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Today (7:07AM)  Shiradi ghat National Highway 48 closed: No trains in sight (www.deccanchronicle.com)
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Bengaluru: When the Mangalore district administration announced that the 47-km stretch in Shiradi Ghat (National Highway 48), connecting Bengaluru and Mangalore, would be closed for traffic for six months, Railway Minister D.V. Sadananda Gowda promised the travelling public that the South Western Railways would operate an extra passenger train and a goods train to reduce pressure on the road.
But with just 41 days left for the road to be closed, the Railways is yet to come out with a proposal on these additional trains, which has creating panic among lakhs of people, who travel regularly between Bengaluru and Mangalore.
In his maiden railway budget, Mr Gowda had announced the new express train and a goods train between the two cities to clear the extra rush once the road is shut. An
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officer from the Transport Department told Deccan Chronicle that if the Railways does not introduce the two trains, there will be a lot of pressure on Mangalore-Ujire-Charmadi-Hassan and Mangalore-Sampaje-Mysore routes, which are alternatives to Shiradi Ghat.
“Now, two express passenger trains operate between Bengaluru and Mangalore daily. There is a demand for another train,” he said.
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Project cost: Rs 155.18 cr
Number of packages: 2
Road length: 47 km
Project duration: 6 months
Road expected to open for service by: May-end
Today (7:05AM)  Delhi Metro`s Emergency Medical Care of its commutersDelhi Metro`s Emergency Medical Care of its commuters (www.delhimetrorail.com)
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More than 1,850 Metro passengers suffering from health related emergencies while traveling in the Delhi Metro trains and inside Metro premises have been provided with immediate medical assistance by the Delhi Metro staff.   The assistance provided by the Delhi Metro staff ranges from administering first aid to taking the ailing passenger to the nearest hospital by ambulance. They have also been provided with wheel chairs and stretchers as per the need. Out of these, approximately 100 cases have been of heart related ailments which require immediate attention. The Metro staff have also assisted about 340 passengers complaining of chest, stomach or abdominal pain.   Medical assistance provided by Metro staff inside trains and stations: to more than 1,850 passengers since Januray, 2012 Indicative medical emergencies Number of such cases (Approximate figures) Heart related ailments 100 Chest, stomach, abdominal pain 340 Vomiting 105 Severe Headache 25 Falling down 65   Other...
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cases include fainting while traveling, giddiness, dehydration during summers etc. In these cases, the ailing passengers have been rushed to the nearest hospital and Metro personnel have accompanied them in case, they were traveling alone or their accompanying passengers required further assistance. In case of passengers falling down, immediate first aid has been provided by the staff.   The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) takes all possible efforts to ensure commuters facing health related problems are immediately attended to. For this purpose, all Metro staff deputed at the Metro stations are provided one week training in First Aid as part of the Delhi Metro’s basic training programme for its personnel organized at the Metro Training Institute in Shastri Park. In addition, all Metro stations are provided with contact details of the nearby hospitals and ambulance services so that they can be contacted immediately in case of any medical emergency. Any commuter suffering from any health issue can contact the Delhi Metro helpline 155370 for any assistance and can also press the Passenger Emergency Alarm (PEA) and seek assistance from the train operator.
Today (6:55AM)  IRCTC launches 2 pilgrim trains (www.deccanherald.com)
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Bangalore: : The Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation Limited (IRCTC) will launch two pilgrimage trains as announced in the railway budget this year.
They are Sukhmanglam Yatra Express from Bangalore and Navagraha Temples Tour express from Mysore.While the Sukhmanglam Yatra is a 10-day tour and will leave Bangalore on October 25, the Navagraha Temples Tour is a seven-day tour and will depart from Mysore on November 20.There are three packages each in the trains and passengers can choose either of them depending on their budget. In Sukhmanglam Express, categories are Standard—total  cost is Rs 8,190, Comfort— Rs 17,730 and Deluxe—Rs 23,850. In Navagraha Temples Tour Express, the categories are the same but priced differently. The Standard, Comfort and Deluxe are priced at Rs 6,370, Rs 13,790 and Rs 18,550.
