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Today (6:52PM)  DMRC’s Revenues Exceed Budget Targets (pib.nic.in)
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Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has earned a total revenue of Rs.9905.62 cr over the ten year period of 2004-05 – 2013-14. This included revenue from fares, rental income tax etc. The total revenue exceeded the Budget target of Rs.9616.21 cr. This was informed by the Minister of State for Urban Development and Housing & Poverty Alleviation Shri Supriyo Babul to the Lok Sabha today.
The Minister further informed that DMRC’s Profit Before Tax (PBT) after charging interest on Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) loan and depreciation during the said 10 year period was (-)Rs. 90.56 cr and after considering the wealth tax, deferred taxes, the Profit After Tax (PAT) was (-) Rs.1129.71 cr.
  
Today (6:49PM)  Railways to Run Six Special Trains to Clear Extra Rush for Mahaparinibban Divas (pib.nic.in)
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As instructed by Minister for Railways Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu, Central Railway Zone (Headquarters Mumbai) has decided to run six special trains between Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus/Dadar to Sevagram/Ajni/Nagpur to clear the extra rush of passengers on account of Mahaparinibban Divas of Bharat Ratan Babasaheb Dr. Bhim Rao Ambedkar on 06.12.2014. In addition, Konkan Railway will also run special train between Madgaon (Goa) and Mumbai. Trains will run between 06.12.2014 to 08.12.20 14. The Railway Minister has also directed to make adequate arrangements of water, lighting and other passenger facilities in the trains.
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1. Special train No. 01069 will leave Mumbai CST at 04.05 p.m. on 6.12.2014 and will reach Ajni at 08.10 a.m. next day.
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train No. 01071 will leave Mumbai CST at 06.40 p.m. on 6.12.2014 and will reach Sevagram at 10.30 a.m. next day.
3. Special train No.01073 will leave Dadar at 00.40 a.m. on 7.12.2014 and will reach Nagpur at 06.00 p.m. same day.
4. Special train No.01075 will leave Mumbai CST at 12.35 p.m. on 7.12.2014 and will reach Nagpur at 3.30 a.m. next day.
5. Special train No.01083 will leave Mumbai CST at 06.40 p.m. on 8.12.2014 and will reach Nagpur at 12.10 pm next day.
6. Special train No.01085 will leave Dadar at 00.40 a.m. on 8.12.2014 and will reach Nagpur at 06.00 p.m. same day.
7. Special train will run from Madgaon to Mumbai on 5.12.2014 and return back from Mumbai on the evening of 6.12.2014.
All these specials will run with 12 General Second Class.
Halts for All these Special Trains : Dadar, Kalyan, Kasara, Igatpuri, Nasik Road, Manmad, Chalisgaon, Jalgaon, Bhusawal, Malkapur, Jalamb, Akola, Murtizapur, Badnera, Damangaon, Pulgaon, Wardha, Sewagram, Ajni and Nagpur.
  
Today (6:38PM)  Modi to flag off GH rail ‘digitally’ (www.theshillongtimes.com)
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Mukul sidelined Purno, Salseng to attend inauguration ceremony
Tura: Meghalaya Chief Minister Mukul Sangma’s plans to showcase his ‘developmental’ agenda by getting Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to inaugurate the first railway project of the state at Mendipathar in North Garo Hills has reportedly hit a high wall with Modi deciding to launch the train service from Guwahati via digital video conferencing.
The Prime Minister will flag off the first train service linking Mendipathar in Garo Hills to the rest of the country from Maligaon station of Guwahati at 5:15pm on November 29.
The entire programme is expected to be undertaken through the digital world in which Prime Minister Modi is also expected to address the several thousand people.
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“Modi will speak to the people of Garo Hills via video conferencing,” informed Meghalaya government officials.
Preparations are currently underway to host this once in a lifetime event in a magnificent manner.
A galaxy of stars that include dignitaries and government officials are scheduled to attend.
Two top political leaders from Garo Hills who will stand out in the crowd on that happy occasion will be former Lok Sabha Speaker Purno A Sangma and former Meghalaya Chief Minister Salseng C Marak.
Purno Sangma had pushed for the establishment of the railways into Garo Hills over thirty years ago.
Sangma had propagated that the arrival of the railways would have led to cheaper pricing of essential goods and faster transport of man and materials.
Salseng Marak, as the then MLA of Resubelpara ultimately endorsed thr move to have the railways when he became the Chief Minister in the 1980s’ despite stiff opposition from Garo Ngos.
The first ever railway station at Mendipathar located nearly 90km from Tura in West Garo Hills and 220km from the state capital Shillong is expected to be a boon for Garo Hills, particularly the traders and farmers.
It will connect Dudhnoi in Assam through a broad gauge line covering a distance of 19.75km. The railway link will facilitate better connectivity between Assam and Meghalaya and boost business and tourism potential.
“After years of hard work and persuasion to the resisting forces, Meghalaya is finally on the railway map. It will lead to multi-dimensional growth and socio-economic transformation of Garo hills region. The northern part of Garo hills will now become the commercial centre,” said Salseng C. Marak, former chief minister of Meghalaya and chairman of the Meghalaya State Planning Board.
There will be one stop along the route to Garo hills – Resubelpara. The foundation for the project was laid in September 2012 by Meghalaya chief minister Mukul Sangma. The chief minister had said during the foundation laying ceremony that the government was keen to extend the Dudhnoi-Mendipathar railway track to Tura and Dobu in Meghalaya.
On January 18 this year, a three-coach train had arrived at Mendipathar as part of a trial run in the presence of Planning Commission member B.K. Chaturvedi.
  
