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Yesterday (11:39PM)  MOSR reviews performamce of Eastern Railway (news.webindia123.com)
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Union Minister of State for Railways reviewed the performance of Eastern Railway at a high level meeting here today.
Mr Sinha reviewed the passenger amenities, safety and security of passengers and particularly arrangements made by Eastern Railway during the festive season.
He expressed his happiness over the performance and the activities concerning the passenger related issues, safety and security of the passengers by Eastern Railway.
Mr Sinha appreciated the overall performance of Eastern Railway and advised General Manager to sustain the same activities and contribute to the further growth of Railways.
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Eastern Railway General Manager R K Gupta appraised about the overall scenario, highlighting the achievements and the performance of Eastern Railway so far as passenger amenities, safety and security of the passengers are concerned, financial position and the ongoing projects position were also reviewed by the Minister.
Regarding the safety, Mr Gupta, informed that the highest priority is being given by the Eastern Railway for safe, secure and timely running of mail/express trains as well as suburban trains.
Addl General Manager of Eastern Railway B K Patel and other principal officers attended the review meeting. UNI BM 1755 NNNN
Yesterday (11:38PM)  Railway need not probe IRCTC-Saradha Tours tie-up: MoS, Rly (www.business-standard.com)
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Railways will not institute a separate probe into the alleged tie-up between IRCTC and Saradha Group-owned travel company as the CBI was investigating into the matter in its totality, Minister of State for Railways Manoj Sinha said today.
"There is no need for a separate investigation by the Railways. The CBI is investigating the Saradha Group issue. Law will take its own course irrespective of whosoever is found guilty," Sinha told reporters here.
Allegations have surfaced in the local media that Indian Railways-owned IRCTC had entered into a contract with Saradha Group-run Saradha Tours and Travels for operating tourist services to different destinations.
Former minister of state for Railways Adhir Chowdhury demanded that the CBI, which is probing the multi-crore
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Saradha chit fund scam on a Supreme Court directive, probe whether Saradha was favoured unduly.
"Whether set guidelines had been flouted in giving Saradha the contract should be investigated and whether IRCTC had favoured it should be found out," Chowdhury, who is at present a Congress MP and West Bengal Pradesh Congress president, said.
Yesterday (11:37PM)  Guntur railway division gets additional income of Rs 41.38 lakh (timesofindia.indiatimes.com)
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GUNTUR: South Central Railway (SCR) Guntur division fetched an additional income of Rs 41.38 lakh during the month of August through surprise raids and inspections to detect the ticketless travelling.
According to senior divisional commercial manager, C Ramakrishna, they have earned Rs 41.38 lakhs from 25650 cases. He said that about 8694 cases were booked against people for failing to produce journey authority in its prescribed format and 16,956 were booked for carrying un-booked luggage with them beyond the permissible limits.
He said that performance during August was bettered by more than 10.1% in the total number of cases booked and by 18.9% in the resultant earnings compared to previous August. He said that Rs 53,600 was collected towards fines from 268 persons for littering railway premises. At the end
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of first five months of the current financial year of 2014-15, Guntur division registered 1,26,063 cases and earned Rs 2 crore, said Ramakrishna.
Yesterday (11:36PM)  Central Railway proposes new AC express train to Goa (www.daijiworld.com)
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CR has proposed a new AC Express train to Goa. The superfast train finds a mention in the new CR timetable which will come into effect from Monday. On WR, the highlight of the new timetable is change in Rajdhani Express departure timing from Mumbai and speeding up of Indore Duronto by 30 minutes. The 12951 Mumbai-New Delhi Rajdhani Express has been brought forward by five minutes—it will leave at 4.35pm instead of 4.40pm.
