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Sep 15 2014 (11:26)   Can wind from moving train generate power? PMO's curious query to Railways

Jayashree   38704 news posts
Entry# 1215344   News Entry# 194031         Tags   Past Edits
The Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) has sent the Railways Ministry into a tizzy over an idea it received from an 81-year-old resident of Gujarat — that windmills be installed along railway tracks to produce electricity, utilising the wind generated by fast moving trains.
Vipin Trivedi of Ahmedabad, a former employee of Bank of Baroda’s Agriculture and Rural Development wing who retired in 1991, sent the idea by post to the PMO. The PMO, in turn, forwarded it to the Railways Ministry, asking it to explore the “techno-economic” feasibility of the idea, and sought regular updates.
the idea came from the PMO, Rail Bhawan officials started serious communication with Trivedi, but also politely told him that it did not sound doable. As per documents accessed by The Indian Express, Railways said Trivedi could be called in the future to give more technical details about his idea.
Trivedi is waiting.
“One day, I was travelling by train and the idea just struck me. So I discussed it with my gurubhai (disciples of a godman) who knew a man who had worked closely with Narendrabhai (Modi) in overhauling Gujarat’s power sector. That man is now posted as the Additional Principal Secretary to the PM in Delhi. So I sent the idea to him by post,” Trivedi told The Indian Express from the Nandigram Ashram in Bharuch last week, where he was attending a course on “spiritual wellbeing”. “If they call me to Delhi, they should be willing to seriously discuss the idea,” he said.
Although nobody in the ministry was convinced about Trivedi’s idea, top Rail Bhawan officials have been applying their time and energy, keeping the Chairman, Railway Board, informed as well.
“A train will pass the windmill in less than 20 seconds. Even if there is a train every 15 minutes, a windmill can operate for only 25 minutes per day. This will not be viable economically. Further, the energy produced by the windmills would have to come from the trains only, which will consume extra energy,” said a mail Trivedi received from the ministry on September 1.
The email exchange has been regular. Another email sent a few days before that said, “We will, however, like to have some more technical details with regard to your suggestion, which may be sent to us for further detailed examination.”
Rail Bhawan officials told The Indian Express that the idea was not workable and they would communicate this to the PMO. “There is nothing wrong with anyone in the country coming up with any new idea. It is our job to take them seriously and see if they can be executed,” said a senior ministry official.
When contacted, Prof Anil Gupta of IIM Ahmedabad, an expert in alternative sources of energy, told The Indian Express, “This is not a practicable idea. Especially with Railways, it will not work at all because of the frequency of trains and the cost of the windmill, the transmission and distribution of power would all work against it. The amount of power generated would also be unfeasible.”

Sep 15 2014 (13:04)
praneshkatti   32 blog posts
Re# 1215344-1            Tags   Past Edits
Instead of this, small windmills can be installed on the coaches and the generated power can be utilised for the coaches. The additional energy if generated can be transmitted to the engine. so that the fuel consumption can be decreased. I heard about this project from engineering students in the newspaper..
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srinivasvasanthi~   1141 news posts
Entry# 1149789   News Entry# 182154         Tags   Past Edits
IR welcome the public views over the proposed Railway Budget 2014.
Public are requested to share their views regarding safety,earnings etc through email to

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Jun 29 2014 (02:32)
praneshkatti   32 blog posts
Re# 1149789-14            Tags   Past Edits
You have not sent even 10 NDA MPs from your state and demanding the whole rail budget for your state. You are not going to get a single train for your state. Come above the state politics and think about India. You thought that AIADMK will come to power in center and Ms Jayalalitha will become the PM. Jaagooooo Indian Jagoooooo.......

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Jun 29 2014 (09:17)
Science is better than Engineering and Technology*^~   15090 blog posts   2 correct pred (100% accurate)
Re# 1149789-17            Tags   Past Edits
its not demanding whole budget. it is not necessary that all of our suggestions should be made this year itself. these are our hopes our genuine demands. we are happy even if 1 or 2 in our list are considered.
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Jun 24 2014 (21:00)   PM to inaugurate train to Katra on July 3

Namaste Sharada Devi Kashmir Pura Vasini Tvam ham*^~   146 news posts
Entry# 1145625   News Entry# 181620         Tags   Past Edits
JAMMU, June 23: Prime Minister Narendra Modi would finally inaugurate train to Katra, the base camp of Mata Vaishno Devi ji shrine, on July 3.
The date for inauguration of 25 kilometers Udhampur-Katra railway line, constructed at a cost of Rs 1050 crores approximately, was decided when Railways Minister Sadanand Gowda called on Modi at the Prime Minister’s Officer (PMO) today.
Official sources told the Excelsior that Modi, Gowda and MoS in PMO Dr Jitendra Singh would inaugurate train service to Katra, which would take thousands of pilgrims visiting holy cave shrine of
Mata Vaishno Devi ji daily to the base camp directly.
Sources said Modi would also visit the cave shrine the same day and offer prayers to Goddess Vaishno Devi ji. Modi had visited the shrine on March 26 and offered prayers to the Goddess before launching party’s election campaign and led the BJP to majority on its own. After visiting Vaishno Devi ji, Modi had addressed first election rally at border town of Hiranagar, a seat BJP won comprehensively defeating Union Minister and former Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad.
Railways authorities have declared Udhampur-Katra railway line as complete and ready for inauguration.

