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Today (5:32PM)  Land acquisition issue mars rail track doubling work (timesofindia.indiatimes.com)
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MYSURU: The doubling of the rail track between Mysuru and Bengaluru has hit hurdles due to land acquisition issues in Mandya district. Former railway minister Sadananda Gowda, on his first visit to Mysuru after assuming charge, had assured that the project would be completed by March 2015, but in all likelihood it will miss another deadline.
Pradeep Kumar Saxena, general manager, South Western Railway on Thursday told TOI that there are problems in acquiring land in Byadarahalli. "We have spoken to the deputy commissioner of Mandya in this regard. Once land acquisition issues are solved, it will take a minimum of 120 days to complete the project," he said.
Saxena said that of the 133-km stretch, work is complete on 101-km track. is already completed and the work of shifting
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Tipu Armory in Srirangapatna is in progress. The work on shifting the 800-tonne Tipu armoury in Srirangapatna to 50m away, entrusted to a US-based company, is in progress.
"Out of 133kms stretch, between Bangalore and Mysore, the work of 101 km is completed and just the work of 32km is pending. The 29-km stretch from Yellur to Naganahalli needs to be completed and 2-3km stretch at Srirangapatna Railway station where shifting of Tipu Armory is under progress needs to be completed. The work is going on at a brisk space and we are hopeful of completing it in a few months," said Anil Kumar Agarwal, divisional railway manager, Bengaluru division, South Western Railway.
The track doubling project started in 2007-08 and was expected to be completed in 2012.
The project has since been delayed due to various reasons. but due to various problems including land acquisition, the work getting delayed and now it has come to final stage and expected to be completed in another four months time.
  
Today (5:30PM)  Delhi: Fog causes 90 trains to be delayed, no flights cancelled (www.firstpost.com)
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New Delhi: Nearly 90 trains were delayed due to fog on Friday, an official said. The Northern Railway said 63 trains coming to Delhi and 27 leaving the national capital were rescheduled due to fog. An official said no train was cancelled.
The fog also hit flights but marginally. Two departures were delayed by more than 15 minutes but no flight was diverted or cancelled, another official said.
  
Today (5:29PM)  Rs.200 crore sought for light metro in Union budget (www.thehindu.com)
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Chief Minister writes to Venkaiah Naidu
The State government has informed the Union Urban Affairs Ministry that it has accepted the detailed project report (DPR) prepared by the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) for the light metro in Thiruvananthapuram and Kozhikode. The State has demanded that Rs.200 crore be set aside in the Union budget 2015-16 for the project, estimated to cost Rs.6,728 crore.
The letter signalling the State’s approval for the 35.12-km project in the two cities was written by Chief Minister Oommen Chandy to Union Minister for Urban Development M. Venkaiah Naidu, official sources told The Hindu. Mr. Naidu’s help has been sought for Kerala to become a forerunner in light metro, which is proposed for the first time in the country. The reasons for abandoning monorail, earlier envisaged for
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the two cities, have been listed.
Joint venture The project has been proposed as a joint venture between the Union and State governments on the Delhi Metro pattern at a cost of Rs.160 crore a km. The Centre’s contribution for Thiruvananthapuram will be Rs.805 crore and for Kozhikode, Rs.473 crore, for five years.
Quoting the 2011 Census figures, it has been pointed out that the two cities qualify for the one-million threshold level for introducing MRTS and has adequate per hour per direction traffic. Light metro can also negotiate sharp curves up to 60 metre radius and gradient as steep as six per cent.
The two cities have no reliable public transport system and motor vehicles can ply only at 10 to 12 km per hour through the narrow roads. Bus Rapid Transit System is not feasible as large-scale demolition is needed for widening and in view of the escalating land price.
  
Today (5:26PM)  PM likely to inaugurate railway service to Arunachal in Feb:CM (www.business-standard.com)
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi who is scheduled to visit Arunachal Pradesh for the first time in February next, is likely to inaugurate the railway service here, Chief Minister Nabam Tuki said after inspecting the Naharlagun railway station.
Tuki inspected the Naharlagun railway station yesterday and took keen interest in the ongoing finishing works and directed to accelerate the process besides verifying the counter for issuing inner line permits and the police check gate set up within the railway station complex, an official release said today.
The chief minister informed that the Railway ministry has consented to introduce Rajdhani Express to link national capital New Delhi from next year, the release said.

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Tuki was accompanied by local MLA-cum-UD Parliamentary Secretary Techi Kaso, Capital deputy commissioner Mige Kamki and a group of engineers led by chief engineer (WZ) K Waghe.
Tuki also inspected the proposed site for construction of international standard cricket stadium at Borum village near railway station Naharlagun.
The proposed stadium would have sitting capacity of 50,000 spectators and would be executed by the PWD. The chief minister while briefing the engineers, advised to ensure adequate parking place in their plan.
Tuki hoped that with the stadium coming up, there would be lot of business and industries prospects in the area and advised the departments to keep avenues open.
  