Today (6:37PM)  PAC faults Kashmir rail link project for poor planning, says it caused loss of Rs 3,200 cr (timesofindia.indiatimes.com)
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NEW DELHI: A parliamentary panel has criticized railways over the way Kashmir rail link project is being executed, expressing serious concern over losses of more than Rs 3,200 crore due to various factors such as poor planning, inadequate surveys and delayed decision-making.
In its report tabled in Parliament, the public accounts committee (PAC) noted with displeasure that the general planning failure on the part of railways has contributed to a loss of Rs 3258.92 crore as on 2010.
On the delay in project execution and cost escalation, the committee headed by K V Thomas found that the initial project was estimated at Rs 1500 crore in 1994-95 which was revised to Rs 3077.23 crore in 1989 and further revised to Rs 9341.44 crore in 2010.
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As of September 2013, the estimate has touched Rs 20,000 crore based on the rates of 2010.
The report suggested that effective advance measures should be taken in cost estimation of similar challenging projects in future.
On the delay, it noted that railways decided in July 2008 to suspend the work in some sections until a final decision on alignment was taken. It was found that by that time an expenditure of about Rs 1791 crore had already been incurred and about 13.18 km of tunneling done in the Katra-Banihal section of the Kashmir rail link project. Besides a total length of about 1.8 km of already constructed tunnels that collapsed was abandoned in the Katra-Banihal section.
Moreover, an amount of Rs 61.39 crore was paid towards idling of men and machinery as the work remained suspended for 14 months. All these point towards deficient planning, inadequate surveys and belated decisions, the report said.
The committee refused to buy the ministry's argument that sometimes mid-course corrections become inevitable and difficulties encountered cannot be apprehended in advance.
The PAC said it was of the firm view that the problems could not be foreseen because of lack of initial surveys, studies and planning, despite the ministry's justifications to the contrary.
  
Today (6:34PM)  Speed trial run conducted on Palani-Pollachi BG line (www.thehindu.com)
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Commissioner of Railway Safety (Southern Circle, Bangalore) Satish Kumar Mittal conducted a speed trial run in the newly converted Palani-Pollachi broad gauge section here on Tuesday.The Commissioner started his journey on a loco train up to Udumalpet, checked the track and continued his inspection on a trolley from Udumalpet to Pollachi for on-the-spot inspection.After inspecting signals, level crossings and stations between Udumalpet and Pollachi, the Commissioner conducted a non-stop speed trial from Pollachi to Palani, covering a distance of 80 km in less than an hour. The inspection special train left Pollachi at 3.32 p.m. and reached Palani at 4.21 p.m., according to railway officials who were on the inspection team.
The inspection special train ran at a maximum speed of 120 km to test the strength of the track. The speed trial was the last stage of inspection before operating
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trains. Initially, goods and passenger trains would be operated and later express trains, said railway officials.
On the basis information collected through various parameters during inspection and technical report, the Commissioner would certify the track. Later, operation of trains would commence, positively by the end next month, they added.
Divisional Railway Manager A.K. Rastogi, Construction Organisation Chief Administrative Officer R. Venkadasamy, Chief Engineer (Construction) Prafulla Verma, Chief Signal and Telecommunication Engineer Ajith Kumar, Deputy Chief Engineers Sarangapani and Ramakrishnan, Senior Divisional Safety Officer A. Ravichandran and others accompanied him.

  
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Today (6:31PM)  Special Train to Kakinada (www.newindianexpress.com)
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HYDERABAD: To clear extra rush of passengers, the South Central Railway will run two premium superfast special trains between Secunderabad and Kakinada Town.
Secunderabad-Kakinada Town premium superfast express train will depart from Secunderabad on December 6 at 10:15 pm and arrive in Kakinada Town at 7:15 am the next day. In the return direction, it will depart from Kakinada Town on Dec 7 (Sunday) at 07:25 pm. and arrive in Secunderabad at 04:40 am the next day.
Enroute, these trains will stop at Vijayawada, Eluru, Rajahmundry and Samalkot in both the directions. These trains will have 14 coaches.Advance booking for these trains will commence at 8 am on Wednesday.
  
