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Aug 29 (3:45PM)  कोकण रेल्वेने केले हाल, प्रवास नकोसा... (zeenews.india.com)
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Aug 23 (10:04AM)  Naidu denies charge of bias in Pune Metro clearance (www.thehindu.com)
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Aug 23 2014 (10:04AM)
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Union Urban Development Minister Venkaiah Naidu on Friday denied allegations that the Centre had shown a preference in the clearance of the Metro Rail in Nagpur over Pune, which is a stronghold of the Congress and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP).
“There is no politics behind the clearances to the projects. We had asked the State government for clarifications on the proposal for the Pune Metro but did not receive a response. We sent them several reminders through May to July. Finally we got an email from them only two days ago,” Mr. Naidu said, laying the blame at the door of the Congress-NCP Government.
Mr. Naidu was responding to Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan’s allegations of bias. Both the Nagpur and Pune Metro projects were approved by the Centre in February.
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However, while Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid the foundation stone for the Nagpur Metro on Thursday, clearances for the Pune Metro are still pending.
“There should be no discrimination between a leader’s constituency and the rest of the State,” Mr. Chavan had said on Wednesday in an obvious reference to Union Minister Nitin Gadkari who is an MP from Nagpur.
Naidu to attend Mumbai Metro bhoomipoojan
Mr. Naidu announced that he would attend the bhoomipoojan of the third phase of the Mumbai Metro on August 26, despite Mr. Chavan’s decision to boycott the Nagpur function. “I have accepted the invitation of the Chief Minister. They did not invite me when the first phase of the Mumbai Metro was launched but I did not hold it against them,” he said. The third phase of the Mumbai Metro will run from Colaba through Bandra to Seepz.
Jeering at CM not planned
Meanwhile, in a reference to the disruption of Mr. Chavan’s speech in Solapur when he shared the stage with the Prime Minister, Mr. Naidu said, “The hooting of the crowd was not right but it was not done in an organised manner. It was the reaction of the crowd.” He said Mr. Chavan should “show maturity” and not boycott events with Mr. Modi.
Aug 23 (10:03AM)  Pune Metro Latest Friction Point Between Prithviraj Chavan, Centre (www.ndtv.com)
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Aug 23 2014 (10:03AM)
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After the booing, the Pune Metro seems to be the latest friction point between Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan and the Centre.
Union Urban Development Minister Venkaiah Naidu hit out at the Maharashtra CM for his comments on the Centre delaying the Pune Metro Rail project. Mr. Naidu told reporters, "CM's comments are unfortunate. There is no politics. Both Pune and Nagpur are in Maharashtra and in both places the MPs are from BJP. I don't understand where the politics is."
Speaking to reporters in Pune on Wednesday, Mr Chavan had said, "The Central government has given its approval for the Nagpur Metro Rail project. But it did not take any decision on the Pune Metro project. I appeal to the Centre to approve the Pune Metro Rail project immediately instead of
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playing politics on the issue."
Mr Chavan had skipped the Nagpur Metro inauguration yesterday which was attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his senior Cabinet colleague Nitin Gadkari, who is also the Nagpur MP. This, after he was booed by BJP supporters at an event in Solapur in the presence of the PM.
Criticising the Chief Minister's decision, Mr Naidu said, "What can the government do if people do it? Should we take action? It is unfortunate that it happened and it should not happen. But it is wrong to boycott the PM's event for this. But I don't blame the Chief Ministers for this. The order came from Delhi."
What is further likely to worsen the already cold vibes between the BJP and the Congress is the indication that one of the pet projects of the UPA government, the Jawaharlal Nehru Urban Renewal Mission (JNURM) may not be continued by the Modi-led NDA government. Mr. Naidu told reporters, "JNURM has come to an end on its own. We are not ending JNURM. The new government has its own priorities."
With elections due in Maharashtra in the next few months, Mr Naidu upped the ante by accusing the Congress of stalling the Modi government's development agenda. He said, "Hurdles are being created by the Opposition. If you want speedy development then give us majority in Rajya Sabha. For that give the states to the BJP and elect the BJP to power in the states headed to polls."
