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Today (1:28PM)  UP clears Metro to Gr Noida (epaperbeta.timesofindia.com)
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Metro connectivity in Noida received a big push on Tuesday with UP chief minister Akhilesh Yadav clearing two major routes — a 29.7-km line from Noida City Centre (Sector 32) to Greater Noida, and another 6.7-km stretch from City Centre to Sector 62.
The City Centre-Sector 62 link is a Rs 1,816 crore project while the Noida-Greater Noida route is estimated to cost Rs 5,064 crore. Both are ex pected to be complete by 2017.
At a cabinet meeting in Lucknow, Akhilesh authorized Noida Authority chairman and CEO Rama Raman to set up a special purpose vehicle called Noida Metro Rail Corporation and to enter into a memorandum of association and article of association with the company.
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DMRC as the turnkey consultant for putting both long-awaited projects on track. The approval granted to Metro extension in Noida on Tuesday is the second in three months granted by UP chief minister Akhilesh Yadav . In June, he had approved the 3.9-km, Rs 845-crore Botanical Garden-Kalindi Kunj Metro link.
Officials said the cost of the City Centre-Sector 62 line will be shared on an 80-20 basis between UP government and Center. The Noida-Greater Noida line, on the other hand, will be funded by the two authorities.
The City Center to Sector 62 line will touch NH-24, and will benefit people commuting within Noida and also going to Ghaziabad. It will provide connectivity to sectors 32, 34, 35, Hoshiarpur, sectors 51, 52, 71, Greater Noida Extension Marg, Sarfabad, sectors 60, 61, 62, 63 and NH-24.
The route will have six elevated stations at sectors 34, 52, 59, 61, 62 and Electronic City (NH-24, Ghaziabad border). These new stations on the extended route will benefit commuters on both sides of NH-24 and also provide a solution to the traffic conges tion faced along this path. This route is expected to be completed within 36 months once construction starts.
The line will have 22 stations, of which 13 will be constructed on ground while seven will be elevated.Two stations at Knowledge Park-I and Sector Delta-1 in Greater Noida are planned for future expansion.
Starting from Noida City Center in Sector 32, the corridor will head towards Greater Noida via stations in sectors 50, 51, 78, 101, 81, Dadri Road, 83, 85, 137, 142, 143, 144, 147, 153 and sector 149 in Noida. It will enter Greater Noida through Knowledge Park-II and traverse Pari Chowk, Sector-Al pha 1 and 2, before terminating at Depot Station proposed near Knowledge Park-IV in Greater Noida. The alignment is proposed to be elevated.
“As Noida and Greater Noida urbanize at an unprecedented pace, we want to improve transport systems between the two cities,“ said Noida CEO Rama Raman. “The need is to put in place an effective and flexible community transport system. We will continue to push for approvals on all pending Metro route extensions like the 66-km route between Greater Noida and Indira Gandhi International airport and the 20.6-km Metro rail route between Greater Noida and Yamuna Expressway , with the relevant authorities and soon put them on track, too,“ Raman said.
Officials said that though planned much earlier, the change of guard in UP resulted in the Metro extension being put on hold. Finally , in April 2013, the UP government gave an in-principle approval. “We have completed all formalities for the MoU to be signed with DMRC,“ Raman said. “Construction will start as soon as we make the payment,“ he added.
Today (1:25PM)  Ratlam-Indore new BG to open today (freepressjournal.in)
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Indore : After a gap of 21 months, train movement on the newly converted broad gauge track between Ratlam and Indore will start from Wednesday.However, the regular run of trains will start from Thursday when three BJP MLAs will flag off the train at three different stations.According to Ratlam Division of Western Railway, the train movement is going to start from Wednesday between Ratlam and Indore via Fatehabad through the newly-laid BG track. According to Railway sources, on Wednesday there will a special run of the train on that day.The special train will start from Ratlam at 11am and reach Fatehabad at 12.30pm and depart from there for Laxmibai Nagar station at 1.20pm, where local MLA Rajesh Sonkar will flag off the train.
The train will reach Laxmibai Nagar at 2.30pm and after the new movement the train will be flagged-off
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by MLS Sudarshan Gupta for Indore railway station. The train is expected to reach Indore station 2.50pm and it is expected to depart from Indore for Ratlam at 3 pm, when MLA Usha Thakur will flag-off the train.However, the regular run of the trains will start from October 2, when two DMU trains will ply between Ratlam and Indore and out of these two, morning train will reach only up to the Indore station, while the evening train will terminate at Laxmibai Nagar railway station only.
Today (1:21PM)  Metro man E Sreedharan to oversee Lucknow Metro (indiatoday.intoday.in)
