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Today (7:23PM)  12 new Kendriya Vidyalayas to come up on railway premises (www.business-standard.com)
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The Centre has sanctioned 12 new Kendriya Vidyalayas to come up on land provided by the railways with Bihar set to get three of those, Parliament was today told.
The decision is in keeping with an MoU signed in February, 2010, between Railways and the Ministry of Human Resource Development (HRD) for the building of educational facilities for the wards of rail employees and for children living in the vicinity of railway habitations and colonies, the government told Rajya Sabha.
The MoU envisages the setting up of 50 civil sector Kendriya Vidyalayas during the 11th and 12th Plan periods by HRD Ministry on land to be provided by the railways, Minister of State for Railways, Manoj Sinha, said in a written reply to the House.
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Pursuant to the MoU, HRD Ministry has sanctioned 12 new Kendriya Vidyalayas, three of which -- the Carriage Repair Workshop at Harnaut, Cast Wheel Plant at Bela and Jhajha -- will be in Bihar.
Further, schools have been sanctioned for the Railway Campus at Nanded in Maharashtra, Railway Campus at Rangiya in Assam, Freeland Ganj Railway Colony at Dahod in Gujarat, Krishnarajapuram Diesel Loco Shed Colony in Bangalore, Shakurbasti in Delhi, Bandel Railway Colony at Hooghly in West Bengal, Angul in Odisha, Golden Rock at Tiruchirapally in Tamil Nadu and Rail Coach Factory at Rae Bareli in Uttar Pradesh.
  
Today (7:21PM)  Rail police arrest Pak woman travelling without passport (english.manoramaonline.com)
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Jalandhar: A woman, who was coming from Pakistan in Samjhauta Express, was arrested on Thursday night from Jalandhar railway station for allegedly travelling without a passport, government railway police said.
GRP officials said that Chanda, whose husband's name is Salman Khan and resides in Karachi in Pakistan, had boarded the train from Atari border.
Since she had boarded the train from Atari, she had been handed over to Atari Police, they added.
  
Today (7:19PM)  Move to build rail lines along China border (www.oneindia.com)
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The government has initiated a move to build four strategic railway lines along the international border with China, it was announced on Friday. Out of the four railway lines, three are in the northeast and one in northern India, Minister of State for Railways Manoj Sinha told the Rajya Sabha. "The ministry of defence has identified four strategic lines along the India-China border," Sinha said in a written reply. The four lines identified are Missamari in Assam to Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh via Tenga (378 km); Pasighat in Arunachal Pradesh to Rupai in Assam via Tezu (227 km); North Lakhimpur in Assam to Silapathar via Bame in Along district of Arunachal Pradesh (249 km); and Bilaspur in Himachal Pradesh to Leh in Jammu and Kashmir via Manali (498 km). "The railways ministry has requested the ministry of defence to convey approval to carry out final location survey at a cost...
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of Rs.345 crore (Rs.3.45 billion) and provide the necessary funds," Sinha said. According to the minister, none of these projects has so far been sanctioned. "The time of completion and cost cannot be ascertained till completion of the final location survey and detailed geo-technical studies, as all these projects pass through very difficult terrains of the young Himalayas," he said.
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Today (7:15PM)  Jats lift rail track blockade in Jind village after govt assurance (www.hindustantimes.com)
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Members of the Jat community and khap leaders lifted their blockade on the Delhi-Ferozepur railway track near Narwana on Thrusday, with the government agreeing to give Rs 5 lakh compensation and a job to the wife of Vikram Singh, who died during a clash between members of upper castes and BPL families over possession of 12 acres of panchayati land in Dharondi village of Jind district recently.

Around 20 hours after the protest began, Jind deputy commissioner Ajit Balaji Joshi accepted their demand of Rs 5 lakh to the aggrieved family and a government job to the wife of the deceased, following which the Jat leaders ended the protest.

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large number of Jats and khap leaders, who had come to attend the Rasam Pagari of Vikram, blocked the railway track, alleging that the district administration had failed to provide any relief to the aggrieved family, forcing the railways to divert rail traffic.

When contacted, Jind Deputy Commissioner Ajit Balaji Joshi said, "On the behalf of the government, I announced Rs 5 lakh compensation and a government job to a family member and they agreed to end the protest".
Vikaram was killed and two others were injured after members of upper castes and BPL families clashed over possession of panchayti land in the village to provide residential plots to 140 BPL families of the village.
Eight people, including the village sarpanch, were booked on the murder charge.
  
