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Today (6:59AM)  Railway ‘sahayaks’ in need of help (www.thehindu.com)
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A change in the mindset of passengers, growing usage of trolley luggage, provision of lifts and escalators at railway stations and operation of battery cars has hit the livelihood of licensed porters, who are struggling to make both ends meet.
The future of the licensed porters looks bleak with a drastic fall in income and a steep growth in their day-to-day expenses. Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu has re-designated them as ‘Sahayak’, which appears to be a ‘respectable name’ or rather a ‘fancy tag’ to take pride in their profession.
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is ‘respect’, when we do not get any additional benefits, the Sahayaks feel.
Many a time the licensed porters are forced to carry the luggage of officers who do not even think of paying them.
“A vast majority (around 80 per cent) of the new recruits are SSC passed and above and took up this job with the hope that we may be absorbed as gangmen in the Railways as was done during the tenure of the then Railway Minister Lalu Prasad Yadav in 2008,” said D. Chakravarthy, a 2010 batch Licensed Porter, who had passed ITI (electrician trade).
“We were selected after a physical ability test, after being made to carry 40-kg bags in June 2010. This was the same test for Group D Gangmen,” said Ganesh of Visakhapatnam, who passed Intermediate.
“Our main demands include: provision of one more chance to absorb us in Group D as was done during the tenure of former Railway Minister Lalu Prasad Yadav. Around 80 per cent of our batchmates passed Class X,” says K. Krishna, Waltair Division president of the All India Licensed Porters Union.
Modern amenities
“I have been working as a porter at Gudur Railway Station for the past 40 years. Our income has fallen by more than half with the introduction of modern amenities during the last few years,” says M. Chinnaiah.
“The economic and social status of railway porters has degraded over the years. They do not get any privileges except one railway pass a year for self and not for their family, one red shirt a year and outpatient medical facility at railway hospitals free of cost. They have to pay a monthly license fee of Rs.30,” says joint general secretary of South East Central Railway Mazdoor Congress B. Krishna Kumar.
The future of the licensed porters looks bleak with a drastic fall in income

  
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Today (6:58AM)  Priority to rail passenger amenities (www.thehindu.com)
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Priority would be given to enhancing passenger amenities and doubling of tracks through Kottayam and Alappuzha, said Prakash Bhutani, Thiruvananthapuram Divisional Railway Manager. Mr. Bhutani visited the Ernakulam Junction railway station on Tuesday afer assuming charge as DRM.
The delay in installing passenger amenities such as display boards, toilets, fans and adequate number of seats on platforms had drawn flak from passengers. Delay in doubling tracks too had come under criticism as this was considerably slowing down train movement.
  
Today (6:57AM)  Metro girder launch up to Palarivattom completed (www.thehindu.com)
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The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has completed the launch of U and I-girders along most parts of the 18-km Kochi Metro corridor, anticipating the project’s commissioning by November.
Girder launch has been completed on the Muttom-Palarivattom corridor, to enable trial runs that are expected to resume in June. Two trial runs are over on the Muttom-Edappally stretch.
The full metro viaduct on the Aluva-Maharaja’s College Ground corridor will be ready by the month-end after a dozen more U and I-girders are launched by June-end. U-girders are placed over pillars in straight corridors,
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while I-girders are placed mostly at turnings.
The launch of I-girders is pending at the International Stadium, Lissie Junction, Madhava Pharmacy Junction and Maharaja’s Ground. The U and I-girders are slated for launch on the Aluva-Muttom corridor by June.
In the meantime, rooms housing metro systems such as power and signals are ready at three stations between Muttom and Palarivattom. The amenity will be ready at all stations on the route by June-end when trial runs are expected to become frequent. The metro’s second train is expected to be delivered in a month.
This will be followed by completion of works in public areas. The DMRC will build interiors and exteriors of stations based on standardised design, following which the KMRL would adorn them with art works, paintings, etc., based on the theme of each station. The entry and exit of stations will be built last – by August, since this component is not required for trial runs. The Commissioner for Railway Safety (CRS) will then inspect the viaduct, stations, trains, etc., before issuing safety certificate.
The DMRC has simultaneously begun resurfacing the Aluva-Edappally NH 47 corridor since most civil works are over here.
Our aim is to relay the corridor by the month-end, before the onset of the monsoon, sources said.
  
