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Today (12:19PM)  CRIS launches App on Android platform for train enquiry (articles.economictimes.indiatimes.com)
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NEW DELHI: Centre for Railway Information Systems (CRIS) has launched a mobile app on Android platform for train enquiry.
The new mobile app for Android devices has many features. "With this launch, it has now become easier for the public to get information on expected arrival and departure timings of a particular train and other related information for the benefit of rail passengers," a senior Railway Ministry official said.
CRIS, an IT wing of railways, earlier launched mobile app for Windows 8 platform in August 2014.
One of the best features of the app is "spot your train" which provides information such as its current position and expected time of arrival and departure at a particular station.
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Other features are 'train schedule', 'trains between stations', 'live station' and 'information on cancelled rescheduled & diverted trains'.
'Live Station' query provides list of trains expected to arrive at/depart from any station in next 2 or 4 hours.
The National Train Enquiry System (NTES) is a comprehensive system which provides information to public about train running on near real time basis through various interfaces like nationwide unique rail enquiry number 139, website (www.trainenquiry.com), mobile interfaces, Touch Screens, counter enquiry and display boards at stations.
CRIS has now made available mobile app for two most commonly used platforms - Windows and Android. NTES app is available as free download.
Today (12:18PM)  Huge rush in trains, private buses hike fares in Indore (www.hindustantimes.com)
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There is a huge rush in major trains this festive season with a long waiting list, particularly in the trains bound for Mumbai, Delhi, and Patna. With a large population from Indore working in other major cities, there is huge rush from October 26 to October 29 when people will return after celebrating Diwali.
In fact, western railways has stopped the reservation for Indore-Mumbai Avantika Express for sleeper and III AC coaches for October 26 as even the waiting list threshold has been breached.
Railway officials say that the Western Railways has introduced special trains and also increased the number of coaches but the bookings have been overwhelming.
Meanwhile, the bus operators have hiked the fare of Mumbai-Indore and Pune-Indore buses by threefold
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as the demand for buses has increased with trains running full. As against a fare of Rs. 400, many bus operators are charging Rs. 1,200.
Today (12:03PM)  Railway passengers bear the brunt of festival rush in Delhi (www.thehindu.com)
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Even as the Railways are aiming to launch high-speed train service in the country, lakhs of low-income passengers are forced to travel in near inhuman condition on the mail and express trains, owing to the festival rush.
The Railways for their part are operating special trains besides augmenting the carrying capacity of the regular trains to cater to the festival rush.
But clearly this is not enough as was evident at the New Delhi railway station on Friday.
Most of the trains connecting the Capital and other North India destinations to different places in Bihar, Jharkhand and Eastern Uttar Pradesh were running beyond capacity and passengers with valid tickets found themselves stranded as the coaches were jam-packed.
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It was almost impossible for many of the passengers to even step into the general compartments of most of these trains.
While the authorities had taken several crowd management measures at the railway stations in the city, they failed to meet the increased demand of trains especially for passengers travelling in the unreserved category. Desperate passengers were forced to complete their hours-long journey in the toilets of the trains.
The situation was even grimmer for those travelling with their families.
“I tried to get into one of the compartments, but retreated as people are sitting even on the footrest. All trains are running full, and this is an annual affair. We don't understand why the Railways can’t add more general coaches when the maximum rush is clearly visible in this category,” said Sambhu, who was unable to board the Mahabodhi Express to Gaya at the New Delhi railway station on Friday.
Most of the East-bound trains like the Vaishali, Lichhavi, Sampark Kranti, Magadh, Vikramshila, Swatantra Sainani Express etc. are running overcrowded.
The officials, however, said they are operating several special trains to meet the festival rush.
“In view of heavy rush of passengers for Chhath festival, Northern Railway has started an additional special train No.04446 for Patna. All the coaches of this train are unreserved. The special train left Anand Vihar Terminal at 3 p.m. on Friday and it would run via Moradabad,” a Northern Railway official said.
