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Today (10:54)  No cabs: B'lureans once again left at the mercy of autorickshaws, buses (epaperbeta.timesofindia.com)
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People dependent on services of cab aggregators found it difficult to return to old ways of commuting on Friday .With Ola and Uber cabbies staying off the road for the second day , many had a tough time stepping out of their homes.
Compared to Thursday , Friday saw even fewer cabs on the road. With apps not working or drivers accepting bookings only to cancel them, Bengalureans had no choice but to look for autorickshaws or hop onto BMTC buses.
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to K R Puram in the morning and waited for 25 minutes for the vehicle to turn up. “Five minutes into the ride, the cabbie said he was scared to go to KR Puram as members from the drivers' union would be waiting at some points. He feared they'd stop him and even damage his car. He asked me if I would prefer to be dropped at Ramamurthy Nagar instead and take a bus or an autorickshaw from there,“ she Nayantara.
Sushma Indrajit, a professional from Cambridge Layout, has already switched to her own vehicle. Once a regular user of the Uber Ola's ride-sharing arrangement, Sushma said, “Though ride-sharing wasn't easy on my pocket, it made sense given the chaotic traffic. I also preferred cabs for my mother who frequently travels to Malleswaram and Basavanagudi. But now we have hired a driver through an agency to drive her around. It's costly , but we are left with little choice.“
Several Bengalureans were practically stranded, endlessly waiting for cabs. Among the worst affected were those headed to the airport; many reached Hebbal and struck deals with cabbies to take them to KIA.People were seen pulling their trolley bags on roads under Hebbal flyover. Some even shared cabs with other flyers.But thanks to shortage of cabs, the fare from that point to the airport, which is usually Rs 150 per person, was hiked to Rs 250 on Friday .Stir may soon turn nasty This is the third time in a month that cabbies have called off services, agitating against the management and the government for failing to resolve the tiff between the two parties. And there are indications enough that things might turn nastier this time, with at least a dozen organizations claiming to represent the drivers joining the stir.
Places like Koramangala, Indiranagar, the stretch between Silk Board and Mahadevapura and Whitefield had few cabs plying in the morning.However, as soon as word spread, union members forced drivers to stop ferrying passengers. By afternoon, the apps showed there were no cabs plying in these places.
Sources in the Ola, TaxiForSure and Uber drivers association made it clear that they'll prevent cabbies from plying.“Cabs won't ply until the government and the management come together to resolve our issues, get rid of dynamic pricing models and fix the tariff, reduce the number of trips to get incentives and stop penalizing us for cancellations and other petty reasons. We cannot trust the government either,“ said Tanveer Pasha, head of the Ola, TaxiForSure and Uber drivers association.
Meanwhile, the drivers' unions plan to stage their agitation at one common point in the city on Saturday, and are seeking police permission for the same.

  
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Today (09:54)  जबलपुर रेलवे स्टेशन पर जल्द ही बनेगा एक और नया प्लेटफार्म (www.palpalindia.com)
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Station Tag: Jabalpur Junction/JBP added by HA1 Naani Ka sher~/1095213

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जबलपुर, पलपल संवाददाता. मुख्य रेलवे स्टेशन पर जल्द ही एक नया प्लेटफार्म बनाया जाएगा. इस नए प्लेटफार्म के लिए एक नंबर पर स्थित जीआरपी थाने के सामने छोटी रेल लाइन की जगह का चयन कर लिया है. रेल प्रबंधन ने अपनी तैयारी शुरू कर दी है. प्लेटफार्म के तैयार होते ही यहां से कम कोचों की पैसेंजर ट्रेनों की आवाजाही शुरू की जाएगी. पश्चिम मध्य रेल के मुख्य रेलवे स्टेशन के समीप यार्ड में री-माॅडलिंग का काम किया जाना है.
- यातायात सुविधा के तहत री-माॅडलिंग यार्ड के निर्माण कार्य के लिये रेल बजट में 118 करोड़ रुपए की राशि आवंटित की गई है.
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यार्ड में री-मॉडलिंग काम शुरू होते ही प्लेटफार्म नंबर एक पर जीआरपी थाने के सामने छोटी रेल लाइन पर नया प्लेटफार्म बनाया जाएगा.
- कार्य की स्वीकृति के लिये पमरे की रिपोर्ट बोर्ड को भेजी जाएगी. बोर्ड से ग्रीन सिग्नल मिलते ही निर्माण कार्य शुरू किया जाएगा.
