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Today (15:15)  City-Madgaon Expresstrain may face the axe (
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Commentary/Human InterestKR/Konkan  -  

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Poor patronage cited as reason; Railway Board decision awaited
Konkan Railway Corporation Ltd. and Southern Railway have recommended to the Railway Board to cancel Mangaluru Central-Madgaon-Mangaluru Central Intercity Express (22636/22635) in view of poor patronage.
Introduced about four years ago at the behest of the then Udupi-Chikkamagaluru MP K. Jayaprakash Hegde, the train leaves Mangaluru Central at 8.15 a.m. to reach Madgaon at 2 p.m. In the return journey, the train leaves Madgaon at 4.15 p.m. to reach Mangaluru Central at 10 p.m. during the non-Monsoon period.
per information provided by Southern Railway, Mangaluru Central-Madgaon service earned an average of ₹ 19,913.33 per day during 2016-17 with 40.09 % occupancy in reserved classes.
Non-reserved class
Occupancy and earnings through non-reserved classes are not available. Earning for the whole year was just ₹ 62,81,470 from the Mangaluru Central-Madgaon service.
Meanwhile, Konkan Railway Corporation Ltd. is yet to furnish information on passenger patronage for the Madgaon-Mangaluru Central service.
While KRCL Managing Director Sanjay Gupta told The Hindu that the decision of the board is awaited, Divisional Railway Manager of Southern Railway Palakkad Division Naresh Lalwani said that the Divisional Railway Users Consultative Committee would take a call on KRCL’s proposal sent to it by the board.
President of Rail Prayanikara Hitharakshana Samithi, Kundapur, K. Somashekara Shetty said that the inter-city train’s poor patronage was because the train does not halt at many important stations. If its schedule is changed, patronage would improve, he said.
The train runs in between the Mangaluru Central-Madgaon-Mangaluru Central Passenger and the Bengaluru-Karwar-Bengaluru Express and hence attracts few passengers, said Anil Hegde, advisor to West Coast Rail Yatri Abhivriddhi Samithi, Mangaluru.
The samithi had, in fact, demanded a passenger train service leaving Madgaon early morning reaching Mangaluru Central in the afternoon and leaving Mangaluru Central in the afternoon reaching Madgaon during night, opposite to the existing Mangaluru Central-Madgaon service.
For some reason, an intercity leaving Mangaluru in the morning was introduced, he said.
Meanwhile, Mr. Jayaprakash Hegde said that he would discuss the issue with KRCL in detail soon.

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sudhir~   8549 blog posts   3704 correct pred (68% accurate)
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This is a bit sad. This train is the only train between MAo and MAQ with Ac Chair Car

Today (18:06)
Rail Fanning~   2899 blog posts
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Earlier there was a janshtabdi between madgaon and mangalore which met with the same fate.
It is quite surprising that railways gives their recommendation so instantly. Maybe they should also analyse and look at how better to improve the patronage (change in time, extension to some other station etc etc ) rather than immediately asking for it to be discontinued

Today (18:11)
sudhir~   8549 blog posts   3704 correct pred (68% accurate)
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There is also the factor of the price difference in the fares of Passenger and Express. THis results in poor patronage for the Express train

Today (19:13)
srinivasvasanthi~   4184 blog posts   15 correct pred (54% accurate)
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This Madgoan <> Mangalore inter city expresses have to be extended to Coimbatore for good patronages by the Southern Railway.

Today (19:51)
K   1253 blog posts   7 correct pred (100% accurate)
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Never gonna happen. They've been saying the same since so many years.

