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Today (8:17AM)  State has to pay its share for railway projects: Sadananda - The Hindu (www.thehindu.com)

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State has to pay its share for railway projects: Sadananda STAFF CORRESPONDENT COMMENT   ·   PRINT   ·   T  T   TOPICS India Karnataka
Karnataka Bangalore Mangalore Karnataka will have to pay its share to the Railways if projects are to be executed. Every other State is paying and Karnataka cannot be an exception, Railway Minister D.V. Sadananda Gowda has said.
Mr. Gowda was in the district on Sunday to participate in religious programmes at Puttur and visit his mother at Devaragunda in Sullia taluk.
He said that he received a letter from Chief Minister Siddaramaiah that the State government could not afford to pay its share for railway projects. “The State Budget has increased from Rs. 34,000 crore to Rs. 1.32 lakh crore in five
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years. The State government should proportionately increase its allocation to railways,” he told presspersons at Puttur.
He urged Mr. Siddaramaiah not to “play politics” with the matter. At Sullia, Mr. Gowda told presspersons that the survey for the Kanjangad–Kaniyoor railway line and the commissioning of the Mangalore–Bangalore express train (to be named Kudla express) will be done “soon”.
“I will hold a meeting with officials every 15 days to ensure that the schemes and projects announced in the budget are implemented as soon as possible,” he said.
Today (7:41AM)  BJPs TECHNICAL WIZARDS TO IMPROVE Wi-Fi in TRAINS (cache.epapr.in)

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Today (7:17AM)  15 मिनट में कतार में लगे यात्रियों को टिकट (epaper.jagran.com)

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अब यूटीएस काउंटर पर कार्यरत कर्मीं 15 मिनट में कतार में लगे यात्रियों को टिकट देंगे। उन्हें टिकट लेने के लिए घंटों इंतजार करने से मुक्ति मिल जाएगी। काउंटर पर देरी से टिकट काटने वाले कर्मी व प्रभारी पर गाज भी गिर सकती है। रेलवे बोर्ड ने यूटीएस काउंटर पर कार्यरत कर्मियों पर नकेल कसनी शुरू कर दी है। हाल के दिनों में काउंटर पर लंबी कतार से प्रत्येक दिन सैकड़ों यात्रियों को टिकट नहीं मिल पाता है। जिसके कारण वे बिना टिकट के ही यात्र करने को विवश होते है। इस दिक्कत को देखते हुए रेलवे बोर्ड ने सोनपुर मंडल को काउंटर पर नई व्यवस्था लागू करने का निर्देश दिया है। सीनियर डीसीएम ने कहा कि काउंटर पर यात्रियों को जल्द टिकट देने के लिए कर्मियों को आदेश दिया गया है।1 ये होगी नई व्यवस्था18 यात्रियों की भीड़ पर बढ़ेंगे काउंटरों की संख्या18 एक काउंटर पर अधिकतम यात्रियों की...
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संख्या होगी पचास 18 भीड़ बढ़ने पर काउंटर छोड़ कर कर्मियों के जाने पर रहेगी रोक 18 विलंब से टिकट मिलने पर यात्री कर सकते अधिकारी को शिकायत18 यात्रियों की शिकायत पर होगी त्वरित कार्रवाई 18 ड्यूटी पर विलंब से आने वाले कर्मियों का होगा रिपोर्ट तैयार
Today (7:01AM)  Indefinite strike by quarry owners may affect Kochi Metro Rail project work (www.deccanchronicle.com)

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Kochi: Concern over the shortage of granite for the construction of Kochi Metro Rail and other projects mounted as the indefinite strike launched by granite quarry owners in the state entered the third day.
The contractors of the metro project normally have an inventory for two weeks and if the strike prolongs, works may get affected, said a spokesman of the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation.
The quarry owners launched the strike from Friday protesting against an order by the Green Tribunal that all activities related to mining should get a clearance from the ministry of environment and forests. “The state government should take immediate measures to get a relief from the Green Tribunal’, M.A. Yousuf district president of Kerala Quarry and Crusher Operators Association said.
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According to him, out of the nearly 3,000 granite quarries operating in the state, only 63 have the licence from the MOEF. A majority of quarries in the state belong to the category of less than five hectares which were not required to possess the licence from the MOEF, he added
The green tribunal verdict however had made the licence mandatory for all mining activities including those coming under the category of five hectares. The state government had filed an appeal a few days ago in the green tribunal seeking one-year's time to implement its directive in the state.
Today (6:50AM)  Land acquisition delay will have marginal impact on metro stations (www.thehindu.com)

