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Today (7:07AM)  MC serves show-cause notice on Railways Fails to pay service charges of Rs 1.16 cr to civic body (www.tribuneindia.com)

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Chandigarh: The Municipal Corporation (MC), Chandigarh, has served a show-cause notice to the Railways for failing to pay service charges of Rs 1.16 crore.The Railways has to pay the service charges for the complex at the railway station.MC Joint Commissioner-cum-Secretary Rajiv Gupta said the Railways was earlier served a notice and told to clear its dues, but they did not reply to the notice following which the MC had sent a show-cause notice.“We have sent the notice to the Divisional Railway Manager (DRM), Ambala”, the Joint Commissioner said.MC officials said that if the Railways failed to reply to the show-cause notice then they would send a final notice as a reminder.It would also be given an opportunity for personal hearing.“If the Railways fails to submit the service charges then we will have to attach the property.The service charges of the Railways are due from the year the MC started imposing the service...
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charges and commercial property tax”, the Joint Commissioner added.
In the last few months, the MC has tightened the noose around defaulters who have failed to pay the commercial property tax and service charges.
The officials stated that the Railways was one of the major defaulters among the government departments that had not paid the service tax.
A majority of the government departments had paid their service tax.
In a short span of time, the MC has collected over Rs 10 crore from various defaulters, including a sum of Rs 2 crore from private schools and Rs 65 lakh from the Postal Department.
Today (6:59AM)  HMR urged to make project report public (www.thehindu.com)

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Questioning the ‘non-disclosure’ of the Detailed Project Report (DPR) of the Hyderabad Metro Rail (HMR) project by its authorities, Country Club India Ltd (CCIL) CMD, Y. Rajeev Reddy, demanded that the document be made fully available to the public.
Mr. Reddy, who is currently involved in a court case with HMR authorities concerning his property at Begumpet, stated that the government body had replied to a RTI that the DPR was an intellectual property, and hence could not be given.
“On what basis is it intellectual property? HMR is a public body, and thus all information should be made public. They have only given us an extract,” he said at a press conference . Mr. Reddy alleged that HMR authorities were targeting his property.
Today (6:59AM)  Metro organises workshop for differently-abled people (www.thehindu.com)

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To reach out to differently-abled people, the Delhi Metro Museum on Wednesday organised a workshop for them.
Vital information about the facilities available for them on the Delhi Metro, which has been designed on the completely barrier-free format, was shared with the participants.
The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation from its inception included concepts and ideas which not only allowed differently-abled people to travel seamlessly on the Metro system but even more importantly to be able to do so without any help.
Power-point presentations detailing the facilities for differently-abled people and a documentary film, which highlighted these facilities and also shed light on the procedures to use them at the stations and trains, were part of the outreach programme.About 40 participants in the nine
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to 40 age group participated in the workshop, which was organised in association with NGO Prerna Niketan Sangh. It works with differently-abled people.A drawing competition and quiz were also organised for the children and prizes were also given away to the winners.
The Delhi Metro offers a range of facilities to differently-abled commuters and these include wheelchairs, lifts with Braille signage, yellow tactile paths for the visually impaired and reserved seating in trains.
Today (6:58AM)  57 killed as train derails (www.thehindu.com)

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At least 57 people were killed when a passenger train sped off the rails in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the government said on Wednesday, raising an earlier death toll as difficult rescue operations continued in the remote, swampy area.
The newly purchased locomotive flew off the rails on Tuesday as it went around a bend in a swampy area in the southeast of the country, causing 15 of the train’s 19 cars to overturn, said the government’s spokesman and a journalist at the scene.
The official death toll was first given as 37. — AFP
Today (6:57AM)  Summer special trains via Mangalore (www.thehindu.com)