CR chief spokesperson Narendra Patil said, "The train to Goa will leave LTT at 1.10am every Thursday and arrive at Karmali at 11am. The return train from Karmali will depart at 2pm every Thursday and reach LTT at 11.55pm." The superfast will halt at Thane, Panvel, Chiplun, Ratnagiri, Kankavli and Kudal. Some of the other proposed trains are Mumbai-Lucknow weekly AC express via Bhusaval-Khandwa-Itarsi-Jhansi; Mumbai-Chennai Central weekly
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express via Pune-Wadi; a bi-weekly Patna-Mumbai Premium AC train via Manikpur-Itarsi-Khandwa; Mumbai-Azamgarh weekly express via Itarsi-Jabalpur-Allahabad-Janupur-Shahganj.
The frequency of 17317 / 17318 Hubli-Mumbai-Hubli Express will soon be increased from weekly to daily while CR plans to terminate Mumbai-Madgaon Janshatabdi Express at Karmali.
The Howrah Mail via Allahabad will now leave CST at 9.30pm instead of 9.25pm and the Intercity Express will leave CST at 6.40am instead of 6.45am.
Yesterday (11:33PM)  Phase 1: Train Finally Chugs on Khurda-Balangir Line (www.newindianexpress.com)
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BHUBANESWAR: In what could be good news for people in the hinterland, trial run of trains in the first 32 km stretch of Khurda-Balangir line was successfully carried out on Sunday.
Twenty years after the 289-km broad gauge line was sanctioned, a railway engine chugged off from Khurda Road station at 10 am and hurtled all the way to Begunia and returned by 3 pm. The trial run marks the completion of the first phase of the project at an estimated `150 crore.
The much-awaited line is significant not only for connecting backward pockets of central Odisha districts but also linking the coastal regions with the western pockets of the State.
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from the Commissioner, Railway Safety. The East Coast Railway will focus on peripheral development along the stretch.
The 32-km stretch from Khurda Road to Begunia has seven road overbridges (ROB), three big bridges and 55 small bridges. It will have two major stations - Khurda and Begunia.
Sources in the ECoR said, the Railway Board has so far sanctioned 112-km stretch of the 289-km line and the projected coast for this could stand at about `460 crore. While the first 32-km stretch is complete, the next phase will comprise completion of the line till Raja Sunakhala measuring a total of 46-km which is expected to be completed by March 2015. The 66-km stretch till Nayagarh is likely to be completed by the end of 2015-16 financial year.
The Khurda-Balangir line which has been a politically sensitive project, given the inordinate delay in its completion, was originally estimated at `1,000 crore. However, the 20 years that witnessed low budgetary provisions and issues of land acquisition delayed the project and shot its cost close to `2,000 crore.
The line will link Khurda with Nayagarh, Boudh, Sonepur and Balangir districts. A number of emerging urban areas and rural pockets in these districts will be connected by the railway network which is expected not only to improve communication but also to spur development.
Smaller towns such as Daspalla, Banigochha, Manipur and Boudh will be linked by the line. Work at the Balangir side of the project has also taken off.
Sunday’s trial run was conducted under the  supervision of Chief Administrative Officer of East Coast Railway RP Dibakar and Chief Engineer Shankarshan Nayak.
Yesterday (11:33PM)  NF Railway changes time table (www.assamtimes.org)
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The Northeast Frontier Railway has changed its time schedule from Monday. NFR officials told Assam Times that the 55613/55614 Dekargaon-Naharlagun passenger (daily) will be leaving Dekargaon at 7 am and arrive at Naharlagun at 12.30 pm, and in the return journey leave Naharlagun at 1.30 pm and arrive at Dekargaon at 7.15 pm. The train was introduced on April 7 this year.
The 12501/12502 Guwahati-New Delhi Poorvottar Sampark Kranti express will now run via Samuktala Road-New Coochbehar-Raninagar-Jalpaiguri section instead of Samuktala Road-Alipurduar Jn-Siliguri Jn section from Tuesday.
Some other trains have been speeded up as per the new time table. As per the NFR, the 15905 Kanyakumari-Dibrugarh Vivek express has been speeded up by 270 minutes, the 22511 Lokmanya Tilak-Kamakhya Karmobhoomi express by 65 minutes, the 15657 Sealdah-Guwahati Kanchenjunga express by 15
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minutes and the 55714 Dekargaon- New Jalpaiguri passenger by 70 minutes.