Today (4:00PM)  Six special trains to clear rush from Dec 23 (news.webindia123.com)
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Southern Railway will operate six special trains to clear extra rush of traffic from Deceember 23 to January eight 2015.
Train No.02066 Ernakulam Jn. - Lokmanya Tilak (T) special train would leave Ernakulam Jn. at 1700 hrs on December 23, 30 and January six 2015 (on every Tuesdays) and reach Lokmanya Tilak (T) at 1930 hours, the next day.
Train No.02058 Tirunleveli - Lokmanya Tilak (T) special train would leave Tirunelveli at 0755 hours on December 27, January three, and ten 2015 (on every Saturdays and would reach Lokmaniya Tilak at 1620 hours the next day. Trai No.02060 Ernakulam Jn. - Pune special train wwould leave Ernakulam Jn. at 0515 hours on December 27, January three and ten, 2015 (Saturdays) and would reach Pune at 0710 ho,urs. the next day
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Train No.02057 Premium Special would leave Lokanya Tilak Terminus at 1320 hrs. on December 25, January one, and eight, 2015 and would reach Tirunelveli at 2200 hours, the next day.
Train No 02065 Premium Special would leave Lokanya Tilak Terminus at 1250 hours on December 22, 29 and January five , 2015 (Mondays) and would arrive Ernakulam at 1400 hours, the next day.
Train No 02059 Premium Special would leave Pune at 1845 hours on December 25, January one and UNI CGV VV AK1255 NNNN
  
Today (3:59PM)  More trains to Sabarimala (www.livechennai.com)
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To clear the extra rush of passengers during the Sabarimala season, the railways will operate the following special trains from different destinations via Coimbatore, Tirupur, Erode, and Salem.

Train No. 06360 Kochuveli — Chennai superfast special will be operated on December 22, 29, 2014 and January 5, 12 and 19, 2015). The train will depart Kochuveli at 9.15pm on Mondays, and will reach Chennai Central at 1pm.

Train No. 06359 Chennai Central — Kochuveli super fast special will be operated on December 30, 2014 and January 6, 13, 20, 2015). The train will depart Chennai Central at 10.30pm., and will reach Kochuveli at 2.40pm.
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Train No. 06356 Kochuveli — Chennai Central Superfast Specials will be operated on January 1, 8 and 15, 2015). The train will depart Kochuveli at 8pm. and will reach Chennai Central at 1.05pm.

Train No. 06354 Kochuveli-Chennai Central Super-fast Specials will be operated on January 4, 6, 11, 14 and 18, 2015. The train will depart Kochuveli at 8.20pm., and will reach Chennai Central at 12.55pm.
  
Today (3:59PM)  LN Mishra murder case: 40 years later, 4 get life term (indiatoday.intoday.in)
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Four men, convicted for killing the then railway minister Lalit Narayan Mishra and two others in a blast in Bihar's Samastipur railway station nearly 40 years back, were on Thursday awarded life imprisonment by a Delhi court.
District Judge Vinod Goel handed down the jail term to Ranjan Dwivedi, Santoshanand, Sudevanand and Gopalji who were convicted for offences under various provisions of the IPC, including sections 302 (murder), 326 (voluntarily causing grievous hurt by dangerous weapon or means), 324 (voluntarily causing hurt) and 120-B (criminal conspiracy).
"I am awarding life imprisonment to Ranjan Dwivedi, Santoshanand, Sudevanand and Gopalji," the judge said in a jampacked courtroom.


