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Feb 06 2017 (07:37)  Malls, multiplex at railway stations in the offing (www.thehindu.com)
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Ambitious project of the Railways is all set to get under way from Feb. 8
HYDERABAD: Secunderabad and Vijayawada railway stations will get a make over in the near future with facilities such as malls, multiplexes and restaurants as they have been selected under the first phase of the Station Redevelopment Project.
The ambitious project of the Indian Railways is all set to get underway from February 8, when Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu will launch it officially from New Delhi.
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project will primarily focus at upgrading the level of passenger amenities by new constructions/ renovations and include redevelopment of station buildings, platform surfaces and circulating area to better serve the needs of passengers. Commercial establishments including, hotels, multiplexes and shopping malls are likely to come up in the land earmarked for railways for the use of the developers.
In return, the developers would hold the rights for commercial exploitation of the land at the stations for a period of 45 years, while the ownership of the land remains with the Railways. The developers would be selected through a two-stage bidding process.
It also envisages huge revamp in infrastructure at the stations including platforms and circulating areas by the chosen developers. Development of world class stations which can generate surplus revenue on account of their commercial potential is being conceptualised under the project, with the surplus money going into modernisation of railway stations with no additional funding from the railways side.
The project will be implemented under the Swiss challenge method which involves inviting a proposal online and permitting rival bidders to beat that proposal with a more attractive plan. According the South Central Railway officials, 23 railways stations across the country have been selected for the first phase of the project.
× Under the redevelopment project, the selected railway stations would be tuned to the best standards by leveraging the valuable real estate they hold in terms of land and air space in and around railway stations. A total of over 400 stations out of about 8,000 stations in the country have been selected for the project to be implemented phase-wise.
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Feb 06 2017 (07:33)  Funds allocation to add capacity to Mangaluru Central Station (www.thehindu.com)
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Union Budget allocates funds for line doubling and additional platform construction
The long-pending demand of citizens for the introduction of more trains from Mangaluru Central would materialise in about a year as this year’s budget has allocated funds not only for doubling the Netravathi Cabin-Mangaluru Central line but also for the construction of an additional platform at the station.
Though the works were sanctioned in the previous Railway budget, they were not taken up for want of funds allocation.
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₹ 1 lakh [total cost ₹ 6.65 crore] are allocated for the construction of an additional platform at Central, ₹ 5 crore [total cost ₹ 9.46 crore] are set apart for doubling the 1.5-km line between Netravathi Cabin and Central.
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Divisional Railway Manager of Palakkad Division of Southern Railway Naresh Lalwani told The Hindu that the division had been sending the proposal for line doubling and two additional platforms for the past many years.
As construction of two additional platforms did not get the Board’s nod, he revised the proposal seeking one platform this time and was able to get it sanctioned.
One additional platform does not require relocating of the existing two pit-lines [maintenance tracks], he said.
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Mr. Lalwani said that since the construction wing of Southern Railway is expected to take up line doubling work, the same agency would take up additional platform work too. As such, signalling work too would be executed along with civil works in one package, he said.
The project is likely to be completed in about 18 months once taken up.
Asked about the number of additional trains that could be introduced after one more platform is added, Mr. Lalwani said that he is yet to work out the details.
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Welcoming the allocation, Anil Hegde from Paschima Karavali Railway Yatrikara Sangha said that at least 10 new trains could be introduced from Mangaluru Central with the additional platform. At present, Central, with four platforms, handles 30 trains a day, including four halting and 26 non-halting trains.
The single line between Netravathi Cabin and Central and the limited number of platforms had affected introduction of more trains.
  
Feb 05 2017 (23:44)  Railway works: TN gets 40% more outlay (www.thehindubusinessline.com)
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Tamil Nadu has got a 40 per cent increase in outlay for railway works at ₹2,287 crore in 2017-18 as against ₹1,636 crore in the corresponding year.
For Kerala, the increase has been 19 per cent to ₹1,206 crore (₹1,014 crore). This includes capital investment programme with state joint venture for Guruvayur-Tirunavaya, according to a press release from Southern Railway.
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state-wise projects for works for Kerala includes the Thalassery-Mysore new line survey, capital investment programme with state joint venture for Guruvayur-Tirunavaya, traffic facility works of ₹13.5 crore and 11 proposals for construction of 21 ROB/RUB/Subways at a cost of ₹297 crore.
  
