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Today (22:05)  Russia's 5 changes to increase Indian Railways' train speed to 200 kmph (www.msn.com)
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Russia's 5 changes to increase Indian Railways' train speed to 200 kmph
Russian Railways is helping India's national transporter increase the speed of its passenger trains up to 200 km per hour. Russian Railways is at present collaborating with Indian Railways on a 575-km stretch between Nagpur and Secunderabad and submitted a preliminary report last week. Here are 5 changes that Russia has suggested to make trains run at 200/kmph in India.
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Indian Railways doesn't have coaches that can move with a speed of 200 km per hour, a new type of passenger cars needs to be approved as well.
2. Infrastructural changes
It has, however, expressed concern over "a number of large bridges with speed limits" on this particular stretch and has recommended a detailed survey of all these structures on the basis of which measures for reconstruction/repair will be taken up. To reach the desired speed limit, Russian Railways has proposed several technical and technological solutions, including reconstruction of railway alignment as well as treating the earth bed where there are speed restrictions.
3. Change in railroad switches
It has also been pointed out that railroad switches, which enables trains to shift from one track to another, at stations on this stretch are not suitable for a speed of 200 km per hour and a different type of switch has been recommended.
4. Digital network
A digital technological communication network for the entire section, instead of the existing radio communication, was also proposed.
5. Safety measures
A high-speed rail network will also require safety measures for pedestrians and motor vehicles at rail crossings. Keeping this in mind, overpasses, anti-collision and anti-ram barriers, as well as automatic alarm systems have been suggested. A protective fencing along the length of the rail track was mooted in order to prevent accidents with people and animals on the track. The Russian Railways also suggested noise shields for tracks near residential areas.
A protocol for this project was signed between the railway ministries of the two countries in October last year.
The high-speed project will be jointly financed and the cost will be split equally between the two countries.
Currently, the fastest train in India is Gatimaan Express with top speed of 160 km per hour.
  
Today (21:48)  Train services through Madurai junction resume (www.thehindu.com)
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After remaining isolated from the national railway network for four days, Madurai junction came alive on Monday evening after all train services from the city in south and north directions were operated in regular route — Virudhunagar-Madurai-Dindigul section.
This was possible after police chased away protesters who were holding up Nagercoil-bound and Palaghat Town-bound passenger trains on the Vaigai river bridge (north side) and in the southern side of Madurai railway junction.
After the tracks and the rakes were checked, light engines pulled rakes of both the trains back to the yard as
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the diesel locomotive had been shut down three days back.
“Except for three express trains that had been short-terminated at Dindigul, all express trains were operated on the regular route through Madurai railway junction,” Madurai Station Manager N.D. Prem Kumar said.
The rakes of the two passenger trains required some repairs and only after technical clearance they would be operated, he added.
The glass panes of toilets in one of the rakes were damaged during the last three days.
Similarly, the two locomotives required to be taken to Erode for overhauling as the diesel locomotives could not be run after being left shut down for more than three days, he said.
After multiple attempts to persuade the protesters camping on the railway bridge in Sellur failed, the police began to mobilise strength for their forceful eviction late in the afternoon.
In a last attempt, Inspector General of Police (South Zone) S. Murugan attempted to talk to the protesters during which stones were pelted allegedly at the police.
Soon after, the police chased away the protesters and bystanders on the riverbed below the bridge using mild force.
A few men, who were allegedly instigating the protesters, were detained by the city police.
Meanwhile, a group of parents and relatives, brought to the bridge by the police, managed to take away those youngsters, who were still blocking the train.
The mob chased away by the police later indulged in stone pelting at the road below Sellur bridge, in which a few police vehicles were damaged.
(With inputs from Pon Vasanth Arunachalam)
  
Today (21:46)  Public transport in Chennai grinds to a halt (www.thehindu.com)
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People in various parts of the city were stranded on roads and railway stations after the suspension of Mass Rapid Transit System (MRTS) services and Metropolitan Transport Corporation (MTC) buses on Monday.
On a day when the jallikattu protest reached the climax at Marina Beach, the public faced severe hardship after sporadic violence broke out near the protest venue. People comprising outstation travellers, office-goers and students in several parts of the city faced hardship after the Southern Railway cancelled MRTS train services and the MTC buses stopped their operations citing security reasons.
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trains were stopped from Velachery and Chennai Beach after 9.30 a.m. The MTC even stopped the small buses which usually are a link between important bus termini and railway stations.
The only saving grace for the travelling public was the operation of suburban train services, but people found it difficult to even reach those suburban railway stations because of traffic blockade by protesters and heavy traffic.
Travellers bound for destinations outside the state found it difficult to reach the Chennai Mofussil Bus Terminus in Koyambedu. An unusually large number of people carrying strolleys preferred to take the suburban trains to Park Station, before alighting and walking up to the Central Station to catch a train out. Some trains to the south of the state were also suspended, but railway officials said they were hoping to resume normal operations on Tuesday.
R. Anandan, a resident of Perungudi, said it took more than two hours for him to reach his office in Mylapore because of blockade of the Rajiv Gandhi Salai.
Several arterial roads, including Poonamallee High Road, Velachery Main Road, Gandhi Mandapam Road in Kottupuram, Rajiv Gandhi Salai, Arcot Road and Jawaharlal Nehru Salai, were jammed with vehicular traffic after protesters blocked these roads. As a result, people had to walk long distances to reach their place of work or go back home. Others left their vehicles in office and preferred to walk home in the evening, as getting out with the cars was well nigh impossible in the evening.
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A senior official of the MTC and Southern Railway said both the bus and MRTS train services would be resumed on Tuesday but only after getting security clearance from the Chennai City Police.
  
