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Today (6:22PM)  Decision soon on FDI in rail, defence (www.telegraphindia.com)

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The government may soon take a decision on easing foreign direct investment (FDI) in the Railways and Defence production, with the Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion awaiting final comments from the ministries concerned on the proposals, which will then go to the Union cabinet.DIPP secretary Amitabh Kahnt said the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs has approved FDI cap of 49 per cent insurance, against 26 per cent now, and the Cabinet notes for the railways and defence are under the final consultative process.“Once we get the final comments, we will put them up to the Cabinet for approval,” Kant said on the sidelines of the Confederation of Indian Industry’s Invest North Summit here Thursday.The government proposes to hike the FDI limit in the sensitive defence sector to 49 per cent from 26 per cent now, ensuring control in Indian hands, for boosting domestic industry of a country that imports...
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up to 70 per cent of its military hardware.
Besides, it also plans to ease FDI norms for the cash-starved Indian Railways. The DIPP has proposed 100 per cent FDI in areas such as high-speed train systems, suburban corridors and dedicated freight line projects implemented under PPP mode.
The FDI liberalisation in the sector would help in modernisation and expansion of the railways. According to estimates, the sector is facing a cash- crunch of around Rs 26,000 crore. However, FDI is not proposed in train operations and safety.
At present, there is a complete restriction on any kind of FDI in the Railways sector except mass rapid transport systems. The move will also help in development of its infrastructure for industrial purposes.
Asked about the status of FDI in construction sector, Kant said: “That is also at a fairly advanced stage now. The final process of interaction is on”.
In November last year, the proposal of the DIPP to relax FDI norms in the sector was discussed at the Cabinet meeting but was deferred following concerns being raised by the Urban Development Ministry on a few norms.
The DIPP has proposed easy exit conditions for developers before the three-year lock-in period and a change in the current requirement of having a minimum built-up area for FDI in construction development projects.
The government has also suggested a uniform minimum capitalisation of $5 million for both wholly-owned subsidiaries (WOS) and joint ventures with Indian partners in the construction sector.
At present, the capitalisation requirement for such subsidiaries is $10 million.
Elaborating on the measures taken by the government to improve the ese of doing business in India, Kant said: “We have already built the e-biz platform. So all departments will come online, so that there is no human intervention,” he said.
“In fact, the DIPP has already put the industrial licensing and entrepreneurs’ memorandum on the e-business platform. Our target is that by December 31, 2014, all departments should get online through the e-biz platform,” he said.
24-07-2014
Secunderabad
SCR Reiterates Appeal to Road Users to be cautious and Watchful while passing across Unmanned Railway Level Crossings (UMLCs) in the light of the tragic accident in Medak District
An Unmanned Railway Level Crossing (UMLC No.233 at KM No.563/4) accident occurred between Wadiaram and Masaipet Railway Stations in Medak District o­n Secunderabad - Nizamabad Section of Hyderabad Division of South Central Railway today i.e. 24th July, 2014. The Accident involved a School Bus which came o­n to the Railway track in the face of an approaching train and was hit by Train No. 57564 H.S.Nanded - Hyderabad Passenger which was passing through this spot at about 09:15 hrs. In this tragic incident, 18 persons succumbed to injuries as per
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the current information. The injured children have immediately been rushed to the nearby hospitals by Ambulances. After providing medical aid, the injured have been shifted to Yashoda Hospital, Secunderabad for better medical assistance. At present around 20 injured children are undergoing treatment here.
On receipt of the information, Medical Relief Vans were immediately moved to the spot from Nizamabad and Secunderabad. Senior Railway Officials from Zonal Headquarters, Secunderabad including the General Manager and the Divisional Railway Manager, Hyderabad accompanied by Medical teams rushed to the accident spot, so as to undertake urgent relief and rescue measures.
At this level crossing gate, the traffic density is less with the number of traffic vehicle units (a multiple of number of road vehicle units and number of trains per day) recorded as 4650 per day during the last census taken in November, 2011. The visibility for the road user is clear o­n both directions. Requisite safety infrastructure like warning boards, rumble strip, proper approach roads, stop board and whistle boards are also available at this unmanned crossing.
Ministry of Railways have announced an ex-gratia amount of Rs.2 lakhs for the next of the kin of the deceased, Rs.1 lakh to the grievously injured and Rs.20,000 to persons with simple injuries.
SCR has been conducting public awareness campaigns from time to time through various Media advising the road users to adhere to safety precautions while passing through unmanned railway level crossings as per statutory guidelines.
As per Section 131 of The Motor Vehicles Act, 1988 – Every driver of motor vehicle at the approach of any Unmanned Railway level crossing shall stop the vehicle. The driver himself or the conductor/cleaner or any other attendant shall walk up to the Railway level crossing to ensure that no train or trolley is approaching from either side and then o­nly shall cross the Railway level crossing.
As per Section 161 of The Railways Act, 1989 – If any person driving of leading a vehicle is negligent in crossing an unmanned Railway level crossing, he shall be punishable with imprisonment which may extend to o­ne year.
In the light of this incident, it is reiterated that the Road Vehicle users should follow safety precautions while crossing UMLCs in the interest of public safety. 3 simple steps of 1) Stopping short of an UMLC; 2) Looking in both directions for any approaching train / listen for any whistling sound and 3) Crossing the railway track o­nly when there is no train in sight / approaching, will go a long way in ensuring safety at UMLCs.
Safety Action Plan: - To avoid any scope for accidents at UMLCs, Railways have taken a policy decision to eliminate all UMLCs in a phased manner. South Central Railway has already started implementing a Safety Action Plan to eliminate all the UMLCs by FY-2016 through various means such as replacement of UMLCs with Limited Height Subways; suitable road diversions; manning of UMLCs and closure of UMLCs with very limited road traffic etc. During the last 4 years (FY’s 2010-11, 2011-12, 2012-13 and 2013-14), 514 UMLCs have been eliminated o­n SCR. At present, 640 unmanned level crossings are available on SCR and an action plan to eliminate all these by FY 2016-17 is under active implementation.
Till such time all the UMLCs are eliminated, Railways make a fervent appeal to the road users to be cautious and watchful while crossing unmanned level crossings as mentioned above in the interest of safety.
Today (5:51PM)  Railway minister blames bus driver for Telangana accident (post.jagran.com)