Today (4:01AM)  Gap between platform and train's footboard worries passengers (www.iamin.in)
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The wide gap between platform and the footboard of local trains at Thane railway station’s platform number four is a cause of worry for many passengers. Regular travellers are complaining about the danger it poses, especially during rush hours. Chhaya Yadav, a daily commuter, says, “It is difficult to get off from a train, especially during rush hours. There is always a danger of falling down.” Another commuter, Hemlata Pawar, says, “I suffer from pain in my knees. Boarding the train from the platform is really stressful.” Some commuters have even chosen to avoid platform number four at Thane station altogether. Sweety Agarwal states, “Most times, I prefer waiting for trains to arrive at other platforms instead of boarding one from here.” AK Singh, public relations officer for Central Railway, says, “We have identified 75 such places where there is a huge gap between the platform and the foot board....
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90% construction work at these places is already over. We have not received any complaints about this particular platform yet. We will look into the problem once we get complaints.”
Today (4:00AM)  Trains from Koraput yet to resume (timesofindia.indiatimes.com)
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KORAPUT: Passengers are having a tough time as no trains are plying between Koraput and Rayagada since October 12.
As precautionary measures for cyclone Hudhud, all passenger trains from Koraput were cancelled fearing landslide between Koraput and Rayagada. Now, passengers are forced to travel in buses, which are costlier compared to trains.
"Going to Bhubaneswar or Rourkela by train is cheaper compared to bus journey. But, in the absence of train service from here passengers are forced to travel by bus. Also, sufficient number of buses are also not there to Bhubaneswar," said coordinator of Koraput citizens committee Bidyut Mohanty.
Sources said every day over 20 buses, including government and private, ply from here to Bhubaneswar but now it is insufficient because of
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the huge rush of passengers. "Every day thousands of people from this part of the state go to Bhubaneswar and Cuttack. When train services are suspended, more buses should be made available, said Mohanty.
Railway officials said though all blockades on the track between Koraput and Rayagada have been removed soon after the cyclone, tracks are yet to be made operational due to the inclement weather. "At present, the weather is not conducive and fresh landslides may occur. Mostly, trains between Koraput and Rayagada pass either at night or early morning. We can't put the passengers at risk," said a senior official of the railway department.
"Train services from Koraput will resume after the weather improves," the official added.
Today (3:57AM)  Kochi Metro will be ready on time: Chandy (www.mathrubhumi.com)
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Kochi: Kochi Metro, the Rs.5,180 dream project that is expected to solve the travel woes in Kerala's commercial capital, would be completed in 'a time bound manner', said Chief Minister Oommen Chandy.
Chandy said that the train would be extended to Kakkanad and Tripunithara in the first phase itself. In the second phase the services would be extended to Fort Kochi and Angamaly. The govt has also decided to takeover land along the Vytilla-Tripunithara route at a fast pace.
Chandy Monday went around the construction site, before taking part in the director board meeting of Kochi Metro Rail Limited.
'The work is progressing well and would be completed in a time bound manner,' said Chandy.
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The mega project will run 25 km from Alwaye to Petta.
The project is being managed by the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation with its principal advisor E. Sreedharan overseeing it.
According to Chandy, the first train would run Dec 31, 2015.
The central government's share of funds is close to Rs.1,000 crore, with the rest coming by way of loans which the state government will avail from funding agencies.
This project was first talked about way back in 2005 when Chandy was the chief minister but it later went into limbo, only to return in full steam when he assumed office in 2011.
Today (3:54AM)  Committee reconstituted for Metro stations (timesofindia.indiatimes.com)
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NEW DELHI: Continuing jams and lack of cleanliness near Metro stations has prompted the Delhi government to step in and rejig the team.
The transport department on Monday issued orders to reconstitute the nine-member committee in each district for upkeep around stations to ease traffic flow. Led by deputy commissioner or district magistrate, it will maintain order, hygiene and an aesthetic appeal.
"The members will be additional district magistrates, deputy commissioners of traffic police, deputy commissioners of corporation, director-enforcement (NDMC), superintendent engineers (DJB), superintendent engineers (PWD), deputy director of social welfare department and DMRC representatives," said an official.
The official also said that the committee will meet at least once in a quarter. In April, 2013, Delhi government had constituted six-member committee in
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each district to look after these issues.
Also, level of involvement of officials in each agency has been re-jigged, added the official. Officers at the level of deputy commissioner in the Delhi traffic police and MCD, the director (enforcement) of the NDMC and deputy director of the social welfare department will be part of the committees now.
Today (3:53AM)  E-W Metro on track, but stares at three posers (timesofindia.indiatimes.com)
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KOLKATA: Armed with the high court order, Kolkata Metro Rail Corporation (KMRC) has resumed work of the East-West Metro project and Transtonnelstroy Afcons will relocate underground utilities at Brabourne Road after Chhat Puja. But problems of the jinxed project are far from over.
