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Today (1:17PM)  Man arrested with 218 turtles at railway station in Kanpur (www.aninews.in)
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Kanpur : A man was arrested with 218 turtles packed in two sack bags at Kanpur Railway station that were being smuggled to Kolkata. Government Railway Police (GRP) Inspector, Tripurari Pandey said that the man was trying to smuggle the turtles to Kolkata. The turtles recovered from the smuggler are estimated to be worth millions in the international market. Pandey also said that the turtles were primarily used for consumption or for making medicines. There is a huge demand of turtles in Southeast Asia and China. Apart from being consumed and making medicines, turtles are believed to have aphrodisiac properties as well. Kanpur is one of the crucial transit points for turtle smugglers looking to sneak them out of India via sea ports in Mumbai, Chennai and Kolkata.
Today (1:15PM)  Railway track boon for some, bane for others in flood-hit J&K (zeenews.india.com)
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Pulwama: The railway track of the Baramulla-Banihal train in Jammu and Kashmir has been a boon for some areas while bane for many others in the flood-ravaged Valley.
The track built over an around 15-20 feet high embankment at some places has led to blocking of the passage of water thereby flooding some areas while at the same time saving many others from destruction.
"Railway is good for the people, but the bund (embankment) built for the track blocked the outflow of water from our village," Ghulam Nabi Hajam, a resident of Gulzarpora village in south Kashmir's Pulwama district told PTI.
He said the water level in their village would not have reached as high as 8 to 10 feet, had there been
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no embankment.
"When the waters flooded our village, there was no escape route for it in the absence of any flood channel.The bund stopped it. Had there been no bund, the water would have, no doubt, flown into other villages but could not have caused much damage here," Hajam said.
The residents said the engineers, who built the track, should have left gaps at regular intervals in the bund to allow the passage of waters.
"There are small gaps at few places, but those were not enough," Hajam said.
A youth, Parvez Ahmad, expressed the same apprehension about the under-construction four-lane road on the Srinagar-Jammu National Highway.
"The road is fine, but there should be gaps in its bund at every half-a-kilometre for allowing water to pass, otherwise we are doomed," Ahmad said.
The residents of Gulzarpora might be cursing the railway track, but for the people in the adjacent villages, it acted truly as a blessing when the floods hit these areas in south Kashmir on September 5.
Today (1:10PM)  Delhi Metro trains to have advertisements on exteriors (netindian.in)
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The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) today said the exteriors of some of its trains would soon be available for advertising as the company had decided to permit train wraps with advertising for the first time.   A press release from DMRC said it had, to augment its revenues through advertisements, awarded exclusive advertising rights for displaying advertising materials, including pictures, printed material, electric/electronic media, smart posters, holographic images, visual displays and so on on the external part of its trains.   Currently, DMRC operates a fleet of over 200 train sets with over 60 eight coach trains and over 80 six coach trains. The ‘train wraps’ shall be permitted on 10 percent of the total train sets available on the operational lines of Delhi Metro network, it said.   The exclusive advertising rights have been given to two agencies, which shall be valid for 10 years. The selected agencies...
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will give annual license fee in lieu of the exclusive advertising rights.   DMRC will also monitor this activity, so that it also contributes to the aesthetical value of the Delhi Metro through high quality advertising comparable to world class Airports & Metros Railways and other leading destinations, the release added.   So far, DMRC has been allowing advertising inside the Metro trains apart from station premises.
Today (1:09PM)  DMRC promises fewer glitches and faster rides (indiatoday.intoday.in)
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Nearly four million passengers of the Delhi Metro network can expect faster rides and fewer technical glitches once the upcoming Phase III of the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) is commissioned.Metro trains on the new lines will run at a frequency of 90 seconds during peak hours as against the existing frequency of 150 seconds to 180 seconds per train during the same peak hours.The Delhi Metro will also introduce an advanced signaling system called 'Communication Based Train Control' (CBTC) that will facilitate faster train movement with greater accuracy."Theoretically, the new signaling system allows movement of trains at a frequency of 90 seconds but, practically, the trains will run at an interval 100 to 120 seconds," a DMRC spokesperson said. "Presently, the Delhi Metro system can run trains at peak hours at a frequency of about two-and-a-half minutes. With the CBTC technology, more train trips will be possible with the...