Today (12:01PM)  Railways officer attacks journalist (www.thehindu.com)
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A Travel Ticket Examiner broke the camera of a senior photographer of The Hindu at the New Delhi railway station on Friday.
Even as passengers struggled due to lack of adequate facilities at the New Delhi railway station on Friday, the railway authorities were busy obstructing media personnel from reporting the real situation at their premises.
While Railway Police Personnel stopped a correspondent of a national electronic news channel from covering the festival rush at the New Delhi railway station on Friday, a Travel Ticket Examiner broke the camera of a senior photographer of The Hindu.
The incident occurred when the photographer, along with other photo journalists, was taking pictures of the crowd outside the station building on the Ajmeri Gate side. The
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photographer was attacked unprovoked. A complaint has been registered with the RPF police post at the station.
Today (11:56AM)  Chinese vestibules for Mumbai's first air-conditioned local (www.dnaindia.com)
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Railway officials have managed to zero in on one of the most important design details of the first-ever air-conditioned Mumbai local—how vestibules connect the 12 coaches of the train.
Officials said vestibules would be placed in such a manner as to enable people to walk from the first to the sixth coach from both ends. The middle portion would out of bounds as that is where the train's electric motors are.
These vestibules is of Chinese-make and the contract to procure them has been given to a Lucknow-based firm, said officials.
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Mumbai suburban railway. The electrical motor bifurcate the train and people can walk through a set of six coaches," said a railway official.
After a slow start, pace of construction of the train at Integral Coach Factory in Chennai had picked up, said officials. The work schedule should allow ICF to send the train to Mumbai by next January end.
"The electrical equipment is being tested at Bhopal by BHEL and Research Design and Standards Organisation (RDSO). It should be send to Chennai in a few weeks time," said officials.
The dampener for Mumbai commuters, however, is that officials are unable to give a time-frame on when the train would hold its trial runs. "It has taken over a year to test the two Bombardier rakes. The AC rake is a completely new product, and so, if the same yardstick is applied, it might take almost a year to test it," said the official.
This means, the train may not be deployed before the end of next year, said some officials.
"While for many years everyone agreed that Mumbai's massive suburban system needed a completely new air-conditioned segment, the speed at which the plan is being implemented is poor. Even now, there is no clarity on how many AC rakes would be finally deployed. These are decisions that need to be taken quickly, because manufacturing these rakes takes time," said a senior railway official.
Today (11:56AM)  Chinese vestibules for Mumbai's first air-conditioned local (www.dnaindia.com)
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Railway officials have managed to zero in on one of the most important design details of the first-ever air-conditioned Mumbai local—how vestibules connect the 12 coaches of the train.
Officials said vestibules would be placed in such a manner as to enable people to walk from the first to the sixth coach from both ends. The middle portion would out of bounds as that is where the train's electric motors are.
These vestibules is of Chinese-make and the contract to procure them has been given to a Lucknow-based firm, said officials.
"Of course, in Mumbai there are separate compartments for first class passengers, women, the handicapped, etc. That design may not be followed here as that would be a completely new segment for
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Mumbai suburban railway. The electrical motor bifurcate the train and people can walk through a set of six coaches," said a railway official.
After a slow start, pace of construction of the train at Integral Coach Factory in Chennai had picked up, said officials. The work schedule should allow ICF to send the train to Mumbai by next January end.
"The electrical equipment is being tested at Bhopal by BHEL and Research Design and Standards Organisation (RDSO). It should be send to Chennai in a few weeks time," said officials.
The dampener for Mumbai commuters, however, is that officials are unable to give a time-frame on when the train would hold its trial runs. "It has taken over a year to test the two Bombardier rakes. The AC rake is a completely new product, and so, if the same yardstick is applied, it might take almost a year to test it," said the official.
This means, the train may not be deployed before the end of next year, said some officials.