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"According to preliminary reports received by me, the incident took place due to the negligent driving by the school bus driver," he informed the Lok Sabha. "The unmanned level crossing in Medak district has relatively low traffic density," Gowda said in a statement.
He added that the injured have been shifted to nearby hospitals. The minister also announced Rs 2 lakh ex-gratia to the kin of the deceased, Rs 1 lakh to those injured critically and Rs 20,000 to those with minor injuries. At least 19 students were killed and some 20 other children injured in the accident around 9.15 am Thursday at Masayipet, about 70 km from Hyderabad, when a train hit the bus of a private school that was taking the children to their school.
Today (5:46PM)  Danapur may get electric loco shed (old.projectsmonitor.com)

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The Railways is planning to set up an electric loco shed at Danapur, Bihar, which has become necessary following the opening of the Jhajha-Mughalsarai electrified section of the Danapur division. The Railways is studying the feasibility of setting up the shed. Danapur has a loco shed for steam engines that may eventually be converted into an electric loco shed. After the abolition of steam engines in 1990-1991, the Danapur loco shed was turned into a diesel locomotive shed. Multiple Electric Modified Unit (MEMU) trains are likely to be introduced between Patna and Mughalsarai section of the division, which makes an electric loco shed at Danapur even more necessary. Further, the new ECR zone has no electric loco shed except at Mughalsarai.