Today (19:52)
Vistadome for Dudhsagar~   4591 blog posts   332 correct pred (69% accurate)
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Bet if extended to Hubballi, this train will be super hit. As of now there is no train connecting KA hinterland with coast and demand is huge. But railways will not consider this due to ghat constraints and zonal conflicts.
Today (15:08)  Karnataka 3rd worst in rail electrification, trails behind other southern states (
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Karnataka is among the three worst states in the country with regard to electrification of railway lines, behind only Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh. According to the railway ministry, only 19 of existing lines in Karnataka are electrified, while it's 18% in Gujarat and 13% in Himachal Pradesh. Karnataka, which has a total network of 3,281km, has just 632km electrified, way behind other southern states.
With a total rail network of 297km, Himachal Pradesh has 40km electrified, while Gujarat has managed to electrify only 970km of its 5,259km network. Kerala has the most electrified lines in the country (83%), followed by Odisha (78%), Andhra Pradesh (76%), New Delhi (75%) and Chhattisgarh (72). Nationally, only 30,012km (45%) of the total 66,687km had been electrified
till April this year.
Indian Railways recently decided to electrify its entire network in four years at an estimated cost of Rs 35,000 crore, which is expected to save Rs 10,500 crore a year in the fuel bill. The move to phase out diesel locomotives is also expected to reduce greenhouse gas emission.
Union minister of state of railways Rajen Gohain on Friday said in the Rajya Sabha that they have identified 13,675km of railway lines for electrification, which includes 1,051km in Karnataka, which will be included in the 2018-19 budget.
"Indian railways has prepared an action plan to electrify 38,000 km broad gauge lines across the country in five years. It has also decided to increase the pace of electrification from the present average of 1,700km per annum to 4,000km a year, which will be further increased to 6000km a year in 2018-19," he said in a written statement.
Only 3 electrified routes in state
South Western Railway (SWR) officials say there are three electrified rail routes in Karnataka — Bengaluru-Jolarpettai, Yelahanka-Dharmavaram and Bengaluru-Ramanagaram.
"Electrification work on the Ramanagara-Mysuru section is complete and ready for commissioning," SWR chief public relations officer E Vijaya said.
She said electrification is under way on Hospet-Ballari, Yelahanka-Penukonda (second line), Hospet-Vasco and Londa-Miraj lines. "We have also proposed electrification of Bengaluru-Hubballi (with doubling), Gadag-Hotgi (with doubling), Chikjajur-Ballari (single line) and Bengaluru - Omalur (single line)," she said.
Sources in the SWR electrical department said electrification will be completed only by 2025. Asked about Karnataka's position, an official said: "Electrification work in main lines has been sanctioned recently and work is being executed expeditiously."
Rail activists have been demanding speeding up of electrification in Karnataka. Sanjeev Dyamannavar said lack of political will is the primary reason for slow work. "Elected representatives should put pressure on the railway ministry to complete all doubling and electrification work," he said, adding that the railways is giving priority to routes which see freight movements.
"Karnataka has only a few industries outside Bengaluru which is another reason for the delay in electrification and doubling work. Railways is keen on transporting coal to thermal power plants in Raichur, Yeramarus and Ballari, which is may prompt them to develop rail infrastructure which includes doubling and electrification," he said.
He said electrification between Mysuru and Bengaluru is a recent achievement for SWR. "The railways has neglected Karnataka for decades. It should also set up electrical loco sheds for maintenance of electric locomotives. At present, there are no such sheds in Karnataka so locomotives have to be taken outside SWR for maintenance," he said.
Dyamannavar said completion of electrification will help SWR replace diesel multiple electric unit (DEMU) with mainline electric multiple units (MEMU) which will help suburban passengers.

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Electrification of BAY   243 blog posts
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SWR should complete electrification of Ballari - Hosapete soon as tenders are already given. SWR should get electric loco shed soon.
Also railways should complete electrification of important lines like HDN - 7A (Guntakal - Ballari, Ballari - Hosapete, Hosapete - Vasco Da Gama), Bengaluru - Hubballi, Londa - Miraj, Gadag - Hotgi, Ballari - Chikjajur. By this electrification will be done in most of Karnataka.

Today (18:07)
SWR Superfast trains for BAY GDG BJP section~   782 blog posts   167 correct pred (51% accurate)
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No doubt karnataka is worst In Electrifying Rail lines This might be negligency by the old Zones which were handling karnataka previously those Zones did Double standards and developed thier State area itself so the Reaction for that Negligency is SWR Born out.Now State Govt Should put Strong pressure on RB for all these pipeline Projects to be completed by atleast 2020 as RM made statement as Complete Electrification of IR by 2020. The CPR officer Saying proposed Some lines like Bengaluru-UBL, GDG-Hotgi,Londa-Pune Electrification "WITH" Doubling what does this "WITH" means? Electrification will be carried on with doubling process side by side or after Doubling? If carried With Doubling side by side then it would be much better as it may complete both Electrification & doubling at a time.

Today (18:20)
SWR Superfast trains for BAY GDG BJP section~   782 blog posts   167 correct pred (51% accurate)
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Now GTL-HPT RE already Awarded and Duration to Complete given 24 Months so have to wait and see how many such 24 months will go to Get ready this RE work.