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After having successfully executed the Delhi Metro project, 'Metro man' E Sreedharan will now supervise over the evolution of the Metro network in Lucknow.
Sources said nearly two dozen officers and engineers from Delhi Metro are set to join the Lucknow Metro project for which Sreedharan is an advisor.
Kumar Keshav, who quit Delhi Metro in April 2012 as Director (Projects & Planning), has been appointed the new managing director of Lucknow Metro Rail Corporation.
Keshav, a trusted lieutenant of Sreedharan, was instrumental in development of Delhi Metro's phase-II and phase-III projects.
Sreedharan is also an advisor to Kochi Metro, Jaipur Metro and other metro rail projects in Andhra Pradesh.
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Similarly, two senior officials of Delhi Metro - Mahendra Kumar and Daljeet Singh are set to join the new organisation in the capacities of director (electricals) and director (project), respectively.
Well-placed sources said at least 20 other engineers of Delhi Metro are also in the queue to take up new jobs in the Lucknow Metro. Sources in Delhi Metro said attrition has been a cause of worry for the top management.
They said the exit of several senior officers and experienced engineers has created a vacuum.
Today (1:16PM)  Union Railway Minister Shri Sadananda Gowda paid courtesy visit to CM (anandibenpatel.com)
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Union Minister for Railways Shri Sadananda Gowda called on Chief Minister Smt. Anandiben Patel at Swarnim Sankul in Gandhinagar today.
Today (1:15PM)  Techie from Bihar held for running fake railway job website (timesofindia.indiatimes.com)
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INDORE: A massive online railway job fraud in the name of Railway Recruitment Board-Bhopal (RRB-Bhopal) has been cracked by the special task force of UP police on Wednesday.And the tech genius of the scam, who has been arrested by a UP STF team led by additional SP (ASP) Dr Triveni Singh is none other, but a 25-year-old youth Shivendu Madhav from Bihar's Siwan district, who was feted by former President Abdul Kalam for developing a search engine on lines of Google.Shivendu, who was arrested from Lucknow had with his team of other tech savy youths from UP and Bihar, created a fake RRB-Bhopal portal, www.rrbbpl.org and duped lakhs of jobless youths from across the country, promising jobs via RRB Bhopal, IG UP STF Sujit Pandey told TOI over phone.The fake railway recruitment portal totally resembled the real portal of RRB-Bhopal.
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was running the portal as RRB Bhopal head Nagendra Kumar, while the mastermind of the racket is a Varanasi based youth Vipin Pathak, who is being searched now.
"The arrested youth had sold his technical online blog to a top professor of a US university recently for Rs 4.5 lakh," the ASP UP STF Dr Triveni Singh said.
A few years ago, the youth was feted by former president Dr APJ Abdul Kalam at a science exhibition in Patna, for developing a search engine on lines of Google, Singh added.
Shivendu had also created two more web portals, www.cozli.com and www.technozeast.com and was covered prominently by the Digit magazine for his technological achievements in the past.
Further investigations are underway.
Today (12:39PM)  50 % of Existing Tatkal Quota for Seven Trains on SCR To be Available as Premium Tatkal with Dynamic Pricing – Bookings Through E-Ticket only (www.scr.indianrailways.gov.in)
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50 % of Existing Tatkal Quota for Seven Trains on SCR To be Available as Premium Tatkal with Dynamic Pricing – Bookings Through E-Ticket only
Ministry of Railways has decided that 50 % of the existing Tatkal quota ticket shall be sold under dynamic fare scheme. After booking of the first 50% of the tatkal quota under the present tatkal scheme, the subsequent 50% of the tatkal quota, defined as premium tatkal quota shall be issued o­n dynamic pricing. This scheme shall be operational in identified trains with effect from 1stOctober, 2014 o­nwards.
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shall increase by 20% after each slab of 10% berths are sold subject to the existing cap (maximum fare chargeable) o­n dynamic fare. All rules for the tatkal quota and premium train services shall be applicable to the premium tatkal quota also.
On South Central Railway, this scheme will be implemented o­n seven identified trains from today i.e., 1st October, 2014 o­nwards. The trains are:-
1)Train No. 12723 Hyderabad-New Delhi Andhra Pradesh Express
2) Train No. 12721 Hyderabad-Hazrat Nizamuddin Dakshin Express
3)Train No.12704 Secunderabad-Howrah Falaknuma Express
4)Train No. 12785 Kacheguda-Bangalore Express
5)Train No. 12791 Secunderabad-Patna Express
6)Train No. 12728 Hyderabad-Visakhapatnam Godavari Express
7)Train No. 17230 Hyderabad-Tiruvananthapuram Sabari Express
Reservations under the premium tatkal quota tickets have to be done o­nly through E-tickets o­nline as applicable for Premium train services.

