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Maruti Suzuki's plan to dispatch 1/3 of its output by rail has come across a roadblock. The land required to lay tracks from Patli station in Manesar to the manufacturer’s facility situated 18 km away could not be acquired by Haryana State Industrial and Infrastructure Development Corp. Ltd (HSIIDC). The car maker is eager to lower its reliance on road transport and wants to start transporting its output by rail to reduce transit time, costs and regular wear and tear. It is pushing the government to come up with a feasible option as it readies to increase its annual capacity to 3 million units over the next 3-4 years. According to an anonymous Maruti Suzuki official, “Maruti alone will be manufacturing three million vehicles by 2015-16 and all these vehicles cannot go by road.” He emphasised that a viable option is... Read more...
the need of the hour. According to Chief Operating Officer, Production, Maruti Suzuki, M.M. Singh, besides all the issues related to land acquisition, there is also the question about whether only Maruti should have this privilege or other companies as well. Singh also leads a panel of industry experts that is liaising with the Railways to increase the possibility of collaboration between the two.
Begusarai, Jun 7 (PTI) An SSB jawan was killed and his colleague injured after they were knocked down by a train near Lakhminia railway station on Barauni Katihar section of the East Central Railway (ECR), a police officer said. The duo were trying to cross over to the other side of the railway track when they were hit by the weekly New Jalpaigudi-Darbhanga train, Ballia police station's Inspector Harendra Prasad Singh said. While an SSB jawan, identified as Devendra Singh (25) was killed on the spot, his colleague Kuldeep Singh (25) suffered injuries, he said. The body has been sent for post-mortem, while the injured got admitted at a hospital in Begusarai. The deceased hailed from Jhansi district of Uttar Pradesh, while the injured SSB jawan was a native of Jyotiba Phule Nagar district of UP, Singh said. The SSB jawans were posted at the central paramilitary force's 27th battalion... Read more...
at Birpur on Indo-Nepal border in Supaul district.
MUMBAI: In a major breather for the five million people of Pune, the Maharashtra government has given the green signal for the state's second Metro rail project after Mumbai here, a top official said. "In the first phase, it will connect Ramwadi-Wanaz on an elevated track at a cost of Rs.2,593 crore," the official said after a late-night cabinet meeting Wednesday. Thereafter, the second phase, around 44 km long, and costing Rs.5,391 crore will be taken up to connect Shivaji Nagar-Hinjewadi-Deccan-Bundgarden-Swargate-Katraj-Pimpri & Chinchwad-Nigdi, which are largely industrial areas. The entire project is expected to be completed within five years, including three years for the construction alone. The state has approved... Read more...
setting up of the Pune Metro Rail Corporation (PMRC), a special purpose vehicle (SPV) for the mega-project. This is the biggest single project taken up in the state's academic and culture capital, around 250 km from Mumbai.
While Sangeet junction - Tarnaka road widening muddle between Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) and South Central Railway (SCR) continues, hassled commuters face danger to life due to power equipment in the middle of the road. It has been months since sections of the road near the junction – from St. John's church and another stretch towards the railway quarters was widened and metal carpeted. Yet, electric poles and power equipment maintenance boxes are not relocated, obstructing the carriageway, defeating the very purpose of road widening.
JEHANABAD/ARWAL: Normal life was paralysed in the twin districts of Jehanabad and Arwal on Sunday following a dawn-to-dusk bandh called by Akhil Bharatiya Rashtrawadi Kisan Sangathan (ABRKS) to protest against the killing of Ranvir Sena founder, Brahmeshwar Singh alias Mukhiyaji, on Friday.
NEW DELHI: Despite the recurring train accidents, railways are yet to put the much-needed safety measures, including installation of TPWS and replacement of coaches on fast track to prevent mishaps in future. The TPWS, an advanced European technology ensures automatic application of emergency brakes in case the loco driver jumps the red signal. Besides lagging in safety measures, there are large number of safety category posts lying vacant in railways for years. At least 30 passengers were killed and about 100 were injured in two accidents within the span of 10 days recently. While 25 passengers were killed, 16 of them charred to death, and 43 injured when the Hampi... Read more...
