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Today (7:01AM)  No move to take over land allotted to HMR at Gachibowli: NVS Reddy (www.thehindu.com)
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Stating that Metro Rail works were progressing without any hurdles, he said changes in the alignment, if any, would be intimated to L&T only after the State govt took a decision.
Hyderabad Metro Rail MD NVS Reddy had another round of talks with Telangana Chief Secretary Rajiv Sharma in the backdrop of a raging controversy over the Hyderabad Metro Rail project here on Thursday.
Speaking to reporters later, he disputed allegations leveled by TDP legislator Revanth Reddy that land allotted to Metro Rail in Gachibowli was sought to be given to another company. Mr. Reddy said the land was not taken back and there was no such proposal with the government also.
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of their discussions held on Thursday after a section of the media published news that Metro Rail concessionaire L&T had threatened to back out from the work midway.
Mr Reddy told reporters later that Metro Rail works were progressing without any hurdles. Changes in the alignment, if any would be intimated to L&T only after the State Government took a decision, he said.
Stating that he had inspected Metro Rail works in Begumpet and Chilkalguda on Thursday, the HMRL MD said he was satisfied with the progress of work.
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Today (6:59AM)  Ensuring seamless movement of traffic at Metro stations (www.thehindu.com)
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In order to ensure seamless movement of vehicular and pedestrian traffic near Metro stations, Lieutenant-Governor Najeeb Jung on Thursday approved plans of inter-modal transport in and around 11 Metro stations – one existing and 10 upcoming stations under phase-III.
The plans prepared by the transport and traffic planning body, UTTIPEC, envisage integration of inter-modal transport around existing and upcoming Metro stations to develop efficient, convenient, and safe inter-modal connectivity for all Metro users, officials said.
All the 11 Metro stations have different approach towards achieving a hassle-free movement depending on their location and the activities in the vicinity. It includes integration of Metro station with the nearest bus terminal, skywalks and travellators to connect the Metro with adjoining commercial hubs and dedicated space for intermediary means of transport like autos, rickshaws and
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other vehicles.
“The plans aim at ensuring seamless transitions or interchanges between different modes to complete travel trip, besides availability of options to select different modes to make travel trip cheaper, faster and more comfortable. It envisages effective organisation and spatial allocation of various para-transit modes, so that convenience to public transport users is maximised and efficiency of all modes is improved,” an official said.
Once in place, officials said, the initiatives would improve ‘walkability’, making the passages comfortable and safe for all to use. The Delhi Metro assured the L-G at the review meeting that construction work under phase-III was on course and it would be completed by June, 2016.
Today (6:59AM)  Kochi Metro to come up with DPR on new connections (www.thehindu.com)
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Close on the heels of receiving nod for its detailed project report (DPR) on its proposed extension to Kakkanad, the Kochi Metro Rail Limited is all set to come up with the DPRs of possible connections to Cochin airport and Angamaly as well as to West Kochi.
According to KMRL, there have been strong demands from the public and local legislators to take up proposals for Metro extension to Angamaly and West Kochi, which will be considered after the preparing the DPRs and scrutinising the economic and financial viability of the proposed routes.
RITES, an agency deputed by the KMRL to study the possible metro extensions as part of Phase II of the project, conducted studies of three prospective routes-Jawaharlal Nehru stadium in Kaloor to Kakkanad, Aluva to Kochi Airport and Angamaly
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and West Kochi.
“KMRL Board decided to undertake execution of the JLN Stadium – Infopark extension at this stage itself as the additional ridership and concomitant revenues will help improve financial viability of the project.
On the revenue side, there are projected savings on the project cost, in addition to the possibility of obtaining additional funds from our funding agency AFD,” said an official statement.
