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Today (12:25)  Rail passengers can tune into music, infotainment on-the-go (timesofindia.indiatimes.com)
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LUCKNOW: Passengers may soon tune into popular FM radio stations on trains, with Indian Railway firming up plans to roll out a Rail Radio service for `on-board infotainment'. Plan is to introduce the facility on about 1,000 Mail and Express trains, including premier services.Passengers will not only be treated to popular songs and music but will also be facilitated with public address system in coaches, along with updates on train related information on hourly basis.According to the plan, the system will be used to issue alerts in case of an emergency. Besides jokes, astrology and other trivia, the history of Indian Railway and its major activities will also be part of the Rail Radio service. "We are in the process of finalising arrangements with some leading FM radio stations to provide entertainment as well as informa tion to passengers on board about 1,000 Mail and Express trains including Rajdhani, Shatabdi and...
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Duronto," said a senior railway official.
Railway minister Suresh Prabhu had in his 2016-2017 budget speech proposed to invite FM radio stations for providing train-borne entertainment through public address systems on trains.Currently , only Rajdhani, Duronto and Shatabdi trains are equipped with PA system. Once Rail Radio service is in operation, all these premier trains will be linked with the system," he added.As per the plan, studios will be set up at Railway Board and all zonal headquarters to operationalise Rail Radio service. Rail Radio service will be helpful during emergency situations like accidents or a natural calamity , the official said. "It will be easier to reach out to passengers during emergency through PA system from headquarters, adding, "There will be a slot for educating and creating awareness among passengers on disaster management."
With a view to enhancing passenger comfort, a move has been initiated by the Railways to introduce new amenities including ergonomic seating and easily accessible dustbins in coaches.
Plans to make available the bilingual on board magazine Rail Bandhu in all Mail and Express trains. Currently, the magazine is available only in Rajdhani, Shatabdi and Duronto trains. There is also a plan to publish Rail Bandhu in regional languages, the official said.
  
Today (12:24)  Rail giant Stadler to set up shop in Andhra Pradesh? (timesofindia.indiatimes.com)
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VIJAYAWADA: In a major success for chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu's efforts in attracting global investors, Swiss company Stadler Rail Management AG has evinced interest in joining hands with Andhra Pradesh government to build coaches for Amaravati and Visakhapatnam metro rail projects and also study the feasibility of setting up a manufacturing unit in Vizag.
Chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu met top executives of Stadler executive vice-president (marketing and sales) Peter Jenelten, business development analyst Stefan Rutishauser and project manager business development Thomas Zweifel during his brief tour of Zurich on Monday . The chief minister gave a detailed presentation on the advantages of setting shop in AP.During his presentation, Naidu said that two metros rail lines were being developed in AP
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and that plans for launching speed trains were also being prepared. "As per your requirement, we have a long coastline and good ports with no shortage of power, water, and other necessary infrastructure. In addition, we are centrally located with excellent road and rail connectivity ," the CM said and added that the state was recently ranked No. 1 in `ease of doing business'. The CM said AP had registered an impressive growth rate of 10.99 per cent last year and in the first half of this fiscal the growth rate was 12 per cent.
After the CM's presentation, the vice-president of Stadler formally invited the CM and the delegation to visit their factory . Stadler executives elaborated on the infrastructural requirements. They said a location close to sea would help import and export operations. "We are mainly looking at land, logistics, tax structures and human resources as main criteria to set up the unit," Jenelten said.
Stadler provides a comprehensive range of products in the commuter rail and railway segments, the vice-president said and disclosed that the company manufactures main-line dual-mode locomotives, shunting locomotives and passenger carriages, including the most powerful diesel-electric locomotive in Europe. Stadler is the world's leading manufacturer in rack and pinion rail vehicles.
The firm specialises in producing coach bodies with aluminium. The company already has a unit at Kancharapara, West Bengal. Stadler is looking to start a unit in Vizag to manufacture spares with aluminium. The new unit is expected to create 3,000 jobs. Stadler has an annual turnover of US $ 2.2 billion with production sites in Poland, Germany , Hungary , Switzerland, Belarus and Spain. The company is planning to venture into the United States as well.
  
