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Today (6:38AM)  Law applies equally to all: BJP (www.thehindu.com)
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The Bharatiya Janata Party maintained on Thursday that “the law is the same for everyone” after a case was registered against Railway Minister D.V. Sadananda Gowda’s son on charges of rape and cheating following a complaint by a Kannada film actor.
“Mr. Gowda has explained his position. The law is the same for everyone,” said BJP spokesman Shahnawaz Hussain when asked about the incident that came to light close on the heels of allegation of misconduct against the son of another Cabinet Minister.
The Minister denied the allegation, and accused his opponents of attempting to malign him and tarnish his family’s reputation.“ Let the law take its own course and justice prevail,” he told presspersons in Mangalore.The Bharatiya Janata Party maintained on Thursday that “the law is the same for everyone” after
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a case was registered against Railway Minister D.V. Sadananda Gowda’s son on charges of rape and cheating following a complaint by a Kannada film actor.
“Mr. Gowda has explained his position. The law is the same for everyone,” said BJP spokesman Shahnawaz Hussain when asked about the incident that came to light close on the heels of allegation of misconduct against the son of another Cabinet Minister.
The Minister denied the allegation, and accused his opponents of attempting to malign him and tarnish his family’s reputation.“ Let the law take its own course and justice prevail,” he told presspersons in Mangalore.The Bharatiya Janata Party maintained on Thursday that “the law is the same for everyone” after a case was registered against Railway Minister D.V. Sadananda Gowda’s son on charges of rape and cheating following a complaint by a Kannada film actor.
“Mr. Gowda has explained his position. The law is the same for everyone,” said BJP spokesman Shahnawaz Hussain when asked about the incident that came to light close on the heels of allegation of misconduct against the son of another Cabinet Minister.
The Minister denied the allegation, and accused his opponents of attempting to malign him and tarnish his family’s reputation.“ Let the law take its own course and justice prevail,” he told presspersons in Mangalore.The Bharatiya Janata Party maintained on Thursday that “the law is the same for everyone” after a case was registered against Railway Minister D.V. Sadananda Gowda’s son on charges of rape and cheating following a complaint by a Kannada film actor.
“Mr. Gowda has explained his position. The law is the same for everyone,” said BJP spokesman Shahnawaz Hussain when asked about the incident that came to light close on the heels of allegation of misconduct against the son of another Cabinet Minister.
The Minister denied the allegation, and accused his opponents of attempting to malign him and tarnish his family’s reputation.“ Let the law take its own course and justice prevail,” he told presspersons in Mangalore.
Today (6:28AM)  Avoid haste in approval for metro: Activists (timesofindia.indiatimes.com)
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PUNE: It's been a year since 'Metro man' E Sreedharan expressed his displeasure over the slow pace of the Pune Metro project, but nothing has changed so far. On the contrary, with every passing day, the plan is getting embroiled in fresh controversies.
Urban development minister Venkaiah Naidu had more than a week back assured chief minister Prithviraj Chavan that the Centre's approval would come within a week, but nothing has happened so far. In the latest turn of events, both the state and the central governments are shrugging off responsibility in answering questions raised on the project by activists.
Civic groups have raised serious concerns over the 'hasty' approach towards the metro proposal. However, some civic officials and state urban development department heads are of the opinion that things will fall
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in place once the project is approved. They have also said that any further delay will mean that the project will not take off in the next couple of years. "There will always be some issues about the project. It is being discussed and debated since 2006, and now it is time for action," said a state official.
"We are yet to receive further directives on the project. The project file continues to be where it was. The special purpose vehicle has not been set up and many technical issues, including land acquisition for stations, have not been done. In fact, no detailed ground work on the project is in place," said a senior civic official.
Meanwhile, civic groups continue to oppose the move by the Centre.
Civic activists have said they will protest against any 'hasty' approval of the proposal. They have demanded that the objections raised by stakeholders should be addressed and that the state should rework the detailed project report, taking into consideration the issues raised by activists and citizens.
The Centre had earlier said that the design and technology of the system should be in accordance with the revised DPR prepared by the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation. "If any change is proposed in the DPR or any condition is proposed by the Centre or any other competent authority, the state will implement the same," the Union government had said. However, with the assembly elections just a few months away, the state and the Centre are in a hurry to approve the project to gain political mileage, activists have alleged.
"We fail to understand why the government is in such a hurry to approve the project, which is based on an incorrect report. The Pune Municipal Corporation, the state and the Centre are not at all ready to accept the points made by experts and activists. It seems that they just want to rush through the proposal before the election dates are announced," said activist Aneeta Benninger-Gokhale.