The Metro alignment is staring at three bottlenecks, if not more, that have remained unsolved till date: possession of the petrol pump on Brabourne Road has still not been acquired, rehabilitation of Duttabad residents continues to remain a headache and the persistence of Bowbazar traders not to make room for the Central station.
The IBP Ganeriwal Petrol Pump has been out of operation for last two years. It is used as a garage now. The government was supposed to give its owner Vijay Ganeriwal an alternative site for his
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pump at New Town. But Ganeriwal is yet to get land.
Rehabilitation at Duttabad has been a sore point of the project for long. But local Trinamool MLA Sujit Bose claimed all was well at ground zero. "The families are ready to move. Work would be resumed once they move lock, stock and barrel," said Bose.
The biggest blockade, however, is being posed by Bowbazar traders. They have moved Supreme Court against the Calcutta high court order that rejected their stand on compensation and rehabilitation. The project, which will acquire 1.9 acre for construction of the Central station, requires relocation of 243 units — 118 business and 125 residential. KMRC has offered Rs 1.9 lakh each to commercial unit holders and Rs 10,000 each to residential unit holders, without going into details of the floor area.
"We feel betrayed. We had no problem with the original agreement where KMRC promised us to relocate and later rehabilitate. But later they changed their mind and unilaterally decided to pay Rs 1.9 lakh without any promise of rehabilitation. We have never been discussed. We cannot accept this," said JP Singhi, general secretary of the Central Calcutta Citizens Welfare Association, which has moved SC.
The first agreement, the copy of which is with TOI, reads, "After completion of the project, all affected will be brought back to the buildings constructed on the original site as far as practicable. The size of the individual unit will be fixed on pro-rata basis."
The original agreement also says that for the purpose of temporary rehabilitation, the traders and residents would be shifted elsewhere, closer to the original site.
A senior KMRC officer, however, said: "We are not aware of this as we have taken charge of the project much later. Earlier, the state government was negotiating with evictees on their own term."
Today (3:48AM)  Centre push to Metro in Modi seat (indianexpress.com)
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The plan to run Metro rail in Varanasi, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Lok Sabha seat, moved a little closer to getting a concrete shape with Union urban development ministry taking up for discussion a survey report of the possible routes prepared by the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC).
The meeting called by the ministry officials to discuss the report in Delhi on Friday also saw attendance of Varanasi Mayor Ram Gopal Mohle, Municipal Commissioner Umakant Tripathi, Varanasi North MLA Ravindra Jaiswal and Varanasi Cantonment MLA Jyotsana Srivastava.
“The Ministry is exploring the possibilities of running Metro rail in Varanasi and DMRC has done a preliminary survey of the city so far in this regard,” Urban development ministry’s secretary Shankar Aggarwal, who held the meeting, told The Indian Express.
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He said the Detailed Project Report of the Metro project would be prepared after a meeting with the all the stakeholders including the state government which would be asked to share the cost burden.
Sources said DMRC has suggested for 17-km route from Sarnath to Banaras Hindu University (BHU) —- six-km underground and 11 km elevated —- as a possible stretch for running the Metro.
The DMRC is also exploring the possibility of running a major section of the Metro rail along River Ganga but that would require more technical studies.
DMRC has estimated the project cost at Rs 3,500 crore, sources said.
The Union Ministry of Urban Development (MoUD) , however, has collected suggestions from local public representatives for other possible routes. Jyotsana Srivastava, BJP MLA from Varanasi Cantonment, said she has suggested for a route from Cantonment Railway station to BHU via Lahartara.
The MoUD had a few weeks back sent to the UP government an action agenda for rejuvenation of Varanasi.
It had also asked the state government to prepare a comprehensive city mobility plan to encourage public transport system in the temple city.
Varanasi’s surrounding areas including Sarnath, Babatpur, Mughal Sarai, Shivpur, Cholapur and Kashi are suggested to be developed as Satellite towns of Varanasi with proper transport connectivity to the temple city.
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Today (3:48AM)  MoU signed to extend metro link to G Noida; likely to boost realty sector (www.millenniumpost.in)
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With the singing of Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) by Noida and Greater Noida Industrial Development Authority with Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) to extend metro connectivity from Delhi to Greater Noida, the realty markets is likely to boost across the region.