- गुरुवार को डीआरएम सुधीर कुमार ने रेलवे स्टेशन का निरीक्षण कर स्थिति का जायजा लिया. डीआरएम ने छोटी रेल से लगे इलाके में पौधारोपण किया.
- निरीक्षण के दौरान श्री कुमार ने अपने अधीनस्थ अधिकारियों से नए प्लेटफार्म का स्वरूप कैसा होगा को लेकर चर्चा की.
- एक नंबर पर नए प्लेटफार्म के तैयार होते ही जबलपुर से सुकरी के बीच चल रही सात कोच की ट्रेन को दौड़ाया जाएगा.
- सवा सौ मीटर की लंबाई में बनने जा रहे इस प्लेटफार्म से इटारसी की ओर जाने वाली पैसेंजर ट्रेनों को चलाया जाएगा.
प्लेटफार्म के बनकर तैयार होते ही इसे ए वन की नंबरिंग से जाना जा सकेगा.
जल्द शुरू होगा कार्य
रेलवे स्टेशन के समीप यार्ड का री-मॉडलिंग किया जाना है, उसी के तहत छोटी लाइन पर नए प्लेटफार्म को बनाया जाएगा. इसकी पूरी तैयारी रेल मंडल स्तर पर की जा रही है.
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Today (09:51)  PM Modi: Kanpur rail tragedy, conspiracy from across border (timesofindia.indiatimes.com)
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GONDA: Prime Minister Narendra Modi raised the issue of foreign infiltration from across the border when he said at rally in Gonda on Friday that the Kanpur train tragedy in which 150 people were killed, was a "conspiracy" and the perpetrators carried it out "sitting across the border" in Nepal.
"A rail accident happened in Kanpur, few people have been caught. Police found out that it was a conspiracy from across the border. If such people, who will help (conspirators), get elected from here, will Gonda be safe? Will nation be safe then," asked PM Modi.
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Kanpur rail accident in which hundreds of people were killed was a conspiracy and conspirators carried it out sitting across the border ... Gonda is adjoining Nepal," he said. "If the cross-border foes want to carry out their work, is it not necessary that more vigil is maintained in Gonda?" PM Modi asked the people as he exhorted them to vote for the BJP.
"Gonda needs to elect only those who are full of patriotism, only then we can do anything good for Gonda," he said.
"There should not be any mistake in this election ... be it the SP or the BSP, not a single seat should go to them ... 100 per cent seats should be won by the BJP," the Prime Minister said.
Nepalese national Shamshul Hoda, an alleged ISI agent and the prime suspect in the Kanpur train tragedy, was arrested on February 7 in Kathmandu after being deported from Dubai, Nepal police had said.
Expressing confidence about BJP's victory, Modi said "we will celebrate kesariya (saffron) Holi in the state". He also said loan waiver of farmers would be BJP's first priority upon coming to power in the state. Claiming that the Samajwadi Party-led Akhilesh Yadav government has done "injustice" to farmers, he questioned why has the state government capped insurance for farmers at 14 per cent.
Invoking Lord Shiva, he said with their third eye, people can see what is good for them and what is not. "The poorest of the poor can detect truth. Since I took stern steps against corruption and banned notes, big forces are out to mislead the country," he said. Talking about the recent elections, PM Modi said BJP has fared well in all elections held in the past three months after demonetisation, whether it were the civic polls in Odisha, Maharashtra or Chandigarh or the panchayat polls.
  
Today (09:51)  Metro readies staff for operations and maintenance (timesofindia.indiatimes.com)
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KOCHI: As the Metro is expected to begin its commercial operations within a couple of months, the Kochi Metro Rail Ltd (KMRL) has almost completed the appointment processes for employees to manage its station operations.
The metro agency has kept aside more than 700 vacancies, which will have to be filled by Kudumbasree.
The written test for selecting the staff to be chosen from Kudumbasree workers will be held on Sunday. It is reported that more than 40,000 candidates have applied for these posts.
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selected employees will be provided training and posted at various Metro stations. The Metro agency has roped in the women's self-help group (SHG) for services such as management of station premises, ticketing, customer relations, housekeeping, parking and running of canteens. The KMRL has put forward a proposal to provide job for transgenders as well. Instructions have also been given to the SHG about it."Apart from the staff to be employed from Kudumbasree, we have completed recruitment and training for staff required for the opertions and maintenance of Kochi Metro," said KMRL spokesperson.She said that all facilities would be put in place by the time the Metro begins its commercial operations.
