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Yesterday (23:27)  Tatkal special train to Dharwad (www.deccanherald.com)
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Feb 25 2017 (23:27)
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South Western Railway will run a tatkal special between Yeshwantpur and Dharwad to clear the extra rush during Shivaratri.
Train No. 06538 Yeshwantpur-Dharwad tatkal special departs from Yeshwantpur at 8.30 pm on Thursday, February 23 and arrives at Dharwad at 5.35 am on Friday with halts at Tumakuru, Arsikere, Birur, Davangere, Harihar, Haveri and Hubballi.
Train No. 06537 Dharwad-Yeshwantpur tatkal special departs from Dharwad at 7.40 pm on Sunday, February 26 and arrives at Yeshwantpur at 5 am on Monday.
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train will have 16 coaches comprising one AC 2-tier coach, four AC 3-tier coaches, nine second class sleeper coaches and two second class-cum-luggage and brake van with disabled friendly compartment.
Advance booking is open.Terminal shifted to Danapur Train No. 12295 Sanghamitra Express from Krantivira Sangolli Rayanna (Bengaluru) to Patliputra, will run only up to Danapur instead of Patliputra February 27 onwards.
Train No. 12296 Sanghamitra Express from Patliputra to Krantivira Sangolli Rayanna (Bengaluru) will originate from Danapur instead of Patliputra with effect from March 1.
  
Yesterday (23:22)  Grant Rs 500 crore for Mahamastakabhisheka: Deve Gowda tells PM (www.deccanherald.com)
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Former prime minister H D Deve Gowda on Thursday urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to sanction Rs 500 crore to develop infrastructure at Shravanabelagola and surrounding areas for the Mahamastakabhisheka to be held early next year.
Gowda, who met the prime minister here on Wednesday, told reporters, “Though I met the Prime Minister earlier to seek funds, the Finance Ministry rejected the plea. I again requested the PM to reconsider the government’s decision,” he said. Gowda also said he would also meet Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and explain the reasons for seeking funds.
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Centre must sanction money since several development works including roads, railways, drinking water, guest houses and other facilities are needed to be provided for a large number of pilgrims who visit the town to witness the anointment of Gomateshwara’s statue on Vindhyagiri, Gowda said. Though the state government has agreed to sanction some funds, the Centre must also provide its share since several development works have to be taken up, Gowda said.
  
Yesterday (23:18)  Tipu's armoury shifting goes smooth (www.deccanherald.com)
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The project to move Tipu Sultan’s armory has crossed a critical phase. The armory is being moved 100 meters to make way for a railway track. The spectacular engineering effort is the first such in India.
The armory, at his capital of Srirangapatna near Mysuru, weighs about 1,000 tonnes, and was raised a foot on Day 1.
The actual shifting begins on March 3, with the laying of rails and rollers. The work is likely to go on till March 8 or 9. As many as 70 workers, including six from the US,
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are working at the site.
The shifting of the 228-year-old armory is vital for the Railways to complete the doubling of the Bengaluru-Mysuru line. Only 1.5 km of the track is pending. The work is being done by PSL Engineering of the Fedders Llyod group.
It is a joint venture with the US-based Wolfe House Movers. Terming the opening day as successful, Mukat Behari Sharma, director, Lloyd group, and armory project director, said, “We began the work on January 6... The lifting has been smooth.”
The armory is 12 meters wide and 10 meters high. Tipu Sultan stored his arms and ammunition there when he was fighting the British.
The Archaeological Survey of India has approved the relocation. The temple town of Srirangapatna has eight such armories. The estimated cost of the relocation is Rs 13.68 crore.
Tougher than a stone structure
Jamin Buckingham, project manager, said he had never seen such a strong monument in his career. It is tougher than a stone structure, he said. Pratap Simha, Mysuru MP, who visited the site, said work on the railway track would be taken up soon after the armory was moved.The track is expected to be ready by April-end, Simha said.
  