Today (6:30PM)  Good progress in railway, highway projects in Odisha (zeenews.india.com)
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Bhubaneswar: There has been good progress in railway and highway projects while time lines were fixed for various projects being implemented in Odisha.Joint secretary to the Cabinet Secretariat, VP Joy, said this while attending a meeting of the Project Monitoring Group (PMG) of the Cabinet Committee on Infrastructure (CCI) here presided over by Odisha Chief Secretary GC Pati."We have reviewed 25 projects being implemented by public and private sectors. The progress has been good in railway and highway projects," Joy told reporters after attending the meeting.Stating that time lines have been fixed for different projects, Joy said most of the projects were hit by land acquisition problems. "Some issues relating to private sectors were resolved on the spot," Joy said.Projects under steel, power, railways and highways were mostly discussed in the meeting, an official at the Chief Secretary's office said adding the Centre was happy over the progress made in...
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25 projects including the rail link work for Jharsuguda-Rengali, Talcher-Bimlagarh and Angul-Sukinda.
Besides, the important National Highway projects like Angul-Sambalpur and Panikoeli and Remuli were also discussed.
Asked about South Korean steel major Posco's proposed Rs 52,000 crore project, Joy said it was not discussed in the meeting.
  
Today (6:28PM)  Students Say Hello to Metro Workers (www.newindianexpress.com)
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KOCHI: On World Hello Day, which fell on November 21, the Rajagiri Public School Interact Club, a charity oriented club, in one of their innovative ventures decided to say hello to the metro workers, near CUSAT Junction.
The students and the school management wanted to show appreciation to the workers who were involved in making Kochi a ‘Metro City’. The workers were wished ‘Hello! at the beginning of the interaction.
Bibin Sam Thomas, assistant school leader, spoke a few Hindi words in appreciation. Ann Maria Sunny, the Interact Club president, spoke to the workers.
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in various places like Mumbai and Kolkata. They said that they missed their homes, families and home towns. Most of them belong to Assam and Orissa.
  
Today (6:27PM)  Metro Work Disrupted at Kalamassery (www.newindianexpress.com)
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KOCHI: The Metro rail construction works were halted for a few hours on Tuesday at Kalamassery after the employees of Apollo Tyres Ltd disrupted the work alleging that the entrance to the company office was blocked by the work. The protest began at 10 am when the contractor parked a piling machine right in front of the entrance to the office.
According to Metro rail sources, the protest by the employees was uncalled for. “As there are two entrances, they can use one which was open. In fact we had done the work in the same manner at the other gate and it was peaceful at that time,” a source said.
  
Today (6:26PM)  TS Proposes 3 Changes to Metro Route (www.newindianexpress.com)
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HYDERABAD: The Telangana government has proposed three changes in the alignment of the Hyderabad Metro rail project, it was officially announced here on Tuesday.
Chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao, who held a meeting on the issue of changes to the alignment, reiterated that the government’s intention is to complete the Metro rail project without affecting places of worship or heritage structures in the city.
Changes proposed by the government would be officially communicated to the project developer Larsen & Toubro (L&T) on Wednesday, the release said.
These changes in alignment were recently discussed during a meeting attended by L&T’s chairman AM Naik where Rao expressed the need to make changes to the alignment at three places and agreed to meet the additional costs.
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The chief minister held the review on Tuesday to firm up the proposed changes to which L&T has agreed.
MIM floor leader in the Assembly Akbaruddin Owaisi who attended the meeting, submitted the proposals for alignment changes in the old city. The changes would be made in front of the Assembly building, Badi Chowdi-Sultan Bazar and in the Old City. The Metro rail should go behind the Legislative Assembly building so that the sanctity of the Assembly is protected. A second change has proposed at Sultan Bazar where the chief minister favoured a different route which goes behind the women’s college, from Badichowdi, to reach Imblibun.
In the Old City, it is likely to pass along the banks of Musi river instead of the congested Darulshifa-Mir Alam Mandi road where 35 places of worship are located. After traversing along Musi from Salarjung bridge to Bahadurpura, the route can reach Falaknuma through Katedan. Chief secretary Rajiv Sharma, principal secretary to chief minister S Narasing Rao, HMR managing director NVS Reddy and others were present at the meeting.
L&T Chairman all Praise for CM
Meanwhile, group executive chairman of L&T, AM Naik in a letter addressed to the chief minister described him as a visionary and a dynamic person. Naik said that it is always with the untiring efforts of visionaries like the chief minister that progress can be made with long term planning. L&T is extremely keen to join hands with the government in its vision of development of the state in all the sectors. He also invited the chief minister to visit their world-class manufacturing facility at Hazira near Surat.
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