took this and the exponential rise in train operations into account while recommending a complete ban on new trains in the choked network. “During the last five years, addition of more than five hundred new trains, increasing the frequency of trains and adding more coaches per train has left the Indian Railways in a peculiar situation… Such a massive addition of passenger trains every year without serious thought, mainly on political consideration, has severe implications on safety preparedness of Railways. Further, neither any system or mechanism exists to evaluate safety risk…,” the report said. While the Narendra Modi government, in a departure from populist measures by previous regimes, has restricted announcement of new passenger trains, the number of goods trains kept going up to increase business and earnings. So the stress on assets such as tracks has remained. Railway officials admit that blocking traffic for routine maintenance of tracks and other open assets has become a growing challenge. Those tasked with maintenance say they are never given adequate number of blocks to carry out maintenance work faster. “There are days when precious manhours and money are wasted as machines and hired labour are idle because of non-availability of blocks for adequate track maintenance,” says an officer from the Civil Engineering Department. As per the Railways’ own internal estimates, around 4,500 km of track renewals should take place each year. However, in a white paper last year, it acknowledged that the pace gets affected due to paucity of funds, leading to a backlog of 5,300 km for renewal in 2014. Last year, only 2,400 km of tracks were renewed. The money allocated this year for the process is around 26 per cent less than last year. Officers involved in operations of running trains, however, point out that the money meant for routine maintenance is always spent. This, they say, could not have happened without enough blocks being provided for the actual work to take place. The Kakodkar committee report also made a note of this. “Today, Railways operates most of the corridors beyond 100% utilisation… and hence little maintenance time is provided. This brings out very clearly that there is no policy guidelines laid down… in terms of maintenance protocol, or if it exists, then Railways (is) clearly violating the prescribed norms, eventually leading to unsafe working,” it said. Policymakers, though, point out that the question that remains is how much of maintenance time is enough in a railway system that aspires for on-time train operations with higher average speeds. “By present count, around 6,000 hours of blocks are given across India every day. That’s a very high number considering the density of traffic,” says Mohammad Jamshed, Railway Board Member (Traffic). “In fact the working time tables of sections and divisions are created with blocks factored in every day.” Routine maintenance of tracks includes greasing, correcting alignment, minor replacements, fixing sleepers etc. Besides, officials monitor and service overhead equipment and signalling systems. When it comes to tracks developing fractures, the Railways adds, India is unique because of the wide variation in ambient temperatures. For example, in North India, tracks are exposed to temperatures up to 45 degrees Celsius in summers and even 1-2 degrees Celsius in winters. By standard laws of physics, the problem of expansion and contraction due to these temperatures causes tension and that creates cracks. This is the reason why South India, where such extreme variation in temperatures is missing, sees lesser rail fractures than North. Rails are laid keeping varied mean temperatures and variations in mind. But that’s not really foolproof. The Railways procures all its rails from the state-owned SAIL, which goes by the specifications laid down by the transporter. So the Railways maintains its rails are world-class, if not better, even though they are not of the new-age “head hardened rails” being used globally but are of the conventional type. The hardened variety is sturdier and much more resistant to wear and tear but are not manufactured in India. The permissible hydrogen content (an impurity) in Indian rail steel is 1.6 parts per million whereas the global level is 2.5. On papers, its fracture toughness is also considered on a par with global standards. “There is nothing wrong with our rails. They are of global standards, if not better,” Mittal asserts. However, the technology to assess the continuous wear and tear the rolling stock’s varying loads cause to the rails is still eluding Indian Railways, even though it is available globally. *** Technological challenges aside, there are certain other bitter truths about the system the organisation will never officially accept. For example, there is the age-old practice of informally engaging gangmen in household works of supervisors and officers. The gangman population is also ageing. According to an internal assessment, most of the gangmen are above 45. Officers say the new generation coming in is mostly overqualified for the job, so they require much more counselling and supervision to attain the dedication to protocol and skillset traditionally associated with gangmen. The minimum qualification for a gangman’s post is Class X pass or ITI or its equivalent, and the starting salary works out to be around Rs 15,000. Within the system, there is also concern over hundreds of gangmen dying after being run over by trains. Several parliamentary committees and safety-related expert committees have raised concern over this. *** Then there is the problem of financing, as money is required for assets renwal and maintenance. But in Railways, thanks to time-tested financial practices, the funding procedure is tricky. Over the years, with surplus funds from revenues decreasing, the appropriation to the Depreciation Reserve Fund (DRF), the fund that contains the money for renewal of overaged assets, has been coming down. In the last financial year, the budgeted amount for DRF was Rs 3,400 crore — a climbdown of around 40 per cent from the previous year. From Rs 7,775 crore in 2014-15, and around Rs 5,500 crore in 2015-16, the fund is on a constant decline. Money as working expenditure is allocated for maintenance but that cannot be used for renewals. The machines for maintenance and diagnostics, on the other hand, are funded from the Rolling Stock Programme — where coaches, wagons and engines get priority. The overarching narrative