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Today (5:10PM)  SPECIAL TRAINS BY SOUTH CENTRAL RAILWAY (www-irctc.blogspot.com)
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South Central Railway announced Special Trains between Aurangabad - Tirupati, Secunderabad - Vijayawada, Secunderabad -Visakhapatnam and H.S. Nanded - Pune. Following are the details.
Today (5:09PM)  Shatabdi Express to have two additional coaches (www.thehindu.com)

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The Southern Railway has augmented the Chennai–Mysore and Mysore–Chennai Shatabdi Express with two additional second AC chair car coaches.
A release said the coach augmentation, which came into effect from July 17, will be in vogue till September 10, 2014.
As a result, the train is currently running with 13 coaches instead of 11 coaches and the rake comprises of two first class AC chair cars, nine second class AC chair cars and two luggage-cum-brake vans with generator cars.
Today (4:47PM)  LINE BLOCK MMCC-GUDUR Section (www.sr.indianrailways.gov.in)

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Train Tag: Chennai Moore Market-Gummudipundi EMU/42001 added by s kohilan king maker**/41440

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23-07-2014
LINE BLOCK
Due to line block / power block to facilitate engineering works, Train No.43801 EMU local scheduled to leave Chennai Beach at 01.20 hrs. will be diverted through Mooremarket Complex on 24.07.2014 (i.e.23/24.07.2014) and will arrive Arakkonam late.
Due to line block / power block to facilitate engineering works in Chennai Central – Gudur section, the following trains will be fully cancelled o­n 25.07.2014 and 26.07.2014..
Train No.42001 MMC – Gummidipundi EMU leaving MMC at 00.15 hrs. &
Train No.42002 Gummidipundi – MMC EMU leaving Gummidipundi at 02.45 hrs.
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Today (4:43PM)  SPL Train Between Kamakhya-Pune- Kamakhya (www.secr.indianrailways.gov.in)

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SPL Train Between Kamakhya-Pune- Kamakhya
Today (4:42PM)  SPL Train Between Bilaspur-Bikaner-Bilaspur (www.secr.indianrailways.gov.in)

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SPL Train Between Bilaspur-Bikaner-Bilaspur
Today (4:15PM)  PREMIUM and WEEKLY EXPRESS TRAINS :: NORTHERN RAILWAY (www-irctc.blogspot.com)
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Northern Railway announced Weekly AC Premium Express Train between Kamakhya and New Delhi and Weekly Express Train between Katihar – Ferozpur Cantt. Following are the details.
Today (3:48PM)  4 projects in NE affected for want of forestry clearance | Business Standard News (www.business-standard.com)

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Four key railways projects in the North Eastern region have been affected for want of forestry clearances, the government said today.
Noting that several railway projects are pending due to want of forest clearances, Railway Minister D V Sadananda Gowda said efforts are being made to speed up approvals.
"Four national projects -- Lumding-Silchar, Agartala- Sabroom, Bhairabi-Sairang and Sivok-Rango have been affected for want of forestry clearances," Gowda said in the Lok Sabha during Question Hour.
"Co-ordination meetings have been held with state government and Ministry of Environment and Forests, for faster clearance of these projects and consequently all clearances have been received for Lumding-Silchar project," the Minister said.
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in Jammu and Kashmir and North Eastern region or developmental projects that result in greater integration of these regions with the rest of India, are generally categorised as national projects.
"National projects have been provided with an all time highest allocation of Rs 6,000 crore in 2014-15 for their speedier implementation.
"Field units have also been empowered for faster decision making," the Minister said.
With regard to clearances, the Railway Ministry has already discussions with Environment and Forests Ministry and early approvals are expected, Gowda added.
Today (3:42PM)  IRCTC had plans to shut canteen (www.thehindu.com)

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The Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) formed a two-member committee on Wednesday to probe the incident involving the Shiv Sena MLAs behaviour with one of its catering supervisors at the Maharashtra Sadan canteen here.
While the committee has been asked to submit its report in three days, sources in the IRCTC said they had decided to shut down its canteen prior to the incident on July 17 “as they had been facing some issues even before” and they are “unlikely to resume services in future”.“We have been facing similar problems at the canteen for quite some time. We sent an official communication to the Maharashtra Sadan management about our decision to withdraw our canteen services days before this incident occurred. We were awaiting their response,” an IRCTC official said.The officials, however, refused to provide the exact nature of the
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“issues”. The IRCTC canteen, which has been operational since the new Maharashtra Sadan became functional, was shut down on Friday, a day after the incident involving the Shiv Sena MPs.Meanwhile, old-timers who had witnessed the functioning of old Maharashtra Sadan on Copernicus Marg said the old canteen Yashasvi was a hot favourite for people even from outside. Even theatre buffs would flock there after watching plays in Mandi House.
“Yashasvi was perhaps one of the only State canteens that were not subsidized. Run by a private contractor, it was known for its Kolhapuri chicken. However, food standards began to dip by 2013. When the new Maharashtra Sadan came up in June last year, Yashasvi was closed and the new canteen was given to IRCTC,” recounted a protocol staffer at Maharashtra Sadan.
Today (3:20PM)  Unmanned Level Crossing incident near Masaipet Station on Secunderabad-Nizamabad Section of Hyderabad Division (www.scr.indianrailways.gov.in)

