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Today (7:51AM)  Swank Bombardier derails in Virar yard (epaperbeta.timesofindia.com)
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Western Railway dismisses incident as `minor', says it occurred when new rake was being shunted to washing line and did not disrupt regular passenger traffic in any way
One of the three swank new Bombardier trains of West ern Railway derailed inside a yard on Thursday morning, but WR officials have dismissed the incident as “minor with no repercussions“.
Sources said the incident occurred when the train was on the washing line in the Virar car shed and some track points (points on crossovers) got switched accidentally, derailing the train. One coach (5002-B) derailed while it was being shunted, but was put back on track immediately, and there was no damage. Since the incident occurred inside the yard, a source said, there was no question of any disruption to regular services.
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Confirming the incident, a WR spokesperson said, “The incident occurred inside the Virar yard while shunting trains. It was a minor incident with no repercussions at all on any passenger traffic.“
The rake that derailed was one of the first two that WR had received on trial from Integral Coach Factory, Chennai, last year -the third rake was received last week -and it is in service under the Mumbai Urban Transport Project 2 funded by World Bank. Of late, WR has witnessed a rise in number of accidents inside yards and sidings, raising questions about the standard of practices in yards. Two weeks ago, two electric locomotives collided inside Bandra marshalling yard while they were being shunted from one track to another.
Officials said that tracks inside car sheds, yards and sidings are not interlocked and are kept so for free shunting movement, hence there is always a possibility of such incidents. The maintenance schedule of tracks is also different from the manner in which regular tracks are maintained, another official pointed out.
  
Today (7:14AM)  Bhavaneeswari to Head Metro Security Team (www.newindianexpress.com)
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CHENNAI: IPS officer K Bhavaneeswari has been transferred and posted as Chief Security Officer (CSO), Chennai Metro Rail Limited (CMRL).
According to sources close to the IPS officer, she is likely to join CMRL on Monday, provided she is relieved from the present post as Superintendent of Police in Q - Branch.
She is being posted on deputation to CMRL from the State Cadre and will be on the payroll of CMR. The official is expected to set up the entire team, choosing her staff and deciding their roles.
“The CSO will be in charge of providing safety and security to the Access Control and the assets of the Metro Rail, besides carrying out the anti-terror drill and anti-sabotage checks,” said a senior
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police officer from the State.
Until this posting, speculations were rife that an exclusive force, drawn either from the Central or State Police would be entrusted with the task of policing aspects other than law & order and crime.
The security of Bengaluru Metro Rail external station installation is vested with the Bengaluru City Police. Similarly, the Jaipur Metro Rail security is entrusted with the Rajasthan Police.
Delhi Metro Rail security is guarded by Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) personnel whereas Railway Protection Force (RPF) takes guard in Kolkata Metro Rail.
The posting indicates that the strength will be drawn from the State force.
  
Today (6:54AM)  Woman cop named chief security officer of metro rail (timesofindia.indiatimes.com)
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CHENNAI: Senior superintendent of police K Bhavaneeshwari has been appointed chief security officer (CSO) of Chennai Metro Rail Ltd (CMRL), a newly created post.
After the Koyambedu- Alandur metro rail line was inaugurated by chief minister J Jayalalithaa on June 29, director general of police Ashok Kumar, state intelligence chief P Kannappan and city police commissioner S George discussed security arrangements at the metro stations.
Sources said Bhavaneeshwari, now SP, 'Q' branch, has been deputed to the new post. She will assist CMRL officials in cooperation with the city and state police. She will be paid by CMRL and will be responsible for setting up a team and deciding the roles of its members.
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providing safety and security to the assets of the metro rail. She will also carry out anti-terror drills and anti-sabotage checks," a police officer said.
Bhavaneeshwari will be responsible for maintaining law and order and tackling crime on metro rail property, including at work sites. Two private agencies currently handle security at metro rail stations and are monitored by a retired superintendent of police.
The 10-km stretch Koyambedu-Alandur metro rail line has seven stations and there will 32 stations along two corridors when the entire network becomes operational.
Once completed, there could be five to six metro rail police stations for the network, each with six to seven metro rail stations under its control.
  