Feb 05 2017 (23:39)  Bypass to reduce traffic at Khurda Road station (timesofindia.indiatimes.com)
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BHUBANESWAR: The railways has allocated Rs 8.95 crore for construction of a bypass on the Khurda Road-Vizianagaram route to reduce congestion at Khurda Road station. This will help direct trains between south India and Puri to avoid Khurda Road station and take the bypass instead, a railway source said. The 1.61 km track will be constructed between Argul and Haripur passenger halts under the Khurda railway division. "Now trains have to make way to Khurda Road station and wait for signal to take the Puri route. After the bypass gets ready, it will get rid of the delay. Trains can go directly to Puri from Argul station," a railway source said. The project had received in-principle sanction last year. "The bypass will be constructed at an estimated cost of Rs 25 crore, which includes land acquisition, laying of track, signalling and overhead wires. It will be completed by end of March...
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2018," chief spokesperson of ECoR, J P Mishra, said. The railways has also sanctioned fund for development of Khurda Road station building from the side of platform number 1. Around Rs 5 crore will be spent on the project. ECoR will also improve the retiring rooms and waiting halls at the station, an official source said.

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Bypass is needed at Daund Junction too as every train has to reverse while going from Pune to Manmad, which is time consuming process
  
Feb 05 2017 (23:38)  Union Budget 2017: Budget boost for Haridaspur, Paradip railway line (timesofindia.indiatimes.com)
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BHUBANESWAR/KENDRAPADA: The Centre in its Union Budget has sanctioned Rs 200 crore for 82-km-long Haridaspur-Paradip new rail line project to speed up its work. Last year also the railways had allotted Rs 200 crore for this project. Consistent in sanctioning fund for consecutive two financial years will boost the project work. This year, the state government had demanded Rs 200 for this project sanctioned in 1996-97 and the Centre fulfilled the demand. But it was getting meager amount for the project before 2016-17. In 2015-16, the Railways had thrown a spanner for the project by allotting a meager amount of Rs 36.8 crore though the state government had demanded Rs 300 crore for this project to include Kendrapada district in railways map. Due to non-allotment of sufficient funds in the past, the project work had been moving at a snails pace since more than a decade. But now we hope the...
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project will be completed within a year, said Professor Ajaya Samal, president of Kendrapada Vikas Parisada. The then railway minister Nitish Kumar on April 4, 1999, had laid the foundation stone near Marshaghai of Kendrapada district to build the railway line. At that meeting, the railway minister had promised to complete the construction work of the railway line in the year 2004.
This railway line was sanctioned primarily to cater the movement of freight, export of finished products of steel plants and imported coking coal from Paradip to the industries. The industries located in Duburi and the iron ore deposits in Keonjhar district are in proximity to this rail link. The required lands measuring an area of 1,780 acres for the proposed project of constructing 82 km stretch railway line, which will cover three districts- Kendrapada, Jagatsinghpur and Jajpur. The projects is now going in a fast pace due to sanction of fund from the Railways. This is an important project earmarked by the state government. Keeping the project delay in mind, the government has formed Haridaspur Paradip Railway Company Limited (HPRCL), a special purpose vehicle (SPV) with the Rail Vikas Nigam Limited (RVNL) of Ministry of Railways. Besides state government and Railways, two government companies and four private companies are the part of the SPV. When contacted, Srinivas Sahoo, joint general manager of RVNL, Bhubaneswar, said, Earlier the project cost was estimated to around Rs1500 crore, but it has already been enhanced to Rs 1800 crore. HPRCL managing director PK Mishra said they have completed 62 per cent work of the project. "We have completed work of a major bridge on river Mahanadi and will complete another major bridge on river Luna very soon," said Mishra.

