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Today (08:22)  Woman kills self at Metro station (timesofindia.indiatimes.com)
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New Delhi: A woman aged around 30 was found hanging inside one of the electrical and maintenance rooms of Kashmere Gate Metro station on Thursday morning. The quick reaction team team of CISF found the body during a routine check-up of platform number 2. Police said that prima facie it looks like a case of suicide and they are investigating into the matter.According to the police, the woman, still unidentified, was spotted by a sweeper who had gone inside the room, where the station stores sprinklers. He informed the CISF personnel posted in the area and the administration. They said that no suicide note was recovered from the woman's possession.The woman was then rushed to the hospital, where the doctors declared her brought dead on arrival. Police said that following the incident, the CCTV footage of the platform was scanned to see how she entered the store room on the platform....
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They said that they are conducting an enquiry into the incident as the place where the woman was found is supposed to be off-limits to outsiders.
"It appears that the woman went inside the room that is usually empty and is only frequented by the staff, around 11pm and hanged herself from the pipe with her dupatta. Since all the staff had gone home by then, no one saw her. Her body was spotted early in the morning by a sweeper who came to clean the store," a senior police officer said.
"We are giving full cooperation to the police authorities who are investigating the incident," said DMRC spokesman Anuj Dayal.
The police are trying to ascertain the woman's identity. Till then, her body will be preserved at the mortuary. "She was not carrying any bag or ID that would help us ascertain her identity. We have contacted local police station of nearby district to help us identify her. We are also scanning the missing complaints at all police stations and her picture has been circulated," said a senior metro official.
  
Today (08:21)  Soon, you can use Metro smart card for bus ride (timesofindia.indiatimes.com)
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NEW DELHI: Come May and Delhi could become the first city to have a common transport card in the country. The Delhi Metro smart card is all set to be used in DTC and cluster buses too.K K Dahiya, special commissioner (transport), said, "The work on the project is mostly completed; we are waiting for the model code of conduct to be removed before we can announce a launch date."The common card, which will be redesigned by the government, will work the same way for the commuter on all modes of public transport —just swipe the card and you're ready to go. According to Dahiya, recently installed electronic ticket machines on DTC and cluster buses would be compatible with the card.
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is dependent on the ETMs. We have tested them in around 1,700 cluster buses and all the DTC buses," added Dahiya. While ETM usage is 100% in cluster buses and around 70% in DTC buses, the transport official said conductors were being trained.
Delhi Metro data suggests there are 27-30 lakh Metro commuters of whom 70% use smart cards. Dahiya said existing smart card users will be able to use them for DTC and cluster buses while new users can get them from select DTC pass counters and other locations. DTC buses are taken by 35 lakh people daily, while cluster buses ferry 10 lakh.
Several names are being considered for the common card, with suggestions like Yaatri doing the rounds.
The revenue from the card will be deposited in an escrow account, common to Delhi Metro, DTC and DIMTS. The revenue will be divided based on real-time data from the ETMs, added Dahiya.
The common card project has been in the works for several years now, with the ministry of urban development coming out with an integrated card called More some years ago. That card was supposed to integrate all forms of transport, including autorickshaws and taxis. But it failed to take off and has been in use in the Delhi Metro network only.

  
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Today (08:19)  Jaipur Metro Rail Corporation to hike fare for 1st time since launch (timesofindia.indiatimes.com)
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JAIPUR: Facing rise in operational and maintenance cost, the Jaipur Metro Rail Corporation (JMRC) will increase fare slab for the first time after it's launch.
The revised fare will be effective from April 1, 2017. As per the policy, the JMRC has mandate to increase the fare in every two years. The increased fares will directly depend on increase of per unit purchase of electricity, dearness allowance rate of state government employees and monthly all India consumer price index for industrial workers.
A senior JMRC official informed, "On January 2015, the JMRC was
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purchasing electricity from JVVNL at Rs 6.25 per unit. Now, it has been increased to Rs 7.30 per unit. Similarly, consumer price index consumer price index has been increased by nearly15% . The JMRC has existing a formula to calculate the increase in price. The rates will be revised on that basis."Sources said, there will not be an exponential hike in the fares and Rs 3-5 are expected to be increased in maximum fare. The JMRC will announced the revised rates after a board meeting scheduled to be held on Friday.
" The revised rates will not burn the hole of the commuters as existing rates are not high. As JMRC provides 15% discount to its smart card users, we promote that all the commuters should use the facility." added official
The JMRC is struggling to earn revenue as average ridership in Jaipur Metro dropped from 49,774 per day in the first month (June 2015) of its operations to just 19,390 per day in December 2016.
This has also resulted in revenue loss for JMRC as it could earn Rs 70.44 lakh per month after spending approximately Rs 3.5 crore per month on its operations. The route of phase-I (Mansarovar to Chandpole) has already been criticized by the BJP government several times as it is financially not viable.
  
