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Today (14:43)  Digi-Pay Station campaign launched at three railway stations (www.newindianexpress.com)
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VIJAYAWADA: In a bid to create awareness among passengers on the cashless transactions, the South Central Railway (SCR) has launched Digi-Pay Station campaign at Vijayawada, Guntur and Kakinada railway stations on Saturday. Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu launched the facility via remote video link from New Delhi.
Addressing a press conference here, SCR Vijayawada divisional manager Ashok Kumar said the idea behind Digi-Pay Station campaign is to encourage passengers to go for digital transactions for any requirements like ticket booking, payments towards parking fee, retiring room, cloak room and other facilities, he said. Vijayawada, Guntur and Kakinada railway stations are selected for the SCR’s Digi-Pay Station campaign along with eight other stations in the division, he added.
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many as 82 e-PoS devices and 11 automatic ticket vending machines were installed at various platforms in Vijayawada station. Due to ignorance, many passengers are still not purchasing tickets from automatic ticket vending machines set up on the railway station premises. The SCR has also deployed staff for technical assistance near the ticket vending machines, he said and added that in next phase, Rajamahendravaram railway station will be also transformed into a digital payment-enabled station.
In Hyderabad, paperless mobile tickets are being under circulation and the same will be replicated shortly in the Vijayawada station. In this regard, every stall will display the posters and banners highlighting the usage of digital payments. Announcements and scrollings will be also given at regular intervals to create awareness among passengers on cashless transactions, he said.
Later, the DRM along with other SCR officials launched a ‘Signature Campaign’ on platform number 1 in the railway station. The campaign regarding digital payment initiative evoked good response from citizens and rail users. Selfie boards propagating Vijayawada as Digi-Pay Station also attracted people, particularly the youth. Ashok Kumar also visited the stalls on the platform and purchased a ticket through cashless transaction.
  
Today (14:41)  Railways aim to save Rs 41K-cr on energy consumption expenses (www.moneycontrol.com)
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Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu today his ministry has drawn up a mission to save Rs 41,000 crore on electricity energy bills over the next ten years by betting big on solar energy, even as it expects to mop-up Rs 17,000 crore through non-fare revenue modes.
Addressing a gathering after commissioning various rail infra developmental works on South Central Railway (SCR) from Hi-Tech city railway station here, he said his Ministry has drawn up ‘Mission 41K’ to save Rs 41,000 crore on the expenditure on energy consumption over the next 10 years.
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after taking over as Railway minister he had stressed that expenses on energy should come down by 15 per cent and they are working on the same.
"So far we have been successful in saving over Rs 4,000 crore expenditure on power bills in Railways. One of the strategies is to go for solar power and generate 1000 MW of solar power in the next five years. In addition, we have already started production of 26 MW in wind energy. We are also working on converting waste to energy and commissioned two such projects," he explained.
"We will go for solar power all over India and out of this, 500 MW will be produced by installing solar panels on rooftops of railway buildings and another 500 MW through land based. So, traction power and non-traction power both will benefit from solar power and as well as reducing cost of energy and this will be a significant improvement in Railways," the Minister added.
Prabhu said he has already directed railway officials across the country to restore water bodies on railway lands as ground water is depleting. This will not only help in saving money for Railways but will also ensure proper supply of water and benefit everybody. Another campaign has been launched all over India to plant five crore saplings over the next five years and already 1.5 crore saplings have been planted involving state governments. '
He further said Railways must save costs and added, "You must reduce costs and increase revenue. We have also started working on other side of reducing costs and increasing revenue through non-fare revenue. Rs 17,000 crore of extra revenue, Railways will earn from non-fare revenue (model)."
He said the Ministry is making Rs 8.5 lakh crore investment by raising the amount. "That problem of Railways of having no money has been solved now and we have completely bankable projects available.
  
