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Oct 02 (11:47AM)  In flood- hit villages, railway track, expressway ' sped up' devastation (epaper.greaterkashmir.com)
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Posted by: Soumitra Chawathe**  191 news posts  
Srinagar, Oct 1: As flood water recedes in Kashmir, the affected villagers are cursing the ' wall- like' railway track and the under- construction express highway which cut through Kashmir from north to south, for compounding the devastation caused by the deluge earlier this month. In many villages of south Kashmir, people who helplessly saw the flood flattening their houses and sweeping away paddy fields and orchards said “ these walls” added to the devastation by stopping spread of flood water, leading to
inundation of villages which were never touched by flood in the past. “ It ( track) destroyed our village,” said Zohoor Ahmad Dar as he pointed towards the 20 feet high railway track that runs through his native village, Shoul, in Islamabad ( Anantnag). Shoul along with Sursuna, Shamespora and scores of other villages witnessed massive damage to
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housing and agriculture sector in the flood that hit south Kashmir from September 3 to 6. The flood has washed away more than 50 houses and caused partial damage to another 65 houses in the village comprising of 200 households.
“ Our elders say they have never seen flood entering this village in their life time,” said Dar, a businessman.
Mushtaq Ahmad, another villager
villager said the track that runs through front side of Shoul first stopped the water and then created its reverse flow. “ This ultimately submerged the village,” he said. The 136- kilometer railway track which starts from Banihal in Kashmir, cuts through vast paddy fields and orchards in thousands of villages in south Kashmir’s Anantnag and Pulwama districts before entering the summer capital
Srinagar from where it runs through Budgam to culminate in Baramulla. Far off from Shoul, in Haasanpora Tawala and Hussanpora Bagh villages of Anatnang, people say there was no history of floods. “ Water from Vaishaw River got trapped due to the railway track and it flattened 200 houses,” said Khalid Hussain, a local. But in villages like Sangam, Tulkhon and Halmul in Bijbehara town of Anantnag, it was a track of different kind that added to the devasatation: the “ Express Highway.” People said the under- construction highway that runs through endless villages to connect Qazigund with Baramulla “ acted like a wall” to stop free flow of water. “ The flood had never touched our village,” said 76- year- old Ghulam Ismail Dar of Barsu.
See In flood- hit The highway, which is 10 to 15 feet high, is being built by the National Highway Authority of India. It starts in upper parts of Anantnag and would bypass Srinagar to connect to Baramulla via Budgam.An official in the NHAI said construction of the highway was started only after authorities studied floods in Kashmir for the past 100 years.“The priority was to build the track at a height which would not be touched by flood,” he said.While the deluge devastated over 400 villages in south Kashmir, many of them severely and washing away hundreds of houses, both highway and railway track have largely remained untouched with only minor damage reported in some areas.In Gulzarpora village of Pulwama district, village head Ali Muhammad Sheri, said during the construction of the track some years ago, the entire village had protested, demanding adequate water-subways built under it.“Nobody heard our pleas that time. The results are evident now,” said Sheri.Shahid Malik, a student of management, said both highway and railway track halted smooth flow of flood water which led to submerging of villages.“The tracks should have been constructed on fly-over pattern to allow water to move freely,” said Malik. “At present there are not enough water subways under the highway and railway and it is a serious problem.”A senior official in the Flood Control department said when the two tracks were approved for construction, it proposed their construction on “bridge pattern” in flood-prone areas in view of the flood history of Kashmir.“But there was pressure from both the central and state governments that led to shelving of the proposal,” said the official, who wished not to be named.Commissioner/Secretary Flood Control Department, Pawan Kotwal, admitted that both railway track and highway acted like barriers to prevent the spread of water.On September 4, Kotwal said, when the water level increased drastically in river Jhelum, it breached the Kandizal embankment on Srinagar-Jammu highway.“We thought since the breach has taken place, water will be absorbed by basin from Kandizal to Lasjan,” he told a press conference here on Monday. “But the track and the highway prevented spread of water which led to increase in the level of flood water.”He said a team of experts from the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and government of India would study how railway track and highway compounded the flood. “And if they come to any conclusion, then a rethinking is needed on it,” Kotwal said.Chief Engineer, Flood Control Department Javaid Jaffer said the department has started assessing “impact” of the highway and railway track as “contributing factors to devastation.” However, he said, the government had already written to the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) to carry out mapping of flood zones.