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Ateek   331 blog posts   344 correct pred (66% accurate)     Ph:+918652080370
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rlys using all the possible means to loot innocent people

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uttara andhra   397 blog posts     Ph:+918763311511
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PREMIUM trains should be named as TATKAL DYNAMIC trains.
other exp trains should be spared.

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uttara andhra   397 blog posts     Ph:+918763311511
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50% of TATKAL tickets are reserved for HIGHER MIDDLE CLASS PEOPLE. Where is AAM AADMI?

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One of the real bad moves by indian railways
Premium concept itself is wrong now putting it in norma trains is just rubbing salt to wound

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omg,12785 also..I am not getting why railways become so commercialized.
Probably new govt wants to show Railways as a good returns giving investemnt for foreigners so as to get more FDI.
Aam aadmi ka last mode of transport is also getting PREMIUM

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No man very bad concept
They should spare normal trains

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yeah good point
But I think now railway will run less premium trains
So that will be good for common man

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12704 FALAKNUMA EXP SC 16:00 HWH 17:45 1545 25:45 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 1A 2A 3A SL

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Looting people in full flow

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It may seems commercialized step for ailing railways, but seems to be good. Despite all odds, if I require an urgent ticker, I will go to unauthorised agent, will pay him what he demands & will travel illegally, BECAUSE it is urgent for me.
Now, railway gives me legal way to travel by paying more. At least you have an option to travel legally. So whats bad in it. Pay railways & travel legally instead of paying Agents & travelling illegally.
Today (12:38PM)  CORPORATES EXTEND SUPPORT TO WESTERN RAILWAY CLEANLINESS CAMPAIGN (www.wr.indianrailways.gov.in)
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CORPORATES EXTEND SUPPORT TO WESTERN RAILWAY CLEANLINESS CAMPAIGN
Western Railway is launching an extensive cleanliness drive from 2nd Oct, 2014 for intensive cleaning of railway stations, station premises, railway colonies, offices etc. At the same time, Western Railway has undertaken a campaign to spread awareness amongst people about maintaining clean surroundings.
The awareness campaign of Western Railway is also being supported by corporates. A special awareness drive has been launched at Churchgate station from today. Volunteers dressed like a dustbin are seen educating people about benefits of keeping the surroundings clean. The objective of this drive is to sensitise people about cleanliness and bring about a positive change in their
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mindset. An appeal is being made about the collective responsibility of keeping the station premises clean.
The cleanliness drive starting from 2nd October, 2014 will cover stations and colonies where railway officials & staff will participate in ‘Shramdan’ and clean the area. Various corporate officials including CEOs and executives will also join hands with Western Railway and participate in the cleanliness drive o­n 2nd October.
Today (11:14AM)  Passengers are fined, but railway staff have special permission to cross tracks (www.mid-day.com)
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In all, fines that amounted to Rs 4,62,000 were collected from commuters this year; authorities say less than one per cent of staff cross the tracks
The Pune railway division has held a special drive against trespassers who cross the railway tracks. However when it comes to their own staff, they don’t take action, as the railway authorities claim that the points men, ticket collectors and the public relations officer (PRO) have special permission to cross the railway tracks.
This indicates that rules and regulations about crossing railway tracks are only meant for passengers who purchase tickets and end up paying the fine as well. But when it comes to the railway staff, neither is action taken, nor any warning given for the same.
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Yogendra Kumar Singh, PRO, Pune railway division, said, “In the last nine months from January 1 to September 29, a total of 4,620 trespassers were caught and a total of Rs 4,62,000 in fines collected from them. As for staff, less than one per cent of them cross the railway tracks.”
“The ticket checkers, points men and PRO have special permission to cross the railway track, it is impossible for the points men to take the foot over bridge for all the 160 trains that cross Pune railway station,” he added.