Today (14:38)  Odisha railway station manager crushed under goods train (indianexpress.com)
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The station manager of Dhenkanal railway station was crushed to death last night after he came under a goods train while inspecting the engine of another goods train. East Coast Railway sources said Pabitra Nayak, 50, the station manager of Dhenkanal station had gone to inspect the rerailment of the derailed engine of a goods train last night. While he was standing on a nearby track, another goods train crushed him.
Nayak’s body has been sent for post-mortem. The goverment railway police is still investigating the details of Nayak’s death. The deceased hails from Kamakhya Nagar block of Dhenkanal.
  
Today (14:37)  Railwire Saathi: Wi-Fi kiosks at 500 remote railway stations for e-services (www.hindustantimes.com)
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Aiming to provide connectivity in remote areas, railways will set up Wi-Fi hotspot kiosks at about 500 stations and help people access an array of online services, including various government schemes.
Christened as Railwire Saathi, the Wi-Fi kiosks will function like a PCO for Digital India and enable people to use services like e-commerce, online banking, offer them access to open school/university and insurance schemes, e-ticketing for train and bus services among others.
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with limited connectivity.
The Railwire Saathi aims to provide connectivity to the unconnected and at the same time offer jobs opportunities in rural areas, a senior railway ministry official said.
While railways is equipping about 400 stations with free Wi-Fi service in association with Google, this scheme has dual aim - providing jobs as well as connectivity.
He said the scheme is expected to be operational by May.
The Railwire Saathi is a Wi-Fi entrepreneurship model where unemployed youths, preferably women, can be trained and supported to set up a Wi-Fi hotspot and provide a platform to online services which will make the business sustainable, he said.
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RailTel, the telecom arm of railways, would execute the scheme across the country.
Though there are various schemes for minorities, farmers, common man and many avenues for completing education, people in remote areas are generally not aware of them or find it difficult to access them, said the official.
Unemployed youth who wants to be RailWire Saathi would have to contact RailTel for necessary training.
The training course will be approved by National Skill Development Council (NSDC). After being trained by RailTel, the youth will get certificate which can be used to get loan under the Mudra scheme, he said.
Using the loan money, they will install and manage the Wi-Fi hotspots as per design provide by RailTel.
Railwire Saathi will help in disseminating information about various government schemes like Pradhan Mantri Ujjwal Yojana, Pradhan Mantri Mudra Yojna, Pradhan Mantri Atal Pension Yojna, Pradhan Mantri Jeevan Beema Yojna and Pradhan Mantri Surakhya Beema Yojna among others.
  
Today (14:37)  Stale food at EKM railway station: restaurant's contract canceled (english.manoramaonline.com)
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Kochi: The Railways on Saturday canceled the contract of a vegetarian restaurant at the Ernakulam (town) North railway station for continuous supply of stale food.
Commercial manager V.C. Sudheesh said that the action was taken following regular complaints about the quality of food served at the restaurant. A month ago, as many as 14 sportspersons had suffered food poisoning after eating from the restaurant. K.M. Mustafa, the contractor of the restaurant, has also been barred from floating tenders at Railways for a year. Earlier, the Railways had taken action against a stall at Aluva railway station for handling ice slabs meant for cooling bottled water in an unhygienic way. The stall was slapped with a fine of Rs 20,000.
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of an ice slab falling on the railway track, the broken pieces then being collected and carried back to the stall had gone viral on the social media.
Men carrying ice slabs from the railway tracks at Aluva railway station. The visuals had shown men collecting the broken pieces of ice from the middle of human and other wastes on the track and then carrying them in a gunny bag to the stall.
  
