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Today (07:55)  Prominent colas go off stalls at railway stations (timesofindia.indiatimes.com)
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BHOPAL: Multinational soft drink giants have gone out of favour of Indian Railways, especially the West Central Railways (WCR) that has directed to ban these drinks from the stalls in the 300 station under its jurisdiction. In a recent directive, WCR has banned sale of colas including those manufactured by Pepsi and Coke from stations under its jurisdiction in Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan. The decision has been taken after complaints about presence of harmful chemicals in soft drinks. Bhopal, Habibganj and Itarsi railway stations are the major stations where these colas will be off counters. Spokesperson for West Central railway, Surendra Yadav told TOI, "We have been regularly getting complaints about presence of harmful chemicals in cold drinks manufactured by these companies. We have sent a letter to those manufacturing these products for verification on the claims of complainants. Until they give us a report, all the stock has been removed...
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from the stations and tender of these firms will not be renewed." WCR is divided into three divisions including Bhopal, Jabalpur and Kota. WCR have also written to Kota division to call back all the stock of colas. Union minister of state for health Faggan Singh Kulaste in November 2016 had come up with a study details of which he presented in Lok Sabha stating that lead and other heavy metals such as cadmium and chromium have been found in samples of prominent cold drinks. WCR also issued a list of companies eligible to sell their products on railway stations. Surprisingly, names of all top MNC brands were missing from the list. Now, senior officials have started inspections to ensure that stocks of these products are completely removed from the stalls, said Yadav. Thumbs up for desi brands Like in case of Rail Neer (packaged mineral water), Railways are promoting desi beverages. Vendors said, lack of awareness about some of these products and trust deficit among consumers are holding back the sales from taking off. Brands like "Xalta" from Jhajjar, Haryana have been allowed for sale at railway stations along with health drinks and like flavoured milk local brands. Tularam, a MT and Sons vendor at Bhopal railway station said, "Price of these alternatives is less compared to the colas, still people do not like it." Echoing the sentiments, Kamlesh Kumar, another vendor at platform 2 of Bhopal railway station said, "Normally train stoppages are for 5 minutes and in that little time you can't convince passengers to trust a new brand. There is no problem with the new brands and they too taste good."
  
Today (07:53)  East Coast Railway: Odisha provides 4,376 acres of private land to ECoR for 5 railway projects (timesofindia.indiatimes.com)
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BHUBANESWAR: Commerce and transport minister Ramesh Chandra Majhi on Saturday informed the house that the state government has provided 4,376 acres of private land to the East Coast Railway (ECoR) for the execution of main five big railway projects in the state. These are four new railway lines- Khurda Road -Bolangir, Paradip-Haridaspur, Angul-Sukinda and Talcher-Bimalagarh, and Sambalpur-Talcher doubling. According to the official information, the state has handed over 1411.8 acres of private land for the 289-km-long Khurda Road-Bolangir project out of 6281.6 acres of land requisitioned for the project. This year, the Centre has sanctioned Rs 700 crore for this project which was sanctioned in 1996-97. But the railway has completed only 54 km from Khurda Road side. It has not completed the first patch of 19 km from Bolangir due to delay in land acquisition. Target of the project is March 2021. State also provided 1204.4 acres for Angul-Sukinda project...
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(104 km) out of the total 1229.9 acres. This new line was sanctioned in 1997-98, but it is yet to be completed. Only 60 per cent of earth work of the project is completed. It will still take one more years to complete the project by June 2018. Haridaspur-Paradip (82 km) project got 1471.3 acres of private land. This significant project was sanctioned in 1996-97. Only 75 per cent of the work has been completed till date. Railways sources said the project will be completed by March 2018.Talcher-Bimalagarh (154 km) new line project got 264.2 acres of private land out of 700 acres. It was sanctioned in 2004-05 in order to reduce the distance between Bhubaneswar-Rourkela to 308 km (now it is 440 km) enabling one to travel between Bhubaneswar and Rourkela within 5-6 hours. But this project is just started. Target of the project is March 2021. The fifth one, Sambalpur-Talcher (174 km) doubling project, got 23.9 acres out of 112.4 acres requisitioned for this. Work of the double line sanctioned in 2010-11 is just started. The railway has set a target to complete it in March 2020. The state government is conducting social impact assessment (SIA) study for 3407.7 acres of land for Khurda Road-Bolangir project, 241.3 acres of Talcher-Bimalagarh line, 47 acres of Paradip-Haridaspur new line, 25.4 acres of Angul-Sukinda line and 88.2 acres of Sambalpur-Talcher double line. SIA is a procedure to review the social effects of different infrastructure projects. The minister said the state government has already provided advance possession of all the government lands coming under the five important projects. It is trying to hand over the forest land requisitioned for the projects to the ECoR in a phase-wise, he added.