"While for many years everyone agreed that Mumbai's massive suburban system needed a completely new air-conditioned segment, the speed at which the plan is being implemented is poor. Even now, there is no clarity on how many AC rakes would be finally deployed. These are decisions that need to be taken quickly, because manufacturing these rakes takes time," said a senior railway official.
Today (11:56AM)  52 railway touts booked this month (www.deccanherald.com)
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Northern Railway has apprehended 52 touts in Delhi this month in drives to prevent black marketing of train tickets during the festival season, “The touts have been handed over to the Railway Protection Force for prosecution. Most of them were nabbed at major reservation counters in New Delhi, Old Delhi and Anand Vihar stations,” a spokesperson said.
Vigilance and commercial staff along with RPF are jointly organising these special drives to check malpractices in the mass contact areas at booking centres, platforms, trains and reservation counters at various locations. The drives started on October 1 and will go on till Chhath Puja.
On Wednesday, six reserved tickets for the same day worth Rs 10,230 were recovered from one
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man at New Delhi station.
He was booked under Section 143 of the Railways Act which prohibits unauthorised buying and selling of reserved tickets.
Railway officials say the unlawful activities involving the touts, misuse of various quotas, overcharging by reservation clerks, are at their all-time high during Diwali and Chhath festivals.
The Northern Railway has appealed to the general public not to patronise touts and unauthorised ticketing agencies and buy tickets from railway reservation centres and authorised travel agents.
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Northern Railway has restriced the sale of platform tickets at the five major stations in the city in view of safety of passengers and to avoid overcrowding at platforms and foot overbridges during Chhath.
Platform tickets at New Delhi, Old Delhi, Nizamuddin, Delhi, Sarai Rohilla and Anand Vihar stations will not be sold up to October 29.
The railways, however, will make exceptions for those who are ill, physically challenged, sick, elderly and women traveling alone or with children.
Today (11:50AM)  CBI finds Rs 10 lakh in drainpipes of railway officer's house (timesofindia.indiatimes.com)
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NEW DELHI: Two days after CBI arrested senior railway board official Ravi Mohan Sharma for allegedly taking bribe for illegally adding coaches in special trains to benefit a private tour operator, agency sleuths seized a large amount of cash, several laptops and expensive mobile phones from his house.
Agency sources said Sharma had hidden a large amount of cash in the drain pipes of his house, which had to be broken to recover them. The sleuths have seized Rs 10 lakh in cash from the drain pipes. Half a dozen laptops, I-phones and several other smart phones were recovered from his house, sources said. Sharma has been sent to four days in CBI custody. The searches are still on.
He was arrested for allegedly receiving Rs 5 lakh as bribe on Wednesday
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through hawala channels for facilitating special trains and additional coaches for tourists.
Sharma, an Indian Railway Traffic Service officer of 1997 batch, allegedly took bribe in other contracts, sources said.
Posted as director, traffic and commercial (coaching) in railways, Sharma had allegedly taken money from tour operators Rajesh Champaklal Jodhani and Kulin Kumarpal Shah, owners of Kulin Kumar Holidays Pvt Ltd. He is accused of favouring the operators in processing applications for adding special coaches for their tourist clients in a special train from Surat to Haridwar.
Today (11:50AM)  Inner Line Permit Check Gate Initiated at Naharlagun Train Station (easternskymedia.co.in)
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Itanagar: Installation for Inner Line Permit (ILP) check gate at railway station, Naharlagun have begun after Arunachal Pradesh government initiated the move. The State got its first railway service in the month of April this year but could not continue the service after objections from many civil organizations claiming that there is no proper facility of Inner Line Permit (ILP) check at railway station, Naharlagun.
Many organizations opposed the train service without proper ILP checking system fearing that anti social elements and criminals can easily enter the state undetected and disturbed the peaceful environment of the state.
The state government now has taken the initiative and the work has already started.
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has in the process initiated many activities however it remains questionable whether the state government is truly prepared for the consequences that can arise when it comes to illegal infiltration before it enters the ILP check gate.
