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Today (10:10AM)  Freight tracks may derail station - Only an alternative plan can save main building of Dhanbad junction (www.telegraphindia.com)
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The main building of Dhanbad Railway Junction, set up in 1880 and then rebuilt in 1956, may have to be demolished to facilitate laying of tracks for the upcoming dedicated freight corridor passing through the coal capital.
Divisional railway manager of Dhanbad division Manoj Krishna Akhauri spoke of such an eventuality on Friday during his meeting with representatives of railway employees union, chamber of commerce and media, wherein he gave a power point presentation on the achievements of the railways in the last two years and apprised the gathering about the new projects being initiated within the Dhanbad division.
development of the eastern freight corridor, connecting Howrah and New Delhi while passing through Dhanbad, is likely to take around five years. But existing main building may have to be demolished, although we are also considering another option of laying tracks on the other side of the station complex. If that works out, then we may not need to touch the main building," he said.
Akhauri, however, noted that if the main building had to be demolished, the Dhanbad division may not be in a position to invest large sums of money on beautifying the station as planned earlier.
Rough estimates indicate that around 229 acres would be required for developing the eastern freight corridor in Dhanbad alone.
On more passenger amenities at the extension complex that has come up on the south side of the station, he said efforts were on to install additional fans and awnings, deficiencies that were pointed out during the June 7 visit of an 18-member passenger amenities committee.
Akhuri also assured the gathering that the escalator on platform 1 would henceforth work regularly and said that mischief-mongers, who switched off power lines often, were responsible for its erratic operation.
"We have also floated tenders, as many as five times, for the installation of elevators at the railway station. But, no company responded," said Akhauri, who was accompanied by senior divisional commercial manager Abhishek Kumar.
On wi-fi facility at the station, the divisional railway manager said that all necessary formalities had been completed and that the facility would be available soon.


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Today (8:36AM)  ‘Need a network of tracks’ (www.thehindu.com)
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Are dedicated cycle tracks from metro stations mean development of infrastructure in isolated silos? Yes, and will be unsustainable in the long run unless integrated into a network of cycle tracks, say urban commute experts.
Sanjeev V. Dyamannavar welcomed the idea of dedicated cycle tracks on pedestrian pavements instead of road carriageways, but says the Baiyappanahalli – RMZ Infinity stretch is an exception.
“If these cycle tracks are built with only tech parks in mind, then they will have a huge mitigating limit over its utility built into its design. Cycle tracks should
be egalitarian and not dedicated to techies alone,” he said adding that such tracks will only end up being under-utilised.
Urbanist Ashwin Mahesh welcomed the proposed cycle tracks with a caveat that though in the beginning they seem to be isolated stretches, the city should work towards integrating these isolated tracks into a network of cycle tracks to make cycling in the entire city sustainable.
Today (8:30AM)  More cycle tracks to tech parks (www.thehindu.com)
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It’s not just RMZ Infinity. Bagmane Tech Park, Embassy Golf Links and Millennium Tower Old Philip Building may also be connected by dedicated cycle lanes to the nearest metro stations.
U.A. Vasanth Rao, spokesperson for Namma Metro, said that they had received three other proposals apart from RMZ Infinity for dedicated cycle lanes. “Baiyappanahalli cycle track is a pilot project. We have already placed cycles and even bikes at Baiyappanahalli. By 11 am, all bikes and cycles are taken almost every day. We are ready to partner with anybody to improve last-mile connectivity to our stations,” he said.
tracks are being planned from Vivekananda station to Bagmane Tech Park via Suranjandas Road, from Indiranagar metro station to Embassy Golf Links via 100 Feet Road and from Ulsoor to Trinity Circle metro station.
Basavaraj Kabade, Executive Engineer, Traffic Engineering Cell, BBMP, said that building cycle tracks on some of these roads is a big challenge as the roads are narrow. “But we are working towards getting a single lane on the pavement as a cycle lane,” he said.
