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Today (12:34)  10 months on, no express train crosses Munger rail bridge (timesofindia.indiatimes.com)
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Begusarai: Even after more than ten months of Munger rail bridge being opened by PM Narendra Modi, passengers are yet to get the facility of any express train through this bridge. Moreover, the railways so far has been able to run only one passenger train and that, too, between Tilrath (a station between Barauni and Begusarai stations) and Jamalpur besides between Khagaria and Jamalpur stations. The mega rail-cum-road bridge was completed at a cost of about Rs2,700 crore last year following several delays from its scheduled time frame.
However, after it was thrown open for passenger traffic in April last year, people of Begusarai, Khagaria, Munger and Bhagalpur nurtured high hopes of getting the facility of some long-distance express trains through this
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new route soon. Begusarai Rail User Association secretary Dilip Kumar Sinha said, “We have sent several reminders to zonal officials and Railway Board members in this regard, but to no effect.”
Sinha further said even some express trains like Bhagalpur-Jammu Tawi Amaranth Express, Jainagar-Howrah Dhuryan Express and Bhagalpur-Muzaffarpur Jansewa Express, which were proposed to be diverted through this route last year, had not been done either. “The bridge facilitates new route to Howrah and can be effectively used to lessen the load on the overburdened Barauni-Kiul-Howrah main line. However, what stops the railways from using the bridge to its potential is truly perplexing,” he added.
Commenting on the issue, East-Central Zone Rail User Consultative Committee member Sanjay Singh said they had raised the issue during two of their meetings with zonal officials, including the GM. “However, the officials’ approach appears to be lackadaisical in this regard,” he alleged.
When TOI asked a senior official of Sonpur rail division in this connection, he, on the condition of anonymity, said the problem was with Malda division as there was some problem related to signalling system. “There is absolutely no problem in running express trains through the bridge from our side,” he said.
  
Today (12:33)  Suburban rail pact inked amid differences over funding pattern (timesofindia.indiatimes.com)
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BENGALURU: Differences between the Karnataka government and the Railways over funding pattern for the proposed suburban railway became apparent on Monday when both CM Siddaramaiah and Railways minister Suresh Prabhu expressed their concerns while signing a MoU for the project. The Railways minister, besides flagging off a new local train service between Bengaluru and Ramanagara, launched a slew of railway-related projects here on Monday . "Karnataka has filed objections to the draft policy the Centre has put forth to all states regarding funding pattern.Sharing 80% of the project cost will be a huge burden on the state. We have requested the Centre and the railway minister to bear 50% of the project cost," said the CM. Railways minister Suresh Prabhu, on the other hand, said, "Neither can the Centre nor the state fund such projects fully. We have to leverage from the market, we have to go for innovative funding models....
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We will look into the CM's request but will go ahead with the project as of now." The draft policy in question proposes that the Centre and the partner state should each fund 20% of the project cost and that the state should avail loans for the remaining 60%. The MoU signed on Monday mandates that Karnataka and the railways will enter into a joint venture to establish an SPV to implement the suburban rail project. The project is pegged at about Rs 9,000 crore, of which the first phase will cost about Rs 2,500 crore. "The railways should share the cost of land acquisition too as land in Bengaluru is very expensive. More land needs to be acquired to develop the suburban rail infrastructure, which is going to burden the state's treasury . We will extend support to all the ongoing 16 cost-sharing projects with the railways if the requests are heeded," said the CM. The CM's pitch for 50:50 funding for project has quite a few takers including MPs Ananth Kumar, P C Mohan and D V Sadananda Gowda. "When H D Deve Gowda became the PM and I was elected as MP from Bengaluru. I had requested for the state and the Centre to build metro and circular rail systems for Bengaluru. I'm happy that the project is taking off. I believe both the stakeholders should share the project cost equally ," said Union minister Ananth Kumar. He requested Prabhu and the CM to name the SPV -Bengaluru Rail Infrastructure Development Enterprise. Citizens for Bengaluru members, meanwhile, handed over a petition to Prabhu with 22,000 signatures demanding right infrastructure that'll help reduce travel time in the city .Sanjeev Dyammanavar, member of Praja, techie and suburban rail activist, said, ban rail activist, s "The state's demand for equal cost sharing is justified. The railways must hike its stake in Beng aluru. To make the system viable, the railways should hike the fare marginally ." marginally ." "The state and the railways mustn't delay the project further because the cost of land acquisition will be burdening both in the future," said Prakash Mandoth, member, Divisional Railway Users' Consultative Committee. TRAIN FOR RAMANAGARA, WHITEFIELD & KUPPAM Railways minister Suresh Prabhu flagged off on Monday a new MEMU train from KSR Bengaluru station to Ramanagara. The train will run six times a day -thrice in each direction. The KSR-Ramanagara passenger train will, however, be stopped with the MEMU service kicking off. The train will service Whitefield twice a day. It will depart KSR Bengaluru at 8:45am and reach Whitefield at 9:40am and leave Whitefield at 10:30am and arrive KSR at 11:10am. The same rake will head for Kuppam, leaving KSR at 11:20am and reaching Kuppam at 13:45pm. It will depart Kuppam at 2:45pm and reach KSR at 5:20pm.Replacement of 15 more pairs of MEMU trains to Mandya, Channapatna has been okayed. US EXPERTS TO HELP SHIFT TIPU-ERA ARMOURY Railways minister SureshPrabhu announced that the doubling of railway tracks between Mysuru and Bengaluru will be completed before March 31. "We have roped in an expert team from the USAto shift the historicarmoury of theTipuSultan era,which falls in theway ofdoubling project. Once this is done, we will be able to plan the highspeed rail link between Chennai and Mysuru via Bengaluru. A German company has already done the feasibility test for the project," Prabhu said.
B'LURU-SHIVAMOGGA TRAIN FLAGGED OFF The much-awaited train between Bengaluru and Shivamogga was also flagged off on Monday. The train will leave KSR station in the night and arrive Shivamogga in the morning. Regular services will start from Wednesday from Yesvantpur station. "I'm keen to make sure that all towns and cities in Karnataka are connected by rail. We have already upped the budgetary outlay from Rs 900 crore to Rs 2,779 crore in the last rail budget. Investment on increasing rail track density is significant for the railways," said Suresh Prabhu. He also promised to look into the problems of the railway stations in Shivamogga after D H Shankarmurthy, chairman of the state Legislative Council, raised them before him.
BYAPPANAHALLI TO BE WORLD-CLASS STATION Railways minister Suresh Prabhu and CM Siddaramaiah laid the foundation stone for the upgradation of the Byappanahalli railway station to the third terminal station for Bengaluru. The station, which has two platforms at present, will get seven platforms at a cost of Rs 130 crore. KSR Bengaluru and Yesvantpur are the two terminal stations at present. With the Byappanahalli terminal station, the railways will be able to divert 15-20 trains to and from Byappanahalli.Prabhu also announced that Byappanahalli will be upgraded to a world-class station in Karnataka. "The project will be worth Rs 500 crore and the facilities will match that of an airport," he said.
  