A few trains have been converted into superfast express with new numbers. These are the 22512/22511 Lokmanya Tilak-Kamakhya-Lokmanya Tilak (T) Karmabhoomi express (old number was 15612/15611).
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Yesterday (11:31PM)  Unauthorised travel rampant in reserved coaches: Rlys (indianexpress.com)
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Encroaching on travelling space reserved for a special category of commuters in Mumbai local trains tops the list of offences registered by the Railway Protection Force (RPF) under the Railways Act. Close to half of the total 37,131 cases registered with the Central Railway (CR) between January and July were for unauthorised travel in compartments reserved for disabled commuters and cancer patients.
While section 155 of the Railways Act also includes unauthorised travel in luggage compartments and reserved coaches in mail/express trains, according to RPF officers, most of the cases are reported in compartments earmarked for disabled commuters.
Of the total 37,131 cases, 42 per cent are related to unauthorised travel, with the RPF registering 15, 692 cases between January and July 2014.
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A similar trend was noted last year, with unauthorised travel in reserved compartments accounting for nearly 40 per cent of the cases. The RPF registered 14,215 cases of the total 35,762 cases between January and July 2013.
With heavy rush in trains, especially during peak hours, commuters in compartments attached to the ones reserved for special categories are often found violating rules. These include women commuters, sick passengers and even the city police, according to RPF officials.
While lack of space is often cited as the reason by unauthorised commuters when caught by authorities, RPF officials feel that there should be greater sensitivity among commuters towards disabled passengers who find it difficult to board and alight from crowded compartments.
“Intensive drives and awareness campaigns through instructions in the train, display of posters and announcements are carried out continuously to control the lawless conduct of commuters. Travellers are always appealed not to enter compartments reserved for disabled,” said Alok Bohra, senior Divisional Security Commissioner, RPF, CR (Mumbai Division).
Yesterday (11:30PM)  Metro civil work held up due to delay in shifting utilities (www.thehindu.com)
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Contractors unable to adhere to timeframe
Civil works of the Kochi metro are lagging behind schedule at many work sites due to delay in shifting water and power lines.Contractors of the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) are unable to adhere to the 75-day timeframe for constructing pillars in each site. This has resulted in the central portion of many roads being barricaded for over five months.Metro sources said the Kerala Water Authority (KWA) and the Kerala State Electricity Board (KSEB) had ensured speedy relocation of pipelines, posts and cables for metro’s preparatory works such as reconstruction of North overbridge.
“These agencies are somehow unable to ensure a similar pace to pave the way for metro’s viaduct construction.”
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of pipelines were unavailable, following which their precise location on different roads is not known at many places. Subsequently, they get ruptured when piling is done for metro’s pillars.
A metro official said a contracting firm was unable to commence full-fledged piling at a work site near Maharaja’s College ground because of delay in relocating a big pipeline from the centre of the road.
“The KWA did not even have a clear idea of the pipeline’s width. At Kadavanthra, we were shocked to discover a pipeline though they said there was none. Similarly, though DMRC contractors were prepared to relocate a few KSEB utilities to ensure speedy metro works, this was opposed by a few KSEB officials.”
Delay in widening roads due to slow pace of land acquisition is also holding up metro works, in places such as Kaloor and Lissie Junction. “A wider portion of the roads will have to be barricaded for pile capping and this is impossible unless roads are widened,” metro sources said.
Yesterday (11:29PM)  Delhi Metro modifies Mandi House rotary after completion of construction activities (netindian.in)
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The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has modified and beautified the Mandi House rotary to smoothen the flow of traffic around it after the completion of Metro construction activities in the area.

