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Today (11:38AM)  Rohtak-Bathinda Electrification work inaugurated (www.edukistan.com)
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Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu inaugurated the commencement of electrification of Rohtak- Bathinda-Lehra Mohabbat Rail line costing Rs 294 crore at the railway station here in Haryana on friday.
The railway ministry and Haryana government has also signed an agreement to set up a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) for setting up of the proposed rail coach factory in Sonipat, Prabhu said while inaugurating the commencement of electrification of the line.
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Today (11:31AM)  Haryana will have Rail Coach Factory ! (www.edukistan.com)
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A Rail Coach Factory will be set up in Haryana on the public-private partnership (PPP) model.The state and the Railways will soon ink an agreement to set up a special purpose vehicle (SPV) for the prompt execution of the railway projects.
Union Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu said this while inaugurating the electrification of the 252 km Rohtak-Bathinda-Lehra Mohabbat railway track at the cost of Rs 294 crore here today.On the demand of CM Manohar Lal, the Railway Minister directed the officials concerned to work out the modalities of making the railway track passing through Rohtak town underground or shifting it out of the town and remodelling it on the pillar-based metro rail system.
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Today (11:27AM)  No new fans for Harbour trains (wwv.asianage.com)
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This summer Harbour line commuters will face the heat, as the rakes plying on this track will not get new fans for another six months. The Harbour trains have no ventilators or blowers as opposed to those seen on mainline
and on Western Railway (WR).
The Harbour line traditionally has got the oldest rakes in the Mumbai suburban system, which do not have blowers/ventilators but instead have a small circular space carved out on their roof, which is covered with a lid.
“We have designed new blades which have more horsepower and will be able to provide air with more force, but this will take six months and till then the Harbour line commuters will have to bear the summer heat,” an official,
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on condition of anonymity, said. The fans in the first-class coaches are much better than those in the second-class.
Manjiri Maindarkar (25), a photographer who travels from Panvel to Guru Tegh Bahadur (GTB) station in the
second class compartment, said that travelling in Harbour rakes was difficult during the summer. “I have recently travelled in the first-class on the Harbour line, itself, for a short distance and realised that the first class has better fans which give fresh air. Even second class compartments should have better fans as it is a basic right. I am not asking for cushion seats, but just enough fresh air to breathe during the morning peak hours,” Ms Maindarkar said.
Commuters have been asking for newer and broader rakes on the Harbour line but the railways has been unable
to do so, “We have not been able to bring in new rakes on the mainline itself which has more commuters, so Harbour is the last thing on anyone’s mind,” added the official.The Harbour line has 36 rakes and runs 583 services per day from CST to Vashi/Belapur and Panvel.
  
Today (11:25AM)  Double-decker train to Lucknow from May 1 (www.asianage.com)
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After Jaipur, Northern Railway will start a Delhi-Lucknow double decker train from Sunday. The inaugural run of the train will be flagged off by Union home minister Rajnath Singh on April 26 at Anand Vihar. The regular run of will start from May 1.
According to a senior Northern Railway official, for the convenience of passengers, the railway has decided to introduce air-conditioned super-fast double-decker bi-weekly express train between Anand Vihar terminal and Lucknow. “After the inaugural run, the regular run of the double-decker bi-weekly express train will start between Anand Vihar and Lucknow Junction twice a week on Friday and Sunday from both directions from May 1. The train will have 12 AC chair-car coaches,” he said.
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to reach Lucknow at 10.50 pm the same day.
In the return direction, the 12583 Lucknow Junction-Anand Vihar Terminal train will depart from Lucknow at 5 am to reach Anand Vihar Terminal at 1 pm the same day. The double-decker AC trains will stop for two to five minutes at Ghaziabad, Moradabad and Bareilly stations on the way in both directions.
In August 2012, the first double-decker air-conditioned train from the national capital’s Sarai Rohilla station to Jaipur was flagged off by then railway minister Mukul Roy.
Railway officials said that designing the double-decker coaches was a huge challenge as the entire rail network and coaches were designed to meet precise standard dimensions in length, breadth and height of the railway structures like bridges and tunnels.
The double-decker coaches can accommodate 120 passengers against the carrying capacity of 78 passengers in the existing chair cars of Shatabdi trains.
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Today (11:24AM)  No new fans for Harbour trains (www.asianage.com)
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This summer Harbour line commuters will face the heat, as the rakes plying on this track will not get new fans for another six months. The Harbour trains have no ventilators or blowers as opposed to those seen on mainline and on Western Railway (WR).
The Harbour line traditionally has got the oldest rakes in the Mumbai suburban system, which do not have blowers/ventilators but instead have a small circular space carved out on their roof, which is covered with a lid.
“We have designed new blades which have more horsepower and will be able to provide air with more force, but this will take six months and till then the Harbour line commuters will have to bear the summer heat,” an official, on condition of anonymity, said. The fans in the
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first-class coaches are much better than those in the second-class.
Manjiri Maindarkar (25), a photographer who travels from Panvel to Guru Tegh Bahadur (GTB) station in the second class compartment, said that travelling in Harbour rakes was difficult during the summer. “I have recently travelled in the first-class on the Harbour line, itself, for a short distance and realised that the first class has better fans which give fresh air. Even second class compartments should have better fans as it is a basic right. I am not asking for cushion seats, but just enough fresh air to breathe during the morning peak hours,” Ms Maindarkar said.
Commuters have been asking for newer and broader rakes on the Harbour line but the railways has been unable to do so, “We have not been able to bring in new rakes on the mainline itself which has more commuters, so Harbour is the last thing on anyone’s mind,” added the official.The Harbour line has 36 rakes and runs 583 services per day from CST to Vashi/Belapur and Panvel.
  