“The drive has made a huge impact, due to which the number of deaths on railway tracks in Pune railway division have come down by 60 per cent. In order to stop people from crossing the railway tracks, we have installed iron fencing in the open area,” Singh said.
The Pune Government Railway police (GRP), claim that the number of deaths have indeed gone down by a huge margin. Abhay Parmar PI railway GRP, said, “Every year more than 700 people are killed while crossing the railway tracks, however the number of people killed this year has gone down to 390. It is important for people to understand that they should not cross the railway tracks.” The rule
As per Section 147 of the Indian Railway Act, if any person enters any part of the railway property without lawful authority, he can be punished with imprisonment for a term which may extend to six months or can be fined up to R1,000, or both.
Today (10:48AM)  Sudden thundershowers uproot 40 trees, throw road and rail services off track (indianexpress.com)
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Sudden sandstorm and thundershowers took the city by surprise and paralysed road and rail services on Tuesday evening. Following the thundershowers, which began after 6 pm, the disaster management cell was swamped with phone calls. Around 40 trees fell in the island city, with seven in Churchgate, said disaster management officials.
The cell was flooded with complaints of uprooted trees, disrupting traffic. Though the cell said waterlogging took place only in Hindmata, commuters took to Twitter to complain about waterlogging in Nariman Point, Kurla and Dadar. To add to commuters’ woes, Harbour line services were halted as the overhead wire between Cotton Green and Sewri stations snapped.
“Harbour line services were diverted between CST and Kurla on the main line,” said a CR spokesperson. While services on the Central Railway were delayed
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since morning as a train derailed in Dombivali, the sudden showers delayed trains even on the western line in the evening. The power supply on the Up slow line between Parel and Byculla was shut for an hour and evening services towards south Mumbai were diverted on the fast line, resulting in delays.Though 41mm rainfall was recorded in Colaba and 17mm rainfall in Santacruz by the IMD at 8.30 pm, the disaster management cell recorded 31.63mm rain in the island city, 6.75mm in the eastern suburbs and 5.69 mm in the western suburbs.
Meanwhile, IMD officials attributed the phenomenon to the combination of high temperature and humidity in the city. “These thundershowers were localised and had a short duration. The high temperature and humidity resulted in these thundershowers. Monsoon withdrawal is yet to begin in the city. The withdrawal has begun in Punjab and other northern parts of the country,” said V K Rajeev, IMD Mumbai director.
On Tuesday, Santacruz recorded a maximum temperature of 36.5 degrees Celsius, five degrees above normal, while Colaba recorded a maximum temperature of 33.8 degrees Celsius. The minimum tempertaure at Colaba was 27.4 degrees Celsius and at Santacruz, it was 26.4 degrees Celsius.
The relative humidity recorded in Santacruz was 91 per cent and in Colaba it was 100 per cent at 8.30 pm. IMD officials have predicted cloudy skies and thundershowers in the next 48 hours.
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Today (10:25AM)  accident - 2 (www.ner.indianrailways.gov.in)
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Today (10:25AM)  accident NER (www.ner.indianrailways.gov.in)
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Today (10:22AM)  12 killed, 45 injured in train collision near Gorakhpur in Uttar Pradesh (indiatoday.intoday.in)
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At least 12 persons were killed and 45 others injured when two speeding passenger trains collided near Gorakhpur, railway official said on Wednesday.Railway spokesperson Anil Saxena said among the 45 injured, 12 are grievously injured.Krishak Express, travelling from Varanasi to Gorakhpur, hit Barauni Express, going from Lucknow to Barauni, from behind at a place, about seven km from Gorakhpur at around 11 pm, Chief Public Relations Officer Alok Singh said.He added three coaches of Barauni Express were thrown off the track following the collision.Railway officials rushed to the spot. The injured have been admitted to a nearby hospital.
"The railway has suspended the drivers of Krishak Express for overshooting the signal", Saxena said. "An inquiry has been ordered by the railway under Commissioner Rail Safety P K Bajpai to ascertain the cause of the incident," he added.
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Movement of trains on Gorakhpur-Varanasi track has been disrupted following the incident and few trains have been diverted.
The railway has also set up helpline for inquiries for various cities- Gorakhpur (05513303365, 09794846980), Lucknow (05222233042), Chhapra (09006693233) and Benares (09919041978), the spokesperson said.
Today (9:16AM)  Rlys Take up Cleanliness Drive; Special Train (www.newindianexpress.com)