Today (8:26AM)  Get off the metro, pedal to work on cycle (www.thehindu.com)
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A pilot project is under way at Baiyappanahalli
New commute:In an attempt to improve last-mile connectivity, the BBMP is building a dedicated cycle track on the pavement from Baiyappanahalli Metro Station to RMZ Infinity,a tech park where over 10,000 employees work.— Photo: Sudhakara Jain
The joy of zipping past vehicles on the city's traffic-choked roads on the metro comes to an abrupt stop at your station. Then, you have to figure out how to get to your destination.
a section of commuters will soon be able to hop on to a bicycle at the station, head to work on a dedicated cycle track and return the cycle on the way back.
As a pilot project, Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) is building a dedicated cycle track on the pavement from Baiyappanahalli Metro Station to the nearby RMZ Infinity, a tech park where over 10,000 employees work. The cycle track will be one kilometre long.
H.R. Murali, of Namma Cycle, who is coordinating between cycling enthusiasts, RMZ Infinity and civic agencies, said that they are working on a public sharing system to make around 200 bicycles available at Baiyappanahalli Metro Station and RMZ Infinity.
“Both RMZ Inifinity and Namma Metro are very supportive. We will put up a smart card-based system where commuters can hop on to a cycle from metro station, cycle to work and park it there. On their way back, they can pick up another cycle and commute to the metro station,” he said.
Ajay T. Seetharam, a software engineer with Google and a cycle enthusiast, said that an informal survey in the tech park revealed that while metro commuters are interested in a cycle track, others had expressed interest in shifting to metro if they got a safe cycle track for last-mile connectivity.
“RMZ Foundation has promised to partner in the initiative and provide space for parking cycles,” he said. “Our survey has revealed that at least 2,000 people working in RMZ Infinity commute by metro every day,” added Mr. Murali.
Basavaraj Kabade, Executive Engineer, Traffic Engineering Cell, BBMP, said that the cycle track will be on the pedestrian pavement rather than the road, like cycle tracks built earlier across the city. “This will avoid encroachment of cycle tracks for parking cars and other vehicles. Work has been taken up as part of the signal-free corridor project. We will be providing a two-metre wide pedestrian pathway and a two-metre wide cycle track,” he said. Work is expected to be completed in another three months.
Today (8:19AM)  For Metro, days of swift subterranean action ahead (www.thehindu.com)
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City’s first underground line from Thirumangalam to Nehru Park fast-tracked
Chennai Metro Rail is speeding up laying of tracks from Thirumangalam to Nehru Park, the first underground network in the city.
Officials said work had been completed between Thirumangalam and Pachaiyappa’s College stations, about 5 km apart, on the upward and downward lines.
The total distance between Thirumangalam and Nehru Park is about 7
“We plan to complete it in three months after which electrical and signalling work will begin. We have carried out trials on a few occasions on this stretch,” an official said.
Now, laying of tracks towards the Kilpauk Medical College station has begun.
The track work began in March last year, but rain and other factors delayed it.
Work is on to install platform screen doors at Thirumangalam and Anna Nagar Tower and East stations.
Underground stations will have such doors to prevent passengers from entering the tracks.
The doors are positioned in such a way that they will open alongside the carriage doors when trains arrive.
The Rs. 14,600-crore Metro will have 24 km of underground and 21 km of elevated network.
The first service was opened between Koyambedu and Alandur, an elevated stretch, in June last year.
In two months, the next stretch from Little Mount to the Chennai airport will be opened.
Today (7:58AM)  Light Metro: work on flyovers from this year (www.thehindu.com)
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Governor’s address to the first session of Assembly
The Left Democratic Front (LDF) government has made it clear that Light Metro project in Thiruvananthapuram and Kozhikode will “proceed on the basis of the Detailed Project Report already prepared by the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC).”
As an immediate step in the Rs.6,728-crore project, works on the flyovers at Sreekaryam, Ulloor, Pattom and Thampanoor on the NH-66 corridor would commence this year, Governor P. Sathasivam said in his address to the first session of 14{+t}{+h}Kerala Assembly on Friday.
