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Today (8:28AM)  CHAMBER PLEA TO RAILWAYS (www.thehindu.com)
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The Calicut Chamber of Commerce and Industry has appealed to the Southern Railway to reconsider its decision to impose a ban on direct vending in railway compartments. In a communication here on Saturday, Chamber leaders said only after ensuring proper pantry service, the railway should consider the possibility of such a move.
  
Today (8:27AM)  Second track commissioned (www.thehindu.com)
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Commuting time between Ernakulam, Kottayam will be reduced by 15 minutes
Trains will ply up to 75 kmph along the 12-km second track between Mulanthuruthy and Piravom that was commissioned on Saturday, reducing commuting time between Ernakulam and Kottayam by an average of 15 minutes.
The first to ply through the new track was the Chennai-Kochuveli premium express train, at 2.45 p.m. on Saturday.
Cut and connection work to link the old and new lines was done earlier in the morning and got over two hours before the schedule.
Ernakulam Area Manager of Southern Railway Rajesh Chandran, who was the field-in-charge of the work, said that Kottayam-bound trains would
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use the new track while Ernakulam-bound ones would use the old one.
  
Today (8:26AM)  Special trains extended (www.thehindu.com)
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In order to clear the extra rush of traffic, special trains from has been extended.
The Tiruchi-Pune Special (06801) will leave Tiruchi at 5.30 a.m. on January 4, 11, and 18 (Sundays) and reach Pune at 11.50 a.m. the next day. The Pune-Tiruchi Special (06802) will leave Pune at 3.40 p.m. on January 5, 12, and 19 (Mondays) and reach Tiruchi at 7.15 a.m. on Tuesdays. The composition of the train will be 1 AC 2-tier, 2 AC 3-tier, 13 sleeper class, 2 general second class and 2 second class-cum-luggage coaches.
The trains will halt at Srirangam, Vriddhachalam, Villupuram, Chengalpattu, Tambaram, Chennai Egmore, Arakkonam, Tiruttani, Puttur, Renigunta, Koduru, Razampeta, Cuddappah, Yerraguntala, Muddanuru, Tadipatri, Gooty, Guntakal, Adoni, Mantralayam Road, Raichur, Yadgir, Wadi, Gulbarga, and Solapur. The train (06801) will stop at Daund, a
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Today (8:24AM)  Sultan Bazar traders are OK with Metro Rail: Cong (www.telugupeople.com)
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Hyderabad : Congress Legislature Party deputy leader Mallu Bhatti Vikramarka on Saturday claimed that the businessmen of Sultan Bazar never demanded change in the alignment of Metro Rail project.Speaking to media persons in Assembly premises here, Vikramarka claimed that he possess a letter given by businessman of Sultan Bazar stating that their business interest would not be hurt with the original design of Metro Rail project.
However, he said Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao has been presurring the HMR authorities to change the alignment at Sultan Bazar for some hidden reasons.
He demanded KCR to explain the real reasons behind his insistence on change in Metro Rail alignments at different places. He said expect for increasing the project cost by nearly Rs 3,000 crore, the change in alignment would serve no other
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Vikramarka threatened that the Congress party would launch a massive agitation if any changes are made in the metro rail alignment.
  
Today (8:21AM)  “Overbridge was constructed two months ahead of schedule” (www.thehindu.com)
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Work on strengthening the Kodambakkam overbridge has forced motorists and residents to readjust their compass, getting them to take new routes. But this is a necessary disturbance. The Kodambakkam overbridge is nearly 50 years old and needs the attention it receives now. More than that, it has been an indispensable ally for motorists navigating the traffic in the area. At the best of times, the traffic on Arcot Road could be moving at a canter. Against this backdrop, just imagine that this bridge was never built. Motorists would be wasting some more time waiting at a level-crossing.The Kodambakkam flyover was in fact built to save commuters the trouble of having to wait at the Kodambakkam railway crossing. According to The Hindu Archives , the construction of the flyover was completed on September 5, 1965. This 2039-feet-long flyover is said to have been the first flyover to have been constructed by...
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the state government in the city. Until then, the Madras Corporation Authority had carried out such projects.
Unlike developmental projects today that take forever to be completed, this bridge was constructed two months ahead of schedule. Don’t let the current repairs on the bridge mislead you: when it was built, this overbridge was considered a ‘handsome structure,’ with 28 spans and a 32- ft-wide carriage way. There were footpaths on either side, each six feet in width. An interesting feature was the provision of white painted “reflecting kerbs” on the sides of the road, which were expected to be very useful for motorists driving on dark, rainy nights.
  