Today (6:57AM)  Hyderabad Metro Rail caught in red tape (www.thehindu.com)
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L&TMRH raises doubts about project viability
: Delay in land acquisition for providing the right of way is among the several reasons cited by the concessionaire, L&T Metro Rail Hyderabad (L&TMRH) when it wrote a stinging letter to the Hyderabad Metro Rail authorities and the Telangana government last week raising doubts about the project viability.
Apart from court cases, the passage of the Land Acquisition Act-2013 has come as a big handicap for the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) which has been entrusted with the task of acquiring properties in the city to widen roads as part of the project and master plan.
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related to the same has been pending that obstruct its applicability now. But, already several property owners have been demanding compensation under the new Act.
“Till now we have been facing resistance from some property owners apart from issues such as lack of clarity on titles and legal entanglements. Now, this is another factor confronting us,” said an official, seeking anonymity.
In the corridor-1 between Miyapur and L.B.Nagar, 225 of the listed 421 properties have been acquired so far and with 11 caught in court cases, 27 other properties await conclusion of enquiries.
“For almost 60 properties, the cheques are under preparation and the process is being pursued actively at our end for the remaining ones,” an official of the GHMC said.
On the corridor-2 between JBS and Falaknuma, 479 properties have been identified and of these, 311 have already been acquired with 49 others being in award stage which the officials hope to conclude in the next few days. Two properties here have ended up in court cases.
For the project, 41 of the needed 285 properties on corridor-3 between Nagole and Shilparamam were already handed over and 10 others were in award stage with cheques being prepared for 17 others, officials said.
The land acquisition for Metro Rail at Krishnanagar had ended up in the courts and with hearings over, the GHMC officials said they were waiting for judgement. Similar were the issues faced at Madhuranagar and some properties at Madhapur.
Special Deputy Collector (LA) K.Shankara Chary said that the land acquisition was completed to a large extent between Narayanguda and Musheerabad and was almost completed at Bharatnagar, Moosapet and Kukatpally.
Today (6:57AM)  Green Nod Likely for Three Long-pending Rail Projects (www.newindianexpress.com)
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NEW DELHI: An expert committee under the Ministry of Environment and Forest (MoEF) will consider three long-pending projects aimed at providing rail connectivity to remote areas of Tripura, Manipur and Sikkim, next week.
A new rail line between Jiribam and Imphal in Manipur at an estimated cost of Rs 6,000 crore, Rs 1,741-crore worth Agartala-Sabroom rail line via Trishna Wildlife Sanctuary in Tripura and Rs 3,373-crore Sivok-Rangpo rail line in Sikkim are the projects that await the green nod.
While the rail line between Jiribam and Imphal entails diversion of 1,000 hectares of forest land, diversion of 172.8 hectares of forest land is required for Agartala-Sabroom rail line. And Sivok-Rangpo rail line necessitates diversion of 86.6 hectares of forest land.
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The Sikkim project, which was conceived way back in 2008-09, has hardly made any headway and the Manipur and Tripura projects, sanctioned in 2003-04 and 2008-09 respectively, had hit a roadblock after 30 per cent of the work was completed. Of late, all these projects have been declared national projects by the Railway Ministry.
“These are national projects and special funding has been allotted in the Rail Budget to complete these projects at the earliest,” said a Railway Ministry official, adding, the delay has escalated the project cost.
The Project Monitoring Group (PMG) under the Cabinet Secretariat is also throwing its weight behind the Ministry of Environment and Forest to speed up the clearance for the projects.
The Project Monitoring Group is taking these projects on a priority basis as per the directions from the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) and an informal group has been set up to help the project surmount the hurdles.
Meanwhile, to accelerate development in the North-East,the Union Government has put on fast-track 21 key projects worth over Rs one lakh crore.
Today (6:56AM)  Restricted metro service (www.thehindu.com)
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Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Ltd. will not operate the passenger services on Reach-3 and 3a between Peenya Industry Station and Yeshwantpur Metro Station, from September 21 to 25.