to any discussion on safety in the Railways, therefore, carries the usual refrain — “There is not enough money.” The last infusion of funds from the government for railway safety works was Rs 17,000 crore during the NDA I government. This year, the Railways sought over Rs 1 lakh crore from the Finance Ministry for a special fund to be called Rashtriya Rail Sanrakshan Kosh or National Rail Protection Fund. The government is yet to warm up to the request, although there have been multiple meetings. In the meantime, the government cleared certain amendments to the Finance Act in this year’s Budget session in Parliament to allow more money to the Railways from the Safety Fund built from diesel cess. It works out to a tune of Rs 10,000 crore. But as per the Road Safety Act, that money cannot be used for renovation and maintenance. The Railways has argued that it will use part of that money to clear some of its backlog of track renewals because renewal is neither renovation/modification nor maintenance. The matter is expected to be sorted out during this Winter session in Parliament by giving the Railways the permission to spend it the way it has requested. “The fact is, entire track renewal can never be done with the DRF money alone. Hence the attempt to augment sources of funds,” says Sanjoy Mookerjee, former financial commissioner, Railway Board. Former railway minister and the Chairman of the Standing Committee on Railways, Dinesh Trivedi, has pulled up the Railways multiple times for appropriating less and less money in the DRF. “Look at their performance. They are not earning enough. At this rate, they will not be able to set aside money for even basic routine maintenance and renewal works, which ultimately affects safety,” Trivedi says. However, there are some who believe that the demand for more money for maintenance and renewal is a hype created by those with the propensity to spend. “There are people who like the idea of spending because obviously they stand to gain. So they look for ways to spend with no thought of how to earn,” says Ajay Shukla, former member (Traffic), Railways. Shukla argues that modern tracks are sturdy enough to not require renewal and maintenance as often as projected. “They are 60-kg rails built much better than they used to be years ago. Ninety per cent of accidents, including derailments, have happened on tracks which were not due for renewal,” he says. The Railways also has unique inter-departmental issues like the fact that the Safety Directorate, whose job is to analyse data and maintain adherence to safety parameters, does not have access to the Track Management System, an online real-time platform that has all data on maintenance and renewal of engineering assets. This matter is under discussion at the highest level. *** Around four years ago, the then member (Engineering) in Railway Board, Subodh Jain, had firmed up a unique proposal. He wanted to create a three-member team of joint secretary-level officers and send them abroad to scout for the best track-management technologies in the West and bring back the knowhow. After moving around for months, the file was junked. The Railway Board decided that this was nothing but an excuse to go abroad. Cut to 2016, the Railways is trying out a technology from South Africa called the Ultrasonic Broken Rail Detection System, in the Moradabad and Allahabad divisions. Incidentally, this was one of the technologies Jain had wanted to bring years ago. This system, permanently fixed on tracks, keeps transmitting ultrasonic frequencies. If the frequency is broken, the system generates real-time alerts for officials. Officials say the trial results are encouraging. Way back in 2007, the Railways’ own Research Design and Standards Organisation had tried to develop Wheel Impact Load Detection System with help from IIT Kanpur under Technology Mission for Rail Safety formed by the then minister Nitish Kumar. But the project had to be given up for want of proper progress and foolproof results. The research arm claims it is still in the process of developing it. The vehicle-born UFSDs that modern Railway systems use cost approximately Rs 10 crore each. There was a suggestion last year to hire the machines through service contracts, which could be paid from money meant for maintenance, without having to procure anything or touch either the DRF or the Rolling Stock Programme. There are also talks that ‘Make in India’ could bring down the costs. Last heard, Northern Railway is in the process of getting itself one for trials. *** The actual cause of the accident in Kanpur is yet to be determined. Internal assessments say it could be because the brake system of the train malfunctioned or because the track had a failure that went undetected. Or both. The official probe is on. In any case, the accident has again got the Railways talking about safety. In the days after the accident, for instance, a feedback session of gangmen, where they spoke directly to the top bosses about ways to improve track safety, was organised. Speed restrictions have now been imposed in the entire railway network so that lack of track safety, if any, cannot cause accidents. The age-old saying in Railways being “the safest train is the one that does not move”, the idea presumably is to run trains with maximum caution possible. A move towards finding better rails for a better price is already on. Earlier this year, Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu gave his approval to procure, through a global tender, around 20,000 million tonnes of ‘head hardened’ rails for the ghat sections and heavy-haul areas. On rolling stock, the department has been asked to step up its production of the Link Hoffman Busch (LHB) coaches to phase out the conventional ICF coaches. The old coaches, according to Prabhu himself, lack “crash-worthy characteristics”. But all these policy interventions together will take money and, more importantly, time — possibly decades, given the Railways’ past record. Member (Rolling Stock) Hemant Kumar, for instance, is candid about the fact that the ICF phaseout cannot happen overnight. “It will be a gradual process. Very difficult to specify a timeline. But we are obviously working on it,” he told The Sunday Express. In the meantime, for the 23 million passengers on trains in India everyday, it again comes down to faith. Faith that the gangman is looking, so that they won’t end up as a statistic like the 152 people on board the Indore-Patna Express last Sunday.

