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Yesterday (22:34) Complete rail track electrification till Guwahati by 2020: NF Railway (nenow.in)
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NFR/Northeast Frontier

News Entry# 359086  Blog Entry# 3822682   
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Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR), after taking a quantum leap by eliminating all unmanned level crossings has now embarked for complete railway track electrification till Guwahati targeted to be completed by 2020.
Disclosing this in Guwahati on Tuesday, chief public relations officer (CPRO) of NF Railway, Pranav Jyoti Sharma, said that electrification work of all non-electrified sections in the NF Railway zone will also be carried out in a phased manner.
According to the CPRO of NF Railway, the Indian Railways presently has about 13,675 km of non-electrified broad gauge railway tracks.
of that, 2,536 km falls under NF Railway. Presently, the only electrified portion of NF Railway is between Katihar and Malda Court stations via Kumedpur.
Electrification work of the balance portion of non-electrified tracks has been segregated into different segments and targeted for completion in a phased manner, he added.
In the NF Railway zone, work has been distributed among two agencies – Centre for Railway Electrification (CORE) and Rail Vikas Nigam Limited (RVNL) – for carrying out electrification work.
RVNL has been entrusted for completing the Raninagar Jalpaiguri to Guwahati via Rangiya portion (382 km), while the New Bongaigaon to Kamakhya via Goalpara (175 km) and Guwahati to Dibrugarh via Lumding (661 km) will be implemented by CORE.
Other branch lines like Coochbehar-Golokganj-Dhubri, Rangiya-Rangapara-Harmuti-Naharlagun, Chaparmukh-Silghat, Mariani-Furkating via Jorhat, and Tinsukia-Makum-Tirap have also received the required sanction for electrification, the CPRO of NF Railway also informed.
Yesterday (22:56) Railways accepts GE's diesel-electric evolution series prototype locomotive (www.outlookindia.com)
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News Entry# 359094  Blog Entry# 3822731   
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Indian Railways has confirmed its acceptance of GE's 4,500-horsepower diesel-electric evolution series prototype locomotives, a statement from the US technology giant said Wednesday.
After successful testing on India Railways' tracks, the locomotives were handed over in February 2018, the statement read.
“The acceptance of these locomotives is a testament to GE's engineering depth and understanding of customer requirements. This is a major step towards fulfilling our contract with Indian Railways,” said Nalin Jain, President and CEO-APAC, GE Transportation in the statement.
standard practice, the acceptance of the 4500hp locomotives came after months of reviewing key design aspects, documentation and a thorough validation around various parameters in US and India, said the statement.
The locomotives also completed additional reviews including oscillation trials and rating and performance tests.
The new units feature an evolution series engine and an electronic fuel-injection system for improved fuel efficiency, as well as compliance with international emission standard UIC1.
The individual axle-control AC propulsion technology will improve hauling capability and decrease life-cycle cost. The locomotives also are digitally enabled for predictive analytics to increase reliability and availability, read the statement.
The locomotives are part of a $2.5 billion agreement signed in 2015 in support of the Government of India's Public Private Partnership 'Make in India' programme. The deal included an order for 1,000 locomotives, as well as the establishment of a new GE Transportation factory and maintenance sheds in India.
Currently, there are 45 locomotives in India that are ready for inspection and acceptance by the Indian Railways.
GE's state-of-the-art Roza Maintenance shed in Uttar Pradesh is ready for operations and the construction of the train factory in Marhowra, Bihar is in advanced stages, the statement read, adding operations will begin in the fourth quarter of 2018.
Once fully operational, all locomotives built in Marhowra under the agreement will have 70 per cent localised content.
Yesterday (22:55) Swachhta Express to spread message of cleanliness (timesofindia.indiatimes.com)
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News Entry# 359093  Blog Entry# 3822728   
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Margao: In a novel initiative as part of the Swachata Hi Seva-Swachhta Pakhwara observed by it, the South Western Railway has introduced Swachhta Express.