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The Railways will run special weekly express trains between Lokmanya Tilak Terminal (LTT) and Ernakulam and between LTT and Kochuveli via Konkan Railway route to cater to the extra rush of passengers during the summer season.
Train no. 01065 LTT-Ernakulam Express will run from April 29 to June 10 every Tuesday. It will leave LTT at 1.20 p.m. and reach Ernakulam on Wednesdays at 7 p.m. Its pairing train (01066) will run from April 30 to June 11 every Wednesday, and depart from Ernakulam at 11.30 p.m. and reach LTT on Fridays at 3.10 a.m.
Train no. 01067 LTT-Kochuveli Express will run from May 2 to June 6 every Friday.
The train will leave LTT at 2.20 p.m. and reach Kochuveli on Saturday
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at 11.30 p.m. The pairing train (01068) will run from May 4 to June 8 every Sunday and depart from Kochuveli at 12.35 a.m. and reach LTT on Monday at 5 a.m.
The trains with 18 coaches each will halt at Thane, Panvel, Roha, Khed, Chiplun, Sangameshwar, Ratnagiri, Kankavali, Kudal, Thivim, Karmali, Madgaon, Karwar, Murdeshwar, Bhatkal, Mookambika Road Byndoor, Kundapur, Udupi, Thokur, Mangalore Junction, Kasaragod, Kanhangad, Payyanur, Kannur, Thalasery, Vadakara, Kozhikode, Tirur, Kuttippuram, Shornur, Thrissur, and Aluva. The Kochuveli train will also halt at Ernakulam Town, Kottayam, Tiruvella, Chengannur, Kayankulam and Kollam.
Today (6:56AM)  Passengers want complete roofing on third and fourth platforms (www.thehindu.com)

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Passengers boarding trains at Platforms 3 and 4 at the Erode Railway Junction have, for long, felt the inadequacy of platform roofs, particularly while boarding long-distance trains with 24-compartments.
The inconvenience for passengers become pronounced during summer and rainy season.
The four platforms of the ever-busy railway station handles more than 100 trains a day .
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It serves as a hub for water replenishment in the long-distance trains.
While the first and second platforms at the stattion have roofing to a considerable length, the other two platforms deserve due attention for the convenience of passengers at times of excessive heat and rain, frequent travellers
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While the exterior of the railway station now wears a presentable and orderly look owing to the expansion of the circulating area, conveniences on the platforms need to be improved.
The need of the passengers has been conveyed to the Divisional Railway authorities, C.S. Gowthaman, Member, Zonal Railway Users Consultative Committee, said.
Today (6:55AM)  Rupees 350 crore projects proposed for Kochi metro (www.deccanchronicle.com)

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Kochi: The Kochi Metro Rail Limited (KMRL) has proposed a mega project  as part of the preparatory work for  Metro Rail,  in order to decongest city roads and to resolve traffic congestion. The `350crore  worth proposal to be submitted to the state government for approval, focuses on road development, junction improvement and reconstruction of small bridges. Widening of Thammanam-Pullepady road is  one of the major work to be undertaken in the second phase.   “KMRL’s objective is to develop a good road transport system in the city by the time Metro Rail is commissioned. We have identified more than 20 roads to be  developed in the next phase for which minimum land acquisition is needed, if any. The second phase of preparatory work will be designed in such a manner that it can be completed without much delay. The KMRL is aware of the inconvenience caused to the public due to...
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delay in widening city roads,” said Mr. Elias George, managing director of KMRL.   According to KMRL authorities, Thammanam-Pullepady road development, for which the state government has already handed over `25crore to the city corporation, is a major challenge due to the huge land acquisition cost, which is almost  five times higher than the actual project cost.   Apart from this, the KMRL also plans to develop the Foreshore Road in phase-II. “The development work will be carried out by the agencies concerned like PWD, corporation or GCDA, while the KMRL will be only be a nodal agency to  channelize the funds and monitor progress of work,” added Mr. Elias George.   Though the reconstruction of North Rail overbridge and construction of Salim Rajan RoB could be completed in a record time, delay in widening of Banarjee Road, MG Road has resulted in traffic congestion.  The total cost of phase-I preparatory work is  Rs 237crore, while the estimated expense of  phase-I was Rs 156 cr. Apart from construction of North RoB, Salim Rajan RoB and widening of road from North to Kacheripady the Metro authorities have resurfaced 21 roads in the city, in the  phase-I. Construction of Pachalam RoB has been listed in  phase-I for which `63crore has already been allocated.
Today (6:10AM)  Premium special train for Surat (timesofindia.indiatimes.com)

