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Today (10:18AM)  Manic Monday sees commuters stranded; Additional halts (www.thehindu.com)
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It was a manic Monday as nearly 50 lakh commuters, who usually rely on Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation’s (BMTC) services every day, were left high and dry.
With no option but to use their personal vehicles or take cabs to work, Bengaluru’s roads remained clogged during peak work hours.
Many expected clear roads and less traffic but were in for a long ride. “I left relatively late at 9.30 a.m. expecting less traffic. But it took me one-and-a-half hours from the usual 45 minutes from Indiranagar to Kadubeesanahalli,” said Rishi M., a software
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professional, who works for a multinational company on Outer Ring Road.
There were several traffic jams during morning and evening peak hours on Mysuru Road, Electronics City, Outer Ring Road near Kadubeesanahalli, and Majestic areas as people reaching the city’s main bus-stand struggled to find their way back home.
Many persons travelling to other cities too had to make last minute changes to their plans, which led to a mad rush. “We had booked tickets to Hubballi on Sunday night but had to cancel it. We purchased last minute tickets on a private bus for Monday night and delay our travel as we were worried about the services,” said Kiran Kumar, a resident of Basavanagudi.
Additional halts
Several trains were given additional halts on Monday in order to make commuting easy. This will continue on Tuesday as well, said South Western Railway officials. Mail and express trains will continue to halt in Carmelaram, Yelahanka, Channasandra, Nayandahalli, Channapatna, Kengeri, Ramanagaram, Whitefield, and Baiyappanahalli. Special trains were also arranged between Yeshwantpur and Tumakuru, which will continue on Tuesday.
  
Today (10:14AM)  Trains to the rescue (www.thehindu.com)
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The effect of the strike was mitigated somewhat by the efforts of the Namma Metro and the railways, who stepped up to operate additional trains and halts at several stations across the city in order to help stranded commuters reach their destinations.
Namma Metro, which was operating trains with a frequency of six minutes at the beginning of operations on Monday morning, saw 95,586 passengers using the Purple Line till 7 p.m. and 35,002 passengers on the Green Line, which connects Nagasandra to Sampige Road station.
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street, 2,204 passengers thronged metro stations on the Purple Line between 6 a.m. and 7 a.m. These services are expected to continue on Tuesday as there seems to be no early resolution to the strike.
“There was a 24 per cent hike in ridership in Line 1(Purple Line) till 10 a.m. where trains were running at five minutes frequency. After this, due to a decrease in numbers, the frequency was reduced to 10 minutes. However, Line 2 (Green Line) saw a steady increase in commuters throughout the day as it connects to industrial hubs and the increase was around 30 per cent,” said U.A. Vasanth Rao, Chief Public Relations Officer, BMRCL.
  
Today (10:13AM)  Record win for ECoRSC (www.thehindu.com)
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East Coast Railway Shramik Congress (ECoRSC) has won a record seven out of eight railway institutes in the elections of Railway Institutes of Waltair Division, according to U. Eswara Rao, working committee member (central) of the union.
The union bagged seven institutes at Bacheli, Jagdalpur, Araku (KK Line), Lakshmipur (KR Line), Vizianagaram, Visakhapatnam and Marripalem. The Shramik Congress won the elections to the Marripalem Railway Institute for the first time by securing the highest number of seats in 30 years.
ECoRSC president K.S. Murty and working president Tammineni Narasinga Rao commended the central
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office bearers, branch secretaries and working committee members for their contribution to the success of the union in the elections.
  
