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Today (6:43AM)  A SIGN FOR BETTER DAYS (www.thehindu.com)

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Additional policemen and more signboards have emerged as the solution for traffic woes in the city in the wake of ongoing Kochi Metro works and potholed roads.
With pocket roads proving the lifelines for commuters frustrated by choc-a-bloc traffic along main roads, about 350 sign boards are likely to spring up across the city. This is in addition to the 70-odd policemen deployed to regulate traffic. An added relief would be the decision to reduce the width of barricades where Metro works had been completed.
Today (6:42AM)  Off the Metro, into the mall (www.thehindu.com)

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Path from station leads to mall on Sampige Road
Shopping and travel are two favourite pastimes. Now, citizens can hop on to Namma Metro after a spot of shopping at Mantri Square. On Wednesday, a bridge connecting Mantri Square directly to Sampige Road station, said to be first of its kind in the country, was inaugurated.
Today (6:39AM)  14 unmanned level crossings to have gate ‘mitras’ in Madurai (www.thehindu.com)

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Since the Virudhunagar-Tenkasi section had no late night rail movement, the ‘mitras’ did not have to work during night hours.
In an attempt to ensure safety at unmanned level crossings, the Southern Railway has proposed to deploy gate ‘mitras’ at 14 unmanned level crossing gates on the Virudhunagar-Tenkasi section.
The gate ‘mitras’ would alert the road users about the approaching trains by whistling and waving a red flag, Divisional Railway Manager A.K. Rastogi said.
A tender to identify the agency to supply manpower would be floated soon, he said.
Since the Virudhunagar-Tenkasi section had no late night rail movement, the ‘mitras’ did not have to work during night hours.
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The railway administration would put up shelters for the ‘mitras’ near the gates.
“Lack of patience among vehicle users is the most common factor for accidents at unmanned level crossings. The use of music system, air-condition in vehicles and use of phones with headphones distract the concentration of the drivers from the rail movement,” the DRM said.
Senior Divisional Safety Officer A. Ravichandran said, “The gate ‘mitras’ will note down the registration numbers of vehicles that ignore their warnings and speed away through the unmanned level crossings. The numbers will be passed on to the Regional Transport Offices for action under the Motor Vehicle Act.”
Today (6:38AM)  1.53 acres acquired for metro (www.thehindu.com)

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The Ernakulam District Administration on Saturday acquired 1.53 acres of land from Apollo Tyres for the Kochi Metro Rail project. District Collector M.G. Rajamanickam said the land, purchased at a price of Rs.18.75 lakh, will be used for the construction of a metro station at Kalamassery. Meanwhile, a meeting between the district authorities and company representatives also reached a consensus on releasing an additional two cents for drawing high-tension cable.
Today (6:38AM)  Meet reviews metro work (www.thehindu.com)

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A high-level meeting convened by Chief Minister Oommen Chandy here on Wednesday has asked the Kochi Metro Rail Limited (KMRL) to pay compensation for land acquisition through the district administration.
The meeting held in the Secretariat decided that 0.61 hectares would be acquired from Apollo Tyres, Kalamassery, for Kochi Metro. The orders will be issued on Thursday. The Aluva Municipality and the Kochi Corporation were asked to hand over land in their possession for the project. Government guidelines would be followed in awarding compensation for the two local bodies.
The proposal to acquire the land near the Jawaharlal Nehru stadium, taken on lease by St. Albert’s College, came up for discussion. The college and the Greater Cochin Development Authority should be given compensation. The District Collector was asked to submit a proposal
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and the next Cabinet would decide on the issue.
The KMRL and the district administration would decide on the compensation and the rehabilitation of those displaced. The Chief Minister said land acquisition needed to be expedited for the timely completion of the project.
Mr. Chandy has convened a meeting of all concerned, including the Ministers for PWD, Finance, Electricity, and Railways, on August 28 to discuss the widening of the Vytilla-Pettah road and development of Thammanam-Pullepedi road.
Principal Advisor to DMRC E. Sreedharan said the Union government should be reminded of the Rs.30 crore to be sanctioned by the Railways for the re-construction of the North Railway Bridge.
The KMRL would be given Rs.11 crore immediately by the government to improve traffic in the project area. The Chief Minister said that he would visit the metro work site on September 16.
Expedite land acquisition, says Chandy
KMRL will be given Rs.11 crore to improve traffic
Today (6:37AM)  Cabinet clears Nagpur Metro Rail project (www.thehindu.com)