Today (7:13PM)  Passengers push rail bus after it develops technical snag (www.business-standard.com)
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Passengers of a Mathura-bound rail bus reportedly pushed the two-coach train for a couple of kilometres after it developed technical snag near Uttar Pradesh's Masani station here.
The train's engine was hit by a technical problem when it stopped near Masani after which the passengers started pushing the rail in an effort to kickstart the engine.
The passengers managed to drag the train for over two kilometeres.
"It is true that the rail bus engine failed near Masani station and it is not in operation since then," said PRO Divisonal Railway Manager office, Agra, Bhupender Dhillon.
"As for the allegations that the bus was pushed by the passengers, an enquiry
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would be conducted to find out the truth as we have no such complaint," he said.
Failure of machinery is always possible in spite of best mechanical care, she added.
  
Today (7:09PM)  Light Metro for Thiruvananthapuram and Kozhikode approved, to cost Rs 6728 crore (economictimes.indiatimes.com)
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THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The Kerala cabinet has approved the Detailed Project Report (DPR) of Light Metro transport schemes proposed for the state capital and Kozhikode, estimated to cost Rs 6,728 crore.
With the cabinet clearing the DPR, follow up action of the project would be initiated after getting necessary sanction from the Centre, an official press release said.
The two projects will be implemented by utilising the service of Delhi Metro Rail Corporation, which is implementing the Kochi metro project.
The projects will be implemented jointly by the state and the Centre by sharing 20 per cent of the cost,like that of the Kochi Metro. The balance 60 per cent cost will be mobilised as loan. The state government will meet the
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expenses for land acquisition.
As per the present plan, the Thiruvananthapuram project will cover around 22.20 km from Technocity near Pallipuram to Karamana with 19 stations.
  
Today (7:08PM)  Other side of the Metro story (www.thehindu.com)
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HMR officials have drawn flak for demolishing many buildings, but they have been giving a fresh lease of life to several government buildings.
It’s little more than two years since the Hyderabad Metro Rail project piers (pillars) surfaced followed by road widening in different places, demolition of properties, shifting of utility pipelines – water, sewer, storm water, power, telephone and others.
Properties demolished to make way for metro rail or heritage structures that came ‘under threat’ due to the overhead viaduct and so on led to several protests and criticism. While this is one side of the story, metro rail authorities have also been onto something ‘constructive’.
They have been and are giving a fresh lease of life to several government buildings, including
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primary schools, revenue offices, police stations, barracks, etc., in the last couple of years. In the place of the dilapidated, crumbling and cramped edifices – new swanky buildings with modern amenities have come up and will come up in future as well. While some old buildings had to be removed as they were too close to the metro rail viaduct or the overhead stations, a few volunteered to surrender the land on being assured of new structures. Revenue Division Office in Nampally was the first beneficiary, and much to the envy of other government officials, the new building got ready last year and had begun to function from then. The second RDO office in the remaking is at Secunderabad. “Across the 73-km metro rail corridors in three lines, we have had quite a few government buildings and when we made an offer to construct them afresh, some departments accepted our proposal,” explains Hyderabad Metro Rail (HMR) managing director N.V.S. Reddy.
Construction of four police barracks has been taken up behind Shahinayatgunj police station complex at a cost of Rs. 8.64 crore and yet another barrack is under construction at City College, opposite Ghansibazar, at a cost of Rs. 7.92 crore. Both these buildings and another one at Rasoolpura are five-storied ones. Gopalapuram police station too is brand new.
A ‘Sanik Aramgarh’ is being built on the old Gandhi Hospital land, another four-storied building for the benefit of the armed forces personnel with an easy access to Secunderabad railway station, explain metro rail officials. Besides, at least eight government schools at Chaderghat and Kukatpally got new buildings. While the first school complex has 40,000 sq.ft. built up space (Rs. 5.5 crore), the second one at Kukatpally has 25,125 sq.ft space (Rs. 4 crore) – four floors each. “Both these schools were in a bad shape earlier and we demolished the old buildings because of road widening,” said a senior metro rail engineer.
A novel commercial complex is also ready for opening at Putlibowli. It has two cellars and seven floors and a ‘replica of Sultan Bazaar vertically’, as an official put it.
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Today (7:07PM)  Life outside Metro: A maze of vehicles, food stall vendors and massive potholes (timesofindia.indiatimes.com)
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GURGAON: For commuters at Sikanderpur and MG Road Metro stations, dodging their way through the cartel of shared autos on the roads and vendors on the service lanes is an everyday struggle.
Both stations receive a regular influx of people from Delhi. While Sikanderpur station is close to Cyber City, a commercial hub, MG Road has emerged as the city's shopping heart. Peculiar scenes welcomed TOI at both these stations. At MG Road Metro station, shared autos and private minibus drivers, offering rides to commuters, had blocked exit gates on both sides. Beggars and food stall vendors have occupied much of the 10-ft-wide service lane.
Ayush Sharma, a regular commuter, said, "A row of shared autos and minibuses block the commuters' way at the station gates. If I want to catch a
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city bus, I sometimes have to stand in the middle of the road to signal it to stop. Private minibuses charge more than city buses and also obstruct the way."
Residents living in condominiums around the stations have also been affected by the chaos. "The traffic has become worse after the arrival of Metro on MG Road. Even though our society has restricted the flow of traffic on the service lane leading to the entry gate, the situation has not improved. Encroachment by street vendors and halts by shared autos is responsible for the mess," said Garima, a resident of Heritage City, a residential society.
Sikanderpur Metro station paints an equally bleak picture. Situated close to Cyber City, the interchange station for Rapid Metro gives commuters from Delhi the first inkling of Gurgaon. TOI found Sikanderpur to be one of the shabbiest Metro stations in the city. Heaps of garbage around the station and its parking lot make for a repulsive sight, dumping of garbage in the open by street vendors being apparent. The station's staircases and walls are stained, its pillars disfigured with posters.
Commuters have raised concern over the station's poor sanitation. "Sikanderpur station reeks, owing to dumping of garbage in the open. One will not find a single dustbin around the station," said Ayushi Yadav, a commuter.
Sanjeev Mann, district town planner (enforcement), MCG, said, "We've held several anti-encroachment drives, but they don't seem to make any difference, as hawkers return after 2-3 hours. The state government is working on a policy to rehabilitate street vendors at a designated spot. Only that can help this situation."
In the absence of security around the station, women commuters admit to feeling unsafe at night. "Though there is a police helpdesk at the station, one hardly finds a cop there. I feel quite unsafe here at night," a resident of Sector 28 who works in Delhi, said.
"Women PCR vans has been doing night patrolling around Sikandarpur Metro station. However, if any woman faces any issue, we request them to call up 100 or 1091," Rajesh Kumar, ACP crime, said.
  