Today (11:22AM)  Home Minister Rajnath Singh to flag off Lucknow AC double-decker (economictimes.indiatimes.com)
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NEW DELHI: Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh would flag off the much-awaited AC double-decker train for Lucknow from here tomorrow.
There has been a demand for an AC double-decker train between the national capital and Lucknow.
Railways has already got the clearance last month from Commissioner Railway Safety (CRS) to operationalise the service.
According to railways, it will be a regular bi-weekly service (Friday and Sunday) between Anand Vihar and Lucknow from May 1.
The AC double-decker train will depart from Anand Vihar station at 2.10 PM to reach Lucknow at 10.50 PM the same day. In the return direction, the bi-weekly train will depart from Lucknow at 5 AM
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to reach Anand Vihar at 1 PM the same day.
The train will have 12 coaches having 110 seats in each. It will run approximately at a maximum speed of 110 kph and the fare is likely to be around Rs 630 for travelling between Lucknow and New Delhi.
Railways is currently running AC double-deckers on a few routes including Howrah-Dhanbad, Mumbai-Ahemedabad, Delhi-Jaipur and Bangalore-Chennai among others.
  
Today (11:21AM)  Railway minister shows green light to pending projects in state (timesofindia.indiatimes.com)
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CHANDIGARH: Pending projects like railway bypass and rail coach factory in Jhajjar may get a fresh lease of life as union railway minister Suresh Prabhu on Saturday issued directives related to beginning of these projects.
Accompanied by union rural development minister Birender Singh and Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar, the railway minister stated that after inaugurating Rs 294-crore project of electrification of the Rohtak-Bhatinda-Lehra Mohabbat rail line in Rohtak.
"The pace of railway projects in Haryana, including the setting up of the proposed rail coach factory, is to be further accelerated as soon an agreement between the railway ministry and Haryana government is signed to set up a special purpose vehicle (SPV)," Prabhu said.
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rail coach factory raised by Haryana CM Khattar, the Union Minister said the plant would be set up on public private partnership (PPP) mode.
The projects in Haryana had been announced by the then railways minister Pawan Kumar Bansal in 2012 in the rail budget. But with the change of guard in the Centre and state, there were question marks over the projects.
Prabhu gave directions to the officials over the demand raised by the Haryana CM to either make an underground passage for the railway line track passing through Rohtak or make passage over the bridge on the pattern of Delhi metro through pillars.
He also assured about the modernization of Rohtak railway station and to start a train between Bhiwani and Haridwar. He said railway station in Gurgaon was also being modernized by involving business houses through corporate social responsibility (CSR). For the smooth work flow on the railway projects in Haryana, every month discussions would be held between senior officials of the railway and the state government.
CM Khattar also demanded completion of work on Karnal-Yamunanagar, Fatehabad-Mansa, Firozpur Jhirka-Alwar, Hisar-Sirsa via Agroha and Jind-Sonipat railway lines. He also spoke about making secure the 119 unmanned railway crossings in Haryana.
  