In October last year, the state had decided to go ahead with the metro rail development in Pune. The cabinet revised the completion deadline of phase I from 2014 to 2021. The DMRC report on Pune metro had expected the project to be completed by May 30, 2014.
However, section of state urban development officials along with civic officials feel the government should give green signal first and other things will be settled. " There will be always issues about any project. Pune project is being discussed and debated since 2006 and now its time for action" said one of the state officials.
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India's Metro Man E Sreedharan had observed that Pune has lost five valuable years in executing the metro project. Unnecessary wrangling over the project will result in cost overruns and delay, which will impact overall infrastructure development of the city.
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Nothing much has changes except for a flurry of new controversies that have erupted after the urban development minister Venkaiah Naidu last week assured the Maharashtra chief minister that the approval would come within a week. The civic activists have raised serious concerns over the 'hasty' approval. However, the Centre's approval that should have arrived by now, hasn't reached the state yet raising concerns over the Centre's intentions.
Today (6:26AM)  METRO TO SCALE NEW HIGH WITH GZB LINK (epaperbeta.timesofindia.com)
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9.6km elevated corridor to have steel bridges linking platforms with tracks while passing through busy areas. Project will be on fast lane
Travelling within the NCR will become fast and smooth with Delhi Metro Rail Corporation constructing a 9.6km elevated track to Ghaziabad in December. What makes the alignment unique--apart from passing through congested roads and linking Old Ghaziabad with Kashmere Gate--is the way station buildings will be connected with the viaduct.To speed things up, a steel bridge will connect the station buildings on either side of the alignment. The bridge will be supported only by pillars placed off the road, and adjacent to the sta tion, but not in the middle.
A senior DMRC official said, “The station buildings will be on either side of the road--the alignment will Bh run
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along the central verge of GT Road.The building blocks Dilshad will be joined to a Garden steel bridge, which will bring people Jhilmil to the platform.“
While four stations will have two steel Anand bridges on one side, Vihar four will have a single bridge, the DMRC official added. The two sides of the station will be linked through a concourse-level passage.“This will be part of the unpaid area.“
The unusual design will T help complete the work t within two years. Typically, the viaduct is built Ra before the stations. But in this alignment, the viaduct and stations will come up together. The steel bridge will connect them at a suitable time.
This extension of the Rithala Dilshad Garden corridor will go through colonies like Shahid Nagar and Raj Bagh to reach the New Bus Adda in Old Ghaziabad. The align ment will have eight stations--Sha hid Nagar, Raj Bagh, Rajendra Nagar, Shyam Park, Mohan Nagar, Arthala, Hindon and New Bus Adda. The UP government and the Centre will provide funds. The only similar station is the one in Kailash Colony on the Central Secretari at-Badarpur line.ndon An elevated road project of Base Ghaziabad Development Au thority will also go over the Metro alignment near the Metro alignment near the Hindon crossing. This road will have a clear ance for 7.5m from the Metro viaduct to the underside of road.
The 10km stretch will connect NH-24 with s Raj Nagar Extension.a According to reports, work is expected to begin on September 20 and finish by March 2017.
The elevated road will follow the path of Hindon Canal, starting 200m from NH-24 on the road turning towards Vaishali from UP gate and ending near Karhera in Raj Nagar Extension area.Midway , it will have an entry point at Kanavni and an exit towards the CISF camp.
Today (6:25AM)  Kerala must share cost for rail development: Gowda (www.mathrubhumi.com)
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Kochi: Union Railway minister Sadananda Gowda said the state govt must share half the cost if they want development works in the state. He said this after visiting the Ernakulam South railway station here on Thursday.
The minister affirmed his support and extended help for railway development in the state. The state govt must be ready to share the cost. He also announced Rs 350 cr aid from the state's share for rail development.
The Karnataka govt has given free land to Railways and also shared 50 percent of the cost for rail development. The Kerala govt must take a cue from them. Presently, a separate zone for Kerala is not possible. However, this request could be taken up in the coming years, the minister said.
Today (6:23AM)  Aseemanand, Samjhauta blast accused, gets bail (timesofindia.indiatimes.com)
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CHANDIGARH: Radical Hindu activist and the main accused in the Samjhauta blast case, Swami Aseemanand, was on Thursday granted bail by the Punjab and Haryana high court.Sixty-eight people were killed in the blasts in two coaches of Samjhauta Express on February 18, 2007, near Panipat in Haryana.NIA had filed a chargesheet against Aseemanand and others on June 20, 2011, terming him the mastermind of the blasts and someone who had instigated others to carry out the terrorist act.
Lodged in Ambala jail for the past four years, Aseemanad was undergoing trial along with other accused before the special court of National Investigation Agency, Panchkula.