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But affects construction schedule of the metro’s viaducts
: Delay in acquiring seven more acres of land for Kochi Metro will have marginal impact on construction of stations, though it has affected construction schedule of the metro’s viaducts at many places.
Sources associated with the project said piling was over for 14 of the 21 stations proposed in the Aluva-Pettah alignment. Pile capping work is getting over for most of the 12 stations in metro’s Aluva-Palarivattom reach, while work on pillars has begun for a few.
In the Palarivattom-Pettah reach where land acquisition problems abound, DMRC has completed piling for four stations and pile capping work is in progress.
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pipelines is hampering work on metro stations planned at Kadavanthra and Elamkulam on SA Road, while PWD’s inability to widen Vyttila-Pettah Road has prevented commencement of work on other stations.
“Metro stations are located on the viaduct itself and land is required on either side only to house staircase, escalator and lift for commuters to enter and exit the stations,” sources said.
Station specifications
Unlike a pillar every 25 metres for the metro, pillars for stations will be located at a distance of every 13.50 metres.
Every 81-metre-long station capable of berthing 70-metre-long metro trains will be supported by seven pillars.
“The platform on each side will be 3 metres wide and will have a total area of 210 square metres. Approximately three people can stand in every square metre of space and this works out to around 600 people on each side. Others will wait in the concourse, to prevent stampede. Crowding will be rare since trains travel at intervals ranging from five minutes to 90 seconds, depending on demand,” sources said.
Today (6:49AM)  Metro station designs to be unveiled in August (www.thehindu.com)

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Kochi Metro Rail Limited (KMRL) has finalised designs for eight metro stations, based on inputs from Indian Institute of Architects (IIA) and structural design by Egis India.
Their designs will formally be unveiled in August. Though IIA had readied designs for the remaining 14 stations, they are being reworked based on changes suggested by KMRL.
KMRL MD Elias George spoke of how steps would be taken to ensure ‘prior customer experiences’ in every station.
The exterior of the stations would wear a unique look and have a simple tone, while interior would represent Kerala culture.
The interiors designs will have a few elements of Kerala and Kochi.
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For this, every station would have a wall or two that portrays regional history, culture, art etc. KMRL would soon shortlist an agency for customer-experience mapping, sources said.
Smaller stations would have more or less common design, while bigger ones would have designs with regional flavour. Themes will take inspiration from ‘kettuvallom’, palm leaf etc., they said.
Metro sources said that care must be taken so that maintaining stations is easy and their lifecycle cost is minimal.
Today (6:49AM)  Hyderabad Metro Rail creates record (www.thehindu.com)

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City’s ongoing elevated metro project has created a construction record by completing 27 kilometres of metro viaduct in just 20 months.
While the first between two pillars was erected near Genpact in Habsiguda in December 2012, the 1,000th was done on Sunday near S.R.Nagar bus stop, thus completing 38 per cent of viaduct works. A total of 2,665 spans are required for 72 km of viaduct spread over three corridors: Miyapur to L.B.Nagar, JBS to Falaknuma and Nagole to Shilparamam/Raidurg.
The significance of record can be measured by the fact that Mumbai Metro Rail took about seven years to complete 11 km of metro viaduct; Bangalore and Chennai took over five years to complete about 25 km of viaduct each. Delhi took more than three years to achieve the same.
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Engineering feat
HMR’s engineering feat of fast construction in congested roads of Hyderabad with a good safety record was possible due to a number of proactive measures taken by the State Government and the engineering capabilities of L&T, said Managing Director N.V.S. Reddy.
As on date 1,473 foundations (56 per cent), 1,370 pillars (52 per cent) are completed. The Government too had facilitated setting up of the country’s two biggest precast yards, one at Uppal in 70 acres and another one at Qutbullahpur in 62 acres where L&T Metro Rail Hyderabad had established factory-like precast yards with sophisticated machinery such as automatic steel cutting and bending machines to produce precast segments each weighing about 40 tons, he said.
Precast segments are being transported in the night on low-bedded trolleys to various metro construction sites and erected between metro pillars with the help of “launching girders”. In all, 15 launching girders are being used to carry out these erection works. General length between two pillars is 100 feet, bridged by 11 precast segments.
Today (6:47AM)  Gehlot accuses Vasundhara of misleading the House (www.thehindu.com)