Today (6:56AM)  Special trains (www.thehindu.com)
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Southern Railway will run the following special trains between Tirunelveli and Chennai Egmore to clear extra rush of traffic during summer vacation.
Train No. 00603 Chennai Egmore-Tirunelveli Suvidha special train will leave Chennai Egmore at 9.05 p.m. on May 20 and reach Tirunelveli at 10.45 a.m. the next day.
The train will stop at Tambaram, Chengalpattu, Villupuram, Tiruchi, Dindigul, Madurai, Virudhunagar and Kovilpatti. Similarly, Train No. 06003 Chennai Egmore-Tirunelveli special fare will leave Chennai Egmore at 9 05 p.m. on May 27 and reach Tirunelveli at 10.45 a.m. the next day. The stoppages
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will be Tambaram, Chengalpattu, Villupuram, Vridhachalam, Tiruchi, Dindigul, Kodaikanal Road, Madurai, Virudhunagar, Sattur, Kovilpatti and Vanchi Maniyachchi.
Train No. 00602 Tirunelveli-Chennai Egmore Suvidha special train will leave Tirunelveli at 2.45 p.m. on May 22 and 29 and reach Chennai Egmore at 4.15 a.m. the next days. It will stop at Kovilpatti, Virudhunagar, Madurai, Dindigul, Tiruchi, Villupuram, Chengalpattu and Tambaram.
The composition of the trains is one AC 2-tier, two AC 3-tier, 12 sleeper class and two luggage-cum-brake van coaches. Reservations for the trains are open.
  
Today (6:55AM)  Special trains (www.thehindu.com)
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The Southern Railway will operate the following special trains to clear the extra summer rush: The Chennai Egmore–Tirunelveli Suvidha Special (00603) train will leave Chennai Egmore at 9.05 p.m. on May 20 and reach Tirunelveli at 10.45 a.m. the next day.
The train will halt at Tambaram, Chengalpattu, Villupuram, Tiruchi, Dindigul, Madurai, Virudhunagar and Kovilpatti.
The Chennai Egmore–Tirunelveli Special Fare Special Train (06003) will leave Chennai Egmore at 9.05 p.m. on May 27 and reach Tirunelveli at 10.45 a.m. the next day. The train will stop at Tambaram, Chengalpattu, Villupuram, Vridhachalam, Tiruchi, Dindigul,
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Kodaikkanal Road, Madurai, Virudhunagar, Sattur, Kovilpatti, and Vanchi Maniyachchi.
The Tirunelveli – Chennai Egmore Suvidha Special Train (00602) will leave Tirunelveli at 2.45 p.m. on May 22 and 29 and reach Chennai Egmore at 4.15 a.m. the next day. The train will stop at Kovilpatti, Virudhunagar, Madurai, Dindigul, Tiruchi, Villupuram, Chengalpattu, and Tambaram. Advance reservations for the trains are open, a Southern Railway press release said.
  
Today (6:52AM)  Overbridge confusion cleared (www.thehindu.com)
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The Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation and South Western Railways have reached an understanding about passengers alighting at the City Railway Metro Station after many were caught for ticketless entry to the railway station these past few days. The confusion arose owing to the lack of integration over a foot overbridge (FOB) between the railway station and the metro station, which should have been planned before operations began.
Officials say that the situation has been resolved. “We have reached an agreement with the Railways’ authorities. We will both put up a temporary office near the FOB adjacent to the electrical sub-station. We will also install signboards to guide passengers,” said U.A. Vasanth Rao, Spokesperson, BMRCL.
  