Today (10:11AM)  Malls, hotels to dot unused railway lan (www.thehindu.com)
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Private agencies will develop facilities in public-private partnership mode; land will not be sold
Huge parcels of railway land in Chennai are set to be used for the development of budget hotels, multi-level parking lots and malls under Public Private Partnership (PPP) mode.
Senior officials of Rail Land Development Authority (RLDA) met with officials of the Greater Chennai Corporation on Monday seeking assistance in commercial development of railway land in various parts of the city.
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in areas such as Perambur, Velachery, Kilpauk, Pallavaram, George Town and Egmore is likely to be developed under PPP in the Chennai Metropolitan Area shortly, officials said.
“Private agencies will be permitted to develop projects only under PPP mode. There won’t be any outright sale. The Railways does not want to lose control of the land,” said an official.
For example, companies with experience in hotel management would be able to build budget hotels on such plots of land in posh localities, offering services at an affordable cost to tourists visiting the city.
Encroachments identified
As a number of encroachments have been identified on railway land in the Chennai Metropolitan Area, the Corporation and other local bodies in the suburbs are expected to offer assistance in removing them. Work on mapping encroachments on railway lands will be taken up shortly. Removal of encroachments may be challenging in some areas,” said a Corporation official.
At the meeting on Monday, Railways officials asked if they could maintain OSR (Open Space Reserve) land, a request that was accepted by the Corporation as the Council has already permitted private maintenance of OSR lands across the city.
“We are planning to integrate the proposed parking management system with such development. The railway land could be used for multi-level car parking. It would be an economic model,” said a corporation official.
The RLDA came into being in January 2007 for generation of non-tariff revenue through commercial utilisation of railway land and space.
After the earnings of RLDA drastically fell in 2014, the proposal to remove encroachments in cities such as Chennai and use the land commercially was drafted. The commercial development is expected to promote real estate development in many localities of the city, Railways officials pointed out.
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Today (9:09AM)  Lost and found at railway stations (www.thehindu.com)
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Dozing off for even a moment and sheer carelessness results in commuters travelling in suburban and long-distance trains losing their luggage, some of which might contain valuables, including cash, mobile phones or laptops.
The Railway Protection Force, Government Railway Police and Southern Railway staff recover several wallets, bags and laptop bags left behind by commuters in station platforms or inside compartments of Electrical Multiple Units.
The value of the property that is left behind in the trains and platforms, according to railway sources, runs to several lakhs of rupees every year.
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Tuesday, passenger A.C. Jamalia (81) was a relieved man after a bag containing gold jewels and cash, which he had left behind in an air-conditioned compartment, was spotted by railway staff and returned to him. He had just arrived at Chennai Egmore by Sethu Express and had left the station.
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After all passengers detrained, C.P. Babu, RPF head constable, made an inspection of the compartment as part of a routine check and spotted the bag.
Commercial staff of Southern Railway and the RPF traced Mr. Jamalia and handed it back to his family, the bag containing valuables, including Rs. 1.58 lakh in cash and gold jewels weighing 10 sovereigns.
Last week, Shalini, a commercial department clerk, and Ajay Ghose, an RPF constable, recovered a wallet left behind by a commuter at the Light House police station and handed it back to him after due verification, a tweet by the Senior Divisional Commercial Manager said.
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In some cases, policemen have recovered even critical office documents left behind by employees travelling in long-distance trains.
According to K.K. Ashraf, Senior Divisional Security Commissioner, RPF Chennai, Rs. 50 lakh worth of valuables have been recovered and restored to their owners this year. In 2015, they recovered and restored 367 bags and wallets, while they have already handed over property to 403 owners so far this year.
  
Today (9:09AM)  Safety norms for coaches (www.thehindu.com)
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The Transportation Branch of Southern Railway has issued fresh instructions to ensure safety of coaches and prevent incidents of trains rolling on their own, in the wake of a derailment of an Electric Multiple Unit (EMU) at Arakkonam recently. In a letter addressed to the Divisional Railway Managers, it said motormen should ensure that trains halt only at the designated spots.
Further, traffic staff should be present whenever an EMU or other trains – Mainline EMU, Diesel EMU — are brought for stabling (halted for a long time).
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prevent movement of wheels) should be placed below the outermost wheel to prevent them from rolling down on the track.
  