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A company press release said this change is in order to facilitate installation of power cables in connection with the works between Peenya Industry and Jalahalli stations.
Today (6:55AM)  TRS at receiving end for Metro fiasco (www.thehindu.com)
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Major political parties continued to target the TRS government over the letter written by L & T to withdraw from the Hyderabad Metro Rail project citing issues with the present regime.
The Congress, BJP and the TDP leaders lashed out at the Chief Minister K.Chandrasekhar Rao for his frequent utterances on the metro project leading to confusion.
The BJP State president G.Kishan Reddy and floor leader in Assembly K.Laxman said the controversy over Hyderabad Metro Rail resulted in the brand image of the city taking a hit. At a press conference on Thursday, Kishan Reddy and K. Laxman demanded that the entire correspondence between the government and L & T be put in public domain to remove any misgivings.
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way that the issue could be discussed in Assembly as the government proposed to extend the vote on account till December, Mr. Laxman wanted the release of a white paper setting out all the developments surrounding the controversy. As a listed company, L & T could not withhold any information from public. The government was equally accountable. L & T must explain why it was driven to the point of backing out of the project.
Mr. Kishan Reddy said the metro rail issue exposed the government in the background of an artificial industrial climate created by the government by forcibly convening meetings with industrialists. It was not good on the part of the government and company to shift the blame on media for misreporting.
The TPCC president Ponnala Lakshmaiah alleged that the Congress had taken up the project on a prestigious note but the TRS as a party and then as the government had created controversy. He sought to know why the government was faulting the media when it was a known fact that L&T had written a strongly worded letter on the project. He wondered if there were no issues concerning the Metro project, there was no need for the Chief Minister to review the progress on a war footing. Telugu Desam Party MLA A. Revanth Reddy had alleged that the TRS government had taken over 32 acres of land allotted to L&T in Gachibowli. He accused the TRS government of favouring a big industrialist, who was close to the powers that be.
Today (6:54AM)  Rail stocks in demand; surge up to 6 per cent (economictimes.indiatimes.com)
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MUMBAI: Rail stocks today gained as much as 6 per cent after India and China signed 12 agreements on various issues including investments in the railways.
Shares of Stone India jumped 6.22 per cent, while Kernex Microsystems gained 4.95 per cent on the BSE.
Among others, Kalindee Rail Nirman rose by 3.30 per cent, Titagarh Wagons (2.24 pc), Texmaco Rail and Engineering (2.01 pc) and Container Corporation of India (1.55 pc).
"Participants were truly excited by the prospects of huge investments by China in India's infrastructure, railway & manufacturing projects," said Devang Mehta, Sr VP & Head - Equity Advisory, Anand Rathi Financial Services.
India and China today signed 12 agreements following talks between
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping.
After the talks on the second day of Jinping's three-day visit, 12 agreements were also signed on various issues including setting up two Chinese industrial parks in India and investments in the Railways.
Today (6:53AM)  Land acquisition for Metro Rail caught in red tape (www.thehindu.com)
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Delay in land acquisition for providing the right of way is among the several reasons cited by the concessionaire, L&T Metro Rail Hyderabad (L&TMRH) when it wrote a stinging letter to the Hyderabad Metro Rail authorities and the Telangana government last week raising doubts about the project viability.
Apart from court cases, the passage of the Land Acquisition Act-2013 has come as a big handicap for the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) which has been entrusted with the task of acquiring properties in the city to widen roads as part of the project and master plan.
Though the new Act has been widely publicised, relevant rules are yet to be framed and a lot of activity related to the same has been pending that obstruct its applicability now. But, already several property
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owners have been demanding compensation under the new Act.
“Till now we have been facing resistance from some property owners apart from issues such as lack of clarity on titles and legal entanglements. Now, this is another factor confronting us,” said an official, seeking anonymity.
