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Today (09:11)   NITI Aayog nudges Railways to bring all Districts under IR Network

Anurag WAPAHOLIC~   820 news posts
Entry# 2172767   News Entry# 294434         Tags   Past Edits
NEW DELHI: Government think-tank NITI Aayog wants the Railways to prepare a plan similar to Pradhan Mantri Gramin Sadak Yojana (PMGSY) and National Highways Development Programme (NHDP) to link districts which are not on rail map.
“We need schemes like NHDP, PMGSY in Railways also. Even today, some parts of North East and Odisha are not connected by rail network,” a senior government official said. Officials said that NITI Aayog is expected to suggest separating the task of laying railway tracks and connecting remote habitations through the rail network as an entirely different programme outside the current allocations. This would be done in order to give the initiative added focus and to ensure completion of these projects, many of which have been
languishing for years for want of added attention.
“NITI Aayog will be suggesting to Railways to come up with a project report on the lines of PMGSY and NHDP. We would like to make this a national priority. All the districts of India should be on railway map,” he added.
The official said that the NITI Aayog is in favour of segregating the tasks of laying railway tracks and connecting districts which are not on the rail map as an entirely different programme outside the current allocations.
The official also suggested that the Railways should work on increasing passenger traffic and compete with airlines to offer comfortable journeys to high value passengers at competitive rates.
He said that the railways’ passenger growth has remained stagnant which doesn’t augur well for the organisation.
PMGSY was envisaged during the Atal Bihari Vajpayee-led NDA government in 2000.
NHDP, on the other hand, is the Road Ministry’s flagship road building programme.
Terming railways, roads and rivers as the “lifeline” of the country, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, while presenting the Budget, had said, “Total allocation for infrastructure stands at a record level of Rs 3,96,135 crore in 2017-18.”
In the 2004-05 Budget presented during the tenure of current Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, the Ministry of Railways had announced a similar programme called the “Remote Area Rail Sampark Yojana” with an additional outlay of Rs 20,000 crore.
The scheme was to get operationalised from 2005-06 and was aimed at completing all pending projects in remote and unconnected areas and also undertake new initiatives.
The ministry had then estimated that once opened for traffic, these lines would also require about 18,000 persons per year for normal maintenance and operations, on incremental basis. Apart from this, it was expected that there would be scope for indirect employment of nearly 55,000 persons per year.
However, in a written reply to a standing committee of Parliament in 2008-09, the ministry said that the scheme could not take off as state governments didn’t show any interest in contributing their share of the funds — around two per cent of resources were to come from funds collected by states on stamp duty on property transactions.
Officials said that the new programme, modelled on the lines of the PMGSY or the National Highways Development Programme (NHDP), would also help in attracting dedicated funds for connecting remote areas and improving investments in these sectors.
Launched in 2000, the Centre had constructed over 400,000 kilometres of roads, mostly in rural and unconnected habitations, so far under the PMGSY.
In the 2017-18 Union Budget, the Centre has allocated Rs 19,000 crore for the programme; which, along with the state’s share, will take the total funding for the programme in the financial year to over Rs 27,000 crore.
Under the NHDP, also launched during the previous NDA government, the Centre, along with the NHAI, plans to upgrade, rehabilitate and widen the existing network of highways along with building new ones. The project is to be completed in phases.

Today (10:37)
srinivasvasanthi   3622 blog posts   13 correct pred (50% accurate)
Re# 2172767-1            Tags   Past Edits
Good decision by the Niti Aayok after formation.
.In Tamilnadu under Southern Railway the district HQs of Perambalur,Krishnagiri and Theni have to be linked to the Indian Railway map early.
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Yesterday (07:59)   Additional seating for short-distance passengers in select trains

