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Yesterday (10:49PM)  Rain plays havoc in Guntur, rail link snaps (www.thehindu.com)
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Heavy downpour for 12 hours on Wednesday wrecked havoc in Guntur District of Andhra Pradesh snapping railway and road links besides inundating several hundreds of acres of cotton, paddy and chilli fields on Wednesday. The major drains - Kondaveedu and Ogeru, have been in spate cutting off road links to Sattenapalli, Amaravathi, and Chilakaluripet.A woman was feared washed away while trying to cross a swollen rivulet at Lam near Tadikonda. The woman, yet to be identified, hailed from Amaravathi. She along with another person was trying to cross the rivulet when she accidentally slipped and fell into the swirling waters. Locals tried in vain to rescue her.
Rail link snaps
Rain water seeped under the railway track between Nallapadu and Perecharla snapping the Guntur-Narsaraopet railway link. Railway engineers were carrying out emergency
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operation to restore the rail link. As a result, Vijayawada–Hubli passenger and Bhubaneswar-Bangalore Prasanthi Express, have been diverted via Tenali, Renigunta.
Areas in Guntur inundated
Following heavy inflows into Kondaveedu drain, the road link between Guntur and Amaravathi was cut off.
Guntur city bore the brunt of prolonged downpour as many low-lying areas got inundated. The lack of an efficient stormwater drainage system was exposed as roads resembled streams with overflowing drains. Schools declared a holiday on Wednesday in view of heavy rains. Flood waters entered the Citizen Charter buildig at Guntur Municipal Corporation office.
Flood waters entered the MRO, NSP offices at Chilakaluripet forcing the personnel to shift the files to a safer location.
Yesterday (10:46PM)  CISF begins 'Operation Kali' in Delhi Metro; special squad of undercover female commandos to be deployed (www.dnaindia.com)
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For safety of women commuters in Delhi Metro, paramilitary CISF has launched "Operation Kali" under which it will deploy a special squad of undercover female commandos who can neutralise a threat with innocuous objects like pen or hairpin. The security force has decided to launch this operation after it was found that instances of male passengers illegally boarding women coaches were not going down and about 40-50 such cases were being reported everyday.
"We are taking our security operations one step further for providing security to women passengers in the Delhi Metro.
We want them to travel safely in this transport system and hence this step. The message is clear to erring passengers that if they do not behave they risk being dealt by our special female commandos," CISF chief Arvind Ranjan
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The new strategy of deploying these commandos in mufti in train coaches and platform area is codenamed 'Kali', drawing from the martial art technique that these woman have been trained in. A bunch of chosen women CISF personnel have been trained by the force in a martial-art technique, 'Pekiti-Tirsia Kali' (PTK), which originated decades ago in the Philippines and is a close-quarter unarmed combat skill used to take on multiple opponents at one time by using obscure objects usually worn on the body.
These women have been trained to tactically use common objects like pen, hairpin, cap, belt, shoe laces, keys and sandals as deadly weapons to take on rogue elements. "These women commandos will take care of those who undermine women dignity in Delhi Metro and attempt to offend them in any manner," a senior Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) officer said. CISF has deployed close to 5,000 men and women personnel for securing the Delhi Metro network which sees close to 26 lakh footfalls a day across the national capital region.These commandos, who will be deployed according to the sectoral crime profile of the Metro, will respond to any misbehaviour, aggression or violence against woman passengers, the officer said. In some cases, these commandos, in the age group of 30-32 years, will also be deployed in uniform but in order to keep the 'surprise element' they largely will be kept undercover. CISF DG Ranjan said the numbers of such woman commandos will be continuously enhanced in the Metro and at present two batches of these special troopers has been deployed while one is under training.
