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Yesterday (22:41)  Launch of dedicated Kochi metro police station soon (www.thehindu.com)
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It will handle law and order on the stretch between Aluva and Pettah
KOCHI: Taking cue from dedicated police units for metro rail projects in other Indian cities, the Kochi City Police will soon be opening a metro rail police station to handle crime and law and order on the metro rail stretch between Aluva and Pettah.
The State Cabinet has already sanctioned 29 posts for the station to be headed by a Circle Inspector. It will have jurisdiction over the entire corridor, including the Aluva-Pettah viaduct, stations, and the coach depot at
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According to City Police Commissioner M.P. Dinesh, the proposed police station, which will come up near Cusat Junction at Kalamassery, will function in tandem with the other planned exclusive force comprising SISF personnel who will be in charge of the security of metro stations. “We wanted to activate the new police station keeping in mind the possible criminal acts in the metro corridor and stations. Since this is a prestigious project, having been executed at a high cost, and thousands of passengers are apparently going to use it on a daily basis, security is of paramount importance,” the Commissioner said.
The city police, through the metro rail police station, will be involved in routine crime prevention, and crime detection, besides handling other possible law and order situations.
“Since the personnel of law and order police stations will be saddled with their regular duties, it was proposed to create a dedicated police station for the metro,” he added.
The police station apart, the State government has decided to train and deploy 138 policemen from the KAP Battalion (SISF personnel) to address pressing security concerns. “You need an agency to handle exclusive areas like access control, anti-sabotage checks, protection of metro rail properties, and CCTV monitoring, as the city police will not have the resources and manpower to handle such responsibilities,” explained a senior officer.
The trained officers will be manning the 24 stations in the Aluva-Pettah corridor, providing the second layer of security after private security guards to be positioned at the gates and parking lots. While the sanction for SISF personnel was accorded on condition of the KMRL paying their salaries, the metro agency appears not in a position to bear the expenditure.
“We need clarity on the matter. Besides, the security of metro rail is a State subject in cities elsewhere,” said a KMRL spokesperson.
  
Yesterday (22:32)  Our permission not needed to cut trees: CZMA, MPCB (www.thehindu.com)
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Blow for protesters who claim Metro III project needs clearances from pollution control board and coastal authority; tree-cutting continues unabated
Mumbai: Trees continued to be cut for the Metro III project in Churchgate on Thursday, as residents resumed efforts to save them. Protesters also demanded that Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation Ltd (MMRCL) produce requisite permissions from the Coastal Zone Management Authority (CZMA) and the Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB).
Residents approached Marine Drive police station around 11 a.m., after a brief exchange with Sandeep Naik, Larsen and Toubro’s project manager for Metro III.
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Ruchir Bansal, a resident, said, “This morning, we filed another complaint that work in Churchgate needs two permissions: one from the CZMA and the other from the MPCB, which they don’t have. We have mentioned this in our petition before the High Court as well. If they don’t have these permissions, they should not fell trees in Churchgate.”
However, those against the felling of trees in Churchgate are in for disappointment, with both the MPCB and CZMA clarifying that their permission is not needed. Dr. P. Anabalgan, member-secretary, MPCB told The Hindu that the civic body's Tree Authority is concerned with permissions for tree cutting within municipal limits. “The MPCB does not give permissions to cut trees,” he said.
A senior CZMA official, who declined to be named, said the BMC’s Tree Authority looks into permissions for cutting trees within its jurisdiction, and as Churchgate is governed by it, the CZMA’s permission to cut trees is not required.
Residents had also filed a complaint two days ago demanding work be stopped till a two-judge High Court committee is formed to address their grievances. “If trees are cut before the committee is formed, then the Supreme Court order is factious,” residents said.
Mr. Naik maintained it was government project. “We have all necessary permissions. According to a survey by specialists, trees marked yellow cannot be transplanted and need to be cut. However, those marked green will be transplanted to a specified location.”
Naina Pai, who travelled to Churchgate from Goregaon, protested outside Moti Mahal by hugging a tree earmarked for cutting. She was joined by Bandra resident Vikrant Dhote. They both stood hugging the tree for a short while, as Ms. Pai told the workers nearby, “Why are you drinking tea in the shade offered by the trees. Why don’t you have tea while standing in the sun?
Faced with increasing protests, MMRCL had roped in bouncers from Vishal Security Force. “We won’t allow them to cut the trees, come what may. Are they trying to scare us with bouncers?” Mani Gopal Krishnan, AAP convenor for Ville Parle, said before being taken away by the police. Mr. Dhote climbed a tree opposite Vihar restaurant while Ms. Pai stood hugging the tree. While the police took Ms. Pai into custody, Mr. Dhote managed to stay put in the tree for close to an hour. At one point, he even threatened to jump off the tree if it was harmed.
Rustom Warden, a resident, said, “The two trees they have hacked were planted by my grandfather, Justice Vimadalal, back in 1970. I don’t oppose the Metro III project, but I wish the whole process could have been done in a much better way.” Ashwin Nagpal, a resident of Churchgate, said, “I was standing there when a branch fell inside the compound. It hit a part of the building. Shouldn’t they put up a barricade?”
  