  
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Congrats to our Odisha State government who are really interested in developing Railway lines in their state .
Likewise our Tamilnadu state government also participated in developing additional Railway lines in Tamilnadu by awarding lands for the projects for speedy execution.
  
Today (07:48)  Millionaire thief sent to jail after custody ends (timesofindia.indiatimes.com)
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Vadodara: Dilipsingh Patel, a millionaire arrested by Government Railway Police (GRP) for stealing a laptop in a train, was sent to jail on Saturday as his police custody ended. A team of Pune police also came to the city on Saturday to arrest him. Patel was arrested by GRP officials from Ahmedabad railway station on February 23 for stealing a laptop from Pune Jodhpur Express train on February 20. Interestingly, Patel has his travel business in Haridwar and lives there with his family. He also owns a guest house in Haridwar besides four buses. Patel was caught in 2012 too in Viramgam and Ahmedabad in similar incidents but he was released on bail. The police said his lawyer in Ahmedabad had called him after which he went to Bhimashankar Temple in Maharashtra. "He was returning to Ahmedabad in a second AC coach and when the train was about to reach Surat,...
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he woke up and stole the bag of his fellow passenger Dhananjay Andhurkar," said in-charge GRP police inspector Natwarsinh Chavda. Chavda said he got down at Surat and went to Ahmedabad by bus. Police sources said when Patel reached Ahmedabad railway station to book his ticket, GRP personnel recognized him as he was arrested in the past too and questioned him.
"Strangely, he revealed all the details of the incident even before we used force against him," said a police official. He told police that he had a habit of stealing other passengers' valuables whenever he travelled in an air-conditioned coach of a train. And because he did not want to steal luggage of fellow passengers, he started travelling by road. But, on February 20 he got a confirmed ticket so he travelled by train. The police recovered cash and other valuables worth Rs81,070 from Patel, who they said suffers from kleptomania. He had stolen mobile phones when he was in Pune for which Pune police will be arresting him soon as a court has issued a transfer warrant against him.
  
Yesterday (23:27)  Tatkal special train to Dharwad (www.deccanherald.com)
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Feb 25 2017 (23:27)
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South Western Railway will run a tatkal special between Yeshwantpur and Dharwad to clear the extra rush during Shivaratri.
Train No. 06538 Yeshwantpur-Dharwad tatkal special departs from Yeshwantpur at 8.30 pm on Thursday, February 23 and arrives at Dharwad at 5.35 am on Friday with halts at Tumakuru, Arsikere, Birur, Davangere, Harihar, Haveri and Hubballi.
Train No. 06537 Dharwad-Yeshwantpur tatkal special departs from Dharwad at 7.40 pm on Sunday, February 26 and arrives at Yeshwantpur at 5 am on Monday.
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train will have 16 coaches comprising one AC 2-tier coach, four AC 3-tier coaches, nine second class sleeper coaches and two second class-cum-luggage and brake van with disabled friendly compartment.
Advance booking is open.Terminal shifted to Danapur Train No. 12295 Sanghamitra Express from Krantivira Sangolli Rayanna (Bengaluru) to Patliputra, will run only up to Danapur instead of Patliputra February 27 onwards.
Train No. 12296 Sanghamitra Express from Patliputra to Krantivira Sangolli Rayanna (Bengaluru) will originate from Danapur instead of Patliputra with effect from March 1.
  
Yesterday (23:22)  Grant Rs 500 crore for Mahamastakabhisheka: Deve Gowda tells PM (www.deccanherald.com)
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Former prime minister H D Deve Gowda on Thursday urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to sanction Rs 500 crore to develop infrastructure at Shravanabelagola and surrounding areas for the Mahamastakabhisheka to be held early next year.
Gowda, who met the prime minister here on Wednesday, told reporters, “Though I met the Prime Minister earlier to seek funds, the Finance Ministry rejected the plea. I again requested the PM to reconsider the government’s decision,” he said. Gowda also said he would also meet Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and explain the reasons for seeking funds.
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Centre must sanction money since several development works including roads, railways, drinking water, guest houses and other facilities are needed to be provided for a large number of pilgrims who visit the town to witness the anointment of Gomateshwara’s statue on Vindhyagiri, Gowda said. Though the state government has agreed to sanction some funds, the Centre must also provide its share since several development works have to be taken up, Gowda said.
  