The rotary was taken over by DMRC from the New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) in October 2011 to facilitate the construction work of Mandi House Metro station and related tunneling which is a part of the extension of Central Secretariat-Kashmere Gate line of Phase III of the Delhi Metro project.

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and later on, after the construction, the amended rotary was restored in consultation with Delhi Traffic Police, a press release from DMRC said.

Now, the diameter of the rotary has been widened from 78 metres to 81 metres and it has also been shifted towards the south, towards Copernicus Marg, so that the carriage way of 16.5 metres all around it can be maintained.

"The shifting of rotary and improving the road alignment has improved the road geometry, resulting in fast movement of the vehicles," the release said.

The inner circle of the rotary has been beautified with landscaping in consultation with the horticulture department of NDMC. The entire area has been divided into four parts with the help of pathways. A variety of plants and trees have been planted to green the area. The plants having mythological relevance like Plumeria Alba and Budha bali (Australian Bottle Plant), flowering trees like Tabebvia Rosea and Spathodea Companulata (Rugtoora) have also been planted.

The rotary will be handed over to NDMC next month, the release said.

In earlier phases of construction also, the road geometry around the Delhi Metro’s construction sites were improved by DMRC engineers in consultation with Delhi Traffic Police to smoothen the traffic flow, it added.
Yesterday (11:28PM)  Vizag metro project finally on track (epaperbeta.timesofindia.com)
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Tech Panel To Scrutinise Bids For Feasibility Study, DPR To Be Appointed
The much-anticipated Vizag Metro Rail (VMR) project finally seems to be gathering pace with the state government on Saturday announcing the constitution of a technical committee to scrutinise and evaluate the bids received by the Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation (GVMC) before July 23 this year.
GVMC had called for global bids to select a consultancy firm for the preparation of feasibility studies and detailed project report (DPR) for a railbased mass rapid transit system in the city. The consultancy that is finally selected will have to prepare the feasibility study and DPR.
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Development released an official Government Order (GO number 714) on Saturday announcing the details of the technical committee for the VMR project.
The committee will scrutinise and evaluate the bids and give its recommendations to GVMC, which in turn will submit it to the state and central government, Rao added.
According to Rao, the government took the decision to form the technical committee following four letters from GVMC and the Centre over the project in the last couple of months.From the GVMC side, GVMC commissioner MV Satyanarayana urged the state government to constitute the committee for scrutiny and evaluation of the bids, both technically and financially , Rao added. “Six firms from across the globe submitted their bids for preparing the feasibility study and DPR, which will cost nearly Rs 1.6 crore. The technical committee will now scrutinise these bids to select the best consultant for the purpose. This process will take another two to three months. Though we have suggested four corridors, the committee will select one of them for which a detailed study will have to be taken by the consultancy ,“ said a senior GVMC official, who is associated with the project.
As per the suggestions made by GVMC in its letters to the government, the four corridors include the 10-km stretch along National Highway-16 from Maddilapalem to NAD Junction, the 14.73 km stretch from the city railway station to Gajuwaka via Scindia, Tagarapuvalasa to Hanumanthavaka along the NH-16 (14 km) and NAD Junction to Gajuwaka (8.5 km).
Yesterday (11:28PM)  Vizag metro project finally on track (epaperbeta.timesofindia.com)
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Tech Panel To Scrutinise Bids For Feasibility Study, DPR To Be Appointed
The much-anticipated Vizag Metro Rail (VMR) project finally seems to be gathering pace with the state government on Saturday announcing the constitution of a technical committee to scrutinise and evaluate the bids received by the Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation (GVMC) before July 23 this year.
GVMC had called for global bids to select a consultancy firm for the preparation of feasibility studies and detailed project report (DPR) for a railbased mass rapid transit system in the city. The consultancy that is finally selected will have to prepare the feasibility study and DPR.
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Development released an official Government Order (GO number 714) on Saturday announcing the details of the technical committee for the VMR project.
The committee will scrutinise and evaluate the bids and give its recommendations to GVMC, which in turn will submit it to the state and central government, Rao added.