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The project will improve connectivity and decongest heavily populated areas of Nagpur.
The Union Cabinet on Wednesday gave its approval for the 38.21-km Nagpur Metro Rail Project. The project will have two corridors — the North-South Corridor covering approximately 19.65 km and the East-West Corridor covering approximately 18.55 km.
The Rs. 8,680-crore project will get Rs.1,555 crore in the form of equity and subordinate debt from the Centre.
It will be implemented by the Nagpur Metro Rail Corporation Limited, which will be set up as a 50:50 jointly owned company of the government of India and the Maharashtra govt.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will lay the foundation of the project on Thursday.
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The project is expected to improve connectivity and decongest heavily populated areas of Nagpur.
The proposed North-South & East-West alignments are also expected to bring connectivity to the upcoming MIHAN project, the Special Economic Zone (SEZ), educational institutions and logistic hubs in the city, said an official of the Urban Development Ministry.
The two corridors, together, are aimed at transforming the city's urban transportation scenario by considerably reducing traffic congestion and bringing in a fast, comfortable, safe and affordable mass transportation system.
Today (6:35AM)  VIT gets U.S. patent for travel communication project (www.thehindu.com)

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The VIT University, Vellore has obtained a US patent for its project, `In-Vehicle Networking-Based Services’ which enables travellers by trains, buses or ships to communicate with their kith and kin in their destination cities / towns / villages while travelling in the vehicle, using wireless / mobile technologies.
“I am quite delighted by this patent, which is an achievement of a professor and two illustrious student inventors of VIT”, said G. Viswanathan, VIT Chancellor while announcing the award of the U.S. patent to newspersons on the VIT campus here on Wednesday.
K. Ganesan, Director, TIFAC-CORE (Technology Information Forecasting and Assessment Council-Centre Of Relevance in Education), VIT was the guide for the project which was taken up by Srilavanya Paleti from Vijayawada and Srisudha Garimella from Hyderabad, both final year M.S. Software Engineering
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students of VIT in 2010.
Wi-Fi, bluetooth modules included
Explaining the project, Mr. Ganesan, said the invention includes hardware comprising GPS (Global Positioning System), Wi-Fi, Bluetooth modules with necessary software, which can be fixed at the top of each compartment of the train.
The GPS antenna located outside the compartment roof will provide the period location information. Srilavanya said that when a passenger entered the train, he/she had to switch on the Bluetooth module on his/her mobile.
A software would be automatically downloaded from the hardware unit located in the compartment, and the passenger has to specify his destination station. The hardware unit will note down the passenger mobile number and his/her destination in its memory.
Another piece of information which the system seeks from the passenger is whether he/she is a doctor. If so, this information will be useful when any passenger requires emergency treatment in the train.
All the proposed services are offered till the passenger’s station arrives. When passengers want to communicate across compartments, the Wi-Fi systems can be used, she said.
Alert
Prof. Ganesan stated that in the proposed system, a sleeping passenger gets an alert (vibration or audio playing) on his mobile only when his destination station is about to arrive.
Other passengers of the compartment whose destinations are different are not disturbed.
Even if the train runs late, the passenger (s) need not wake up early, since they will get the alert only when the train is about to arrive at their destination.
Advantage
Another advantage of this system, Prof. Ganesan said, is that the passengers could place orders with those who are running the pantry car in the train, and the servers would deliver them to the passengers based on their pre-placed orders.
This obviates the need for the canteen organiser to send his servers through the various compartments to sell the foodstuffs and return without selling them.
This way, waste of food could be avoided, since the canteen organiser cooks only that much food based on orders.
Prof. Ganesan said that the VIT had applied for the patent for the project on February 1, 2011 and obtained it on August 5, 2014.
Commercialising projects
Mr. Viswanathan said that the VIT would help in commercialising the project by approaching the Indian Railways which could use the project effectively for its passengers.
Today (6:32AM)  Special trains for Velankanni festival (www.thehindu.com)