Today (6:53AM)  New logo to jazz up Metro (www.thehindu.com)
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People are keenly awaiting Kochi Metro’s new logo, expected to be released shortly.
The ‘transit’ logo that is in the shape of Malayalam alphabet ‘Ka’ (the first alphabet of Kochi) will pave the way for a more vibrant one, Metro sources said. The new logo with a dynamic take of letters K and M will show how the Metro will seamlessly integrate with other commuting modes – buses, ferries etc., they said.    
The logo will take on a different hue, depending on the circumstance.
“Thus, it is most likely to adorn a green shade on metro trains and blue on a modern fleet of ferries that will operate as feeder service for the metro. It might take on a different shade when used as
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corporate logo.”
The exterior and interior design and colour scheme of metro coaches too have been finalised and will be released alongside the new logo. The seats will be aquamarine blue – the same shade as that of each metro train’s front view, while hangers for passengers to hold on might be light green. The front of each train will as expected, resemble a robust tusker, with headlight cluster resembling tusks.    
Research is underway on how best to make coaches look more lively, by wrapping the sides with graphics, art works or even advertisements.
“But care will be taken so that advertisements will not spoil the exterior look like what has happened with KSRTC buses. They will have to adhere to norms set by us,” the sources said.
Metro stakeholders took a cue on this from Kerala Tourism’s promotional campaigns in which exterior of coaches in select trains and also of London cabs were wrapped using icons of kathakali, mohiniyattom, snake boats, tea estates etc.
  
Today (6:51AM)  Metroman seeks to untie many knots (www.thehindu.com)
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he mere approval of the Detailed Project Report (DPR) of the Rs.6,728- crore Light Metro proposed for two cities in the State is not enough and “many knots needs to be untied to commence the work” for the Mass Rapid Transit System, says Principal Adviser, Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC), E. Sreedharan.
“The approval granted by the government for the DPR submitted by us on October 8 last is not enough and everything revolves around funding and the Central government’s approval,” Mr. Sreedharan told The Hindu over telephone from his home in Ponnani on Thursday.
“The Centre’s approval came for Kochi Metro Rail after seven years and after intense lobbying. The Centre will be reluctant to make available 20 per cent (Rs.1,278 crore) of the total cost as suggested by the Cabinet
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for Light Metro in Thiruvananthapuram and Kozhikode,” the Metroman said responding to Cabinet’s nod to seek Centre’s nod for the project.
Mr. Sreedharan said the State government has made a “good beginning” by approving the DPR. But the Central government has its own views on the MRTS projects being executed.
Mr. Sreedharan did not hide his unhappiness over the delay on the part of the State government in making available funds to create the requisite infrastructure for light metro.
Turnkey basis
The Cabinet has decided to execute the MRTS project on turnkey basis through the DMRC on the lines of the Kochi metro project.
The State will also contribute the matching 20 per cent and the remaining 60 per cent of the estimated cost will be through loan.
Mr. Sreedharan has promised a low-interest Special Terms for Economic Partnership (STEP) loan from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) for the project with an interest of 7.5 per cent. JICA is ready to provide 85 per cent of the cost and to fund the four flyovers along the route in the capital.
Asked on the hitches in getting loans from Japan on the lines of the Chennai, Bengalaru, and Delhi metros executed by the DMRC, Mr. Sreedharan said they are not coming forward to give the normal loan for the MRTS.
Tender formalities and other aspects can be finalised only after funding agency is fixed. Civil work involve as much as 50 per cent of the estimated cost, he said.
“If the Centre gives the clearance, we can commence the work in four to five months”, Mr. Sreedharan said.
If the Centre gives the clearance, we can commence the work in four to five months
  
Today (6:48AM)  New security officer for Metro Rail (www.thehindu.com)
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As the first step towards enhancing security for Chennai Metro Rail stations, the government has transferred and posted K. Bhavaneeswari, Superintendent of Police, ‘Q’ Branch, as security officer of the Chennai Metro Rail Ltd. (CMRL). She will decide on the measures and the manpower needed for enhancing the safety of the stations.
Stringent steps
Senior police officers feel that stringent security measures have to be in place for a public transport system that has been constructed with a huge investment.Earlier this month, DGP Ashok Kumar and City Police Commissioner S. George travelled on the Metro from Koyambedu to Alandur after a meeting with senior CMRL officials. During the meeting, the police suggested the need for a dedicated force to guard the seven Metro rail stations.
  
Today (6:47AM)  Travel cards for Metro (www.thehindu.com)
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Instead of a plain travel card, what if you own one that has your photograph? That is what Chennai Metro Rail plans to do to in an attempt to woo commuters.
Starting next month, commuters can buy personalised travel cards at Chennai Metro Rail stations. According to officials of Chennai Metro Rail Ltd. (CMRL), commuters may approach the stations with a passport-size photograph and address proof for the personalised travel cards. “We will initially give a form that has to be filled in and returned to us with the relevant address and ID proof and we will process the request,” an official said. This will take off next month and, unlike the regular travel card that commuters get immediately, this may take a little while to process and issue, the official added. “Commuters may even want to gift this travel card,”
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The Chennai Metro Rail runs between Koyambedu and Alandur after six years of work. For this 10-km stretch, the fares range between Rs.10 and Rs.40 for normal class and Rs.20 and Rs.80 for the special class. Commuters using travel cards will get a 10 per cent discount on fares.
The travel card is available for Rs.100. Of this, half the amount will be a refundable deposit and the rest will be deducted during each ride; the refundable amount will be paid back when the card is returned. Commuters can top up the card for a maximum value of Rs.3,000 and the card is valid for one year.
  
