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Today (07:27)  Campaign to instil better civic sense, courtesy KMRL (www.thehindu.com)
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Metro agency to initiate another drive to increase passenger patronage
Aimed at ushering in better civic sense among Kochiites and visitors to the city, Kochi Metro Rail Limited (KMRL) intends to launch an initiative titled ‘Courtesy Kochi’.
Yet another campaign that is on the cards is one to increase footfall in metro trains.
“The courtesy campaign aims to inculcate courteous behaviour while using the
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metro system and also in other public spaces. It will be launched post-Onam. It also intends to drive home the message that all public spaces have to be maintained well. As for us, we are leaving no stone unturned to ensure cleanliness in metro stations, their vicinity and in trains,” said KMRL managing director Elias George.
The outcome of the campaign would improve Kochi’s brand value globally, he added.
Walkways
Referring to opposition from a section of traders and others to KMRL’s pedestrianisation initiatives, Mr. George said that there was much opposition to the pedestrian walkway-cum-cycle track off Panampilly Nagar.
“The very same people who opposed the project are now the main beneficiaries of the walkway that adheres to global standards,” he said.
On opposition to the walkway under construction that will link Ernakulam Boat Jetty with Maharajas College Ground Metro Station, he said the ownership of areas through which the walkway would be built would not change. The premises through which it passes would wear a much better look, while creating a safe corridor for pedestrians. “All these speak of the need for change of mindset,” added Mr. George.
The KMRL has already begun a campaign saying “ the gooseberry has begun to taste sweet”, referring to how hassles borne by people during the metro’s four-year construction phase has begun to yield rewards in the form of the city getting Kerala’s first modern system of mass-rapid transport.
More footfall
The KMRL is also gearing up to initiate a campaign to increase the metro’s passenger patronage.
“All metro rail projects in India gained patronage a year or so after the launch. More feeder buses and autorickshaws have been envisaged when the 5-km-long Palarivattom-Maharaja’s Ground corridor is commissioned later this year. This will enable better last-mile connectivity for metro commuters,” said a KMRL spokesperson.
We are leaving no stone unturned to ensure cleanliness in metro stations
Elias George
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Today (07:26)  Cong. alleges scam in Metro shed (www.thehindu.com)
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Says extra land allotted for car depot at Aarey to benefit builders; CMO calls allegations baseless
Mumbai: The Congress on Tuesday alleged an ₹18,000-crore scam in the allotment of land for the Metro car shed at Aarey Colony that would benefit real estate players, and said Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis was wants to “fool the people of Mumbai”.
Mumbai Congress chief Sanjay Nirupam and environmental activists also vowed to fight against the car shed.
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Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation (MMRC) recently published an advertisement stating that the rail corporation has received all clearances for the project. In a press conference held on Tuesday, Mr. Nirupam said the MMRC was misleading citizens by putting up wrong information. Citizens and activists fighting against the Metro shed were also present.
Mr. Nirupam said, “This is an ₹18,000-crore scam by Mr. Fadnavis. Thirty hectare land is being allotted to construct the car shed, while in other cities only 12 hectare or so was needed. The CM is planning to use the rest of the land for commercial purposes, where big builders and developers can construct commercial and residential complexes and get extra 4 FSI (floor space index), which amounts to a whopping ₹18,000 crore.”
He said the development plan of the city clearly shows that Colaba has been earmarked for the metro depot, and that the government is insisting on Aarey Colony because the land does not fall under Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) rules and hence can be exploited for commercial and real estate use.
Activist Stalin D. said, “The government is lying to citizens. It is claiming that the land at Aarey Colony belongs to the Dairy Development Department. However, the department is only the custodian; it has said it has only 300 acre under its control and not 3,000 acre as claimed.”
Mr. Nirupam said the government has claimed that activities at Aarey Colony are legally permitted, even though the case is still with the National Green Tribunal (NGT). “The NGT hasn’t given its approval for work to start on the Metro car shed. Mr. Fadnavis wants to fool the people of Mumbai. This forest land will be lost to the builder mafia,” he said.
‘No commercial activity’
The Chief Minister’s Office (CMO), meanwhile, said the allegations were baseless. “None of the 30 hectare is proposed for commercial use. The actual construction [of the car shed] will be on 25 hectare, since five hectare is reserved as a green patch,” the CMO said.
The clarification from the CMO said Metro 3 will have 35 trains with eight bogies. The number of trains will eventually be increased to 55, and hence 30 hectare land is needed for the shed. The depot will be built at 21 hectare, the approach line and station on four hectare, and the remaining land will be the green patch.
  
Today (07:26)  Court slams Delhi Metro over issue of safe travel (www.thehindu.com)
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The High Court on Tuesday lambasted the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation for not putting in place systems to ensure safe and secure travel of commuters, especially women and children. The court was hearing a habeas corpus plea initiated by it based on a news report of a 19-year-old woman with speech and hearing impairment going missing on April 21 after getting separated from her family and alighting at the wrong metro station.
  
Today (07:25)  Metro 3: 634 families to get in-situ rehabilitation (www.thehindu.com)
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Architects appointed for Kalbadevi-Girgaum rehab scheme
Mumbai: Nineteen establishments and 634 families in Girgaon and Kalbadevi will be provided with in-situ rehabilitation to make way for the construction of the Mumbai Metro 3 from Colaba to Seepz.
The Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation (MMRC) on Tuesday announced the appointment of GD Sambhare and RH Mahimatura as architects for the Kalbadevi-Girgaum rehabilitation scheme. The tender was floated in June 2017, and the scope of the contract includes planning and architectural design, structural design, construction supervision and management (PMC) of buildings to be redeveloped.
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of the lands of impacted buildings would be utilised by the MMRC for underground metro stations, ancillary works, ventilation shafts, entry and exit structures, and other related activities. The redevelopment will be undertaken simultaneously in the remaining lands and after completion, will be allotted to the affected families by 2021.
“We are delighted to announce the appointment of architects for the redevelopment of properties occupied by families affected by the proposed construction of Kalbadevi and Girgaum metro stations. The rehabilitation plan has been finalised keeping in mind the concerns raised by the project-affected families. We, at MMRC, are committed to completing the rehabilitation in a time-bound manner,” said Ashwini Bhide, managing director, MMRC.
Civil work of piling, station, and building tunnel boring shafts have begun for the proposed 27 stations for the underground route.
The old residential and commercial areas in South Mumbai are among the most-congested.
“The road width is 27.4 metres with only 11 metres open space available for the metro construction, which is not enough,” said Ms. Bhide.
  
Today (07:23)  52 kg of ganja seized, two held (www.thehindu.com)
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Police say the accused taking the contraband to Vadodara
The Renigunta railway police have arrested two persons along with 52 kg of ganja packed in four travelling bags at the station’s first platform on Tuesday evening.
Acting on a tip-off, a joint team of the General Railway Police and the Railway Protection Force nabbed Shankar Achari (30) and Santhosh Nahak (28) and seized the contraband neatly packed in 26 bundles of 2 kg each from them. The accused hail from Berhampur in Odisha and were proceeding to Vadodara (Gujarat) by taking a detour,
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apparently to avoid drawing attention. “They were proceeding to Vadodara to dispose of the contraband substance,” said RPF Inspector K. Madhusudhan, who led the team. Some more accused wouldbe arrested soon, he added.
The accused were arrested under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act, 1985. The case is under investigation by the GRP Renigunta.
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