Today (11:48AM)  Man with slit throat creates flutter at railway station (timesofindia.indiatimes.com)
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CHENNAI : A 21-year-old man who was bleeding profusely from a knife wound to the neck created a flutter at Tambaram Railway Station on Thursday night by running along a platform, apparently attempting to escape from unknown assailants, before he collapsed in the autorickshaw stand outside.
Autorickshaw drivers and passersby rushed the man, who police later identified as Saravanan of Annai Sathyanagar, to a private hospital nearby where doctors immediately performed emergency procedures to save his life. The doctors said the man is recuperating but is yet to regain consciousness.
Policemen recovered sachets of marijuana (ganja) from Saravanan's trousers but, having been unable to question his till late on Friday night, were unsure if he was a drug peddler or user. Police suspect that ganja sellers could have attacked him.
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An investigating officer said passengers at Tambaram Railway Station were shocked to see Saravanan, wounded and in bloodsoaked clothes, running along a platform around 9 pm on Thursday. Passengers informed the police control room about the incident after autorickshaw drivers rushed Saravanan to a hospital for treatment. The Selayur police and Government Railway Police rushed to the hospital after learning of the incident but were unable to question him.
Investigators said they suspect that Saravanan's assailants attacked him over a deal gone sour. Police have taken in three regulars at the railway station for questioning.
Today (11:45AM)  New Delhi Railway Station crowded as people return to their homes for Chhat Puja (www.newswala.com)
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New Delhi: People headed to their homes, to participate in Chhat Puja throng New Delhi Railway Station on Oct.24, 2014. (Photo: Sunil Mazumdar/IANS)
Today (11:41AM)  Railway bridge to nowhere - National Geographic Photo Contest 2014 - National Geographic (photography.nationalgeographic.com)
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I came across this old railway bridge on my recent trip to America. It is what is left of the Kinzua bridge located in McKean county PA. It is now been strengthened and is now a scenic viewing point as it has some wonderful views all around.
Today (11:41AM)  Sanchi railway station to be a 'multi-functional complex' (timesofindia.indiatimes.com)
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BHOPAL: Sanchi railway station in the near future will be equipped with various amenities for passengers. The station will be developed by Indian railways as a multi-functional complex (MFC).
The railways will develop multi-functional complexes at 21 railway stations across the country with an eye on earning more revenue from its vast vacant plots of land. Sanchi in Bhopal railway division is among them. Rewa railway station is another station that will be developed as a MFC in the state. Both come under West Central Railway (WCR) zone.
Rail Land Development Authority (RLDA), a wing of the ministry of railways, will develop MFCs. They will include facilities such as shops, food stalls, restaurants, book stalls, ATMs, pharmacies, phone-booths, variety stores, budget hotels and vehicle parking.
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RLDA has also invited bids for construction of MFCs. Last date for bidding for Sanchi and Rewa stations is November 13. The land is being offered for commercial development for 45 years.
Public relations officer (PRO) Bhopal division KK Dubey said railways was keen on putting vast expanse at and near railway stations to commercial use for better revenue.
Other surplus railway land for commercial development will also be offered for bidding for leasing up to 30 to 45 years by the railways.
Sanchi railway station is around 1.5 km away from UNESCO world heritage site - Sanchi stupas.
Today (11:04AM)  Finance dept.’s objections to Light Metro overruled (www.thehindu.com)
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The board of Kerala Monorail Corporation Ltd. (KMCL), chaired by Chief Minister Oommen Chandy, approved the detailed project report (DPR) for the Light Metro overcoming objections raised by the Finance Department.
Additional Chief Secretary (Finance) K.M. Abraham raised the reservations about the project in a letter addressed to the managing director, KMCL, on Thursday evening .
Mr. Abraham suggested visit to ongoing Light Metro project sites and a study of its working before approving the DPR prepared by the DMRC, as it was being introduced for the first time in the country. Questions were also raised why the DMRC was going for Light Metro and why not a metro as in Kochi.