Yesterday (10:41PM)  Network of skywalks, arcades at 11 Delhi Metro stations approved (zeenews.india.com)
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New Delhi: Skywalks and arcades will be built in and around one existing and 10 upcoming Metro stations to allow passengers seamless travel and decongest the routes under a new plan for inter-modal transport approved on Thursday.Lt Governor Najeeb Jung reviewed a presentation made by Unified Traffic and Transportation Infrastructure Centre (UTTIPEC) which envisages integration of inter-modal transport."The objective is seamless transition and interchanges between different modes to complete the trip, availability of options to select different modes to make travel cheaper, faster and more comfortable."Further, it also aims at effective organisation and spatial allocation of various para-transit/IPT modes, such that convenience to public transport users is maximised, and efficiency of all modes is improved. The inter-modal transport facility will also improve walkability with a high quality public realm that is comfortable and safe for all to use," said LG House officials.As per the chalked out plan, Trilokpuri Metro station...
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will have a network of skywalks and arcades at the first floor level to connect the new development in the area directly with the Metro station concourse.In Mayur Vihar, there will be a round-about under the flyover to allow easy movement of traffic, without congesting the existing carriage way while in Vinod Nagar East, the bus terminal is being integrated with the upcoming Metro station and access roads are to provide better walkability.A system of skywalks to allow for seamless connection across NH 24 and to allow for direct access to Mandavali village will be facilitated near Vinod Nagar West metro station.The new Dhaula Kuan station will be linked to the Airport Metro Express line and a network of skywalks with travellators will be installed to allow seamless access to roads in the vicinity.In Moti Bagh, the skywalk will integrate with the station entry concourse and a subway shall be built on site, whereas in Rohini, the road behind the station shall be used for dropping off and for autos, rickshaws and other vehicles.In Shakarpur, the foot-over-bridge shall be extended to the concourse of the station and exit points will be provided at the rear of the station to un-obstruct the carriageway.In Badli Mor, the dropoff will be provided under the flyover and will provide for intermodal transport at the ground level which will provide for greater connectivity between Sanjay Gandhi Transport Nagar, Industrial areas and Badli village.Further, a bypass road connection to decongest the main carriage way shall be provided through the Astha Kunj Park in Okhla phase III.
In Kalkaji, a network of skywalks woll be built to integrate phase II and phase III Metro stations from across Ring Road and Nehru place together with the creation of a large public space.
The DMRC said that the work will be completed by June.
The meeting was attended by Vice Chairman (DDA), Secretary (PWD), and representatives from Departments of Transport, UTTIPEC, DMRC, Traffic and other stakeholders of the Delhi government.
Yesterday (10:16PM)  Jyotirlinga Special Train from Jaipur – Mahakaleshwar, Omkareshwar, Nageshwar, Somnath, Grishneshwar, Trayambkeshwar, Bhimashankar Jyotirlinga (hindupad.com)
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Yesterday (10:15PM)  ECoR to run special premium trains to Pune and Patna (news.webindia123.com)
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The East Coast Railway(ECoR) has decided to run special trains towards Pune and Patna from Bhubaneswar to provide comfortable journey to the commuters in Puja rush season and to avoid wait listed tickets in different regular trains.
ECoR sources said, the special trains towards Pune and Patna have been introduced first time under its jurisdiction and a large number of berths are available in these trains.
The 02882 Bhubaneswar-Pune Weekly Premium Special train will leave Bhubaneswar at 2215hrs on every Sunday between September 21 to November 30,2014 and will reach at Pune at 0500hrs on Tuesday.
In the return direction, 02881 Pune-Bhubaneswar Weekly Premium Special train will leave Pune at 1115hrs on every Tuesday between September 23 to December 2,2014 and will arrive
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The train will have One AC-2 tier, One AC-3 tier, 10 Sleeper Class coaches, Two Guard cum Luggage Vans and One Pantry Car in its composition having stoppages at Brahmapur, Visakhapatnam, Vijayawada, Secunderabad and Wadi between Bhubaneswar and Pune.
Similarly, 08449 Bhubaneswar-Patna weekly special train will leave Bhubaneswar at 1530hrs on every Friday between September 19 to October 3, 2014 and will arrive at Patna at 1140hrs on Saturdays.
In the return direction, 08450 Patna-Bhubaneswar weekly special train will leave Patna at 1400hrs on every Saturday between September 20 to October 4,2014 and will arrive at Bhubaneswar at 0700hrs on Sundays.