A division bench, comprising justices S S Saron and Lisa Gill of the high court, granted him bail, considering pleas that he was been in custody for the
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past four years and there are around 300 witnesses in this case -- some in Pakistan -- and it would take years to complete everyone's examination.
The court was also of the view that the NIA was not able to bring any cogent evidence against Aseemanand, so there was no ground to keep him in custody for long.
In his bail petition, Aseemanand argued that his name did not figure in the initial FIR lodged on February 19, 2007, by the railway police.
"In fact, the FIR was lodged against one Ajmat Ali, arrested on the basis of a sketch prepared on description of two passengers. When the case was handed over to NIA in July 2010, names of all accused were changed and the list included Aseemanand's name," his counsel has argued.
On November 30, 2013, the special NIA court, Panchkula, had dismissed his bail plea after accepting the NIA arguments that letting him out on bail would be fatal for the prosecution. NIA had also argued that since some of the accused involved in the case were still at large, and Aseemanand could tamper with the investigations.
With the bail of Aseemanand, three other accused in the same case, Lokesh Sharma, Rajinder Chaudhary and Kamal Chauhan are expected to get relief. They all are in Ambala jail.
According to Aseemanand's lawyers, after obtaining the detailed order from the high court, they would arrange surety to secure Aseemanand's release from Ambala jail. They said he is expected to be released on Saturday only.
Today (6:21AM)  Monorail scrapped, LRTS mooted (www.thehindu.com)
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KMCL board cites prohibitive cost quoted in tender
The elevated Mass Rapid Transit System (MRTS) for Thiruvananthapuram and Kozhikode, a flagship project of the State under Mission 676, has been scrapped, and instead a Light Rapid Transit System (LRTS) (light metro) has been mooted for the two cities.
The decision was taken by the director board of Kerala Monorail Corporation Ltd. (KMCL) chaired by Chief Minister Oommen Chandy here on Thursday.
The board abandoned the monorail, citing the prohibitive cost quoted by Bombardier Transportation Holdings USA Inc.
The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC), the general consultant for the project, has been asked to submit a detailed project report (DPR) for the LRTS in four
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weeks, Minister for Public Works V.K. Ebrahim Kunju, who is also the vice-chairman of the KMCL, told The Hindu.
Unanimous decision The board went by the DMRC report, and Principal Adviser E. Sreedharan’s advice to reject the lone tender submitted by the consortium for selecting the ‘exclusive developer contractor.’
“The decision to reject the tender was unanimous,” he said.
Cost factor The DPR prepared by the DMRC put the estimate at Rs.5,581 crore. The consortium had quoted Rs.10,392 crore.
The consortium had omitted Rs.4,108 crore additional expenses that were included in the bid.
The cost of the monorail came above the Kochi Metro Rail, and the State could not afford it, Mr. Kunju said.
Merits of light metro The KMCL board decided to go for the LRTS as it was technologically advanced and cheaper compared to the price quoted in the financial bid for the monorail.
The project area and the alignment would remain the same for the LRTS. Global tenders would be floated after the DMRC submitted the DPR.
The other modalities would be decided by the board, he said.
Separate tenders To ensure timely completion of the LRTS and reduce the cost, Mr. Kunju said the tenders for civil, signalling, and rolling stock would be floated separately unlike in the case of monorail for which there was a combined bid.
Ministers K.M. Mani, Aryadan Mohammed, and V.S. Sivakumar; Public Works Secretary T.O. Sooraj; KMCL managing director P.I. Sheikh Pareeth, Kochi Metro Rail Ltd. MD Elias George, and Kerala Road Fund Board Chief Operating Officer P.C. Harikesh were present.
The monorail was mooted on a 22.2-km stretch from Techno City to Karamana in the capital city and on a 14.2-km stretch from Government Medical College hostel area to Meenchanda in Kozhikode.
Today (6:21AM)  Samjhauta blast accused Aseemanand gets bail (timesofindia.indiatimes.com)
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CHANDIGARH: Radical Hindu activist and main accused in the Samjhauta blasts case, Swami Aseemanand, was on Thursday granted bail by the Punjab and Haryana high court.
Sixtyeight people were killed in blasts in two coaches of Samjhauta Express, on February 18, 2007, near Panipat in Haryana.
NIA had filed a charge sheet against Swami Aseemanand and others on June 20, 2011, terming him the mastermind of the blasts.
Lodged in Ambala jail for the past four years, Aseemanad was undergoing trial along with other accused before the special court of National Investigation Agency (NIA), Panchkula.
Division bench, comprising Justice S S Saron and Justice Lisa Gill of the high court, has granted him bail,
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considering pleas that Assemanand has been in custody for the past four years and there are around 300 witnesses in this case -- some in Pakistan -- and it would take years to complete everyone's examination.