In the corridor-1 between Miyapur and L.B.Nagar, 225 of the listed 421 properties have been acquired so far and with 11 caught in court cases, 27 other properties await conclusion of enquiries. “For almost 60 properties, the cheques are under preparation and the process is being pursued actively at our end for the remaining ones,” an official of the GHMC said.
On the corridor-2 between JBS and Falaknuma, 479 properties have been identified and of these, 311 have already been acquired with 49 others being in award stage which the officials hope to conclude in the next few days. Two properties here have ended up in court cases.
For the project, 41 of the needed 285 properties on corridor-3 between Nagole and Shilparamam were already handed over and 10 others were in award stage with cheques being prepared for 17 others, officials said.
The land acquisition for Metro Rail at Krishnanagar had ended up in the courts and with hearings over, the GHMC officials said they were waiting for judgement. Similar were the issues faced at Madhuranagar and some properties at Madhapur.
Special Deputy Collector (LA) K.Shankara Chary said land acquisition was completed to a large extent between Narayanguda and Musheerabad and almost completed at Bharatnagar, Moosapet and Kukatpally. “The process is actively on between Ameerpet and Erragadda and also enroute Shilparamam,” he added.
Today (6:52AM)  Security gadgets yet to be switched on at Mangalore Central Station (www.thehindu.com)
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Luggage scanners, door-frame metal detectors lying unused
Even after three months of their installation, most components of the Integrated Security System (ISS) at the Mangalore Central Railway Station, meant to enhance safety of passengers and Railway property, are yet to be made operational.
The components include passenger luggage scanners, door-frame metal detectors (for passengers), parcel scanners, under-side scanners for vehicles and closed circuit television (CCTV) cameras. Except the CCTV and parcel scanners, other components are yet to be put to work.
The luggage and metal-frame detectors, in operational condition, were seen kept at a corner of the main entry to the station, without the signs of any personnel to man the equipment, when The Hindu visited the station on Wednesday. Passengers had free
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access to the platforms without any check. Similarly, vehicle under-side scanners were not seen operational.
Railway Protection Force (RPF) personnel said they were able to catch petty thieves and anti-social elements with the help of CCTV cameras that were operational. About 38 such cameras have been installed at vantage points including platforms, ticket counters, entry points to the station and other places. An RPF personnel monitors the footages at a control room set up for the purpose.
While it was rumoured that Southern Railway authorities were waiting for a date from Railway Minister D.V. Sadananda Gowda for the inauguration of the security system. Palakkad Divisional Railway Manager Anand Prakash told The Hindu that he had instructed to start operating the equipment immediately. “I visited the station on Tuesday and gave instructions to the officials,” he said.
Though bonafide passengers and their luggage could be scrutinised through the ISS, it would be difficult to check entry of unauthorised persons through many other illegal entries to the station, confided an RPF personnel. The second entry to the station does not have a compound wall, making the station vulnerable to threats, he said.
Today (6:50AM)  Talks fail, NLC workers to intensify stir (www.thehindu.com)
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As many as 500 contract workmen were secured by the police when they went to block trains at the Mandarakuppam station
The fifth round of tri-partite talks held by Assistant Commissioner of Labour S. Sivarajan with the Jeeva Contract Labourers Union affiliated to the AITUC and the management of the Neyveli Lignite Corporation (NLC) failed to make any headway here on Wednesday.The workers have been on strike since September 3 in support of their charter of demands.M. Sekar, district secretary of the AITUC, said the management had failed to provide any concrete promise on the major demands, including regularisation and wage revision. The management had offered to provide 8.33 % bonus with an ex-gratia payment of Rs. 2,000 as against Rs.1,500, gratuity and an earned leave once in 20 days if the strike was called off. However, all these were statutory
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benefits and covered by the Industrial Disputes Act.
The unions had made their stand clear that only senior-level executives such as the Chairman or director (personnel), who enjoyed the decision-making powers, should participate in the talks. However, the management has only deputed lower-rung officials, who are evasive in their reply. The talks should be referred to the Regional Labour Commissioner or the Deputy Chief Labour Commissioner in Chennai for a final and amicable solution, he said.