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Southern Railway will operate special trains to Velankanni and from that station to different destinations in order to cater to the additional passenger traffic due to annual Velankanni festival.
The Mumbai CST-Velankanni (Train No. 02007) will leave Mumbai CST at 12.50 p.m. on August 25 and arrive at Velankanni at 11.40 p.m., the next day.
In the return direction, the Velankanni-Mumbai CST (Train No. 02008) will leave Velankanni at 8 a.m. on August 27 and arrive Mumbai CST at 10.30 p.m., the next day.
It will stop at Thane, Kalyan, Cuddapah, Chennai Egmore, Villupuram, and Nagapattinam. Advance reservation for Train No. 02008 has commenced.
The Lokmanya Tilak express (Train No. 01029) will leave Lokmanya
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Tilak Terminus at 1.15 p.m. on August 26 and arrive at Velankanni at 11.40 p.m., the next day.
In the return direction, the special (Train No. 01030) will leave Velankanni at 8 a.m. on August 28 and arrive at Lokmanya Tilak Terminus at 10.20 p.m., the next day. The train will run via Renigunta, Chennai Egmore, Chidambaram, Mayiladuthurai, and Nagapattinam.
The Bandra Terminus-Velankanni special (Train No. 09001) will leave Bandra Terminus at 7.55 a.m. on August 27 and arrive at Velankanni at 10 p.m., the next day.
In the return direction, the special (Train No. 09002) will leave Velankanni at 11.45 p.m. on August 28 and reach Bandra Terminus at 11 a.m. on August 30. It will pass via Wadi, Renigunta, Arakonnam, Chennai Egmore, Villupuram, Mayiladuthurai, and Tiruvarur.
The Thiruvananthapura-Velankanni special (Train No. 06302) will leave Thiruvananthapuram on August 27 at 3.30 p.m. and arrive at Velankanni at 3.45 a.m., the next day. In the return direction, the special (Train No. 06301) will leave Velankanni at 12.45 p.m. on August 28 and reach Thiruvananthapuram at 2.45 a.m., the next day.
The train will stop at stations including Nagercoil, Tirunelveli, Madurai, Dindigul, Tiruchi, Thanjavur, Tiruvarur, and Nagapattinam.
The Tirunelveli-Velankanni special (Train No. 06701) will leave Tirunelveli at 8.50 p.m. on August 28 and arrive at Velankanni at 6.45 a.m., the next day.
In the return direction, the Velankanni-Tirunelveli special (Train No. 06702) will leave Velankanni at 4.45 p.m. on August 29 and arrive at Tirunelveli at 4 a.m. on August 30.
The train will stop at stations including Vanchi Maniyachchi, Virudhunagar, Madurai, Dindigul, Tiruchi, Thanjavur, Tiruvarur and Nagapattinam.
DEMU TRAINS: In addition to the above trains, the Velankanni-Nagapattinam-Velankanni DEMU daily special will be run from August 29 to September 8.
The Velankanni-Nagapattinam specials (Train No. 06806 and 06808)) will depart at 1.10 p.m. and 2.20 p.m. and arrive at Nagapattinam at 1.35 p.m. and 2.45 p.m. respectively.
The Nagapattinam-Velankanni specials (Train No. 06805 and 06807) will leave Nagapattinam at 1.45 p.m. and 3 p.m. and reach Velankanni at 2.10 p.m. and 3.25 p.m. respectively, a Southern Railway press release here said.
Today (6:31AM)  Jal Board for use of treated effluents for non-potable purposes (www.thehindu.com)