The realty experts have expected increase in the value of properties along Noida-Greater Noida Expressway and Greater Noida West, formerly known as Noida Extension as the proposed metro will cover most parts of the region. The authorities on Saturday had signed MoU of the extension of Existing Blue Line to Bodaki in Greater Noida and extension between City Centre and Sector 62 also.
The 29.7-kilometre-long metro line is estimated to costs around Rs 5,533 crore. The Metro line being extended to several parts of Noida-Greater Noida is expected to cover
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more than 1.5 lakh homes in coming years. The Noida-Greater Noida Metro line will start from the Noida City Centre in Sector 32 and head to Greater Noida via stations in Sector 50, 51, 78, 101, 82, Dadri Road, 83, 85, 137, 142, 143, 144, 147, 153 and sector 149 in Noida. The proposed 6.67-kilometre extension till Sector 62 will have six elevated stations at Sectors 34, 52, 59, 61, 62 and Electronic City at NH-24. A total of Rs 1,880 crore will be spent on the project.
‘The expansion of the existing Metro line will not help in clearing doubts in the minds of numerous home buyers but will attract fresh investors,’ said Rakesh Kumar, a reality expert.
Notably, the property rates had gone down in the region when different courts had either declared some of the projects illegal and had stopped authorities to issue ‘competition certificate’ in recent past.
Today (3:40AM)  Tatkal ticket prices under dynamic pricing scheme zoom (indianexpress.com)
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Mumbai :
The last minute rush of passengers from Mumbai to Delhi and back for a Diwali break has seen the prices of tatkal railway tickets under the dynamic pricing scheme increase manifold, with the 2nd AC journey costing a maximum of Rs 7,815 and a third AC costing Rs 6,500. The maximum fare is more than double of the basic ticket fare, which stands at Rs 3,200 for second AC and Rs 2,390 for third AC in Rajdhani Express. Dynamic pricing was introduced for tatkal tickets as “premium tatkal” on October 1 this year.
While the demand this week has seen prices spiral upwards, in other weeks, premium tatkal tickets cost between Rs 4,000 and Rs 5,000 for second AC and between Rs 3,600 and Rs 4,000 for third AC.
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Around eight to nine per cent of the seats in a train are allotted through tatkal and half of these are now being sold under dynamic pricing, which allows passengers to buy a ticket online even a day prior to the date of their journey.
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As many as 25 of the 80 tatkal seats in the Mumbai-New Delhi Rajdhani are being allotted through dynamic pricing.
“Dynamic pricing gives passengers a chance to get a confirmed ticket without paying any extra amount to touts. Even a day prior to the journey, a passenger can get a premium tatkal ticket and that too at one-third the price offered by airlines during festive seasons,” said Sharat Chandrayan, chief public relations officer (CPRO), WR.
Seats allotted through premium tatkal, if unsold, are made available to wait-listed passengers.
“Unlike premium trains, where the revenue generated is 70-80 per cent more than the ordinary train, in case of premium tatkal, the revenue is not much as there are limited seats. However, it gives passengers a chance to book a ticket in any train,” said a senior railway officer.
The concept of dynamic pricing in special holiday trains was initiated first time on Indian Railways between the Delhi-Mumbai sector owing to the popularity of the route and the travel time. It was introduced last year by Western Railway during the new year break. Following the success of the scheme, the Indian Railways introduced dynamic pricing for tatkal tickets this year.
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Today (3:37AM)  ER to run spl trains for Diwali & Chhat (echoofindia.com)
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To cater to the expected rush of passengers during ensuing Diwali & Chhat festival, Eastern Railway will run 9 pairs of special train between Howrah-Raxaul, Malda-Anand Vihar & Howrah-Patna.
Out of these 9 pairs, 4 pairs of Howrah-Raxaul Janasadharan Chhat Special (Weekly) will leave Howrah on every Thursday between October 23 & November 13 and Raxaul on every Friday between October 24 & November 14, 2014. The Up train (03043) will leave Howrah at 22.50 hrs and reach Raxaul at 16.05 hrs the next day. The down train (03044) will leave Raxaul at 19.45 hrs and reach Howrah at 12.15 hrs the next day. The train will have all General Second class coaches.