Yesterday (23:18)  Tipu's armoury shifting goes smooth (www.deccanherald.com)
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The project to move Tipu Sultan’s armory has crossed a critical phase. The armory is being moved 100 meters to make way for a railway track. The spectacular engineering effort is the first such in India.
The armory, at his capital of Srirangapatna near Mysuru, weighs about 1,000 tonnes, and was raised a foot on Day 1.
The actual shifting begins on March 3, with the laying of rails and rollers. The work is likely to go on till March 8 or 9. As many as 70 workers, including six from the US,
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are working at the site.
The shifting of the 228-year-old armory is vital for the Railways to complete the doubling of the Bengaluru-Mysuru line. Only 1.5 km of the track is pending. The work is being done by PSL Engineering of the Fedders Llyod group.
It is a joint venture with the US-based Wolfe House Movers. Terming the opening day as successful, Mukat Behari Sharma, director, Lloyd group, and armory project director, said, “We began the work on January 6... The lifting has been smooth.”
The armory is 12 meters wide and 10 meters high. Tipu Sultan stored his arms and ammunition there when he was fighting the British.
The Archaeological Survey of India has approved the relocation. The temple town of Srirangapatna has eight such armories. The estimated cost of the relocation is Rs 13.68 crore.
Tougher than a stone structure
Jamin Buckingham, project manager, said he had never seen such a strong monument in his career. It is tougher than a stone structure, he said. Pratap Simha, Mysuru MP, who visited the site, said work on the railway track would be taken up soon after the armory was moved.The track is expected to be ready by April-end, Simha said.
  
Yesterday (23:14)  Shifting Tipu's armoury, the hard work before the toil (www.deccanherald.com)
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One look at the mammoth Tipu armoury in Srirangapatna, and American Jamin Puckingham knew this would be nothing like the hundreds of buildings he had helped shift back home. This was the oldest he and his team had ever attempted to move.
On Thursday, his Wolfe House Movers team did manage to lift the 1,050-tonne structure by a full two feet. But Puckingham knew he had absolutely no margin of error. The task could not be accomplished without weeks of intense planning and preparation.
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deep in dirt and that was a big challenge. “The armoury has thick walls. Although made of brick and mortar, the structure’s integrity is surprisingly very well considering its age,” Puckingham told DH.
His team, comprising Peter Hansen, Philip Hansen and Jeffrey Brovont had spent months evaluating the building, its internal and external dynamics and working out the engineering of the eventual operation. But even before that, Puckingham had to coordinate with the Railways, the Archaeological Department and strike a joint venture agreement with PSL Engineering.
The JV was critical to fabricate the huge beams that had to go underneath the structure. “PSL also had to remove the soil. They made all the beams in India. We only brought the jacks, the jacking machine and rollers (about 64 in 25-tonne and 50-tonne configurations) from the US.”
Paper work, the hard part
Moving back and forth to get all the paper work in order, Puckingham is now convinced that “shifting is the easy part. The paper work was the hard part.” For the record, he had to shuttle between India and the US four times in the last four years.
The first major task of lifting the structure has gone just according to the team’s plan. The next stage would be to insert the rail beams underneath and place the rollers over them. The entire structure on the rollers would then be pushed through hydraulic push ramps.
Puckingham is sure the process would be smooth. “We are using state-of-the-art equipment. Regardless of the building’s weight, the structure would be hydraulically propelled uniformly. The movement will be smooth and steady without jarring,” he explained.
The shifting is planned along two paths perpendicular to each other. The first stage will have the armoury move 350 ft in a straight line. The roller wheels will then be reset to take the perpendicular shift. The structure will then be moved 100 ft to the right to reach its new location.
Scheduled for March 8, the process is expected to take five days. “That works to about six metres in one hour,” said Puckingham. He was experienced enough to make that estimation with confidence. After all, he had started moving buildings when he was barely 13!
  
Yesterday (21:49)  Consultants for water metro by March (www.thehindu.com)
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Over 1 lakh islanders expected to benefit from the project
KOCHI: The Smart City components entrusted with Kochi Metro Rail Limited (KMRL), which is responsible for implementing four out of around 100 projects, are either in the implementation stage or about to be launched, according to KMRL sources.
As regards the Kochi Smart City project, the firm was entrusted with the water transport project, launch of smart cards and mobile applications, and Hospital Road upgrade.
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consultant for the ₹747-crore water metro project will be selected by March. Three agencies have been short-listed for the job after inviting global tenders. The agency will be responsible for the design and implementation of the project, sources said.
The water metro has been conceived as part of an integrated transportation model. Kochi is the first city in the country where water transport will be integrated as a feeder service to the metro. The project envisages the development of 16 identified routes, connecting 10 islands along a network of routes that span 76 km with a fleet of 78 fast, fuel-efficient, air-conditioned ferries plying to 38 jetties, according to project documents.
More than 1 lakh islanders are expected to benefit from the water metro project.
  