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Jun 24 2014 (23:50)
praneshkatti   32 blog posts
Re# 1145625-6            Tags   Past Edits
Also on the same route.... of YPR-CDG

Jun 25 2014 (02:13)
22691 Making of an AC Exp*^~   2286 blog posts   9 correct pred (90% accurate)
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It will run via KCG as announced in the budget... May take the slot of 12649/50 KSK.
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Jun 24 2014 (20:40)   Roll back of Railway Fare Increase

praneshkatti   4 news posts
Entry# 1145707   News Entry# 181617         Tags   Past Edits
Railway has rolled back the increase in fare for second class ticket. Also for less than 80 km distance in twin cities...

Jun 24 2014 (23:54)
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Jun 25 2014 (00:22)
Vinay Kumar~   15595 blog posts   360 correct pred (78% accurate)
Re# 1145707-2            Tags   Past Edits
New culture now!!
Increase Diesel/Petrol Price & then after some hype, lower to certain level
Increase Train Fare & after much hue n cry lower it for lower class or budget to certain percent for all class....
Dunno if actual (planned to implement) was the one announced r the one budgeted later!!
Wonder the so called poor in late hrs train arrival @ certain metro pays hefty Auto charges...for all this, conscience doesnt blow as rage??? U pay more then MRP Cold Drinks, Mineral Bottle etc but as per MRP for toffees???!!
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Jun 09 2014 (07:02)   MP demands two more trains to State capital

rdb*^   133028 news posts
Entry# 1128436   News Entry# 179517         Tags   Past Edits
Dakshina Kannada MP Nalin Kumar Kateel has demanded more trains between Mangalore and Bangalore via Hassan.He also sought a separate Railway Division for Mangalore in a memorandum submitted to Railway Minister D.V. Sadananda Gowda ahead of the rail budget.Mr. Kateel pointed out that an agreement signed with Hassan-Mangalore Railway Development Company Ltd (HMRDC), was an impediment in the introduction of new passenger trains on the route.
The company, looking to regain its investments, allowed only goods trains on the line and considered that the passenger train services would hamper the movement of the goods rakes. Being a service provider, it should introduce more passenger trains, he said.
Kateel cited the example of operating many trains between Bangalore and Hubli via Arasikere.
Though there was no direct link (that passes through Chitradurga, the regular bus route), he demanded two more trains should be introduced from Bangalore to Mangalore via Arasikere or Hassan.
“One direct train at night between Mangalore to Bangalore is not enough,” he said.
He also said if the travel time, currently between 11 and 12 hours, was reduced, it would benefit people.
This could be possible by expediting the Shravanabelagola-Nelamangala new line work.
‘More trains’
Mr. Kateel also demanded more trains from Hubli, Gulbarga to Mangalore via Hassan and Arasikere “which is possible with the current railway track.”
The other demands he made were: permanent halt of all Kerala-bound trains at major stations like Surathkal, Udupi, Kundapura, Byndoor, Bhatkal, Kumta and Karwar, improvement of passenger amenities at these stations, doubling the track of the Mangalore Central-Ullal stretch, super-fast trains to Mumbai and New Delhi, making Mangalore Central a world class station, reduction in travel time and increase in the frequency of Bangalore-Karwar train, wider approach road to Mangalore Junction station, replacing Malayalam sign boards with Kannada boards.
Separate division
On the separate division for Mangalore, he said it should be brought under South Western Railway Zone headquartered in Hubli. “Mangalore is the second biggest city of Karnataka and a commercial and industrial centre…(and) an important tourist place and attracts pilgrims.”
Mangalore Zone generated revenue from goods transportation to and fro Bangalore, Mysore, Hubli and other parts of Karnataka, he said adding Mangalore railway stations had received step-motherly treatment under Palakkad Division.
What Mangalore MP wants from Rail budget
Two more trains to Bangalore
Trains to Hubli, Gulbarga via Arasikere
More trains from Karwar to Bangalore
Separate division with Mangalore as headquarter
Halt to all Kerala-bound trains at Surathkal, Udupi, Kundapura, Byndoor, Bhatkal, Kumta and Karwar
Doubling of Mangalore-Ullal stretch
Super fast trains to Mumbai and New Delhi
Development of Mangalore Central as world class station
Reduction in travel time of Bangalore-Karwar train more trains
Better approach road to Mangalore Junction
Replacement Malayalam sign boards with Kannada signage boards

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Jun 09 2014 (16:54)
praneshkatti   32 blog posts
Re# 1128436-84            Tags   Past Edits
Daily Train from Miraj to Mangalore via Hassan. Before gauge conversion this train was existing...
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