The track that runs through front side of Shoul first stopped the water and then created its reverse flow. This ultimately submerged the village Mushtaq Ahmad Shoul Water from Vaishaw River got trapped due to the railway track and it flattened 200 houses Khalid Hussain Haasanpora Tawala
During the construction of the track some years ago, the entire village had protested, demanding adequate water- subways built under it. Nobody heard our pleas that time. The results are evident now Ali Muhammad Sheri Gulzarpora
Sep 28 (9:08AM)  कोकण रेल्वे मार्गावर दसऱ्यासाठी विशेष गाडी (zeenews.india.com)
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Sep 28 2014 (9:08AM)
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Sep 28 2014 (9:08AM)
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Posted by: Soumitra Chawathe**  191 news posts  
मुंबई : कोकण रेल्वे मार्गावर दसऱ्यासाठी विशेष गाडी सोडण्यात आली आहे. मडगाव ते एलटीटी आणि करमाळी ते एलटीटी अशा चार फेर्‍या चालवण्यात येणार आहेत.
करमाळी ते एलटीटी गाडी एसी डबल डेकर असणार असून, त्याचे भाडे साधारण दरात असेल. ५ ऑक्टोबर रोजी ००११२ ट्रेन मडगावहून संध्याकाळी ७ वाजता सुटेल आणि एलटीटी येथे दुसर्‍या दिवशी सकाळी ७ वाजता पोहोचेल.
००१११ ट्रेन एलटीटीहून सकाळी ९.०५ वाजता सुटून मडगावला रात्री ९.४0 वाजता पोहोचेल. या गाडीचे आरक्षण २७ सप्टेंबरपासून सुरू होणार आहे. या गाडीला ठाणे, पनवेल, रोहा, खेड, चिपळूण, संगमेश्‍वर, रत्नागिरी, कुडाळ, थिविम आणि करमाळी या स्थानकांवर थांबा देण्यात आला आहे.
Sep 23 2014 (12:20PM)  Railway track boon for some, bane for others in flood-hit J&K (www.dailyexcelsior.com)
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Sep 23 2014 (12:20PM)
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Posted by: Soumitra Chawathe**  191 news posts  
PULWAMA, Sept 21:
The railway track of the Baramulla-Banihal train in Jammu and Kashmir has been a boon for some areas while bane for many others in the flood-ravaged Valley.
The track built over an around 15-20 feet high embankment at some places has led to blocking of the passage of water thereby flooding some areas while at the same time saving many others from destruction.
“Railway is good for the people, but the bund (embankment) built for the track blocked the outflow of water from our village,” Ghulam Nabi Hajam, a resident of Gulzarpora village in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district said.
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as high as 8 to 10 feet, had there been no embankment.
“When the waters flooded our village, there was no escape route for it in the absence of any flood channel.The bund stopped it. Had there been no bund, the water would have, no doubt, flown into other villages but could not have caused much damage here,” Hajam said.
The residents said the engineers, who built the track, should have left gaps at regular intervals in the bund to allow the passage of waters.
“There are small gaps at few places, but those were not enough,” Hajam said.
A youth, Parvez Ahmad, expressed the same apprehension about the under-construction four-lane road on the Srinagar-Jammu National Highway.
“The road is fine, but there should be gaps in its bund at every half-a-kilometre for allowing water to pass, otherwise we are doomed,” Ahmad said.
The residents of Gulzarpora might be cursing the railway track, but for the people in the adjacent villages, it acted truly as a blessing when the floods hit these areas in south Kashmir on September 5.
“Our village was saved because of the railway track.Its bund is raised high and flood water was blocked on the other side,” Mohammad Maqbool, a resident of Renzipora said.
He said even though the people in his village were saddened at the destruction caused by the flood in other villages, they were happy to see their area safe.
“We are thankful to God and then the government for the bund that saved us, but at the same time, we feel for our brothers in the nearby villages,” Maqbool said.
Similar is the story in Srinagar, the summer capital of the state, where two posh areas narrate the same tale of the bund acting as a saviour for one and a cause of destruction for the other.
The railway track passes through Humhama, on the airport road, and while one side of the bund was flooded, the other side was not, a resident of the area, Fayaz Ahmad Mir said.
