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पूजा सुपरफास्ट - हर रोज़ चलूँ मैं तेरे साथ मंज़िल मंज़िल - by Shubham Yadav

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Jan 08 (09:21)   Wildlife Board gives nod to double railway track through Western Ghats

BangaloreMail^~   86 news posts
Entry# 4837679   News Entry# 432380         Tags   Past Edits
Amidst massive protests in Goa against the doubling of a railway track in the Western Ghats, the Indian government on Wednesday announced that it was going ahead with the project. Taking to Twitter, Union Environment, Forest and Climate Change Minister Prakash Javadekar announced the National Board for Wildlife’s (NBWL) approval to the Tinaighat-Castlerock-Caranzol railway doubling project proposed by South Western Railways (SWR). Activists had earlier said that the project would result in several trees being felled and disturb the habitat in the ghats.
“Happy to inform that in its 60th meeting, NBWL has recommended the proposal for Tinaighat-Castlerock-Caranzol railway doubling of South Western Railways, Karnataka with certain mitigation measures as advised by the Wildlife Institute of India in Dehradun,” Javadekar said.
According to a note by the SWR, the single line between Hospet in Karnataka and Vasco da Gama in Goa was built in 1900 and connects industrial areas in Hospet and Marmugao port in Goa, besides various other tourist destinations in the two states. The SWR said that the line had become saturated due to accelerated industrial growth and an increased influx of tourists.
The site inspection report by the Forest Department, stating the purpose of such a project, said, “The doubling is proposed to transport coal and also in the interest of tourists to visit Goa”.
The report also outlined that the “proposed area falls under the Castle Rock Wildlife Range which is part of Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary and which is under the administrative control of Kali Tiger Reserve.”
The area is inhabited by tigers, leopards, black panthers, gaur, sambar deer, chital, wild boars, reptiles, amphibians and a variety of birds. It is also endemic to the castle rock night frog (Nyctibatrachus petraeus), the report said.
Activists who have been opposing the project pointed to the site inspection report, which said that 5,413 trees were marked for felling for the proposed project in Kali Tiger Reserve alone. Speaking to TNM on Thursday afternoon, wildlife activist Joseph Hoover said, “The project will disturb the entire habitat (in the ghats). Already, we have lost three gaur and two sambar deer recently due to the single rail line in Tinaighat.”
“The double rail project which passes through ecologically sensitive areas goes entirely against the Wildlife Protection Act, 1972, Forest Conservation Act, 1980 and Biological Diversity Act 2002 among others,” Joseph said, adding, “This could have been avoided.”

Jan 08 (11:07)
Hala Madrid 🇪🇸
promethsuresh^~   2901 blog posts
Re# 4837679-3            Tags   Past Edits
The localites of the area and environmentalists should file a petition in the SC, this government is hell bent on pleasing the MNC's at the cost of the environment

5 Public Posts - Fri Jan 08, 2021
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Jan 05 (09:42)   Delayed return raises hard questions on KIA train schedule

sachinature~   976 news posts
Entry# 4834511   News Entry# 431844         Tags   Past Edits
On a high after Monday morning’s first train from the city, the swanky new halt station at the Kempegowda International Airport was not in sync with the delayed arrival of the DEMU from Bangarpet. Scheduled for 6.43 pm, the train chugged in only at 7.30 pm.
Less than 10 airport employees and a couple of mediapersons had arrived at the station by a shuttle bus from the terminal. But once inside the train, they were not prepared for the two 20-minute halts en route to the Yelahanka and Channasandra stations.
When the train
finally arrived at Baiyappanahalli, the clock read 9.13 pm, an hour and 38 minutes behind the scheduled arrival time of 7.35 pm. Crossing the bridge on to the metro terminal, passengers were in for another shock: The last metro had left the terminal at 9 pm.
Even if the fare is only Rs 15 from the halt station to Baiyappanahalli, will air passengers endure such a delay to bypass the traffic and costly cabs?
This was a question posed by the few travellers on the train. “They may not bother a delay of five to 10 minutes, but not this,” was the general verdict.
However, Mohan, a frequent traveller on the route, hastened to add that such delays were a rarity. Besides, this was the first day for the train. He hoped once the schedule is stabilised, the train would be on time. “This is critical, especially for people heading to the airport to catch a flight.”
Having campaigned for the airport rail link for years, urban rail analyst Sanjeev Dyamannavar agreed that maintaining timings was extremely important to build confidence among commuters.
“Airport schedules are very strict for both employees and air passengers. Hopefully, once the track capacity is enhanced, these delays will be sorted out,” he said.
Electrification of the Yelahanka–Devanahalli line, a crossing station at Doddajala and track doubling between Yelahanka and Guntakal would all eventually resolve the issue. “With these issues sorted out, we could have five pairs of trains in the morning and an equal number in the evening in three months’ time,” he noted.

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Jan 05 (10:59)
Hala Madrid 🇪🇸
promethsuresh^~   2901 blog posts
Re# 4834511-1            Tags   Past Edits
Firstly they need to increase number of platforms in stations on the route as it's a single line

2 Public Posts - Tue Jan 05, 2021
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Dec 06 2020 (12:22)   Suburban trains from Bengaluru to five nearby towns from Dec 7-17

sachinature~   976 news posts
Entry# 4804098   News Entry# 427362         Tags   Past Edits
The South Western Railway will run five pairs of suburban trains from Bengaluru to Marikuppam, Hindupur, Hosur, Hassan and Tumakuru, and a sixth one between Bangarpet and Mysuru on all days between December 7 and 17, except on Sunday. 
The trains have been introduced on public demand, the SWR said. They will cater to people who travel daily between Bengaluru and the nearby towns.