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width of Light Metro to 2.7 metres. The department wanted to increase the coach width as in Kochi Metro to 2.9 metres to attract more players.
The Additional Chief Secretary said approval should be given to the DPR only after finalising the funding pattern. The other issue raised was convening a meeting of suppliers of the rolling stock for Light Metro before calling tenders so that their suggestions can be incorporated.
As Mr. Abraham was out of station, the Additional Secretary, Finance, who represented him at the board meeting, raised the issues cited in the letter. Minister for Public Works V.K. Ebrahim Kunju came out against putting hurdles for the project.
DMRC Principal Adviser E. Sreedharan replied to the objections raised by the Finance Department. The funding pattern was presented by the managing director of the KMCL.
Official sources told The Hindu that the objections raised by the Finance Department should be seen on a positive note and the approval was given overruling it.
The technology for Light Metro was “known and technically feasible”, Mr. Sreedharan later said. “We do not have to depend on foreign countries. Already, five companies have shown interest. We have decided to hold a meeting in 15 to 20 days. We expect more to come,” he added.
Ministers V.S. Sivakumar and Manjalamkuzhi Ali; PWD Secretary T.O. Sooraj; managing director, KMCL, P.I. Sheikh Pareeth; and KRFB COO P. C. Harikesh were present at the meeting.
Additional Chief Secretary (Finance) raised reservations about the project in a letter addressed
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Today (11:03AM)  The impact (www.thehindu.com)
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The completion of important links of Namma Metro will definitely translate into an economic impact, like in the case of Chennai, where localities along the elevated MRTS started witnessing the economic impact and infrastructure impact only after the entire stretch was completed.
In fact, a part of the escalation has already been taken into account as news of the Metro project came and zoning was done long ago. The bigger impact will be in stations situated in locations where residential developments are more. The demand for residential property within a 2 to 3-km radius of Metro stations will be high, as the project progresses.
Some localities such as Marathahalli and Whitefield will see more economic advantage than other parts of the city. The escalation will be more when the connectivity to far-reaching
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areas is operational.
Today (11:02AM)  Transformation evident (www.thehindu.com)
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How has the Metro fared till now? According to C.N. Govindaraju of CREDAI, “To put things in perspective on the inauguration of Reaches 3 and 3A and its impact on real estate in the area, we need to understand how Reach 1, between M.G. Road and Byappanahalli, fared.
As an infrastructural addition, it worked to decongest areas of M.G. Road, Ulsoor and Indiranagar. Consequently real estate prices along the stretch began to soar.
Areas on Old Madras Road saw an appreciation of 25 to 30% in residential pricing. Commercial real estate received a huge impetus in the region. In addition, FAR was increased to 4 from 3.2 providing a boost to development and opening up avenues for revenue and investment.
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development was the change in resale value of homes in the vicinity of Reach 1. The resale value of homes in the Indiranagar region reached the Rs. 12,000 per sq. ft mark.
Connectivity is the key to development of any area in a city. Reach 3 and 3A of the Metro has decongested traffic on the stretch to provide low cost, fast moving travel option to the common man. Areas in and around the Metro stations are already witnessing transformation.”
Today (11:01AM)  KMCL nod for Light Metro project (www.thehindu.com)
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Alignment fixed for monorail to be retained
The Detailed Project Report (DPR) for the elevated Light Metro proposed for the cities of Thiruvananthapuram and Kozhikode was approved by the director board of Kerala Monorail Corporation Ltd (KMCL) chaired by Chief Minister Oommen Chandy here on Friday.
The DPR, prepared by the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) for Light Metro in place of scrapped monorail, a Mass Rapid Transit System (MRTS), for 35.12 km in both the cities, now needs Cabinet clearance.
The board also gave its nod to rename KMCL, the special purpose vehicle, as the Kerala Rapid Transit Corporation (KRT) as suggested in the DPR in view of the migration to Light Metro.
