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Yesterday (7:16AM)  …The underground chronicles (www.thehindu.com)
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As we whiz past the Vidhana Soudha Station, I find a gaggle of women, shop assistants on their way to work at one of the many showrooms on MG Road and Brigade Road.
“This is a blessing. It would take us more than an hour everyday to reach our workplace. In the bus, people are always in a bad mood and looking for an opportunity to get into an argument. That is not the case in the Metro. Everyone looks happy and are enjoying themselves. I think that it
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is very similar to the Delhi Metro. The only disappointment has been the announcements that are a little confusing. I hope they fix that soon.”
As the train climbs on the elevated route after Cubbon Park and the bright lights of MG Road are visible again, businessman Venkatesh Gowda seems a little relived, “I was a little nervous in the underground section. I am on a joyride to the Baiyappanahalli Station. I used to commute on dusty and rickety buses. With the Metro in service, I can travel on it till Baiyappanahalli and take a bus. It will cut down a lot of my travel time.
“Though the Metro has been functional in some parts of the city for the past few years, this is the first stretch that will help commuters. I am hoping the other lines also become operational soon.”
Forty minutes from Mysore Road, the train pulls into Baiyappanahalli Metro Station and a mass of passengers make a beeline for the nearest bus station, while another group hurries back to head home on the return leg of the journey.
  
Yesterday (7:16AM)  Commuters ditch rough road for smooth ride (www.thehindu.com)
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Number of commuters till 9 p.m. was over 88,000
On Monday, the first day that people got a chance to travel by the metro to work instead of being stuck in traffic, there were long queues at major stations as thousands queued up for tickets.
Officials were keeping a close watch to understand if Sunday’s record of more than 1.10 lakh passengers was just a case of Bengalureans opting for a joyride. By evening, they heaved a sigh of relief. Major stations like Mysuru Road, Vijayanagar, Baiyappahalli, S.V. Road and Kempegowda saw crowds
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throughout the day while M.G. Road and Trinity stations were crowded in the morning and evening.
“There has been a good response to the services so far. We had recorded 40,457 commuters till 2 p.m. We expect this to increase as the same people will take the metro to return home from office. Also, the IPL match will draw more crowds in the evening,” said U.A. Vasanth Rao, spokesperson, BMRCL.
While there were a few issues for most first-time commuters, they were hopeful that they would be sorted out in the near future. “I spent more than 10 minutes in the queue to get a token. I will be buying their smart card soon,” said Sudha M.R., who works in Embassy Golf Links on Inner Ring Road.
The IPL match in the evening also ensured a steady steam of passengers through late afternoon and early evening. Crowds could be seen exiting Cubbon Park station near Chinnaswamy stadium as early as 5.30 p.m. “We just walked to the S.V. Road station and exited at Cubbon Park. Earlier, we would get down at M.G. Road station and walk to the stadium,” said Avantika Singh, who had travelled with her friends to watch the match.
  
Yesterday (7:15AM)  HC stays hike in Metro fare till June 20 (www.thehindu.com)
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The Bombay High Court on Tuesday stayed the fare hike for Mumbai Metro till June 20.
A division bench of Chief Justice Mohit Shah and Justice M.S. Sonak was hearing a petition filed by Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA), and an intervention application filed by Congress leader Sanjay Nirupam challenging the fare hike.
Mr Nirupam, in his petition, had alleged that the Central government was facilitating private profiteering by allowing multiple fare hikes. He demanded that hike should be allowed only once every four years, as envisaged in the agreement between MMRDA
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and Reliance Mumbai Metro One Private Limited (MMOPL).
After the metro operator declared proposed initial fare structure, MMRDA, a stake holder in MMOPL, approached the High Court insisting the fares should be Rs. 9-11-13, as provided in the Concession Agreement signed by MMOPL in March 2007. The authority contended that as per stipulations of the agreement, the fares should be Rs 9 for the first two kilometres, Rs. 11 for 2-5 km and Rs. 13 for 5-8 km.
  