According to Rao, the government took the decision to form the technical committee following four letters from GVMC and the Centre over the project in the last couple of months.From the GVMC side, GVMC commissioner MV Satyanarayana urged the state government to constitute the committee for scrutiny and evaluation of the bids, both technically and financially , Rao added. “Six firms from across the globe submitted their bids for preparing the feasibility study and DPR, which will cost nearly Rs 1.6 crore. The technical committee will now scrutinise these bids to select the best consultant for the purpose. This process will take another two to three months. Though we have suggested four corridors, the committee will select one of them for which a detailed study will have to be taken by the consultancy ,“ said a senior GVMC official, who is associated with the project.
As per the suggestions made by GVMC in its letters to the government, the four corridors include the 10-km stretch along National Highway-16 from Maddilapalem to NAD Junction, the 14.73 km stretch from the city railway station to Gajuwaka via Scindia, Tagarapuvalasa to Hanumanthavaka along the NH-16 (14 km) and NAD Junction to Gajuwaka (8.5 km).
Yesterday (11:27PM)  Centre yet to set up fare-fixing body for Mumbai Metro (www.dnaindia.com)
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The Union Government on MOnday told the Bombay High Court that the fare fixation committee for the Mumbai Metro was yet to be appointed.
A division bench, headed by Chief Justice Mohit Shah, asked the government to file an affidavit by September 18 explaining the procedure followed by it to appoint the committee. The court had earlier asked the government to file an affidavit by September 1 informing whether such a committee had been formed. Today, the government asked for more time.
The court had asked the Centre a month ago to set up the fare fixation committee latest by September 30. Such a committee has been contemplated under the Central Metro Act.
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proposal of Reliance Infrastructure (RInfra) and Mumbai Metro One Pvt Ltd (MMOPL) to slash the fares from Rs 10-40 bracket to Rs 10-20 until the fares were decided by the committee.
Reliance is the major partner of the consortium which floated MMOPL, the Metro operator. Maharashtra government's infrastructure planning agency MMRDA, another partner of consortium, has disputed the current fares.
RInfra and MMOPL had told the court earlier that until the FFC decided the fares, they would keep the rates at Rs 10 for a distance up to 3 kms, Rs 15 up to 8 kms and Rs 20 for longer journey (up to 20 kms) till September 30.
The Court is hearing an appeal of Mumbai Metropolitan Regional Development Authority (MMRDA) against a single bench order denying it the right to decide fares.
Yesterday (11:25PM)  China inaugurates new rail-lines in Tibet (www.thehindu.com)
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Seven years after it began an ambitious rail journey from Beijing to Lhasa, China’s railway plans for Tibet are firmly on track with the inauguration of two new rail lines going west and east from Lhasa. The extended lines, (251 kms) from the Tibetan capital to the city of Shigatse on the west and (433 kms) from Lhasa to Nyingchi still under construction to the east, will effectively link Tibet to India, Nepal and Bhutan as well, all part of the Chinese government’s mission 2020 for infrastructure in Tibet.
The lines are also seen as a “triangular defence” for China, allowing it to rush troops and military hardware to its sensitive southern borders with India at short notice. On Thursday, a Chinese defence ministry spokesperson answered Indian concerns over the proximity of the rail line to India’s borders by saying, “I
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hope this will not be over interpreted by the Indian side.” The railway simply aims to raise “economic development and living standards” in Tibet, said Col Yang Yujun in Beijing.
By 2020, China hopes to build 1,300 kilometres of railway lines in the Tibetan Autonomous Region (TAR), as well as more than 1,10,000 kms of roadways, many of which will work as feeder lines to the railway stations that dot the line. On a visit by The Hindu to the Qushui railway station, about 80 kms from Lhasa, it is clear that capacity is key to Chinese plans. An imposing 4-story structure built onto a cleared plateau, with construction ongoing all around it, the station could easily process close to 5,000 passengers over the course of a day. Yet Qushui is a small stop on the Lhasa-Shigatse line, with only one train running up and down it everyday, and boards only 200 passengers a day today! For the two-hour ride, that cuts down travel between Lhasa and Shigatse by half, passengers pay between 40 Yuan- 170 Yuan (In Rs 240-680) per seat.
Officials tell The Hindu that the Qushui stop, like other train stations in Tibet, is powered by solar energy, pointing to the roof of the station that is wholly covered with solar panelling, and that the line to Shigatse had to be particularly routed so as not to disturb a black-crane natural reserve park on the way. Even so, environmental activists say they are concerned about its impact, given the major tunnelling through mountains, and point to a government study published in June, that said glaciers in Tibet had shrunk 15% since 1980, about 8,000 square kilometres in three decades.