Aug 23 (10:00AM)  Pune Metro gets PM nod in ‘record time’ (indianexpress.com)
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Aug 23 2014 (10:00AM)
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The Narendra Modi government on Thursday gave its approval to the Pune Metro project, creating a record of sorts by clearing the proposal in less than 24 hours of receiving it from the state government.
Sources in the Ministry of Urban Development said the government sent its revised detailed project report (DPR) on Wednesday through an email. Union Minister of Urban Development Venkaiah Naidu forwarded it to Modi and Finance Minister Arun Jaitely.
On Thursday, during the inauguration of the Nagpur Metro, Naidu gave in-principle nod for Pune Metro. He said, “After the Nagpur Metro, we have taken the decision to roll out the Pune Metro and also the third phase of Mumbai Metro.”
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Union Minister for Surface Transport Nitin Gadkari and Modi of giving preference to the Nagpur Metro and ignoring the Pune project. Gadkari said: “There was no question of discrimination. The state government had not submitted the proposal for the Pune Metro. As a result, the Centre could not take a decision.” It seems after the Centre put the ball in the state’s court, the latter hurriedly emailed the DPR.
NCP ministers said the Rs 15,000-crore project, which was an initiative of party chief Sharad Pawar, was kept in abeyance because of “slow pace of clearance from the CM”.
A senior Congress minister said: “The urban development department stuck to the guidelines and kept the issue on hold. Had they acted fast, the project would have rolled by now.”
May 18 2014 (9:28AM)  रेल्वे समस्या सोडवण्यासाठी किरीट सोमय्या सक्रिय (online3.esakal.com)
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मुंबई - कोकण रेल्वे अपघातानंतर अपघातग्रस्तांना मदत देण्याबाबत; तसेच पावसाळ्यात रेल्वेसेवेत निर्माण होणाऱ्या समस्या सोडवण्यासाठी आज खासदार किरीट सोमय्या यांनी रेल्वे विभागीय व्यवस्थापकांची भेट घेतली. मुंबईतील रेल्वेच्या फलाटांची उंची वाढविणे, कोकण रेल्वेच्या अपघातानंतर दुर्घटनाग्रस्त लोकांना मदत करणे, पावसाळ्यात रेल्वेसेवा खंडित होऊ नये, यासाठी उपाययोजना राबवणे या मागण्यांबाबतचे निवेदन सोमय्या यांनी रेल्वे महाव्यवस्थापकांना दिले. रेल्वे मंत्रालयातून आपण लवकरच रेल्वेसाठी विशेष निधी मंजूर करून घेणार असल्याचे त्यांनी या वेळी सांगितले.
Mar 19 2014 (9:12AM)  Major train accident averted (www.kashmirmonitor.in)
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Mar 19 2014 (9:12AM)
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Mar 19 2014 (9:12AM)
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Qazigund: A major train accident was averted on Tuesday following the timely alert provided by Track Patrolling Party (TPP) who spotted a crack in the railway track at Hillar Shahabad halt in South Kashmir’s Anantnag district. Train carrying hundreds of passengers was ready to take off from Qazigund to Banihal and it was quickly stopped after the news about the damaged track reached the control room.
Station Superintendent Qazigund, Muhammad Shabir said that timely alert provided by TPP saved the lives of hundreds of passengers. “Our TPP as usual were passing by the railway track during the early hours of Tuesday noticed the crack. They immediately alerted a railway lineman who informed the railway authorities and halted the Qazigund-Banihal Passenger Train, which usually starts from the location at 7 in the morning.
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Railway maintenance personnel rushed to the spot and carried out emergency repair works. The train, which was delayed by nearly two and an hour’s resumed its service at 9:30 a.m.
Sources said that full repair works were completed by around 9 a.m. after which train service was resumed.
Railway officials said that crack in the railway track developed due to torrential rains. “The railway track from Qazigund to Banihal has been laid on open land and usually there remains possibility of land sinking after the rainfall or snowfall,” Station Superintendent Qazigund said. (CNS)
Mar 09 2014 (4:28PM)  CR gets its first base kitchen | The Asian Age (www.asianage.com)
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The first base kitchen on the Central Railways’ Mumbai division was inaugurated on Saturday evening at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST) by S.K. Sood, general manager of CR.