Yesterday (7:14AM)  Coming soon: common card for buses, Metro (www.thehindu.com)
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The Aam Aadmi Party government is planning to introduce a common mobility card on the lines of London’s Oyster to provide seamless commuting facilities across various modes of public transport.
According to Transport Minister Gopal Rai, the government is finalising modalities related to the project that will be launched in a phased manner July onwards. “We will launch the common mobility card project on a trial basis in July this year. The card will allow users to travel in the Metro, Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) buses and cluster buses run by the Delhi Integrated Multi-Modal Transit System Ltd. (DIMTS),” said Mr. Rai, while adding that the government was in talks with the Delhi Metro to finalise a revenue-sharing model.
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prerequisite for the introduction of the yet-to-be-christened service is the installation of e-ticketing machines on DTC buses — both low-floor and cluster buses — which the government intends to complete by June. “As per the government’s plan, users will need to give this card to the conductor, who will swipe it on the e-ticketing machine. The process will have to be repeated by the commuter before de-boarding the vehicle. This will lead to an automatic deduction of credit from the card, similar to using the Delhi Metro,” the Minister went on to say.
A common mobility card had earlier been proposed by the Congress-led Delhi government during the Commonwealth Games, but could not take off due to technicalities related to finances.
Speaking to The Hindu in December, Mr. Rai had said that work had begun on making the promises made about overhauling the transport infrastructure in Delhi — which featured on the party’s 70-point manifesto — a reality.
  
Yesterday (7:13AM)  More Delhiites rode cycles this time, usage rose 20% (www.thehindu.com)
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Many Delhiites embraced the second phase of the odd-even scheme by using pedal power. Despite the sweltering heat, cycles were used almost 20 per cent more this time round than in the first phase of the scheme in January.
The scheme left Sudhir Haryal, owner of Planet Green Bikes, a happy man. After seeing his cycles gather dust for years, they are finally being taken out for rides; and the number of trips are only increasing. “Because of the weather, we did not expect the number of users to increase during odd-even 2.0. During the first phase in January, the number of cycle users had increased marginally by about 4-5 per cent. But, in the recent 15-day period, it saw an increase
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of over 15 per cent,” said Mr. Haryal.
Cycle stands near Jor Bagh Metro Station and India Habitat Centre witnessed a 47 per cent surge in its users during the recent scheme. “Between January 1 to 15, these stands recorded 571 trips, but during odd-even 2.0, they registered 837 trips. Although opened later, the station in Rohini area also saw a decent use with 55 trips during the period,” said Atul Jain, founder and director of Delhi Cycles Private Limited.
With 30-40 cycles being rented out daily, the stand near Mandi House Metro Station has been on top of the list for several months now. “The Mandi House cycle stand has the highest number of users. It is because of its proximity to colleges and several offices. Coming in second is the stand near Patel Chowk Metro Station,” said Mr. Haryal.
Talking of a feature he noticed primarily during the recent odd-even drive, Mr. Hayal said that a section of people have begun using cycles to go to nearby parks.
“The cycle stand near Siri Fort has a huge demand during early mornings and evenings. Later, we found out that people take the cycles to reach the DDA park nearby where they walk and exercise. On their way back home, they drop the cycles off,” he said.
With 14 cycle stands, Planet Green Bikes has the highest number of these facilities in the Capital, followed by Greenolution, which has seven stands. Recently, Delhi’s first “fully automated” cycle stand was also launched near Barakhamba Metro station.
  