Yesterday (11:24PM)  Online rail bookings get family unfriendly (timesofindia.indiatimes.com)
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AHMEDABAD: On Monday, Ankit Sharma wanted to book three tickets to Delhi for his family. At 8am, as the online reservations opened, he checked and was surprised that IRCTC had given him just two tickets. By the time he booked the third, from a different ID and IP address, all he could get was a wait-listed ticket.
This is how the IRCTC website works. The site has been getting loads of traffic for the Diwali vacations and the "two-tickets only" outcome was only for those booking tickets online during "rush hours" - 8am to 10am - even if the booking was made 60 days in advance. Western Railway has closed its doors to those who want to travel with their family and aren't willing to stand in queues.
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the new guidelines, only two tickets can be booked from one IP (Internet Protocol) address. These new guidelines are especially troublesome for those travelling with families. Even a call to IRCTC's customer care gets the response that one can book only two tickets between 8am to 10 am. They say that this was done to prevent mass booking from the IP address and user ID. While this move may have aimed to limit reservation cornering by private travel agents, it has backfired on passengers.
Agents meanwhile, are having a good time. They charge Rs 100 per ticket, above the ticket fare. This charge varies according to the train. For a train to South India or the Rajdhani, the charge per ticket is Rs 200.
An agent, who declined to be named, said: "During rush hours, we have six or seven persons sitting together, who book tickets together. Each will ask for a preference of the same coach so that entire families get accommodation in the same coach." "For a sleeper class ticket, agents will prefer the S-10 or S-12 coach, while for in three-tier AC coaches, the preference is usually B-2," he said.
Yesterday (11:22PM)  DMRC to work with AP on metro rail projects (news.webindia123.com)
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Andhra Pradesh Government has assigned the construction of metro rail projects of the state to Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC).
DMRC principal advisor E Sreedharan has been appointed as the advisor for the government of Andhra Praadesh on the metro rail projects, an official release said here today.
In a meeting with Mr Sreedharan at his office here today, Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu said the Andhra Pradesh would initially have two metro rail projects in Visakhapatnam and VGTM (Vijayawada-Guntur-Tenali-Mangalagiri) area.
The Chief Minister has asked Sreedharan to prepare a feasibility report for a rail based mass rapid transit system.
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the state should be completed within three and a half years.
Mr Naidu also proposed a metro rail project for Tirupati.
However, the Tirupati metro rail project would be taken up once the Visakhapatnam and VGTM projects are completed.
Mr Sreedharan has assured the Chief Minister that DMRC would support and assist the state government in every way possible.
Chief Secretary I Y R Krishna Rao, Advisor (Communications) to the government of AP Dr Parakala Prabhakar and other officials were present in the meeting.
Yesterday (11:21PM)  AP govt to execute two metro rail projects (www.business-standard.com)
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Appoints DMRC's principal advisor Sreedharan as advisor
Andhra Pradesh government is set to execute two metro rail projects in Visakhapatnam and VGTM (Vijayawada-Guntur-Tenali-Mangalagiri) areas of the state.
AP chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu held discussions with Delhi Metro Rail Corporation's (DMRC) principal advisor E Sreedharan in this regard here on Monday.
The construction of the projects has been assigned to DMRC and Sreedharan has been appointed as the advisor for the two projects.
Naidu is said to have asked Sreedharan to prepare a feasibility report and to finish both the projects within three and a half years.
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rail project for Tirupati. However, the Tirupati metro rail project would be taken up following the completion of Visakhapatnam and VGTM projects.
Yesterday (11:21PM)  Hyderabad Metro Rail launch on Ugadi (www.thehansindia.com)
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Madhapur: The much awaited metro rail in Hyderabad is to be launched on Ugadi. The official date was announced by NVS Reddy on March 21 (2015). The metro rail is aimed at targeting middle class people and also lessen the road traffic.
Special efforts are being made to make the service accessible to the physically handicapped too. The Hyderabad Metro is expected to be of world class standards and also provide several employment opportunities.
Yesterday (11:19PM)  Hyderabad Metro Rail seeks suggestions on skywalks (www.deccanchronicle.com)
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Hyderabad: The Hyderabad Metro Rail has invited suggestions to help plan the connectivity of its skywalks better.