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Government Departments and public service providers like the metro were on Wednesday given one month by the Delhi Jal Board to come up with a plan for stopping the use of groundwater and drinking water for non-potable purposes.
“Failing this, we will take legal action against the Departments,” added Jal Board spokesperson Sanjam Chima.
Since there is a shortfall of about 240 million gallons (MGD) of treated water per day, the water utility is trying to promote the use of treated effluents for non-potable purposes, including horticulture and construction.
On Wednesday, it held a workshop to that effect for the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation, the Public Works Department, the Central Public Works Department, Pragati Power Corporation, National Thermal Power Corporation, the three municipal
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corporations and the Railways.
At the workshop, the Jal Board told the representatives that their Departments put a huge pressure on water resources and it that the same can be reduced by using treated effluent.
Currently, 142 MGD of treated effluent is being used by different government agencies, whereas 200 MGD more can be used.
Jal Board Chief Executive Officer Vijay Kumar told the Departments’ representatives to submit their proposals within a month, since depleting groundwater levels mean that its use cannot be permitted.
Today (6:28AM)  Nagpur Metro Rail Project (pib.nic.in)

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The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, today gave its approval for the Nagpur Metro Rail Project covering a length of approximately 38.21 kms along two corridors. These corridors are the North-South Corridor covering approximately 19.65 kms from Automotive Square to MIHAN and the East-West Corridor covering approximately 18.55 kms from Prajapati Nagar to Lokmanya Nagar. The total project cost is Rs.8,680 crore, with Government of India contributing Rs 1,555 crore in the form of equity and subordinate debt.
The project shall be implemented by the Nagpur Metro Rail Corporation Ltd. which will be set up as a 50:50 jointly owned company of the Government of India and the Government of Maharashtra. The company will have 10 nominee Directors on its Board. These would be five nominees of the Government of India and five nominees of
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the Government of Maharashtra. The Secretary, Urban Development, Government of India will be the Chairman and the Managing Director will be nominated by the Government of Maharashtra.
The proposed two alignments are expected to provide much needed connectivity to commuters and would traverse through some of the densest and traffic congested areas of Nagpur. The alignments are also expected to bring connectivity to the upcoming MIHAN project with the Special Economic Zone (SEZ), educational institutions and logistic hubs in the city. The two corridors, together, will also bring about a total transformation in the city's urban transportation scenario by considerably reducing traffic congestion and bringing in a fast, comfortable, safe and affordable mass transportation system for the people of Nagpur. This in turn will contribute to further development and prosperity of the area. The development and prosperity of Nagpur will also contribute to the prosperity and development of the nation.
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Nagpur City, the 13th largest urban conglomeration in India has employment of about six lakh having a travel demand of total 2.2 million passenger trips every day. With the growing population and mega development plans coming up, travel demand is expected to grow steeply. With a growing economy and inadequate public transport services, passengers are shifting to private modes of transport. This shift is already evident from high vehicle ownership trends in the region. In the future, not only will this aggravate congestion on streets, but will also lead to increase in pollution. Therefore, the proposal for a Metro Rail Project in Nagpur was considered.
Today (6:03AM)  Cabinet approves $1.4 billion new metro rail project (economictimes.indiatimes.com)

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NEW DELHI: The cabinet approved on Wednesday a new, 86.8-billion-rupee ($1.43 billion) metro rail project in the western state of Maharashtra, the government said in a statement.The go-ahead for the Nagpur rail project comes weeks after Prime Minister Narendra Modi permitted foreign investment in railways as part of his efforts to upgrade the nation's infrastructure for an economic turnaround.Analysts reckon India's poor infrastructure shaves off as much as 2 percentage points from its gross domestic product.Modi swept to power in May on a promise to revamp the creaking railway system, focusing on high-speed trains, as well as road and airport building.
Today (5:59AM)  Kerala gets `Peruchazhi` trains! (www.sify.com)