Although it is a mini-kitchen, around 3,000 meals and 2,000 breakfasts will be made in this kitchen. The step is important because in 2010, the railway board took a decision to take away catering from the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) in order to improve supervision of the cleanliness and the food quality. The base kitchen is built at an expense of `1.48 crore.
The CR chief public relations officer Atul Rane said, “It will take at least a month for the kitchen to be in full swing due to the fact that it will be producing so much food on a
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daily basis.”
The food will be given to the vegetarian and non-vegetarian Janahar canteen currently situated on the second floor, near the outstation platforms at the CST. “In the beginning, along with the Janahar canteen, the 13 overnight trains that go from Mumbai to Pune will start getting food from the base kitchen as well as the Duronto Express that leaves from CST to Howrah,” said Mr Rane.
Another addition to the CR’s headquarters is the inclusion of the original blueprints of the CST, which was designed by the British architect Frederick William Stevens, in the heritage walk. Currently, the CR charges `250 for viewing the architectural marvels inside the CST, because of which it was declared a heritage site.
Mr Rane said, “If you have a look at the blueprints, you will notice that the original drawings and the structure in front of you is exactly the same.”
Feb 13 2014 (3:23PM)  Despite two new weekly trains, activists unhappy (timesofindia.indiatimes.com)
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AURANGABAD: Even as the city got connected by two weekly trains as per the interim railway budget announced on Wednesday, activists have expressed their disappointment saying that long pending demands have been ignored.
The two new trains are likely to start any time before the end of the current financial year.
Besides announcing the new trains connecting Aurangabad to other parts of the country, Union railway minister Mallikarjun Kharge also announced the survey for doubling of line between Parbhani and Parli in the Marathwada region.
Of the seven trains announced for South Central Railways (SCR), two are for Nanded division including Aurangabad-Renigunta via Parbhani train and Nanded-Aurangabad via Purna and Parbhani train.
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Railway authorities said that the SCR has got a sizeable share of the new express trains announced in the interim railway budget. Of the 55 new express trains, 15 will cater to SCR, a significant 28% share.
Omprakash Varma, president of Marathwada Railway Vikas Samiti, said, "There were many key demands made by the commuters from the region that have been ignored by the railway authorities. The railways have disappointed the people belonging to the region, especially from Aurangabad. Although the SCR is saying that it has got 28% share in the newly announced express trains, our question is what has Aurangabad, one of the fastest growing cities, got?"
Santosh Somani, an activist belonging to Railway Pravasi Sena, said, "Despite all the efforts made by railway activists and commuters, the region is being denied of its rightful share for the past many years. We appreciate the announcement of two new weekly trains, but many important things have been ignored."
The railway authorities also said that both the double-decker express trains announced in the budget are allocated for SCR. It is the first time that a double-decker express train has been announced for SCR. These trains will operate on Kacheguda-Tirupati and Kacheguda-Guntur routes. Besides, all three express trains for which frequency has been increased in the budget belong to the SCR. These trains are Vijayawada to Hubli express, Bidar to Yesvantpur express and Secunderabad to Hubli express, which will run daily instead of thrice a week.
Raj Somani, another activist, said, "The railway authorities are not providing us any of the important trains that we have been demanding for many years. Many trains that are season-specific should be regularised."
Besides, provision for surveys to double two rail sections on the SCR — Latur Road to Kurduwadi and Parbhani to Parli — has been made in the budget.
Feb 13 2014 (3:18PM)  Long-awaited air-conditioned local trains to roll out in five months (timesofindia.indiatimes.com)
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Feb 13 2014 (3:18PM)
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Feb 13 2014 (3:18PM)
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MUMBAI: Mumbai will get its first air-conditioned local in July 2014, announced railway minister Mallikarjun Kharge in his interim budget speech on Wednesday.
The train will be run by Western Railway (WR) between Churchgate and Borivli. Initially, there will be 12 services per day, with eight between Churchgate and Borivli, and four between Churchgate and Andheri. The services will be both fast and slow, and at least four services will be during peak hours.
A WR official said the train will look like the Kolkata Metro train and each coach will have a capacity of 400 passengers, including standees. The seating arrangement will be similar to that of ordinary local trains.