Court was also of the view that the NIA was not able to bring any cogent evidence against Aseemanand, so there was no ground to keep him in custody for long.
In his bail petition, Aseemanand had argued that his name did not figure in the initial FIR lodged on February 19, 2007, by the railway police.
"In fact, the FIR was lodged against one Ajmat Ali, arrested on the basis of a sketch prepared on description of two passengers. When the case was handed over to NIA in July 2010, names of all accused were changed and the list included Aseemanand's name," his counsel has argued.
On November 30, 2013, the special NIA court, Panchkula, had dismissed his bail plea after accepting the NIA arguments that letting him out on bail would be fatal for the prosecution. NIA had also argued that since some of the accused involved in the case were still at large, and Aseemanand could tamper with the investigations.
Hope for other accused:
With the bail of Aseemanand, three other accused in the same case, Lokesh Sharma, Rajinder Chaudhary and Kamal Chauhan are expected to get relief. They all are in Ambala jail.
May be out tomorrow
According to Assemanand's lawyers, after obtaining the detailed order from high court, they would arrange surety to secure Aseemanand's release from Ambala jail. They said that he is expected to be released on Saturday only.
Today (6:20AM)  Railways change time of trains to Amritsar, Lucknow, Ajmer (timesofindia.indiatimes.com)
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CHANDIGARH: Timings of three trains, including Chandigarh-Amritsar, Chandigarh-Lucknow and Chandigarh-Ajmer, will change from September 1. Railway officials said the new timing for Chandigarh-Amritsar train will be 5.10 pm. The timing of Chandigarh-Ajmer train will be 8.50 pm. And timing of train between Chandigarh and Lucknow will be 5.10 pm. Officials said the decision was taken during the annual review meeting of all major trains by northern railway officials. As of now, timing of Chandigarh-Lucknow is 8.50 pm, Chandigarh-Amritsar is 5.25 pm and timing of Chandigarh-Ajmer is 9.10 pm. These three trains run every day from Chandigarh railway station.
Today (2:27AM)  CR builds heliport for rapid rescue ops (timesofindia.indiatimes.com)
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MUMBAI: Central Railway (CR) has made an ambitious plan to use air ambulances to save the lives of victims of train accidents that occur at places far from hospitals. As a pilot, CR has constructed a heliport in Byculla, to which air-lifted victims can be brought for shifting to the railway hospital and other big medical facilities in Mumbai. The plan includes making six helipads in the 65km Apta-Roha stretch; Roha, the farther of the two, is 145km from Mumbai.
The plan was prompted by CR's rescue experience with the May 4 Diva-Sawantwadi passenger train derailment, in which 23 people were killed and more than 100 injured. The accident spot was near Roha and timely medical help could not be reached to the victims. The problem was highlighted by the fate of a 3-year-old victim, Samruddhi Nakti, who lost a leg—it
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could have been saved had she been brought to Mumbai sooner.
"Delays occurred in helping the victims, particularly because of traffic obstructions, besides the long journey from the accident site to Mumbai," said a CR official. "In advanced countries, air ambulances are the norm for accidents and medical emergencies that occur at remote places."
CR has corresponded with the state government, whose support is essential to start the air ambulance service. "The standard operating procedure will be that victims are first taken to the nearest primary healthcare centre, from where they can be air lifted to Mumbai. The government's help is needed to set up helipads close to the primary healthcare centres," the official said.
As per the plan, golden-hour treatment can be provided at a primary health centre before a victim is brought to Mumbai for intensive care, treatment and surgery. "The air-ambulance facility will be a game-changer in the field of rescue operations," the CR official said. "Victims can be shifted to top-class hospitals in a maximum of two hours from accident sites."
Today (2:11AM)  Proposed Panvel-Karjat track will help Naina residents too (timesofindia.indiatimes.com)
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NAVI MUMBAI: The Navi Mumbai Airport Influence Notified Area (Naina) project got an extra boost with the state government's in-principle nod for double-laning the track between Panvel and Karjat. The elevated corridor between Kalwa and Airoli is also on the cards.
The project, based on the people's participation model of sharing land to develop a mega city of 600 sq km, is close to the new airport in Panvel taluka. Around five of the 23 villages which will be rehabilitated as part of the airport project, are part of the interim development plan in Raigad district. The villagers will also benefit, along with other commuters, from the Rs 1,473-crore double-laning railway project, which will connect the fast growing Panvel area with Thane, Kalyan, Karjat and the satellite city.
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(UDD) in June intimated the railway board that the state government would share the 50% of the cost that will be further split equally between MMRDA and City and Industrial Development Corporation (Cidco). Mumbai Rail Vikas Corporation (MRVC), a public sector undertaking of the Union ministry of railways, will pay the remaining expenses.