The Metro agency has also invited tenders for delivering uniforms for its staff.
The tender is for delivering formal shirt for men and women in executive and public interaction categories and T shirts with collars, cargo pants and trousers for both male and female employees in other categories.
The tenders will be opened on March 10. The KMRL has stated that the uniform will have to be delivered within three months from the date of placing the order.
  
Today (09:49)  Special trains to clear summer season rush, Anganewadi mela from April (timesofindia.indiatimes.com)
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MANGALURU: Konkan Railway in coordination with Central Railway will operate special trains on Konkan Railway route to clear extra rush of passengers during summer and Anganewadi mela -2017. Train 01321 Pune - Tirunelveli weekly special will leave from Pune at 4.15pm on every Sunday (April 2 to June 4) and reach Tirunelveli at 4am on the third day. Train 01322 Tirunelveli - Pune weekly special will leave from Tirunelveli at 7.20am on every Tuesday (April 4 to June 6). Train will reach Pune at 8.40pm on next day.
The train will halt at Lonavala, Kalyan, Panvel, Roha, Khed, Chiplun, Ratnagiri, Kankavali, Kudal, Thivim, Madgaon, Karwar, Kumta, Bhatkal, Mookambika Road Byndoor, Kundapur, Udupi, Mulki, Suratkal, Mangalore junction, Kasargod, Kannur, Thalasseri, Kozhikode, Tirur, Shoranur
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junction, Palghat, Pollachi, Udumalaipettai, Palani, Dindigul, Madurai, Virudhunagar, Satur and Kovilpatti stations.
Train 01323 Pune - Ernakulam junction weekly special will leave from Pune at 4.15pm on every Thursday (April 6 to June 8) and reach Ernakulam at 8.15pm, the next day. Train 01324 Ernakulam junction - Pune weekly special will leave from Ernakulam junction at 11.30pm on every Friday (April 7 to June 9) and reach Pune at 2.45am on the third day.
The train will halt at Lonavala, Kalyan, Panvel, Roha, Khed, Chiplun, Ratnagiri, Kankavali, Kudal, Thivim, Madgaon, Karwar, Kumta, Bhatkal, Mookambika Road Byndoor, Kundapur, Udupi, Mulki, Suratkal, Mangalore junction, Kasargod, Kannur, Thalasseri, Kozhikode, Tirur, Shoranur junction, Thrisur, Aluva and Ernakulam Town stations.
The composition of the above trains will be 15 LHB coaches including 13 AC three-tier and two SLR coaches.
  
Today (09:42)  Metro 3: HC further stays cutting of trees (www.thehindu.com)
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Matter adjourned for two weeks
The Bombay High Court on Friday further stayed the cutting of trees for phase 3 of the Mumbai Metro.
A Division Bench of Chief Justice Manjula Chellur and Justice G.S. Kulkarni was hearing a petition filed by residents of Churchgate, Hutatma Chowk and Cuffe Parade. The main grievance was cutting of old trees indiscriminately without adhering to provisions enabling relocating or replanting existing trees.
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affidavit had been placed before the court with photographs indicating details of trees proposed to be cut for the Metro project.
Senior counsel Janak Dwarkadas appearing for petitioner Nina Deepak Verma said the officers who gave permission for the cutting of trees were not applying the norms or the procedure or precaution to be taken before granting permission for axing trees.
The petitioners, in their affidavit, have cited Rule 8 of the Maharashtra (Urban Areas) Protection and Preservation of Tress Rules, 2009. The Bench said, “We understand that some loss will be caused to the environment for infrastructure development. But the difference is that we need to establish is that if it is a massacre [of trees] or just a small obstacle.”
The court told the BMC and the Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation to file affidavits on the number trees that would be cut and told the petitioner to inspect documents pertaining to tree felling and adjourned the matter for two weeks.
× In the last hearing, the court has said, “Prima facie we see there has to be a serious concern as the trees that need to be cut seem to be more than 5,000.”
  
Today (09:34)  The salt farmers of wild ass country (www.thehindu.com)
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Under a searing sun, the Agariyas continue to make salt in the Little Rann of Kutch just as their ancestors have done down the ages
A pair of black gum boots stands in the corner of Dhirubhai’s temporary shack, his home for eight months in the Little Rann of Kutch. The shack, built entirely of jute bags and plastic sheets and propped up by bamboo poles, houses nine members of his family. It is shaded a little by a babul tree from which hangs a rope swing.