rdb*^   125949 news posts
Entry# 2171463   News Entry# 294337         Tags   Past Edits
A few sleeper coaches of trains plying in Mysuru, Bengaluru and Hubballi divisions have been unreserved for the benefit of short-distance travellers between a few identified sections.
According to a release, this has been done to provide a comfortable travel experience for such passengers, who can now buy unreserved journey tickets for commute in these coaches in the notified sections. Passengers travelling in the other coaches will have to pay the difference in fare of the two classes and a penalty, the release said.
The coaches now earmarked as unreserved include four sleeper
class coaches (S-6 to S-9) of Train. No. 16591/2 Hubballi-Mysuru Hampi Express (from Hubballi to Hospete, and vice-versa) and two coaches (S-8 and S-9) of the same train between Bengaluru and Mysuru.
Four sleeper class coaches (from S-4 to S-7) of Train No. 17308 Bagalkot-Mysuru Basava Express have been declared unreserved between Bagalkot and Solapur, while three (S-5 to S-7) will be unreserved on Train No. 17307 Mysuru-Bagalkot Basava Express between Mysuru and Bengaluru.
Coaches S-6 to S-9 of Train. No.16535 Mysuru-Solapur Gol Gumbaz Express will be unreserved between Bagalkot and Solapur, and between Mysuru and Bengaluru.
Two sleeper class coaches (S-5 and S-6) of Train No. 17226 Hubballi-Vijayawada Amaravati Express have been declared as unreserved for travel between Hubballi and Hosapete, as have coaches S-7 to S-10 of Train No.16589 Krantivira Sangolli Rayanna Bengaluru-Kolhapur Rani Chennamma Express between Belagavi and Kolhapur, the release said.

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Yesterday (22:35)
srinivasvasanthi   3622 blog posts   13 correct pred (50% accurate)
Re# 2171463-2            Tags   Past Edits
Good and welcomes these moves by SWR, in Karnataka region.
Similarly, I requested our SR ,Chennai to allot more and more Sleeper coaches to the unreserved in the last leg of the journey .And moreover the day train operated by the available Sleeper coaches at least 80 % of the sleeper coaches have to be operated as 2S - reserved sitting class coaches.
Example in SR,::
the South bound trains beyond Madurai ,some of the Sleeper class coaches in the front and back have to be permitted to ST holders and the short distance passenger.
2) In the main line trains after Mayiladuthurai some of the Sleeper class coaches have to be dereserved for the general passengers / ST holders.
3) Cholan expresses 50% of the sleeper coaches have to be operated as 2S - Reserved sitting class coaches .
4) Moreover S/F status of some of the trains have to be withdrawn in the last leg of the journey .All the south bound trains have to be operated as expresses beyond Madurai.Main line trains are operated as expresses beyond Mayiladuthurai ,so as the short distance express passenger have not be imposed additional SF surcharges.

So the short distance passengers patronages shall be improved a lot and empty coaches operation are avoided.
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Yesterday (11:14)   Committee to examine how to minimise tree-cutting for Mumbai Metro-3

Anurag WAPAHOLIC~   820 news posts
Entry# 2171706   News Entry# 294359         Tags   Past Edits
MUMBAI: Maharashtra’s chief minister, Devendra Fadnavis, has asked the Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation to set up a committee of government officers and citizens, which would give suggestions on how to minimise the number of trees that would need to be cut for phase 3 of the project, an official in the chief minister’s office revealed, on February 14, 2017.
A group of citizens, including petitioners in the Bombay High Court against the felling of trees for the Metro, Ashish Paul, Pervin Jehangir, Sanjay Asher and Zoru Bhathena, met Fadnavis to discuss the issue. “The CM assured us that he is pro-environment and the government will take all possible steps, to save the maximum number of trees. We told him that more trees
are going to be chopped down than required, which is a major environmental destruction throughout the city,” Bhathena said.
“The CM told us that the metro is just one step to reduce the carbon footprint. We assured him that we are not anti-metro and in fact, we believe that the metro will be a boon for Mumbai,” Bhathena said.
According to initial estimates, more than 5,000 trees are required to be cut for the current proposed route between Colaba and Seepz in Andheri, under phase 3 of the Mumbai Metro.