Four (4) pairs of Malda-Anand Vihar Janasadharan Chhat Special will leave Malda on every Monday and Friday between October
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27 & November 14 and Anand Vihar on every Tuesday & Saturday between October 28 & November 15, 2014. The Up train (03429) will leave Malda at 09.05 hrs and reach Anand Vihar at 14.20 hrs the next day. The down train (03430) will leave Anand Vihar at 17.10 hrs and reach Malda at 23.50 hrs the next day. The train will have all General Second class coaches.
One pair of Howrah-Patna Chhat Festival Special will leave Howrah on Saturday (25.10.2014) and Patna on Sunday (26.10.2014). The Up train (03071) will leave Howrah at 14.35 hrs and reach Patna at 00.30 hrs the next day. The down train (03072) will leave Patna at 5.45 hrs and reach Howrah at 13.35 hrs the same day. The train will have General Second class, sleeper class and air-conditioned coaches. (EOIC)
Today (3:34AM)  300 special trains for Chhath (news.oneindia.in)
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Railways today said it will run 300 special trains from different parts of the country to Bihar for devotees who want to attend the 'Chhath festival' later this month. "We will run 300 special trains to Bihar for worshippers who want to return home to observe the Chhath festival. More trains will be provided if the need arises," MoS Railways Manoj Sinha told reporters on the sidelines of a function organised by the BJP to commemorate the 127th birth anniversary of Sri Krishna Singh, the first Chief Minister of Bihar. The festival dedicated to the Sun God is observed by a majority of people in Bihar and lakhs working in other parts of the country return to their native places in the state to attend it, he said.
Today (3:24AM)  Railway official removed after debt trap projection, warned against setting up of rolling stock making units - Page2 (economictimes.indiatimes.com)
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Further, locomotives and wagons, if needed, can be sourced from units belonging to the Railways. Besides, Dedicated Freight Corridors, once made operational, would permit high-speed freight trains, thereby reducing the additional rolling stock requirement, so there is a need to decongest the tracks, the finance department reportedly advised.
However, the officials of Mechanical and Electrical wings of the Raiways, insists that the figures projected by the finance wing are theoretical and not applicable to field situations. They insist there is a requirement of additional wagons and locomotives, and commitments made in Parliament to set up these units must be honoured.
"We are short by 500-600 locos and we can't invest in inefficient loco units, where saturation has already reached. Also money generated through these new locos will be high. The two units
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at Madhepura and Marhowra would manufacture 1800 locos, these are revenue earners. The Cabinet has approved the financial bid document for these two projects. Under the AOT agreements, we have rigid performance parameters. And for 6000 HP and 12000 HP locos, the technology being offered is far superior, which our units at Chitaranjan and Varanasi can't manufacture," Kumar said.
The two units proposed to be set up under AOT agreement are ELF Madhepura (for electric locomotive) and DLF Marhowra (HP Diesel Locomotives). In all, 15 rolling stock units are proposed to be set up under AOT agreements, through Public-Private Partnership (PPP) mode. According to official figures, in 2013-14, Railways borrowings were at Rs 11,790 crore, whereas lease charges (debt servicing) stood at Rs 13,180 crore, with a negative cash flow of Rs 1,390 crore.
"The total financial commitment between 2018- and 2029 is estimated to be Rs 1.65 lakh crore. These are all green field projects and railways shall have to pay for them by borrowing from IRFC. And if AOT commitments are affected, then average annual borrowing from IRFC would peak to Rs 38,000crore. Railways is not generating enough to pay service charges, which include dividend charges to government of India and lease charges to IRFC," disclosed a senior railway official, who has direct knowledge of the ongoing controversy.
Today (3:22AM)  Delhi Metro proposes over 103 km long corridor in phase IV (economictimes.indiatimes.com)
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NEW DELHI: Even as work is underway on Metro's phase III, the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation has proposed 103.93 km long corridor in phase IV which is likely to come up by 2022.
A Detail Project Report ( DPR) for phase IV has been prepared and submitted to Delhi Government and the Union Urban Development Ministry for approval, a DMRC spokesperson said.
The corridors being proposed under this are Rithala to Narela (21.73 km), Janak Puri West to R K Ashram (28.92 km), Mukundpur to Maujpur (12.54 km), Inderlok to Indraprastha (12.58 km), Aero City to Tughlakabad (20.20 km), Lajpat Nagar to Saket G Block (7.96 km), as per the report.