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salt pans, beyond which lie miles and miles of barren, saline, cracked mudflats. These mudflats are intermittently broken by more salt pans, each with a solitary shack under a lone tree.
I am in the Dhrangadhra salt zone of the Wild Ass Sanctuary inside Little Rann, which has five other concentrated salt zones: Kharaghoda, Halvad, Santalpur, Adesar and Malia. Scattered in these zones are 8,000 to 10,000 families of Agariyas or salt farmers (‘agar’ is a salt farm). The majority are Hindus, belonging to the Chunvaliya Koli community while the Miyana and Sandhi are Muslim. They are a Denotified Tribe, united by their shared occupation, their culture, folk songs and the hardships of salt farming.
As we sit on the string cots outside the shack, sipping black tea—milk is unavailable here—Dhirubhai and his wife Liliben introduce us to their family. They are dressed like city-dwellers, the women in sarees and salwar kameez and the men in shirts and trousers. The older son Vikram is married with three young children. Their daughters Bhavna and Aarti have been able to attend school up to Class VIII, even though most Agariyas are illiterate.
Cuts like salt
As we talk, my eyes keep drifting back to their bare feet speckled with salt granules sticking to the chapped skin. Dhirubhai explains that their feet are perpetually exposed to the highly-saturated brine in the salt pans. “A salt worker’s hands and feet stiffen and at times water oozes out of our legs,” says Dhirubhai. All the work is done barefoot—that’s the indigenous way salt has been made for centuries. “The gum boots can be used only when the salt crystals are hardened. They were gifted by an NGO and spared my feet from cuts and bruises while levelling the salt pan and shaving and cutting the salt crystals. This has to be done every day under the scorching sun, and when the salt hardens like marble, our feet are prone to blisters,” says Dhirubhai.
The older generations of Agariyas didn’t have this accessory. A popular story goes around in the Rann that after an Agariya’s death, their stiffened legs do not burn in the funeral pyre and have to be buried separately. Today, life looks a little more promising. “The Gujarat government is distributing safety kits with gum boots, caps, dark glasses and hand gloves,” says Harinesh Pandya, an activist with Agariya Heet Rakshak Manch in Ahmedabad. Schools, student hostels, mobile health vans and drinking water are made available to them.
But these efforts are miniscule. The Little Rann is vast and the salt pans are so spread out that commuting takes a lot of time. “We receive 1,000 litres of water every 15 days,” says Bhavna. This scarce amount is just enough for drinking and cooking for her family of nine. Obviously, hygiene and sanitation are compromised. “We go every alternate day to Navagaon village, some 8 km away, to bathe.”
The sun and salt also take a toll on their health. The searing blaze of the sun reflected by the salt pans causes early cataract and skin problems. When a group of Bengaluru school children visited here, accompanied by Chirag Munjani, founder of a responsible tourism initiative called Rural Pleasure, they carried with them sunglasses and winter cream, among other things. “Most Agariyas suffer from malnutrition, as they subsist on millets and garlic chutney, which is their staple diet,” says Munjani. Bhavna describes a typical day. They start at 5 a.m. with black tea and bajra rotlo (pearl millet flatbread). After work in the salt pans, they have an early lunch at 11 a.m. consisting of khichdi, buttermilk and sometimes potato or brinjal curry. After a break, they head back to the pans and work till till 6 p.m. Later in the evening, a cup of black tea is followed by dinner at 7 p.m., which consists of bajra rotlo, chilli-garlic chutney and white jaggery.
I am invited into their kitchen and given lessons in making bajra rotlo amid much giggling. This breaks the ice. “I like the silence and solitude here more than the four months we spend in the village,” says Bhavna. She sighs about her marriage in August, which will take her to an agricultural village. Her father has been desperately seeking a groom for Aarti as well, so that both sisters might be married in a single ceremony, an expensive affair that could cost as much as ₹50,000.
Business is bad
Dhirubhai is a worried man—the price of salt this season is a measly 20 paise per kilo as fixed by his salt trader. The price varies every year between 18 paise to 28 paise depending on the quality of salt and the market demand. “They have been dealing with this uncertainty for generations,” says Chirag.
“The Agariyas are forced to make an advance trading of salt before the start of a fresh season each year. They migrate in September to Little Rann of Kutch and return to the villages by April-May. Every month, they take dhiraan or credit from traders for food, fuel and daily expenses,” says Pandya. With no access to formal credit, support prices or insurance, the Agariyas are at the mercy of the salt traders.