Yesterday (22:28)  New bridge will spur a revolution: Modi (www.thehindu.com)
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‘To fulfil India’s dream of becoming a superpower, the northeast is the place to begin’
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday inaugurated the country’s longest bridge over the Lohit river in Assam on the third anniversary of his government and said the NDA dispensation was working to make the northeast a trade hub for southeast Asia.
Dedicating to the nation the 9.15 km-long bridge, named after Dadasaheb Phalke awardee and legendary lyricist-singer Bhupen Hazarika who hailed from Sadiya, he said it will serve as the foundation for a new economic revolution and help
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Speaking on the Act East Policy, the Prime Minister said he wanted the northeast region to be well-connected for economic activity. “For this, we are laying stress on development of infrastructure and making the northeast a tourism centre. Lakhs of tourists would also come to Kamakhya temple and improve the economy,” he said.
“Stress is now being laid on what was never done earlier... Electricity, roads, rail infrastructure and optical fibre network in the northeast will connect every corner of the region with the country,” Mr. Modi said.
“The bridge will not only save money, reduce travel time but comes as a foundation for the beginning of a new economic revolution. That is why the whole nation has its eyes on this bridge.”
“The reduction of distance by 165 km and cutting travel time by seven to eight hours will open new doors for economic development... The bridge will bring development to Assam and Arunachal Pradesh.”
“For fulfilling India’s dream of becoming a top economically developed nation, a superpower, the northeast region is the place to begin with,” Mr. Modi said.
“If development is to be made permanent, then infrastructure is the first requirement. It is on the two tracks of physical infrastructure and social infrastructure that complete development is achieved,” he said.
The Prime Minister said the government has been striving for long-lasting development by creating permanent infrastructure for fulfilling the nation’s dreams.
Ex-MLA who began it all
He recalled the role played by the former MLA Jagadish Bhuyan in the construction of the bridge as it was he who wrote to then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee on May 29, 2003.
“The government changed in the middle and your dreams got paused. If work had continued then you would have had the bridge 10 years ago. In the last three years efforts started to complete Vajpayee’s work,” Mr. Modi said.
The bridge built at a cost of Rs. 2,056 crore is 3.55 km longer than the Bandra-Worli sea link. The length of the bridge, including viaducts, is 9.15 km with a 7.3 km approach road from the Dhola side and 12.5 km from Sadia side.
With importance accorded to quick movement of military troops and artillery, the bridge has been designed to allow movement of tanks, official sources said.

  
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Yesterday (22:18)  MP to open rail amenities (www.thehindu.com)
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The Southern Railway will commission and lay the stone for four facilities in the district on Saturday.
P. Karunakaran, MP, will inaugurate a foot over bridge (FOB) at the Bekal Fort railway station at 2 p.m.
The MP will also lay the stone for the extension of FOB works, funded jointly by local MLA M. Rajagopalan and the Cheruvathur grama panchayat, at the Charvathur railway station at 3 p.m., a release said.
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Karunakaran will then proceed to the Thrikkarippur railway station to open an FOB there at 4 p.m. He will also commission the limited-use subway at 4.30 p.m. at the Elambachi-Thalichalam locality as part of phasing out the level crossing 263 between Cheruvathur and Thrikkarippur stations.
  
