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Today (21:22)  Stop digging for Metro III: Sena (timesofindia.indiatimes.com)
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The ruling Shiv Sena in the BMC took potshots at the BJP over construction work for Metro-III project during the monsoon season.
On Tuesday, Yashwant Jadhav, Shiv Sena leader in the BMC, said that all digging work for the project must be stopped during teh rains, though he clarified that the party was not demanding that all work stop.
Jadhav said while on one hand the BMC is expected to stop all road repair works in the city before monsoon, on the other, metro authorities have been freely digging in various parts of
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the city. "Rain water accumulates in these huge pits. What if someone were to fall in a pit? Who would be responsible for it?" asked Jadhav. The BMC is expected to shut all its road and trenching works before rains and can restart it in October once it withdraws.
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Today (21:21)  Lal Dighi: East-West Metro station work at Lal Dighi to affect bus, tram services (timesofindia.indiatimes.com)
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KOLKATA: Next week, Kolkata Metro Rail Corporation (KMRC), the executing agency of the East-West Metro project, is likely to start barricading the site to the east of Lal Dighi (BBD Bag) for the construction of the Mahakaran station. This will put traffic to some distress and affect bus and tram services. After a visit by Railway Board chairman A K Mittal and his assurance that funds would be no problem for the project, the KMRC wants to start the construction of the Mahakaran station immediately, keeping in mind the 2020 deadline for full-fledged operation of the Metro. On Wednesday, all the stakeholders of the Metro project — Kolkata Police, transport agencies, state transport utilities and private bus operators' association representatives — will meet principal secretary (transport) Alapan Bandyopadhyay to finalize modalities of the traffic diversion, minibus terminus-shifting and other details before starting the construction work for the station-cum-retrieval shaft for the...
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tunnel-boring-machine (TBM). "A Metro station using 'cut-and-cover' method takes a little more than three years. If we need to run full operation by June 2020, we don't have that much time. We may have to finish it in two-and-half years. This requires uninterrupted, round-the-clock work. To facilitate such speedy completion, we will have quite a hectic work schedule. Moreover, the station itself will have some architectural ethos, keeping in mind the heritage precinct that Dalhousie is," said a KMRC official. KMRC is now discussing with both the construction agencies of the East-West metro — ITD-ITD Cem and Transtonnelstroy-Afcons — for the construction of the Metro tunnel from Dalhousie to Esplanade. Whoever gives the most competitive rate for the construction of this remaining tunnel will be chosen for the construction. If Afcons does it, they would drive the TBM further till Esplanade from Dalhousie. If ITD it is, then Afcons will retrieve their TBMs — Rachana and Prerna — at Dalhousie shaft. The barricading of the Mahakaran station site entails a lot of traffic rejig and shifting of the minibus stand. An official said the transport department had already begun its search for an alternative site for the stand. The minibus operators are likely to be given three options — shift to other bus stands such as Santragachhi in Howrah or Nature Park near Taratala; set up a temporary shed near Vidyasagar Setu, or to drop passengers and return to the originating point with a brief halt at Dalhousie. For these short halts, buses of different routes will be designated different stops in the area. "The stops will be scattered across BBD Bag and route numbers will be clearly written on the boards. A bus of a particular route will be allowed to stop only at its assigned place. It will do away with the chaos that now reigns in the area," said an officer of the traffic-and-transportation planning directorate. Last year, bus routes were realigned because of relocation of 132KV and 11KV UG cables of CESC at and around Lal Dighi.
  
Today (21:19)  No GST impact on tickets booked till June 30: Railways (timesofindia.indiatimes.com)
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NAGPUR: In a bid to clear confusion regarding tickets booked till June 30, irrespective of journey date, the railways has clarified that no fare difference will be recovered from passengers even after introduction of the goods and services tax (GST) on July 1.
Central Railway senior divisional commercial manager (SrDCM), KK Mishra, said difference of fare shall not be collected on all tickets booked in advance, i.e. till June 30.
South East Central Railway (SECR) SrDCM, Arjun Sibal, said the GST shall not be levied on duty passes, privilege passes and other complementary
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passes which are not reimbursed to railways and where no money transaction is involved.
The railway officials said issue of AC class tickets from unreserved ticketing system (UTS) counters will be discontinued from July 1. Besides, the issue of cluster tickets from passenger reservation system (PRS) counters will be discontinued. The process to effect these changes for online bookings and at the PRS counters is on.In the case of tickets that were booked before July 1 but cancelled after the date, the entire amount along with service tax will be refunded after the cancellation charge is deducted. However, an amount calculated on the GST rate will be deducted on the cancellation or clerkage charge applicable..
In the case of cancellation of tickets booked after July 1, the total amount, inclusive of the GST charged at the time of booking, will be refunded with a deduction of the cancellation or clerkage charge. The GST amount on that charge will be retained by the railways.
The railways will also do away with, from July 1, combined return journey tickets for AC and first class passengers. This means that separate tickets will be issued for onward and return journey to implement GST guidelines.
The commercial inspectors have been directed to visit all important stations to ensure that GST is levied on tickets as per rules. Officials have also been told to make surprise visits at stations to monitor the situation.
  
Today (21:19)  Margao railway station revamped at Rs 94.55 lakh (timesofindia.indiatimes.com)
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MARGAO: Rajya Sabha MP Shantaram Naik on Tuesday said that as Margao was a main centre of the Konkan Railway, "no train entering Goa should avoid the station under any pretext whatsoever," and demanded that modernisation of the station be done on a priority basis.
Naik was speaking after inaugurating the 'vacuum dewatered concrete and kota stone' surfacing done at platform 2 and 3 of the Margao railway station at a cost of Rs.94.55 lakh under Members of Parliament Local Area Develop (MPLAD) Scheme.Naik's statements assume significance as a couple of new trains introduced by the Konkan Railway originate from and terminate at Karmali station.
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vacuum dewatered flooring method is a system of laying high quality concrete floors with superior cost-effectiveness. The principle involved in the method is the dewatering of concrete by vacuum process. Surplus water from the concrete is removed immediately after placing and vibration, reducing the water-cement ratio to an optimum level.
Naik further said that the modernisation of roof of Tivim railway station at the cost of Rs.95.41 Lakh also from the MPLAD scheme was nearing completion and was likely to be inaugurated on July 16.
He rued that the South Western Railway took no interest in his offer to recommend a project under the MPLAD scheme. Naik said that bullet trains were not viable in India "unless there is foolproof technology, dedicated tracks and assurance of zero accidents by the private partner entrusted with the job".
  
Today (21:18)  Kochi Metro installs machines for recycling plastic bottles (timesofindia.indiatimes.com)
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KOCHI: Kochi Metro Rail Limited(KMRL) installed plastic bottle recycling machines for the first time in Kerala in selected metro stations as part of their initiative to go green and move towards an environmentally friendly Kerala.
These machines are designed to dispose and recover plastic products effectively and are used for cost effective means for recycling and disposal of bottles. The main highlight of the machine is that the customer using this facility is also given an incentive by providing discount coupons in selected commercial outlets.
South Indian Bank is sponsoring the initial three
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machines under the Corporate Social Responsibility sector from the machine vendors- Wild West Media. KMRL would be providing the space for installing the machines in the Metro station in unpaid area, so that even the normal public can dispose their waste plastic bottles even when they are not passengers of Kochi Metro.
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