Yesterday (13:07)
srinivasvasanthi   3622 blog posts   13 correct pred (50% accurate)
Re# 2171706-1            Tags   Past Edits
Replanting have to be done by the Forest department under the Mumbai Metro funds instead of cutting the trees.
So the project works can be executed early.
General Travel
Feb 18 2017 (14:57)  

srinivasvasanthi   3622 blog posts   13 correct pred (50% accurate)
Entry# 2169326            Tags   Past Edits
Royapuram Electric Loco shed could not be shifted to nearby stations and so Royapuram Proposed Terminal is highly impossible to execute
.So a new terminal station of Thondaiyarpettai / Thiruvottiyur area has to be formed in the North Chennai.North Chennai people needs a Terminal station for some south bound trains.So many Kk district, Tirunelveli, Thoothukkudi and Virudhunagar district peoples are living in the North Chennai area..
All the North Indian trains have no commercial or halt ( like Mambalam- Tnagar station )stoppages in the Thiruvallur district .At least
a stoppages station has to be provided for all the North / North east bound trains in the Tamilnadu station after Chennai central/ Egmore.
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Feb 17 2017 (20:27)   Revised Composition of Bilaspur - Madgaon - Bilaspur Weekly AC Express

athul   56 news posts
Entry# 2168984   News Entry# 294198         Tags   Past Edits
South East Central Railway has decided to revise the composition of Train No. 08297 / 08298 Bilaspur - Madgaon - Bilaspur Weekly AC Express Summer Special is as under:
Previous Composition: Total 17 Coaches.
1st AC - 01 Coach, 2nd AC – 05 coaches, 3rd AC – 08 coaches, Pantry Car- 01, SLR – 02 coaches.
Composition : Total 12 Coaches.
2nd AC – 02 coaches, 3rd AC – 07 coaches, Pantry Car- 01, SLR – 02 coaches.

Passengers are requested to kindly note the changes.

Feb 18 2017 (09:53)
srinivasvasanthi   3622 blog posts   13 correct pred (50% accurate)
Re# 2168984-1            Tags   Past Edits
Additional 6 coaches attached in this train as a weekly Link train to Vijayawada.

Feb 18 2017 (10:40)
srinivasvasanthi   3622 blog posts   13 correct pred (50% accurate)
Re# 2168984-2            Tags   Past Edits
Sorry,This link train has to be operated to Varanasi/ Lucknow not to Vijayawada .
General Travel
Feb 17 2017 (15:31)  

srinivasvasanthi   3622 blog posts   13 correct pred (50% accurate)
Entry# 2168074            Tags   Past Edits
Mumbai CSTM platform number 10 to 13 extension works have to be taken up.
Major trains such as,
Mumbai expresses, Mumbai Mail and Dadar Expresses are all operated with a meagre 18 coaches between these two Metros.
Requested Central Railway that these train operation have to be shifted to Mumbai LTT so as all these can be operated
with 24 coach trains in between the two Metros.

Feb 17 2017 (15:46)
Dipanshu   1292 blog posts   81 correct pred (64% accurate)
Re# 2168074-1            Tags   Past Edits
Even if CSTM's platforms are extended, Dadar Express cannot be made 24-coacher because it departs from Dadar (DR) station which has no space for any PF extension.

Feb 18 2017 (09:57)
srinivasvasanthi   3622 blog posts   13 correct pred (50% accurate)
Re# 2168074-2            Tags   Past Edits
Dadar express also has to be shifted to LTT to attach 24 coach train.
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Feb 18 2017 (08:04)   DPR for Raipur to Vizag express highway cleared