Express rammed into a stationary goods train on May 22 at Penukonda, five were killed and more than 50 hurt when 11 coaches of Howrah-Dehradun Express were derailed near Jaunpur on May 31. The Kakodkar committee on safety has strongly recommended installation of TPWS in major routes and replacement of all conventional coaches with LHB coaches in express and mail trains as a safety measure. On September 13 last year, the Chennai Beach-Vellore Cantonment train had rammed into the stationary Arakkonam-Katpadi passenger train after the driver jumped the red signal near Chennai. "The accidents at Penukonda and Arakkonam could have been averted had there been TPWS in the route," said a senior Railway Ministry official in safety directorate. According to the 12th Five-Year Plan, railways will install TPWS on a 3,200 km route at an estimated cost of Rs 3,200 crore across the country. While the target for 2012-13 and 2013-14 are 800 km and 1200 respectively, it seems unlikely that the target will be achieved.
Nokia Siemens Networks has won a contract to provide GSM-R infrastructure for the Kolkata Metro. The contract was awarded by Indian Railways, however, the value of the contract is not known. As per an estimate in 2012-13, Railway Ministry will be spending $400 million on the modernisation of signalling and telecommunication to enhance safety and communication system within rail network. This deployment will improve the safety of the Kolkata metro line while lowering operational costs for Indian Railways. Nokia Siemens is already serving Indian Railways’ rail network spanning 3,500 km across four zones and it has become the market leader with 60% share in global GSM-R market. ... Read more...
Nokia Siemens will be providing its energy-efficient Flexi Base Stations and Flexi Base Station Controllers that offer vastly improved capacity. It will also provide its In-Building Solution to enhance indoor coverage for the Kolkata metro project.
NEW DELHI: Malaysian engineering and transport equipment maker Scomi Group plans to invest $500-600 million a year for the next seven years in Indian railway projects, its top executive said. "India is very big business for us. We are taking a long term view on it," said Kanesan Veluppillai, president of the group's international division. The company, which is constructing the Mumbai monorail project in a JV with L&T, said investments would mostly be used in setting up manufacturing facilities for monorail and other railway projects. "We are looking at monorail projects in the short term and other railway projects in the long term," he said.
KOLKATA: The supporters of the 12-hour bandh called by the NDA to protest the petrol price hike today blocked some roads in some districts of West Bengal and squatted on railway tracks. Bandh supporters blocked the Howrah bridge, which connects the metropolis to the Howrah district. They also blocked roads at Chapadali more in Barasat, in Bankura district, Budge Budge and some other places, police said.
Patna : The shutdown called by the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) and Left parties in Bihar against the hike in petrol prices Thursday impacted life across the state with sporadic violence reported from some areas, police said. Hundreds of workers of the ruling Janata Dal-United (JD-U) and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) forced shops and commercial establishments to close down in the state. Protesters damaged a number of vehicles in state capital Patna, Gaya, Bhagalpur, Muzaffarpur and Darbhanga to enforce the shutdown, a police official said.
Jaunpur: Prima facie ruling out that the derailment of Doon Express was the handiwork of anti-social elements, Railway Minister Mukul Roy on Friday said the inquiry into the incident will be conducted by Commissioner Railway Safety and stern action would be taken against the guilty. READ MORE:Doon Express derails near Jaunpur
The Minister along with the senior officials visited the accident site where the Doon Express derailed yesterday killing five persons and met the injured at the district hospital, official sources said here.
* West Bengal Chief Minister today demanded an inquiry into the derailment of five bogies of the Howrah-Dehradun Doon Express in Uttar Pradesh stating it should be probed whether it was an 'accident or an incident'.* "Since the accident has taken place during a countrywide bandh we want this to be probed. Who has caused this mishap? It has to be seen whether this is truly an accident or an incident," Banerjee, a former railway minister, told reporters at the state secretariat.