Yesterday (7:08AM)  Nod for viaduct over Malakpet rail station (www.thehindu.com)
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Hyderabad Metro Rail (HMR) and the Traffic Police on Tuesday gave clearance for construction of viaduct spans on the site on both sides of the Malakpet Road over Bridge (RoB) by the concessionaire L&T Metro Rail Hyderabad (L&TMRH).
A 17-foot wide road space is to be left on both sides for the traffic to move and this is to be facilitated by taking less barricade width. Since most work will be atop the viaduct height, the engineers concerned have been asked to cover the under construction portions with steel sheets and also a net below to prevent objects from falling to the ground.
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condition will be improved first by re-carpeting before the works begin, said HMR managing director N.V.S. Reddy during an inspection of the ongoing works along with top officials of the Police Department and the metro rail. At the Osmania Medical College station site, the Police Department immediately acceded to the request of handing over the parking space of the traffic police station nearby for taking up entry/exit levels at the Putlibowli junction (Sultan Bazaar side).
Diversion of the ‘elephant nala’ will be completed first at the Taj ice cream junction in Nampally before the remaining piers are taken up for the Nampally Metro station. For the Assembly station in front of Public Gardens, work on the remaining two piers is to be completed to facilitate two-way traffic presently curbed. At the Lakidikapul Metro station, it was decided to reduce the barricade space and give more space to traffic.
Entry/exit points of the Khairatabad station will be provided at the junction end to accommodate the sewer line for the pier foundation. Storm water drain is to be laid afresh to prevent water stagnation during the monsoon. Addl Commissioner of Traffic Jitender, L&TMRH PD M.P. Naidu, HMR chief engineer Mohd. Ziauddin and others also took part in the inspection programme.
  
Yesterday (7:07AM)  Dwarka metro station to be made a commercial hub (www.thehindu.com)
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After Shastri Park metro station and the Airport Express Line, the Delhi Metro has decided to put Dwarka Sector 8 station up for property development. The project, aimed to generate revenue for the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC), will have office spaces, and retail outlets where people can shop or eat.
“The space that will be leased out is at ground level and measures approximately 1100 square metres. While about 750 square metres will be for the purpose of property development, the rest will be for parking vehicles,” said a DMRC official.
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on the Blue Line (Noida/Vaishali– Dwarka Sector 21 corridor), the station is an elevated one and lies in proximity to IGI Airport. The station is accessible by road to all areas in Delhi and Gurgaon, which is why the Corporation chose it.
“The project site has an excellent opportunity to become an important commercial hub. Access to commercial areas and parking space will be made separate,” the official added.
The lease will be given to the bidder for a period of 15 years.
Earlier, the DMRC had decided to develop spaces it owns near Jantar Mantar, and at Mayur Vihar Phase-1, Vaishali, Mansarovar Park and Jhilmil stations. At the site near Jantar Mantar, it plans to construct a four-floor commercial complex and rent it out.
  
Yesterday (7:04AM)  ‘Delhi Metro to join the global elite urban network club’ (www.thehindu.com)
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The Delhi Metro by this year end will join the global elite club of top 10 urban metro rails which have a network of over 300 km, a senior Urban Development Ministry official today said.
“It started in 1995 and in these 21 years it has spanned 213 km. But, let me tell you, by end of this year, you (DMRC) will join the top 10 elite club in the world...having over 300 km of network, like in Beijing, Shanghai and London,” Additional Secretary, Urban Development Ministry D P Mishra said.
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this during an event to mark the 22nd Foundation Day of DMRC at Metro Bhawan here.
“Besides, we have more than 300 km of metro network operational in seven cities, more than 600 km of it under construction, as in projects which have been already sanctioned, and we will cross the 1,000 km mark in the next 5 years. Also, another 500 km of it is under different stages of consideration of the government,” Mr. Mishra said.
He also said the Centre was in the process of “standardisation, and creating such a system so that ‘Make in India’ can be promoted in various components of the DMRC, including its rolling stock”.
DMRC Managing Director Mangu Singh said it has been awarded work in the metro networks for Mumbai and Vijaywada cities.
The DMRC began its journey in the late 1990s and ever since it has connected Delhi with the National Capital Region, spanning 213 km across the region.
“Besides, building our own network in Delhi, we have been in demand for construction work or offering consultancies for metro networks coming up in other cities too.
“We will be implementing one line of the Mumbai Metro and also for the upcoming network in Vijaywada,” he said.— PTI
  