The train with One AC-2 tier, One AC-3 tier, 10 Sleeper Class coaches and Two Guard cum Luggage Vans in its composition will stop at Cuttack, Jajpur-Keonjhar Road, Bhadrak, Balasore, Hijli, Adra, Asansol, Chittaranjan, Jasidih, Jhajha, Kiul, Mokama and Fathuha between Bhubaneswar and Patna. UNI DP AKM RD NNNN
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Yesterday (10:09PM)  Why blame media for metro rail row? (www.greatandhra.com)
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T-letter written by L&T to the Telangana government threatening to withdraw from the prestigious Hyderabad Metro Rail project has kicked up yet another media row.
The Telangana Rashtra Samithi and its supporting media have started attacking the two dailies – Eenadu and Andhra Jyothy – for publishing the contents of the letter, instead of targeting L&T for its blackmailing tactics.
It is a fact that the letter was written by L&T which has even admitted it; and the media published it. It is a different matter that it was leaked only to these two newspapers.
But both L&T and the TRS government tried avoid commenting on the contents of the letter, while giving clarification.
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There were allegations that L&T was fed up with the hurdles created by the government in handing over the right of way for the project – especially in the Madhapur area, where the land meant for the project was allotted to an industrialist close to KCR.
But the pro-KCR media ignored these facts and attacked the two Telugu dailies, accusing them of tarnishing the brand image of Hyderabad.
By the way, who is tarnishing the brand image?
Yesterday (9:48PM)  T Congress opposes change in Metro Rail design (sirulu.com)
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Congress senior leader and former MLA M Kondada Reddy on Thursday expressed fears that any change in the design of Hyderabad Metro Rail Project would completely eliminate the identity of Public Gardens. Speaking to media persons at Gandhi Bhavan here, Kodanda Reddy strongly opposed the change in Metro Rail route near Assembly by Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao. He said if Metro Rail is diverted to the backside of Jubilee Hall, then it would completely eliminate the Public Gardens from the map. He said former Chief Minister N T Rama Rao has already done the damage to Bagh-e-Aaam (Public Gardens) by constructing Lalith Kala Thoranam and Telugu University during his tenure. Therefore, the remaining parts of Public Gardens too would be lost if Metro Rail’s route map is modified. Kondanda Reddy said that the government should take wise decisions to ensure that the heritage and historical structures of Hyderabad remain intact. He said any...
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lapses would led to extinction of city’s landmarks and future generations would not be able to see the real Hyderabad that exists today. He questioned as to why the Telangana Rashtra Samithi did not protest when the L&T began works near Assembly and Sultan Bazar. He said that the TRS remained silent when the L&T erected pillars on the Assembly road for the last several months.
Yesterday (9:28PM)  Discussion on Hyderabad Metro Rail Project (www.ap7am.com)
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There is a news that the L&T has objected to continue in the metro rail project over the disputes and increasing cost with the change of alignment . But the L & T has condemned the news of its withdrawal from the Hyderabad metro rail project and stated that this kind of news will effect the project . The CS of Telangana , Metro rail MD NVS Reddy and L& T Metro rail CEO Gadgil met the Chief Minister of Telangana and discussed on the this adverse news . CEO Gadgil gave a clarity after the meet with the Chief Minister and stated that this kind of communication of letters is very common in big projects and stated that the project will be completed on time with Government 's support . Watch the discussion . . .
Yesterday (9:25PM)  Additional booking counters, trains to cater to holiday rush (www.deccanherald.com)
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SWR's Mysore Division to go paperless soon; old files dispatched
In the run up to the Dasara festivities 2014, South Western Railway, Mysore Division has put in place an action plan to deal with the extra crowd anticipated in the holiday season.Rajkumar Lal, Divisional Railway Manager, South Western Railway, Mysore Division, stated that additional counters for issuance of ‘unreserved’, as well as ‘reserved’ tickets will be opened at Mysore in the peak holiday season to reduce waiting time in queue.Chamarajapuram, Nanjangud Town, Krishnarajanagar and Chamarajanagar stations will also be provided with extra booking counters for hassle-free dispensation of tickets.Also, to cater to Dasara rush on Vijayadashami day on October 4, SWR, Mysore will be running one special train in each of Mysore-Bangalore route and Mysore-Chamarajanagar route. Lal said apart from the special trains, 15 trains will be fitted with additional racks
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as part of extended measures.