Mr. Sekar said the management was adopting unfair labour practices by taking unskilled workers without vocational training certificate (VTC) to the mines, endangering the safety of their lives as well as the security of the PSU.
The trade unions would intensify the strike from September 19 and picket Thermal Power Station I and II demanding the removal of raw hands. The unions have also planned to picket the corporate office along with their families, he said.
When contacted, N. Balaji, General Manager (Human Resource), NLC, said the unions had breached two settlement agreements reached in 2010 and 2012 that they would not raise demand for wage revision till the next settlement, which expires in October 2015. The management was providing them all statutory benefits and other packages of benefit, which are unique to PSUs. “In the conciliatory talks, we offered three benefits that are over and above last year’s payment. But, the trade unions have been demanding over and above that and their demands are unreasonable and unjustified,” he said.
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As many as 500 contract workmen of the NLC were secured by the police when they went to block the rail traffic at the Mandarakuppam railway station near here on Wednesday. Earlier, led by Labour Progressive Front president Thirumavalavan, they went in a procession from the Mandarakuppam bus stand to the railway station to block the Nagore - Bangalore Express.
However, the police blocked them 200 metres ahead of the railway station and took them into custody.
Meanwhile, it is reliably learnt that the management has sent lawyers’ notice to union leaders as to why contempt of court proceedings should not be initiated against them for defying the Madras High Court’s interim order preventing the contract workmen from going on strike.
The power generation in the NLC stood at 2,100 MW against the full capacity of 2,490 MW. It was due to the closure of a 210-MW unit for mandatory maintenance and easing of pressure on the power grid
Today (6:49AM)  Railway Mazdoor Union seeks better deal (www.thehindu.com)
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Nearly 600 workers of Electric Loco Shed (ELS) owing allegiance to South Central Railway Mazdoor Union (SCRMU) staged a lunch-hour demonstration on Thursday as per a call given by All India Railwaymen’s Federation seeking steps to redress their grievances.
They are demanding merger of 100 per cent DA with basic pay, implementation of 7th Pay Commission recommendations with retrospective effect from January 1, 2014, removal of Rs 3,500 ceiling limit in payment of productivity linked bonus. Other demands are stopping of new pension scheme, sanction of staff for maintaining locomotives and notification for filling up of assistant loco pilots through lateral quota.
Today (6:48AM)  Villagers to fast against closure of halts at Itchiputtur station (www.thehindu.com)
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Demand alteration to platform and stoppage of EMUs, MEMUs
The villagers of Itchiputtur, Thanigaipolur, Ulliyambakkam, Valarpuram, Keezhathur, Krishnapuram, Kizhavanam, Karthikeyapuram, Chithambadi, Sembedu, Nandiveduthangal and Thandalam have decided to organise an indefinite fast at the bus stand in Thanigaipolur from September 22 protesting against the move of the Railways to close the halt at Itchiputtur station from September 26 on grounds of “poor patronage.”
Though only two trains, i.e., Train No. 56011 Arakkonam-Kadapa Passenger and Train No. 56042 Puducherry-Tirupati Fast Passenger are halting at the Itchiputtur station, situated at a distance of 6.1 km from Arakkonam, the residents of the above 12 villages have been for long demanding the raising of the platform and the starting of electromotive multiple unit (EMU) trains between Chennai and Tiruttani via Itchiputtur.
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P. Praveenkumar, president of Thanigaipolur village panchayat said that hundreds of residents of the above 12 villages situated in and around Itchiputtur commute to Chennai daily for work, while several residents of Chennai and Tiruttani work in the MRF tyre factory and a textile mill in and around Itchiputtur and therefore commute daily to Arakkonam from where they go to Itchiputtur by bus or autos. He said that tickets were given only to Arakkonam or Tiruttani to those travelling in the two existing trains even if they want to get down at Itchiputtur since Arakkonam and Tiruttani are the nearest stages. Because of this, it is very difficult to assess the commercial viability of retaining the station.