Today (19:35)
srinivasvasanthi~   4184 blog posts   15 correct pred (54% accurate)
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Bengaloru - Hosur - Dharmapuri -Omalur ( Salem ) Railway line has to be doubled with Electrification.
It relieves the over congested Bangalore - Bangarpet - Thiruppattur - Jolarpettai Railway line.

Today (19:59)
Sai Vineet Mohan Sinha   20 blog posts   42 correct pred (42% accurate)
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Where is Rajasthan in this list. Only One Track which is Alwar Jn. to Palanpur Jn. is Electrified. Rest all the Lines in Rajasthan are Diesel Lines. However, Electrification is slowly picking up speed on Ajmer Jn. to Chittaurgarh Section.

Today (20:01)
Sai Vineet Mohan Sinha   20 blog posts   42 correct pred (42% accurate)
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West Bengal does not appear in this List and Ranking. Almost entire West Bengal Railway Lines are Electrified or Diesel which will be Electrified soon.

Today (20:07)
Science is better than Engineering and Technology*^~   14845 blog posts   2 correct pred (100% accurate)
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Rajestan assam Goa has 0% electrification i guess.
Today (15:04)  Christmas cheer: PM to launch Magenta Line section on Dec 25 (
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News Entry# 324882   Blog Entry# 2902780     
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The Kalkaji Mandir-Botanical Garden line of the Delhi Metro, which will reduce travel time between Noida and south Delhi, will be inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on December 25, the DMRC said today.
The 12.64-km section, part of metros upcoming Botanical Garden-Janakpuri West (Magenta) Line, was granted safety approval by the Commissioner for Metro Rail Safety (CMRS) last month.
Metros new generation trains, which can run without drivers, will run on this section where an advanced Communication Based Train Control (CBTC) signalling technology that will facilitate movement of trains with a frequency
of 90 to 100 seconds will also be pressed into service.
However, for an initial period of two-three years the trains will have drivers.
Currently, for travelling to south Delhi areas, commuters from Noida have to change trains, from Blue Line to Violet Line, at Mandi House Metro Station.
After the new section of the Delhi Metro is opened, commuters will be able to travel directly to Kalkaji Mandir Metro Station, which is on the Violet Line, cutting travel time by about 45 minutes.
Once the entire corridor from Botanical Garden till Janakpuri West (38.23 km) is opened, commuters from Noida will be able to go to Gurgaon by changing trains at Hauz Khas.
The Botanical Garden has been developed as the metros first-ever inter-change station outside the boundaries of Delhi. PTI SBR AAR

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Today (15:03)  Fear-mongering by Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation, say citizen activists (
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The integration of the Cantonment metro station with the railway station is something that has captured the attention of several thousands of daily commuters ever since the new location in Bamboo Bazaar street was announced earlier this year. Over the past few months, in their efforts to persuade the government to stick to the original location, activists have come up with alternative proposals which would not result in any demolition.
With the location of the tunnel below Maangalya apartments being the bone of contention, one of the alternatives suggested by those wanting the original location is the shifting of the tunnel by 100-200 metres in either direction.The rules that are cited by BMRCL state that the mid-tunnel shaft must be located within
762 metres from the end of the metro station. Currently, the shaft would come up beneath the apartment block at a distance of 700 metres.
Other options include doing away with the shaft altogether by relocating the stations to reduce the gap between stations to less than 1.5 kilometres. But it is unclear if this would violate any other rules.
BMRCL officials said it most certainly would create safety related issues as there would be a tunnel which is a little less than 1.5 kilometres without a mid-shaft.
Yet another option proposed by Sanjeev Dyammanavvar, an engineer and one of the supporters of the plan, is a slight change in alignment which would include procuring land owned by the Defence Ministry. This could be used to locate the mid-shaft tunnel.
While all these options have been suggested, the group is only saying that they must be considered by BMRCL before being dismissed. “Till the time that BMRCL holds an open public consultation by including all the citizens concerned, those supporting the location of the station at Cantonment as well as those who stand to lose their homes, I would say that the tactic of releasing information about demolition so late into the project is just a fear-mongering move by BMRCL,” said Srinivas Alavilli of Citizens for Bengaluru, one of the supporters of the integrated station.
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