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Feb 05 2017 (23:34)  12 pushes for Indian Railways in Budget 2017 (economictimes.indiatimes.com)
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NEW DELHI: For financial year 2017-18, the total capital and development expenditure of Railways has been pegged at Rs. 1,31,000 crore. This includes Rs. 55,000 crore provided by the government. Budget 2017 proposes several measures to imporve services, infrastructure and amenities.
Below are 12 measures for the railways in Budget 2017:
1. For passenger safety, a Rashtriya Rail Sanraksha Kosh will be created with a corpus of Rs. 1 lakh crore over a period of five years.
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Unmanned level crossings on broad gauge lines will be eliminated by 2020.
3. In the next three years, the throughput is proposed to be enhanced by 10%. This will be done through modernisation and upgradation of identified corridors.
4. Railway lines of 3,500 kms will be commissioned in 2017-18. During 2017-18, at least 25 stations are expected to be awarded for station redevelopment.
5. 500 stations will be made differently-abled-friendly by providing lifts and escalators.
6. It is proposed to feed about 7,000 stations with solar power in the medium term.
7. SMS-based Clean My Coach Service has been started.
8. 'Coach Mitra', a single-window interface to register all coach-related complaints and requirements, will be launched.
9. By 2019, all coaches of Indian Railways will be fitted with bio-toilets.
10. Tariffs of railways would be fixed, taking into consideration costs, quality of service and competition from other forms of transport.
11. A new Metro Rail Policy will be announced with focus on innovative models of implementation and financing, as well as standardisation and
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12. A new Metro Rail Act will be enacted by rationalising the existing laws. This will facilitate greater private participation and investment in
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Feb 05 2017 (18:40)  Rail projects in Mumbai region get Rs 636 crore boost (timesofindia.indiatimes.com)
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MUMBAI: Big-ticket railway projects in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region got Rs 636 crore in the budget this year.
The Mumbai Urban Transport Project (MUTP) III, which includes capacity expansion schemes for the extended suburbs, bagged the lion's share at Rs 411 crore, paving the way for Mumbai Railway Vikas Corporation (MRVC) to float bids for various works.
Token allocations of Rs 10,000 for the Bandra-Virar elevated corridor and Rs 10 lakh each for the Panvel-Vasai-Virar route and the CST-Panvel elevated corridor indicated approval for these projects.
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III, which includes the Airoli-Kalwa link, quadrupling of the Virar-Dahanu line and the new Panvel-Karjat corridor, had received a paltry Rs 5 crore in the last budget. Last year, the city had got about Rs 771 crore, with Rs 631 crore given to complete MUTP II projects.
"With this year's allocation in hand, we are not only in a position to invite bids but also allot work to successful bidders," said MRVC chairman and managing director Prabhat Sahai.
Projects under MUTP III, like under MUTP I and II, will be executed on a 50:50 basis between railways and the state government. "Since the railways has allocated Rs 411 crore, the state government will contribute a matching amount," said an official.
TOI had mentioned in its pre-budget report on February 1 that Mumbai was expected to get a substantial sum, particularly for MUTP III, which is worth Rs 10,085 crore. The concept plan for MUTP III was approved in 2011 and cabinet approval came in 2016. The project is planned to be completed in five years.
MRVC is looking for funding from World Bank, which had backed MUTP I and II. "Even though loan negotiations are yet be concluded, it will not have any impact in floating or awarding of the contract," said Sahai.
Under MUTP III, a 3-km Airoli-Kalwa link will provide commuters travelling between Kalyan and Panvel a direct train link, reducing congestion at Thane station. The quadrupling of tracks between Dahanu Road and Virar will address the demand of burgeoning commuters from the region. It will also extend suburban services from Churchgate to Dahanu Road. The double-line Panvel-Karjat project will provide an alternative route between Karjat and CST via Panvel. It will be shorter by 23 km than that via Kalyan and will cut travel time between CST and Karjat by around 40 minutes. Procurement of new coaches under the project will enhance travel comfort and reduce congestion. The works proposed under trespass control at 22 locations are expected to significantly reduce trespass and provide safer environment for the public.
MUTP II, which includes projects like 5th line between CST-Kurla, sixth line between Borivli-Mumbai Central, extension of harbour line up to Goregaon, has got Rs 137 crore. The state government will match that allocation.
  
Feb 05 2017 (17:55)  2 new railways industrial projects to come up in Odisha (timesofindia.indiatimes.com)
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The Centre has sanctioned two new railways industrial projects and allocated Rs 5,102 crore for rail infrastructure development in Odisha, a top official said today. Giving details about the industrial projects proposed in the 2017-18 union budget, East Coast Railway (ECoR) General Manager Umesh Singh said an Electric Loco Periodical Overhauling Workshop will be set up in Kalahandi with an investment of Rs 186 crore. A Freight Train Maintenance Facilities with Routine Overhauling Facilities for Freight Wagons at Maneswar near Sambalpur has also been sanction at a cost of Rs 49.16 crore, he said. Among the major projects, the budget has made allocation of Rs 700 crore for the Khurda-Bolangir railway project followed by Rs 275 crore for Jeypore-Nabrangpur rail project. While Rs 250 crore has been allocated for Talcher- Bimalagarh rail project, the Haridaspur-Paradip rail project has got Rs 200 crore. The Angul-Sukinda road project has been granted Rs 200...
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crore, Rs 79 crore for Jeypore-Malkangiri rail project, Rs five crore for Lanjigarh Road-Junagarh rail project and Rs 1.5 crore for Daitati-Banspani rail project, have been announced, Singh said. For construction of railway over bridge, railway underpass and subways, the budget has made allocation of Rs 671 crore of which the state government's share will be Rs 363.72 crore. The Centre has also sanctioned three new surveys for construction of a new line between Bhawanipatna-Kesinga via Utkela (35 km), Sambalpur-Jharapada (3rd line) and Jharsuguda-Sambalpur (3rd and 4th line), the GM said. The state government had earlier demanded Rs 5,870 crore for rail infrastructure development in Odisha. AAM DKB CPS
  