Today (6:51AM)  Bengalureans find new uses for Metro (www.thehindu.com)
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Connectivity to Satellite Bus-stand is a big attraction
City residents are discovering new ways in which they can use the Metro to cut down on their daily commute. With better connectivity to City railway station and Satellite Bus-stand on Mysuru Road, those residing in the east, travelling towards cities in Kerala, Madikeri and other destinations to which buses depart from Mysuru Road are now considering the Metro as the foremost option for their travel.
The Satellite Bus-stand on Mysuru Road has a number of services for those travelling to these destinations. Currently, people
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who travel by private travels have to board their buses from Madiwala or other pick-up points around the city. Now, they can alight at the Deepanjali Nagar station from where the bus-stand is a short walk.
However, the luggage restrictions on the Metro make it impractical for long journeys, say many. “If I am going home for a few days and travelling with a small rucksack, this is a good option. However, I have been told that big suitcases are not allowed on the Metro,” said Joji James, a resident of Banaswadi.
Metro officials say that the connectivity to railway stations and bus-stands is to encourage daily commuters and not those leaving on long journeys. “Currently, if the bag fits into our scanners, we allow it to be carried,” BMRCL Managing Director Pradeep Singh Kharola had said recently.
Others argue that it would not be right to use the metro for such commutes. “The idea is for people travelling daily to the city and back from outlying areas to use the metro. If people carry huge bags, it will become a problem for others. Another issue will be last-mile connectivity where those with luggage will have to hire an auto to and from the station,” said U.A. Vasanth Rao, spokesperson, BMRCL.
Purple Line
Commuters: 85,900
Revenue: Rs. 41 lakh
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Today (6:47AM)  Shweta Rana to join Railways (www.thehindu.com)
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Indian Railways is easily the biggest and best supporter of Indian sports as it employs athletes, boxers, cricketers, wrestlers and sportspersons in a wide variety of disciplines, across the country.
The sporting reservoir of the Railways was further enhanced recently when Shweta Chandra Rana, who had helped Delhi win the National title in the inter-State women’s championship in Bhilai in February, became the first woman tennis player to join the ranks.
The 22-year-old Shweta, who hails from Himachal Pradesh, but has been playing in Delhi, gave up a long scholarship stint with the
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Oil and Natural Gas Corporation to join the Railways in Ahmedabad, where she trains with coach Todd Clark.
In an attempt to put her career on the rails of progress, Shweta is pursuing graduation in Sports from Kurukshetra University. A whole lot of girls like Ankita Raina, Prarthana Thombare, Prerna Bhambri, Snehadevi Reddy, Karman Kaur Thandi and Dhruthi Venugopal are all associated with the Petroleum companies, but Shweta’s family is clear that the Railways offers the best for sports.
Moreover, there is an emotional bonding with the Railways, as former National coach T. Chandrasekaran, who had groomed Shweta Rana for years and laid a strong foundation for her tennis career, was with the Railways till he retired recently.
With the Chandrasekaran’s diligent training, Shweta had become Asia No. 1 in under-14 and made the Indian teams in under-14 and under-16.
Like Chandrasekaran who was on deputation from the Railways to the National Tennis Academy for a few years, Shweta also believes that she could go on deputation and serve the game, if required. She intends to do a course on sports management after completing B.Sc in Sports.
  