Today (12:49)  गर्मी में मुंबई के लिए दो स्पेशल ट्रेनें मिलेगी राहत (epaper.jagran.com)
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Today (11:56)  Foundation Stone Laying Ceremony of Jaigad - Digni Rail Link (www.konkanrailway.com)
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A 33.7-km railway corridor, connecting Jaigarh Port to the Digni station of Konkan Railway, is set to become a reality.
On 25/03/2017, Shri Devendra Fadnavis, Hon'ble Chief Minister of Maharashtra , Shri Suresh Prabhu, Minister of Railways and Shri Nitin Gadkari, Hon’ble Minister for Transport & port has laid the foundation stone for the construction work Jaigarh-Digni Rail link for developing of new railway line, connecting Jaigarh Port to the new Digni station on Konkan Rail network.
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project will play a critical role which has been conceptualized by KRCL under (Joint Venture) JV model of Rail Participative Policy promulgated by Ministry of Railways. The JV company is formed as Jaigarh Digni Rail Limited (JDRL), in which JSWJPL, Konkan Railway Corporation Ltd. and Maharashtra Maritime Board (MMB) are the shareholders. The PPP project will be implemented by JSW Infrastructure, an arm of the JSW Group, which will hold 63 per cent, Konkan Railway 26 per cent and the Maharashtra Maritime Board the remaining 11 percent. The special purpose vehicle executing the project has been named Jaigarh Digni Rail Ltd.
JSW Jaigarh Port Ltd. (JSWJPL), an arm of JSW Infrastructure Limited signed a 30-year Concession Agreement with Ministry of Railways (MoR) through Konkan Railway Corporation Limited (KRCL) on 28th June 2015. JSWJPL will develop this project under Public Private Partnership model for development, operation and maintenance of rail system. The estimated cost of the project is Rs. 771 crores, which is being funded through combination of equity and debt.
The alignment for this new rail line passes through difficult terrain of Sahyadri mountains which would necessitate construction of about 18 km long tunnels. The estimated time of completion is 30 months and the rail corridor is expected to handle the freight traffic of around 12 million tones per annum to and from Jaigarh Port.
On completion, this project will help the port company to haul bulk commodities from Jaigarh port to Konkan Railway and further onward movement to hinterland and will bring a socio economic change in the region by creating more job avenues. During the construction of the project, there will be direct/indirect employment to the local people. The agricultural produce of the hinterland can be moved through the port. Besides all these, there will be a lot of port related development in this region.
  
Today (10:59)  First metro rail subway at Central to open next month (timesofindia.indiatimes.com)
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CHENNAI: The first of the four pedestrian subways planned by Chennai Metro Rail Limited near Chennai Central will be opened for the public next month. The 8.9 m wide subway connecting Park suburban station with Moore Market Complex (MMC) at Poonamallee High Road, built as part of Central Square, will have several facilities including escalators and elevators. It will replace the existing temporary foot overbridge and will take a significant number of pedestrians off the busy junction. Another subway of the same width that will give access to Central Railway Station from the bridge opposite is expected to be ready by the end of 2017. "The interior work in the subway near MMC is nearing completion. We are planning to open it by the second week of April. The other subway is likely to be ready by the end of this year," said a metrorail official. Once the first subway is...
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opened, the temporary iron foot overbridge that is now giving access to MMC from Park station will be dismantled.Two more subways will be constructed by the company that will take up the contract to build Central Square. Officials said they will invite tenders soon after the byelection is over. One of them will be a 14m wide subway between Central railway station and Rajiv Gandhi Government General Hospital while the other will link the hospital with Flower Bazaar road. All the four subways will have solar panels installed on the roof at the entry points. Electricity generated from these panels will be used to power lighting facilities in the subways. There will also be several other facilities including escalators and elevators. An official said that once all the four subways are opened, the existing one near Central Railway Station will be closed. Latest Comment
Good Job and will be very helpful for public. But the work should be completed a little faster as the public is suffering for a long period after the commencement of metro work. The suffering is no... Read More Siva Kumar SEE ALL COMMENTSADD COMMENT Central Square planned on the lines of Madison Square Garden in New York is aimed at taking pedestrians underground and easing congestion on the road. It will be a hub for multi-modal transport as well as a hangout spot. "Central Square will be a major landmark in the city. We are hoping to get it ready by next year when the Central metro will be fully operational," an official said. Construction work is also simultaneously going on at Central metro station, which will be a transit hub. Corridor 2 that will connect Central metro station to St Thomas Mount via Koyambedu is planned to be commissioned by the end of this year, while Corridor 1 linking far flung areas of North Chennai to the southern parts of the city is expected to be ready by mid-2018.
  