  
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Nov 27 2016 (7:46AM)
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Very interesting article.

  
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“We have blind faith in them,” a track supervisor at the New Delhi Railway Station says, pointing towards a group of eight middle-aged men, wearing orange shirts, sitting by the tracks, smoking, chatting, during what looks like a break.
This is faith cum trust.. :) Really, the whole safety bows down to these gangmen.. Hats off to them.
  
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Nov 22 2016 (8:16PM)   Rly: No new trains on saturated routes

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No new trains on saturated routes
November 21 A day after the tragic derailment of Indore-Patna Express, the Railways today decided not to run new trains on certain over-saturated routes before decongesting the section with capacity augmentation. Besides, the national carrier also decided to go for retrofitting of all old conventional coaches with enhanced safety features of anti-climbing technology, like the ones in the modern Linke Hoffman Busch (LHB) coaches. “It has been decided in the board meeting not to launch new trains on the over-saturated routes. New trains will be pressed into service on these routes only after decongestion and capacity augmentation in the section," said a senior Railway Ministry official. There was a review of entire safety scenario at the
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Railway Board meeting in the wake of the Indore-Patna Express derailment near Kanpur which has claimed at least 146 lives. It was also decided to step up manufacturing of LHB coaches for the complete replacement of conventional coaches manufactured at Integrated Coach Factory (ICF), Chennai. LHB coaches have anti-climbing feature which prevent them from toppling and piling-up in case of derailment. However, since the old ICF coaches are being replaced in a gradual manner, it was decided to equip all new ICF coaches with safety couplers. — PTI

  
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Nov 22 2016 (8:16PM)
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Welcome move-at last

  
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Nov 22 2016 (8:20PM)
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So ICF coaches with CBC coupling could make a come back soon...