Today (12:24)  Residents stage ‘rail roko’ in Katni (timesofindia.indiatimes.com)
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JABALPUR: The local residents in Katni staged a rail roko agitation protesting the transfer of superintendent of police Gaurav Tiwari. On Friday, they had given the state administration an ultimatum of three days to revoke Tiwari's transfer or face a 'rail roko andolan' in the city.
In light of that threat, a big police force was deployed at the railway station premises, Dilbahar Square, Subhas Square, autorickshaw stands and other key places in the city. The road connecting Subhash Square to Vishwakarma Gate was closed by the police.. However, despite the police presence, the protestors managed to stop a passenger train for about 15 minutes at Murwara station in the city.
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leaders MLA Jitu Patwari, senior leader Sunderlal Tiwari and local MLA Saurabh Singh also joined the protests early Monday. They started out their protest rally from the residence of local MLA Saurabh Singh, clashed with the police and managed to move ahead after breaking down barricades.
SP Katni Shashikant Shukla said, "A total of 124 protestors were arrested, but no violence was reported from any part of the city. Traffic of the city remained disturbed due to the crowd as both the rallies were taken out on the same day".
On January 9 the state government had transferred Katni district superintendent of police (SP) Gaurav Tiwari to Chhindwara. The 2010 batch IPS officer was investigating some influential leaders in the ruling BJP for their alleged links in a Rs 500-crore hawala racket.
The volunteers of the Congress party started their protest rally from the residence of local MLA Saurabh Singh, there were minor clashes when police tried to stop them, the protestors moved ahead after breaking the barricades.
SP Katni, Shashikant Shukla said, "A total of 124 protestors were arrested but no violence was reported from any part of the city. Traffic of the city remained disturbed due to the crowd as both the rallies were taken out on the same day".
Meanwhile a large number of Pathak supporters arrived in Katni town and organised a rally. Police in the town had a tough time maintaining order and avoid a clsh between the two groups of protesters.
  
Today (12:22)  'Behen Hogi Teri' will be the first film to shoot in Lucknow Metro (timesofindia.indiatimes.com)
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Shruti Haasan and Rajkummar Rao who are busy shooting for their upcoming movie 'Behen Hogi Teri' will soon be shooting a romantic song in the Lucknow metro.
The train has been making trial runs in the city will be seen on screen this May. Amul Vikas Mohan, one of the producers of the film said, " The story of our film is set in Lucknow so we want to incorporate as many elements of the city as possible in our film. Our film will release in May 2017 and the Metro will also start in Lucknow this year. So we wanted to be the first ones to capitalize on this and show the Lucknow Metro in a film, he added.
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being asked to let on more details about the song, Amul Mohan said, "The song is about a young urban couple whose romance has just started to bloom. It's a romantic number composed by Rishi Rich, the England based Indian music composer. The music is very much like Lucknow, a perfect blend of urban and traditional." Behen Hogi Teri is set to release on 26th May this year.
Oddball Motion Pictures present Behen Hogi Teri is produced by Antony D'souza, Amul Vikas Mohan and Nitin Upadhyaya, directed by Ajay K Pannalal. The movie starring Rajkummar Rao, Shruti Haasan, Gautam Gulati, Gulshan Grover, Ranjeet and others releases worldwide on May 26th, 2017 .
  
Today (12:22)  Passengers miffed with closed ticket booking counter at Nashik Railway station (timesofindia.indiatimes.com)
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NASHIK: If you are standing in a queue at the ticket reservation counter number 2 or 3 of the Nashik Road railway station, there is a chance that you might be suddenly asked to leave the queue and move to an adjacent counter after 2pm.
This confusion will happen because the railways is short of staff and abruptly shuts down a counter, leaving those waiting in queues high and dry.
A resident of Nashik Road, Sanjay Shinde, who stood in a queue before booking window number 2 at 1.45pm last week, was told
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at 2.15pm to move to booking window number 1 as the earlier window would not function in the second half of the day. Shinde, who was standing third in queue was left perplexed.
"I was already in the queue for about half-an-hour and suddenly I was asked to go to the other window, where I was pushed to stand 11th in the queue. I was furious and protested about how authorities could suddenly close the counter without any prior information. But, I still had to stand in the queue for a long time," Shinde said.Most commuters have complained of counter 2 and 3 being suddenly closed while people are standing in a queue in front of the window.
There are four counters at the Nashik Road railway station reservation counter, which operate from 8am to 2pm. After lunch hours, only three windows are kept open. The fourth window opens only at 4pm and operates till 10pm.
"We have informed the general manager regarding this. We had raised the matter earlier as well with the local railway officials, but it appears that the railway is unwilling to do anything about it," said Siddheshwar Shinde, zonal railway users' consultative committee member.
A senior official from the railways said that the shortage of staff has compelled them to close a window.
  