Under these circumstances, it is not proper on the part of the railways in deciding to close the station on grounds of poor patronage, he said.
In a letter addressed to Rakesh Misra, General Manager, southern Railway, G. Hari, Arakkonam MP, said that besides the MRF factory, two colleges are situated in and around Itchiputtur. None of the 17 pairs of EMU trains services running in the Chennai-Tiruttani section and the Mainline Electric Multiple Unit (MEMU) services stop at this station because of the minor changes required to be made at the station in respect of the platform.
Of the two pairs of trains halting at Itchiputtur, only one train goes to Chennai, which is the main destination for commuters. But this train stops at Itchiputtur at 8 p.m., making it unpopular to commuters proceeding to Chennai. As a result, both the pairs of trains are unpopular as commuter services, and therefore not many use the train services at the station.
Mr. Hari said that if the railways improve the platform facilities by providing a high level platform for a length of 180 metres to accommodate a 9-car EMU rake, the station can become a popular destination for suburban traffic, and also act as a feeding station to the main line traffic.
Once EMU suburban services are started at Itchiputtur, the passengers at Itchiputtur who use bus services to go to Chennai, Bangalore, Vellore and Tirupati will start using the train services, he said. Mr. Hari suggested that in order to get the benefit of suburban services, the distance between one station and the next halting station can be reduced to two to three km.
Itchiputtur-bound commuters are given tickets for Arakkonam or Tiruttani
‘It is not proper for railways to close the station on the grounds of poor patronage’
Today (6:48AM)  Ticket checking drive nets Rs. 2.19 lakh (www.thehindu.com)
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A ticket checking drive conducted at Tenali, Tsundur, Modukur and Machavaram railway stations on Wednesday under the supervision of Senior Divisional Commercial Manager N.V. Satyanarayana generated Rs 2.19 lakh revenue for the division.
A total of 501 cases of passengers travelling without tickets and carrying un-booked luggage were detected. Twelve passengers who failed to pay the Railway dues were prosecuted.
The Services of 61 ticket checking squads, in-charge supervisors and 12 RPF and GRP personnel were utilized for the purpose, according to an official release.
Today (6:47AM)  Hassan residents upset over Railway’s move to allot only two road overbridges (www.thehindu.com)
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The Railway Ministry’s green signal for only two road overbridges at two railway level-crossings between Hassan and Holenarsipur has upset the people of the district.
Residents had sought another RoB at the level crossing located in the heart of the city.
Including two to three passenger trains, many goods trains travel on the track — connecting Hassan and Mangalore — necessitating closure of gates at the level crossing for many times in a day. Hundreds of vehicles are stranded whenever the gate is closed. The level crossing is on Hassan-Mysore Road, which connects the city to the new KSRTC bus-stand. The traffic on this road is very high.
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times in the day. Number of goods trains passing on this stretch varies.
“During morning hours, riding two-wheelers on Hassan-Mysore Road is a tough task considering the traffic. If the railway gates are closed, the vehicles are stranded for more than 15 minutes. We urgently need a bridge or a flyover to avoid this,” said Uday Kumar, who regularly commutes on the road.
People of Hassan had been demanding a RoB since 2011, when the new KSRTC bus-stand was built on the outskirts of the city, increasing traffic on the road.
“The RoB should have been constructed along with the bus-stand. At that time, it was not planned and now we are suffering,” said Suresh Kumar, another resident of Hassan.
D.V. Sadananda Gowda, Railway Minister, in his budget, announced two RoBs for level crossings located at Hangarahalli in Holenarsipur taluk and Holenarsipur town. However, he skipped the crucial one – Hassan.