Yesterday (22:14)  HC refuses to restrain Mumbai Metro from cutting trees (www.thehindu.com)
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Judges express concern for trees, but say ‘middle ground’ is needed for development projects
Mumbai: The Bombay High Court on Friday refused to restrain Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation Ltd (MMRCL) from cutting trees across south Mumbai for its Metro 3 project.
A Vacation Bench comprising Justices P.D. Naik and M.S. Karnik observed that while it was concerned about the trees, a middle ground has to be arrived at when development projects are involved. The Bench was hearing an application filed by residents alleging authorities were illegally felling trees.
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May 5, the HC had noted that the Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation Ltd (MMRCL) will file an undertaking and appointed the member-secretary, Maharashtra Legal Services Authority and the Deputy Registrar to oversee compliance in regard to replantation and transplantation of the trees.
Advocate Mustafa Doctor, appearing for MMRCL, told the court that only those trees marked by the BMC are being cut and MMRCL was following all norms. The BMC’s counsel, Anil Sakhre, also submitted that officials from the civic body, HC and the legal services authority had inspected all sites in south Mumbai where trees were being cut to ensure compliance with norms.
Accepting the statements, the court said as long as authorities were complying with earlier HC orders, there was no need to grant a stay. “We are also concerned for the trees but when development projects are concerned, a middle ground has to be arrived at,” the court said. The court has now posted the matter for further hearing on June 5.
Nitin Kumar, the site engineer for Larsen and Toubro overseeing Metro 3, said 51 trees will be cut and 47 will be transplanted for the construction of the Churchgate Metro station. “We will first expose, or dig up, an area of 15 metres around them, and then dig down to the root line and lift the entire tree out of the ground. The roots tend to go 20 feet to 30 feet deep for trees as big as these. We have to save their primary roots, that’s the main concern. We trim the branches beforehand so that once the roots have been dug up, we can transplant the tree directly. The MMRCL will inform engineers about transplantion sites.”
Ruchir Bansal, a resident, alleged tree numbers had been changed, and no BMC Tree Officer was present where trees were being felled as mandated by the court. “A committee to look into residents’ grievances has not been formed even after a week, and there has been a slaughter of trees across the city.” Protesters are hoping this and the skewed ratio of tree officers will buy them some time till the Committee is set up on May 29.
Over 5,000 trees are proposed to be cut in various parts of south Mumbai for the Colaba-Bandra-SEEPZ Metro Line 3 project. The HC had earlier stayed the cutting of trees, but vacated the same on May 5. The court had allowed MMRCL to cut trees after it gave an undertaking that for each tree it cuts in south Mumbai, another would be planted at the same spot after construction is over. This would be in addition to three saplings that MMRCL will plant in suburban Mumbai for every tree it cuts.
The 33-km Metro project will connect the Cuffe Parade business district in south Mumbai to SEEPZ in the city’s north-central suburbs.
  
Yesterday (22:13)  Station spruce-up: KMRL faces a problem of plenty (www.thehindu.com)
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Agency gets 4,000 photographs for decking up stations; to chose 20 from them
Efforts by Kochi Metro Rail Limited (KMRL) to aesthetically deck up metro stations have evoked phenomenal response, with the agency receiving over 4,000 photographs from enthusiastic participants from across the State.
This has left KMRL with the onerous task of selecting 20 photographs for adorning the 16 metro stations between Aluva and Maharaja’s College Ground. Photographs for the remaining stations will be chosen as and when required.
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had invited photographs largely based on the themes of the Western Ghats and Kerala’s flora and fauna, maritime history, spices and crops, cultural and artistic heritage, sporting heritage, and Ernakulam and its history. “The photographers will be given the option to either sell the photographs to us, or they can claim credit for the works. The photographs will be priced between ₹5,000 and ₹10,000.” KMRL sources said.
K.R. Unnikrishnan, a homoeo doctor by profession and one of the lucky participants to get his photographs selected, has opted for the credit-based arrangement. He submitted three photographs out of which two, that of Kanikonna (Cassia fistula) and a scene from the Alappuzha beach, were selected by KMRL. “I undertook a trip just to capture these images. KMRL has now asked me to sent high-resolution copies of these images,” said Mr. Unnikrishnan, who is passionate about photography and travelling.
The photographs chosen will be arranged in various shapes and sizes at metro stations based on the character of each station. “While in some cases, an image will be blown up to cover an entire wall, there will be framed photographs of varying sizes as well,” said KMRL sources.
The photographs will be arranged thematically at the stations. For instance, the Aluva station will showcase the natural beauty of Kerala with special focus on the Western Ghats, Periyar, and other rivers. Western Ghats will be an overriding theme in 11 out of the 16 stations, with the Pulinchodu station to be bedecked by the State’s flora and fauna.
While the Companyppady station will feature hills and peaks, snails and snakes will adorn the Ambattukavu station. Birds will be featured at the Mutton station, while fishes and flowers will be on display at Pathadipalam and Palarivattom. Monsoon, waterfall, and waterbodies will adorn the Kaloor station, and dragonflies and butterflies will be the themes at Lissie. The Maharaja’s College Ground station will have its walls adorned by images of endangered species and mammals.
The maritime history of Kerala will get the pride of place at the Cusat station, while spices and crops will dominate at Edappally. Cultural and artistic heritage will be showcased at Changampuzha Park station, while the sporting heritage of Kerala will be on display at the Kaloor International Stadium station. The Maharaja’s College Ground station will also take visitors through the history of Ernakulam.
  