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commuters to move along the length of the train. This will be particularly useful for office-goers who would want to travel in groups, but may not be able to board the same coach at the same time. The train will be uni-class: all coaches will look and feel the same, and there will be no first-class or luggage compartments. The ride is expected to be smooth, as the rakes will have superior suspension and advanced braking features.
The rake was originally scheduled to arrive in April-May 2013, but the Integral Coach Factory (ICF), Perumbur, the manufacturer, was unable to finalize the design. "ICF has developed indigenous technology for the electrical multiple unit (EMU) air-conditioned rake, which will run on 25 KV traction. Delay is normal when the railways plan to introduce new technology," said an official. "Delays had also occurred in the supply of Siemens and Bombardier EMU rakes ordered by Mumbai Railway Vikas Corporation."
Feb 13 2014 (3:15PM)  Connectivity swells with 2 premium, 4 express trains (timesofindia.indiatimes.com)
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Feb 13 2014 (3:15PM)
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PUNE: Railway passengers have much to cheer as the interim Budget presented by railway minister Mallikarjun Kharge for 2014-15 on Wednesday had three new trains originating from Pune to Howrah, Lucknow and Gorakhpur and three other trains passing via Pune.
The budget has also proposed a push for expansion of the rail network around Pune, by announcing surveys for doubling of Pune-Kolhapur track and surveys of two new rail lines --Pune-Baramati and Pune-Ahmednagar.
Of the new trains, two have been listed under the 'premium train' category. These include Howrah-Pune AC express which will run twice a week via Nagpur and Manmad, and the Yeshvantpur-Jaipur AC express that will run once a week.
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high density to cater to commuters' needs and to meet the demand for more trains during festivals and holidays. They fetch an increased revenue as the fares, like airlines, are charged under a dynamic scheme.
The other four will run as 'express trains' once a week. These include Gorakhpur-Pune via Lucknow, Kanpur, Manmad; Mumbai-Chennai via Gulbarga; Pune-Lucknow via Bhopal, Bina, Jhansi, Kanpur and Hubli-Mumbai via Vijapur and Solapur.
Kharge's interim budget has met some demands raised by commuters' groups. These pertained to better connectivity to destinations in the northern parts of the country including Delhi, Jaipur, Kanpur and Howrah. Though the demand for new trains to Delhi, Jaipur and Amritsar remained unfulfilled, additional trains announced for Howrah, Lucknow and Gorakhpur could address the demand to some extent.
While the administration is already operating direct trains on these routes, new trains will not only increase train frequencies but also help ease some pressure on the existing trains. At present, the administration is operating two trains to Howrah including an AC Duranto express. One weekly train runs to Gorakhpur and to Lucknow.
The budget also mentioned surveys for new lines around Pune and doubling of the Pune-Kolhapur track. Officials in the railway administration said stations between Pune and Kolhapur have already registered an increase in the number of passengers.
Facilities at some stations on the Kolhapur track are being expanded. Electronic display boards have been installed at some stations. A goods shed in Kolhapur was recently upgraded, officials said.
Sources in the transport sector said doubling of Pune-Kolhapur will help increase frequency of trains up to Bangalore via Kolhapur. At present, trains to Bangalore run via Solapur, which is a double track. Sources said a survey of the Pune-Ahmednagar line would establish rail network in the central parts of the state.
Pune-Mumbai sector ignored, say commuters' groups
Pune: Railway commuters' groups are happy about the announcement of six new trains for Pune. However, they said, the Pune-Mumbai sector has been ignored yet again as the budget did not announce any new trains or rail infrastructure between both the cities.
Commuters said there were not many expectations as it was an interim budget. Even so, the railway minister Mallikarjun Kharge has done well by not revising fares and introducing more trains and announcing surveys for new lines.
President of Railway Pravasi Group Harsha Shah said, "The waiting lists for trains to Gorakhpur and Lucknow is always high. It is a timely decision to introduce new trains on these routes. The budget has not addressed the demands of commuters who travel between Pune and Mumbai. There are no specific provisions for expansion of Pune region. The state has not received anything substantial in terms of infrastructure development. The budget has ignored strengthening of rail connectivity within major cities in the state."