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Former Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot has accused Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje of misleading the House on issues of metro rail and Barmer refinery.
In a statement issued here on Sunday, Mr Gehlot said it could be a clear case of breach of privilege against her. Just because she has majority in the House, Ms Raje is trying to give incorrect information, he said
Ready for debate
Responding to the Bharatiya Janata Party's statement that he (Mr Gehlot) should speak in the House or at a public forum on these two issues, he said he was ready for a one-on-one debate at any forum.
Accusing the Chief Minster of delaying the refinery project, Mr Gehlot
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said she was unnecessarily trying to derail it.
Today (6:46AM)  Scholarship granted to children of Group-D employees (www.thehindu.com)

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A total of 70 children, of Group-D employees from Visakhapatnam Division, who have gone for higher studies, were granted scholarship from the Central Staff Benefit Fund, according to vice-president (central) of East Coast Railway Shramik Union Apparao Mahadev.
He said that 70 of the total 95 beneficiaries in ECoR were from Visakhapatnam Division. Railway employees could obtain a number of concessions from the Staff Benefit Fund (SBF) and all that they had to do was to send an application to the zonal SBF office.
Mr. Appa Rao said that of the total amount of Rs.19,92,000 sanctioned, Visakhapatnam Division alone got Rs.14,76,000 in the form of scholarships and the amount would be credited to the employees accounts along with the salaries. He hailed ECoRSU general secretary Ch. Gandhi for his relentless struggles to
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achieve various benefits for employees.
ECoRSU working president (central) D. Shaleel and Divisional coordinator Vedula Narasinga Rao also hailed the efforts of the union leadership in getting better facilities to the workers.
Today (6:43AM)  More needs to be done, says activists (www.thehindu.com)

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Disability activists have welcomed Southern Railway General Manager Rakesh Misra’s move to inspect disabled coaches of trains and his warning to all Division Railway Managers to ensure no one encroaches upon these coaches.
However, they say, this should be implemented strictly.
“It is mostly railway staff, the Railway Protection Force personnel, Government Railway Police men and season ticket-holders who encroach upon the disabled coach. They get together and behave as a mob, threatening any disabled person who dares to stand up to them. It is especially unsafe for disabled women,” said T.M.N. Deepak of the Federation of Tamil Nadu Differently Abled Associations, who led a three-day protest over this issue recently.
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but those coming from the north or south invariably had non-disabled persons occupying the coaches.
Maheshwari Thangaraj, general secretary, State Forum for Rights of All Women with Disabilities, said they had hoped for a budgetary allocation for CCTV cameras in the disabled coaches this year, but that had not materialised.
“Every three months we hold a leadership camp. But disabled women are reluctant to come as they are invariably abused, groped or made to sit on the floor of the coach meant for them,” she said.
“I am glad that the Southern Railway is now doing something about this issue,” she added.
Smitha Sadasivan of Disabilities Rights Alliance said she was happy to hear Mr. Misra’s announcement for stricter inspection.
She added, “Often checks happen at the starting point like Egmore or Central station but are not seen through in subsequent stations,” she said. Staff should be trained and sensitised to ensure such incidents did not occur, she added.
Today (6:42AM)  Railways acts to stop encroachment on coaches for disabled (www.thehindu.com)

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DRMs asked to prevent unauthorised occupation of seats
In a bid to prevent unauthorised occupation of coaches meant for the differently abled, General Manager of Southern Railway Rakesh Misra recently conducted a surprise inspection of a reserved coach of Pearl City Express.
While he found no unauthorised occupation at that time, the gesture strongly sent out the message that the reserved coaches were meant for the exclusive use of the disabled. Recently, a delegation of differently abled persons met Mr. Misra and complained to him that their reserved coach was often occupied primarily by railway staff and personnel of the Railway Protection Force (RPF) and Government Railway Police (GRP).
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the meeting, Mr. Misra wrote to the Divisional Railway Managers (DRMs) at Chennai, Salem, Palakkad, Thiruvananthapuram, Madurai, and Tiruchi, directing them to take firm steps to prevent unauthorised occupation of such coaches.
Mr. Misra said, “I am distressed to note the anguish of the delegates and empathise with them,” and noted that such wrongdoing by railway employees would not be tolerated.
He asked the DRMs to ensure the RPF and GRP initiated stringent action against wrongdoers.
Recommendation
Similarly, vigilance was required to prevent unauthorised occupation of ladies’ compartments by men, Mr. Misra added. He said he was planning to recommend to the Railway Board to bring in amendments to the Railway Act, 1989, for imposing stringent penalties on persons found using space meant for disabled passengers.
Such surprise checks by senior officials at the zonal and divisional levels of the railway would continue at Chennai Central, Egmore, Tambaram and other major stations across Southern Railway, officials said, adding if passengers found any unauthorised occupation of the reserved spaces, they could call the railway police helpline or inform railway authorities at stations.
Today (6:40AM)  Masaipet accident: victims’ kin given ex gratia (www.thehindu.com)

