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Today (8:52AM)  Siemens, Alstom and Bombardier bid for making loco factory worth Rs 1300 crore (economictimes.indiatimes.com)
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NEW DELHI: Marking first major FDI offer in the railways, three global companies have submitted financial bids for setting up of a modern electrical locomotive factory in Madhepura in Bihar at the cost of nearly Rs 1300 crore.Siemens, Alstom and Bombardier have submitted price bids for setting up the factory in a joint venture model to manufacture 80 state-of-the-art locos per year at an estimated cost of Rs 1296 cr, said a senior Railway Ministry official.The bids will be evaluated by the tendering committee and the lowest bidder will be announced by September-end.While railways will have 26 per cent equity, the successful bidder will have 74 per cent equity in the JV project.
Though General Electric had shown interest in the project at the initial stage, it opted out of the price bid later.
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Dubbed as first major project under 'Make in India' initiative in the public transporter, the successful bidder will manufacture 800 locomotives after getting contract award in Bihar.
While 5 locos will be imported, the rest 795 will be manufactured at Madhepura as part of the project. Maintenance of the locos will also be the responsibility of the company and for this it will set up two maintenance sheds at Nagpur and Sharanpur.
The factory will produce locos with 12,000 horse power required for heavy hauling of goods in a faster speed on the Eastern Dedicated Freight Corridor. Currently 6000 HP electric locos are operational in the rail network.
The factory will come up at 300 acre of land and it will be the responsibility of railways to acquire the land for the project.
While 120 acre is required for setting up of the factory, 155 acres will be utilised for building township as per the project requirement.
"We will pay compensation under the Railways Act and compensation money has been deposited with the state government," said the official, adding "Till now about 60 acres have been acquired and rest will be in due course."
Railways will sign the land lease for 30 years with the bidder company on normal market rent.
As per the bidding condition, land has to be handed over within 90 days of awarding the contract and the total contract will be for about for 18 years, he said.
There will two maintenance sheds will be set up at Nagpur and Saharanpur for the state-of-the-art locomotives.
The Madhepura unit will also be allowed to export locos after fulfilling railways demands.
Cleared by the Cabinet in 2006 during Lalu Prasad regime, the ambitious project dragged over for eight years before finally the bidding document approved by the cabinet in January 2014.

  
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Single locomotive of 12000hp is simply amazing !
  
Today (8:49AM)  Additional MRTS services - TAMIL NADU - The Hindu (www.thehindu.com)
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Additional MRTS services - TAMIL NADU
  
Today (8:38AM)  Indian Railways gets two FDI projects worth Rs 42,000 cr | The Financial Express (www.financialexpress.com)
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Bihar State gets Electric Locomotive as well as Diesel Locomotive Production Unit under FDI with IR 26 % participation.
  
Today (7:28AM)  More discount for Metro Rail commuters (www.thehindu.com)
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Chennai Metro Rail has started issuing trip cards to commuters at discounted rates in an attempt to increase patronage.From Tuesday, commuters using trip cards will get a 20 per cent discount on the original fare for rides on the 10-km stretch between Koyambedu and Alandur.Chennai Metro Rail Limited officials said there are three types of trip cards — one for 12 trips valid for seven days, 50 trips for 30 days and 100 trips for 60 days.“This will be very useful for commuters who travel on a daily basis. More than 10,000 people travel on the stretch everyday,” an official said. The trip card will be issued on a refundable deposit of Rs. 50.
  
Today (7:27AM)  Rake position improves, claims railways (www.thehindu.com)
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Short-supply of rakes, which used to be a demand raised by port users at various fora, is no more with the railways taking action to supply on an average 17 rakes a day.A railway spokesman said during the last one month from August 1 to 30, the Waltair division is loading on an average 17 rakes per day. “There is no demand that is left unmet,”In fact, there is a dearth of demand and the division is chasing the Visakhapatnam port for giving demand/indents and the port is cooperating fully.The phenomenon is not unprecedented and this happens during rainy season when the supply of rakes outstrips demand.The visit of General Manager of East Coast Railway Rajiv Vishnoi on Saturday was to discuss various issues including ways to reduce the detention to rakes supplied to Visakhapatnam port.The General Manager said that the idling of stock needed to be prevented and urged...
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Today (7:25AM)  Safety awareness (www.thehindu.com)
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Awareness campaign on passenger safety like avoiding food offered by strangers in trains, being alert to unattended baggage and suspicious persons on trains are being organised by the Railway Protection Force (RPF) personnel as part of the ongoing RPF Raising Day celebrations.The objective is to protect and safeguard railway passengers and railway property to ensure the safety and security and boost the confidence of the travelling public in the Indian Railways.
  