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BANGALORE: South Western Railway (SWR) will launch a special cleanliness drive on Gandhi Jayanti as part of a nationwide effort to contribute to the ‘Swachh Bharat Mission’ announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
The drive, named Shramdaan, will be organised in all railway properties, including stations, tracks, offices and railway colonies. All railway personnel will participate in cleaning up these places and also participate in public awareness programmes.
“More than 13 lakh staff led by Railway Minister D V Sadananda Gowda will take part in this campaign. Union ministers have been requested to participate and lead campaigns at railway stations in their constituencies. Railway board members and 250 officers will visit several stations and participate,” SWR said.
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well as organisations like the Lions Club and the Rotary Club have also been sought to help make this campaign a success, an official said.
Train Services to be Affected
Due to unloading of rail panels between Nelamanagala and Solur stations, services of the following trains will be affected on Wednesday: Bangalore-Nelamangala Passenger will be partially cancelled between Chikbanavar and Nelamangala and the train will run between Bangalore City and Chikbanavar; Nelamangala-Bangalore City Passenger is partially cancelled between Nelamangala and Chikbanavar and the train will run between Chikbanavar and Bangalore City, stated a South Western Railway (SWR) press release.
Temporary Stoppage
SWR has decided to provided one-minute temporary stoppage at Banavar station for a few trains for the annual Sandal Sharief celebrations with immediate effect The service will be on till Friday.
Accordingly, Shimoga Town-Bangalore City Express will arrive/depart Banavar at 8.22 am/8.23 am; Mysore-Talaguppa Express will arrive/depart at 9.15 am/9.16 am; Dharwad-Bangalore City Intercity Express will arrive/depart at 10.48/10.49 am; Bangalore City-Dharwad Intercity Express will arrive/depart at 4.00 pm /4.01 pm; Bangalore City-Shimoga Town Express will arrive/depart at 6.25 pm /6.26 pm and Talaguppa-Mysore Express will arrive/depart at 6.30 pm /6.31 pm.
Special Train
SWR will operate a special train between Bangalore Cantonment and Nagpur for Deeksha Bhoomi celebrations on Thursday and Friday. Train No. 06569/06570 between Bangalore Cantonment and Nagpur will leave Bangalore at 3.30 pm on Wednesday and reach Nagpur at 6.15 pm the next day. The train will leave Nagpur at 7:50 pm on Saturday and reach Bangalore Cantonment at 8 pm the next day. The train will have stoppages at Renigunta, Vijayawada, Mancherial, Balharshah and Sevagram.
Today (9:10AM)  Barak Valley Express bid adieu at Badarpur (www.assamtribune.com)
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BADARPUR, Sept 30 – With sorrow in their hearts, people from all over Badarpur, including Railway employees, representatives of various Railway unions, mediapersons and various cultural organisations bid adieu to the Barak Valley Express at Badarpur Railway Station on Monday.
After the train arrived at Badarpur Railway Station from Silchar, all the drivers and assistant drivers and the NF Railway employees’ unions of Badarpur branch welcomed it. They also decorated the train on the front side. Earlier, various cultural organisations and members of the Press singing We shall overcome moved throughout the station. Along with the farewell programme, they also extended their heartiest welcome to the broadgauge in the Lumding-Badarpur Hill Section.
The last journey of the Barak Valley Express on the metergauge track of the Lumding-Badarpur route ended on Monday morning,
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as the NF Railway is closing it for infrastructure and technical buildup for a broadgauge track conversion work from tomorrow. With this last journey, the British-constructed Lumding-Badarpur Hill Section meter gauge line has been consigned to the history books.
Today (9:07AM)  Bullet train to cost Rs 65k cr (timesofindia.indiatimes.com)
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AHMEDABAD: Railways minister, D V Sadananda Gowda, who was in the city on Tuesday, announced that the initial report of the Ahmedabad-Mumbai bullet train project indicates that it will cost Rs 65,000 crore.
Gowda added, a high-speed corridor between Ahmedabad and Mumbai will also be taken up on priority basis. He said that the existing track will be strengthened and speed increased to 160kmph.
Gowda was in the city to launch the Rs 1,000 minimum monthly pension scheme, which is expected to benefit 97,000 people in Gujarat.
The minister added that the feasibility report of the bullet train project will be tabled by June 2015 and an interim report will be tabled within a month. He added that the project
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will be taken up on Public-Private partnership basis.
Gowda said that the Sabarmati railway station development will now be taken up on priority. He said tenders have been floated for an additional platform and two feeder lanes to the station. He said that modernization of the Ahmedabad railway station at Kalupur will also be taken up.