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existing number of trains," he said.
The CBTC is a railway signaling system that makes use of telecommunications between trains and track equipment for traffic management and infrastructure control. This system helps state the exact position of a train more accurately as compared to the traditional signaling systems. This will be the first time that CBTC system will be used in India.
This technology is widely used for the world's leading metro networks across Spain, Paris, Beijing and London. A DMRC official said the frequent technical glitches on the existing Noida and Gurgaon lines were caused mainly due to high frequency of trains. While the existing metro system was designed to run trains at a peak frequency of three minutes, they actually run at a frequency of 2.3 minutes on the Gurgaon route and 2.4 minutes on the Noida/Vaishali route.
As the new system will be able to support a higher frequency, there will be fewer glitches, the official said.

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Its Connaught Place..the most crowded DMRC stn..
Today (1:06PM)  You can order food on train via SMS from Sept 25 (www.thehindubusinessline.com)
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Soon you can order meals of your taste through SMS while travelling on a train as Railways is launching a mobile phone-based service in a move to offer multiple catering options to passengers.The SMS-based service, part of the e-catering service, will be launched on September 25 in a few trains on a pilot basis, said a senior Railway Ministry official.IRCTC, which is coordinating the e-catering service, is finalising a new designated number to be used for SMS service for ordering food on a train.Plagued with complaints, the Railways has stepped up efforts to improve catering services on trains.
“Our aim is to provide multiple choices to passengers.
While the existing service of getting food from pantry cars will continue, the SMS-based service is also being offered to passengers,” the official said.
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According to the plan, a passenger will get response from a dedicated team after sending the SMS mentioning his PNR number.
“The passenger will get call after the due online verification of the PNR status and berth position in the particular train seeking details of food order. Payments will be made after the delivery,” he said.
While SMS-based service is being launched, the Railways is also finalising a plan to start online order system where a passenger can also book his food online.
Arrangements have been made with some reputed food chains and eating joints for providing food through SMS-based orders on trains, the official said, adding “the online order system will also be launched shortly“.
Recently, Railways had started providing ready-to-eat packaged food in certain trains on a trial basis offering variety of choices to passengers.
The ready-to-eat food service got a good response and now we are planning to formulate a policy on it by roping in more players, the official said.

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lovely strawberries...pune?
Today (1:02PM)  Soon order food of your choice through SMS onboard train (economictimes.indiatimes.com)
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NEW DELHI: Soon you can order meals of your taste through SMS while travelling on a train as Railways is launching a mobile phone-based service in a move to offer multiple catering options to passengers.The SMS-based service, part of the e-catering service, will be launched on September 25 in a few selected trains on on a pilot basis, said a senior Railway Ministry official.IRCTC, which is coordinating the e-catering service, is finalising a new designated number to be used for SMS service for ordering food on a train.Plagued with complaints, Railways has stepped up efforts to improve catering services on trains."Our aim is to provide multiple choices to passengers. While the existing service of getting food from pantry cars will continue, the SMS-based service is also being offered to passengers," the official said.According to the plan, a passenger will get response from a dedicated team after sending the SMS mentioning...
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his PNR number."The passenger will get call after the due online verification of the PNR status and berth position in the particular train seeking details of food order. Payments will be made after the delivery," he said.
While SMS-based service is being launched, Railways is also finalising a plan to start online order system where a passenger can also book his food online.
Arrangements have been made with some reputed food chains and eating joints for providing food through SMS-based orders on trains, the official said, adding "the online order system will also be launched shortly".
Recently, Railways had started providing ready-to-eat packaged food in certain trains on a trial basis offering variety of choices to passengers.
The ready-to-eat food service got a good response and now we are planning to formulate a policy on it by roping in more players, the official said.
Today (12:55PM)  Private sector keen on building rail infra, says Minister (www.thehindubusinessline.com)
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The Union Railway Minister Sadananda Gowda today said that there has been growing interest from outside the country and within in developing the rail infrastructure and participating in building commercial space, upgradation of stations and creating new freight corridors.
Addressing a press conference here after a meeting with officials of the South Central Railway, the Union Minister said that the Modi Government focus now is on implementation and delivery of projects announced already rather than taking up new projects.