Hemant Tapale of Pune-Mumbai Pravasi Sangh said, "We expected allocation of funds for the extension of the third track between Pune and Lonavla. However, the demand was ignored. Pune and Mumbai need more trains especially in the morning hours. We wanted an additional train from Pune reaching Mumbai before 10am. There is a long pending demand for starting a separate terminus for Lonavla-bound trains," he said.
President of the railway travellers service agents' association Manik Birla said, "Many tourists travel to Rajasthan and Gujarat from Maharashtra. We were expecting the announcement of new trains from Pune to destinations in Rajasthan. There is also a need to run a direct train to Tirupati from Pune."
Amey Joshi, a frequent commuter, said instead of waiting for slots to run new trains, the administration should add coaches to existing trains to reduce overcrowding. Coaches can be attached to long distance trains passing via Pune to Mumbai. This will prevent commuters with unreserved ticket from getting into reserved coaches. Joshi said the budget did not specifically mention increasing security at stations and in trains.
Feb 13 2014 (3:13PM)  Pune-Mumbai sector ignored: Commuters (timesofindia.indiatimes.com)
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PUNE: Railway commuters' groups are happy about the announcement of six new trains for Pune. However, they said, the Pune-Mumbai sector has been ignored yet again as the budget did not announce any new trains or rail infrastructure between both the cities.
Commuters said there were not many expectations as it was an interim budget. Even so, the railway minister Mallikarjun Kharge has done well by not revising fares and introducing more trains and announcing surveys for new lines.
President of Railway Pravasi Group Harsha Shah said, "The waiting lists for trains to Gorakhpur and Lucknow is always high. It is a timely decision to introduce new trains on these routes. The budget has not addressed the demands of commuters who travel between Pune and Mumbai. There are no specific provisions for
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expansion of Pune region. The state has not received anything substantial in terms of infrastructure development. The budget has ignored strengthening of rail connectivity within major cities in the state."
Hemant Tapale of Pune-Mumbai Pravasi Sangh said, "We expected allocation of funds for the extension of the third track between Pune and Lonavla. However, the demand was ignored. Pune and Mumbai need more trains especially in the morning hours. We wanted an additional train from Pune reaching Mumbai before 10am. There is a long pending demand for starting a separate terminus for Lonavla-bound trains," he said.
President of the railway travellers service agents' association Manik Birla said, "Many tourists travel to Rajasthan and Gujarat from Maharashtra. We were expecting the announcement of new trains from Pune to destinations in Rajasthan. There is also a need to run a direct train to Tirupati from Pune."
Amey Joshi, a frequent commuter, said instead of waiting for slots to run new trains, the administration should add coaches to existing trains to reduce overcrowding. Coaches can be attached to long distance trains passing via Pune to Mumbai. This will prevent commuters with unreserved ticket from getting into reserved coaches. Joshi said the budget did not specifically mention increasing security at stations and in trains.
Feb 13 2014 (3:11PM)  Pune metro gets Centre’s in-principle approval (timesofindia.indiatimes.com)
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Feb 13 2014 (3:12PM)
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PUNE: The Pune metro project moved another step up the ladder after Union minister for urban development (UD) Kamal Nath accorded an in-principle approval for the plan on Wednesday.
The project will cover 31.51 km along two corridors—PCMC building to Swargate and Vanaz to Ramwadi.
The approval will enable the state to set the wheels rolling for the early implementation of the project through a Special Purpose Vehicle, equally and jointly owned by the Centre and the state government.
Shashikant Limaye, officer on special duty for the Pune Metro project, said the approval means the Centre will issue a government resolution about the next plan of action and other details for the implementation of the project.
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"The Centre will communicate with the state, after which work on the logistics and other details will start. It will take one or two months to get things in place and then actual work would start," Limaye added.
The approval does not mean the Centre is committing itself to provide funds for the project. Ramesh Chand Meena, under secretary to the government of India, in his letter to the state government, has said that stakeholders' objections should be addressed.
The Centre has also warned the state that the approval is not a prior approval for the project in part or whole for financial assistance.
"The in-principle approval is solely to enable the state to proceed with the project. There will be no liability on the part of the government of India till the project is finally approved. The state government shall bear/meet/ arrange funds from other sources without resources from the government if the proposed funding, either partly or fully, from the government of India does not get approved," the letter stated.