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What an irony :
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Today (7:57AM)  The hi-vis hero who answered an SOS (Save Our Swan): Rail worker uses jacket to catch bird who had got onto the line (www.dailymail.co.uk)
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It’s meant to safeguard staff on railway lines but this worker used a high-visibility orange jacket to save a swan stranded on the tracks.
The bird had flown on to the line at rush-hour this morning and was in danger from passing trains at Lincoln Central station.
The rail worker clambered onto the track when there was a break in services but it took another 15 minutes to get close as the scared bird kept moving down the line.
+7 The rail worker approaches the swan, with his high-visibility jacket at the ready, after it wandered onto the railway tracks at Lincoln Central Station
+7 He then uses his jacket to capture the flapping
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swan, and to scoop it up and off the tracks
+7 With the swan secured under this jacket, the railway worker walks the bird to safety 
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+7 It took another 15 minutes for a rail worker to calm the bird down (left) and it settled in his jacket (right)
Then, finally, he was able to scoop up the swan in the bright orange hi-vis coat in one of the images captured by trainspotter Michael Eppinger, 64.
He said: ‘I had been at the station since 8.15am and then all of a sudden there was this swan on the track.
  More... He definitely used up his nine lives! Lucky kitten brings traffic to a standstill weaving in and out of cars on dual carriageway before hiding under the axle of a Range Rover Ready for take off? A falcon wearing an eye mask is captured traveling economy on a flight alongside ordinary passengers HALF the world's wild animals have disappeared in 40 years: Humankind held responsible as familiar species lose battle for survival  ‘Somebody had to go on the line to get it, which they did in the end.
‘When I left they were waiting for somebody to come and collect it.’
The powerful bird was kept wrapped up safely in the jacket until it could be collected by a rescue centre.
Meanwhile, the M6 had to be closed in both directions after a swan wandered on to the busy carriageway.
+7 The swan landed on the M6 near Preston in Lancashire on Saturday and caused traffic chaos for motorists
+7 An officer from North West Motorway Police attempts to seize the bird, which was later taken to a nearby canal
The bird had become separated from its flock when it landed on the northbound carriageway near Preston in Lancashire.
Motorists faced queues of traffic while officers from North West Motorway Police attempted to remove the swan.
The force tweeted: '(We) found the swan and are attempting to get it to leave the carriageway.'
They later posted: 'The swan has very kindly agreed to leave the carriageway, M6 is now flowing freely.'
One motorist tweeted: 'I found it pretty amusing watching @HAtraffic-nwest trying to remove a swan off the M6.'
A Highways Agency spokesman said during the incident: 'We have temporarily stopped the carriageway in both directions whilst we deal with a swan in the carriageway.'
The bird was seized by officers and safely returned to a nearby canal on Saturday.
Today (7:43AM)  Brindavan Exp chugs past 50th year (epaperbeta.timesofindia.com)
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On October 1, 1964, history was created when the Southern Railway introducted the first day-time intercity express between Chennai (then Madras) and Bangalore.Named Brindavan Express after the famous Brindavan Gardens in Mysore, the train, which was first introduced on an experimental basis, turned out to be the ideal choice for tourists.
Initially, the train started with eight conventional coaches hauled by a steam locomotive. It covered the 360km distance between Madras and Bangalore in 7.5 hours. In 1966, the train was run with diesel locos and the running time was reduced to 5.5 hours.The stops were limited to three stations -Katpadi, Jolarpettai and Bangalore Cantonment. Later, the train's running time shrank to five hours. Emboldened by passengers' response, the railways provided a complete vestibule rake with lightweight coaches and a fully reserved accommodation.
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It was known for its punctuality and it is believed that travellers waiting at Madras Central station could set their watch at 7.45pm upon the arrival of Brindavan Express. “That green-yellow livery was a wonder to behold -whether you were seeing the train zoom past or you were sitting in the compartment seeing the stations pass by . There was no question of even a single unreserved passenger on board this train till the mid-1980s,“ said Sriram Karthik, another rail enthusiast.
“I have wonderful memories of travelling by it since the 1960s. Since I was a frequent traveler, Brindavan Express was my preferred train because of its promptness,“ said T Sangeetha Rao, an artist.
As Brindavan Express completes its golden jubilee and rolls into another year, rail users from Chennai and Bangalore sincerely hope the Indian Railways, which has over the years given the train a raw deal by increasing stoppages and travel time, restores this train to its original glory