“I had personally requested the Railway Minister to include all three in the budget. But, I am told the State government did not give its consent for the Hassan RoB,” said H.D. Deve Gowda, former Prime Minister. The State government had agreed to contribute 50 per cent of the cost with regard to RoBs in Hangarahalli and Holenarsipur.
He added that he had continued his efforts to get a flyover sanctioned for Hassan.
Today (6:47AM)  Anna medal for GRP head constable (www.thehindu.com)
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N. Govindaraj, a Head Constable attached with the Special Branch of the Government Railway Police (GRP), Tiruchi, has been awarded the Chief Minister’s Anna Medal in recognition of his devotion to duty and in appreciation of his good works. A GRP release here said Govindaraj had given advance intelligence information to prevent any untoward incidents and provided clues regarding a North Indian gang involved in chain snatchings on board trains. The Superintendent of Police, GRP, Tiruchi, E.T. Samson appreciated the Head Constable.
Today (6:45AM)  The last chug to oblivion (www.thehindu.com)
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A book to be launched at Punalur on Friday has the potential to make the reader experience a fascinating rail journey of bygone days through the heritage Punalur-Schencotta ghat section. The Malayalam book, Aa Choolamvilikalil Muzhangikettathu , tells the history, heyday and end of the section’s metre-gauge era.The launch coincides with the fourth anniversary of the withdrawal of train services along the section to facilitate gauge conversion work. The book is the result of research and interviews undertaken by a team of youngsters led by journalist Muhammed Shafi.“It has been compiled in a manner to trigger nostalgia even among those who had never undertaken a journey through that section,” says Mr. Shafi.
Though the services were withdrawn, the metre-gauge trains that ran through the section for more than 105 years have not got erased from the hearts of the people living
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not in Punalur- Schencotta area but even in other parts of Kollam district and Tamil Nadu. There was even one from “Quilon to Madras Egmore.” Mr. Shafi, a native of Punalur, says “it will take a long time for us to forget the metre-gauge trains.” That is precisely why people there still go nostalgic over thronging the railway stations along the section to get one last glimpse of a metre-gauge train on September 19, 2010.
The book tells the story of how it all began from 1888 during Sree Moolam Tirunal Rama Varma’s reign of Travancore. While British engineers supervised the laying of tracks, construction of viaducts and tunnels, all technical support came from Italian engineers.
For producing sleepers for the tracks, trees were logged from the forests of Aryankavu and Thenmala. Three coal-powered sawmills were established at Punalur and Thenmala to manufacture the sleepers, says the book.
The 100-page multicolour book is complemented with over 60 photographs. The authors are targeting students, history enthusiasts and those who would love to look back at life nostalgically. The book also provides a timeline into the evolution of the railways in the world, in India and in Kerala.
Today (6:43AM)  Temporary stoppages of trains to continue (www.thehindu.com)
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Southern Railway has announced that temporary stoppages of some trains at certain stations would continue until further advice.
The Chennai Egmore-Rameswaram-Chennai Egmore expresses (Train No:16101 / 16102) will stop at Cuddalore Port Junction and Sirkazhi.
The Chennai Egmore-Karaikal-Chennai Egmore expresses (16175 / 16176) will stop at Cuddalore Port, Sirkazhi, and Peralam.
The Chennai Egmore-Tiruchi-Chennai Egmore expresses (16853 / 16854) will stop at Panruti, Tiruppadiripuliyur, Vaitheeswarankoil, Aduthurai, Papanasam, and Budalur. The Rameswaram-Bhubaneswar-Rameswaram expresses (18496 / 18495) will stop at Tiruppadiripuliyur and Sirkazhi. The Rameswaram- Varanasi-Rameswaram expresses (14260 / 14259) will stop at Sirkazhi.
The Chennai Egmore-Tiruchendur-Chennai Egmore Chendur Expresses (16105 / 16106) will stop at Tiruppadiripuliyur, Sirkazhi, and Papanasam.