Today (7:25AM)  Unclean coaches a common sight (www.thehindu.com)
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Passengers complain of untidy conditions
Overflowing toilets, cockroaches under berths and in the toilets, lack of water in the coaches are some of the problems which seem to be common on most trains.Ms. Lakshmi Kapoor and Ms. Indrani, who travelled in the II AC coach from Tirupathi to Visakhapatnam by Tirupathi – Santragacchi Express last Monday (August 24) got the shock of their lives when they found that water was not flowing through the taps in the toilets and the wash basins.“When we complained to the coach attendant, he was coming and turning something and water flowed but the problem persisted as soon as he left. The toilets were very untidy and there was no ventilation. Further, there were cockroaches,” said Ms. Indrani.Ms. Lakshmi Kapoor, who woke up in the middle of the night, was horrified to see the coupe door
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left open. “The door should invariably be kept closed, particularly, during the nights. There is no point in our shelling out a fortune on II AC travel, when security is thrown to the winds,” opined Ms. Indrani.
M. Bhaskar, who travelled in the III AC coach from Secunderabad to Visakhapatnam by 12740 Garibrath Express last Wednesday (August 26) had a similar experience. “The coach was very unclean and there were a lot of cockroaches in our coach. I wonder whether proper cleaning is done”.
Eatables and bottled water is being sold by vendors according to the whims and fancies. “When I asked a bottle of water, he said it was Rs.30 and he finally reduced it by Rs.5 and gave me for Rs.25 as against the MRP of Rs.15 on it. He spoke to me in a rude manner and asked me to complain to anybody,” says Mr. Bhaskar.
“The bedroll supplied to me was neither cleaned nor ironed. I wonder how come they give such untidy bed rolls even after collecting money in advance.”
“To add to our plight, the train arrived at Kancherapalem outer signal on time but it was detained for about 30 minutes to give way for train 17016 Secunderabad – Bhubaneswar Visakha Exp and train 57271 Vijayawada – Rayagada Passenger in the opposite direction.”
“When the train reached the station I found platforms 2, 6, 7 and 8 empty. Assuming the two trains had vacated two platforms, two other were still vacant. This is a perfect example that movement of trains in Visakhapatnam is done from Bhubaneswar, by giving preference to East Coast Railway trains ahead of South Central Railway trains.”
  
Today (7:24AM)  Railway official visits Kottayam station (www.thehindu.com)
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Vashishta Johri, General Manager, Southern Railway (SR), reviewed the development works going on at Kottayam railway station on Monday. The work included the one on escalators, construction of foot overbridge connecting second and third platforms, and construction of road overbridge at Nagambadom. Mr Johri was accompanied by Sunil Bajpai, Divisional Railway Manager, Thiruvananthapuram.
  
Today (7:17AM)  KSU protest (www.thehindu.com)
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The Ernakulam block committee of the Kerala Students Union on Monday staged a protest at the metro rail construction site near Maharaja’s College ground accusing the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) of failing to keep its promises while occupying the land. The protestors alleged that DMRC had promised to renovate the college ground and a hostel while taking over 16 cents of land belonging to the college. Construction works of the metro railway were disrupted for some time following the protest.
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: Taking into consideration the extra rush of traffic between Kochi and Chennai, the Southern Railway will operate special trains in the sector on three days of the ongoing month. As per this, Train No.00605 Chennai Central–Ernakulam Junction ‘Suvidha’ special train will leave Chennai Central at 22.30 on September
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4 and reach Ernakulam Junction at 11.15 the next day. Train No.00606 Ernakulam Junction – Chennai Central ‘Suvidha’ special train will leave Ernakulam Jn. at 19.00 on September 6 and 29{+t}{+h}and reach Chennai Central at 08.15 the next day. The trains will have stoppages at Katpadi, Erode, Coimbatore, Palakkad and Thrissur.
  
Today (7:15AM)  Man succumbs to injuries (www.thehindu.com)
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The second person, who was injured in the ripper-model attack at Shoranur railway station on August 5, succumbed to his head injuries at Thrissur Medical College Hospital on Monday. The deceased was Kannan, 44, of Tamil Nadu. Another person was killed on the same day of attack.
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