Yesterday (23:14)  Shifting Tipu's armoury, the hard work before the toil (www.deccanherald.com)
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Feb 25 2017 (23:14)
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Posted by: Mangaluru deserves to be division~  39 news posts
One look at the mammoth Tipu armoury in Srirangapatna, and American Jamin Puckingham knew this would be nothing like the hundreds of buildings he had helped shift back home. This was the oldest he and his team had ever attempted to move.
On Thursday, his Wolfe House Movers team did manage to lift the 1,050-tonne structure by a full two feet. But Puckingham knew he had absolutely no margin of error. The task could not be accomplished without weeks of intense planning and preparation.
Long neglected, the 18th century heritage structure was stuck
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deep in dirt and that was a big challenge. “The armoury has thick walls. Although made of brick and mortar, the structure’s integrity is surprisingly very well considering its age,” Puckingham told DH.
His team, comprising Peter Hansen, Philip Hansen and Jeffrey Brovont had spent months evaluating the building, its internal and external dynamics and working out the engineering of the eventual operation. But even before that, Puckingham had to coordinate with the Railways, the Archaeological Department and strike a joint venture agreement with PSL Engineering.
The JV was critical to fabricate the huge beams that had to go underneath the structure. “PSL also had to remove the soil. They made all the beams in India. We only brought the jacks, the jacking machine and rollers (about 64 in 25-tonne and 50-tonne configurations) from the US.”
Paper work, the hard part
Moving back and forth to get all the paper work in order, Puckingham is now convinced that “shifting is the easy part. The paper work was the hard part.” For the record, he had to shuttle between India and the US four times in the last four years.
The first major task of lifting the structure has gone just according to the team’s plan. The next stage would be to insert the rail beams underneath and place the rollers over them. The entire structure on the rollers would then be pushed through hydraulic push ramps.
Puckingham is sure the process would be smooth. “We are using state-of-the-art equipment. Regardless of the building’s weight, the structure would be hydraulically propelled uniformly. The movement will be smooth and steady without jarring,” he explained.
The shifting is planned along two paths perpendicular to each other. The first stage will have the armoury move 350 ft in a straight line. The roller wheels will then be reset to take the perpendicular shift. The structure will then be moved 100 ft to the right to reach its new location.
Scheduled for March 8, the process is expected to take five days. “That works to about six metres in one hour,” said Puckingham. He was experienced enough to make that estimation with confidence. After all, he had started moving buildings when he was barely 13!
  
Yesterday (21:49)  Consultants for water metro by March (www.thehindu.com)
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Over 1 lakh islanders expected to benefit from the project
KOCHI: The Smart City components entrusted with Kochi Metro Rail Limited (KMRL), which is responsible for implementing four out of around 100 projects, are either in the implementation stage or about to be launched, according to KMRL sources.
As regards the Kochi Smart City project, the firm was entrusted with the water transport project, launch of smart cards and mobile applications, and Hospital Road upgrade.
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consultant for the ₹747-crore water metro project will be selected by March. Three agencies have been short-listed for the job after inviting global tenders. The agency will be responsible for the design and implementation of the project, sources said.
The water metro has been conceived as part of an integrated transportation model. Kochi is the first city in the country where water transport will be integrated as a feeder service to the metro. The project envisages the development of 16 identified routes, connecting 10 islands along a network of routes that span 76 km with a fleet of 78 fast, fuel-efficient, air-conditioned ferries plying to 38 jetties, according to project documents.
More than 1 lakh islanders are expected to benefit from the water metro project.
  
Yesterday (21:49)  Derailment of empty rake causes delay in departure of trains (www.thehindu.com)
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‘Lack of proper maintenance of tracks, inadequate ballast cause frequent derailments’
Four empty coaches of Kanniyakumari-Howrah Express rake derailed while being shunted at Nagercoil station on Friday night.
Following this, the train was rescheduled to depart at 12 noon on Saturday instead of the scheduled departure of 7.50 a.m., Kanniyakumari-Mumbai Jayanthi Janata Express at 10 a.m. instead of 6.40 a.m. and Nagercoil-Coimbatore passenger at 2 p.m. instead of 7.15 a.m.
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Guruvayoor Express skipped Nagercoil Junction and was operated via Nagercoil Town station. The Kanniyakumari Express from Chennai arrived at 7.40 a.m. instead of 6.30 a.m. Similarly, Ananthapuri Express proceeding to Thiruvananthapuram also reached Nagercoil an hour behind schedule.
The derailed coaches were put back on the tracks by 4 a.m. on Saturday. Two cranes from Thiruvananthapuram were brought for the purpose.
Kanniyakumari District Rail Users Association president S.R. Sreeram said that lack of proper maintenance of tracks and inadequate ballast caused frequent derailments in this section.
As Kanniyakumari station lacked even basic facilities, rakes of all terminating trains were brought back to Nagercoil for maintenance. Kanniyakumari should be made a railway terminal with all facilities, including full-fledged watering, cleaning and other basic facilities for mechanical and electrical maintenance. If these facilites were there, many problems could be solved, Mr. Sreeram said.
  
Yesterday (21:44)  Indian Railways mulls new performance index (www.thehindu.com)
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The Indian Railways is mulling a new metric to measures its performance at a time when it is staring at a five-year low operating ratio by the end of this financial year.
The Railways formed a committee of executive directors from its budget, finance efficiency and research departments, last week to look at some of the best corporate practice and suggest a new financial ratio.
The financial performance of the Indian Railways is measured in operating ratio which is expected to be at a five-year high of 94.9% in 2016-17. Till December this
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year, the Railways’ operating ratio in 2016-17 stood at 109% which is expected to improve by March this year. This means, the Railways spent ₹109 to earn ₹100 from April-December 2016. A lower operating ratio means better efficiency.
Financial health
“A committee has been formed to work out another index, looking at both the government and the private sector, which reflects the financial health of the Indian Railways,”a senior Railway Ministry official said. “The operating ratio reflects the true reflection of the Railways’ finances only by the end of the financial year. So, we have asked the committee to work out a better financial ratio than the operating ratio reflecting the correct financial and professional health.”
Another Ministry official said the committee has been asked to submit its report within a month, adding that it may also hire a private agency to take help in mulling a new performance indicator.
“The operating ratio is a very different way of measuring the financial health and is not the industry-standard. In the corporate sector, you have various ways of measuring a company’s operating performance such as the Earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA). So, we need a new metric for the right comparison,” a third Railway Ministry official said.
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The Railways’ finances took a hit this financial year due to the Seventh Pay Commission’s pay hike recommendations, Railway Ministry officials said.
“There was a hit of ₹30,000 crore on our finances due to the Seventh Pay Commission. When the last two Pay Commissions were implemented, the operating ratio deteriorated by 5-10%. However, this year we will be able manage an operating ratio which will be marginally higher at around 95%,” Railway Board Chairman A.K.Mital had said at a press conference on February 1 when Finance Minister Arun Jaitley presented the first general Budget incorporating the Railway Budget.
“In order to be meaningful, the (financial) ratio should be representative of the operations, be as comprehensive, as reasonably possible and least subject to arbitrariness,” a 1998 book titled ‘Readings in Indian Railway Finance’ edited by the then Rites Group General Manager K.B.Verma said.
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“While the existing concept of Operating Ratio on Indian Railways more or less satisfies the first criteria, it does not meet the other two criteria. It is, therefore, not a satisfactory index of financial performance.”
  