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Rs. 7 lakh handed over to each of the families of the 14 children
Deputy Speaker Padma Devender Reddy and Minister for Irrigation T. Harish Rao on Sunday handed over the ex gratia amount of Rs. 7 lakh each to the families of 14 children, who were killed in the train-school bus accident at Masaipet in Medak district on July 24.
The cheques were handed over to the families concerned in Islampur, Gundreddipalli and Kishtapur villages. Of the ex gratia amount, Rs. 5 lakh each is given by the State government while the remaining Rs. 2 lakh by the Indian Railways.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Harish Rao said the government would help the victim families in every possible manner.
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The medical expenditure for super-speciality treatment of the injured children was also being taken care of by the State government, he noted.
The families of the injured children would also be given compensation of Rs. 1 lakh each by the State government, Rs. 1 lakh each by the Railways and another Rs. 1 lakh each under the insurance scheme, the Minister said.
On the State government request to take up safety measures at all unmanned level-crossings in Telangana, the Railways had assured to arrange gates at 16 level-crossings by the month end and at another 106 crossings in phases. Dubbak MLA S. Ramalinga Reddy and In-charge Collector of Medak Shanta also participated.
Today (6:39AM)  Train accident victims’ kin get Rs. 7 lakh ex gratia (www.thehindu.com)

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Deputy Speaker Padma Devender Reddy and Minister for Irrigation T. Harish Rao on Sunday handed over the ex gratia amount of Rs. 7 lakh each to the families of 14 children, who were killed in the train-school bus accident at Masaipet in Medak district on July 24.
The cheques were handed over to the families concerned in Islampur, Gundreddipalli and Kishtapur villages. Of the ex gratia amount, Rs. 5 lakh each is given by the State government while the remaining Rs. 2 lakh by the Indian Railways.
Today (6:39AM)  Man from West Bengal arrested for lifting luggage in a/c coaches (www.thehindu.com)

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A 52-year-old “professional bag lifter” in trains was arrested by the Government Railway Police recently for his alleged involvement in various theft cases. Hailing from Siliguri in West Bengal, the accused Amarnath Jaiswal was apprehended at Rameswaram by a special railway police team on specific information and later remanded in judicial custody.
His modus operandi , according to railway police sources, was to travel in air-conditioned coaches to steal baggage at night and early morning hours when the lights on board the compartment were switched off.
A class 9 dropout, Jaiswal would crawl into the luggage space under the berth and lift the baggage of sleeping passengers and take it to his berth.
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of false keys in his possession, the sources said.
He used to steal gold jewellery and cash kept in the baggage without touching the cell phones or any other items.
Upon taking the valuables, he used to lock the baggage and keep them in the same place. During interrogation, Jaiswal revealed that he chose to strike in air-conditioned coaches as only affluent people travelled in such coaches.
His presentable appearance hardly created any suspicion with his co-passengers, says E.T. Samson, Superintendent of Police, Railways, Tiruchi.
He used to capitalise on his well-dressed outward profile and strike a conversation with the other passengers to earn their trust.
Jaiswal frequently changed his mobile phones and SIM cards and travelled with different identities. He is said to have had seven fake photo identity cards using which he would book tickets under pseudo names.
He was arrested in July 2009 and booked for 33 theft cases in different trains at various places in Tamil Nadu. Jaiswal confessed that he lived in a posh own apartment at Siliguri with his family and owned a car. He reportedly confessed to have a doped a woman in Rameswaram Express and stolen her bangles and cash in May before being apprehended by the team.
Today (6:38AM)  High Court bar association notice at railway counter peeves many (www.thehindu.com)