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A fresh agreement is to be signed with DMRC and the terms of consultancy are to be worked out. Managing Director, KMCL, has been entrusted with this task.
The same alignment fixed for the scrapped MRTS and locations for the 19 stations in the 28.82 km Technocity-Karamana stretch in the capital and 14 in the 13.30 km Medical College-Meenchanda section in Kozhikode have been retained. A total of 17.47 hectares of government land and 4.62 hectares of private land is to be acquired in both the cities.
Three cars that can accommodate 600 commuters have been proposed. The fare recommended ranges from Rs.13 for two km to Rs.38 for 18 km.
Civil works Briefing the media, Public Works Minister V.K. Ebrahim Kunju said civil works can be kicked off within four months after Cabinet gives its clearance.
The estimated cost of Light Metro is Rs.5,510 crore for both the cities and Rs.6,728 crore on completion in 2021. The average cost per km is Rs.156 crore.
The project is to be implemented as a government initiative on the DMRC model with viability gap funding by the Centre and the State. The remaining funds will be found through borrowing internally and externally, he said. The project is to be executed on a turnkey basis on the lines of the Kochi Metro by a competent agency.
Principal Adviser to DMRC, E. Sreedharan, who also attended the board meeting, said a meeting of the rolling stock suppliers Hitachi, Alstom, Rotem, CAF & Talgo and Bombardier who had evinced interest will be held in next 20 days to work out the specifications.
Today (11:00AM)  Nod for Light Metro project (www.thehindu.com)
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The Detailed Project Report (DPR) for the elevated Light Metro proposed for the cities of Thiruvananthapuram and Kozhikode was approved by the director board of Kerala Monorail Corporation Ltd (KMCL) chaired by Chief Minister Oommen Chandy here on Friday.
The DPR, prepared by the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) for Light Metro in place of scrapped monorail, a Mass Rapid Transit System (MRTS), for 35.12 km in both the cities, now needs Cabinet clearance.
The board also gave its nod to rename KMCL, the special purpose vehicle, as the Kerala Rapid Transit Corporation (KRT) as suggested in the DPR in view of the migration to Light Metro.
A fresh agreement is to be signed with DMRC and the terms of consultancy are to
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be worked out. Managing Director, KMCL, has been entrusted with this task.
The same alignment fixed for the scrapped MRTS and locations for the 19 stations in the 28.82 km Technocity-Karamana stretch in the capital and 14 in the 13.30 km Medical College-Meenchanda section in Kozhikode have been retained. A total of 17.47 hectares of government land and 4.62 hectares of private land is to be acquired in both the cities.
Three cars that can accommodate 600 commuters have been proposed. The fare recommended ranges from Rs.13 for two km to Rs.38 for 18 km.
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Briefing the media, Public Works Minister V.K. Ebrahim Kunju said civil works can be kicked off within four months after Cabinet gives its clearance.
The estimated cost of Light Metro is Rs.5,510 crore for both the cities and Rs.6,728 crore on completion in 2021. The average cost per km is Rs.156 crore.
The project is to be implemented as a government initiative on the DMRC model with viability gap funding by the Centre and the State. The remaining funds will be found through borrowing internally and externally, he said. The project is to be executed on a turnkey basis on the lines of the Kochi Metro by a competent agency.
Principal Adviser to DMRC, E. Sreedharan, who also attended the board meeting, said a meeting of the rolling stock suppliers Hitachi, Alstom, Rotem, CAF & Talgo and Bombardier who had evinced interest will be held in next 20 days to work out the specifications.
Projects in Thiruvananthapuram and Kozhikode cities
Works to be completed in 2021 at a cost of Rs.6,728 crore
Today (10:58AM)  Three-coach formation mooted for Light Metro (www.thehindu.com)
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A train formation of three coaches that can accommodate 600 persons, automatic fare collection, and communication-based train control signalling system are the key features of the elevated Light Metro proposed for the State capital.