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Nov 22 2016 (9:04PM)
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10 dino me gkp ko new train announce hogi

  
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LOL what happens to all the humsafars , and congestion is not the only cause .. this train was running on a relatively less congested route . Some sections have inherently poor infrastructure eg BSB section even though congestion is less
  
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Nov 19 2016 (12:23PM)   12 passengers injured as passenger train derails, Rajasthan - The Hindu

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12 passengers injured as passenger train derails PTI
Four coaches of the Bhatinda-Jodhpur passenger train derailed on Saturday, leaving a dozen passengers injured in Rajasthan’s Sriganganagar district.
The Bhatinda-Jodhpur passenger train derailed near Rajiyasar at around 2 a.m.
Around a dozen passengers received minor injuries in the mishap, Additional SP Surendra Singh said.
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said the injured were given primary treatment.
A senior official of NWR’s Bikaner division said the Bikaner-Suratgarh railway track has been blocked due to the incident and restoration work has started.
Several trains including Jammutavi express and Kota Sriganganagar have been diverted and Jaipur-Suratgarh, Lalgarh-Abohar passenger and Delhi-Bikaner express have been cancelled.
IG Vipin K Pandey, Collector Gyanaram and NWR officials visited the spot.
SHO, Rajiyasar Police Station, Ganesh Kumar said the locals and police initiated rescue operation and the passengers were provided food and shifted to safer places.
They later left for their destination by road.

  
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Nov 18 2016 (8:20AM)   NBU/Narasambudhi (1 PFs)

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Nov 09 2016 (9:35PM)   Indian Railways sets up special cell to monitor high value transactions - The Hindu

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Indian Railways sets up special cell to monitor high value transactions
The Indian Railways on Wednesday took a slew of steps for passenger convenience at railway stations and on trains, a day after Rs. 500 and Rs. 1,000 currency notes were demonetised by the Centre. The Railways also set up a special cell to monitor high value transactions at ticketing counters and have asked passengers purchasing tickets worth above Rs. 50,000 to furnish PAN cards.
Authorised caterers of the Indian Railways have been instructed to accept Rs. 500 and Rs. 1,000
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notes from passengers at railway stations and on trains, Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu said at a media interaction.
Mr. Prabhu said that on Monday, a lot of people were queuing up at railway station counters with Rs. 1,000 notes to get platform tickets worth Rs. 10. “These are not genuine passengers,” the Railway Minister said, adding that some platform ticket counters refused to take currency notes for such transactions.
The Indian Railways has set up a special cell to keep a tab on high value transactions at ticketing counters. “We are taking every two-hour update of any unusual transactions that may be taking place somewhere,” Railway Board Member Traffic Mohammad Jamshed said.
He said the Indian Railways has made furnishing of PAN cards by passengers compulsory for buying tickets worth over Rs. 50,000. He said, for instance, if one buys four tickets in the first air conditioned class coach on the Delhi-Chennai route, the fare amount will be around Rs. 56,000.
“We passed instructions to all general managers that there should be no inconvenience to any passengers and that he should be given tickets by accepting Rs. 500 and Rs. 1,000 notes,” Mr. Jamshed said.
He also said that there were “unusually high number of people” coming with Rs. 500 and Rs. 1,000 notes to buy even unreserved tickets worth Rs. 100 or Rs. 200. As a result, there was a high outflow of smaller currencies from railway ticket counters. “Finance Ministry has issued instructions that from tomorrow, Railways be able to procure smaller currency notes from RBI’s regional offices so that there is no inconvenience faced by passengers at the counters are we have sufficient reserves,” Mr. Jamshed said.

  
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Now booked railway reservation in trains with outdated Rs 1000 & Rs 500.Later date we can be surrendered the ticket and received new rupee.
One more route to exchange the outdated notes.

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Now booked railway reservation in trains with outdated Rs 1000 & Rs 500.Later date we can be surrendered the ticket and received new rupee.
One more route to exchange the outdated notes.
  