The corridor will cover Rithala to Narela via Barwala and Bawana, West
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Janakpuri to R K Ashram via Peeragarhi Chowk, Mukundpur to Maujpur via Wazirabad and Khajuri Khas, Tughlakabad to Aerocity via Saket G Block, Mehrauli and Mahipalpur with a spur from Lajpat Nagar to Saket G Block, Inderlok to Indraprastha via Dayabasti, New Delhi Railway Station, Delhi Gate and Delhi Sachivalaya.
"As per the acquired experience, total work can be completed in 72 months period from date of start. The work should be started by April 2016, and various sections can be opened in phases by March 31, 2022," the spokesperson said.
Project completion date is subject to land required for the project, which is made available to DMRC within six months period from date of sanction of project.
In the phase III, construction work on Jhangirpuri-Badli 4.489 km work on which work started in September 2011 has been 80 per cent completed till last month and is likely to complete by March next year.
The 13.875 km lond Faridabad extension corridor, work on which began September 2011 will be completed by May next year as 88 per cent work on it has been completed.
On the 9.37 km Mandi House-Kashmere Gate, 78 per cent work on the line which started in May 2011 has been completed and it is likely to be totally completed by December 2015.
The longest 55.697 km Mukundpur-Shiv Vihar corridor, work on which began in September 2011, is expected to open in March 2016 and only 55 per cent construction has been completed till last month.
About 45 per cent work has been completed on the 33.494 km long Janakpuri-Kalindi Kunj Metro corridor by September and it too will be ready by March 2016.
Besides these only 15.57 per cent work has been over on the 4.373 km long Dwarka-Najafgarh and 24.90 per cent work has been done on 11.18 km long Mundka-Bahadurgarh corridor. Work on both the sections commenced in September 2012 and is expected to be over by March 2016.
Today (3:21AM)  Railway official removed after debt trap projection, warned against setting up of rolling stock making units (economictimes.indiatimes.com)
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NEW DELHI: The financial commissioner of the Indian Railways has been removed a month after she came up with projections that the state-owned transport behemoth could be headed for an 'irreversible debt trap' if it went ahead with plans to set up new rolling stock manufacturing units. The official, Rashmi Kapoor, was removed on October 14 and replaced by Rajalakshmi Ravi Kumar.
The change took place when Kapoor, who was also holding post of Additional Member (Finance) in the Railway Board, was in Japan on an official trip. On September 5, Kapoor had sent a note to Railway Board chairman Arunendra Kumar, cautioning against setting up new rolling stock manufacturing units under Assured Offtake Agreements (AOT) on the ground that this would result in a financial commitment of Rs 1.65 lakh crore, which would plunge the Railways into a debt trap.
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The September 5 letter was marked to the Railway minister. Kumar confirmed that the finance department had reservations about the wisdom of the locomotive manufacturing plans, but said the Railways would go ahead.
"In 2009 the finance department said yes, and in 2014 it says no, that is not acceptable. I must tell you that due diligence has been done, there is no question of debt trap. We are getting the best technology, these are high technology locomotives which our factories can't make. The locomotives are instant revenue earners, tracks won't give you money," Kumar told ET. An official from the finance department said its analysis indicated huge outflows on account of interest payments.
"We sensitised the new regime in July-August, and in September, recorded our objections on the files that there is no requirement of additional locomotives. And that the proposals to set up rolling stock manufacturing units under Assured Off-Take (AOT) agreements through PPP mode should be dropped."
If financial commitments are affected, the annual lease charge serving liability of Indian Railways (IR) towards Indian Railways Finance Corporation (IRFC), from whom loans shall be raised, would exceed the annual borrowing," a senior Railway officer told ET on condition of anonymity.
"We had apprised the previous Railway Minister Mallikarjun Kharge also, but nothing happened. And now we decided, this is a national waste and can't be allowed," he said.
Today (3:18AM)  Railways target reduction in operating costs (economictimes.indiatimes.com)
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LUCKNOW: Reducing operating ratio was a big challenge before the Railways and a target of reducing it to 85 per cent from exisiting 94 per cent has been fixed, Union Minister of state Manoj Sinha said here today.
"When our government came to power then operating ratio was 94 per cent which meant a saving of rupees four from the income of Rs 100. From this saving a lot of work right from uplifting railway stations to international level and operate double decker train has to be done," Sinha told reporters after review of Research Design and Standards Organisation ( RDSO).
"As of now our target is to reduce operating ratios from exisiting 94 per cet to 85 per cent. To suggest on how to reduce this ratio a high-level committee of
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the experts has been constituted," he added.