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Dec 06 2020 (14:42)
Hala Madrid 🇪🇸
promethsuresh^~   2901 blog posts
Re# 4804098-1            Tags   Past Edits
Will Hosur-Bengaluru EMU be MEMU or DEMU?

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Nov 30 2020 (12:07)   Journey to airport to get electrifying soon

Amogh^~   18 news posts
Entry# 4795915   News Entry# 426575         Tags   Past Edits
Work on electrification of Yelahanka-Devanahalli railway line is progressing. Those heading to the airport can expect an electric train in the near future. The South Western Railways (SWR) have taken up an electrification project which would facilitate introduction of an electric train to the Kempegowda International Airport (KIA) halt station.
As of now, the track from Bengaluru City to Yelahanka and Yeshwantpur-Yelahanka is electrified, but the trains between Yelahanka and KIA halt station are diesel locomotives.
A senior railway official told Bangalore Mirror, “The work of electrification between Yelahanka and Devanahalli
is going on and likely to be completed by February next year. The biggest hurdle is the KPTCL power line over the railway line at the 14th km. It is too low and poses danger to the trains. We are holding talks with KPTCL on increasing the height of the power lines. Post-February, once the electrification is done, the line will be subjected to inspection by Commission of Railway Safety and approval by the railway board would pave way for introduction of electric trains.”
Chief Public Relations Officer and Deputy General Manager, SWR E Vijaya said the project was part of electrification of the 149 -km railway line from Yelahanka to Bangarpet via Chikkaballapur, Sidlaghatta, Chintamani, Srinivaspur and Kolar. “The project was sanctioned in the financial year 2018-19 at a cost of Rs 138.21 crore and is executed by Central Organisation for Railway Electrification. Currently, work is in progress on the 23-km stretch between Yelahanka and Devanahalli and it was to be completed in June 2021. The tentative deadline for Devanahalli-Bangarapet stretch was pegged at March 2022.”
Prakash Mandoth (President-Bengaluru Metro and Suburban passengers’ association) welcomed the move. “This was a long-pending demand. While airports across the world are connected by trains, we don’t have any train connectivity so far. The Metro is also far away. Once electrified, there will be a provision of running a 16-car MEMU train which will be double the capacity and also be a faster train. And this is an eco-friendly option too. But, we the Railways must complete the project in a time-bound manner.” Shatrunjay Sharan, who goes to the airport often says both buses and cabs to the airport are expensive. “We hope the train will provide seamless travel to the airport at a comparatively lower cost.”
KIA halt station
The railway board is yet to finally approve trains to the KIA halt station though the station has been ready for a few months now. “These are the new services proposed: From Majestic (departure at 4.45 am and 9 pm) to Devanahalli, Yelahanka (departure 7 am) to Devanahalli. The return services are from Devanahalli to Yelahanka, Majestic and Bengaluru Cantonment (6.30 am, 7.45 am and 10.30 pm). All approvals are awaited. These six are new trains apart from eight already running in the section for which stoppages will be provided at KIA station,” said Vijaya.

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Dec 01 2020 (10:01)
Hala Madrid 🇪🇸
promethsuresh^~   2901 blog posts
Re# 4795915-5            Tags   Past Edits
Please update the same in the atlas

1 Public Posts - Tue Dec 01, 2020
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Nov 29 2020 (05:38)   SWR plans three pairs of trains to KIA

Jayashree^   49682 news posts
Entry# 4794613   News Entry# 426417         Tags   Past Edits
The South Western Railways (SWR) is exploring the feasibility of operating three pairs trains to and from Kempegowda International Airport for the benefit of passengers. If all goes as planned, one train will leave Krantiveera Sangolli Rayanna Bengaluru Railway Station at 4.45 a.m. and another at 9 p.m. The third train will leave from Yelahanka at 7 a.m.

E. Vijaya, chief public relations officer of SWR, said the schedule is subject to approval from the Railway Board. “The schedule was prepared after consulting airport officials. The proposed timings will cater to peak
hour traffic,” she said.

For the return journey, the trains will depart from Devanahalli at 6.30 a.m., 7.45 a.m. and 10.30 p.m.

“Prior to the lockdown, eight trains were operational on this line. A stoppage will be given for these trains at the newly-built halt station on the boundary of the airport campus,” she added.

Tickets are likely to be priced at ₹30 from Majestic and ₹10 from Yelahanka.

Journey time

From KSR Bengaluru, the train will halt at major stations en route and the journey time could be as long as 1.15 hours.

“It is likely to come down when the final time table gets approval. We may skip some stations en route. Halts include Cantonment, Bengaluru East, Baiyappanahalli, Channasandra and Yelahanka. The service will help people living in the CBD and eastern part of the city, such as K.R. Puram and Whitefield,” said Ms. Vijaya.

Ever since the relaxation of lockdown rules, there has been a growing demand to resume suburban train services and introduce services to the airport. KIA has seen a gradual increase in passenger traffic.

“As a result, road traffic has increased. The halt station [near KIA] is ready but the authorities are yet to introduce services,” said Rajkumar Duggar, convenor of Citizens for Citizens.

Citizens have highlighted the need for a good access road from the highway to the halt station. “The authorities should develop Doddajala station so that local residents also get the benefit of the train services. Starting train services from multiple points in the city will help a large number of people,” Mr. Duggar added.

Citizen activist Sanjeev Dyamannavar pointed out that if the service takes off, it will benefit not just air passengers but also people working at KIA. He urged the government to build a robust suburban railway network. “In the absence of suburban trains, people are spending a lot of money on other modes of transport,” he said.

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Nov 29 2020 (20:31)
Hala Madrid 🇪🇸
promethsuresh^~   2901 blog posts
Re# 4794613-1            Tags   Past Edits
One train via Yesvantpur is also required it will be beneficial to the people living in west Bengaluru

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