Today (10:58)  LMRC to run two pairs of trains on the day of launch (timesofindia.indiatimes.com)
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LUCKNOW: With the second Metro train arriving in Lucknow from Shri City Plant (Andhra Pradesh) via Kanpur Road on March 24 evening, the Lucknow Metro Rail Corporation (LMRC) targets to run at least two pairs of trains on the day of launch. Though the date of Lucknow Metro's launch has not been announced yet, LMRC confirmed receiving the third train also in early April. The time gap between the two trains would be kept around 5-6 minutes initially for people to adjust to its movement. However, gradually as people adapt to it, the time would be reduced to 4.5 minutes.LMRC MD Kumar Keshav said, "The second train was dispatched from Chennai on March 11 but because of Holi, it had to halt for 2-3 days. It reached on Friday night. While the third train would be dispatched on March 30 and reach us in 10-12 days, the fourth train is in...
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the advanced stage of manufacturing at Shri City plant." The earlier scheduled date for Lucknow Metro's commercial operation was March 26 but due to long procedures of approval from RDSO and chief commissioner of metro railways safety and change in the state government, the launch has been postponed. While the first train requires approval, both from RDSO and the chief commissioner for commercial operation, rest of the trains can be inspected by the Metro team itself. Officials said, "We are eagerly awaiting RDSO's final speed certificate for Lucknow Metro to proceed for chief commissioner metro railway safety's approval. However, the remaining trains would be inspected at the depot by our expert team and after checking their brakes, signalling, telecommunication system they would be launched on the elevated track." LMRC said people would be able to see both the trains ply one after the other on the elevated track above Kanpur Road from Transport Nagar to Charbagh from April 15, 2017 after it has thoroughly been inspected at the depot.
  
Today (10:56)  Corporation & SPV to smoothen roads (timesofindia.indiatimes.com)
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HYDERABAD: Commuters using major arterial roads in Greater Hyderabad can expect better roads soon. The Municipal Administration and Urban Development (MA&UD) department has mooted the setting up a Road Development Corporation (RDC), a special purpose vehicle, to take care of maintenance of city roads. Municipal Administration minister, KT Rama Rao on Wednesday announced in the Legislative Assembly the setting up of Road Development Corporation (RDC). He also announced a corpus fund of `500 crore for improvement of roads. Though the government is working out details of the corporation, it is likely to headed by Municipal Administration minister himself. Of the total 9,000 km length of roads in the city including those in residential colonies in Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) limits, about 400 km roads, especially 240 km roads that were handed over Roads and Buildings department and 80 km of roads belonging to National Highways in the city and some...
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stretches of Hyderabad Metro Rail, would be brought under the purview of the proposed RDC. Commuters have had no option but to accept the battered roads, especially after the monsoon despite GHMC claims that it spends about `450 crore to `500 crore annually on re-carpeting and repairs. The poor condition of the roads is also a result of lack of coordination among various departments. GHMC says that some damaged stretches of roads come under National Highways that are out of its purview. Similarly , roads damaged due to metro rail works have to be repaired either by Hyderabad Metro Rail or the metro rail developer L&T resulting in Rama Rao expressing anguish openly over condition of the city roads on several occasions. And since road cutting also causes damage to roads, the minister announced that henceforth, road cutting would be allowed only after tender for road restoration of that stretch is finalized. "The main advantage of the proposed RDC is that there would be a dedicated agency that would take care of maintenance of roads. Secondly , the funds allocated for roads improvement would be spent exclusively for roads without diverting for other purposes such as drain works," GHMC commissioner B Janardhan Reddy told TOI on Thursday .
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