Today (08:16)  Xavier’s students set out on a cleaning drive (timesofindia.indiatimes.com)
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How many of us would have thought about beautifying a public place like a railway station, let alone a public latrine?
But that is what these students of St Xavier's College set out to do, on a Saturday morning. With a few master strokes, the students gave the walls of the 'pay and use' washroom at the Aluva Railway Station a complete revamp.
The youngsters were backed by their teachers for the project, who also gave them a hand. Resmi Varghese, assistant professor of the college, says, "The students inscribed railway rules, maxims
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related to cleanliness and other designs on the walls, which managed to catch the eye of the passersby. Such an attempt grabs more attention that an event on the streets. It reaches people of different social backgrounds, and the message is conveyed more easily."
The slogans that found its place on the walls were, 'Be part of the solution, not the pollution' and 'Ek kadam swachta ki aur'. Keerthy D P, a student from the department of Mathematics says that it was a completely enriching and enjoyable experience for the students. She adds, "Our initiative was mainly to tell people that cleanliness should always be one's priority. It was also a means to educate the public."
From around 10 am to 6 pm, the students immersed themselves in the cleanliness drive. She says, "We were happy that people came up to us to give suggestions and also complimented all the students for the much needed effort."
Lekshmi Dileep, another student from the department of Physics was initially sceptical about the attempt. However, the exercise boosted their morale and instilled confidence in their minds, she says. She concludes, "It reinforced the fact that we were doing something for the betterment of society. It also pointed towards the need for more of such attempts, which will result in a positive change."
  
Today (08:14)  Rly commuters subjected to noise levels of over 80dB, test shows (timesofindia.indiatimes.com)
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MUMBAI: Alarmed by repeated complaints from commuters about loud announcements during train travel, a preliminary test by anti-noise crusaders has revealed that Mumbaikars are subjected to decibel levels of over 80dB.
Sumaira Abdulali, convener of Awaaz Foundation, last week checked noise levels on a Central Railway train from Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus on a new train installed with loudspeakers and on an old train without loudspeakers. The new train recorded background noise levels measuring 72.8-74.2dB. But with loudspeakers, noise levels increased to 88.8dB. Highest levels were recorded by brakes of trains, which made a screeching sound measuring up to 100.6dB. The old train measured 82-88.4dB.
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loudspeaker announcements in compartments, which comprise of advertising jingles and public service messages, have irked regular passengers. Ghatkopar resident Amit Meghani said, "They are being played too frequently, not to the liking of commuters. Railways should instead put up posters or screens without audio to run awareness campaigns."
Another commuter said, "If a traveller is not regular, he will feel a sense of void in the ear once he alights at a station. Some people have also complained that they get dizzy spells due to noise levels in trains."
Some commuters suggested the volume be lowered. Wadala commuter Sumit Jain said, "At times, I have to discontinue my conversation with a co-passenger or on the phone as the sound is so loud that nothing can be heard clearly."While many commuters feel motormen should manage the volume and frequency, others said it was beyond their control. A CR motorman said, "We too get complaints from passengers to reduce the volume but it is pre-set." Another motorman said, "Earlier, the audio used to play out in our cabins too, but it was discontinued after we complained it affected concentration."
Abdulali said she will conduct a comprehensive study on noise levels on trains and submit a report to the railway ministry. "I have received many complaints about unessential announcements disturbing people. Since noise from announcements needs to be heard over and above noise of people talking and shouting, they are at high decibel levels," she said.
Authorities said they would consider changes on the basis of feedback. CR divisional railway manager Ravindra Goyal said, "We may consider reducing the volume or playing awareness messages less frequently." A senior CR official said, "We cannot stop playing it totally as passengers need to be made aware about risks of dangerous travel."
In Canada, the transportation agency decides the reasonableness on a case-by-case basis and relates to an objective sense of what is just and proper in a given circumstance. A study in New York found that subway platforms were the loudest mass-transit sites registering at about 81 decibels, on average, while noise levels inside subway cars were somewhat lower, at over 79 decibels.
  