On the concerns expressed by some of the Railway Unions with regard to Foreign Direct Investments (FDI) in the Railways, the Minister assured that the FDI would not be in active operational areas but focus on non-core areas of railways, in creation of new infrastructure for high speed trains and dedicated freight corridor.
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“The requirement for finances is huge and the Railways has revenues of about Rs. 30,000 crore and the Gross Budget support of Rs. 30,000 crore together accounting for Rs. 60,000 crore. This is a meagre amount given the huge finances required to implement the existing projects, estimated to require about Rs. 5,00,000 crore,” he said.
Therefore, the Government has decided to attract FDI in Railways and also private sector participation in development of some of the infrastructure. Alongside, efforts are on to develop the surplus land available with the Railways through private sector participation. There is huge interest in the private sector to be part of development in the Railways, he said.
Mentioning about the agreements entered into with the Chinese Government, he said that they cover upgradation of rail stations, speeding up of trains, upgradation of railway to international standards and setting up a railway university.
Referring to the proposal to offer railway stations for development to private sector, he said that it is proposed to offer about 10 stations in the phase one. A model agreement is under preparation and is likely to be ready within couple of months.
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Asked about assurances made in the AP Reorganisation Act, he said a Committee had been appointed to look into various aspects and come out with suggestions. The report is likely to be ready by October 15. That would pave the way for follow up action.
The Minister said the Railways is awaiting land allotment from Telangana Government to take up implementation of Wagon Workshop at Kazipet with a capacity to make 1200 wagons per year and Mid Life Coach Workshop in Kurnool.

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Our RM wherever he goes he is talking about mainly about FDI and Speed/Bullet trains.Has he forgotten about so many vital rly projects under various stages of construction.
Today (12:41PM)  Railways to install CCTV cameras inside pantry cars and send SMS of menu to passengers (daily.bhaskar.com)
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Mumbai: The railway ministry, in its boldest move yet on its dismal catering sector, has decided to install close-circuit television cameras in the pantry cars of a few trains as a pilot project to keep an eye on what exactly goes into the food that you consume. Anil Saxena, additional director-general, public relations, railway ministry, said that the list of the trains which will have their pantry monitored by CCTVs is being finalised.   "The list should be ready in a fortnight. The ministry is also discussing the technical aspect of who will monitor live feed from the CCTV system. Everything should fall in place in a few days," said Saxena.   The railway ministry, is taking a tough stand on the abysmal quality of food being prepared, it has levied Rs1 lakh fines on caterers and once a complaint has been lodged and found to be true. The railway...
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officials agreed that the CCTV project would go a long way.   "It will give the railways an idea of what is going on in the pantry, where the grains and vegetables are stored, the cleanliness of the pantry, the number of people working in it and a host of other information. It will allow the railways to take an action even without having to wait for a complaint because the fact remains that a very few percentage of passengers actually visit a pantry car," said a senior city-based railway official. It's a big question mark as to what all goes inside the pantry.   The railway ministry has recently been trying to set things right by introducing measures like SMS service to alert passengers on the pricing of the food, a 10-digit complaint number, and stickers pasted inside the trains to educate commuters about rules and regulations governing the catering sector.   However, the officials agreed that all this was just the beginning and it would take some time to ensure that the railway's catering does not leave a bad taste in the mouth, literally.
Today (12:32PM)  Book your train ticket, ask for meals from restaurants (timesofindia.indiatimes.com)
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MUMBAI: Passengers who travel by long-distance trains will be able to relish food from a restaurant of their choice along the route as the Indian Railways would soon introduce e-catering facility to improve the travel experience. As of now, commuters have the option of buying food from the pantry car or unauthorized vendors.Railway Board member (traffic) D P Pandey said, "We plan to introduce this facility as a pilot project in two trains, including the Mumbai-Delhi Paschim Express. The order can be booked through Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation."The Indian Railways has drawn a lot of flak for catering because of the pantry car operator's tendency to fleece people on quantity as well as quality. The introduction of e-catering facility through participation of private food outlets will spur competition and lead to improvement in service and quality of food offered by the pantry car contractor, officials said.Under the system,...
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a passenger will have to provide his travel details, select the city and the food outlet from which he would like to order the food. A menu card will also be provided on the website.