Speaking at ‘August Fest 2014’ here, HMR managing director N.V.S. Reddy said, “We want schools, colleges and commercial complexes to be properly connected to the skywalks. To ensure that it is effective and also people-friendly, suggestions from students, teachers, professors and businessmen are welcome.”

The intention is to ensure complete utilisation of skywalks. At the same time, safety and security are also to be kept in mind.

Metro stations chief architect Sushil Verma explained, “Metro stations
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are being built on one pillar which is the first of its kind in the world. The stations will have skywalks which will connect to nearby schools, colleges, shopping malls. Over 200 skywalks have been planned in the city.”

While planning, designs from Japan, Bangkok and other cities were taken into account but the metro stations were built to suit the Indian environment. There is a lot of ventilation inside the metro stations and solar technology will also be used so that electricity consumption can be reduced.

Mr Reddy explained, “Street furniture will be an important aesthetic aspect of metro stations. They will depict the culture of the state and at the same time be useful for senior citizens, women and children.”Hyderabad: The Hyderabad Metro Rail has invited suggestions to help plan the connectivity of its skywalks better.

Speaking at ‘August Fest 2014’ here, HMR managing director N.V.S. Reddy said, “We want schools, colleges and commercial complexes to be properly connected to the skywalks. To ensure that it is effective and also people-friendly, suggestions from students, teachers, professors and businessmen are welcome.”

The intention is to ensure complete utilisation of skywalks. At the same time, safety and security are also to be kept in mind.

Metro stations chief architect Sushil Verma explained, “Metro stations are being built on one pillar which is the first of its kind in the world. The stations will have skywalks which will connect to nearby schools, colleges, shopping malls. Over 200 skywalks have been planned in the city.”

While planning, designs from Japan, Bangkok and other cities were taken into account but the metro stations were built to suit the Indian environment. There is a lot of ventilation inside the metro stations and solar technology will also be used so that electricity consumption can be reduced.

Mr Reddy explained, “Street furniture will be an important aesthetic aspect of metro stations. They will depict the culture of the state and at the same time be useful for senior citizens, women and children.”Hyderabad: The Hyderabad Metro Rail has invited suggestions to help plan the connectivity of its skywalks better.

Speaking at ‘August Fest 2014’ here, HMR managing director N.V.S. Reddy said, “We want schools, colleges and commercial complexes to be properly connected to the skywalks. To ensure that it is effective and also people-friendly, suggestions from students, teachers, professors and businessmen are welcome.”

The intention is to ensure complete utilisation of skywalks. At the same time, safety and security are also to be kept in mind.

Metro stations chief architect Sushil Verma explained, “Metro stations are being built on one pillar which is the first of its kind in the world. The stations will have skywalks which will connect to nearby schools, colleges, shopping malls. Over 200 skywalks have been planned in the city.”

While planning, designs from Japan, Bangkok and other cities were taken into account but the metro stations were built to suit the Indian environment. There is a lot of ventilation inside the metro stations and solar technology will also be used so that electricity consumption can be reduced.

Mr Reddy explained, “Street furniture will be an important aesthetic aspect of metro stations. They will depict the culture of the state and at the same time be useful for senior citizens, women and children.”Hyderabad: The Hyderabad Metro Rail has invited suggestions to help plan the connectivity of its skywalks better.

Speaking at ‘August Fest 2014’ here, HMR managing director N.V.S. Reddy said, “We want schools, colleges and commercial complexes to be properly connected to the skywalks. To ensure that it is effective and also people-friendly, suggestions from students, teachers, professors and businessmen are welcome.”

The intention is to ensure complete utilisation of skywalks. At the same time, safety and security are also to be kept in mind.

Metro stations chief architect Sushil Verma explained, “Metro stations are being built on one pillar which is the first of its kind in the world. The stations will have skywalks which will connect to nearby schools, colleges, shopping malls. Over 200 skywalks have been planned in the city.”

While planning, designs from Japan, Bangkok and other cities were taken into account but the metro stations were built to suit the Indian environment. There is a lot of ventilation inside the metro stations and solar technology will also be used so that electricity consumption can be reduced.