Today (08:13)  RO machines and bamboo shades planned for Patna Jn (timesofindia.indiatimes.com)
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PATNA: With the mercury moving northward, the East Central Railway (ECR) has begun preparations to offer respite to passengers from the scorching heat.
Sources said at least 14 RO machines have been planned to be installed on different platforms at Patna Jn. While IRCON is setting up free water facility, the IRCTC's will be a paid service.Environment-friendly bamboo shades are also being set up across all platforms. According to an official, these shades beat the heat better compared to the previous concrete structures that used to absorb the warmth and heat up the platform, making it uncomfortable for the passengers to use it.ECR's chief public relations officer Arvind Kumar Rajak said control rooms would start monitoring the water availability at each station
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and check availability of clean and cold drinking water everywhere. "We will also make sure that fans on our station premises are in running condition," he said.
According to Govind Kumar Singh, who frequently travels to Delhi for business purposes, it becomes difficult for him to wait at the station if the train is late, especially in summer months. "Patna has such a humid summer climate. Without overhead fans or a shade, it is difficult to wait for a train in summer," he said.
Priya Sinha, an AIEEE aspirant on way back to Kota after Holi holidays, told this reporter on Thursday she consumed excessive amount of water in summer. "I am thankful to the ECR for making RO water available to passengers at the station," she said.
  
Today (08:12)  People yet to do their bit for paan ban (timesofindia.indiatimes.com)
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ALLAHABAD: The newly appointed chief minister, Adityanath Yogi, has called for keeping the government offices clean and has even banned paan and gutkha there. However, doing the same might be a task for people in Allahabad. In reality check, TOI visited some of the important offices of the city to ascertain their cleanliness levels.
The district collectorate and the adjoining premises of the district court appeared somewhat cleaner that usual. However, as it turned out, the reason for the same was the impending visit of the Chief Justice of Allahabad high court. The interiors told another story. Several of the corners of the buildings and lawyers' chambers had a thick layer of red spittle of paan and gutkha. Several of the smaller
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shops close by were gone but lawyers still carried pockets full of paan.
A spot at the adjoining building of the Vikas Bhawan presented a unique picture of the brazen attitude of the employees and how attempts by the official, to keep the premises clean, are yet to yield the desired results. The wall, opposite the minority cell, said, "kripya thookein nahin, aap camere ki nazar mein hain (don't spit, you are under the surveillance of camera)" yet, employees and visitors of Vikas Bhawan openly spit on the wall.
Same is the situation at several of the other government offices located at the city, be it the office of sales tax, Allahabad Development Authorities, Allahabad Municipal Corporation or buildings of Indian Railways. District magistrate Sanjay Kumar said, "We have been trying to keep the premises of all government office clean but things cannot be changed overnight as we all have to do our bit."

  
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Today (08:11)  ‘Design contest for Gandhinagar’ architects to redesign stations (timesofindia.indiatimes.com)
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AHMEDABAD: Here is an opportunity for budding planners in architectural schools from the Indian Railway Stations Development Corporation (IRSDC). Its CEO, S K Lohia, who was at Cept university to deliver a lecture on station redevelopment and Metro rail, announced a competition for colleges and universities to design stations like Gwalior, Baiyappanahalli, Gandhinagar (Jaipur), Amritsar and Nagpur. "While one competition will be held for educational institutions, the other will be for private firms. The best out of these will be chosen. In fact we are looking for good concepts," says Lohia.
Lohia also said that work on the ambitious Gandhinagar railway station — the only station to boast of a more than 300 room 5-star hotel in the country — is under
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"The Rs 245 crore Gandhinagar project could not invite global firms because of the project size. The state government is investing 74% in its construction while 26% will be borne by IRSDC," said Lohia. "Construction is going on at the site," he said.
In case of Surat, Lohia said that Request for Quotations (RFQ) were invited on March 3 and nine firms have approached IRSDC. "The next stage will be on April 15, when we will be declaring the RFP for the DPR preparation and set the ball rolling," Lohia said.
  