Massive ticket checking drives will be launched across Mysore Division to curb the menace of ticketless travel, he added. Lal informed that additional security personnel will be deployed during the period, besides effecting increased surveillance and luggage screening of passengers. Sniffer dogs will be extensively used in all passenger-carrying trains, as a precautionary measure to thwart any mischief by anti-social elements to create unrest, he added. Augmentation of composition of trains, based on demand, has also been planned in the holiday season.
Bi-weekly Lal announced that the prestigious bi-weekly premium special between Mysore and Varanasi will be commencing from September 19. Initially, these trains will make a dozen trips in each direction, following which, regular services will begin, he said. He also stated that the services the new trains announced in the Railway budget 2014-15 -- Bangalore-Mangalore daily express via Mysore, Bangalore-Shimoga bi-weekly express and Yeshwantpur-Chikmagalur Passenger will be commissioned shortly.
Paperless Lal said that Mysore division of South Western Railway was in the forefront of implementing the new government directive for improving the work culture and environment at work place to cut red tape and bring about efficiency in working by harnessing the latest technology available. He said that Mysore Division would soon be a ‘Digital Division’ with significant reduction in paper work. The size of daily reports relating to freight loading, traffic earnings, detentions to trains, incidences of signal failures and other special occurrences complied, has been reduced from 50 pages to just four, and this will be presented only in digital format.
Lal also stated that even at stations the in-charge managers now have to maintain fewer registers than what it used to be earlier. For example now the Station Manager in a station like Mysore needs to just have 28 registers instead of nearly 70 registers consequent on declaring certain archaic rules/procedures redundant. Repealing of more such century old rules was in the offing.
Messaging App Henceforth, all officers of Mysore Division will be on WhatsApp and will be receiving reports directly from DRM which greatly reduces taking out multiple copies, he added.
“There will be greater coordination between different departments as information in digitised formats leads to quicker action and better efficiency by doing away with mundane paper work over and over again,” he said. Several software are being developed to completely eliminate paper work relating to field inspections by different wings of the Division, which is expected to further enhance the efficiency at all levels. “Now deadlines are reflected for initiating corrective action wherever deficiencies are reported so that the monitoring of accountability at various levels is possible,” he said.
Dispatch of files Mysore Division, in keeping with the directives of the ministry of Railways, has since dispatched nearly twenty truck loads of old files in the first phase having no reference value, and an eyesore in an important public office. “This initiative besides creating more space had contributed to better ambience in offices leading to higher productivity,” he added.
Cleanliness drive Lal reiterated the commitment of the Railways to strongly push for a very clean environment at stations, on trains and even railway colonies across the Division. He stated that a special cleanliness drive is being launched on October 2 at all stations and colonies of Mysore Division to mark the birth anniversary of the father of the nation. “Field inspections by officers/supervisors at various levels are in progress and the momentum will be sustained,” he added.
Yesterday (9:23PM)  First Time, Special Trains From Odisha capital Bhubaneswar To Pune, Patna (www.orissadiary.com)
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With a view to providing comfortable journey to the commuters in Puja rush season and to avoid wait listed tickets in different regular trains, East Coast Railway has decided to run special trains towards Pune and Patna from Bhubaneswar. The special trains towards Pune and Patna have been introduced first time from ECoR jurisdiction. A large number of berths are available in these trains and passengers may avail the facility of these Special trains to go to their destinations.
02882 Bhubaneswar-Pune Weekly PREMIUM Special train will leave Bhubaneswar at 2215hrs on every Sunday between 21st September to 30th November 2014 and will reach at Pune at 0500hrs on Tuesday. In the return direction, 02881 Pune-Bhubaneswar Weekly PREMIUM Special train will leave Pune at 1115hrs on every Tuesday between 23rd September to 2nd December 2014 and will arrive at Bhubaneswar at 1735hrs
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This train has One AC-2 tier, One AC-3 tier, 10 Sleeper Class coaches, Two Guard cum Luggage Vans and One Pantry Car in its composition having stoppages at Brahmapur, Visakhapatnam, Vijayawada, Secunderabad and Wadi between Bhubaneswar and Pune.
