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Today (21:09)  World class rly. station project can take off if State hands over land: MP (www.thehindu.com)
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There is a need to have a wider road to Mangaluru Junction, says Nalin Kumar Kateel
The State government not handing over 40 acres land to the Railways is the main hindrance for the world class railway station project not taking off in the city, according to Nalin Kumar Kateel, Member of Parliament.
Addressing a gathering at a railway function in Mangaluru Central Railway Station here on Friday, Mr. Kateel said that it required 100 acres for the project. The Railways has 60 acres with it.
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City Corporation and the State government should take the lead in handing over the balance land required for the project. “If the land is handed over, the Railways will lay the foundation stone for the project within a year,” the MP said.
The MP was responding to a statement earlier made in the same function by Mayor Kavita Sanil that that there was a need to take the project forward as Mangaluru is already under the Smart City project scheme under which works would start soon.
The world class railway station project proposal was mooted by the then Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee in the 2009-10 railway budget. It has been proposed to implement the project in Kankanady by extending the Mangaluru Junction Railway Station, Mr. Kateel said.
The MP drew the attention of the Mayor that the road leading to Mangaluru Junction Station was in bad condition and that there was a need to have a wider road.
The MP said that development works worth ₹ 10 crore would be taken up in the Mangaluru Central and Junction Railway stations. It included building an additional platform, toilets, upgrading reservation and current booking counters, parking facility (all in the Central station) and building two elevators in the Junction station.
In addition, the MP said that renovation works at the Central station would be taken up at an estimated cost of ₹ 70 crore. Bids for the works would be called in two months.
Mr. Kateel said that the demand for re-routing the night train between Mangaluru and Bengaluru via Shravanabelagola has been taken up with the Railways.
The officials, who have responded positively, said that a decision would be taken within two months.
  