Today (08:10)  Faulty signage grounds Malayali family at Gujarat station, railway told to pay airfare (timesofindia.indiatimes.com)
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AHMEDABAD: A consumer court has directed the Western Railway (WR) to pay airfare for travel of a Malayali family of four from Ahmedabad to Kerala after they missed the train due to railway administration's fault.
The family of Anand-based E S Krishnankutty Nair missed the train to Kerala in 2014 due to a wrong message on the electronic display board about the location of their coach to be boarded at Anand railway station.
The Nair family was headed to Kerala to attend a wedding at Chengnnur. Since they missed the train due to
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the railway administration's fault and were forced to fly instead, the consumer court directed WR to reimburse the airfare of Rs 32,628. Court also asked WR to pay Rs 1,000 taxi fare from Anand to Ahmedabad airport along with Rs 10,000 compensation towards harassment and litigation cost.
The Nair family had reserved four berths in AC two-tier coach in Veraval-Trivandrum Express on May 29, 2014. The family got confused after a display board showed that the coach would be at 'extreme rear side' of the train. But when the train arrived, the coach was way ahead in the front. This incorrect information led to a mad scramble to board the train by crossing 12 coaches in a short span of two minutes -- the official halt time at Anand railway station. While men managed to board the train, the elderly women could not make it.
Once inside the train, Nair pulled alarm chain for women to get on the train but was immediately dragged down by the Railway Protection Force and put in lockup. Cops refused to accept their explanation and the family missed the train. Finally, after the ordeal was over at the station, they were forced to shell out a hefty amount to reach Kerala by air.
Nair was later arrested in the chain pulling case. A court acquitted him in the case with observation that the chain pulling was justified and the problem for the Nair family arose because of fault on part of railway administration.
Nair moved the Anand District Consumer Dispute Redressal Forum, which also concluded that the wrong message on display board was railway's fault and a senior citizen cannot drag luggage through 12 coaches in just two minutes. It also held the RPF responsible for damaging passenger's reputation by dragging him down the coach.
  
Today (08:04)  23-year wait for railway line ends (www.thehindu.com)
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Peddapalli-Nizamabad line to be commissioned by Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu
The long cherished dream of Nizamabad and Karimnagar districts is becoming a reality with decks being cleared to commission the newly-built railway line between them on Saturday.
Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu will dedicate the 180-km-long line to the nation through the video link from Secunderabad on Saturday.
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Peddapalli and Nizamabad by the then Prime Minister P.V. Narasimha Rao in 1994 and it has taken 23 years to be completed in a phased manner. Work came to a standstill after the line was built upto Jagityal a few years ago. Gradually, it was extended to Morthad and passenger trains began moving between Karimnagar-Morthad since last year.
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A good deal of allocation, ₹142 crore, was made in the Railway budget in the previous year and this paved the way for its completion.
The railway line will become a nerve centre in the railway map of the country as it will connect all the key lines. It will also help reduce travel time and distance between Maharashtra and New Delhi.
The district headquarters town will become a junction as it connects Secunderabad and Nanded routes. The Railway authorities said initially, for a couple of months, demo train with three coaches will run to Morthad and thereafter, passenger trains will ply on the route. They are not sure of commissioning the express trains immediately. However, freight carriers will run soon, says an official, pleading anonymity. There are about 25 stations between Nizamabad-Karimnagar. Line-checking is being done thoroughly and workers are on the job day and night.
Arrangements are on for the conduct of a formal function marking the inaugural expected to be attended by District Collector, Commissioner of Police, Mayor and other elected representatives here on Saturday.
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KARIMNAGAR: The work on Peddapalli-Nizamabad railway line was completed in phases. The first phase from Peddapalli to Karimnagar covering a stretch of 35.3 km was completed in 2001 by introducing a passenger train.
The line from Karimnagar to Jagtial covering a distance of 47.34 km was completed in 2007 when Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao was the then Karimnagar MP. The railway line was completed till Armoor and the authorities conducted engine rolling till Morthad last year.
Following the initiative taken by Nizamabad MP K. Kavitha, the authorities intensified the work and extended the train service from Peddapalli to Morthad. As promised by the MP, the railway line was connected to Nizamabad in March this year and train service introduced.
The new train service would boost the economy in the region and would benefit the employees travelling from Karimnagar to Jagtial and Peddapalli districts with the cheapest and fastest mode of transport.
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