A senior WR official said, "There will be a cut-off time before which the person can order the food from a particular restaurant. For example, it will be mentioned that food from this restaurant has to be ordered at least one hour before the train's arrival at the station."Passengers will be allowed to pay for the food either before or after it is delivered to them at the station. Pandey said, "The railways would not like to bear the responsibility of the quality of the food items to be ordered from private restaurants."In August, the railway board had allowed zonal railways to introduce pre-packed or ready-to-eat meals of reputed brands on an optional basis.To figure out what kind of food passengers prefer, Western Railway had appointed Haldiram to sell pre-cooked food like dal rice, Hyderabadi pulao and chhole rice on Paschim Express for four days. WR's chief public relations officer Sharat Chandrayan said, "We took a feedback from 100 passengers per train who bought the food and the result was positive." Sixty-four per cent of the passengers said they were "very happy" with the food quality while 25% said it was good. Only 11% were "not happy" with the food.

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So, Paschim Express is goin to be first train for trail under this scheme..Gr8

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But when is it going to be started in Paschim...?

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<<. Pandey said, "The railways would not like to bear the responsibility of the quality of the food items to be ordered from private restaurants>>
What does that mean.
Today (12:28PM)  East Coast Railway to launch a Special Cleanliness Campaign on 2nd October 2014 (www.orissadiary.com)
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Bhubaneswar: East Coast Railway to launch a Special Cleanliness Campaign on 2nd October 2014 (Gandhi Jayanti) in its jurisdiction involving “Shramdaan” and Awareness activities for keeping the sphere of work neat & clean with special focus on Stations and colonies in view of the direction of Hon’ble Prime Minister of India as a part of the Clean India Campaign.   All Railway officials will participate in the Shramdaan for spreading awareness on cleanliness.  A comprehensive Cleanliness Action Plan  for this has been prepared to cover Stations, Trains, Tracks, Workshops, Colonies etc., with physical involvement of officers & Staff at every level,  in this campaign.   All the Divisional Railway Managers (DRMs) and Addl. Divisional Railway Managers (ADRMs) of East Coast Railway have been instructed to co-ordinate these activities and campaign within the jurisdiction of their respective Divisions and plan the deployment of Staff. DRMs have also been advised to ensure...
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that, all officers in the Divisional Headquarters are nominated to a Station or colony to organise and lead the campaign.   Posters, pamphlets, stickers and banners are to be used and distributed among the general public for awareness regarding the Special Cleanliness Campaign.  Announcement through Public Address System, display on Electronic Display Boards and other infrastructure will also to be used to spread the message through this campaign. School Children, Volunteers of Bharat Scouts & Guides, NCC, NSS and public volunteers can be associated during the awareness campaign.
Today (12:27PM)  Protest to activate Tezpur Jahajghat Railway Station (www.google.co.in)
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Tezpur Jahajghat Railway Station
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Call to activate Tezpur Jahajghat Railway Station
– A citizens’ meet , here demanding conversion and EXTENSION of Tezpur’s Jahajghat Railway Station into a broadgauge rail station.
It may be mentioned here that the metregauge railway station constructed during the British regime had fallen into a state of disrepair after the railway service was curtailed.
The meeting, among other things, demanded re-opening of the Tezpur Jahajghat metregauge railway station after being converted 7 km into a BG
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Today (12:26PM)  Tumkur may get railway varsity (www.thehindu.com)
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Apart from being developed as an industrial smart city and getting a food park, Tumkur may soon have a railway university to boost economic activity in the region.Railway Minister D.V. Sadananda Gowda said here on Saturday that establishment of a railway university here was under serious consideration of the Union government.At a press conference here, Mr. Gowda said the government would not allow encroachment of HMT Watches Ltd. land in Tumkur and would seriously consider establishing the university on it as demanded by the former Minister S. Shivanna.He said four railway universities would be established in four places of the country, including at Vadodara, in four years.
Projects He said Rs. 1,376.58 crore would be reserved for Karnataka to take up railway projects. As many as 18 new projects would be taken up at an estimated cost of Rs. 759 crore.
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He said railway connectivity to ports would be taken up. Work on long- pending projects such as Gadag–Wadi and Hubli–Ankola projects would be started.