This project is part of the MUTP-III and will be implemented by MRVC for the railway ministry. Cidco sources said, "We are yet to receive a formal letter from the state government, but written communications by the state government to the Centre have been marked to us as well. Once we get direct communication, the board will take up the case for approving the project cost.''
This apart, the city commuters will also get two new suburban stations at Bonkode and Dighe on the Trans Harbour track, as MRVC has agreed to include Bonkode station in its 2-km-elevated corridor project from Airoli to Kalwa.
Cidco will not have to spend any money in this project, estimated at Rs 336 crore, as the cost will be shared between MRVC and MMRDA.
The station at Bonkode will enable commuters to board the Thane-bound train along the current route. "The alignment for the elevated corridor along with the location of Dighe station needs to be worked out," said a Cidco official.
Former NCP MP, Sanjeev Naik said, " I am happy that my demand for the two stations on the Trans Harbour route was sanctioned by the state government. I will meet the Union railway minister to expedite the project."
Today (2:05AM)  2 अक्टूबर से चलेगा रेलवे का विशेष अभियान - railway to begins cleanliness drive on second october (rajasthanpatrika.patrika.com)
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कोच्चि। रेल मंत्री डी वी सदानंद गौडा ने कहा है कि उनके मंत्रालय की प्राथमिकता ट्रेनों में सुरक्षा और सफाई सुनिश्चित करना है।
गौडा ने कहा कि रेलवे की दो अक्टूबर को देश के सभी स्टेशनों में सफाई अभियान चलाने की योजना है। उन्होंने कहा कि ट्रेनों में दिए जाने वाले खाने की गुणवत्ता में सुधार किया जाएगा यात्रियों को उनका पसंदीदा भोजन उपलब्ध कराया जाएगा।
रेलवे के आधुनिकीकरण किए जाने के बारे में गौडा ने कहा कि ट्रेनों की रनिंग स्टेट्स और यात्रियों को उनके मोबाइल फोन पर विभिन्न सूचनाएं देने सम्बन्धी सुविधाओं को लागू किया जाएगा।
केरल राज्य को और अधिक ट्रेन आवंटित किए जाने के बारे में उन्होंनेे कहा कि यदि राज्य सरकार अतिरिक्त रेल ट्रैक बनाने के लिए पर्याप्त
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जमीन उपलब्ध कराती है तो राज्य को और ट्रेन दे दी जाएगी।
केरल सरकार की केन्द्र द्वारा उपेक्षा करने के आरोप को खारिज क रते हुए गौडा ने कहा कि केन्द्र ने पहली बार रेलवे के विकास के लिए इतनी बड़ी रकम जारी की गई है।
उन्होंने कहा कि उनकी सरकार ने रेलवे को पूर्व संयुक्त प्रगतिशील गठबंधन सरकार के दो अरब 75 करोड़ रूपए के मुकाबले 3 अरब 50 करोड़ रूपए दिए हैं।
Today (2:04AM)  Additional train to Varanasi, Howrah from Mysore (www.business-standard.com)
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An additional pair of trains are likely to be operated on Mysore-Varanasi and Mysore-Howrah sements soon.
Considering the increasing passenger traffic on these trains and public demand, Mysore-Kodagu MP Pratap Simha had asked Railway Minister on August 26 to introduce one more train service from Mysore to Varanasi and Mysore to Howrah.
The MP said today in a release that the Minister had promised to take action at the earliest. Following this, Simha met the Divisional Railway Manager of South Western Railway and requested him to appropriate action to meet the needs of the commuters on these two lines by introducing additional pair of trains.
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Mysore and Howraih in his Railway Budget.
Today (2:01AM)  Railways to launch web portal to resolve ROB issues with NHAI - (economictimes.indiatimes.com)
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NEW DELHI: In view of delays in construction of road over bridge and road under bridge at level crossings, Railways has adopted e-governance route by creating a web portal for sorting out differences with NHAI for execution of such projects.
The web portal will have all ROB/RUB related information including the exact location of the level crossing on the rail network, volume of traffic, design of bridges and other necessary inputs.
The web portal will be launched next week, Railway Board Chairman Arunendra Kumar said.
Construction of ROB and RUB are important for railways as maximum train accidents take place at unmanned crossings. The difference of opinion between railways and NHAI also come in the way of expansion of highways.
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"With the launching of website we are hoping that construction of ROB/RUB will be faster as all related information and status report will be available online and there will be less possibility of delay over execution," Kumar said.
The application for seeking permission to construct the bridge over the track, design of the bridge and awarding contract will be put on the portal. It will save a lot of time as everything will be online, he said.
The national transporter, despite financial constraints, has set an ambitious target of eliminating 10,797 level crossings during the 12th five-year plan (2012-17) and not adding any new level crossing to the rail network in future.