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All Mohanlal fans, here is some good news! ‘
Peruchazhi’ is all set to release by the end of August, and Mohanlal fans can get more of him in the train you travel too! Rail commuters in Kerala were in for a surprise when Parasuram Express and Ernadu Express had Peruchazhi images throughout the train.This truly was a smart movie as both these trains travel from the South to North of Kerala. The trains were covered with movie posters and logos of the production house giving a huge surprsie to movie-lovers. Producers Sandra Thomas and Vijay Babu has a treat for Mohanlal fans this season. ‘Peruchazhi’ which was shot in the United States of America is expected to open big all over Kerala. The movie which was directed by Arun Vaidyanathan also stars Aju Varghese, Mukesh, and Baburaj in other prominent roles. Vivek Harshan has edited the movie which will
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hit theatres soon.
Today (5:59AM)  Kerala gets `Peruchazhi` trains! (www.sify.com)

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All Mohanlal fans, here is some good news! ‘
Peruchazhi’ is all set to release by the end of August, and Mohanlal fans can get more of him in the train you travel too! Rail commuters in Kerala were in for a surprise when Parasuram Express and Ernadu Express had Peruchazhi images throughout the train.This truly was a smart movie as both these trains travel from the South to North of Kerala. The trains were covered with movie posters and logos of the production house giving a huge surprsie to movie-lovers. Producers Sandra Thomas and Vijay Babu has a treat for Mohanlal fans this season. ‘Peruchazhi’ which was shot in the United States of America is expected to open big all over Kerala. The movie which was directed by Arun Vaidyanathan also stars Aju Varghese, Mukesh, and Baburaj in other prominent roles. Vivek Harshan has edited the movie which will
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Today (5:56AM)  Medicos threaten to leap off metro viaduct (timesofindia.indiatimes.com)

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CHENNAI: Vehicular traffic on arterial GST Road and several connecting roads was affected for more than two hours on Wednesday morning after students of DD Naidu Medical College in Tiruvallur staged a protest near Tamil Nadu Dr MGR Medical University in Guindy. The students, who have been left in the lurch since 2011 when the Medical Council of India (MCI) cancelled the college's recognition, were demanding that the university take steps to accommodate them in government colleges.
There was a minor flutter when some of the protesting students climbed on the metro viaduct under construction opposite the university campus on GST Road and refused to come down till they were given an assurance that they would be admitted in government colleges. However, a fire and rescue services team rushed there and brought them down by force after one hour.
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Soon senior officers arrived and police dispersed the protesters. Sixty students were detained. They were later let off with a warning.
Earlier, both sides of the stretch from the airport to Saidapet was choked with vehicles, with office-goers and those coming and going to the airport the worst affected. Some said they were forced to cancel their flight tickets and stay back in the city for another day.
Some of the students, who sat on the main road, alleged that police treated them harshly. "They are doing their job but why thrash us? We are in dire straits, unable to continue our education," said M Amritha a second year student.
On Tuesday, the college students had tried to lay siege to the secretariat, demanding the intervention of the state government to resolve the problem. One girl student, who was carrying a can of petrol, tried to douse herself with its contents and set herself ablaze, but an alert woman police officer prevented her from doing so.
Today (5:55AM)  PMC corporators protest approval to Nagpur Metro (indianexpress.com)

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Congress-NCP corporators say BJP is ignoring the Pune Metro project because the party is not in power in the city.
As the political scene is getting heated up with the Assembly elections round the corner, the NCP-Congress ruling alliance in the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) protested against the BJP-led Union government for approving the Metro rail project for Nagpur city ahead of Pune.
In the general body meeting on Wednesday, the corporators of NCP raised slogans against the BJP-led Union government, for discriminating between Nagpur and Pune, by approving the Metro rail project for Nagpur ahead of the one for Pune.
The corporators carried banners against BJP for not approving the Pune Metro rail project and demanded a speedy approval of the same.
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NCP corporators Dilip Barate, Sachin Dodke and Vaishali Bankar led the protest.
Later, Congress corporators, led by Arvind Shinde and Ulhas Bagul, joined the protest, as they raised the concern that BJP was purposely ignoring the Pune Metro project as the party is not in power in the city.
City Congress chief Abhay Chhajed condemned the union government decision to approve Metro rail project for Nagpur ahead of Pune. “Union minister Nitin Gadkari, who is taking credit for the Metro rail project for Nagpur, should clarify if he is the minister of the country or just of Nagpur,” Chhajed said.
Earlier, Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan too had criticised the Union government move to approve the Metro rail project of Nagpur while holding back the decision on Pune. “The union government should have approved Metro for both the cities or it is discrimination,” he had said.
Gadkari had responded saying that the Metro rail project was being approved due to his continuous follow-up, and the state government was delaying completion of the process for final approval of Pune Metro.
Meanwhile, the chief minister had claimed that all the necessary processes had been completed by the PMC.
Today (5:55AM)  Delhi Metro gets proposal: Name station after M Visvesvaraya (indianexpress.com)