The works on four new lines — Gabbur–Bellary, Shimoga–Shringeri–Mangalore, Talaguppa–Siddapura and Gadag–Harapanahalli — would be taken up this year, he added.
He said bullet train project was being taken up under public-private participation model and there would be foreign direct investment in the project, for which the Union Cabinet had given its approval.
Mr. Gowda said his Ministry had entered into a memorandum of understanding with China on high-speed rail corridors, upgrading of railway stations and setting up of railway universities.
Kannada language Mr. Gowda said priority would be accorded to Kannada language in the Railway Department. Speaking Kannada was being made compulsory for employees of the department working in Karnataka. He said employees were being taught Kannada for two days a week and the initiative had been started in Mangalore.
Today (9:31AM)  Metro Rail project likely to cost Rs. 7,500 crore (www.thehindu.com)
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Sticking to his guns on a government-sponsored transport system, India’s metro rail expert E. Sreedharan reiterated on Saturday that public-private-partnership (PPP) model does not work for Metro Rail. He stated that the government should take up this project with a service motive.The 26-km project is estimated to involve an expenditure of Rs. 7,500 crore and it should be jointly taken up by the State and the Central governments according to him. “There is no profit in such projects and PPP model does not work. About 20 per cent of the cost can be borne by the Centre, 35 per cent by the State and the rest can be sourced through bank loans,” Mr. Sreedharan said about the proposed project in Vijayawada. He cited the example of Rajasthan where a similar project was sponsored by the State government. “The State government can start off the project right away,” he added.
Today (9:29AM)  Metro Rail: Guntur’s hopes dashed in first phase (www.thehindu.com)
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The hopes of Guntur residents about the provision of Metro Rail project appear to be dashed with the city being excluded from the first phase of the proposed elevated rail corridor project.E. Sreedharan, former Managing Director of Delhi Metro Rail Corporation, said including Guntur in the first phase at this juncture was not be advisable.World-wide metro rail projects are taken up as intra-city transportation mode projects and not as inter-city projects. In Bangalore city, which has a population of about 55 lakh, the metro rail project was taken up covering more than 100 km and in New Delhi with 16 million population, the project covers 56 km.“Metro Rail projects are expensive and it requires Rs.200 crore to develop one km track and all these factors need to be taken into consideration,” he explained.A master plan would be prepared for identification of other corridors, keeping in view factors like capital city...
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establishment, increasing population, Vijayawada city expansion etc. To meet future requirements, especially Guntur, the two corridors to be taken up in first phase can be extended further, he said.
“No metro rail projects in the world are making profits. Efforts have to be made for ensuring financial sustainability and generating revenues to meet operational costs. Emphasis is always on service than profit-making,” he added.
Today (9:28AM)  It’s time to clear the air on metro rail row, says Jana Reddy (www.thehindu.com)
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The Leader of Opposition in Telangana Assembly, K. Jana Reddy, has urged the State government to either convene an all-party meeting or a session of the legislature to discuss the imbroglio over Hyderabad Metro Rail project, particularly the controversy over 15 acres of land at Raidurg for construction of a terminal station and development of a parking and circulation area.
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He told a press conference here on Saturday that either an all-party meeting or a session of Assembly was inevitable to put to rest the apprehensions over the land at Raidurg and other crucial issues of the prestigious project.Neither the State government nor the project authorities gave a clear picture on the ownership of the land which further strengthened the doubts among people that it was going
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to be alienated to a noted real estate shark.Mr. Reddy assured that the Opposition will support the project if it was implemented in a transparent manner.However, the government did nothing of the sort and blamed the media saying that it needlessly raised the controversy.The misdeeds of the media could also be exposed if transparency was maintained.
If the files concerning the project were placed before the all-party meeting, he said the faults of either the previous government or the present one would be known to all.
Several government orders were issued since the commencement of the project. Their merits and demerits would also come to light, he added.
Today (9:26AM)  DMRC innovates to reduce traffic congestion in Kochi (www.thehindu.com)
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The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has adopted an innovative method for the construction of metro stations in the city so as to pose minimum inconvenience to the public.