“The bund acted as a barrier and stopped water from flooding some areas, but it submerged many others.So for some, it was a blessing while for others a curse,” Mir said. (PTI)
Sep 20 2014 (11:38AM)  रेल्वे स्थानकावर अस्वच्छतेस पाचशे रुपये दंड (online3.esakal.com)
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Sep 20 2014 (11:38AM)
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पुणे - रेल्वे, स्थानक परिसरात अस्वच्छता केल्यास आता शंभर नाही, तर पाचशे रुपये दंड वसूल केला जाईल. आतापर्यंत ७१६ जणांवर कारवाई झाली आहे.
रेल्वे स्थानकाच्या परिसरात खाद्यपदार्थ तयार करणे, शिल्लक खाद्यपदार्थ टाकून देणे, अंघोळ करणे, थुंकणे, नैसर्गिक विधी करणे, वाहने धुणे या प्रकारांना प्रतिबंध करण्यासाठी ही मोहीम राबविली जात आहे. त्याचप्रमाणे रेल्वेच्या डब्यात विनापरवाना पत्रके चिकटविणे, थुंकणे असे प्रकार करणाऱ्यांवर कारवाई होत आहे. त्यासाठी पथके तयार केली आहेत. स्टेशन मास्तरांसह इतर अधिकाऱ्यांना कारवाईचे अधिकार दिले आहेत.
Sep 17 2014 (10:14AM)  Railway stations in North Kashmir made functional after devastation by floods (epaper.greaterkashmir.com)
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Sep 17 2014 (10:14AM)
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Sep 17 2014 (10:14AM)
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Posted by: Soumitra Chawathe**  191 news posts  
Srinagar, Sept 16: Indian Railways, in coordination with state police, has restored a total of 57 km of tracks and made operational eight railway stations from Baramulla to Nowgam in north Kashmir, and efforts were on to make the remaining stations in south Kashmir functional. “ 57 km railway track from Baramulla to Nowgam has been restored and all the eight railway stations in North Kashmir have been made functional,” Director General of Police K Rajendra Kumar said. “ Police, in coordination with the railways, has been undertaking strenuous efforts to restore train service in the Valley,” he said, adding the remaining railway stations in south Kashmir will start functioning within next few days. The DGP assured the railway authorities that police will provide all the required assistance for restoration of rail service in the flood- hit Valley. He said in order to coordinate in rescue and relief work with...
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the civil administration, police telecommunication network is being strengthened and satellite phones, wireless sets are provided to the designated officers assigned with the rescue and relief operations. Police Tele- communication Control Room has been set up at Police Headquarters ( PHQ) to facilitate the communication between different agencies involved in rescue operations and restoration works, he said. Kumar asked the officers of the force to mobilise their resources and coordinate with the civil administration to ease the problems of the people hit by devastating floods. The DGP directed all Zonal Inspectors General of Police, range DIGs, District Superintendents and Commandants of Armed and IRP battalions to mobilise their subordinate establishments and work round the clock for the rescue and assistance of the people in their respective areas. Kumar, during his visit to the flood- hit areas, sought reports from the field officers about the functioning of police establishments during the evacuation of people from the flood hit areas. He was told that police personnel under the command of senior officers rescued the people trapped in the floods. The DGP expressed satisfaction over the functioning of police stations hit by the floods, which have started their work of public service from the nearest safer locations.
Sep 10 2014 (1:03PM)  Train traffic to Katra, Udhampur restored (www.dailyexcelsior.com)
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Sep 10 2014 (1:03PM)
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Sep 10 2014 (1:03PM)
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JAMMU, Sept 9: After remaining suspended for three days, train traffic to Katra and Udhampur was resumed today.
According to R N Meena, Divisional Traffic Manager Northern Railway, the train traffic to Katra and Udhampur has been fully resumed following restoration of the track, which had got damaged at some places due to flash floods and landslides.
A team of Railway Engineers, headed by Principal Chief Engineer restored the track for traffic, which was damaged near Bajalta, Sangarh and Manwal, he added.
The train, which had got stuck near Udhampur on September 5, is also reaching Jammu late this night.
Aug 29 2014 (3:45PM)  कोकण रेल्वेने केले हाल, प्रवास नकोसा... (zeenews.india.com)
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Aug 23 2014 (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 2014 (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 2014 (10:00AM)  Pune Metro gets PM nod in ‘record time’ (indianexpress.com)
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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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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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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.
'Premium trains' are being introduced by the Railways on routes with
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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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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.
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