Feb 05 2017 (17:53)  railway infrastructure: Clear signals: Rs 2,500 crore boost to railway infrastructure in region (timesofindia.indiatimes.com)
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NAGPUR: The finance ministry led by Arun Jaitley seems to have given a big push to developing railway infrastructure in the region by allocating over Rs2,500 crore for various new lines including doubling, tripling or quadrupling works. If one considers the Railway Board's 'pink book', which gives a clear picture of money allotted to various works, there is a 408% increase in total outlay for Maharashtra as compared to 206% in the last budget. The biggest allocation of Rs738 crore has come for Wardha-Yavatmal-Nanded line. "This is significant and work will gather steam after progressing slowly for all these years. Yet, the line won't be ready for traffic for next 3-4 years," says railway analyst & expert Alok Patel. Interestingly, a sizeable Rs300 crore has been allocated for Wadsa-Gadchiroli (49km) line. With the state also sharing an equal amount, the line may see light of the day in a year or...
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so. Similarly, Wardha-Nagpur 3rd and 4th lines have been granted Rs76 crores. The groundwork the ground has already started for both lines. However, the amounts sanctioned are surprisingly low and may slow down progress in the current year. The 3rd line between Durg-Nagpur has also been granted Rs248 crores. "This should speed up the tripling work on this line," says Patel. The other 3rd lines getting funds include Teegaon-Chichnonda (Rs12 crores), Wardha-Ballarshah (Rs65 crores) and Itarsi-Nagpur (Rs60 crores). Funds for initial works on these lines have been sanctioned. This means preliminary work on tripling of these freight heavy sections will finally see the light of the day. Longer loop lines for longer goods trains between Itarsi-Nagpur-Jalgaon have been given initial allocation of Rs1 crore. However, gauge conversion of Yavatmal-Murtijapur-Achalpur 'Shakuntala' line is a state JV project with Rs2,100 capital investment. The wagon repair workshop at Badnera has also been granted Rs50 crores. The Nagpur-Chhindwara-Jabalpur and Gondia-Jabalpur gauge conversion work has been allocated another Rs515 crores this year. With this, the work could well be completed by 2018. Nagpur-Nagbhid gauge conversion has received trivial fund of Rs10 lakh. Hence, not much is expected to happen on this front. On the other hand, Ajni satellite terminal has been allocated a meagre Rs2 crores. "This is a fairly small amount and is not going to make much impact. Clearly, Ajni terminal is not an immediate priority," says Basant Shukla of Bharatiya Yatri Kendra (BYK).
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Feb 05 2017 (17:50)  Union Budget 2017: South Central Railway gets Rs 887 crore for new lines in 2 states (timesofindia.indiatimes.com)
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HYDERABAD: The Union budget has given a major boost to infrastructure development in South Central Railway (SCR) sector by sanctioning Rs 3,034 crore worth projects for 2017-18, more than 42 per cent compared to Rs 2,134 crore sanctioned in 2016-17 fiscal. SCR general manager Vinod Kumar Yadav said the budgetary grant for new lines was Rs 887 crore, 17 per cent more than compared to last year, Rs 436 crore for doubling works, 153 per cent more than compared to last year, Rs 96.1 crore for traffic facilities and Rs 67.8 crore for passenger amenities. As part of capital investment programme, a new line between Armoor-Adilabad via Nirmal in Telangana state extending over a length of 220 km at a cost of Rs 2,800 crore has been sanctioned as part of a joint venture (JV) with the state government. Other new projects sanctioned included a new Vijayawada--Amaravati--Guntur line at a cost...
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of Rs 2,680 crore covering a distance of 106 km, development of Rajahmundry yard in AP at an estimated cost of Rs 27.2 crore, construction of four new crossing stations at a cost of Rs 19 crore between Wanaparthi-Kaukuntla, Manopad-Alampur, Itikyala-Manopad (all in T) and Ulindakonda-Veldurthi(AP). Special emphasis has been given to safety this year. Accordingly, Rs 325.4 crore was sanctioned for overunder bridges for the 2017-18 fiscal, a 109 per cent more than 155.8 core compared to 2016-17 fiscal.
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