Today (7:06PM)  Metro Razes Hotel for Market Station Work (www.newindianexpress.com)
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BENGALURU: Namma Metro has finally won a six-year-long legal battle to take possession of the 4,440 square feet land on which a three-storey hotel and a small office stood on K R Road. This space is crucial to create infrastructure for the Krishna Rajendra Market metro station.
Mammoth bulldozers were seen razing Hotel Anand Vihar and the office adjacent to it on Thursday. The 45-year-old vegetarian hotel has now been relocated to a rented place 200 metres away.
The High Court ruled in favour of Namma Metro on July 17. “The demolition work began three days ago and we hope to complete it in a couple of days,” a senior engineer at the spot said. “The space is vital for staircases and escalators to the station,” he said.
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The North-South Underground Corridor consists of K R Market station, Chickpet and tunnels connecting the elevated stations at K R Road and Sampige Road. This JICA-funded Corridor is slated to cost `707.5 crore.
Pradeep Singh Kharola, MD, Namma Metro, said, “This spot is crucial for us to create an entry point to the K R Market underground station,” he said.
On the compensation to be given by the Metro, Channappa Goudar, General Manager, Land Acquisition at Namma Metro, said, “We have agreed to give the hotel owners a compensation of `9.5 crore but they have turned it down. We also offered
`67 lakh as compensation to an office next to it, built on 440 square feet. This amount will be handed over to them by the KIADB.” However, both the parties have refused to accept the amount. “The other option open to them now is to claim compensation under the Land Acquisition Act 2013,” he said.
Yadu Goyal, co-partner of Hotel Anand Vihar, said no compensation amount was paid so far. “I really do not know much about the issue,” he said.
Though relieved to have finally acquired the land, the Metro site engineer said, had they got the land earlier, construction would have been easier. “We had a tough task keeping our equipment and other construction material while working on station infrastructure on the highly congested road,” he said. After the demolition, work on creating the entry path will commence, he added.
  
Today (7:05PM)  Mishap at Metro site kills labourer (www.thestatesman.com)
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A 26-year-old labourer was killed and another was injured when a huge cement slab fell on them while they were working in a tunnel at an under-construction Metro site in west Delhi on Wednesday.
The deceased has been identified as Vijay Kumar, a native of Jharkhand, whereas the injured man has been identified as Jai Prakash (35), a native of Chhattisgarh. The incident occurred at around 9.45 a m at the under construction Dashrathpuri Metro station when the segment of a temporary tunnel ring fell down when it was being dismantled. The curved cement slabs were being used to support the metro tunnel walls on the Janakpuri West to Kalindi Kunj corridor.
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Vijay Kumar and Jai Prakash were under that portion of the tunnel at that time.
When the slabs fell down on the victims, other workers in the vicinity used their own equipment to remove the labourers from under the slab and rushed them to hospital where Kumar was declared brought dead while Jai Prakash was treated for severe injuries before being discharged later in the day. A senior police officer said it was the hospital staff, not the metro construction people, who called the police control room (PCR) number to inform them about the incident. Police have registered a case of causing death by negligence and negligent conduct with respect to pulling down or repairing buildings against the company’s contractors.
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