Mr Reddy explained, “Street furniture will be an important aesthetic aspect of metro stations. They will depict the culture of the state and at the same time be useful for senior citizens, women and children.”Hyderabad: The Hyderabad Metro Rail has invited suggestions to help plan the connectivity of its skywalks better.

Speaking at ‘August Fest 2014’ here, HMR managing director N.V.S. Reddy said, “We want schools, colleges and commercial complexes to be properly connected to the skywalks. To ensure that it is effective and also people-friendly, suggestions from students, teachers, professors and businessmen are welcome.”

The intention is to ensure complete utilisation of skywalks. At the same time, safety and security are also to be kept in mind.

Metro stations chief architect Sushil Verma explained, “Metro stations are being built on one pillar which is the first of its kind in the world. The stations will have skywalks which will connect to nearby schools, colleges, shopping malls. Over 200 skywalks have been planned in the city.”

While planning, designs from Japan, Bangkok and other cities were taken into account but the metro stations were built to suit the Indian environment. There is a lot of ventilation inside the metro stations and solar technology will also be used so that electricity consumption can be reduced.

Mr Reddy explained, “Street furniture will be an important aesthetic aspect of metro stations. They will depict the culture of the state and at the same time be useful for senior citizens, women and children.”
Yesterday (11:12PM)  Cutting-edge Technology to Enhance Rail Safety (www.newindianexpress.com)
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NEW DELHI: Following the move by Railways’ to install sophisticated equipment to detect faults and defective parts on its coaches, wagons and locomotives, the practice of manually checking the faulty and defective train parts responsible for causing rail mishaps will soon become a thing of the past.
‘Track-side diagnostic’ equipment uses a combination of high-speed infrared cameras and high-speed digital cameras to take photographs of the parts of the trains, bogies and underslung equipment and relay them to the train examiner for intensive analysis. And these instruments will be installed along the tracks so that when a train passes by, it can locate the defects. They are also capable of detecting the overheated bearings, wheels and brake discs in trains and help in quick decision-making which could avert possible mishap. And they will be installed at 10 locations near stations at
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an estimated cost of Rs 73 crore in the first phase.
The thermal imaging helps to identify hot wheels, hot bearings and hot brake discs due to any malfunction. These systems can check the health of wheels, brake discs and bearings at full running speed of the train and thus increase operational safety and reliability by flagging unsafe conditions well in time.
According to railway officials, the new weather proof system can help save the Public Sector giant several crores of rupees by averting accidents and breakdowns. Currently, train examination at stations is done physically by the railway staff who scour the trains to detect any faults. However, these manual checks often run the risk of overlooking major snags.
Railway safety has been a major concern with successive governments, but the prohibitive cost of the safety gadgets coupled with red tape had until now forced the Railways to look the other way.
Yesterday (11:10PM)  Japan to Invest in Bullet Trains, Ganga Clean-up: Top 10 Takeaways (www.ndtv.com)
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TOKYO: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe held wide-ranging talks today to enhance cooperation in defence, civil nuclear and infrastructure development.
Here are the top 10 takeaways from the talks
India's bullet train project will receive financial, technical and operational support from Japan.
Japan will invest $33 billion in five years in India, a chunk of which will go into PM Modi's pet projects for cleaning up the river Ganga and for developing smart cities.
Japan will invest substantially in the Metro project in Ahmedabad in Mr Modi's Gujarat.
The two countries decided to set a target of doubling Japan's
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foreign direct investment and the number of Japanese companies in India within five years.
Japanese "Industrial Townships" and other townships will be set up with investment incentives for companies.
PM Modi has announced a special team in his office to facilitate Japanese investment in India.
Partnership city arrangement between Varanasi, PM Modi's constituency in Uttar Pradesh, and the historic Kyoto city.
Japan has agreed to remove six of India's space and defence-related entities from its Foreign End User List.
There will be public-private initiatives to set up Electronics Industrial Parks in India and Japan.
Enhanced participation in student exchange programmes.India will promote Japanese language education. The two countries have discussed a big push for collaboration in information technology.
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