The MoS said that ensuring safe railway journey along with development of infrastructure facilities and reducing operating cost was a major area of concern.
He said that several measure were being taken along with modernisation of infrastructure facilities.
Taking a dig at previous governments Sinha said that earlier railways used to be either of Bihar, Bengal or any other state, but the present government was working with the entire country in focus.
Terming safe railway journey as priority, he said that during Atal Bihari Vajpayee government a safety fund was created and Prime Minister Narendra Modi would be requested to revive it in the next budget.
He termed unmanned railway crossings as a big challenge for safety and said that there were nore than 10,000 such crossings in the country.
He said that efforts were being made either to close or man such crossings in the next two years.
Sinha said that on one hand Modi government was taking steps to launch bullet tarins, on the other it was also making efforts for safe journey, quality food in trains and modernise ticket selling.
He said that considering the number of passengers, number of trains was not adequate and efforts were being made in this direction, but it would take time.
Today (3:16AM)  Cabinet okays 78-day bonus for railway men post-facto (economictimes.indiatimes.com)
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NEW DELHI: The Union Cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, today gave its ex-post facto approval for payment of Productivity Linked Bonus (PLB) equivalent to 78 days wages for the financial year 2013-14 to all eligible non-gazetted Railway employees.
However, railways had already given bonus to its 12.60 lakh employees without obtaining the mandatory sanction of the cabinet as Railway Minister Sadananda Gowda could not obtain the cabinet clearance earlier because of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's other preoccupations and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley's recent health problems.
The financial implication of payment of 78 days' PLB to railway employees has been estimated to be Rs 1063.38 crore.
The wage calculation ceiling prescribed for payment of PLB to eligible non-gazetted Railway employees is Rs
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3500 per month and about 12.60 lakh non-gazetted Railway employees are likely to benefit from the decision.
Today (3:13AM)  South Central Railway to prepare standard protocol to handle natural calamities (economictimes.indiatimes.com)
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HYDERABAD: The South Central Railway decided to formulate a standard protocol today to tackle any emergency arising out of natural calamities like Cyclone Hudhud.
SCR General Manager P K Srivastava held a safety review meeting with senior railway officials in this connection to discuss the protocol, The SCR said in a release issued here today.
"While complimenting railway officials for quick restoration of railway tracks, Srivastava underscored the need to ensure that railway track structure could withstand the fury of nature, especially by making the track non-susceptible to breaches due to heavy rains," the SCR release said.
The SCR restored the affected railway track within 32 hours by quickly mobilising resources on a massive scale to tackle railway track breaches over a length
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of 350 metres on the Visakhapatnam rail route last week, it said.
Srivastava directed the Divisional Railway Manager to study the topography and geographical conditions in the vicinity of railway tracks and vital installations situated in cyclone-prone areas, in detail, the release said.
"He emphasised that preventive steps like appropriate diversion of nearby canals, proper de-silting of cross culverts passing across the track, provision of adequate water way at narrow cross culverts where water gushes across the railway track with more force and putting in place additional pipes and stone pitching near the track should be taken up on a priority basis to avoid the possibility of erosion of earth or breaches to the railway track," the release said.
The SCR general manager instructed senior officials to thoroughly inspect vulnerable areas and undertake corrective work to avoid any scope for tracks getting affected in case of cyclones or heavy rains, the release said.
"In this connection, South Central Railway has initiated preparation of a standard protocol with details of micro-level plans on preventive measures to be taken, preparatory steps to be put in place, including mobilisation of men and material, to meet any emergency situation.It has also clearly defined roles of various agencies involved in relief and restoration activities," the release said.
Today (3:11AM)  Railway rake in 10.59% more earnings from freight traffic (timesofindia.indiatimes.com)
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BANGALORE: The Indian Railways generated a whooping Rs. 48062.07 crore of revenue earnings from commodity-wise freight traffic during April-September 2014 as compared to Rs. 43457.78 crore during the corresponding period last year, registering an increase of 10.59 per cent.
During the said period, Railways carried 532.44 million tonnes of commodity-wise freight traffic, compared to 511 million tonnes carried during the corresponding period last year, an increase of 4.20 per cent. During the month of September 2014 itself, the Railways generated Rs. 7703.85 crore as compared to Rs. 6992.18 crore during the same period last year, registering an increase of 10.18 per cent. Rs. 3519.49 crore revenue accrued through transportation of 42.45 million tonnes of coal.
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