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Oct 31 2016 (11:31AM)   Bidar-Nanded rail line project to be revived - KARNATAKA - The Hindu

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Bidar-Nanded rail line project to be revived
Railway Board has ordered a resurvey, says Bhagwant Khuba
The Railway Ministry has agreed to revive the Bidar-Nanded rail line that was earlier rejected by the Railway Board.
Bhagwant Khuba, MP, told presspersons here on Sunday that the board had ordered a resurvey of the line. The first survey was conducted around 10 years ago. “It was
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found to have negative viability. However, after my request to Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu, the board has agreed to take a re-look at the project. There is a possibility of realignment of the track at some points,” the MP said.
“The survey will start soon and a viability report will be submitted to the Ministry a few months later. I am hopeful that the project will be found viable,” Mr. Khuba said.
He said that Railway officials had told him that the Bidar-Kalaburagi line would be completed by March 2017. The pit-line for maintenance of coaches near Khanapur too would be completed by then.
The first trial runs on the line would be held by April, he said. “Mr. Prabhu has agreed to our request to regularise the Bidar-Pandharpur train and make it a daily service,” the MP said.
Mr. Khuba alleged that the State government had not taken steps to negotiate with GMR group to convince them about the operation of civil aviation flights from the Bidar Air Force base. Due to an agreement between the Union government and GMR group, no other airport can operate civil flights within a 150-km radius of the Hyderabad International Airport.
“Only if the State government takes this initiative, the Union government can interfere in the matter,” he said.
The Union government has approved the upgrading of State highways as national highways, the MP said. Telangana border-Sangam – Bhalki- Muchalamb-Basava Kalyan to Sastapur at Rs. 105 crore, Bidar–Mannaekhalli – Chincholi-Mariya-Tandur-Mehboob Nagar at Rs. 124 crore; Bidar –Ambesangvi–Kamal Nagar at the cost of Rs. 52 crore; Bidar–Humnabad at Rs. 52 crore, Mudbi-Harkud-VK Salgar-Mahagaon-Kodli-Madbool-Tengli cross-Dandoti— Chittapur-Bhimanahalli-Handarki cross-Gurmitkal-Putpak at Rs. 7 crore, Narayankhed-Nizampet Road at Rs. 1.37 crore; Zaheerabad-Bidar-Deglur at Rs. 2 crore; and Halbarga-Bhalki-Neelanga-Latur at Rs. 1.68 crore.

  
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Nov 07 2016 (10:32AM)
KR can provide KSK for Mangaluru~   3987 blog posts   289 correct pred (67% accurate)
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Udgir - Nanded will be more useful than Bidar- Nanded

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Nov 08 2016 (11:07PM)
SWR please run some trains for KA too~   1713 blog posts   663 correct pred (71% accurate)
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Doesn't it come under the jurisdiction of SCR ??

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Nov 03 2016 (12:29PM)   Pakistan train collision: At least 16 killed, 40 injured as trains collide in Pakistan - Times of India

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At least 16 killed, 40 injured as trains collide in Pakistan
Reuters | Nov 3, 2016, 10.33 AM IST
ISLAMABAD: Two trains collided in the Pakistani port city of Karachi on Thursday, killing at least 16 people, police said, in the country's second major rail collision in less than two months. Television footage showed mangled and overturned carriages, and media reported rescuers were working to free people trapped in the wreckage. Train traffic between Karachi, Pakistan's biggest city, and the rest of the country was suspended after the collision near the city's Landi
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Railway Station, television news channels reported. "Death toll is 16 until now," Javen Akbar Riaz, a senior police officer in Karachi, told Reuters by phone.
The collision occurred between the Zakaria Express and Fareed Express trains, media reported.
In September, at least four people were killed and 93 injured when an express train collided with a freight train near the city of Multan in Punjab province. Pakistan's colonial-era railway network has fallen into disrepair in recent decades due to chronic under-investment and poor maintenance.

  
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Nov 03 2016 (1:30PM)
Waiting for Up Coming Monday^~   22686 blog posts   21397 correct pred (75% accurate)
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Rest in peace who died..
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