Yesterday (21:26)  Home guard arrested for molesting woman (timesofindia.indiatimes.com)
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MUMBAI: A 21-year-old woman from Malad has filed a complaint that a home guard deployed to protect women in the ladies compartment of a Borivli-bound train allegedly touched her inappropriately early on Wednesday morning. While the Government Railway Police (GRP) have arrested Mevalal Chauhan under the IPC sections for outraging the modesty of a woman, officials said that they are investigating the case. "While the victim has alleged that the accused touched her inappropriately, in his defence the guard has told the police that as the train was to terminate at Borivli he tried wake her up. We are probing further to find ascertain whose version is correct," said an official. Chauhan was granted bail on a deposit of Rs 15,000. The victim, who stays in a hostel in Juhu, said on Wednesday she took the Borivli-bound train at 4.42am from Vile Parle station later fell asleep. When she woke up...
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she saw the accused sitting next to her and touching her inappropriately.
  
Yesterday (21:23)  Team to probe railway accident that left 3 commuters dead (timesofindia.indiatimes.com)
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CHENNAI: The railways will start an inquiry on March 1 into the accident that resulted in the death of three passengers of a suburban train near St Thomas Mount station on Thursday morning. Four others were greivously injured in the accident. K A Manoharan, commissioner of railway safety, southern circle, will hold a hearing in the Southern Railway DRM's conference hall on the fifth floor of the Chennai division office in Park Town from 10am. The Railways has described the accident as an "unusual incident of death of three passengers of EMU Train No.40518 Chengalpattu -Chennai Beach, due to entanglement of a passenger's bag on a signal post at St Thomas Mount railway station." Anyone having knowledge or evidence of the incident may attend the hearing on March 1 or write to the commissioner of railway safety, southern circle, No.7, Seshadri Road, Bengaluru- 560009. Manoharan inspected the accident spot on Friday...
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morning along with the divisional railway manager of Chennai division and other officials from the safety department. Railway officials maintained there was nothing wrong with the railway parameters like distance of the signal post from the track. They said the accident occured due to passenger negligence.
  
Yesterday (21:21)  Railway Coach: Railway coach factory rolls out general bogies with modern look (timesofindia.indiatimes.com)
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BHOPAL The trial run of chair car bogies under the model rail coach project was carried out from Habibganj railway station to Barkheda on Friday. Terming it as a "common man's train", the engineers of Nishatpura rail coach factory said the coach is based on design of Shatabdi, but is a general coach. This is the first chair car train under the model rail coach project assigned to Nishatpura rail coach factory, which has been lent a modular look by remodelling old coaches from different zones of Indian railways. The train, which left Habibganj railway station at 9:30 am, had 15 general chair car coaches. No AC coach has been included in this rake. The capacity of each rail coach is 108 passengers. "This is completely a common man's train for small route journey. The coaches are interconnected with each other and have been designed keeping in view the people's comfort....
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Special features have been added to these coaches with comfortable cushioned seats, automated display board and station announcement facility," said Sunil Taylor, deputy chief mechanical engineer who is leading the team for manufacturing railway coaches under the project. The train's trial was done at the speed of 110 kmph as per section speed. Among other features of new chair car express coaches are braille information for blinds, food tables, announcement of stations for ease and alerting passengers about their destination along with speed of train, well decorated coach and modular toilets with indicators. After regular complaints by passengers about nails being a problem for them, engineers have tried their best to get rid of nails, which can hurt the passengers. According to sources in Bhopal rail division, this rake of coaches might be helpful and may be used in trains running between Habibganj and Khajuraho. However, some of the passengers who had a look at it at the Habibganj railway station found the coaches comfortable, but toilets congested. Vikas Nagre, a passenger from Kamayani Express entered the train out of excitement. "I was happy to see the coach. It is different and comfortable as compared to old general coaches. However, I found the toilets congested," said Nagre. Earlier, the railways had carried out the trial of sleeper coaches on January 19.
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