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Today (6:35AM)  NRM TO HAVE LIGHT AND SOUND SHOW (www.thehindu.com)
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The National Rail Museum will start hosting a light and sound show and install musical fountains to attract more footfalls and turn the place into an evening tourist destination. Besides, a solar powered multi-functional museum complex will come up and a restaurant named ‘The Rails’ would be set up.
The complex will also have free Wi-Fi service.
NRM currently has about 2000 footfalls on weekdays and 5000 on weekends and holidays during daytime.PTI
  
Today (6:34AM)  Trial run of Talgo train with speed up to 115 kmph conducted (www.thehindu.com)
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Besides reducing travel time, Talgo’s lighter trains consume 30 per cent less energy.
The trial of Spanish train Talgo, the lighter and faster vehicle whose speed goes up to 115 kms per hour, was conducted between Bareilly and Moradabad in Uttar Pradesh as part of the Railways’ strategy to increase the speed of trains.
“It was a smooth ride,” said a senior railway official after nine Talgo coaches were hauled by a 4,500 HP diesel engine on the 90-km line for the first trial run.
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train left Bareilly at 9.05 a.m., moved at a speed ranging between 80-115 km per hour, and reached Moradabad at 10.15 AM, the official said.
As of now, the Delhi-Mumbai Rajdhani Express runs at an average speed of 85 km per hour.
Besides reducing travel time, Talgo’s lighter trains consume 30 per cent less energy.
The nine-coach Talgo train consists of two Executive Class cars, four Chair Cars, a cafeteria, a power car and a tail-end coach for staff and equipment.
Hamid Akhtar, Executive Director of Railways’ Research Designs and Standards Organisation (RDSO) who was on the Talgo train while on way back from Moradabad, said, “there will be three more such runs” before the success or failure could be assessed.
“It is difficult to say anything about the success or failure of the trial... We will record the timings and other parametres during the journey (in further runs)... The data will be analysed and then only we will be able to say anything. Nevertheless it was a smoth ride,” he said.
Besides the officials, the coaches were filled with sand bags. There will be trial with empty coaches as well.
Watch: Spanish bullet train on its first trial run
After the trial run on the Bareilly-Moradabad line, it will be tried on Rajdhani route between Mathura and Palwal for 40 days with speed up to 180 km per hour.
The Talgo train coaches are lightweight and designed in a way that it can run on curves without decelerating the speed, the official said.
Shipped from Barcelona, the Talgo aluminium coaches anchored at Mumbai port on April 21.
Talgo envisages the journey between Delhi and Mumbai can be completed in about 12 hours as compared to 17 hours at present.
The Railways has set up a Mobility Directorate to work on strategies to increase speed of trains. Gatimaan Express — India’s first semi-high speed that clocks 160 kmph, was launched on the Delhi-Agra route last month.
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Yesterday (11:22AM)  Overall efficiency shield for Waltair Division (www.thehindu.com)
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East Coast Railway achieves tag of highest loading zone for the second successive year
The East Coast Railway has achieved the tag of the highest loading zone for the second successive year and the Waltair Division has bagged the overall efficiency shield.
In the 61{+s}{+t}Railway Week celebrations by East Coast Railway, observed to commemorate the first run of train on Indian soil, Waltair Division was given away the overall efficiency shield on Saturday in Bhubaneswar by General Manager, East Coast Railway, Rajiv Vishnoi, and president East Coast Railway Women’s Welfare Organisation (ECoRWWO) Shalini
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Vishnoi in the presence of additional General Manager B.N. Mahapatra.
Addressing railway staff and their family members, Mr. Vishnoi, complimented the staff on their determined efforts and devotion to their duty with a progressive attitude and for a valuable contribution in achieving the honour of the highest loading zone in Indian Railways.