Today (8:21AM)  Can consistent Karnataka derail Railways? (www.thehindu.com)
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With big wins in its first two games, Karnataka started its Ranji Trophy title defence in the best possible way. That, however, hasn’t made captain R. Vinay Kumar think too far ahead about the season.
As the visitors went through a final knock in the nets ahead of their Group A match against Railways at the Karnail Singh Stadium here on Saturday, Vinay Kumar was confident of his experienced side without underestimating the opposition.
Railways, playing its third straight game at home, has taken first innings lead in both the previous games.
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Pandey, a handy contributor with the ball if need be, Karnataka has perhaps the best bowling attack in the country at the moment, a fact Railways coach Harvinder Singh acknowledges.
Nonetheless, the coach is more interested in his own team.
Anureet Singh, Krishnakant Upadhyay and Ranjit Kumar Mali have shared the spoils for Railways so far and that’s not likely to change.
However, it is in the batting department that Karnataka has the edge. Mayank Aggarwal, Robin Uthappa and Pandey have the ability to take apart any bowler.
Add to that the presence of C.M. Gautham and back to form of Shreyas Gopal and the defending champion is the most-rounded side in the competition.
Railways, however, has had to repeatedly fall back on veteran Arindam Ghosh to bail it out, just like it did almost the entire last season.
This over-dependence on Ghosh — barring an occasional cameo from one of the lower-order players — would be a concern for the team.
The teams (from):
Railways: Mahesh Rawat (captain), Ranjit Kumar Mali, Rohan Bhosale, Krishnakant Upadhyay, Arnab Nandi, Anustup Majumdar, Avinash Yadav, Ashish Yadav, Arindam Ghosh, Abhishek Kaushik, Anureet Singh, Amit Mishra, Nitin Bhille, Prashant Awasthi, Bhima Rao.
Karnataka: R. Vinay Kumar (captain), Mayank Aggarwal, Robin Uthappa, Stuart Binny, Sreenath Aravind, Chidhambaram Gautam, Shreyas Gopal, Kunal Kapoor, Abhimanyu Mithun, Manish Pandey, Karun Nair, Shishir Bhavane, Udit Patel, Ravikumar Samarth, HS Sharath, Abrar Kazi.
  
Today (8:19AM)  WHEN WE BEGAN TO FLY OVER THE CITY (www.thehindu.com)
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When the MRTS was launched 19 years ago,it had a considerably shorter run
In this part of the world, quick access to railway stations and bus terminuses drives purchase of houses. The Mass Rapid Transit System (MRTS) from Chennai Beach to Velachery is counted as one of the reasons for Velachery’s rise as a preferred destination for home buyers. Builders active in any of the areas that the MRTS line runs through play the MRTS proximity card.
When the MRTS line was launched on November 16, 1995, it was expected to add more charm to these areas. However, on that day, only some of these areas had the MRTS advantage, because the elevated railway corridor had a much smaller run. There was however the promise of a longer run. In its early
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days, the MRTS operated from Beach to Chepauk.
An advertisement placed in The Hindu screamed,
“A BOON TO MADRAS
CITY COMMUTERS —
MASS RAPID TRANSIT SYSTEM BETWEEN MADRAS BEACH AND LUZ”.
The features of the service were provided too.
l Length – 5 km, of which2.75 km was on the surface and 2.25 km, elevated.
l Number of stations – 5 (three, surface and two, elevated).
l Number of trains – 70 (both ways) on week days and 42 (both ways) on Saturday and Sunday.
l Peak hour frequency in each direction – three trains per hour
l Number of coaches per train – six (two motor coaches and four trailer coaches)
l Carrying capacity per train – 1,896 commuters.
  