Yesterday (22:04)  Landowners to step up stir against metro authorities (www.thehindu.com)
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‘KMRL went back on its promise to offer jobs’
Landowners who have surrendered their holdings for the construction of the Muttom yard of the Kochi metro near Kalamassery on Friday staged a march and dharna protesting against the alleged non-fulfilment of promises by the metro authorities.
Anwar Sadat, MLA, inaugurated the dharna organised in front of the yard under the aegis of the Metro Land Owners Samiti, which is planning to intensify the stir to get its demands conceded. Mr. Sadat said he had brought the matter to the notice of the Chief
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Minister more than once through letters and a submission at the just concluded Assembly session. “Only the previous day I had written to the Chief Minister. I also sent him a copy of a Government Order that proposed to give two cents to those who had surrendered less than 10 cents for the yard and five cents to those who had given up more than 10 cents in the proposed Metro Village at Muttom,” he said.
He added that the Chief Minister had forwarded his first letter to the Transport Secretary.
Meanwhile, landowners alleged that the metro authorities had gone back on their promise to provide a job to an eligible member of each family on the lines of the model followed for the acquisition of land for Cochin International Airport Limited.
However, terming it a recent demand, Kochi Metro Rail Limited (KMRL) said majority of unskilled jobs had already been offered to Kudumbasree members.
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Yesterday (21:24)  Metro rail project works to begin in Coimbatore by next financial year (www.thehindu.com)
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Minister holds review meeting on GST with traders and entrepreneurs
The State Government will take steps to start works for the metro rail project for Coimbatore by next financial year, Municipal Administration and Rural Development Minister S.P. Velumani said here on Saturday.
Addressing representatives of 53 traders’ associations and entrepreneurs, he said he was happy to announce the decision that the Government would take up the project next year, said a release from the district administration.
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Minister said that the Government was concerned about the problems the traders might have in migrating to the Goods and Services Tax (GST) system.
To know about their apprehensions and offer assistance, the Government had asked the Commercial Taxes Department officials to work with them.
Likewise, he told the traders’ representatives that the Government had arranged for an interaction between traders associations and the State Finance Minister on June 1 and the Chief Minister on June 2.
The Government was sensitive to their concerns and would do the best to support them, the release added. The industries, especially the MSMEs, have appealed to the State Government to ensure that they are not affected by the GST.
According to the Coimbatore Compressor Industries’ Association, the rate for air compressors has been fixed at 28 % and for borewell compressor pumps at 18 %. The Value Added Tax for these now is 5%. Hence, the association has appealed to the Prime Minister and the Union Finance Minister to reduce the tax for all compressors to 12 %.
The Kovai Power Driven Pumps and Spares Manufacturers Association had demanded uniform rate for raw materials and pumps.
The association pointed out that while the components and castings come under 18 % rate, raw materials such as wires and cables have 28 % and the rate for pumpsets is 12 %. The GST for raw materials is more than that for the end product, it said. Hence, the association sought revision of the rates.
The State Government should ensure that the Commercial Tax Department helps them migrate to GST.
The Coimbatore, Tirupur District Micro and Cottage Entrepreneurs Association has appealed to the Government to increase the exemption limit to Rs. 50 lakh annual turnover instead of Rs. 20 lakh that has been proposed now. Micro and cottage units that do job work for larger industries and have annual turnover of more than Rs. 20 lakh will now have to pay 18 % GST.
Further, the Government should not take action for a year on the micro or cottage units for lapses in submitting the required documents under GST as these units need time to learn about maintaining registers and documents.
  
Yesterday (21:22)  The hi-tech station (www.thehindu.com)
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A top view of Panjagutta station of Hyderabad Metro Rail getting ready with all amenities such as escalators and elevators to reach the stations, announcement boards and electronic display systems among others for passengers.Nagara Gopal
  
Yesterday (21:18)  Kochi metro staffers, families take train ride (www.thehindu.com)
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KMRL Board meeting on Tuesday
A few hundred staff members of the Kochi Metro Rail Limited (KMRL), Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) and metro’s land-acquisition staff from the Collectorate travelled in metro trains, engaged in service trials in the 13-km Aluva-Palarivattom corridor, on Saturday.
Each employee could take along five people — be it family members or friends. “This is a standard practice in all metro systems, prior to launching commercial operations. The aim is to ensure that a few hundred people can take tickets, board and alight trains comfortably, as per schedule,”
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“We thus re-tested the crush-load situation, in which over 900 people travel jam-packed in each three-coach train, after taking tickets, to simulate how well the systems handle the number of people. Everything was verified, from how well escalators, ticket gates and other systems function at stations in the metro corridor, to the time taken to enter and exit trains,” said Elias George, managing director of KMRL.
On representatives of a political party travelling in the trains and posting photos, KMRL sources said they had accompanied a Collectorate staffer.
KMRL’s Director Board meeting is slated for Tuesday in New Delhi.
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