East Coast Railway achieved the tag of highest loading zone for the second successive year by loading 173.49 MT during 2015-16 which is 7.15 per cent more than that in the 2014-15 financial year. This achievement is commendable especially in view of various challenges faced by traffic transportation sector in the country and Indian Railways in particular.
Similarly, ECoR carried 92.97 million passengers in the 2015-16 financial year, which is 3.48 per cent more than in last year. East Coast Railway bagged the Pandit Govind Ballabh Pant Best Zonal Railway Shield-2015 for All Round Performance among all the zones in Indian Railways.
Merit awards and shields were handed over to various officers and staff for outstanding performance. Waltair Division received the Overall Efficiency Shield for performance in various fields. Divisional Railway Manager, Waltair, Chandralekha Mukherjee, received the overall performance shield along with branch officers.
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Yesterday (11:21AM)  Rail Auto Hub all set to rev up (www.thehindu.com)
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Southern Railway will soon unveil a document that would focus on enhancing business activity
Southern Railway will soon unveil a vision document that would focus on enhancing business activity at the Rail Auto Hub at Walajabad. It is also expected to seal a deal with two ports – Chennai and Ennore — as it intends to capture the considerable export market on offer from the two ports, through competitive pricing
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this study would be unveiled in a week’s time. According to a senior official from Southern Railways, this document will give a boost to the automobile industry in Tamil Nadu. “We have carefully analysed the container traffic from the hub to Chennai Port and the transporting spare parts, which is also on cards. As spare parts usually get transported by trailers, we are looking to capture this market share,” he added.
The plan for setting up this Hub at Walajabad, a panchayat town in Kancheepuram district, was made during the Railway Budget 2016. Spread over 5,000 sq.m., the hub — which was inaugurated by the Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu — is located near auto units of Oragdam, Sri Perambadur and Singa Perumal Kovil. These areas house automobile giants including Hyundai, Nissan, Ford and Daimler Chrysler.
Last week, Hyundai Motors sent its first consignment of 124 cars to Changsari, a town in Kamrup district of Assam. The first loading resulted in freight earnings of Rs. 16.37 lakh for the railways.
An official from Hyundai, said: “We expect our rail coefficient to be about 6 per cent while road would be 93 per cent and domestic coastal about 1 per cent during the current year.”
Southern Railway is now awaiting other car firms to come forward and utilise the facility.
“Nissan, being one the largest car manufacturers, looks forward to this efficient and cost-effective infrastructure, as it will soon reach the next milestone of dispatching six lakh cars from Chennai,” said Guillaume Sicard, President, Nissan India Operations. Car-maker Ford feels that this hub will offer a greener logistical solution through decongestion of road traffic.
“Considering the fact that this region caters to about one million cars manufactured per year, Indian Railway stands to gain from the need for efficient finished vehicle transport by automakers,” said Jahnavi Gokulakrishnan, Senior Research Analyst, Transportation & Logistics Practice, Frost & Sullivan – Middle East, North Africa & South Asia.
According to Ms. Gokulakrishnan, a significant share of finished vehicle transport happens via road currently. However, the conditions of the roads across the country do not support transportation of this scale, causing high inefficiencies and bottlenecks in the automobile supply chain.
About 0.02 per cent of roads in India can support high speed transport. Furthermore, the average truck speed in India is less than 25 km/hour, which is lesser than the global average. Additionally, inter-state toll collection and State border crossing procedures add to the inefficiencies.
  