Today (11:19AM)  Hyderabad Metro Rail built to withstand earthquakes (timesofap.com)
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Hyderabad: In case Hyderabad is hit by a high intensity earthquake the chances of the Metro Rail being affected is zero, as each pillar of the rail has been installed with seismic arresters.
These expensive devices are installed at the top of every pillar. Metro rail will be the first project in the state to have seismic arresters. Experts from Delhi, with vast experience in Indian Railways and Metro strongly suggested to the Hyderabad Metro Rail to install the seismic arresters though it adds to the cost of the project. The arresters are being installed along the three corridors to withstand earthquakes or tremors.
The seismic arresters are being presently installed on the following corridors, Corridor-1 from Miyapur-L.B. Nagar (29 km) and Corridor-II from Jubilee Bus Station to Falaknuma (15 km).
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HMR managing director, N.V.S. Reddy said, “The name itself explains the device, these seismic arresters are installed on the top (centre) of the pillar and it arrests the via duct. Though each via duct looks independent, they are connected through a rod, which will not allow the via duct to be affected even in case of extreme earthquakes. Hyderabad does not fall under high intensity zone but to be on the safe side the arresters have been installed, as earthquakes are a phenomenon that cannot be predicted.”
According to experts, the twin cities that are Hyderabad and Secunderabad are located in a zone that can be hit by earthquake measuring 4.5 to 5.0 on the Richter Scale. This natural disaster can occur but any tremors measuring between 5.8 and 6 on the eastern side can affect the twin cities, particularly in areas like Jubilee Hills and Banjara Hills (these areas are prone to minor tremors). But earthquake occurrences are rare in Hyderabad (low density). The city witnessed minor earthquakes in 1982 and 1983.
  
Today (11:18AM)  In his First-ever Metro Ride, Modi Travels to Dwarka (www.newindianexpress.com)
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NEW DELHI: For the first time, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday took a Metro ride here as he, along with National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, travelled from Dhaula Kuan to Dwarka.
The duo, who were on their way to inaugurate the National Intelligence Academy in Dwarka, boarded the train from Dhaula Kuan at 10 am. According to sources, the Prime Minister took the Metro to avoid inconvenience to the public on the route because of security arrangements.
Modi said he really enjoyed the ride and thanked Delhi Metro and its former chief E Sreedharan.
“Sreedharan ji would always tell me to experience the Delhi Metro. Today I had the opportunity to do so on the way to Dwarka. Really enjoyed the
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ride,” Modi tweeted after the ride. “Thanks Delhi Metro. Thanks Sreedharan ji!” his another tweet read.
Union Minister for Environment Prakash Javadekar, however, used the opportunity to hail Modi.
“The Prime Minister has set an example today, by using the Metro just like the public use it daily. He is sending a message that all of us should use the Metro regularly. He had earlier advised his ministers that they should use a bicycle more often,” Javadekar said.
  
Today (11:11AM)  Tremors: Normalcy restored in Delhi Metro system (news.webindia123.com)
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Normal metro train speed on all the Delhi Metro lines, which was reduced as precautionary measure due to tremors earlier in the day, has been restored, a DMRC official said today.
''Normal metro train speed on all the lines was resumed by 1445 hrs,'' the official said.
Earlier, Delhi Metro operations were affected on its lines due to tremors which were felt this noon. The DMRC official also said that metro trains were stopped twice as the National Capital felt two tremors in a short span before noon, the official said. ''First tremors were felt at 1142 hrs and trains were stopped from 1142 hrs to 1152 hrs.
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1223 hrs,'' the official added. ''Before the normalcy was restored, metro trains were running on piloting and it continued till the DMRC got a fitness certificate from civil and structure department of DMRC,'' the official added.
Stopping of metro trains resulted in a huge rush of commuters at busiest metro stations of the metro system.
At Rajiv Chowk Metro station, there was a huge rush of commuters who were seen waiting for the metro trains.
A commuter who was coming from Noida, said the metro was running slow. An earthquake measuring 7.5 magnitude on the Richter scale with its epicentre in Pokhra in Nepal, rocked large swathes of India and the Himalayan nation today.
With the intensity of the earthquake being very severe, panic-stricken people ran out of their houses for safety in many parts of India, including Delhi and other parts of the National Capital Region (NCR).UNI NY CH 1925
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