Today (8:18AM)  A subway comes up in the neighbourhood (www.thehindu.com)
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Harrington Road can now leave a motorist confused. There was a time, not very long time ago, when driving on this stretch was a delight.
The Harrington Road subway was inaugurated on June 2006 . It made commuting between Aminjikarai and Chetpet faster.
The subway project, reported to have cost Rs. 9 crore, was a joint effort of the Railways and the Chennai Corporation.
The subway has footpaths for pedestrians on both sides.
For safety reasons, the footpaths were raised and separated from the road for vehicles.
The project was started in April 2005, almost three years after it was given the official sanction. The
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320 metre long and 7.5 metre wide subway was designed to replace the level crossing on Harrington Road.
  
Today (8:17AM)  Once a bustling station, now a haven for anti-social elements (www.thehindu.com)
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The historic facility in Ambattur, which caters to thousands of commuters, is in a shambles now.In 1946, when the annual meeting of the Indian National Congress (INC) was conducted at Avadi, Mahatma Gandhi visited the railway station in Ambattur.The historic railway station, which caters on an average to at least 50,000 commuters, mainly the working class, is in a shambles now.Being a long-time resident, I have been using the train services from Ambattur and have seen it worsen over the years, in terms of passenger amenities and other basic services.It is unfortunate that not enough attention is being given to the railway stations. The entrance to the station is narrow and is occupied by a two-wheeler parking stand.Lighting is poor at the entrance of the station and at the GNG Street that connects the railway station with the Chennai—Tiruvallur High (CTH) Road.The station also lacks display boards annoucing arrival and...
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departure of trains. Despite increase in the number of commuters, the station has small toilets on platform one. However, many male commuters prefer to answer nature’s call in the open or behind the compound wall of New Century Hospital-cum-pharmacy on the Third Street in GNG Colony.
Sadly, patients have to tolerate the foul smell. Adding to the existing woes, the vast open land spread over 50 acres near the station also pose a threat to commuters, especially women, as the unguarded open space has become a den for anti-social elements.
The Fourth Fast Track Line which forms part of the open space was once used as a water filling point for steam locomotive trains.
Lack of dedicated posts for the RPF police personnel encourages the anti-social elements to engage in all sorts of criminal activities at the facility round-the-clock.
The Railways should consider converting the vast open space into a mini-terminal to cater to the needs of the commuters from the west and north-west of the city.
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Today (8:11AM)  'Spring' cleaning for railways (www.mid-day.com)
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Mumbai Rail Vikas Corporation is in the midst of ironing out glitches with the air-spring suspension compressor responsible for the height and balance of its new German-made rakes
The Mumbai Rail Vikas Corporation (MRVC) is in the midst of experimenting with air suspension springs, which is an external compressor responsible for maintaining the balance and height of a train, for the two prototypes of its new rakes, which will be equipped with German-made Bombardier electrics.
While the accurate height — from the track to the overhead wire — of the trains has been achieved, MRVC is still struggling to attain the monitored balance of the rakes — empty or packed with commuters.
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December 19 at the Integral Coach Factory in Chennai. According to sources, there are certain technical failures with the make of air spring, which Railways officials had decided to test at an earlier meeting last month. “We are carrying out several different trials. This is just a prototype and its details haven't been approved yet. It shall take at least two to three months for approval,” said Prabhat Ranjan, chief PRO, MRVC, which is responsible for getting these new trains for Mumbai. Seventy-two such 12-car trains will be manufactured at the ICF, Chennai at a cost of Rs 3,041 crore.
A CR official, on condition of anonymity, said, “Without the required height, these trains would not be able to run on the Kurla-CST stretch, which has several old stone-bridges. However, this problem has been rectified,” countered Ranjan.
Cannot meet schedule
As per the initial schedule, four new rakes were supposed to be manufactured every month. However, only three are being made per month.
Due to space constraints at the manufacturing plant, the supply of electrics is being regulated, a source said. “The new rakes are being made for other cities too. Initially, the Bombardier make of trains will come to the Western Railway, while the present Siemens make of trains will be given to the Central Railway. Gradually these trains are likely to be divided between CR and WR. While 42 will go to WR, 30 will be allotted to the CR,” said a railway official, on condition of anonymity.
The prototype Bombardier make of trains s underway since November 2013.
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