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Today (7:09AM)  NHAI wants land back from Metro (epaperbeta.timesofindia.com)
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NH-24 Widening Project Affects DMRC's E Delhi Plan, Told To Change Tracks
Delhi Metro's march to east Delhi has hit a wall. Even as it grapples with land acquisition issues at Trilokpuri, it has now been asked to return the plot it got from National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) along NH-24 since the road ministry has finalized the plan to expand the highway to 14 lanes.
On June 22, TOI had highlighted how the work has stopped at two places. Though the tussle has been going on for quite some time between DMRC and NHAI, the road ministry has asked the for mer to make changes to its plan at only two locations where the Metro line crosses NH-24. “Our project to expand NH-24 is ready . I have asked them
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find a technical solution quickly . Our tender will be out soon,“ road transport minister Nitin Gadkari said.
Delhi Metro has built pillars here for its Mukundpur to Shiv Vihar corridor. While DMRC says any change now could delay the work by six months, urban development ministry sources don't buy this completely . “We told them to start work as soon as they can so that this portion can be completed in six months, much ahead of the trial run. The traffic on this road is huge, maybe more than what DMRC will carry on this stretch, and we have provided enough space for commuters,“ said road transport secretary Vijay Chibber.He added that the ministry will pay the extra expense hat DMRC would incur.
The land is part of the stretch which will be converted into 14 lanes till Hapur. It is also where Metro has built six pillars for the alignment com ng from Mayur Vihar to Patparganj and, thereafter, Vinod Nagar. The pillars are complete, added officials.“NHAI gave approval for the ransfer of land in 2012, sub ect to certain conditions,“ said the official. In 2014, NHAI had told DMRC about its change in plans and that it wanted the land returned.However, with the Metro corridor alignment finalized, DMRC went ahead with the construction.
The alignment at this place crosses the NH-24 with three pillars on either side bridging the elevated track and cannot be changed at this late stage.
“The alignment leads to Vinod Nagar, which is also the depot for this corridor, so it has to cross over NH-24,“ admitted an official. However, now DMRC will have to come up with an alternate technology to bridge the distance.
  
Today (7:06AM)  Reduce fare: Karunanidhi (www.thehindu.com)
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DMK Supremo M. Karunanidhi on Monday called for reducing the fare of the Chennai Metro, saying it was 250 per cent more than what was being charged by the Delhi Metro.
“The State government and the Chennai Metro should take into consideration the buying capacity of the people and reduce the fare. I am making this demand as a former Chief Minister, one who initiated the works for the launch of the Metro,” Mr. Karunanidhi said in a statement.
Mr. Karunanidhi said that Chief Minister Jayalalithaa, by choosing to inaugurate the Metro project through video conferencing, had not treated the Rs. 14,600-crore project with the importance that it deserved. “Though both the Centre and the State government have invested equally for the project, Union Ministers were not invited for the inauguration,” he
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said. The DMK leader said Ms. Jayalalithaa adopted an inconsistent policy when it came to the Chennai Metro and after coming to power, she argued that a monorail was better than the Metro. “But subsequently, she opted for the Metro. She speeded up the project only after DMK treasurer M.K. Stalin threatened to launch a protest,” he said.
  
Today (7:04AM)  10% off on fares with Rs. 100 Metro travel card (www.thehindu.com)
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Commuters using the Chennai Metro Rail may now purchase a travel card for Rs.100.Half of the amount will be a refundable deposit, which will be paid back on returning the card, and the remaining will be deducted for every ride.The card will be handy for passengers who want to avoid standing in queue or do not plan to take the Metro every day. What’s more?People using the travel cards get a 10 per cent discount on fares.A Chennai Metro Rail Limited official said passengers would have to pay Rs.100 every time they recharged the card at ticket counters or vending machines at the stations.“For regular travellers, we have provided the option for a maximum top-up of Rs.3,000. This card will be valid for one year,” the official said.
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Today (7:03AM)  40,000 on first day, first ride (www.thehindu.com)
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The first day of its operation saw 40,000 people flooding the Chennai Metro Rail stations and a collection of about Rs. 16 lakh from ticket sales.
Officials of Chennai Metro Rail Ltd. were overwhelmed with the positive response from the commuters on the day of the launch. “We hope the Chennai Metro Rail will be extensively used by people always,” an official said.
Thinner crowds
The second day saw far thinner crowds with commuters having difficulty in finding their way around the stations. However, staff were deployed at various points in the stations to offer assistance. A customer-care help desk is functioning.
  
Today (7:03AM)  Fewer toilets, no drinking water, poor signage (www.thehindu.com)
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Though commuters were enthused over the first look of the Chennai Metro Rail stations and trains, they were quick to notice some hitches that need to be set right soon.
One of the major complaints is that the there is just one toilet per station (in an enclosure there will be one each for men, women and differently-abled). For a mass rapid transit that aims to cater to thousands of people every day, one toilet may not suffice. David Manohar, an activist and commuter said, “I couldn’t spot a single toilet. Even if it was present in every station, I couldn’t find a single signage.”
Non-availability of drinking water was another grouse of commuters. Also, there are problems with the display of station names in a few stations; both platforms showed the
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same destination in some stations. Officials of Chennai Metro Rail Ltd. said they would soon make arrangements to provide drinking water facilities soon. “If people would like to use the toilet, they can contact the staff in the station and they will be guided,” he said.
  