Yesterday (21:49)  Derailment of empty rake causes delay in departure of trains (www.thehindu.com)
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‘Lack of proper maintenance of tracks, inadequate ballast cause frequent derailments’
Four empty coaches of Kanniyakumari-Howrah Express rake derailed while being shunted at Nagercoil station on Friday night.
Following this, the train was rescheduled to depart at 12 noon on Saturday instead of the scheduled departure of 7.50 a.m., Kanniyakumari-Mumbai Jayanthi Janata Express at 10 a.m. instead of 6.40 a.m. and Nagercoil-Coimbatore passenger at 2 p.m. instead of 7.15 a.m.
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Guruvayoor Express skipped Nagercoil Junction and was operated via Nagercoil Town station. The Kanniyakumari Express from Chennai arrived at 7.40 a.m. instead of 6.30 a.m. Similarly, Ananthapuri Express proceeding to Thiruvananthapuram also reached Nagercoil an hour behind schedule.
The derailed coaches were put back on the tracks by 4 a.m. on Saturday. Two cranes from Thiruvananthapuram were brought for the purpose.
Kanniyakumari District Rail Users Association president S.R. Sreeram said that lack of proper maintenance of tracks and inadequate ballast caused frequent derailments in this section.
As Kanniyakumari station lacked even basic facilities, rakes of all terminating trains were brought back to Nagercoil for maintenance. Kanniyakumari should be made a railway terminal with all facilities, including full-fledged watering, cleaning and other basic facilities for mechanical and electrical maintenance. If these facilites were there, many problems could be solved, Mr. Sreeram said.
  
Yesterday (21:44)  Indian Railways mulls new performance index (www.thehindu.com)
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The Indian Railways is mulling a new metric to measures its performance at a time when it is staring at a five-year low operating ratio by the end of this financial year.
The Railways formed a committee of executive directors from its budget, finance efficiency and research departments, last week to look at some of the best corporate practice and suggest a new financial ratio.
The financial performance of the Indian Railways is measured in operating ratio which is expected to be at a five-year high of 94.9% in 2016-17. Till December this
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year, the Railways’ operating ratio in 2016-17 stood at 109% which is expected to improve by March this year. This means, the Railways spent ₹109 to earn ₹100 from April-December 2016. A lower operating ratio means better efficiency.
Financial health
“A committee has been formed to work out another index, looking at both the government and the private sector, which reflects the financial health of the Indian Railways,”a senior Railway Ministry official said. “The operating ratio reflects the true reflection of the Railways’ finances only by the end of the financial year. So, we have asked the committee to work out a better financial ratio than the operating ratio reflecting the correct financial and professional health.”
Another Ministry official said the committee has been asked to submit its report within a month, adding that it may also hire a private agency to take help in mulling a new performance indicator.
“The operating ratio is a very different way of measuring the financial health and is not the industry-standard. In the corporate sector, you have various ways of measuring a company’s operating performance such as the Earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA). So, we need a new metric for the right comparison,” a third Railway Ministry official said.
Pay increases
The Railways’ finances took a hit this financial year due to the Seventh Pay Commission’s pay hike recommendations, Railway Ministry officials said.
“There was a hit of ₹30,000 crore on our finances due to the Seventh Pay Commission. When the last two Pay Commissions were implemented, the operating ratio deteriorated by 5-10%. However, this year we will be able manage an operating ratio which will be marginally higher at around 95%,” Railway Board Chairman A.K.Mital had said at a press conference on February 1 when Finance Minister Arun Jaitley presented the first general Budget incorporating the Railway Budget.
“In order to be meaningful, the (financial) ratio should be representative of the operations, be as comprehensive, as reasonably possible and least subject to arbitrariness,” a 1998 book titled ‘Readings in Indian Railway Finance’ edited by the then Rites Group General Manager K.B.Verma said.
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“While the existing concept of Operating Ratio on Indian Railways more or less satisfies the first criteria, it does not meet the other two criteria. It is, therefore, not a satisfactory index of financial performance.”
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