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Brindavan turns 50!

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Today's The Hindu also has carried about 12639/40 turning to GOLDEN JUBILEE YEAR. My name with remarks has appeared in The Hindu of today.However the first super fast train south India which is a popular train has become a glorified passenger train without AC coaches and Pantry car

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Sriram Karthik, irfca veteran, madras Railfans.
Happy birthday to legendary Brindavan Express

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Happy birthday to SR LEGENDARY

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In 1966, with diesel locos it covered the distance in 5.5 hours, but in 2014, with WAP-7, it is taking 6 hours. Iske tho sabse acche din aa gaye :( , with no PC,CC too.

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I came across some unconfirmed news that DD will be renamed to Brindavan as stated by Rakesh Mishra SR GM.
Today (7:42AM)  DMRC’s cleanliness drive to kick off on Thursday (www.thehindu.com)
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Cleaning of bus stands around metro stations such as the one near the Kashmere Gate metro station will also be taken up as part of the Delhi Metro’s cleanliness drive that will kick off on Thursday.
“The Delhi Metro is laying ‘special attention’ on the cleaning and disinfection of toilets and 155 sets of public toilets and 67 sets of staff toilets situated at different metro stations and locations are being cleaned vigorously,” said a spokesperson.
During this drive, the DMRC will involve its entire staff and stakeholders like the CISF, housekeeping agencies, parking contractors, facilitation staff in working towards a clean and green Delhi, adding the spokesperson.
The drive will cover all 147 metro stations, eight train maintenance depots and seven DMRC
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colonies will be cleaned and 1,500 fruit trees will be planted along the Yamuna Bank and in different metro colonies.
The fruit trees to be planted include the saplings of jamun, imli, amla, bel and others.
Today (7:39AM)  U.P. nod for metro link between Noida and Greater Noida (www.thehindu.com)
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Metro to be extended from Sector 32 to Sector 62 in Noida
In a significant measure aimed at strengthening the public transport system in Noida and Greater Noida in Gautam Buddha Nagar district, the State Cabinet on Tuesday approved the setting up of the Metro RAIL system. It would be built at an estimated cost of Rs. 5,523 crore.
The Cabinet further gave its nod to the Metro system from Sector 32 to Sector 62 in Noida, whose estimated cost is around Rs.1,880 crore.
The Cabinet meeting was presided over by Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav.
Giving details of the Cabinet decisions, Chief Secretary Alok Ranjan said a special purpose vehicle would be constituted for
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overseeing the Metro projects in Noida. He said the Memorandum of Association and the Article of Association were approved by the Cabinet.The projects would be developed by DMRC (Delhi Metro Rail Corporation), he said and added that the Chief Executive Officers of Noida and Greater Noida development authorities have been authorised to sign on the agreement with the DMRC on the turnkey for the execution of Metro corridor.
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Mr. Ranjan added the Cabinet approved the agreement between DMRC and Noida authority for developing the Metro system from the city centre in Sector 32 to Sector 62. He said work on extending the Metro from Noida to Ghaziabad is already is progress.