Yesterday (7:03AM)  Concern over delay in ROB project at Gopalapatnam (www.thehindu.com)
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The issue was taken up by VUDA in 2002 and a survey by L&T Ramboll Consulting Engineers was also conducted
The proposed road over bridge (ROB) at Gopalapatnam appears to have gone into limbo. The ROB was proposed by the Traffic Police Department about two decades ago.
The proposal had gone through several stages of discussion: at least two surveys were conducted by the Visakhapatnam Urban Development Authority (VUDA) in association with the Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation (GVMC) and the Railways, two project reports were made, money for the construction sanctioned, agreement between
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the stakeholders inked. But the project has not taken off.
Visakhapatnam is separated from eight major habitations such as Kothapalem, Narava, Pedanarava, Chinanarava, Sathivanipalem, Gopalapatnam, Venkatapuram and Porlupalem and about dozen small villages, by broadgauge railway lines from Chennai to Howrah that passes through the city.
The railway line and three level crossings within a short distance and narrow roads make Gopalapatnam accident-prone, according to Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police (Traffic) Mahendra Patrudu.
“Every year we see at least seven to eight accidents on this stretch. This apart, we have proposed the ROB to ease out traffic on the NH as it can work as feeder bypass between the city and the VSEZ at Duvvada. But the authorities concerned have not heeded to our requests,” he said.
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The issue had been taken up many times but had not progressed so far, said A. Aja Sarma, general secretary, Forum for Development of North Andhra. The issue was taken up by VUDA in 2002 and a survey by L&T Ramboll Consulting Engineers was also conducted.
VUDA, in a report to the government, noted that the ROB was required not only to reduce the number of fatal accidents but also to ease traffic woes. A project report estimating a total cost of Rs. 18.81 crore was submitted to the government and it was agreed that the project would be taken up by the Railways, State government, VUDA and GVMC.
The project was not initiated and VUD took it up again in 2012, with a new estimate of about Rs. 67 crore, said Prof. K.V. Ramana, chairman, Forum for Development of North Andhra. “The amount also has been sanctioned, and it has been over four years since then, and nothing has moved. We do not understand what is stopping the authorities from going ahead with the project,” Prof. Ramana said.
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According to Mr. Patrudu, most of the deaths occurred when people tried to cross the railway track. As there were about 12 to 15 tracks and no lights in the area, commuters were confused. “As vehicular and train traffic was high a ROB is the only viable solution,” said Mr. Patrudu.
  
Yesterday (7:00AM)  NFIR seeks better amenities for porters (www.thehindu.com)
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Licensed porters should be entitled to privilege passes, their porterage charges should be increased and their services should be utilised on rotation basis for loading and unloading at the railway parcel offices, said general secretary of National Federation of Indian Railwaymen (NFIR) M. Raghavaiah.
Addressing hundreds of licensed porters, who came from different railway zones in the country to participate in the All-India Railway Licensed Porters Conference, at the Railway Institute here on Tuesday, Mr. Raghavaiah expressed concern at the dismal working conditions of railway porters. While welcoming the change in nomenclature of porters as ‘Sahayaks’, he called upon the Railways to provide them better amenities.
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struggles by NFIR had led to one time absorption of licensed porters as trackmen during the tenure of Railway Minister Lalu Prasad Yadav.
There are 36,000 porters over Indian Railway and they were seeking re-implementation of the same scheme to absorb them as gangmen. NFIR vice president K.S. Murty said that the union would strive to achieve better working conditions for railway porters.
Reception Committee chairman B. Krishna Kumar said that the railways had stopped utilising their services for loading and unloading of parcels and wanted it to be resumed so that they could get assured income.
The NFIR has been waging a relentless battle for achieving the demands of railway porters and it would continue to exert pressure on the present government at the Centre.
East Coast Railway Shramik Congress general secretary R.C. Sahoo, joint general secretary Tammineni Narasinga Rao and INTUC leaders participated.
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