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PATNA: East Central Railway (ECR) will run a weekly premium special train (09055-09056) between Patna Junction and Surat every Wednesday till May 7. It will run every Tuesday from Surat to Patna Junction. It will have eight stoppages at Mughalsarai, Chibki, Manikpur, Jabalpur, Itarsi, Khandwa, Bhusawal and Jalgaon.
According to ECR CPRO Arvind Rajak, this special train left Patna Junction on Wednesday for Surat. ECR GM Madhuresh Kumar has directed railway officials concerned to give priority to this special train on the pattern of Rajdhani Express, he said.
ECR has already introduced a premium special train (02353-02354) between Patna Junction and Bangalore Cantt from April 17 to cope with passengers' rush. This premium special train made its maiden journey from Patna Junction for Bangalore on April 17, the CPRO said. The train
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leaves Patna Junction every Thursday at 11.30 pm for Bangalore and it reaches Bangalore Cantt on Saturday at 6.55 pm. The train has only five stoppages at Mughalsarai, Jabalpur, Nagpur, Vijaywada and Chennai Central, Rajak said. The CPRO said this premium special train would run till June 29.
These two premium special trains have LHB coaches and the load combination of these trains is of 20 coaches, which include 2AC, 3AC, sleeper class and brake vans. Ticket booking has already started for these two premium special trains on the IRCTC site. There is no waitlist of passengers on these special trains and there is no quota of the railway headquarters or defence quota. In case of availability of berths even after preparation of the chart, passengers could procure tickets from the PRS and current reservation counters at Patna Junction or from Bangalore Cantt and Surat, he said.
According to sources, depending on the occupancy rate in these two premium special trains, Railway Board may regularize the run of these special trains later.
Today (6:09AM)  Trains to run jam-packed (timesofindia.indiatimes.com)

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CHANDIGARH: With summer vacations approaching, railways are witnessing a heavy rush for bookings.Trains running from Chandigarh to Lucknow, Bandra, Guwahati, Howrah and Chennai are all booked, with no seats available between May and July.The waiting list is long even for special trains. Passengers keen to book tickets in Bandra Superfast Express, Chandigarh to Dibrugarh special train and Dibrugarh Express will have to wait for two months to get their seats confirmed.City railway station superintendent S K Dutta said, "May and June always witness heavy rush of passengers going to tourist destinations. It's the vacation season and families plan trips. The passenger flow starts decreasing by mid-June."
Every counter at the railway station is witnessing a rush of people and many can be seen returning disappointed because of non-availability of seats.
Today (6:09AM)  MRVC report moots railway network upgrade for RRTS (www.thehindu.com)