The train was flagged off from the Hubbali railway station in Karnataka by general manager, SWR, A K Gupta. Swachhta Express will be going to remote stations and organising cleanliness drives during the fortnight, states a press release.
The government of India is observing Swachhta Hi Seva – Swachhta Pakhwara from September 15 to October 2. The SWR commenced observing this fortnight by a programme organized at Hubballi
railway station. A ‘Swachhata pledge’ was also administered to the railway staff, the press note states.
A cleanliness drive was organised at the Hubbali railway station to mark the occasion. Plantation of saplings was carried out near the railway station. “Shramdan” was performed by officers and employees aimed at improving cleanliness of the surroundings. In order to spread awareness about maintaining cleanliness and hygiene, street plays were performed by Bharat Scouts and Guides and railway workshop staff, the note adds.
Additional general manager, B B Singh; divisional railway manager, Rajesh Mohan, besides others were present on the occasion.
The Konkan Railway Corporation Ltd (KRCL) is also observing the Swachhta-Hi-Sewa Pakhwara campaign. A press note by KRCL said that a ‘Swachhta pledge’ was administered to its employees recently “with a view to raise awareness amongst the employees and their families to inculcate the habit of cleanliness in their routine life and work place.”
Yesterday (22:54) Overcrowded festival trains send tempers soaring (www.mid-day.com)
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News Entry# 359092  Blog Entry# 3822721   
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The pressure of the annual Ganpati festival is adding to the perils of the single line Konkan Railway network, with some or the other problem hitting it every single day. On Tuesday morning, agitated passengers held up an overcrowded train for two hours as there was no space to sit. The agitation led to further delays on the delicately balanced operational plan, which sees over 200 trains pass through the network every single day.
On Sunday, the Madgaon Mumbai AC Double Decker train where the air-conditioner of the C1 coach malfunctioned and commuters tore out the window panes of the train. The railways refunded some passengers. Last week, the Kochuveli train that started from Mumbai on its way to Kerala had to
be detained at Roha after the Ganpati general class passengers crowded an AC compartment and the RPF had to summon the Roha police to get the crowd out.
"On Tuesday, the Ratnagiri Dadar train that arrived at Ratnagiri did not have space for passengers despite the fact that the train originates from there. When it came from Madgaon, the train was packed. So, angry passengers blocked the train for two hours. Many of them had to reach Mumbai as it was a working day," Rajesh Sanap, a passenger said. "It has become impossible to get into any Konkan Railway trains during the Ganpati festival," said Jayesh Biwalkar, another commuter said. A senior railway official said, "The railways have run more than 200 special trains for Ganpati, and there is a limit to how many trains can run on a system without problems."
Yesterday (22:42) Indian Railways to build 1,100 Km long freight corridor with an estimated budget of Rs 44,000 Crore (www.indiantribune.com)
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News Entry# 359091  Blog Entry# 3822702   
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Indian Railways will soon be coming up with an 1100 Km green-field freight corridor on the East Coast. The budget for constructing the corridor has been estimated at Rs. 44,000 crores. This 1100 Km green-field freight corridor on the East Coast will connect Kharagpur with Vijayawada, said the news sources.
Sources also revealed that the corridor which is likely to be announced in the 2019-20 budget will carry 200 mt of freight per annum and the construction regarding the project will be done by Dedicated Freight Corridor Corporation (DFCC).
At present, DFCC is
working on the eastern and western corridor which are being constructed as a part of the mega project in order to connect the mainland with ports on both the eastern and the western coasts of India. After the completion of the project, the DFCC will begin with the construction of the corridor on the East Coast.
Anurag Sachan, managing director at DFCC said, “There is very heavy traffic on this route. The work on the proposal is currently going on, We will be proposing funding from multilateral agencies along with some equity from Indian railways for the project. The cost of the first phase of the project is estimated to be Rs 81,000 crore.”
As per the news sources, the funding regarding the construction of the western corridor has been made completely by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). Whereas the construction of the eastern corridor is partially funded by the World Bank.
Modi government has given special impetus on infrastructure development and railways throughout its tenure.
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