Today (21:43)  Woes of techies travelling by Yesvantpur special train (www.thehindu.com)
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" I travelled to Yesvantpur from Visakhapatnam by train No. 06580 Yesvantpur-Visakhapatnam Special train on Jan 8,” says Rajesh, a software professional, employed in Bengaluru.
“The train started late, after Tirumala Express left Vizag from Visakhapatnam, as against its scheduled departure time of 1.45 p.m. Our train was full of software engineers, working in Bangalore. Many in the train said every week it was a practice to depart late. It was stopped frequently in the South Central Railway jurisdiction for unknown reasons”.
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that they could to start to our offices for work but unfortunately SCR detained the train and reached Renigunta at 8 a.m. the next day, instead of 12.20 (around midnight).
Our train finally reached Krishnarajapuram at 1 p.m. and Yesvantpur at 2.30 p.m. The software employees in the train started calling their office managers seeking half-day leave as their train was unduly delayed.
“The railways should seriously examine controlling trains as per schedules or else the purpose of running trains by paying high fares is useless and bring bad reputation to the railways apart from inconveniencing passengers,” opines Rajesh.
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(Reporting By B. Madhu Gopal)
  
Today (21:41)  Train services resumed (www.thehindu.com)
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Trains services in the Rayagada-Vizianagaram section of Waltair Division were restored within 36 hours of the derailment of the Hirakhand expresses late on Jan 21.
The railway authorities rush to the site and carried out rescue and relief operations on a war-footing. Proper coordination between all various departments and the civil administration helped in the completion of the relief works within a short span of time. The track was restored for traffic at 4.25 a.m. and train services resumed immediately in that section, according to the Divisional Commercial Manager (Coordination) G. Suneel Kumar.
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situation is being monitored by East Coast Railway General Manager Umesh Singh. DRM Chandralekha Mukherjee along with Commissioner Railway Safety Ram Kripal visited the injured persons at the hospitals and inspected the derailment site and conducted the inquiry at Rayagada.
Inquiry will be conducted in Visakhapatnam by the CRS on Tuesday.
  
Today (21:40)  One killed in Vadodara during Shah Rukh Khan’s 'Raees' promotion by rail (www.thehindu.com)
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Local authorities said the deceased has been identified as Farheed Khan Pathan, a local politician.
One person was killed and two policemen were injured as crowd went berserk after Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan arrived at the Vadodara railway station on Monday night by August Kranti Rajdhani Express for the promotion of his coming film ‘Raees’ through rail.
Officials at the railway police control room here said, “At 10.30 p.m., the train arrived on platform number six of the station and halted for 10 minutes.”
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Rukh’s fans had gathered in large numbers to have a glimpse of the actor who had boarded the train from Mumbai and is going to Delhi as part of the promotional campaign for his film,” railway police said.
“The crowd went berserk when the train halted and began banging its window panes and even falling on top of each other. Police had to resort to mild lathi charge to control the crowd.
“When the train started moving, people started running along with it. In the rush, one person died of breathlessness and two policemen were injured,” the railway police said.
Local authorities said the deceased has been identified as Farheed Khan Pathan, a local politician.
Cricketers Irrfan and Yusuf Pathan were also at the station to meet Shah Rukh Khan.
  
Today (21:39)  Foot overbridge work in progress (www.thehindu.com)
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A foot overbridge connecting the seven platforms at the Tiruchi railway junction is being constructed.
At present, the station has a subway linking the platforms. With the density of passengers being high, particularly during the night, the need for the construction of the foot overbridge has been necessitated, according to official sources.
Tiruchi being a major station, the work is being executed simultaneously at the two entrances to the station. It is being executed by the Southern Railway Construction wing at an estimated cost of Rs. 6.5 crore. The foot overbridge is 170
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metres long and starts near parcel office at the main entrance to link the Kallukuzhi entry.
  