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Unmanned Level Crossing incident near Masaipet Station on Secunderabad-Nizamabad Section of Hyderabad Division
An Unmanned Railway Level Crossing (UMLC No.233 at KM No.563/324) incident occurred between Masaipet and Wadiaram Railway Stations o­n Secunderabad-Nizamabad Section of Hyderabad Division of SCR today i.e., 24th July, 2014. The Accident involved a School Bus which came o­n to the Railway Track and was hit by Train No. 57564 H.S.Nanded-Secunderabad Passenger which was passing through at about 09.10 hrs. Several School children travelling in the bus feared to be succumbed to injuries o­n the spot. Exact number of causalities is to be ascertained.
On receipt of the information, a Medical Relief Van was immediately rushed to the spot from Nizamabad and Secunderabad and Senior Railway Officials including Medical team from Secunderabad rushed to the accident
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spot, so as to undertake immediate relief and restoration measures. The injured have been shifted to the nearby hospitals through ambulances.
Today (3:20PM)  Police working on stepping up security inside the trains (www.thehindu.com)

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Amid instances of crimes getting reported on board trains and on platforms, the Government Railway Police (GRP), Tiruchi District, has proposed to review the train beat system.
The authorities concerned have planned to streamline the system by coordinating with the Railway Protection Force (RPF) – also involved in escorting trains. This was to ensure that all night trains passing through the jurisdiction of GRP, Tiruchi District, were provided with escort.
Most offences on board trains were committed only late in the night and early morning hours — a convenient time for culprits to strike and escape with the booty, say railway police sources.
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details of trains covered only by its personnel; those covered only by the RPF and trains on board which personnel of GRP and RPF provided escort.
The focus will be more on trains passing through “crime-prone” areas. Alongside GRP personnel, a group of Tamil Nadu Special Police personnel have been drawn for providing escort on board trains over the past two months.
About 70 TSP personnel were being utilised in train beats in certain trains.
The GRP has also decided to utilise the additional manpower strength drawn from different districts for the train beat system in turns.
“The whole idea is to ensure that all night trains passing through our limits are covered by train beats in a bid to curb offences”, says the Superintendent of Police, GRP, Tiruchi District E.T. Samson.
At present, 60 to 70 trains were covered by train beats by the GRP, Tiruchi District — most of which were at night.
The railway police say photographs of the offenders targeting rail travellers would be provided to the constables deployed on train beat duty for easy identification of the criminals.
The sources say baggage lifting in trains accounted for a chunk of crime cases booked by the railway police.
A little over 190 cases of baggage lifting were reported in different trains over last two-and-a-half years in GRP, Tiruchi District limits.
Instructions had been given to treat snatching of chains from rail travellers as robbery cases, a senior officer said.
R. RAJARAM explains the initiative of the government railway police to streamline night beat in trains
Today (3:19PM)  Bulletin No. 1 Trains Cancelled/Partially Cancelled due to Unmanned Level Crossing Incident on Secunderabad-Nizamabad Section of Hyderabad Division - Helpline Numbers Opened (www.scr.indianrailways.gov.in)