Currently, railways has 31,254 level crossings and around 40 per cent of these are unmanned.
Today (2:01AM)  Now GRP to connect through Facebook (freepressjournal.in)
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Mumbai : In an attempt to effectively reach the masses and let them register their complaints and grievances with the railway police on a wider, more connected platform, Mumbai’s Government Railway Police (GRP) is going to make its presence on social media through a Facebook page.
In a press conference held on Wednesday, the Commissioner of Mumbai’s railway police R K Singal said it had been found that people were not able to register their complaints through conventional methods with the railway police.
GRP’s official Facebook page, facebpook.com/mumbairailwaypolice, will help people register their complaints on the go. These complaints will be addressed by the GRP and an FIR will be filed for serious offences.
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doing social work. We have realised that we need to approach people and get them involved proactively,” Singal said.
People will also be able to upload videos and pictures of crimes they witness on the page. The posts will not be anonymous.
 “In case there are any false or misleading complaints posted on the page, strict action will be taken against the responsible parties. We will have their IP addresses and their names too. It won’t be difficult to trace them,” Singal said.
A provision has also been made to register complaints on the GRP website. In addition, GRPs website for searching missing persons and accident victims, shodh.gov.in will also be receiving a boost to help people find their relatives.
Volunteers of the National Service Scheme (NSS) will soon be seen on railway platforms.
“NSS has volunteered to help us by offering to provide two guards for every platform. We are working on the details of this plan,” Singal said.
Each guard will have a shift of tentatively eight hours.
In addition, the commissioner has also ordered a complete overhaul in the functioning of the GRP.
The role of the Help Desks at all railway stations and the pattern of the patrolling will be redefined. Five hundred home guards and 100 women constables have been recruited. Along with them, commandos will also be engaged in patrolling stations.
“A new squad, Nirbhay, headed by a woman police inspector and consisting 14 women constables has been formed. This squad was trained for a day in providing first aid, unarmed combat and other essentials to be able to protect female commuters,” Singal said.
The squad, which was previously present only at Central railway, will now be present at Western railway too.
Today (1:47AM)  Chip in for rail projects, Gowda tells Chandy (www.thehindu.com)
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Union Railway Minister D.V. Sadananda Gowda has requested Chief Minister Oommen Chandy to provide at least 50 per of the combined costs of railway projects proposed for the State and value of the land to help his Ministry consider Kerala’s demands.
Addressing a press conference here on Thursday, Mr. Gowda said neighbouring Karnataka was providing 50 per cent of theproject cost and free land. “The Kerala Chief Minister need not give free land. If he [Chief Minister] provided 50 per cent of the cost of the project and land combined, it will be appreciated,” the Minister said while observing that doubling of lines was imperative in the State for operating more trains since the existing lines were already stretched.
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promised. “The Chief Minister [initially[ assured [me] that the State would fully fund the suburban train service. But subsequently it is learned that he wants 50 per cent from the Railways. I once again request that it should be funded hundred per cent by the State, while the railway will take care of the operational part,” he said.
Asked whether the State could be given an exception on its share of contribution towards railway projects considering its small size and limited land, Mr. Gowda said it could not be a bargaining point, as even a State like Jharkhand was ready to offer free land and up to 60 per cent of the project cost.
Mr. Gowda said that in addition to the already sanctioned Onam special trains, another one from Pune would be launched on popular demand. He would favourably consider and give priority if demands were to be made for more Onam special trains. “We have allocated four new trains, which will be dedicated to the people by the end of the year. I have already cleared the files,” Mr. Gowda said.
Today (1:47AM)  New timings for Western Railway outstation trains from September 1 (timesofindia.indiatimes.com)
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MUMBAI: The timings of several outstation trains, including the Mumbai-New Delhi Rajdhani Express, will be revised as Western Railway has drawn up a new timetable that will come into effect from September 1.
"Also, the speed of 30 long-distance trains that depart from various destinations across our zone, including Mumbai, will been increased from September 1," said a WR spokesperson.
According to the revised timetable, 12952 Mumbai Central-New Delhi will leave from Mumbai at 4.35pm instead of 4.40pm, and Nizamuddin-Thiruvananthapuram Rajdhani Express will arrive at Vasai Road at 3.10am instead of 3.35am.
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the revised timetable of long-distance trains on its website—www.wr.indianrailways.gov.in.
Today (1:47AM)  Trains on Konkan route run several hours behind schedule (timesofindia.indiatimes.com)
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Margao: Two days after the restoration of the Konkan Railway route following the derailment of a goods train near Ratnagiri, train services continued to be disrupted with almost all trains on the route running several hours behind schedule.