Yesterday (11:19AM)  Southern Railway launches cleanliness drive (www.thehindu.com)
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Commuters of the Mass Rapid Transit System (MRTS) were surprised to find some of the important railway stations on the stretch filled with workers engaged in cleaning and teams of commercial staff checking tickets during morning rush hours.
The stations at Velachery, Tiruvanmiyur, Kotturpuram, Mylapore and Chepauk were cleaned. S. Karunamurthy, a resident of East Avenue in Tiruvanmiyur, said while the platforms at the station near his house were normally kept clean, it was a surprise to see the number of officials and staff engaged in the Thursday’s drive.
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Kotturpuram, Chepauk Velachery, Mylapore and Thiruvanmiyur MRTS stations were given a makeover
  
Yesterday (11:19AM)  No service fee for rail tickets booked using debit cards (www.thehindu.com)
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After a series of income-generating measures, the Railways has some good news for passengers. For tickets booked on or after June 1, the service charge of Rs. 30 per ticket will not be levied on tickets purchased using debit/credit cards at computerised reservation counters.
According to sources, the move follows the waiver on service charge levied on online or card transactions by payment gateways. However, there was no instruction yet on the service charge/convenience fee charged for tickets purchased using cards or via net banking through the IRCTC.
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Yesterday (11:18AM)  Trains regulated (www.thehindu.com)
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There will be regulation of some trains in view of removing a temporary girder from a railway bridge at Jeppu Kudupadi located between Nethravati and Mangaluru Junction stations on May 29, June 1 and June 3.
Train no. 56642 Kabaka Puttur–Mangaluru passenger will be terminated at Mangaluru Junction Station on May 29 and June 1. Train no. 56647 Mangaluru-Subramanya Road passenger will start from Mangaluru Junction Station on May 29 and June 1.
Train no. 70105 Madgaon–Mangaluru DEMU will terminate at Mangaluru Junction Station on June 1, and train no. 70106 Mangaluru–Madgaon DEMU
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will start from Mangaluru Junction Station on June 1.
Partially cancelled
Due to work of non-interlocking and yard remodelling at Palakkad Junction Station, some trains have been partially cancelled on May 29 and 30.
Train no. 56323 Coimbatore–Mangaluru fast passenger, leaving Coimbatore Junction at 7.30 a.m., has been partially cancelled between Coimbatore and Kozhikode, and will start from Kozhikode at 1 p.m.
Train no. 56324 Mangaluru-Coimbatore fast passenger, leaving Mangaluru Central at 7.40 a.m., will run only up to Kozhikode.
  
Yesterday (10:32AM)  Railways withdraw service charge (www.thehindu.com)
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In another passenger-friendly move, the Railways have decided to withdraw the service charge of Rs.30 levied on transactions against credit cards and debit cards for purchasing railway tickets at Public Reservation System (PRS) counters in the country.
From June 1, passengers booking tickets using credit cards and debit cards at PRS counters need not pay Rs.30 in excess of the ticket fare.
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Ministry of Railways has already issued circulars to general managers of all zonal railways informing the withdrawal of the service charge, official sources said.
The directive from the Director, Passenger Marketing, Railway Board to the chiefs of the various railway zones says the decision has been taken at the initiative of the Finance Directorate of the Ministry of Railways, the sources said.
Rail Humsafar
The move taken during the observance of Rail Humsafar is being viewed as a step to encourage more bookings using credit and debit cards at the PRS counters across the country in the face of stiff competition from the web-based booking provided by the IRCTC.
  
Yesterday (10:31AM)  Pinarayi upbeat after meeting Modi, Ministers (www.thehindu.com)
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Meeting with Jaitley
On his meeting with Mr. Jaitley, the Chief Minister said the Finance Minister wanted the State to focus on infrastructure development, particularly widening of the National Highways.
Mr. Jaitley, he said, also “mildly accused” the State of having failed on the land acquisition front, which was quite valid.
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for land acquisition.
The Finance Minister was fully agreed with the State’s position that the Railway Board should support its proposal to construct a north-south railway corridor by the side of the existing tracks and wondered whether the State could not go in for private participation.
Since it was the State that should decide how private funds should be utilised, it was a proposal that could be considered, Mr. Vijayan said.
  
Yesterday (10:31AM)  ‘Priority to Malabar development’ (www.thehindu.com)
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Chandrasekharan says there is no plan to freeze the zero landless scheme
The new Left Democratic Front (LDF) government is committed to addressing the relative backwardness of the Malabar region, Revenue Minister E. Chandrasekharan has said.
“The LDF in its election manifesto has made it clear that its government would accord topmost priority to addressing the relative backwardness of the Malabar region, including Kasaragod district,” he said.
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the meet-the-press programme at the Press Club here on Saturday, he said the government would take steps to build permanent structures like mini civil stations to house all offices of the 12 newly constituted taluks in the State.
Stating that the new government had no plan to freeze the zero landless scheme brought in by the previous UDF government to ensure land for all, the Minister said the LDF Ministry would see that only land that is suitable to live on would be distributed to the landless.
Reiterating that the LDF government would act tough on corruption at all levels, he said a village officer in Malappuram district was suspended by the district administration on Friday after he was found to have taken bribe from a person.
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Addressing a press conference at Kanhangad, Mr. Chandrasekharan, the MLA from the constituency, said the new government would take steps for speedy land acquisition to take up works on the long-pending Railway Over Bridge at Kottachery in the town, and another at the Pallikkara on the national highway and the proposed Kanhangad-Kaniyooru rail line to provide easiest access to Bengaluru from north Kerala.
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