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Karnataka MPs suggest station near Karnataka Bhawan be named after Visvesvaraya; Cong criticises move
The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has been asked to consider naming Metro stations after distinguished personalities such as late M Visvesvaraya and late Durgabai Deshmukh. The proposal was mooted at a meeting chaired by Urban Development and Housing Minister M Venkaiah Naidu on Tuesday.
A senior official in the ministry said, “Several Karnataka MPs had requested that the station coming up near Karnataka Bhawan be named after M Visvesvaraya, a renowned engineer who belonged to Muddenahalli, a village in Karnataka. The name of Durgabai Deshmukh, a freedom fighter and social activist, was also mentioned for the same.”
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the people should be given top priority. “We had also received similar demands earlier, but we did not heed them keeping in mind the convenience of the commuters of Delhi. Commuters identify stations by the name of a colony or area, not by the name of a personality,’’ DPCC spokesperson Mukesh Sharma said.
Besides, the ministry has also asked DMRC to re-examine the names of some existing Metro stations so that there is no confusion among commuters.
“This direction was given since several stations are named after areas which are actually located far from the station. For instance, Tughlaqabad is located at least five kilometres from the Tughlaqabad Metro station. But a person travelling to Tughlakabad will get off at this station because of its name,’’ an official said.
DMRC has also been asked to undertake a survey for extending the Metro rail line to Narela-Kutubgarh and Kondli. This move is important since housing projects of the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) will be coming up in Narela and Kondli.
“Many people are not interested in being allotted houses in areas such as Narela because of commuting issues. There is lack of proper public transport infrastructure there. But the extension of the Metro line to this area will change that,’’ a DDA official said.
Today (5:53AM)  Metro won't have exclusive women's coaches for now (www.deccanherald.com)

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Mumbai Metro functioning for barely two months has announced separate coaches for women, commuters on Delhi Metro too get the facility. However, Namma Metro has no such facility for its women commuters.In fact, the Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation (BMRCL) has no plans to implement such a facility in the near future.This is despite the two reported cases of molestation and the many unreported incidents of eve-teasing and misbehaviour toward women on board Namma Metro.The BMRCL officials, however, feel differently about their services. They say that since the Namma Metro ridership is too less, women commuters need not stick to one or two coaches and can sit anywhere they want.Officials add that it would inconvenience women commuters if they had to walk through the train to sit in the reserved “women only” seats.
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Kharola said, “As of now, the ridership is less in both the reaches, Reach 1 from Baiyappanahalli to MG Road and Reach 3 from Swastik to Peenya, so women commuters can sit wherever they want.
Later, we will assess the situation and decide accordingly, when the Phase 1 is completed and the much-needed connectivity is there between all the reaches on Phase I.”
On the other hand, regular women commuters beg to differ and feel that women only coaches would be safer.
Huma, who works at an upmarket store, is a regular commuter of Reach 1 from Baiyappanahalli to MG Road. “Usually, I finish work and leave after 9 pm and take the Metro to reach home which is about two kilometres ahead of the Baiyappanahalli station.
At night, many times, there are groups of men who look out for female passengers sitting alone and sit next to them. It happened to me once and I felt really intimidated.
If there are separate coaches for women and some BMRCL personnel to ensure that women only coaches are not trespassed, Namma Metro will become safer for women like me who travel everyday,” she said.
Namma Metro is already in its third year of operations on the 6.7-km Reach 1 from Baiyappanahalli to MG Road and the 10-km Reach 3 from Swastik to Peenya is operating since March this year. Mumbai Metro started operations on June 8 and the 11.4-km Metro Rail runs east-west between Versova-Andheri-Ghatkopar.
Today (5:50AM)  East Champaran police arrest Chiknauta railway crossing gateman (timesofindia.indiatimes.com)