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Bulletin No. 1 Trains Cancelled/Partially Cancelled due to Unmanned Level Crossing Incident on Secunderabad-Nizamabad Section of Hyderabad Division - Helpline Numbers Opened
Due to an untoward incident at an Unmanned Level Crossing near Masaipet Station o­n Secunderabad-Nizamabad Section of Hyderabad Division of South Central Railway today i.e., 24th July, 2014 involving a school bus and Train No. 57564 H.S.Nanded-Hyderabad Passenger, the following Trains are cancelled/partially cancelled:-
I) Trains Cancelled today i.e., 24thJuly, 2014:-
1) Train No. 57517 Hyderabad-Tandur passenger schedule to depart Hyderabad at
12.35 pm is cancelled for want of Rake.
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3) Train No. 57602 Nizamabad-Kacheguda passenger schedule to depart Nizamabad
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II) Trains Partially Cancelled o­n 24thJuly, 2014:-
1) Train No. 57690 Kacheguda-Nizamabad Passenger which departed Kacheguda at 09.05 am today i.e., 24th July, 2014 is partially cancelled between Bolarum and Nizamabad.
2) Train No. 57594 H.S.Nanded-Kacheguda passenger which departed H.S.Nanded at 08.55 am today i.e., 24th July, 2014 is partially cancelled between Kamareddi and Kacheguda.
3) Train No. 57593 Kacheguda-H.S Nanded passenger scheduled to depart Kacheguda at 02.00 pm today i.e., 24th July, 2014 is partially cancelled between Kacheguda-Kamareddi and will run between Kamareddi and Nizamabad.
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1) Hyderabad Railway Station - 040-23200865
2) Kacheguda Railway Station – 040-27550355

People can have information o­n this incident from Phone Number-
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Today (3:18PM)  Telangana minister blames railways for accident (zeenews.india.com)

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Hyderabad: A Telangana minister has blamed negligence by the railways for the ghastly accident at a railway crossing in Medak district that left 19 school children dead.
Irrigation Minister Harish Rao said railways failed to install a gate despite repeated representations by local people and public representatives.
Rao was talking to reporters at Masayipet where a train hit a school bus, killing 19 children and the driver and injured 20.
He said the gate would be installed within a week. He said road over bridges or under bridges and gates at unmanned crossings will be constructed wherever required in Telangana.
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will pay Rs 5 lakh ex-gratia each to the families of the dead.
Home Minister N Narasimha Reddy has also blamed railways for the disaster.
Today (3:18PM)  Government earmarks Rs 19,000 crore for renewal of railway tracks (economictimes.indiatimes.com)

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NEW DELHI: The Government has earmarked Rs 19,000 crore for renewal of railway tracks to ensure that the tracks are in good conditions for safe running of trains.
Railway Minister DV Sadananda Gowda told Lok Sabha that track renewal is a continuous activity which is to be undertaken as and when a stretch of track becomes due for renewal, taking into account the traffic carried over the track, incidence of rail fractures, failures, wear and age.
"Safety is one of the priority sectors of Railways. Track renewal will continue and it will not stop," he said during Question Hour.
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ensuring that all the time track is in a sound condition for safe running of trains.
About drinking water at railway stations and trains, the Minister said current production of Rail Neer bottles which is about 3.8 lakh is not enough and the remaining requirement is met by purchasing from the market.
Railways needs about 25 lakh litres of water per day, he said. To a separate query on ensuring safety of women passengers, the Minister said the government is giving importance to the matter.
Safety of women passengers is a concern and the government is taking much care in this regard. There are plans to install CCTVs in ladies coaches and about 4,000 women constables are being recruited, Gowda said.
Today (1:44PM)  KCR, Naidu express shock over train-bus crash (www.thehindu.com)

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Leaders of various parties in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh also condole the death of 20 students in the mishap.
Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao has expressed deep shock over the train-school bus accident at an unmanned level-crossing at Masaipet, in Veldurthi Mandal of Medak district on Thursday morning in which 20 students and the bus driver were killed.
The Chief Minister directed Chief Secretary Rajiv Sharma and Director General of Police Anurag Sharma to make all arrangements for better treatment of the injured. He visited a private hospital here where some of the critically injured students were brought for treatment.
Further, he directed Ministers T. Harish Rao and G. Jagadish Reddy to rush to the accident site and oversee the rescue operations.
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Two other Ministers, P. Mahender Reddy and T. Padma Rao, also rushed to the mishap site.
Andhra Pradesh N. Chandrababu Naidu, expressing grief over the accident, said the death of a large number of school children was shocking. He directed TDP leaders from Telangana - Ravula Chandrasekhar Reddy and L. Ramana - to rush to the accident site to help the authorities and TDP cadre in taking up rescue operations.
Chairman of Telangana Legislative Council K. Swamy Goud expressed deep shock over the accident and extended his heartfelt sympathies to the bereaved families. He requested the government to provide better treatment facility to the students injured in the mishap.
Telangana Home Minister Nayini Narsimha Reddy expressed deep sorrow over the death of the school students and termed it an unfortunate incident. He extended his condolences to the parents of the deceased school children.
YSR Congress party president Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy expressed shock and anguish over the tragic death of school students and extended heartfelt condolences to the bereaved families. Mr. Jagan later went to the accident site.
In his message, Telangana BJP president G. Kishan Reddy condoled the death of the school students and demanded action against those responsible for the mishap.
Today (1:42PM)  Telangana rail accident unfortunate: Gowda (www.thehindu.com)