Jan 03 2014 (1:41PM)  Mega Block on 5.1.2014 (cr.indianrailways.gov.in)
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MEGA BLOCK o­n 5.1.2014
Central Railway will operate Mega Block o­n its suburban sections for carrying out maintenance work o­n Sunday 5.1.2014.
ON DN SLOW LINE BETWEEN BYCULLA AND VIDYA-VIHAR STATIONS
FROM 11.20 AM TO 3.20 PM.
Dn slow line services leaving Byculla from 11.04 am to 3.21 pm will be diverted o­n Dn fast line between Byculla and Vidyavihar stations halting at Parel, Dadar, Matunga, Sion and Kurla stations and further re-diverted to Dn slow line proper at Vidyavihar.
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locals leaving Thane station from 11.21 am to 3.25 pm will halt at Mulund, Bhandup, Vikhroli, Ghatkopar and Kurla stations in addition to their scheduled halts and will arrive destination15 minutes behind schedule.

Dn fast line services leaving Mumbai CST from 11.15 am to 2.51 pm will halt at Ghatkopar, Vikhroli, Bhandup and Mulund stations in addition to their scheduled halts and will arrive destination 20 minutes behind schedule.
All slow locals arriving & leaving CST between 10.00 am to 4.00 pm will arrive their destination 10 minutes behind schedule.

UP HARBOUR LINE BETWEEN KURLA AND CHHATRAPATI SHIVAJI TERMINUS &
UP AND DN HARBOUR LINES BETWEEN VADALA ROAD AND MAHIM STATIONS
FROM 11.30 AM TO 3.30 PM.
Dn Harbour line services to Bandra/Andheri leaving Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus from 10.20 am to 4.04 pm and Up Harbour line services towards Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus leaving Bandra /Andheri from 10.40 am to 3.44 pm will remain suspended.
Up Harbour line services towards Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus leaving Kurla from 11.08 am to 3.20 pm will run via Main line between Kurla and Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus. These trains will not halt at Currey Road and Chinchpokli stations.

Harbour line passengers for Bandra/ Andheri are permitted to travel Via Main line and Western Railway from 10.00 am to 6.00 pm o­n 5.1.2014.
All Up and Dn Harbour line services leaving and arriving Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus between 11.00 am and 5.00 pm will arrive destination about 10 minutes behind schedule.
Due to these blocks suburban trains are likely to be more crowded than usual. Passengers are requested not to take any risks while travelling. They are also requested to avoid travelling o­n foot board, roof top of locals and not to board extremely over crowded trains. Passengers are requested to bear with the Railway Administration for the inconvenience caused.
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Date: January 3, 2014
This news comes to you from Public Relations Department, Central Railway, Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus Mumbai.
Jan 03 2014 (1:31PM)  Temporary Stoppage At Ghanpur Station for Two Express Trains (scr.indianrailways.gov.in)
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An additional stoppage will be provided for Tr. No. 12706/12705 Secunderabad-Guntur-Secunderabad Express and for Tr. No. 17011/17012 Hyderabad– Sirpurkagaznagar-Hyderabad Express at Ghanpur Station on Secunderabad–Kazipet section o­n an experimental basis for a period of six months with effect from 5th January 2014 as follows.
1.Train No. 12706 Secunderabad-Guntur Express will arrive / depart Ghanpur at 09 17 / 09 18 hrs. In the return direction, Train No. 12705 Guntur–Secunderabad Express will arrive / depart Ghanpur at 19 30 / 19 31 hrs.
2. Train No. 17011 Hyderabad–Sirpurkagaznagar Express will arrive / depart Ghanpur at 07 10/07 11 hrs. In the return direction, Train No. 17012 Sirpurkagaznagar–Hyderabad Express will arrive / depart Ghanpur at 14.17 / 14.18 hrs
Sep 19 2013 (9:35AM)  Nuclear energy to fuel Indian Railways in future? (www.daijiworld.com)
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Mumbai, Sep 19 (Mid-Day): Forget missiles and rockets, nuclear energy could soon be fuelling your local and long distance trains, if things go as planned. The Indian Railways (IR) is toying with the idea of using nuclear power to compliment their power system, and is in talks with the Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) as well.