The Chief Secretary told reporters that the Cabinet gave its final approval to the construction of the Agra-Lucknow Expressway which would be developed in five separate parcels, or packages. While the cost of the road project has been fixed at Rs. 11,520 crore, Rs. 2,000 crore has been set aside as the value of land which would be acquired for developing the Chief Minister’s ambitious project, Mr. Ranjan said. He added that though the developers have fixed 30 months as the time for the completion of the project, the Government wanted it to be completed in 29 months.
Another important Cabinet decision related to identifying the beneficiaries of the Food Security Act, 2013. While the income tax payees have been excluded from the list of beneficiaries, all the families living below the poverty line (BPL) would become automatic beneficiaries. Persons owning 100 square metre plot, or house bought from their own income have been excluded, but the trans-gender community has been included as beneficiaries of the FSA.
Mr. Ranjan said the State is prepared to implement the FSA, 2013, and as of now only the principle to identify the beneficiaries has been finalized.
The Cabinet also approved the decision to hand out the river desilting work to private companies with the companies authorised to recover the cost through the sale of sand. It was clarified by the Chief Secretary that the mining laws would not be flouted and the entire process to desilt rivers will be monitored by the Irrigation Department. Contract for undertaking the work will be through the bidding process.
Today (7:37AM)  Counsel students on footboard travel: RPF (www.thehindu.com)
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The RPF is also conducting awareness programmes in schools situated near MRTS stations
In a move to prevent footboard travel on Mass Rapid Transit System (MRTS) trains, the Railway Protection Force (RPF) has started conducting awareness programmes in schools situated near the stations.The RPF has also written letters to the principals of these institutions requesting them to create awareness about the perils of footboard travel.Some schools have also started educating students about the dangers of such behaviour on trains.Passenger complaints There are many schools around MRTS stations in the city. “Passengers have been complaining of school students jumping into and off moving trains at stations,” said a senior RPF officer. There have been instances of students getting injured.
S. Jaya, a commuter from Mylapore, said that the sight of children running alongside
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the trains at stations creates a lot of anxiety among passengers. “This happens even during school hours. These boys don’t realise the implications of potential accidents. The RPF must take strict action to prevent this,” she said.
However, RPF officers usually let off students with a warning.
“When we counselled some students, who indulge in such ‘stunts’, we found that many do not attend schools and instead, spend time roaming outside,” the officer said.
T. Ananthanarayanan, headmaster of P.S. High School – North said he regularly counsels students about the hazards of footboard travel.
“I don’t allow the students to go out during lunch. We also tell the parents to educate their wards about safe travel on MRTS trains,” he said.
M. Sairam of Velachery suggested that the identity cards of students who travel on footboards should be confiscated and their parents and school authorities should be summoned to collect them.
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