Today (6:47AM)  Delhi Metro hopes for a fare revision (www.thehindu.com)
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It is only after the ACC notifies the fare fixation committee can the actual process of tariff revision begin
As the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) is hoping against hope for a fare revision given the spiralling input costs, the Ministry of Urban Development (MoUD), too, seems to be looking up to the Appointments Committee of Cabinet (ACC) for the same.
Having rejected four consecutive proposals of the MoUD for appointing the Chairman of the Fare Fixation Committee (FFC) in the past, the ACC, headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, is yet to approve the panel. Sources said to avoid another such rejection, the MoUD has sent the maximum number of names for the ACC to select from.
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names were sent to the ACC for selecting the Chairman. But this time, as many as five names have been sent,” said an official. The FFC, which decides fares for the Delhi Metro is a three-member body, chaired by an existing and/or a retired judge of the High Court. The committee also comprises representatives from the Central and State governments.
It is only after the ACC notifies the fare fixation committee can the actual process of tariff revision begin. The last time metro fares were revised was in 2009 and since then the DMRC has been sending letters to the MoUD reminding about the increasing operations and maintenance costs.
Early this year, the ACC had rejected the name of former Justice AK Srivastava for heading the fare fixation committee. The ACC had then done so without citing any reason for the rejection.
Instead of the existing 15 fare slabs ranging from Rs.8 to Rs.30, the corporation has proposed five, ranging from Rs.10 to Rs.50, which if implemented, would bring it 38% more revenue. “40 per cent of our total expenditure goes in electricity. Power tariffs have increased by more than 94 per cent since fare was last fixed,” said a DMRC official..
Having rejected four proposals for appointing the Chairman of the Fare Fixation Committee, the ACC is yet to approve the panel
  
Today (6:45AM)  Free emergency centres soon at eight more railway stations (www.thehindu.com)
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Southern Railway has proposed to establish free emergency medical facility centres at eight more stations over Tiruchi Railway Division to help rail travellers requiring immediate medical attention.
The 24-hour medical centres are planned to be set up at Thanjavur, Kumbakonam, Mayiladuthurai, Villupuram, Puducherry, Ariyalur, Vriddhachalam, and Nagapattinam stations.
The centres will be built, operated, and manned by private hospitals with the railways providing designated space, electricity, and water connectivity free of cost.
The railway administration has called for expression of interest from interested organisations and a memorandum of understanding would be signed between the railways and the chosen party.
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was opened last year.
Railway sources said the contract would be for one year which was renewable subject to satisfactory performance of the selected organisation.
The private party would have to build the medical centre as per the plan approved by the railways by mobilising own resources.
Medical equipment to provide basic life-saving services and paramedical staff would have to be engaged by the chosen organisation. A doctor at the centre would attend to travellers requiring immediate medical attention.
The objective of starting free emergency centre at railway stations was to provide medical attention to passengers requiring them as there had been instances of travellers suddenly feeling uneasy and uncomfortable because of some problems while travelling, a senior official said.
The official said passengers requiring advanced medical care would be shifted to the nearest hospital of his or her choice through an ambulance which would be parked at the station for emergency use.
The railway administration would go into the reputation and background of the interested organisation coming forward to establish the medical centre before taking a call, the official said.
Thanjavur, Kumbakonam, and Mayiladuthurai fall under the “A” category station while Puducherry, Ariyalur, Vriddhachalam, and Nagapattinam are classified as “B” category stations.
  
Today (6:45AM)  AP Express to become T Express from Nov. 15 (www.thehindu.com)
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The renaming of train numbers 12723/12724 Hyderabad-New Delhi-Hyderabad Andhra Pradesh Expresses as Telangana Expresses will come into force from November 15, 2015, according to an official release here on Thursday.
Similarly, train No. 22631/22632 Bikaner-Chennai-Bikaner Weekly Express will be renamed as Anuvrat Express with immediate effect.
Special trains
South Central Railway will run a special train between Tirupati and Secunderabad on July 31.
Train No. 07265 Tirupati-Secunderabad special will leave Tirupati at 10.40 p.m. on July 31 and reach Secunderabad at 10.30 a.m. the next day.
The train will halt at Renigunta, Gudur, Nellore, Ongole, Tenali, Vijayawada, Madhira, Khammam, Mahabubabad, Warangal, Kazipet and Janagaon.

  
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