According to the agency, it is using a single column steel structure from the median that projects up to 12 metres, instead of using wooden ballies and batten as in normal constructions. As part of it, cantilever steel trusses would be suspended from the steel columns on either side of the station piers.“All shuttering arrangements are hung from these cantilever steel trusses, which are designed to carry weight of reinforcement cage, concrete, labour and equipment used for concreting,” it said in a statement.By this arrangement, when the construction of station is progressing, vehicles up to 4.50 metre height can ply without any restriction outside the barricaded area.The method will be used for
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constructing all other stations other than Aluva main station, Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Edappally and Pettah stations. Presently, the method is used in the construction of the Cusat and Kalamassery Town stations.
As part of Kochi Metro Rail Project, the reach from Aluva to Maharaja’s College is planned for commissioning by June 2016. Stations will be constructed at Pulinchodu, Companypady, Ambattukavu, Kalamasserry Town, Cochin University, Pathadipalam, Changampuzha Park, Palarivattom, Kaloor, Lissie, MG Road and Maharaja’s College.
Today (9:23AM)  Special trains to clear pooja rush (www.thehindu.com)
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Railways will run a pair of superfast special express train between Chennai-Santragachhi for one trip to clear extra rush during Durga Pooja festival.
The train No.06010 Chennai – Santragachhi Superfast express train will leave Chennai on Tuesday September 30 at 07.30 a.m. which will reach Visakhapatnam the same day at 8.35 p.m. and leave at 8.55 p.m. and reach Santragachhi on Wednesday at 10.25 a.m.
The train No.06009 Santragachhi- Chennai Superfast express train will leave Santragachhi on Wednesday October 1 at 1.00 p.m.
It will reach Visakhapatnam at 2.30 a.m. on Thursday and leave at 2.50 a.m. to reach Chennai on October 2 at 5 p.m.
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The pair of trains will also stop at Duvvada, Visakhapatnam, Vizianagaram, Palasa, Brahmapur, Khurda Road, Bhubaneswar, Cuttack and Bhadrak.
According to a press release issued by the Railways the trains consist of one 2{+n}{+d}AC, one 3{+r}{+d}AC, 11 sleeper class coaches, three general class coaches and two second class-cum-luggage coaches in its composition.
Today (9:23AM)  ECoR to launch special cleanliness campaign (www.thehindu.com)
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East Coast Railway will be launching a special cleanliness campaign on the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti on October 2 in its jurisdiction. The campaign will include ‘Shramdaan’ (social service) and awareness activities to keep stations, colonies and workspaces clean in line with the Central Government’s directive of ‘Clean India Campaign’.A comprehensive ‘Cleanliness Action Plan’ for this has been prepared to cover stations, trains, tracks, workshops and colonies.The Divisional Railway Managers and Additional Divisional Railway Managers of East Coast Railway have been directed to coordinate the activities and campaign within the jurisdiction of their respective divisions. During the campaign, posters, pamphlets, stickers and banners will be distributed among the public for awareness.
A comprehensive ‘Cleanliness Action Plan’ has been prepared to cover stations, trains, tracks, workshops and colonies
Today (9:22AM)  Blood donation camp held (www.thehindu.com)
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A voluntary blood donation camp was organised at Railway Hospital by Engineering Dept. of East Coast Railway, Waltair Division, in association with A.S. Raja Blood Bank on Saturday. Around 85 officers and staff members participated in the camp. G.H. Victor Joseph, Sr Divisional Engineer (Co-ordination), Dr. P.K. Maha Patra, Chief Medical Superintendent, ECoR, and Dr. Radha Rani took part in the camp.
Today (9:21AM)  SCR regulates, cancels trains in Chittoor (www.thehindu.com)
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South Central Railway has announced a line block for track maintenance works between Mungilipattu and Panapakam railway stations in Chittoor district, falling under the Guntakal division, causing regulation and cancellation of some trains for eight days starting September 22.
Train No.22616 Coimbatore-Tirupati Express will be regulated for 20 minutes at Panapakam on September 23, 25, 26 and 30, while 22617 Bangalore-Tirupati Express will be regulated for 10 minutes on September 24 and October 1. Similarly, 56888/56887 Katpadi-Tirupati-Katpadi passenger and 57405/57406 Tirupati-Katpadi-Tirupati passenger will remain cancelled during September 22 - 26 and September 29-October 1, an SCR release stated.
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