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MRVC study finds it cost-effective
The Rapid Rail Transit System (RRTS) proposed for the 125.65-km stretch between Thiruvananthapuram and Chengannur has been found to be cost-effective, and requires only an upgrade of the existing railway network.The corridor can emerge as a continuous urban segment paving the way for the emergence of service industries, development of integrated townships, accelerated regional development, and job creation through improved connectivity, a feasibility study on the RRTS carried out by the Mumbai Railway Vikas Corporation (MRVC) at the initiative of the State government has revealed.In its report submitted to the government and presented to the Cabinet on Wednesday, the MRVC has said the proposed RRTS will cost Rs.3,330.78 crore as per current estimates, and the funding is “expected to come from the State.”Estimated cost Of the estimated cost, Rs.1,200 is needed for rolling stock, Rs.1,025 crore
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for civil work, Rs.554.46 crore for signalling and telecom, Rs.172 crore for electrical work, and the remaining for other expenses.
The RRTS for the State was mooted by the former Divisional Railway Manager Rajesh Agrawal to make travel hassle free for short-distance commuters, overcome the inability to introduce additional trains with the existing infrastructure, and lessen the congestion on roads.
As the MRVC has ruled out the construction of a new rail corridor in view of the hurdles in acquiring land, the existing double line on the busy stretch that has 25-kV AC traction, broad gauge, and multi-aspect colour light signalling will have to be upgraded.
Favourable factors The factors in favour of RRTS are the 27 stations on the stretch, including major ones such as Thiruvananthapuram Central, Kollam Junction, Kayamkulam Junction, and Chengannur; average inter-station distance of 4.65 km; bi-directional peak trips, and a line leading to Ernakulam via Alappuzha and another one via Chengannur.
The MRVC has identified challenges in the form of 78 level crossing gates; gradient of 1:100 that poses a challenge to automatic signalling system; crowding during peak hours; land acquisition/resettlement and rehabilitation; and non-uniform platform heights and trespassing, especially at major stations.
For the RRTS to take off, augmentation of the stations at Thiruvananthapuram Central and Kollam and yard modifications at Thiruvananthapuram Central, Kochuveli, Kollam, and Mavelikara have been recommended.
Raising the level of 20 platforms on the stretch to the standard height of 840 mm and Automatic Block Signalling (ABS) with Train Protection and Warning System for enhanced safety have been suggested.
The RRTS will see the railway line divided into a series of sections or blocks of one km, and the average speed will be 57 km per hour.
The study has found that as much as 92 per cent of road users, 76.25 per cent of bus commuters, and 76.04 per cent of rail commuters are willing to shift to the RRTS once it is operational. The first RRTS suburban train is expected in 36 months.
The daily average expense for journeys on the proposed RRTS will be Rs.87.77 compared to Rs.60.54 by bus and Rs.237.91 by car (based on journeys on 25 days a month).
The minimum fare recommended in the RRTS is Rs.10 with a price range of 80 paise to Rs.2 per km.
Funding options The State has been asked to explore options such as State funding, multilateral funding through the Finance Ministry, Ministry of Urban Development’s funding for urban rail-based transport projects, tax-free bonds, borrowing from Indian Railway Finance Corporation Ltd., and loan from bank and financial institutions for the RRTS.
Today (6:04AM)  Railways begins span work of Kazhakoottam ROB (timesofindia.indiatimes.com)

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THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The Railways have begun construction of span work of Kazhakoottam railway over bridge (ROB). The project, which is being jointly executed by Railways and National Highway wing of state PWD aims to be completed before National Games, scheduled in December.
The NH division, which began construction after inauguration of works in October, last year, has completed 50 % works.
"We have completed the foundation works. Now we will begin construction of slabs. We have set a 24 months period for construction. Our aim is to complete work before December, so that the ROB could ease traffic flow during National Games," said K Rosamma, executive engineer of NH.
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the major works were completed before monsoon. Since the place is notorious for waterlogging, we are happy that we could achieve it before May," said the NH official.
The cost of the 45-crore project is shared by both the state and railways. While state gives Rs 32 crore, the rest is funded by the Railways. As railway began construction of over bridge over its portion, traffic diversion has come into effect at level cross number 575 at Kazhakoottam. Traffic will not be allowed through Kazhakoottam level crossing for the next six months. The vehicles will have to take VettuRoad level crossing route during this period.
NH will construct 13 spans while Railways will construct the ROB over the railway line.
Each of the span constructed by NH will have a length of 25 metres and the one constructed by Railways will have 30 metre length. The NH also has to construct an approach road of 130 metres on either side.
Recently, state government has allotted Rs 28.6 crore for the project.
The Kazhakoottam ROB will improve transportation to Kariavattom stadium, one of the major avenues for National Games, which is expected to be held in December-January.
Today (6:00AM)  HC tells Railways to reserve seats for the elderly in trains (zeenews.india.com)