DMRC, which was made an interim consultant and tasked with the preparatory works of the Light Metro, had been demanding that flyovers be built at junctions and land be acquired soon to save time and avoid cost escalation. Now, the government has to approve the alignment for widening the Kazhakuttam-Kesavadasapuram stretch of the NH-66.
The Governor announced that the Technocity project in the capital will be completed on priority basis. The Sree Chitra Art Gallery on the zoo premises will get a new building. A Film City catering to the requirements of modern cinema will be created at the Chithranjali Studio complex. An institution in the memory of architect Laurie Baker will be nurtured as the Laurie Baker International School of Habitat Studies to promote his cost-effective and green technologies.
KITTS upgrade
Life Sciences Park at Thonnakkal will be completed. Kerala Institute of Travel and Tourism Studies (KITTS) will be made a Centre of Excellence. Construction of breakwater in Veli will be taken up.
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New building for Sree Chitra Art Gallery
Film City to come up at Chitranjali Studio complex
Today (7:45AM)  Nepal team holds talks with Customs officials; Visits Waltair division hq (www.thehindu.com)
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Discusses modalities for clearance of export and import of cargo through Vizag port
As part of its exercise to meet the stakeholders after declaration of Visakhapatnam Port as second gateway after Kolkata Port, a seven-member delegation from Nepal held discussions with the officials of Customs Commissionerate on Thursday.
The team led by Chief Secretary of Nepal Somal Subedi met Chief Commissioner of Customs, Central Excise and Service Tax R. Shakuntala and discussed the modalities of clearance of import and export of cargo meant for Nepal through Visakhapatnam Port.
on the understanding reached between the Prime Ministers India and Nepal and subsequent meeting of Inter-Governmental Committee in Kathmandu, the Government of India has agreed to provide additional transit facilities for movement of containerised cargo through Visakhapatnam Port.
Currently, the goods imported and exported by Nepal are cleared through Kolkata Port under treaty of transit between the two countries. Under the amended provisions of the treaty, four new road routes connecting Visakhapatnam with Biratnagar, Birgunj, Bhairahawa and Nepalgunj have been approved.
Besides operation of rail services between Visakhapatnam and Jogbani, Visakhapatnam-Birgunj connectivity is also envisaged. Ms. Shakuntala said the opening of the new route would make a new beginning and further strengthen the bond between the two countries.
She assured the visiting delegation on behalf of Indian Customs that utmost importance would be given to ensure smooth flow of international trade through Visakhapatnam Port.
Visits Waltair division hq
Meanwhile, the delegation visited the Waltair Division Headquarters to examine the facilities for transport of goods from Visakhapatnam Port to Nepal by Railways.
The seven-member delegation, led by the Cabinet Secretary, includes Secretaries of other Departments and Nepal Consul General in India. Visakhapatnam Port Trust (VPT) Chairman M.T. Krishnababu accompanied the high-level team.
Speaking on the occasion, Divisional Railway Manager Chandralekha Mukherjee said: “The decision of the Government of India identifying VPT as a second Gateway Port for freight handling to Nepal provides major impetus to container traffic. Indian Railways in general and East Coast Railway in particular are committed to develop Visakhapatnam Port as a major container hub in future.”
Delegates from Nepal, officials of VPT, Container Corporation of India and Visakha Container Terminal Private Limited (VCTPL) participated in the meeting.
Today (7:44AM)  Integrated system commissioned (www.thehindu.com)
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An integrated cleanliness system – Clean Station – was commissioned by Divisional Railway Manager Chandralekha Mukherjee at Visakhapatnam Railway Station on Thursday.
The Railway Board has directed all Zonal Railways to invite tenders for engaging professional/reputed agencies for outsourcing of cleanliness at 50 major railway stations of ‘A 1’ and ‘A’ categories on Indian Railways. Visakhapatnam Junction is the first station in the Waltair Division to have an integrated cleanliness system.