Today (12:30)  India's longest rail-cum-road bridge likely to be ready by December (timesofindia.indiatimes.com)
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DIBRUGARH: The country's longest rail-cum-road bridge - the Bogibeel Bridge over the Brahmaputra in Dibrugarh - is likely to be ready by December this year. MK Singh, the deputy chief engineer of the Northeast Frontier Railway in charge of the project, on Monday said 70% of the work had been completed. "The bridge should be ready by December if everything goes according to plan. Work has been expedited to meet the deadline. Already, 29 out of 42 girder spans have been launched. The remaining girders will be launched by July. A total of 125m of road has been built from the Dhemaji side (north bank) of the bridge. Work on laying railway tracks on the bridge will start soon," Singh told the media at the project site. He added that 70,000 MT of steel had been used to build the bridge's superstructure designed by a Denmark-based company. The bridge is also...
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the first fully steel-welded bridge of the railways. The Bogibeel Bridge project has been 14 years in the making and has earned the dubious distinction of being one of the slowest-moving infrastructure projects in the northeast.
On April 21, 2002, construction work on the 4.94-km bridge was inaugurated by former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. Its foundation was laid by one of his predecessors, HD Deve Gowda, on January 22, 1997. As a result of the multiple delays and revised deadlines, the final cost of the mega project is expected to touch Rs 5,000 crore as against the original budget of Rs 1,767 crore. The Bogibeel bridge will connect Dibrugarh on the south bank of the river with Dhemaji on the north bank. It will be a double-decked bridge featuring two railway lines on the lower deck and a three-lane road on the upper deck, flanked by footpaths on either side. The upper deck will be 10.5m above the the lower deck. The project includes construction of 29.45km of road (including the bridge) and a rail link of 74km. The road will be connected to NH-37 (Dibrugarh) and NH-52 (Dhemaji). The bridge, which is the fourth over the Brahmaputra, will facilitate easy connectivity between eastern Assam and Arunachal Pradesh and benefit nearly five million people.

  
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Looks amazing against the Brahmputra~~
  
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.

  
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Govt is 'firm' and bent upon introducing more noise while travelling too.
24 x 7 music means your sleep is gone if someone is playing music as per his whim ...
I have seen Movie played on laptop, noisy mobile tunes and music and talks even in upper classes...
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install such system, and to various doctors for treating ailments arising out of sleeplessness :
India is 'truly' competing with Western world... at least in terms of 'spoilage'
  
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.
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