Last year, Dhirubhai incurred losses. The price fixed was ₹215 per tonne and he produced 800 tonnes of salt, so he got ₹1,72,000, while his expenses were ₹1,87,400. He could not make more salt because he was short of ground water. Dhirubhai’s biggest expense—₹77,400— was on the nine barrels of diesel he needed to pump brine from the well. This cost him more than food for the eight months. Electricity he gets from a generator that also powers the TV, their only entertainment.
Seasoned in brine
“This season looks bleak too; the price of diesel has escalated,” he says. “It will only be in Janmashtami that I will know if I will make a profit or loss.” Janmashtami is the biggest festival of the Agariyas. The accounts are settled after the salt production cycle with chhelo chukavo, the final payment after deducting all credit.
Work starts just after the monsoon, when the Agariyas take their few possessions on camel carts or chhakdas and migrate to the Little Rann to lay out the salt pans. The important tools are dantaala and faantiya (fourteen-and seven-toothed rakes) and pavdo, pavdi, kodali (types of spades) to dig a new well or repair an old one. The depth depends on the availability of brine.
In Dhirubhai’s salt pans, the diesel pumps roar as the brine gushes from the pipe into flat square salt pans called gamda (condensers). The brine passes through several condensers and is allowed to concentrate through a natural process of evaporation. The concentrated brine is fed into larger salt pans called crystallisers. “It is very important that these are levelled well, that they have a slight slope for the brine to flow, and that the bed is hard and impervious,” says Dhirubhai. For this, a salt farmer rhythmically and softly tamps down every inch of the crystalliser with his feet in a process called pagli paadwani. “Otherwise, soil can mix with salt while raking,” explains Vikram.
I roll up my trousers and get into the salt pan with Dhirubhai and his children. It is hard work. Within a few hours my feet are itching with the clinging salt particles and the drying mud is stretching my skin.
The Agariyas continue work well into summer when the temperature soars above 50 degree centigrade. The continuous raking and scraping has to be done when the layer of salt crystals reaches a thickness of seven to nine inches. Just before the dust-laden winds called udaan (and intense vaavar) begin in summer, the salt crop is harvested. Salt is taken by trucks to the periphery of the Little Rann to open storage sites called ganjaa. From here, it will be taken to market by truck or train.
“Salt farming in most of Little Rann is a dying industry,” says Manish Shah, a salt trader from Dhrangadhra, who has suffered heavy losses over the past three years and has quit salt trading. “Diversification from ‘vadagaru’ salt (larger crystals) to ‘karkach’ salt (fine-grained) and a shift from traditional to scientific methods of salt farming is required for its survival,” says Bharat C. Raval, president of the Indian Salt Manufacturers Association in Ahmedabad.
The Agariyas and activists are also demanding Forest Rights Act that will assure them traditional user rights for salt farming. “They have no farm land and no other skills. Salt farming is their sole livelihood,” says Devjibhai Dhamecha, a naturalist who hails from a salt family. “And there is absolutely no threat to wildlife by the Agariyas. In fact, the population of endangered wild asses has increased from 320 to 5,000 in just 50 years,” he adds.
As the fading sun casts an orange glow, Dhirubhai shows me the place where the railway lines used to be before Independence—just next to their ancestral salt pans. It was salt that triggered Gandhi’s Dandi March, setting the course of the freedom struggle. As I leave the Little Rann, I wonder if this community will be able to chart a new course for its ancient way of life.
The writer is a freelance journalist and travel writer who searches for positive stories across the country.
  
Today (09:23)  ULCCS, INKEL eye railway station upgrade project (www.thehindu.com)
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Railways to take up the project under Swiss Challenge Method
Kozhikode: Vadakara-based Uralungal Labour Contract Cooperative Society (ULCCS), one of the largest worker-owned construction cooperatives in the country, and INKEL Limited, a public-private-partnership initiative, have evinced interest in a ₹75-crore project to upgrade the Kozhikode railway station.
Executives of the two concerns, accompanied by officials of the Palakkad division of the Southern Railway’s engineering and commercial departments, visited the station on Friday. “The project will be taken up under the Swiss Challenge Method that seeks to invite proposals online and permit rival bidders
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to come up with more attractive ones,” said Naresh Lalwani, Divisional Railway Manager, Palakkad. “We hope more infrastructure companies will show interest in the project,” he added.