Today (9:07AM)  Operation of trains extended for 3 months (www.thehindu.com)
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The Southern Railway has extended the operation of the Nagore-Karaikal Passenger special trains for a further period of three months. Train Nos.06852/06851 Nagore – Karaikal – Nagore Passenger special trains will be extended by three months from August 1, a Southern Railway press release said.
  
Today (9:07AM)  Bedi seeks PM’s support for budget (www.thehindu.com)
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Lieutenant Governor Kiran Bedi, who is camping in New Delhi, on Tuesday met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and sought his support for the budget for Puducherry for the year 2016-17 proposed by Chief Minister V. Narayanasamy.
A release said Ms. Bedi also called on Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh who assured his support on matters related to the budget and security.
During her meeting with Union Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu, Ms. Bedi discussed issues concerning rail connectivity for Puducherry.
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said Mr. Prabhu assured her all support for starting Mainline Electrical Multiple Units (MEMU) and A/C chair car services between Puducherry to Villupuram and Puducherry to Chennai this year.
The Railway Minister also agreed to consider starting Shatabdi Train services between Puducherry and Chennai by early next year.
Later, Ms. Bedi called on Union Minister for Rural Development Narendra Singh Tomar and discussed with him the Open Defecation Free mission underway in Puducherry.
  
Today (9:06AM)  South Central Railway upgrades Lallaguda hospital SICU (www.thehindu.com)
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In what the General Manager, South Central Railway, Ravindra inaugurated a renovated Surgical Intensive Care Unit (SICU) and exclusive air-conditioned Waiting Hall for former employees at the Out-Patient Block of the Central Hospital in Lallaguda here on Tuesday.
He said that the SICU was given a face-lift at a cost of Rs. 30 lakh. It now has 36 beds to serve the needs of post-operative patients, acute cases and burn cases pertaining to former employees.
Centrally air-conditioned, it has an audio video calling system to restrict entry of visitors into the sterile zone.
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Among others, it has modern equipment including a mobile ventilator, positive pressure air purifier system and the like.
The Waiting Hall boasts of comfortable seating arrangements for 50 patients coming to the hospital and has a television and washroom. Mr. Gupta also threw open a lift for convenience of patients inside the complex.
Other senior officials present included Additional GM A.K. Gupta, Principal Chief Engineer S.N. Singh, Chief Medical Director T.S.R. Murthy and Divisional Manager (Hyderabad) Aruna Singh, apart from representatives of the trade unions, associations and pensioners organisations.
Mr. Gupta wanted doctors and medical staff to provide the best of medical treatment and identify areas that needed improvements too.
A medical camp was also organized for retired railway employees to screen them for hypertension, diabetes and cardiac problems.
Special tests like bone densitometry was done for all the retired employees by an orthopaedician and physician.
  
Today (9:04AM)  15 Deen Dayalu coaches to roll out by month-end (www.thehindu.com)
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Improved amenities on the coach would make travel comfortable, say officials
The Integral Coach Factory will be rolling out 415 Deen Dayalu coaches before the end of the year and 15 of them before the end of this month. The manufacture of these coaches, at the Integral Coach Factory in Perambur, was announced during the Railway Budget this year. These coaches will be deployed exclusively in long-distance trains in unreserved compartments.
Official sources said the coach had several additional features compared to the conventional general second class and even second class sleeper coaches
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and hence the cost of manufacture was slightly higher than the normal coaches. The cost of manufacturing a Deen Dayalu Coach is about Rs. 98 lakh each, while it cost about Rs. 93 lakh to manufacture the conventional general second class coaches.
According to them, they had manufactured only one Deen Dayalu coach so far and it was flagged off to New Delhi by the end of June. The same coach was unveiled by the Railway Minister at the national capital a couple of days ago.
Despite improved amenities on the coaches, including mobile recharge points in all the bays, two fire extinguishers, and water purifiers, the cost of travel in these coaches would not be increased, officials said.
Officials also hoped the new coaches would make commuting more comfortable.
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