NEW DELHI: Telecom equipment maker Nokia Siemens Network today said it has been selected for providing equipments for a signalling and telecommunication project in the Kolkata metro line. The company will equip the Kolkata metro rail network with GSM-Railway infrastructure which is used as communication between train and railway regulation control centres. "Reliable railway communications is vital to address the increasing traffic density while ensuring better passenger services and safer operations. NSN's GSM-R solution will help Indian Railways provide a better and safer service," NSN's Head of India Region Sandeep Girotra said in a statement. For 2012-13, Railway Ministry has announced an allocation of Rs 2,002 crore for modernisation of signal and telecommunication to enhance safety and communication system within... Read more...
rail network. Though company did not reveal financial details of the deal, it is supporting Indian Railways' network spanning 3,500 km across four zones.
Autorickshaw drivers saw in Thursday's bandh a perfect opportunity to make a killing. The routine Rs 20-30 extra fare for a ride looked like peanuts on their big day. They were not ready to settle for anything less than Rs 100, especially at railway stations and inter and intra state bus stands, where passengers were stranded without BMTC services.
Patna, May 31 (IANS) The shutdown called by the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) and Left parties in Bihar against the hike in petrol prices Thursday impacted life across the state with sporadic violence reported from some areas, police said. Hundreds of workers of the ruling Janata Dal-United (JD-U) and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) forced shops and commercial establishments to close down in the state. Protesters damaged a number of vehicles in state capital Patna, Gaya, Bhagalpur, Muzaffarpur and Darbhanga to enforce the shutdown, a police official said. A group of ruling NDA activists also ransacked the Mairwa railway station in Siwan district.
BANGALORE, INDIA: Indian Railways, the largest railway network operator in Asia, has selected Nokia Siemens Networks as its partner for equipping the Kolkata metro line with Global System for Mobile Communications – Railway (GSM-R) infrastructure. GSM-R ensures a reliable network that allows seamless communications on board trains running at high speeds and in diverse terrains, says the company in a release. Nokia Siemens Networks already supports Indian Railways’ rail network spanning 3,500 km across four zones. As part of its GSM-R deployments, Nokia Siemens Networks is providing its compact, energy- efficient Flexi Base Stations and Flexi Base Station Controllers.
There's good news for those booking railway tickets in the Tatkal quota. The Railway Ministry has accepted a Central Railway proposal to give preference to the waitlisted Tatkal ticket-holders while reserving seats in the additional coaches attached to trains during the rush season. Mumbai Mirror had reported the proposal on January 30 (To trump low-cost airlines, touts, CR doubles Tatkal slice). In a circular - sent in the name of the deputy director of traffic (commercial), Railway Ministry, Sanjay Manocha - the chief commercial managers of all 17 railway zones have been informed about the amendment to the Tatkal scheme.
The Steel Authority of India Limited has signed a joint venture agreement with Burn Standard Company Limited for setting up a wagon components manufacturing facility at an estimated cost of $40 million. The JV will produce the component from BSCL’s facility at Jellingham, Purba Medinipore district, in West Bengal and will have a capacity to produce 10,000 bogies and 10,000 couplers per annum. Chief Minister Ms Mamata Banerjee said:
NEW DELHI: Telecom equipment maker Nokia Siemens Network today said it has been selected for providing equipments for a signalling and telecommunication project in the Kolkata metro line. The company will equip the Kolkata metro rail network with GSM-Railway infrastructure which is used as communication between train and railway regulation control centres. "Reliable railway communications is vital t
Irregular power cuts seem to have driven the Bangalore division of the South Western Railway (SWR) to use solar power as a stand by for its lighting and signal requirements. According to the SWR sources solar lightings will be set up at level crossings, road approaching lights in Bangalore-Jolarpet, Bangalore-Dharmavaram and Bangalore-Tumkur routes. They are also installing solar panels for emergency lighting at 30 wayside stations. There are 260 manned level crossings under th