Similarly, 08449 Bhubaneswar-Patna weekly special train will leave Bhubaneswar at 1530hrs on every Friday between 19th September to 3rd October 2014 and will arrive at Patna at 1140hrs on Saturdays. In the return direction, 08450 Patna-Bhubaneswar weekly special train will leave Patna at 1400hrs on every Saturday between 20th September to 4th October 2014 and will arrive at Bhubaneswar at 0700hrs on Sundays.    This train has One AC-2 tier, One AC-3 tier, 10 Sleeper Class coaches and Two Guard cum Luggage Vans in its composition having stoppages at Cuttack, Jajpur-Keonjhar Road, Bhadrak, Balasore, Hijli, Adra, Asansol, Chittaranjan, Jasidih, Jhajha, Kiul, Mokama and Fathuha between Bhubaneswar and Patna.
Yesterday (9:22PM)  ECoR to run special Puja trains to Pune, Patna from Odishas capital (odishasuntimes.com)
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With a view to providing comfortable journey to the commuters during the busy Puja season and to avoid wait listed tickets in regular trains, East Coast Railway (ECoR), for the first time, has decided to run special trains to Pune and Patna from Odisha’s capital city.
A large number of berths are available in these trains and passengers may avail the facility of these Special trains to go to their destinations.
The 02882 Bhubaneswar-Pune weekly premium special train will leave Bhubaneswar at 2215 hours every Sunday between September 21 and 30 and reach at Pune at 0500 hours on Tuesday.
In the return direction, the train will leave Pune at 1115 hours every Tuesday between September 23 and December 2 and arrive at Bhubaneswar
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at 1735 hours on Wednesday.
The train will have stoppages at Brahmapur, Visakhapatnam, Vijayawada, Secunderabad and Wadi between Bhubaneswar and Pune.
The 08449 Bhubaneswar-Patna weekly special train will leave Bhubaneswar at 1530 hours every Friday between September 19 and October 3 and arrive at Patna at 1140 hours on Saturdays.
In the return direction, the train will leave Patna at 1400 hours every Saturday between September 20 and October 4 2014 and arrive at Bhubaneswar at 0700 hours on Sundays.
The train will have stoppages at Cuttack, Jajpur-Keonjhar Road, Bhadrak, Balasore, Hijli, Adra, Asansol, Chittaranjan, Jasidih, Jhajha, Kiul, Mokama and Fathuha between Bhubaneswar and Patna, an ECoR release said today.
Yesterday (9:16PM)  Rail stocks in demand; surge up to 6% (www.thehindubusinessline.com)
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Rail stocks on Thursday gained as much as 6 per cent after India and China signed 12 agreements on various issues including investments in the railways.Shares of Stone India jumped 6.22 per cent, while Kernex Microsystems gained 4.95 per cent on the BSE.Among others, Kalindee Rail Nirman rose by 3.30 per cent, Titagarh Wagons (2.24%), Texmaco Rail and Engineering (2.01%) and Container Corporation of India (1.55%).
“Participants were truly excited by the prospects of huge investments by China in India’s infrastructure, railway & manufacturing projects,” said Devang Mehta, Sr VP & Head — Equity Advisory, Anand Rathi Financial Services.
India and China today signed 12 agreements following talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping.
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second day of Jinping’s three-day visit, 12 agreements were also signed on various issues including setting up two Chinese industrial parks in India and investments in the Railways.
Yesterday (9:13PM)  L&T Chief condemns “False” reports on Metro rail project (www.siasat.com)
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Condemning news stories published in a section of the media that infrastructure major Larsen and Turbo (L&T) Ltd had written to the Telangana Government that it was withdrawing from the execution of the project, L&T chairman Gadgil today alleged that some hostile media houses were publishing baseless news stories to defame the L&T and the Telangana Government.