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The Tirupati-Rameswaram-Tirupati expresses (16779 / 16780) will stop at Tiruvannamalai, Cuddalore Port Junction, Chidambaram, Sirkazhi, Mayiladuthurai, and Kumbakonam.
The Chennai Egmore-Mannargudi-Chennai Egmore Mannai expresses (16179 / 16180) will stop at Villupuram and Papanasam. The Mayiladuthurai-Mysore-Mayiladuthurai expresses (16231 / 16232) will stop at Papanasam.
The Karaikal-Ernakulam Junction-Karaikal expresses (16187 / 16188) will stop at Nidamangalam and Budalur. The Chennai Egmore-Guruvayur-Chennai Egmore expresses (16127 / 16128) will stop at Pennadam.
The Vasco-da-gama-Velankanni-Vasco-da-gama expresses (17315 / 17316) will stop at Tiruvarur. The Tiruchi-Thanjavur-Tiruchi passengers (76828 / 76829) will stop at Manjattidal.
The Tirupati-Mannargudi-Tirupati Pamini expresses (17407 / 17408) will stop at Polur and Vaitheeswarankoil. The Chennai Egmore-Thanjavur- Chennai Egmore Uzhavan expresses (16183 / 16184) will stop at Vaitheeswarankoil.
The Velankanni-Karaikal-Velankanni passengers (76818 / 76817) will stop at Velipalayam. The Mannargudi-Coimbatore-Mannargudi Chemmozhi expresses (16615 / 16616) will stop at Budalur, a Southern Railway press release here said.
Today (6:43AM)  Special train from Tiruchi to Pune (www.thehindu.com)
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Southern Railway will operate a special train from Tiruchi to Pune via Chennai Egmore to clear the extra rush of traffic.
The Tiruchi – Pune special (06801) will leave Tiruchi at 5.30 a.m. on September 21, 28, October 5 and 26.
It will leave Chennai Egmore at 12 noon and reach Pune at 11.50 a.m. on Mondays. The Pune – Tiruchi special (06802) will leave Pune at 3.40 p.m. on September 22, 29, October 6 and 27 (Mondays).
It will leave Chennai Egmore at 12.50 p.m. on Tuesdays and reach Tiruchi at 7.15 p.m.
The train will have one AC 2-tier, two AC 3-tier, 13 sleeper class, two general second class and two luggage-cum-brake
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van coaches.
The trains will stop at Srirangam, Vriddhachalam, Villupuram, Chengalpattu, Tambaram, Chennai Egmore, Arakkonam, Tiruttani, Puttur, Renigunta, Koduru, Razampeta, Cuddappah, Yerraguntala, Muddanuru, Tadipatri, Gooty, Guntakal, Adoni, Mantralayam Road, Raichur, Yadgir, Wadi, Gulbarga and Solapur, a Southern Railway press release here said.
Today (6:42AM)  Rain lashes Guntur district (www.thehindu.com)
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Woman washed away in swollen rivulet at Lam; railway track damaged
Heavy downpour for the last 12 hours wreaked havoc in the district snapping railway and road links besides inundating several hundreds of acres of cotton, paddy and chilli fields. The major drains, Kondaveedu, Ogeru, have been in spate cutting off road links to Sattenapalli, Amaravathi, Chilakaluripet.
An unidentified woman from Amaravathi was feared washed away while trying to cross a swollen rivulet at Lam near Tadikonda. She along with another person was trying to cross the rivulet when she accidentally slipped and fell into the swirling waters. Locals tried in vain to rescue her.
A railway track got washed away between Nallapadu and Perecharla snapping the Guntur-Narsaraopet railway link. Railway engineers were
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carrying out emergency operation to restore the rail link. As a result, Vijayawada-Hubli passenger and Bhubaneswar-Bangalore Prasanthi Express, have been diverted via Tenali, Renigunta.
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