On September 13, the members from Railway Board, headed by Member Electrical Kul Bhushan, had a meeting with DAE officials. Sources in the railways said that they are keen on setting up a nuclear power plant in the future. “We want to look at the option of using nuclear power for our railway system and so discussed with DAE the construction of an exclusive nuclear plant in the future,” said a senior railway official.
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is already facing vehement opposition from locals and anti-nuclear activists over land acquisition and the possible ill-effects of two major nuclear plants at Jaitapur in Ratnagiri district of Maharashtra and Kudankulam in Tirunelveli district of Tamil Nadu.
The DAE has the authority to set up nuclear plants for the railways to generate power for its trains. Railway officials added that the nuclear plant could be set up in any state of India. In Mumbai, the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) operates nuclear plants.
At present, railway lines across the country get their supply of electricity from a national grid where generated power is first pooled in and then distributed among different states. For nuclear energy to fuel trains, a separate grid has to be set up especially for the railways.
“Once the power is generated, it can be distributed through substations of Indian Railways which would then feed overhead cables that supplies electricity to trains,” explained a senior railway official, admitting that the cost of setting up these nuclear power plants and establishing an isolated, independent system would incur heavy costs.
SK Malhotra, head of the public awareness in DAE, said, “The railways has shown interest in a dedicated power plant. There have been meetings but no MoU has been signed yet. Sources claimed that they are presently checking the possibility of an in-principal agreement between the two and are identifying a suitable location for the plant.
Aug 19 2013 (1:55PM)  35 crushed to death under the wheels of train in Bihar (www.newsbullet.in)
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Patna: At least 35 people, most of them pilgrims, were crushed to death under the wheels of Saharsa-Patna Rajya Rani Express at Bhamara Railway Station in Bihar this morning.
The victims, mostly kanwarias (devotees of Lord Shiva), were standing on the railway tracks at the station when the Rajya Rani Express hit them at the station under Samastipur division of East Central Raiway.
"According to information received till now 35 people are dead & around 25-30 people have been injured," Dinesh Chandra Yadav, MP Khagaria.
Additional Director General of Police S.K. Bhardwaj confirmed the death of 35 Hindu pilgrims (Kanwariyas) when the Rajya Rani Express train mowed them down while they were trying to cross the rail track at the Dhamara railway station
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on the Saharsa-Mansi route of the East Central Railway (ECR).
The death toll may increase because detailed information is yet to come from the accident site, he said.
At least 12 of them died on the spot after being run over by the speeding train, officials said.
Bhamara station where the accident took place falls in between Saharsa-Mansi section of Samastipur division.
The train reportedly ran over some people boarding another passenger train on an adjoining track.
Soon after the incident, angry pilgrims and locals set ablaze six bogies, including one AC coach, of the train and attacked railway officials.
Train services have been suspended on the route following the accident, officials said.
In the month of Shravan (July-August), thousands of Hindu pilgrims visit a temple in Deoghar, Jharkhand, where they offer holy water from the Ganga river to Lord Shiva at an ancient temple.
Kanwariya pilgrims in Bihar collect water from the Ganga in Sultanganj in Bhagalpur district. They carry this holy water in "kanwars" (a single pole, usually of bamboo, with two water pots dangling from opposite ends) and cover 105 km on foot to reach the temple.
After offering the holy water, they return to their native places in vehicles or trains.
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar expressed grief at the incident and asked railway officials to launch rescue operations and arrange proper treatment for the injured.
Aug 19 2013 (1:49PM)  Speeding Rajya Rani runs over several Kanwarias, kills at least 35, train driver beaten to death (daily.bhaskar.com)
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Khagaria (Bihar): Saharsa-Patna Rajya Rani Express train crushes several people to death, most of them Kanwarias (Shiva devotees) near Bhamara Ghat railway Station in Bihar on Monday morning. Following the incident, the mob turned violent and beat the train driver to death.

The incident happened at around 9 am when a speeding Rajyarani Express train ran over good number of Shiva devotees, who were crossing the railway track between Badla Ghat and Bhamara Ghat railway station under Samastipur division of East Central Raiway.