Speaking to the media after meeting Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao, the L&T Chairman said it was unfortunate that some media houses published fake reports that Metro Rail works would be stopped. The Telangana government was fully cooperating with the L&T in the execution of Hyderabad Metro Rail project. He said some small problems were common in the execution of big projects like metro rail. He made it clear that he never gave any information to anybody on metro rail project.
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Reminding that they communicated with the erstwhile Andhra Pradesh government several times on Hyderabad Metro Rail project, Gadgil said in continuation of correspondence, the company had also written a letter to the Telangana government. Communication between the two through letters was common while carrying out a project. His intention was to resolve the issues amicably. He made it clear they have no information from the Telangana government on the change of metro rail route. “With the help of Telangana State government, we would complete the metro rail project at the earliest”, he said. Gadgil opined that publication of such false reports in news papers would affect big projects like the metro rail. He urged the media not to publish such cooked up stories on the metro rail project. (NSS)
Yesterday (9:10PM)  Rail stocks in demand (www.business-standard.com)
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Shares of 13 companies whose fortunes are linked to orders from Indian Railways rose by 0.70% to 5.96% at 14:00 IST on BSE on media reports that China is all set to pledge investments worth billions of dollars into India's rail network.
Stone India (up 5.96%), Kernex Microsystems (India) (up 4.95%), Kalindee Rail Nirman (Engineers) (up 3.72%), BEML (up 3.23%), Bharat Heavy Electricals (up 2.81%), Titagarh Wagons (up 2.79%), Hind Rectifiers (up 2.79%), Simplex Castings (up 2.65%), Nelco (up 2.49%), Texmaco Rail and Engineering (up 2.45%), Transformers & Rectifiers (India) (up 2.43%), Zicom Electronic Security Systems (up 1.67%) and Container Corporation of India (up 0.70%), edged higher.
The S&P BSE Sensex was up 444.71 points, or 1.67% at 27,076.
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Indian Railways will get assistance from its counterpart in China for semi-high speed corridors, which allow trains to run at a speed of up to 200 km per hour. Upgrading technical skills and station redevelopment projects are two other areas wherein the two countries will collaborate. A comprehensive agreement is going to be signed between the two countries Thursday, 18 September 2014, reports suggested.
The development comes close on the heels of a Japanese pledge to invest $35 billion in India over the next 5 years. Among other things, Japan will work on introducing bullet trains, apart from deepening security ties, as decided during talks held between the two Premiers in Tokyo earlier this month.
Yesterday (9:06PM)  Metro Rail MD Meets KCR (www.ap7am.com)
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Hyderabad city is gearing up with the proper lay out of the Metro Rail projects and it has even conducted a trial run also in this regard. Rumours aired that Metro Rail officials have been facing the political unrest in this regard mainly from TS government under the leadership of CM KCR.
Metro Rail MD NVS Reddy and L & T company officials have met TS chief secretary before meeting with CM KCR. In the meeting, the MD of the Metro Rail learnt to have said that Metro Rail works are going ahead on a healthy note and there is no differences with the TS government. Watch out..
Yesterday (9:05PM)  Concern over Unsafe Rail Level Crossings (www.newindianexpress.com)
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HYDERABAD: Railway Board member Traffic), DP Pande has expressed concern over the rise in the number of accidents at level crossings.
He stressed upon the utmost importance of safety in train operations. Safety can not take a back seat and that railway staff should always accord top most priority for safe running of trains, he added.
Pande, who conducted a high-level regional safety review meeting of four Zonal Railways - South Central Railway (SCR), Southern Railway (SR), South Western Railway (SWR) and West Central Railways (WCR) at Rail Nilayam, directed that the field staff should quickly implement various identified solutions such as posting gatemen, providing additional warning boards, whistling boards etc. to avoid accidents at level crossings.
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safety officials present at the meeting to intensity field inspections of stations and other work units and also to take necessary advance corrective action to preempt any possible mishap.
He emphasised on ensuring the maintenance of railway assets like wagons, coaches, tracks and signaling gears etc., which will prevent any chance of derailments.
He also directed the safety organisation to conduct frequent safety audits and take immediate follow-up action to rectify the deficiencies noticed.