rdb*^   125949 news posts
Entry# 2168975   News Entry# 294223         Tags   Past Edits
Stretching over 480 km, it will cost Rs. 20 crore per km
The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has agreed to conduct a detailed project report on developing a six-lane inter-State express highway between Visakhapatnam and Raipur via Vizianagaram.
The decision was taken by Union Minister for Road Transport, Highways and Shipping Nitin Gadkari on a request made by Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu to consider the project to drastically reduce freight cost to and from Visakhapatnam.
Port Trust Chairman M.T. Krishna Babu told The Hindu on Friday that the project would help convert the premier port into a gateway for cargo bound for South East Asia and ensure hassle-free movement of cargo on road.
The road stretching over about 480 km will cost Rs. 20 crore for laying each km. The consent of both Odisha and Chhattisgarh has to be taken to ground the project once DPR is found viable.
Doubling of track
Mr. Krishna Babu said route rationalisation forcing the movement of goods trains to take a U turn to reach Delhi via Vijayawada and Ballarshah would end once the ongoing work on doubling and electrification work on Vizianagaram-Raipur railway track was completed.
Though the scheduled completion was December, 2016, it is carried out at a snail’s pace. The ADB-funded Rs. 1,800-crore project is likely to be completed by 2018. “We have urged the authorities to expedite the work as the movement of containers from Visakhapatnam will become more competitive avoiding a circuitous route of travelling almost 350 km extra and subsequently save time giving us the cost advantage,” he said.
End of route rationalisation will benefit the trade a lot as it will put Raipur at equal distance from Visakhapatnam and JNPT thus attracting a large quantity of cargo bound for South East Asia to Visakhapatnam Port from Delhi as well as the hinterland spread over Odisha and Chhattisgarh.
The Centre introduced route rationalisation because of heavy congestion on Vizianagaram-Raipur railway route. Over the years, the rake problem has not arisen due to fall in cargo under the impact of economy slowdown.

Feb 18 2017 (09:43)
srinivasvasanthi   3622 blog posts   13 correct pred (50% accurate)
Re# 2168975-1            Tags   Past Edits
Chatisgarh state shall be benefitted by this to the worldwide export and import facilities through The Visakhapatnam Natural Harbour in Andhra Pradesh.
Railway lines goods / passenger traffic also reduced to optimum level.
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Feb 17 2017 (07:02)   Inspection of newly-converted Sengottai-Aryankavu railway

rdb*^   125949 news posts
Entry# 2167872   News Entry# 294104         Tags   Past Edits
Inspection of new BG line today
Commissioner of Railway Safety, Southern Circle, Bengaluru, will inspect the newly-converted broad gauge railway line in Sengottai-Aryankavu new block section in Sengottai- Kollam section on Wednesday.
He would also conduct a high speed trial run in Sengottai-Aryankavu new block section on Thursday between 9 a.m. and 12 noon. All users of railway lines between Sengottai-Aryankavu were hereby cautioned not to approach/trespass the railway line, a statement said.

Feb 17 2017 (12:13)
srinivasvasanthi   3622 blog posts   13 correct pred (50% accurate)
Re# 2167872-1            Tags   Past Edits
Heartfelt congrats to our Kollam MP Hon.Hemachandran who activated the works positively.

Feb 17 2017 (23:11)
2625A MAQ PGT Link Mangala Express*^~   378 blog posts
Re# 2167872-2            Tags   Past Edits
It's Premachandran not Hemachandran.. Please correct it.Thanks..

Feb 18 2017 (09:38)
srinivasvasanthi   3622 blog posts   13 correct pred (50% accurate)
Re# 2167872-3            Tags   Past Edits
Thanks .Always our present Kollam MP is the greatest and lovable person.
General Travel
Feb 18 2017 (08:51)  

srinivasvasanthi   3622 blog posts   13 correct pred (50% accurate)
Entry# 2168921            Tags   Past Edits
Already 6 No's of trains are operated via Salem,Coimbatore ,Podanur ,Palakkad,Shoranur,Trichur,Earnakulam, Kollam,Thiruvananthapuram, Nagercoil Town to Kanniyakumari district.
7 th one Puducherry to Kanniyakumari has to be operated via ,Main line ,Trichy,Dindugal,Palani,Pollachi,Palakkad, Shoranur,Trichur/ Guruvayur,Earnakulam, Kollam, Thiruvananthapuram, Eraniel,Nagercoil town and ,Nagercoil jn .
Puducherry and delta districts passengers can be easily accessed to Palani,Palakkad,Shoranur,Trichur/Guruvayur,Kochi / Earnakulam and Sabarimala .
Dindugal passengers can be easily travelled to Madurai,Virudhunagar,Kovilpatti and Tirunelveli by various and several expresses and available passenger trains without difficulties.
General Travel
Feb 17 2017 (08:07)  

srinivasvasanthi   3622 blog posts   13 correct pred (50% accurate)
Entry# 2167631            Tags   Past Edits
Now Antyodya passengers 15% rises also shunted to the Road or encouraged Ticket less comfortable journey.
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