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Mumbai: The Bombay High Court Wednesday asked the Railway authorities to come out with a scheme to reserve seats for senior citizens in suburban trains as the existing facility was not sufficient to accommodate the elders.
A bench headed by Chief Justice Mohit Shah gave six weeks time to Railways to file an affidavit on the issue.
The Court was hearing a letter written by a senior citizen A B Thakkar urging for a direction to the authorities to reserve space for elders in local trains. This letter was converted into a PIL by the bench and heard today.
The petitioner contended that the suburban trains were very crowded and it was almost impossible for the senior citizens to get into the compartments.
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Although some seats had been marked for the senior citizens in the local trains, it was difficult for the elders to reach the seats as they were deep inside the compartments, the PIL said.
The PIL argued that the Railway authorities had provided a separate bogie for handicapped persons and demanded that a similar facility could also be provided for senior citizens.
The petition said that the authorities should come out with some facility which would help senior citizens travel more comfortably.
The Judges asked the Railways to think over the issue and come out with a scheme to accommodate senior citizens in local trains with greater comfort.
Today (5:57AM)  Railways launches new mobile app to track train schedules (www.business-standard.com)

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Now rail users can get information on expected arrival and departure timings of a particular train on their mobile phones besides tracking its its position on a real time basis.
Centre for Railway Information Systems (CRIS), the information and technology arm of railways, has launched a new mobile application which can be used for various enquiries including train timings, a senior Railway official said.
CRIS has enhanced the train enquiry system by developing the mobile app and a desktop application on Windows 8 platform for train enquiries with support from Microsoft, he added.
National Train Enquiry System (NTES) is railways' back-end system which provides information to the public about train schedules on a near real time basis through various interfaces like nationwide unique
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rail enquiry number 139, website (www.Trainenquiry.Com), mobile interfaces, touch screens, enquiry counters and display boards at stations.
An interface of NTES website along with a mobile version of it was launched in September 2013 earlier which has proved to be quite useful for train passengers, said the official.
Among the many features of the new mobile app is the 'spot your train' feature which offers information such as its current position, expected time of arrival and departure at a particular station.
The 'Train Schedule' feature provides complete schedule of a train with all stoppages enroute and its scheduled arrival/departure at the station, distance and day count.
In "Trains between Stations" query, one can find out the list of all types of trains available between any two stations on railway network.
The mobile App also has "Cancelled Trains" option which displays all trains marked as cancelled. It displays trains which are cancelled through the entire route as well as trains which are cancelled on partial route.
Besides, it also provides features for query on rescheduled and diverted trains.
The App has been launched for Windows 8.0 phones and will be further developed for other mobile platforms.
Today (5:53AM)  Eastern Railway intensifies ticket checking drive to curb free-trippers (timesofindia.indiatimes.com)

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KOLKATA: Eastern Railway has intensified its ticket checking drive to curb free-trippers. During a recent massive ticket checking drive at Dum Dum Jn and Bidhannagar stations of Eastern Railway's Sealdah division, 751 ticket-less passengers were apprehended on a single day. The special task force led by Sealdah divisional railway manager and a commercial team were able to charge Rs 199,910 from them in fares and fine.
"Intense ticket checking drive is also continuing at all other stations over Sealdah division by the deployment of special squad of commercial staff and Railway Protection Force personnel," a senior official said.
Apart from ticket-less travelling, 820 cases of unbooked luggage were detected at those two stations and an amount of Rs. 93,506/- was earned as fine. Similar drives have been planned in the
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Howrah, Asansol and Malda divisions of Eastern Railway, officials said.
Today (5:51AM)  Cochin Metro construction in snail pace (mathrubhuminews.in)