Today (21:09)  Bihar flood toll mounts to 153, 17 districts affected (www.thehindu.com)
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Around 1.08 crore people have been hit by floods in 17 districts and 1,688 panchayats
The toll in Bihar floods rose to 153 on Fridat while the number of those marooned in 17 districts of the state crossed the one-crore mark.
Araria district accounted for 30 deaths, West Champaran 23, Sitamarhi 13, Madhubani 8 and Katihar 7. 11 each have died in Kisanganj, East Champaran and Supual and 9 each in Purnea and Madhepura.
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deaths each were reported in Darbhanga, Gopalganj and Saharsa, 3 each in Khagaria and Sheohar, 2 in Saran and 1 in Muzaffarpur, Special Secretary in the Disaster Management Department Anirudh Kumar said. Around 1.08 crore people have been hit by floods in 17 districts and 1,688 panchayats, he said.
Saran was included in the list of affected areas on Friday, taking number of districts under water to 17, Mr. Kumar said. The toll due to the floods triggered by rains in Nepal and northern parts of the state stood at 119 on Thursday, and 98 lakh people in 16 districts were hit. A total of 3.92 lakh people are putting up in 1,289 relief camps in different parts of the state, he said.
The MeT office said Patna, Gaya, Bhagalpur and Purnea are likely to witness rain or thundershower tomorrow. Chief Minister Nitish Kumar reviewed the flood situation and gave necessary instruction to officials.
Chief Secretary Anjani Kumar Singh, Principal Secretary in the Disaster Management Department Pratyay Amrit and his counterpart in the Health Department R.K. Mahajan were among those who attended the meeting.
During the meeting, the CM gave orders for intensive airdropping of food packets in Kursakanta, Palasi, Sikti and Jokihaat in Araria and the Sugauli area in East Champaran, an official statement said. He directed the Road Construction Department to restore the road from Kisanganj to Araria via Bahadurganj by tonight to facilitate relief and rehabilitation work at a warfooting.
Mr. Kumar also instructed officials to establish contact with the Border Road Organisation for repairing of damaged roads and bridges. A delegation of Rashtriya Lok Samata Party (RLSP), an ally of the BJP, under Union minister of State for HRD Upendra Kushwaha handed over a cheque of their one month salary to the CM.
Kushwaha and RLPS MP Ram Kumar Sharma gave cheques of ₹50,000 each, while party MLA Sudhansu Sekhar and MLC Sanjeev Shyam Singh donated ₹30,000 each to the CM relief fund. Senior JD(U) leader Shyam Rajak also gave a cheque of ₹81,000, including his one month salary and perks.
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Train services continued to be hit due to floods. An East Central Railways statement said the Guwahati Express ended its journey at Patna itself 15667 Gandgudham-Kamakhya Express will run upto Barauni on Saturday, Chief Public Relation Officer Rajesh Kumar said.
Another baby was born on an NDRF rescue boat in Gopalganj district today. A baby was born Wednesday on an NDRF boat in Madhubani district.
A total of 28 National Disaster Response Force teams comprising 1,152 personnel are rendering services in the marooned areas with the help of 118 boats. A total of 16 teams of the State Disaster Response Force comprising 446 personnel are helping people in the flood-hit areas with 92 boats.
Seven Army teams with 2,228 personnel are assisting relief and rescue operation with the help of 280 boats, a state Disaster Management Department release said. The Special Secretary in the Disaster Management Department said 1,765 community kitchens are catering to 3.44 lakh people in several flood-hit areas.
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Today (21:07)  Centre awards new four-lane bridge across Pamban strait (www.thehindu.com)
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A Delhi-based company to prepare a Detailed Project Report
The historic Rameswaram island is all set to emerge as the major pilgrim and tourist destination as the Union Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has awarded a new four-lane bridge, across the Pamban strait, adjacent to the existing Annai Indira Gandhi bridge, connecting the island to the mainland by road.
The Ministry’s National Highways Authority of India (NHAI), in its recent order, has awarded the new bridge as part of the four-laning of the Ramanathapuram – Rameswaram section (National Highway-NH 49) and appointed
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Feedback Infra Private Limited, a Delhi-based integrated infrastructure services company, to prepare the Detailed Project Report (DPR), official sources said.
The company has been asked to design a state-of-the-art/signature bridge, parallel to the existing Pamban bridge, the sources said, adding the DPR consultant was yet to commence the work. The NHAI was also yet to decide on the type of the new bridge, though the Modi government at the Centre was keen on building a world-class bridge.
The authorities had the idea of a bridge on the lines of the Bandra – Worli sea link cable stayed bridge in Mumbai but nothing had been finalised, the sources said. The existing two-lane 2.345-km bridge was more than 29 years old after it was thrown open for traffic by former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi on October 2, 1988.
The Centre has awarded the new bridge while giving its nod for extending the four-laning road from Ramanathapuram to Rameswaram after agreeing to extend the Madurai – Paramakudi four-laning project up to Paramakudi, local MP A. Anwhar Raajha said.
A DPR was being readied for 60-km long Ramanathapuram – Rameswaram section and steps were being taken to obtain Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) clearance, he said.
When he requested Nitin Gadkari, Union Minister for Road Transport, Highways, to expand the existing bridge, the Minister told the MP, “why expansion, we will have a world-class new bridge,” said Mr Raajha.

  
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Today (21:06)  Railway Minister launches doubling of Manapparai-Kalpattichatram section (www.thehindu.com)
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Union Minister for Railways Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu on Saturday launched a number of development works benefitting Madurai division from Mumbai through video-conferencing.
The Ramanathapuram MP A. Anwhar Raajha, Dindigul MP Udayakumar, Southern Railway General Manager Vashishta Johri, Divisional Railway Manager (Madurai) Neenu Itteyrah, Additional Divisional Railway Manager P.V. Murali Krishna, Madurai Collector Veera Raghava Rao and others witnessed the event through the video-conferencing at Madurai Railway Junction.
The officials said that as part of the Villupuram and Dindigul doubling project, 23-km stretch of doubling between Manapparai and Kalpattichatram section was completed and commissioned
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With the idea of decongesting traffic and to minimise trespass accidents, five limited use sub-ways in lieu of level-crossing gates were dedicated.
The Minister also launched three foot-overbridges at Sholavandan, Ambathurai and Samayanallur railway stations respectively thus enabling passengers to reach the respective platforms as well as the entry and exit points easily, a press release said.
  
Today (21:02)  RAILWAY FoB (www.thehindu.com)
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The longest railway foot over bridge in the State that links the Kochuveli station, terminal, and the platform was commissioned on Saturday.   | Photo Credit: S. GOPAKUMAR
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