The train formation is to be increased to four coaches later. The number of train sets required on completion of the project in 2021 will be 25 as per the Detailed Project Report (DPR) prepared by Delhi Metro Rail Corporation Ltd (DMRC).
On steel rails
The coaches will have steel wheels and will run on steel rails installed on pre-stressed concrete deck. The 1.6-m diameter piers at 30m intervals will come up on piles located on the median. Each coach will have eight wheels and the tracks will be
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ballastless.
The average speed will be 36 km per hour and the maximum speed 80 kmph.
The peak hour per direction traffic in the State capital in 2021 is estimated at 11,296. As many as 19 stations have been finalised in the 21.82-km stretch from Technocity, near Pallippuram, on the NH 66 to Karamana.
A model of the Light Metro station proposed at Secretariat that is to come up near Federal Bank towers was unveiled at the board meeting of Kerala Monorail Corporation Ltd. that cleared the DPR.
The commuters will have to pay Rs.13 for travelling up to 4km, Rs.18 for 4 to 6km, Rs.19 for 6 to 9km, Rs.23 for 9 to 12km, Rs.26 for 12 to 15km, Rs.33 for 15 to 18km and Rs.38 for 18 km.
Estimated cost
The estimated cost with Central taxes is Rs.3,453 crore and the cost per km is Rs.158 crore. On completion in 2021, the cost will be Rs.4,219 crore.
Government land to the tune of 8.92 hectares and 3.04 hectares of private land is to be acquired along the 21.82km stretch up to Karamana.
As per implementation schedule worked out by the DMRC, the 6.5-km stretch from Technocity to Karyavattom can be commissioned in three years. The 7.5-km stretch from Kesavadasapuram to Karamana can be commissioned in three years. The 8.5-km stretch from Karyavattom to Kesavadasapuram will need five years as land has to be acquired in this corridor for road development and construction of flyovers.
Today (10:54AM)  No short-cut when railway gates close (www.thehindu.com)
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Though the Pandeshwar-Mangaladevi Road is a thoroughfare between central and south Mangalore including Kerala, at times motorists curse themselves for taking this ‘short-cut’ after wasting more than 20 minutes in the process.All because of the railway level crossing near Srinivasa College on the railway line to Bunder. Since the line caters only to goods trains moving to and from the Bunder area – which do not stick to any timetable – one cannot predict the exact time of closure of the gate.A proposal for construction of a road over bridge (RoB) at the location is yet to materialise despite it was sanctioned in the Railway Budget presented by Union Railway Minister D.V. Sadananda Gowda recently. While the State government is claiming that the RoB might not be needed at the spot because the Southern Railway (SR) would be closing down the goods shed yard, the SR has said it had...
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In the bargain, it is the daily commuters who are affected. A.P. Aithal, a resident of nearby Subhashnagar, said motorists would be forced to wait at least for 20 minutes, particularly during the peak evening hours when the gate closes. Vehicles would pile up to 200-300 metres on either side of the road. Even after the gate opens, motorists struggle to cross the railway line as there was only a two-lane road at the crossing, while the other stretches of the road is four-laned, he said.
Ambuja, a resident of Pandeshwar, said that besides affecting vehicular movement, the level-crossing poses a grave threat to pedestrians. With the lack of sufficient space for pedestrians to walk near the crossing, they were forced to squeeze between the moving vehicles, she said.
Government nod
Anand Prakash, Divisional Railway Manager of SR, Palakkad, told The Hindu the Railways had prepared the plan and estimates, which was awaiting the State government approval. The RoB project is proposed to be executed through a 50:50 cost sharing basis, he said. Mr. Prakash also said the Railways had no proposal to close down the goods shed.
A senior official with the Mangalore City Corporation, however, said the corporation was not aware of the cost-sharing project. It had also not submitted any proposal to the Railways to construct an RoB, he said.
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