Today (6:46AM)  Abolish overtime for Govt. staff, pay panel recommends (www.thehindu.com)
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Overtime paid by Railways and Defence ministries constitutes 90% of total
The Seventh Pay Commission has recommended that overtime allowance, except for operational staff and industrial employees governed by statutory provisions, should be abolished, after data showed that the expenditure under the head for the Railways and Defence ministries more than doubled in seven years ending 2012-13.
A committee of secretaries headed by Cabinet Secretary P. K. Sinha is reviewing the Commission’s recommendations. Overall, the overtime paid by the Government increased from Rs.797 crore to Rs.1,629 crore in the period, prompting the Commission
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to observe that government offices need to increase productivity and efficiency; and recommend “stricter” control on the Centre’s expenditure under the head.
“Government employees, like every one else, should be paid for results, not to spend time in the office…but overtime is mandated by law in organisations like railways and in such cases payments must be realistic and not frozen in time and hence the recommendation to increase them by 50 per cent,” economist and Seventh Pay Commission Member Rathin Roy told The Hindu .
Overtime allowance paid in just the Ministry of Railways and to civilian employees in the Ministry of Defence, accounts for more than 90 per cent of all overtime paid by the Centre, the Commission found. While the Ministry of Defence has achieved some success in controlling payment of the allowance, the efforts of the Railways Ministry have not borne fruit as yet. As a percentage of pay, overtime allowance is declining in the Ministry of Defence but is on the rise in the Ministry of Railways. The allowance decreased to 6.54 per cent of pay in 2012-13 from nearly 8 per cent in 2006-07 in the Ministry of Defence. It increased to 2.58 per cent in the Ministry of Railways in 2012-13 from 2.09 per cent in 2006-07.
Rising faster
Overtime paid to employees in the Railways is rising faster than even their pay. The compounded annual growth rate of 17.2 per cent for overtime in the ministry exceeds that of pay which is 13.2 per cent. If the government decides to continue with the allowance for those categories of staff for which it is not a statutory requirement, then it should be increased by 50 per cent, the panel recommended.
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शुरू होने के प्रबल आसार हैं। हवाई अड्डा के निर्माण संबंधी डीपीआर तैयार हो चुकी है। अगले दस दिनों में कंसलटेंसी कंपनी सरकार को यह रिपोर्ट सौंप देगी। इसके तुरंत बाद हवाई अड्डे से जुड़े तमाम कार्य शुरू होने वाले हैं।
बता दें कि इंटरनेशनल कंपनी 'परॉस्ट एंड सुलीवन' ने अंतरराष्ट्रीय स्तर का हवाई अड्के के निर्माण से जुड़ी रिपोर्ट तैयार की है। इस रिपोर्ट में अंतरराष्ट्रीय हवाई अड्डे की तमाम सुविधाओं युक्त भवन, टर्मिनल, एयर ट्रैफिक कंट्रोलर सहित इमारत व हैंगर्स की रूपरेखा तैयार की गई है।
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हवाई पट्टी विस्तार का एस्टीमेट पीडब्ल्यूडी को दे दिया है। प्रथम चरण में चार हजार फीट की पट्टी का विस्तार सात हजार फीट तक किया जाना है। इसके लिए लोक निर्माण विभाग को एस्टीमेट के साथ 50 करोड़ रुपये का बजट स्वीकृत किया है। साथ ही खर्च की राशि बढ़ाई जा सकती है। अगले चरण में हवाई पट्टी का विस्तार दस से बारह हजार फीट तक किया जा सकता है।
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फिलहाल तीन अतिरिक्त हैंगर बनाने के लिए नई बिल्डिंग का एस्टीमेट तैयार कर लिया गया है। कंसलटेंसी रिपोर्ट के आधार पर ही इन हैंगर्स का निर्माण अंतरराष्ट्रीय मानकों के अनुसार किया जाएगा। सरकार ने हैंगर्स निर्माण के लिए ड्राइंग तैयार करने के आदेश जारी कर दिए हैं।
-कैप्टन बीके पूनिया, प्रभारी पिंजौर एविएशन क्लब।
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रनवे का विस्तार सात हजार फीट तक किए जाने का निर्माण शुरू हो रहा है। इससे पूर्व की औपचारिकता मसलन ड्राइंग तैयार करना, पट्टी निर्माण के आदेश व बजट आदि सब हो चुका है। चंद दिनों में रनवे विस्तार के लिए निर्माण शुरू हो जाएगा।
-कैप्टन शैलेंद्र हुड्डा, प्रभारी एविएशन क्लब, हिसार
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कंसलटेंसी के लिए पांच नवंबर को टेंडर किया गया और जनवरी के दूसरे सप्ताह में टेंडर अलाट हुए। इस बीच 300 एकड़ जमीन लुवास की और 42 एकड़ जमीन जलघर की शिफ्ट कर हवाई अड्डा के इस्तेमाल में इस जमीन का रास्ता साफ हुआ। अब दस दिनों में कंसलटेंसी रिपोर्ट आ जाएगी। रनवे का विस्तार के आदेश हो चुके हैं। तीन हैंगर निर्माण की प्रक्रिया तेजी से चल रही है।
- डा. कमल गुप्ता, सीपीएस एवं विधायक, हिसार
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