Railway Board Adviser on Safety, Sanjeev Garg said this high level regional safety review meeting is fourth in a series of such reviews which are being undertaken by Railway Board. The earlier reviews were conducted in Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata cities.
He underscored the need for imbibing safety measures as an integral part of Railway work culture to prevent any untoward incidents from happenning. Safety in train operations is a critical pre-requisite for expanding services and growth of Railways, he cautioned.
Yesterday (9:03PM)  Japanese technology to score over Chinese for high-speed railways (www.business-standard.com)
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Superior technology and their experience in safety and signaling give Japanese firms an edge over the Chinese, who might have pitched strongly to become the technology partner for the upcoming Rs 63,000-crore high-speed rail project between Mumbai and Ahmedabad, according to officials in the Railway ministry. Despite being cheaper, the Chinese technology is not the preferred option. Senior railway officials say besides technology, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) is likely to fund the high speed project. Officials said there was no formal movement on Chinese financing for the Mumbai-Ahmedabad corridor though China could look at funding future corridors.A feasibility study is being undertaken by JICA, which is likely to conclude early next year. Besides, a business development study by French Railways (SNCF) is also underway. Key locomotive manufacturers like Alstom and Bombardier have also shown interest for supplying locomotives.JICA has been financing key railway projects like Western arm of...
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the dedicated freight corridor, while two Chinese companies - CSR Sifang and CNR -- are strong contenders for Rs 3,000-crore locomotive projects in Madhepura and Marhowra.
"The Japanese have mastered the art of tunneling with about 74% of its network in the hilly terrain. They are exemplary in signaling, control, rolling stock and in their safety record. As for the Chinese, there could be knowledge sharing on project implementation since they have created one of the largest high speed network within few years," said a senior railway official who did not want to be named.The Japanese are deemed superior in terms of signaling, control, rolling stock and safety record
Recently, during Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe had pitched for a Shinkansen style high-speed train system in India. The Shinkansen bullet train system, which literally means the 'new trunk line', is the world's first system for high-speed trains running up to 320 km per hour.
Japanese companies had earlier supplied technology to the Chinese. Later, the Japanese accused China of copying their patented technology and competing with them in the global market. Kawasaki Heavy Industries , maker of Shinkansen bullet trains, after signing technology transfers with CSR Sifang, the builder of China's high-speed rail, said it regretted its now-dissolved partnership. Although the Japanese firm threatened legal action for patent infringement, it changed its mind, of late.
Experts and industry experts argue that India is not the only country where China and Japan are at loggerheads to sell their technology. "China is in talks with more than 15 countries to sell their technology. Some of the contracts are based on exchange of natural resources, competing directly with the United States and Japan. However, their first ever technology transfer to Turkey for high-speed rail was not without glitches," said an industry expert, who did not want to be named.
The China Railway Construction Corporation and the China National Machinery Import and Export Corporation won the bid in 2005 to build the railway line in partnership with two Turkish companies between Ankara and Istanbul. "..Both countries have admitted to difficulties during the process. The project has reportedly been beset with problems such as delays and accidents," reports New York Times.
Yesterday (8:59PM)  KR, CR under pressure to ply extra trains (www.afternoondc.in)
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Railway officials claim that frequently plying extra trains affects the maintenance of railway, thus jeopardising the safety of passengers
The Central Railway (CR) and Konkan Railway (KR), even after giving a poor performance over its ambitious announcement of 200 special trains for Konkan during the Ganesh festival, have now come under political pressure to facilitate a dozen extra special trains on the Konkan single line route for the Diwali season.
During the Ganesh festival, the Konkan Railway, Central Railway and Western Railway had announced 200 plus trains. However, the single line railway route could not cope with the number of the trains and the entire system collapsed as several trains were cancelled at the eleventh hour without prior notice.
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an average of 52 trains per day – including Rajdhani, Shatabdhi, express and passenger trains on the route along with 15 goods trains.
A railway official said, “Managing 50 trains per day is a very tough task on the single route and there is hardly any time left for maintenance. When special trains were plied on the Konkan route during the Ganesh festival, goods trains were cancelled to manage the traffic flow.”