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Litigants visiting the Delhi High Court are a peeved lot. The reason? A notice recently put up by the High Court Bar Association at the railway reservation counter on the court premises says lawyers will be given priority.
As per the new arrangement, a lawyer just walks up to the window and gets a railway ticket even as others wait in a long queue in the sweltering heat.
A man waiting at the window pointed out that the notice was against railway rules.
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private body — in this case, the High Court Bar Association — cannot put up a notice at the counter announcing priority to its own members, said another.
Changes in the pulse duration of traffic signals on the arterial Feroze Shah Road in Lutyens’ Zone late in the evening are making life difficult for commuters.
Those driving regularly on this road say the difference in pulse duration of the two intersections on the same stretch leads to traffic jams and puts motorists at risk as many tend to jump the signal.
“After 10 p.m., the pluse cycle on the Feroze Shah intersection is reduced to 10 seconds, while the one K.G. Marg intersection lasts one minute. Due to this, motorists rush past one signal, but get stuck at the other. They often lose patience and jump the signal, which can be dangerous,” said Suresh Sharma, who works in Central Delhi.
Many Civil Services aspirants have been out on the streets of the Capital over the past few days demanding the removal of the Civil Services Aptitude Test. However others stayed home to prepare for the exams, scheduled next month, because the existing pattern suits them, alleged many protesters.
At one such protest at Mukherjee Nagar, The Hindu came across many who said voices in favour of CSAT were drowning in the din.
“I have been preparing for the Civil Services for the past few years according to the old pattern. Now with the changed format, even English medium aspirants will need to adapt. More so, the decision on CSAT was taken after much deliberations at the highest level. Any change must not be introduced in a haste,” said Odisha resident Swayambhu.
Today (6:37AM)  Proposal on new air routes sent to Finance Ministry; Two-month delay for intercity between Harihar–Bangalore (www.thehindu.com)

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Union Minister of State for Civil Aviation G.M. Siddeshwar has stated that Union government has taken steps to rejuvenate the civil aviation sector in the country, which is facing losses of more than Rs. 49,000 crore, by introducing new air routes to major cities in the country.
Speaking to presspersons here on Sunday, he stated that a proposal to introduce new air routes to major cities had already been sent to the Finance Ministry and work on the same would begin as soon as approval was given.
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Chief Minister Siddaramaiah has been asked to expedite work on construction of airports in Bijapur, Gulbarga, Shimoga, Hassan and Bellary district by clearing technical hurdles.
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“It’s the responsibility of the authorities in the respective districts to bring the reasons for the delay in setting airports to the notice of Chief Minister and rectify the same as early as possible,” he said.
There were also plans to establish an airport in Davangere district. The matter had already been discussed with the deputy commissioner as he had to take the responsibility of acquiring land for the airport. It required a minimum of 500 acres of land, he said.
Two-month delay
Answering a question, Mr. Siddeshwara said the services of new intercity railway between Harihar–Bangalore would be delayed for another two months as the officers concerned were yet to work out the schedule and stops of the train.
Today (6:36AM)  Anju Lakra stars in SECR’s win (www.thehindu.com)

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South Eastern Central Railway (SECR), Bilaspur, riding on the efforts of Anju Lakra (16 pts.) and M. Pushpa (13), defeated tournament debutant Nepal 58-44 in the 13th all-India basketball tournament for women for the CRI Trophy at the PSG Tech indoor stadium courts here on Sunday.
In another match, Western Railway (Mumbai) did well to dispatch KSEB (Kerala) 55-42.
The results:
Men: PSG Trophy: Indian Army (New Delhi) 86 (Jairam Jat 20, Gopal Ram 26, Mayur Bhat 12) bt Cochin Customs 54 (Manoj 10); Punjab State 78 (Amritpal Singh 28, Loveneet Singh 17) bt KSEB (Kerala) 60 (Umesh Krishnan 19, Ashvin Xavier 11).
Women: CRI Trophy: South Eastern Central Railway (Bilaspur) 58 (Anju Lakra
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16, M. Pushpa 13, Aakansha Singh 10) bt Nepal 44 (Nayana Shakya 13, Sneha Shrestha 10).
Western Railway (Mumbai) 55 (Renu Maurya 16, S. Manisha Dange 20) bt KSEB (Kerala) 42 (P.S. Jeena 23, P.G. Anjana 10).
KSEB 81 (P.S. Jeena 22, P.G. Anjana 17) bt Punjab State 38 (Nagma Mirza 17, Kirandeep Kaur 10).
South Central Railway (Secunderabad) 64 (Gayathri 17, Suganya 15) bt Nepal 26 (Sneha Shrestha 11).
Today (6:35AM)  Metro creates record; completes 27 km, 1,000 spans in 20 months (www.thehindu.com)