Today (21:33)  Trains to be regulated (www.thehindu.com)
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Railways have announced regulation of trains on January 28 to take up the ongoing track doubling work and construction of subway between Mavelikara and Chengannur railway stations.
According to Railways, 16526 Bengaluru- Kanyakumari Express, 12081 Kannur- Thiruvananthapuram Janshatabdi Express, 17229 Thiruvananthapuram- Hyderabad Sabari Express and 16382 Kanyakumari- Mumbai CST Express will be diverted via Alappuzha.
Train 12626/12625 Kerala Express, between New Delhi and Thiruvananthapuram, will be diverted via Alappuzha in both the directions. All the diverted trains will be provided stoppages at Ernakulam Junction, Cherthala, Alappuzha, and Haripad.
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Train 56394/56393 Kollam– Kottayam Passenger at 8.35 a.m. and its return trip at 5.45 p.m., 66307/66308 Ernakulam- Kollam MEMU at 5.25 a.m. from Ernakulam and its return trip at 11.10 a.m. from Kollam, 56381/56382 Ernakulam- Kayamkulam passengers via Alappuzha at 10 a.m. from Ernakulam and its return journey at 1 p.m. from Kayamkulam have been fully cancelled.
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Train 56365/56366 Passenger trains between Punalur and Guruvayur will remain partially cancelled between Kottayam and Punalur on Saturday. Train 56387/56388 Ernakulam-Kayamkulam passengers at 11.30 a.m. from Ernakulam and its return trip at 5 p.m. from Kayamkulam will remain partially cancelled between Kayamkulam and Kottayam.
  
Today (21:16)  Historic Fund in Trust agreement with UNESCO signed at Darjeeling In the presence of Railway Minister (www.nfr.indianrailways.gov.in)
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Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu, Hon’ble Railway Minister today said, conservation and preservation of heritage starts in the minds and hearts of people. Indian Railway is proud of its heritage and is committed to do everything possible for preserving its priceless heritage. Shri Prabhu was speaking at the signing of historic Fund-in-Trust agreement between Indian Railways and the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) at Darjeeling today. Shri Prabhu thanked the people of the Darjeeling Hills for being an integral part of the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway Eco-system and their efforts in preserving and conserving it. Honourable Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs, Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Shri S. S. Ahluwalia and Chief of Gorkhaland Territorial Council Shri Bimal Gurung were
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also present at the agreement-signing ceremony. Senior official of the Railway Ministry, Railway Board members, other N. F. Railway officials including the General Manager Shri Chahatey Ram were also present.
It may be mentioned that Darjeeling Himalayan Railway had been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site o­n 2nd December 1999 following appeal by Indian Railways. It was the second railway in Asia to be inscribed as World Heritage Site. Nilgiri Mountain Railway in 2005 and Kalka Shimla Railway in 2008 were also declared UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Together with Darjeeling Himalayan Railway these are called UNESCO’s 'Mountain Railways of India World Heritage Site’. However, DHR is recognized as World Heritage not o­nly for its physical heritage assets including the locomotives and rolling stocks, but also for its integration into the surrounding environment consisting of diverse socio-cultural milieu and the economy of the region. Conserving heritage assets and at the same time keeping it operational calls for added efforts. It is not easy to conserve and maintain a heritage like DHR having diverse stakeholders embedded in the environment without a proper conservation plan.
UNSECO has agreed to develop such a Comprehensive Conservation Management Plan (CCMP) incorporating all aspects of heritage conservation as well as maintain DHR as an Operational Railway. The signing of Fund-in-Trust (FIT) is the preliminary step for realisation of the plan. Under the FIT agreement, Indian Railway will pay 533,332 USD in Indian Rupees to UNESCO for assisting the Ministry of Railways, in facilitating the preparatory stage of the development of a CCMP and establishing the framework for an effective management system.
  
Today (21:16)  Pre- Budget Discussion held at Maligaon (www.nfr.indianrailways.gov.in)
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A pre –Budget discussion was held in the Conference Hall of N F Railway, Maligaon today with Members of parliament of N F R jurisdiction. Shri Muhmmad salim, MP,LokSabha, Raiganj, WestBengal, Shri Santosh Kumar,MP,LokSabha,Purnia,Bihar, Shri Naba Sarania, MP,Lok Sabha, Kokrajhar, Assam, Shri Satiuse Khjur,MP,Rajya sabha, Assam, Shri P P Roy, MP,LokSabha, Coochbehar, West Bengal, Shri Pradan Baruah, MP,LokaSabha, Lakhimpur, Assam Shri Vincent H Pala, MP, LokSabha, Shillong, Meghalaya and Shri Kamakhya Prasad Tasha, MP, LokSabha, Jorhat, Assam were present during the discussion. Shri Chahatey Ram, General Manager, N F Railway and other Senior Officers were present from railway side.
Welcoming the Hon’ble MPs, General Manger, Shri Chahatey Ram requested them to offer their
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valuable suggestions o­n various crucial issues related to the effective functioning of railways as the most popular mode of transport in Northeast India.
Accordingly the Hon’ble MPs elaborated o­n their demands for their respective jurisdiction as well as state for over-all socio-economic development of the region and requested General Manager to include those and to submit to the appropriate authority.
The General Manager assured the MPs that their views and suggestions would be considered with utmost sincerity by the railway and that N F Railway would leave no stone unturned to continue to be a vehicle for the wholesome development of the region. The discussion was meaningful and facts railway a step closure for formulation of inclusive policies which is the cornerstone of good governance.
(Pranav Jyoti Sharma)
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