The integrated contract covers the entire station i.e., the whole geographical area of the station covering tracks, platforms, all parts of the
building, concourse, approach road and parking area. The scope of the cleanliness contract includes all areas and aspects of cleanliness like: cleaning of the entire station area including tracks, garbage collection, disinfection, pest and rodent control and segregation and disposal of wastes.
Today (7:42AM)  Towards a cleaner railway station (www.thehindu.com)
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Modern green toilets being constructed near main entrance
A stroll down the road outside the main entry to Visakhapatnam Railway Station or outside the entry on the Gnanapuram side is enough to gauge the unhygienic surroundings prevailing around the station.
Thousands of visitors come to the station everyday either to receive or see off their near and dear ones, arriving or going by various trains.
wait outside the entrance to instead of waiting on the platform and get lost in the crowd or simply to avoid paying for the platform entry ticket.
The visitors come from different economic and social strata and when they do not find toilets, many of them ease themselves at will along the compound wall of the railway station or at some other convenient place nearby.
This explains the reason for the unclean surroundings around the railway station.
One cannot blame the Railways or the Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation (GVMC) officials alone. It’s the responsibility of each and every individual to ensure cleanliness at public places. Cleanliness and hygiene should be inculcated in children from a young age so that they do not develop the habit of littering public places.
Divisional Railway Users Consultative Committee (DRUCC) member and BJP State executive member Buddha Lakshmi Narayana submitted a representation to the Divisional Railway Manager on June 13 seeking provision of toilets outside the railway station on both sides to improve sanitation around the station.
Mr. Lakshmi Narayana followed it up with the authorities at the 109{+t}{+h}DRUCC meeting held on June 16.
The Railway authorities promptly responded to his plea. Work on provision of toilets beside the Main Road, right opposite the main entrance to the station has already been taken up.
One may wonder that toilets right outside the main entry would be an awful sight.
The modern green toilets could be mistaken for a railway coach from a distance.
The moulded toilets have been erected and septic tank has been constructed below the ground and workers were giving finishing touches on Thursday.
Today (7:39AM)  Stops sought for more trains at Kazhakuttam (www.thehindu.com)
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Hundreds of techies use trains daily to reach Technopark
Hundreds of techies daily commuting in mail and express trains from various parts of the State to Technopark here has stepped up their four-year-old campaign demanding stoppage for more trains at the Kazhakuttam railway station.
The campaigns and signature drives over the years have received a boost now with the socio-cultural organisation of the employees of Technopark, Pratidhwani, launching a hashtag campaign at Kazhakuttam for posting opinions or posts related to the issue.
of employees from Technopark are actively part of the campaign that will last for a month.
“Stops for some more trains will definitely help thousands of techies,” Pratidhwani secretary Rajeev Krishnan said.
The techies have also roped in the local legislator and Minister for Electricity and Devaswom Kadakampally Surendran to drum up support for their demand. Divisional Railway Manager Prakash Butani has also been approached by the techies with a list of mail and express trains that need stoppage at the Kazhakuttam railway station.
The employees have requested stops for trains 16382/16381 Kanyakumari-Mumbai Cape Mumbai Express, 16315/16316 Kochuveli-Bengaluru Express, 16341/16342 Thiruvananthapuram-Guruvayur Intercity Express, 12624/12623 Thiruvananthapuram-Chennai-Chennai Mail, 12696/12695 Thiruvananthapuram-Chennai-Chennai Express, 12258/12257 Kochuveli-Yeshwanthpur Express, 16604/16603 Thiruvananthapuram-Mangaluru Maveli Express, 16302/16301 Thiruvananthapuram-Shoranur Venad Express and 12076/12075 Thiruvananthapuram-Kozhikode Jan Shatabdi Express.
The techies have also requested renaming of the Kazhakuttam station ‘Technopark-Kazhakuttam’. Technopark hosts over 300 IT and ITES companies employing over 50,000 IT professionals from different parts of the country.
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