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Kochi: P Rajeev MP alleged that the Cochin Metro construction go in slow pace as the government is not taking due interest in this. The nodal agency KMRL should take initiative for the fast movement for the construction of metro. But KMRL fail to implement the responsibility. MP pointed out that Cochin Corporation has taken no interest to implement the other conveyance route. No land has been acquired so far in the Thammanam-Pulleppadi road were the traffic should be re-routed.
Today (5:51AM)  Is Akhilesh pushing for Metro rail project before 2017 assembly poll? (timesofindia.indiatimes.com)

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LUCKNOW: Chief minister Akhilesh Yadav seems to be in a hurry to ensure the first phase of metro-rail runs from Amausi airport to Charbagh railway station in Lucknow by December 31, 2016 so that his government has ample time to showcase the development model before assembly elections scheduled in 2017.
Metro Man E Sreedharan supervising the project as principal advisor of Lucknow Metro Rail Corporation (LMRC) had assured during his recent visit to city that he would complete the project by September 2017. But in a bid to run metro rail before elections, CM prevailed over Sreedharan and asked him to deliver the project at the earliest. LMRC is special purpose vehicle formed by state government to execute the project.
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that he managed to lay foundation stone just a few days before code of conduct was implemented so that tender work and land acquisition formalities could be carried out without any problem during the elections. Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav made it a point at the ceremony that officials complete the project in 18 months rather than to drag it on for three years.
While Akhilesh is leaving no stone unturned to start off metro work on time, his instructions to issue print advertisement for recruitment of managing director and three functional directors of LMRC remains unexecuted.
Reportedly, CM wishes to recruit experts from across the country with rich experience in delivering metro projects successfully. Even Sreedharan pointed out the delay and asked the chief secretary to issue advertisement soon. On Monday, Sreedharan inspected the entire North South corridor and proposed sites for metro stations. He examined the number of ridership, targeted land for acquisition, locations of stations and the design of metro depot in PAC campus off Kanpur Road.
He suggested the priority section of metro which was earlier proposed from Amausi to Alambagh should now be made from Transport Nagar (next station from Amausi) to Charbagh as the area fetches maximum ridership.
Today (5:49AM)  Urgent meet on IGI Metro irks Antony (timesofindia.indiatimes.com)

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NEW DELHI: Defence minister A K Antony has questioned the urban development ministry's urgency to hold Group of Ministers meeting to take a decision on whether Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) can be directed to make termination payment to the private firm which walked out of the airport Metro project.
Antony, who heads the GoM, has reportedly asked why the ministry can't wait for a month so that the new government can take a decision on the termination payment to Delhi Airport Metro Express Pvt Ltd (DAMEPL). Sources said the cabinet secretariat has sought UD ministry's response to Antony's queries.
This development has come as a shocker to the UD ministry since it was hopeful of the GoM taking a decision after the Election Commission had given clearance to hold the meeting.
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Sources said in view of the strong objection of the Delhi government, it would be politically right to defer the meeting for the time being.
But the deferment may come as a bad news for Reliance Infrastructure arm. Sources said the minimum termination payment could be Rs 900 crore in case the GoM took a decision. As per the contract provision, in case the termination is due to concessionaire's default, the payment would be 80% of the outstanding debt. It will be 130% in case DMRC loses the case.
There has been confusion on what should be considered as the debt. While in its original financing plan, DAMEPL had quoted approximately Rs 1,250 crore as debt, in the escrow agreement signed between the company and DMRC, it was increased to about Rs 2,000 crore.
While DMRC had been maintaining that it's not bound to terminate the contract, the solicitor general had opined that DAMEPL walking out of the project should be seen as de facto deemed termination. As per the concession agreement, the termination payment can only be made when the contract is terminated.
Today (5:47AM)  Delhi Metro workshop apprises disabled about facilities (www.business-standard.com)