According to the sources, the pilgrims were going to Katyayni temple to offer morning prayers when the inciident took place. An angry crowd of Kanwarias set the train to
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fire after pelting stones on it.

Arun Malik, DRM, Samastipur informed that several people were died. A relief van had rushed to the spot.

Several people have been held captive at the station by the devotees, train services have also been suspended on the route following the accident, he added.

Meanwhile, Lok Sabha MP from Khagaria, Dinesh Chandra Yadav said that the incident was unfortunate. He stated that 35 people were killed and nearly as many injured.
Aug 19 2013 (1:47PM)  Rajya Rani Express crushes 35 pilgrims to death in Bihar (www.indiatvnews.com)
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Saharsa (Bihar): At least 35 people, most of them pilgrims, were crushed to death under the wheels of Saharsa-Patna Rajya Rani Express at Bhamara Railway Station in Bihar this morning.
The victims, mostly kanwarias (devotees of Lord Shiva), were standing on the railway tracks at the station when the Rajrani Express hit them at the station under Samastipur division of East Central Raiway.
Angry locals and pilgrims set ablaze two bogies, brutally assaulted the train driver and took railway officials hostage.
ADG law and order S K Bharadwaj confirmed the death of 35 Kanwariyas when the Rajya Rani Express train ran over them as they were trying to cross the railway track at the Dhamara railway station on the Saharsa-Mansi rail route of
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the East Central Railway (ECR).
The train was travelling from Saharsa to Patna when the accident took place between 8 a.m. and 8.30 a.m. The express train does not have a scheduled stop at Dhamara station.
"The accident took place when pilgrims were trying to cross the railway track after alighting from a local train," he said.
Soon after the incident, angry pilgrims and locals set ablaze two bogies, including one AC coach, of the train and attacked the railway officials.
"Some angry people attacked the train driver and seriously injured him. They beat him up mercilessly. Besides, some railway officials have been held hostage by them," a police official said.
Chief Public Relation Officer of ECR, Amitabh Prabhakar told IANS over telephone from Hajipur, its headquarters near Patna, that the situation is nearly out of control at the railway station following the incident as hundreds of angry people have been agitating.
"The railway officials are not in a position to visit the accident site...," said, adding that there is a lot of "confusion".
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar expressed sadness and asked top railway officials to launch rescue operations and arrange proper treatment for the injured.
Aug 19 2013 (1:45PM)  20 dead as Rajya Rani Express runs over them, mob assaults driver (ibnlive.in.com)
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Patna: At least 20 people died as the Rajya Rani Express ran over them at the Dhamara station near Saharsa in Bihar on Monday morning. The death toll is expected to rise as over 40 other people were reported to be injured.
Following the accident, angry villagers reportedly took the Rajya Rani Express driver hostage and lynched him to death and set two trains ablaze. However, Arunendra Kumar, Railway Board Member (Mechanical) who is holding additional charge of Chairman, Railway Board, claimed that the driver was only injured.
The Railway Board Chairman also said that the train was running as per its scheduled route and some people were walking on the tracks at the time of the accident. "It's a three-track station. Two trains were already standing at the station. and the
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crowd was moving on the third track. A super fast train was coming on that track and they were run over," Arunendra Kumar said.
"The train was passing through line number 2 when it ran over some people. Angry locals have set the train on fire. They have not allowed officials to reach the site," said railway PRO Amitav Prabhakar.
The injured have been rushed to the hospitals in Saharsa and Katihar. The train ran over the people who were getting off a local train at the railway station to go to a local temple for worship. The local train has also been set ablaze by the angry locals.
The train was running from Saharsa to Patna and it did not have a stoppage at the Dhamara railway station and was running at full speed.
There is complete chaos at the accident site as people are not letting ambulances come in. Some railway officials have also been reportedly beaten up by the locals.
The Dhamara station lies in a flood prone area. Therefore, senior administration officials from Patna will face difficulties in reaching the station.
Administration officials have been trying to pacify the locals and trying to pursue them to help in the rescue operation.
Reacting to the accident, BJP leader Shahnawaz Hussain said, "What has happened is unfortunate. The driver of the train should have slowed down."
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