Today (7:01AM)  Four trains to be re-routed from today (www.thehindu.com)
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The following four pairs of weekly long-distance express trains are being re-routed via Visakhapatnam by the Ministry of Railways with effect from July 1.
They are: train No. 18048 Vasco-da-Gama - Howrah express (four days a week), 18047 Howrah – Vasco-da-gama (four days a week), 12254 Bhagalpur – Yesvantapur weekly super fast express, 12253 Yesvantapur – Bhagalpur weekly super fast, 12867 Howrah – Pondicherry super fast weekly express, 12868 Pondicherry – Howrah super fast weekly express, 22855 Santragachchi – Tirupati weekly super fast express, 22856 Tirupati – Santragachichi weekly super fast express, according to a statement issued by M. Yelvender Yadav, Senior Divisional Commercial Manager of Waltair Division of East Coast Railway.

  
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Finally the are running via VSKP. Still 2 trains left.

  
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Today (7:01AM)  Honoured by ECoR (www.thehindu.com)
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T.V. Mouli, Chief Ticket Inspector of Waltair Division of East Coast Railway, has bagged a merit letter from the Chief Commercial Manager of ECoR in recognition of his service. Mr. Mouli, who is also a central committee leader of East Coast Railway Shramik Congress (ECoRSC), was selected for the honour for earning revenue of Rs.10 lakh to the railways in a year in the form of penalties from ticketless and irregular ticket passengers, according to an ECoRSC release.
  
Today (7:00AM)  Railway employees describe Debroy report as anti-labour (www.thehindu.com)
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Members of the South Western Railway Mazdoor Union in Mysuru Division observed Black Day on Tuesday in protest against the recommendations of the Bibek Debroy Committee report on restructuring of Railways.
Members of the union wore black badges and demonstrated, waving black flag, during lunch hour, but there was no disruption in the services or at work at the Central Workshop at Ashokapuram. The report had suggested entry of private players in operating trains as also the non-core areas like production and construction.
The protesters dubbed the report as anti-employees and anti-labour and wanted the government to reject its recommendations.
The employees raised some of their long-pending demands on the occasion. Their demands included wage revision, interim relief and merger of 100 per
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cent dearness allowance (DA) with basic pay, scrapping of the New Pension Scheme and reintroduction of the Defined Benefit Statutory Pension Scheme, among others. They wanted the ceiling on bonus removed and five promotions during the service career of every employee, besides filling up all vacant posts.
They wear black badges and wave black flags,
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Today (6:59AM)  SRMU flays Bibek Debroy recommendations (www.thehindu.com)
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The Southern Railway Mazdoor Union has flayed the Union government that it has made all-out efforts to bring in foreign direct investment into the railways by ignoring the socially desirable projects and insisting on commercially viable ones.
Addressing a protest demonstration against the recommendations of the Bibek Debroy committee here on Tuesday, its president C.A. Raja Sridhar condemned the recommendation of downsizing the employee strength of the railways by 5.70 lakh.
Besides it has suggested to do away with the railway schools, hospitals, Railway Protection Force and Railway Colony.
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emergency work. If the colonies are given up where the railway man will go,” Mr. Sridhar said.
Stating that every job in different departments of the railway required specific medical classification, he said if the railway hospitals are done away with it will be difficult for the railways to take up everyday operation.
“The medical officers in central Government health schemes would not be aware of these things,” he said.
Mr. Sridhar said that Union Minister Suresh Prabhu had admitted that the railway was undercharging on both passenger fare and freight rates as part of its social obligation.
“While the operational cost of passenger train per km was 44 paise, we were charging only 15 paise. Similarly freight rates for all essential commodities were highly subsidised. This amounts to Rs. 25,000 crore every year. If the Centre reimbursed the railways for these concessions, Railway will become profitable,” he said.
Stating that the Union government has changed the railway policy from socially desirable to commercially viable, he said the Bibek Debroy committee had suggested privatisation of railway operation.
The SRMU would join the all-India strike proposed by employees of Central Government organisation in November, he said. The divisional secretary, J.M. Rafi, spoke.
“If the railway hospitals are done away with it will be difficult for the railways to take up everyday operation”
  
Today (6:59AM)  Trains cancelledg (www.thehindu.com)
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Railways have cancelled two long-distance Express trains in view of maintenance work at the Itarsi station after a fire in signal control system. Train 12641 Kanyakumari-Nizamuddin Thirukkural Express, scheduled to leave Kanyakumari at 7.55 p.m. on July 3 and Train 12644 Nizamuddin-Thiruvananthapuram Swarna Jayanthi Express, leaving Nizamuddin at 5.55 a.m. on July 3, are the trains that have been cancelled. – Special Correspondent
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