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MOTIHARI: The East Champaran police arrested Santosh Mallik, gateman of Chiknauta manned railway crossing and main accused in the case of Rapti Ganga Express - autorickshaw collision near Semra on Monday, from Madhubani town on Wednesday. He will be quizzed by the police here to record his statement. East Champaran SP Sudhir Kumar Singh said Santosh had fled from the railway crossing after the train rammed into an autorickshaw killing 21 persons of a family on the spot.
Dhananjay Pandey, a resident of village Chiknauta under Sugauli police station, lodged a case with Sugauli police station on Tuesday against Santosh Mallik , gateman of 169 manned railway crossing and ASM of Semra station Sunil Kumar. Satyendra Kumar, SHO, Sugauli PS said probe is on. It is alleged in the complaint that Santosh Mallik, who was appointed on compassionate ground as
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gateman by railway, is an alcoholic and had not undergone the mandatory 45 days training of gateman, so he did not shut the crossing gate for the train to pass after getting telephonic information from Semra station.
ECR GM Madhuresh Kumar, after making a spot inspection at Chiknauta crossing accident site, said a three-member team of senior administrative grade officials led by Kaushik Mukhopadhyay, chief safety officer of the ECR, Hajipur, will conduct an inquiry into the case and submit its report to commissioner of railway safety within a fortnight. The probe panel has directed Rakesh Kumar Tripathy, traffic inspector, Sunil Kumar, ASM, Semra station, Bipin Kumar, ASM, Sugauli station, crew member Nilmani Tiwari and Santosh Mallik , gateman of Chiknauta railway crossing, to appear before the committee at zonal office, Hajipur, on August 22. It may be recalled that Santosh Mallik , Rakesh Tripathi and Sunil Kumar were suspended on the day of accident itself.
Today (4:47AM)  Cabinet nod to Metro rail in Nagpur (www.ptinews.com)

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New Delhi, Aug 20 (PTI) In a pre-election bonanza to Maharashtra, the Union Cabinet today cleared a Rs 8,860 crore metro project in Nagpur, which will become the latest city in the country to have the modern transportation service.
Assembly elections in Maharashtra are due later this year.
Today (2:23AM)  स्टेशन में गुजरात की तर्ज पर होगी साफ-सफाई (naidunia.jagran.com)

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जबलपुर। रेल मंडल के सभी स्टेशनों में अब गुजरात की तर्ज पर साफ-सफाई होगी। क्योंकि पश्चिम मध्य रेल और जबलपुर मंडल रेल प्रबंधक कार्यालय के अधिकारियों की टीम गुजरात यह सब देखने और सीखने गई है।
जानकार बताते हैं कि पश्चिम मध्य रेल के तीनों मंडलों जबलपुर, भोपाल, कोटा में स्टेशन की साफ-सफाई में कर्मचारियों को ज्यादा समय लगता है। वहीं स्टेशन पर आने-जाने वाले यात्री गंदगी करने से बाज नहीं आते, जिससे रेल अधिकारी बेहद परेशान हैं। उक्त स्थिति में रेलवे के अधिकारियों को पता चला कि गुजरात के स्टेशनों में साफ-सफाई जल्दी होती है और वहां गंदगी के निपटान में तकनीक का इस्तेमाल होता है। यह खबर पाकर यहां से स्टेशन अथॉरिटी, मेंटेनेंस व अन्य रेल अधिकारियों की 14 सदस्यीय टीम गुजरात गई है। इस टीम के वापस आने पर यहां भी गुजरात की तकनीक पर रेलवे स्टेशनों की
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साफ-सफाई का दौर शुरू हो जाएगा।
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