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The significance of record can be measured by the fact that Mumbai Metro Rail took about seven years to complete 11 km of metro viaduct; Bangalore and Chennai took over five years to complete about 25 km of viaduct each. Delhi took more than three years to achieve the same.
City’s ongoing elevated metro project has created a construction record by completing 27 kilometres of metro viaduct in just 20 months.
While the first between two pillars was erected near Genpact in Habsiguda in December 2012, the 1,000th was done on Sunday near S.R.Nagar bus stop, thus completing 38 per cent of viaduct works.
A total of 2,665 spans are required for 72 km of viaduct spread over three corridors: Miyapur to L.B.Nagar,
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JBS to Falaknuma and Nagole to Shilparamam/Raidurg.
The significance of record can be measured by the fact that Mumbai Metro Rail took about seven years to complete 11 km of metro viaduct; Bangalore and Chennai took over five years to complete about 25 km of viaduct each. Delhi took more than three years to achieve the same.
Engineering feat
HMR’s engineering feat of fast construction in congested roads of Hyderabad with a good safety record was possible due to a number of proactive measures taken by the State Government and the engineering capabilities of L&T, said Managing Director N.V.S. Reddy.
As on date 1,473 foundations (56 per cent), 1,370 pillars (52 per cent) are completed.
The Government too had facilitated setting up of the country’s two biggest precast yards, one at Uppal in 70 acres and another one at Qutbullahpur in 62 acres where L&T Metro Rail Hyderabad had established factory-like precast yards with sophisticated machinery such as automatic steel cutting and bending machines to produce precast segments each weighing about 40 tons, he said.
Precast segments are being transported in the night on low-bedded trolleys to various metro construction sites and erected between metro pillars with the help of “launching girders”. In all, 15 launching girders are being used to carry out these erection works simultaneously at several spots.
General length between two pillars is 100 feet, bridged by 11 precast segments. They are then glued and tied with a bunch of iron strands from inside, elongated and permanently grouted. The viaduct spans can withstand heavy loads plus heavy gales or earthquakes.
CM’s pat for HMR
Meanwhile, Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao congratulated HMR & L&TMRH engineers for the achievement on being informed by the MD.
Today (6:35AM)  Train hits excavator at unmanned level-crossing (www.thehindu.com)

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A man was killed and another seriously injured when a train hit an excavator at an unmanned level-crossing (ULC) near Doddaballapur on Sunday.
The accident occurred at Vaddarahalli gate when the Jabalpur–Yeshwantpur Express (no. 12194) was coming to the city.
The driver of the excavator, Prakash (30), and its cleaner Naveen Kumar (28) had sustained severe injuries in the accident and were taken to a private hospital nearby. Naveen Kumar was declared brought dead by doctors. Prakash’s condition is said to be stable. The Yeshwantpur Railway police have registered a case against Prakash.
Sources said the locomotive of the train was damaged in the accident. The loco pilot escaped without any injuries. The train continued its journey an hour later after another locomotive
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was attached to it.
Railway officials said that the accident could have been avoided but for carelessness of the excavator’s driver. Anil Agarwal, Divisional Railway Manager (DRM), Bangalore, said, “Vehicle drivers must be careful at ULCs. This was not the case on Sunday, which resulted in the accident.”
This is the first case of an accident at ULC this year in the Bangalore Division.
Today (6:33AM)  State has to pay its share for railway projects: Sadananda (www.thehindu.com)

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Karnataka will have to pay its share to the Railways if projects are to be executed. Every other State is paying and Karnataka cannot be an exception, Railway Minister D.V. Sadananda Gowda has said.
Mr. Gowda was in the district on Sunday to participate in religious programmes at Puttur and visit his mother at Devaragunda in Sullia taluk.
He said that he received a letter from Chief Minister Siddaramaiah that the State government could not afford to pay its share for railway projects. “The State Budget has increased from Rs. 34,000 crore to Rs. 1.32 lakh crore in five years. The State government should proportionately increase its allocation to railways,” he told presspersons at Puttur.
He urged Mr. Siddaramaiah not to “play politics”
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with the matter. At Sullia, Mr. Gowda told presspersons that the survey for the Kanjangad–Kaniyoor railway line and the commissioning of the Mangalore–Bangalore express train (to be named Kudla express) will be done “soon”.
“I will hold a meeting with officials every 15 days to ensure that the schemes and projects announced in the budget are implemented as soon as possible,” he said.
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