The stretches between Pen and Kasu, Kasu and Nagothane and Nagothane and Roha are 13 km each. Owing to geographical positions and curves on the rail route, the speed is restricted to 55 kmph (from 80 kmph). In addition, due to monsoon, the speed is further restricted to 30 kmph.
With a speed of 30 kmph, only two to three trains can pass in an hour on the single route and a maximum of 49 trains a day.
Another official said that during the Ganesh festival, there was no time for maintenance of the system. It could have jeopardised the safety of the rail system as well as on-board passengers. “Fortunately, nothing happened, except a derailment of a goods train,” he said.
He added that by adding extra trains on a single route, “We are cutting maintenance time and consequently jeopardising the system. But we have to give in to political and public pressure.”
Yesterday (8:52PM)  Sreedharan inspects Metro alignment (www.mathrubhumi.com)
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Kochi: E Sreedharan, Principal Advisor Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) today inspected the Metro construction alignment from Maharaja's College up to Aluva with special focus on repairs to the road surface.The 'Metro man' was generally satisfied with the road repairs and instructed the contractor to complete the remaining work also within two to three days.Sreedharan was also satisfied with the progress being achieved on civil works and asked contractors to complete all basic civil works by October 2015 to enable system contractors take up track laying, third rail installation,Power supply and signalling works, a press release said.He also visited Muttom Depot and gave directions to complete essential works by the time the first train is
received in the Depot by about January 2016. PTI
Yesterday (8:50PM)  Will complete Hyderabad metro as per schedule: L&T (www.siasat.com)
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Larsen & Toubro Wednesday said it is committed to completing the Hyderabad Metro rail project expeditiously as per schedule with all support from the Telangana government.
After a meeting with Chief Secretary Rajiv Sharma, L&T Metro Rail (Hyderabad) Limited (LTMRHL) chief executive and managing director V.B. Gadgil said it was unfortunate that a section of media choose to publish a letter written by him to the government in a manner which could be damaging for this very prestigious project.
Stating that the correspondence between the two parties is quite normal for a massive project of this nature, Gadgil urged the media to show restraint on such selective disclosure without proper context.
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correspondence between L&T and the then government of Andhra Pradesh and now with government of Telangana.
"The progress so far is the fastest in the metro sector in the country in spite of various challenges met during execution," said a statement by LTMRHL.
Earlier, Telangana government officials said the project is on track and that L&T has not threatened to pull out.
Gadgil's meeting with the chief secretary came after Hyderabad Metro Rail (HMR) managing director N.V.S. Reddy called on Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao and the chief secretary.
HMR is a Telangana government agency while LTMRHL is a concessionaire developing 72-km long elevated Metro project at a cost of Rs.14,132 crore.
Reddy said the work on the project was continuing without any hurdle. He allayed apprehensions about the future of the project and said it would be completed according to the schedule.
He said the communication between L&T and the government was continuing on a regular basis and he was responding to all letters.
Information Technology Minister K. Tarakarama Rao said the chief minister would soon respond on the issue. The minister, who is son of the chief minister, sees a conspiracy by the opposition to derail the project and to tarnish the image of Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) government.
Gagdil in his letter sought clarity on change of alignment proposed by the chief minister on two corridors. He said the work was stopped at two places for last several weeks and this was causing a loss of Rs.2 crore a day.
LTMRHL said there is no official communication for change of alignment and the stoppage of the work was delaying the project.
Gadgil earlier this month stated that the project is in a "very precarious mode". He said the project cost has escalated by Rs.2,500 crore to Rs.3,000 crore due to inflation, hike in interest rates and other factors.
The developer has so far spent Rs.5,000 crore on the project. It has completed 28 percent of the work.
Opposition Congress and Telugu Desam Party (TDP) alleged that due to the pressure mounted by the chief minister, L&T was planning to pull out of the project.
Congress leader Mohammed Ali Shabbir said the delay in the project will badly hit brand Hyderabad.
TDP leader Revant Reddy said if L&T pulls out of the project, this would affect investment coming to the city. He demanded an all-party meeting on the issue.
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