The Kozhikode station is among the 23 stations chosen by the Railway Ministry under the first phase of a scheme to upgrade stations to global standards. Around 4.40 acres at four sites have been identified at the Kozhikode station to be utilised for the project. The contract period is 45 years.
The project includes retail development and office-space development. The amenities proposed are arrival and departure segregation, concourse, food and beverages outlets, canopy roofing and superior flooring, escalators, and passenger lounges. Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu on February 8 had unveiled the redevelopment programme for railway stations across the country.
The deadline for submitting contract applications is May 22. “But before applying, companies need to do their homework on supply of water, power connection, utility services, floor area ratio, rental yield, and legal issues,” Mr. Lalwani said. “The companies may even have to hire consultants to get an overall idea about the project,” he added.
ULCCS has already conducted an aerial survey of the project site. “We hope to make our application for the project shortly,” said ULCCS Chief Executive Officer P. Nina.
Previously, the State government, which had opposed the Swiss Challenge Method, had suggested cost-sharing between the State and the Railways. However INKEL, which has the capacity to source private capital as well as professional expertise, has shown interest.
The Kozhikode station is to be developed on ‘as is where is’ basis, in order to provide comfort and convenience to passengers and stakeholders. The redevelopment of railway stations will primarily consist of upgrading the level of passenger amenities through new constructions and renovations, officials said.
  
Today (09:18)  Kanpur train accident cross-border plot: PM (www.thehindu.com)
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Modi says perpetrators were in Nepal
The Kanpur train accident in which 150 people were killed was a “conspiracy” and the perpetrators carried it out “sitting across the border” in Nepal, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Friday.
Addressing an election meeting in Gonda district of Uttar Pradesh, which is close to the India-Nepal border, he touched upon the derailment of 14 coaches of the Indore-Patna Express, near Pukhraya in Kanpur Dehat district on November 20, and said the probe findings showed it was a “conspiracy.”
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Kanpur rail accident, in which hundreds of people were killed was a conspiracy and the conspirators carried it out sitting across the border... Gonda is adjoining Nepal,” he said.
“If the cross-border foes want to carry out their work, is it not necessary that more vigil is maintained in Gonda,” he asked the people, urging them to vote for the BJP.
‘Elect patriots’
“Gonda needs to elect only those who are full of patriotism. Only then can we do anything good for Gonda,” he said.
“There should not be any mistake in this election... be it the Samajwadi Party or the Bahujan Samaj Party, not a single seat should go to them... 100 per cent seats should be won by the BJP,” he said.
Nepalese national Shamshul Hoda, an alleged ISI agent and the prime suspect in the Kanpur train accident, was arrested on February 7 in Kathmandu after he was deported from Dubai, the Nepal police had said.
After the November accident, at least 62 passengers were injured on December 28 when 15 coaches of the Sealdah-Ajmer Express derailed while the train was crossing a bridge near the Rura railway station in Kanpur rural district.
Buoyed by the success of the BJP in the local bodies elections in Maharashtra and other States after demonetisation, Mr. Modi said he was committed to rooting out corruption.
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Project to be taken up under Swiss Challenge Method
Vadakara-based Uralungal Labour Contract Cooperative Society (ULCCS), one of the largest worker-owned construction cooperatives in the country, and INKEL Limited, a public-private-partnership initiative, have evinced interest in a Rs. 75-crore project to upgrade the Kozhikode railway station.
Executives of the two concerns, accompanied by officials of the Palakkad division of the Southern Railway’s engineering and commercial departments, visited the station on Friday.
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project will be taken up under the Swiss Challenge Method that seeks to invite proposals online and permit rival bidders to come up with more attractive ones,” said Naresh Lalwani, Divisional Railway Manager, Palakkad.
“We hope more infrastructure companies will show interest in the project,” he added.
The Kozhikode station is among the 23 stations chosen by the Railway Ministry under the first phase of a scheme to upgrade stations to global standards.
Around 4.40 acres at four sites have been identified at the Kozhikode station to be utilised for the project. The contract period is 45 years.
The project includes retail development and office-space development.
Amenities planned
The amenities proposed are arrival and departure segregation, concourse, food and beverages outlets, canopy roofing and superior flooring, escalators, and passenger lounges.
Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu on February 8 had unveiled the redevelopment programme for railway stations across the country. The deadline for submitting contract applications is May 22.
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