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Besides the jail term, the court also imposed a fine of Rs.25,000 each on Santoshanand, 75, and Sudevanand, 79, while a fine of Rs.20,000 each was slapped on Dwivedi, 66 and Gopalji, 73.
The court, in its judgement, directed the Bihar Government to pay a compensation of Rs.five lakh each to the legal heirs of Mishra and two other victims who had died in the incident.
It also asked the Bihar government to pay a compensation of Rs.1.5 lakh each to the family members of seven persons who had sustained grievous injuries and Rs.50,000 each to the kin of 20 others who had received simple injuries in the incident.
The judge said that the compensation will be given by the state government through the state legal services authority.
The four convicts were also held guilty for possessing hand grenades under the Explosive Substances Act.
During the arguments on quantum of sentence in the case, the CBI had left it to the discretion of the court whether the convicts deserved death penalty.
The court had on December 8 had convicted three Ananda Margas and Dwivedi for conspiring and killing Mishra and two others in a blast at the Samastipur railway station in Bihar on January 2, 1975.
The four convicts were taken into custody on December 8 after their conviction.
Ananda Marga group claims to be a global, spiritual and social service organisation. The organisation was banned for less than two years after Mishra's assassination.
The case was first handled by the Bihar Police and after few days it was handed over to the State CB-CID branch and the court proceedings were held at Samastipur.
The case was later transferred to Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) which on November 1, 1977 filed a charge sheet in a special court at Patna.
The case was shifted to Delhi on the directions of the Supreme Court on December 17, 1979 as first case in the country to have been transferred outside the state for fear of destruction of evidence.
A total of 213 witnesses were examined in the case which included 163 from prosecution's side, 43 from accused' side and nine were called for their testimony as court witnesses.
6,000 pages of evidence were recorded in the case.
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Today (3:56PM)  Southern Railway regulates train traffic on Dec 20 (timesofindia.indiatimes.com)
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MANGALURU: Southern Railway will be taking up the commissioning work of newly built double line between Piravom road and Mulanthuruthy stations of Thiruvananthapuram Division.
A subway work between Chengannur and Thiruvalla stations will also be taken up along with this on December 20. As the work is safety-related and time consuming, Railway will impose traffic regulation for one day, on December 20, in Ernakulam- Kollam section . Few trains running through Alappuzha section will also be affected due to path constrains.
The following trains are regulated- Trains diverted via Alappuzha - Following express trains running through Kottayam will be diverted via Alappuzha. They are: Train 16302 Thiruvananthapuram- Shoranur Venad Express; Train 16650 Nagercoil-Mangalore, Parasuram Express; Train 12623, Chennai - Thiruvananthapuram Mail; Train 16526 Bangalore City - Kanyakumari Island express.
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Rescheduling / Detention of trains: Following trains are likely to be delayed or detained at stations as given below. Train 12081 Kannur- Thiruvananthapuram Janshatabdi express is likely to be delayed by three hours; train 17229 Thiruvananthapuram-Hyderabad, Sabari express will have a late start by 90 minutes from Thiruvananthapuram Central and is also likely to be further delayed by one hour enroute; Train 16382 Kanyakumari - Mumbai Express will be detained at Chengannur for one hour and Train 12626, New Delhi-Thiruvananthapuram central, Kerala express will be detained on arrival Ernakulam Junction, for two hours on Saturday.
  
Today (3:55PM)  NGT takes on railways, airlines (www.thehindu.com)
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Objects to defecation on tracks; Penalise them under Polluter Pays Principle
The Railways are often referred to as the biggest open toilet, with tracks across the country marred with open defecation, cooking, bathing and other conceivable human activities. With Railways taking its filthy state for granted, the National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Thursday ordered the authorities to start collecting fines from offenders.
“It is obvious from the bare reading of the above law that every conceivable human act contributing to pollution on railway tracks or on railway properties is objectionable,” said a Bench.
“...We hereby direct the zonal managers of all Railway zones to immediately issue a circular and start collecting fines from the offenders in accordance with the Indian Railways (Penalties for
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Activities Affecting Cleanliness at Railway Premises) Rules, 2012, besides taking appropriate action in terms of the Environmental (Protection) Act, 1986, as collection of penalty not exceeding Rs.500 is for the act or offences committed by an individual.”
The NGT noted that rules prohibit littering on occupied and unoccupied railways premises. “We further direct that any person found committing any of the above offences and polluting the environment, creating public nuisance, which obviously is creating health hazards to the public at large, would be liable to pay at least sum of Rs.5,000 or such other amount as may be determined by the Tribunal upon notice to him in accordance with law on ‘Polluter Pays’ principle.” It also sought to know from the general manager of northern zone on how many offenders had been fined so far. The Railways will also educate people about the rules prohibiting such acts by publicising the same.
It was hearing a petition plea contending that the Railways is indirectly responsible for causing pollution on its properties, particularly on the track, as they have failed to book people polluting the area.
Railways authorities submitted that jhuggies near the tracks were main source of pollution and it had given Rs.1,125 crore to Delhi Municipal Corporation many years ago to shift the same, but in vain. The NGT then asked the three civic body Commissioners to be present before it on December 24 to explain how was the money used.
  
Today (3:53PM)  Dahanu-Kalyan, Ambadi-Vasai railway-link demanded (www.afternoondc.in)
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The Thane and Palghar district passengers association on Thursday urged the Centre and Maharashtra government to The route consists of Dahanu-Malwada, Wada-Sagaon, Ambadi Road, Dugad, Mhapoli, Padgha, Khadavali and Kalyan areas.
The association has also suggested metro or monorail service on the 45-km Ambadi-Vasai route, which could also provide a link between the Central and Western rail lines, he told PTI.
The government is in the process of finalising a metro rail network upto Thane which could well be extended and with additional provisions operated between Ambadi and Vasai, he said.
State to launch portal, mobile app to address grievances
Maharashtra government will soon launch a portal and a mobile application, 'Aaple Sarkar',
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to ensure participative governance and address public grievances.
"The portal and mobile app will handle citizens' grievance redressal as well as suggestions/feedback for more participative governance," according to a statement issued by DIT. The DIT said it will coordinate with National Informatics Centre, the CMO and Maha-Online for setting up the portal and mobile app. It added that the CMO will establish a dedicated cell to run and operate the new system, to be rolled out on January 26.
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