Today (12:19)  Railway doubling project to begin by Feb-end (timesofindia.indiatimes.com)
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Indore: Doubling of Indore-Dewas-Ujjain track is expected to begin by the end of February. The Railways has already completed the final location survey and is now looking for tenders. The doubling work of this 79-kilometre section connecting Indore-Dewas-Ujjain is considered to be among the most important projects of the railways. As many as 40 trains cross through this section.
The total cost of this project is estimated to be around Rs 460 crore. The project will be carried out in phases. The first will include Indore-Dewas section, while the second will include Dewas-Ujjain section.
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of Ratlam Division of Western Railways said that with this doubling, the railways would be able to control delays and tracks would be cleared for new trains. The doubling of lines between Indore-Dewas-Ujjain would ensure trains reach destinations on time and would also allow railways to introduce new trains.
"Trains that had to wait for more than two hours at the crossing at Ujjain station will soon be able to cover the distance from Ujjain to Indore within one hour," said a senior PR official. He added that at present, trains have to wait for other trains to pass as there is only a single line.
  
Today (12:18)  Rlys fails to build training centre for wrestlers (timesofindia.indiatimes.com)
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Indore: The Railways' plan to set up a training centre for wrestlers who work as railway employees seems to have failed to take off. In 2008, the railways had allotted land near the city railway station to develop the centre, however, no development has taken place.
A decision in this regard was taken after International wrestler Sushil Kumar won a bronze medal at Beijing Olympics in 2008. Authorities of Ratlam Division of Western Railways then decided to send a proposal to the railways headquarters for the same. It had even allotted land at its premises near Rajkumar Bridge area and Kumar was invited to lay the foundation stone for the project on December 18, 2008.
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then Divisional Railway Manager (DRM) of Ratlam Division of the railways Prashant Kumar and other senior officials had decided to promote the game among wrestlers working with the railways and train them to represent the railways at the Olympics and other international wrestling events.Railways sources said that due to problems with sanctioning funds, construction work couldn't be started. A senior railways official said, "A development plan for the project has not yet materialised."
"There was a project for setting up a training centre, however there is no progress on it," said JK Jayant, senior PR official of the railways.
Meanwhile, wrestlers working in Ratlam division are also planning to approach railways authorities to initiate the project. "We need to have a place to train. Though the railways' priority is ensuring safety and amenities for passengers, authorities should also consider the spirit of wrestlers working in the railways," said Pappu Yadav, renowned wrestler from Indore and a railway employee.
Another well-known wrestler working in the railways, Umesh Patel, said, "How can we bring medals for the railways if they can't provide facilities for their own players," he said.
  