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More than 20 students were killed when a train rammed a school bus at an unmanned level crossing in Medak district.
Railway Minister D V Sadananda Gowda on Thursday termed as unfortunate the death of several students in Telangana when a train rammed a school bus at an unmanned railway crossing.
It is “quite an unfortunate incident,” Gowda said in the Lok Sabha.
The Minister also said he would make a statement on the accident later in the day.
Twelve people, including 11 children, were killed and 16 others seriously injured after a train rammed into a school bus at an unmanned railway crossing at Chegunta in Telangana’s Medak district.
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“11 students and the bus driver were killed while 16 children were grievously injured in the accident at the unmanned railway crossing,” DIG N Suryanaarayana said.
Today (1:41PM)  High speed train to Delhi needs Rs 600 cr (www.hindustantimes.com)

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The travel time between Chandigarh and Delhi may not come down so easily. A hefty investment of approximately Rs. 600 crore is required to achieve the speed limit of 160 km per hour on the ChandigarhDelhi rail route, as announced in this year’s railway budget.
The railway board is likely to take a final call on the total cost of this project in a cost review meeting scheduled by monthend, sources said.
At present, the ChandigarhDelhi Shatabdi Express takes about three hours and 20 minutes to cover 266 km between Chandigarh and Delhi at a speed of 80-85 km an hour. With the increased speed, the travelling time will come down to two hours. The sources said timely availability of funds would be decisive for the time-bound implementation of the project.
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The Delhi-Chandigarh route is managed by two divisions of the northern railway. Delhi Division manages the route from Delhi till Ambala and further Chandigarh-Ambala route is under the control of Ambala division, having its headquarters in Ambala Cantt.
While the estimated cost to achieve the high speed between Delhi-Ambala has come out Rs. 400 crore, a budget of little over Rs. 200 crore is required for the AmbalaChandigarh route.
Divisional railway manager (DRM), Ambala division, AK Kathpal said, “The division has already submitted a budget proposal of Rs. 206 crore to achieve the high speed of 160 kmph on the Ambala-Chandigarh route.
The major cost for this project is for upgrading the track. In case of Ambala-Chandigarh route, the estimated cost of track upgrade is Rs. 151 crore and Rs. 27 crore will be spent on fencing of the track, besides proper safety measures at level crossings will also be taken care of.”
“We have a review meeting of this project at the end of this month in which the total cost of this project is expected to be freezed,” said Kathpal.
As per officials, on the DelhiAmbala route, automatic signalling system, provision of thick web switches on all crossings and strengthening of curves on the track are the major areas to be fixed before achieving the high speed.
According to the sources, the overall execution of the project may take even two years since it is a capital intensive project and without money nothing will move.
“Eight other routes have also been identified to run trains at the speed of 160 kmph in this year’s budget.
Therefore, it remains to be seen which project gets priority in terms of funding and political will,” said an official seeking anonymity. He added that it would be a big achievement if the work started on ground by the end of this financial year.
City-based lawyer Ajay Jagga said the announcement of Delhi-Chandigarh high speed train must be celebrated.
But the ministry must ensure its implementation at the earliest so that residents enjoy the Chandigarh-Delhi journey with lesser travel distance. “We also request local MP Kirron Kher to ensure its timely implementation,” he added.
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