Long distance trains are running at a much slower pace leaving passengers stranded at railway stations. Most affected are those who are heading to places in the Konkan region and Goa for the Ganesh Chaturthi festival. Konkan Railway sources said that most of the regular as well as special trains running between Mumbai and Goa were running about three to four hours late on Thursday.
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due to late arrival of rakes, the trains between Mumbai and Goa have significantly made up for lost time. All efforts are being made by the railway administration to ensure that trains are restored to their normal schedule to enable passengers reach their destination in time," said Vaishali Patange, chief public relations officer, Konkan Railway.
"Updates on train runnings are being constantly announced at Konkan Railway stations. Information boards have also been displayed at stations. Passengers can call 139 and 022-27587939 for train-related enquiries," a source said.
With a view to ensuring better crew coordination at interchange points of the Central Railway and the Konkan Railway, the latter has stationed a special official at Roha station. Konkan Railway's jurisdiction spans from Roha to Mangalore.
Confusion had prevailed over the operational route of the crew of the Konkan Railway and the Central Railway during the maiden trip of the Mumbai-Goa double decker train on August 22 after the train reached Roha station. The Konkan Railway had to arrange for a replacement locomotive pilot to bring the train further up to Karmali railway station. The episode led to the train being delayed by over an hour. The deployment of a special railway official at Roha station is expected to prevent recurrence of such issues.
"Train services are being monitored at the highest level to ensure least inconvenience to passengers," Patange said.
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रतलाम। पर्यावरण संरक्षण की दिशा में रतलाम रेल मंडल ने पहल करते हुए गैर पारंपरिक ऊर्जा स्रोत का इस्तेमाल प्रारंभ किया है। रतलाम-फतेहाबाद-लक्ष्मीबाई नगर के बीच नए ब्रॉडगेज ट्रैक के सिग्नल, समपार फाटकों और विभिन्ना कार्यालयों में सौर ऊर्जा का उपयोग किया जाएगा। रतलाम-फतेहाबाद इसकी शुरुआत भी हो गई है। इससे आगे ट्रेन चलते ही शेष स्थानों पर भी सौर ऊर्जा का उपयोग प्रारंभ हो जाएगा। मंडल अधिकारियों के मुताबिक उपकरण लगाने के प्रारंभिक खर्च और संचालन व्यय के बावजूद, पूर्व में बिजली से होने वाले खर्च में 25-30 प्रतिशत की कमी आएगी।
रेलवे अधिकारियों के अनुसार नए ट्रैक पर स्थित आठ स्टेशनों पर बने सिग्नलिंग कंट्रोल रूम और सभी समपार फाटकों पर सौर ऊर्जा का इस्तेमाल किया जाना है। मंडल ने नौगांवा, रूनिजा, बड़नगर, गौतमपुरा, फतेहाबाद-चंद्रावतीगंज तक यह काम हो चुका है। अजनोद, पालिया और लक्ष्मीबाईनगर पर पैनल लगाने का
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काम भी सौंप दिया गया है। पूरा ठेका करीब 97 लाख 50 हजार 329 रुपए का है। जिस कंपनी ने यह काम किया है फिलहाल सोलर पैनल से ऊर्जा संग्रहण और उपकरणों के संचालन की जिम्मेदारी भी उसी को सौंपी गई है। इसे मिलाकर ठेके की कुल राशि करीब सवा करोड़ रुपए है। मंडल के वरिष्ठ अधिकारी ने बताया कि खर्च के बावजूद समपार फाटक, सिग्नल कंट्रोल रूम और प्रकाश के लिए बिजली की तुलना में यह 30 प्रतिशत किफायती होगा।
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रेलवे अधिकारी ने बताया कि पहले सिग्नल के कंट्रोल रूम पर लगे उपकरण, मैप, स्विच बोर्ड, लाइट आदि बिजली से संचालित होते थे, इसके लिए अलग से कनेक्शन लिया जाता था। समपार फाटकों पर रोशनी करने के साथ गेटमैन के लिए बने कैबिन में भी बिजली का उपयोग होता था। अब आधुनिक तकनीक वाले सोलर पैनल छत पर लगाए गए हैं जहां सौर ऊर्जा उपकरण और पारदर्शी प्लेट से संग्रहीत होती है। इस ऊर्जा से बल्ब के साथ स्विच बोर्ड और गेटमेन के कैबिन में लगे उपकरण संचालित होंगे। उल्लेखनीय है कि रतलाम नीमच-चित्तौड़गढ़ सेक्शन पर भी सिग्नल सिस्टम संचालन के लिए सौर व पवन ऊर्जा संसाधनों का उपयोग किया जा रहा है।