Today (12:17)  Bio toilets at 4 railway stations soon (timesofindia.indiatimes.com)
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PATNA: A memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed on Monday between Power Grid Corporation of India Limited and Samastipur division of the East Central Railway (ECR) for the installation of bio toilets at Sitamarhi, Jaynagar, Madhubani and Darghanga stations.
"While funds for the eco-friendly and easy-to-maintain Namma toilets will be provided by the Power Grid, the railways will undertake the installation activity. These toilets, which require less water and have natural ventilation, were first used in Tamil Nadu and later in New Delhi. The concept aims at elimination of open defecation," ECR CPRO Arvind Rajak told TOI.
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Today (12:16)  Western Railway plans to extend some services from Andheri to Goregaon (timesofindia.indiatimes.com)
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MUMBAI: Western Railway plans to extend some of its services originating or terminating in Andheri to Goregaon once the Harbour line corridor is extended to this station by March. The move will be a boon for commuters in the western suburbs and is expected to significantly ease crowds at Andheri.
The Harbour Line extension to Goregaon is part of the Mumbai Urban Transport Project-II, which is being executed by the Mumbai Railway Vikas Corporation (MRVC). As of now, the Harbour Line corridor on WR, which operates from Andheri, caters to services to CST and Panvel. However, after the extension of the tracks, the route will remain under-utilised if only Harbour trains are operated on it. CR has not yet specified how many
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of its Andheri services will shift to Goregaon.
Meanwhile, WR has already begun a study on shifting some of its Churchgate-bound services to Goregaon from Andheri.
A senior WR official said, "We run a total of 34 services between Churchgate-Andheri from the Harbour platform at Andheri. Of these, around 20 services can be shifted to Goregaon, which will be a huge relief for commuters of this suburb. Of these, three to four services each can operate during the morning and evening peak hour."
The official further said, "There are only 91 services operating between CST-Andheri on the Harbour line. We are aware that some will shift to Goregaon, but the path on the extended route would still remain under-utilised unless we decided to migrate some Andheri-Churchgate services to Goregaon."
MRVC had initially hoped to commission the Harbour services up to Goregaon by June 2014. However, the 'right of way' was not available due to the presence of some structures. Now the structures have been removed and work is going on in full swing. An MRVC official said, "Work is expected to be complete by April, if not by March 2017."However, once the tracks, over-head equipment (OHE) and signalling system is in place, the commissioner of railway safety (CRS) will have to give its approval before the trains can run on the section.
WR runs few a services originating from Goregaon as well as Malad but commuters say these are grossly inadequate as the number of passengers have increased due to growth in population, especially in and around Dindoshi in Goregaon (West) and Link Road in Goregaon (East).
Commuters said boarding any train from Goregaon is a nightmare. Goregaon commuter Anish Khan said, "Trains come overcrowded from Borivli and Virar. We have to let go of many trains before making a successful attempt to board the train. The Goregaon local will help us breathe easy." Another commuter Sucharita Naik said, "We take share autorickshaws to Andheri station from Goregaon on the Western Express Highway. It is costly, but at least it is better than risking our lives in an overcrowded train."
However, Andheri resident Amey Naik said, "Instead of taking away services from Andheri, the Railways should run new services from Goregaon as crowds have increased after the Metro service was introduced."
  
Today (12:12)  Government toying with idea of Surface Rail for Bengaluru (timesofindia.indiatimes.com)
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BENGALURU: After being delayed many times over, Phase 1 of the Namma Metro is now inching towards completion but the government already appears to be contemplating another rail network for the city - Surface Rail.
Interestingly, Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited (BMRCL) is likely to prepare the project report for the Surface Rail. "For a city like Bengaluru, the Metro network alone won't suffice. We are planning to build a Surface Rail along the proposed Peripheral Ring Road (PRR), so that the city has a circular train network. This will, in turn, be connected to the Metro at strategic points," official sources told TOI.
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in the urban development department said that the Bangalore Development Authority (BDA) was likely to include the right of way for the rail network along the proposed route of the PRR. "The 65km-long PRR cuts through Sarjapur Road, Old Madras Road, Ballari Road and KR Puram. These points will be bookended by Hosur Road and Tumakuru Road. In order to provide a circular network, one half of the Surface Rail be built along the existing NICE Road, and the reminder on the PRR," said a UDD official.The official pointed out that while the basic design, and the source of the train's power won't be too different, the Surface Rail would ride at a height of just 2m or 3m above the ground. "Underpasses or over bridges will be built to ease regular road traffic, where the Surface Rail passes," he added.
However, UDD sources said that the proposal was still on the drawing board. "To start with, we need to tackle all the challenges before going ahead with the PRR. By then, a detailed report on Surface Rail and its feasibility would be ready, and we could propose it to the government. It's too early to talk about the cost," the official said.
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