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The Delhi Metro, through a workshop at the Metro Bhawan here Wednesday, apprised disabled commuters about the facilities available for them on its network.
As part of the event organised by the Delhi Metro museum, information about the facilities available was detailed through a power point presentation.
"A documentary film, which highlighted these facilities and also shed light on the procedures to use them at the stations and trains, was also screened," a statement from Delhi Metro said.
The Delhi Metro has made available facilities like wheelchairs, yellow tactile paths for the visually impaired and reserved seating in trains for the differently-abled passengers.
The workshop was organised in association with Prerna Niketan Sangh, an
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Today (5:46AM)  Delhi Metro smart cards can soon be used in DTC buses (zeenews.india.com)

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New Delhi: Passengers will soon be able to use the Delhi Metro train smart cards to travel in DTC buses and cluster buses run by DIMTS.
Delhi government's long pending proposal in this regard has been approved by the Lt Governor following which the proposal has been sent to the Election Commission for clearance.
According to transport department officials software used in the ticketing process will be changed or will be made specially equipped so that it can accept the Metro smart cards.
The transport department started working on the process as a part of which a system will be put in place to allow people to recharge the cards in other utility stores based on their bar codes.
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The Ministry of Urban Development had announced the launch of a nationwide inter-operable transport card in December 2011 after which the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) launched the 'More Delhi' card in 2012, with provisions for use in Metro trains and DMRC-run feeder buses.
"We are having meetings on this issue with Tranport department to sort out the modalities. On our end whatever backened activities have to be done we will arrange for that," said a Metro Rail official.
Today (4:47AM)  Mumbai votes today; poor infrastructure, overcrowded trains key issues (www.ndtv.com)

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In the last phase of voting in Maharashtra, 19 constituencies go to the polls including 6 seats in Mumbai, India's financial capital. In 2009, UPA allies Congress and NCP swept through the city winning all six seats. For the BJP and Shiv Sena it is now also a prestige battle to regain some lost political honour. (Read also: Battle for Mumbai: Big names, big stakes)
In Mumbai South, union minister Milind Deora of the Congress has three challengers: former banker Meera Sanyal of AAP, Shiv Sena's Arvind Sawant and Bala Nandagaonkar of the MNS. In 2009, Ms Sanyal contested as an Independent and lost. However, Mr Deora's victory was largely because the MNS ate into the Sena votes. But observers say, the MNS does not have the same momentum and impact in 2014. (Full Coverage: India Votes 2014)
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In Mumbai North East, in 2009 NCP MP Sanjay Patil won narrowly defeating BJP's Kirit Somaiya by just 3000 odd votes. But the Association of Democratic reforms has rated his performance of the past 5 years as the worst of Maharashtra's 48 MPs. While Mr Somaiya seems to be the favourite, social activist Medha Patkar of the AAP is the dark horse.
In the Mumbai North Central constituency it is the "daughter vs daughter" battle. Sitting MP Priya Dutt and daughter of late Congress leader Sunil Dutt is pitted against Poonam Mahajan, the daughter of late BJP leader Pramod Mahajan. Ms Dutt seems to be the frontrunner and banks heavily on the minority and slum votes. (India Votes: Candidates | Schedule)
In 2009 Congress leader Sanjay Nirupam defeated BJP heavy weight by just 2000 odd votes in the Mumbai North constituency. But the seat has a large Gujarati population and BJP's Gopal Shetty is counting on the "Modi-wave".
For Mumbaikars the issues remain the same: over-crowded local trains, poor city infrastructure, perennial traffic jams, mushrooming slums, encroached open spaces and unaffordable housing.
But in spite of this, Mumbaikars are lazy voters with the turnout in 2009 barely touching 41.4%, South Mumbai being among the worst. This time too, Bollywood stars have already left the city and have gone gallivanting to the US. (Read also: Six million voters' names deleted in Maharashtra)
However, some others like the Bachchans, Aamir Khan, and Shah Rukh Khan will be exercising their franchise.
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