स्वचलित संचालन
जानकारी के अनुसार रतलाम से लक्ष्मीबाई नगर के बीच स्टेशनों पर लगी सीएफएल और अन्य लाइट शाम 6 बजे से सुबह 7 बजे तक स्वचलित प्रणाली से संचालित होंगी। ट्रेन आने का सिग्नल होने पर स्टेशन की 80 प्रतिशत लाइटें रोशन होंगी, ट्रेन रवाना होते ही केवल 40 प्रतिशत लाइटें रोशन रहेंगी, शेष स्वतः बंद हो जाएंगी। जरूरत के अनुसार रेलकर्मी मेन्युअली भी ऑपरेट कर सकते हैं। अधिकारियों के अनुसार ट्रेन के समय पर यात्रियों को अधिक रोशनी की जरूरत होती है। लेकिन जाने के बाद अपव्यय होता है। इस प्रणाली से बिजली का अपव्यय रुकेगा। यह तकनीक मंडल में रतलाम, उज्जैन, नागदा सहित अन्य स्टेशनों पर संचालित की जा रही है। -निप्र
बोर्ड के निर्देश
रेलवे मंत्रालय और बोर्ड ने निर्देशित किया है जहां नए ट्रैक बन रहे हैं वहां गैर पारंपरिक ऊर्जा का अधिक से अधिक इस्तेमाल किया जाना चाहिए। इसके तहत मंडल ने रतलाम-इंदौर ट्रैक पर प्रयास किया है। खर्च में बचत से ज्यादा महत्वपूर्ण यह है कि इससे बिजली पर हमारी निर्भरता कम हो रही है।
-जेके जयंत, पीआरओ, रतलाम रेल मडंल
अचानक डीआरएम को देख चौंके
रतलाम। डीआरएम ऑफिस परिसर स्थित केंटीन के पास खड़े रेल कर्मचारियों और अन्य लोगों में गुरुवार को उस समय खलबली मच गई जब डीआरएम ललिता वेंकटरमन सवा 11 बजे अचानक वहां पहुंच गई। उन्हें देख कुछ तो नजर बचाकर से निकल गए जबकि कुछ से उन्होंने नाम और विभाग पूछे और कार्यालयीन समय में बाहर खड़े होने का कारण पूछा। डीआरएम ने करीब 15-20 लोगों से नाम और कारण तलब किए और कागज पर नोट किए। कुछ कर्मचारियों ने फोटो कॉपी, तो किसी ने मोबाइल में बेलेंस डलवाने और कुछ ने सिरदर्द होने पर चाय पीने आने का कारण बताया। रेलवे अधिकारी के अनुसार बाद में डीआरएम ने कर्मचारियों की सूची संबंधित विभागों के आला अधिकारियों को भिजवा दी है। शाम तक किसी कर्मचारी पर कार्रवाई नहीं की गई लेकिन इस घटना के बाद पूरे दिन कर्मचारी कार्यालयों में ही नजर आए। पीआरओ जेके जयंत ने बताया कि विशेष कार्रवाई नहीं थी। गेट से गुजरते समय कर्मचारियों को देख डीआरएम ने केवल पूछताछ की थी।
Today (1:47AM)  South Central Railways plans MMTS service to airport (www.deccanchronicle.com)
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Hyderabad: The South Central Railways rejected GMR’s proposal to set up a railway line 3.4 km away from the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport.   The SCR stated that crores of rupees cannot be spent to develop a railway track leaving passengers kilometres away from the airport.   SCR general manager P.K. Srivastava said, “SCR has planned to extend MMTS connectivity all the way to the airport terminal. All stakeholders, except GMR, have agreed. We will discuss things with the Telangana government again.”
Today (1:47AM)  Two satellite stations to ease rail traffic in Telangana (www.deccanchronicle.com)
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Hyderabad: In order to decongest Secunderabad, Hyderabad and Kacheguda railway stations the South Central Railways plans to develop Moula Ali and Nagulapally (near Lingampalli) terminals. Secunderabad caters to 1.6 lakh people on a daily basis, while Hyderabad  accommodates 60,000 people and Kacheguda  accommodates 40,000 commuters.   All loading trains will  terminate at the two new terminals to be developed. P.K. Srivastava, SCR general manager, said, “The maximum rail traffic density is towards the East (on the Secunderabad-Kazipet line), which is  the trunk route on SCR to the West (Vikarabad-Wadi-Mumbai). There is relatively low traffic towards the North and South. Most of the rail routes originate from Secunderabad, but there are only 10 platforms. The station gets cramped during peak hours.    “The Moula Ali and Nagulapally terminal will be developed as satellite stations to handle express and passenger trains which  will help decongest Secunderabad. Talks with the TS government have been successful....
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A concrete plan will be made soon,” said Mr Srivastava.
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