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प्रविष्टि तिथि: 15 MAY 2020 4:48PM by PIB Delhi
सड़क परिवहन एवं राजमार्ग मंत्रालय ने मोटर वाहन नियमों में उत्सर्जन एवं ध्वनि मानकों के अनुपालन के संबंध में प्रस्तावित संशोधन के लिए आम लोगों सहित सभी हितधारकों से सुझाव और टिप्पणी आमंत्रित किए हैं। इस बारे में पिछली 11 तारीख को अधिसूचना जारी की गई जिसे पर देखा जा सकता है।
मसौदा अधिसूचना जीएसआर 292 (ई) तारीख 11 मई, 2020 फॉर्म-22, उत्सर्जन एवं ध्वनि मानकों के अनुपालन के लिए सड़क पात्रता प्रमाण पत्र की समीक्षा के संबंध में है। इसे विनिर्माता या
निर्यातक या पंजीकृत ई-रिक्शा या ई-रिक्शा या ई-वाहन के मामले में ई-वाहन संघ द्वारा जारी किया गया है। इस प्रारूप में मौजूदा दो सारणियों को सहजता के लिए मिलाकर एक सारणी कर दिया गया है। इसमें उत्सर्जन मानकों के अगले चरण के अनुरूप कुछ प्रदूषक मानदंड भी शामिल किए गए हैं।
इस संबंध में सुझाव और टिप्पणियां संयुक्त सचिव (एमवीएल), सड़क परिवहन एवं राजमार्ग मंत्रालय ट्रांसपोर्ट भवन, संसद मार्ग, नई दिल्ली 110001 (ईमेल-jspb-morth@ को 10 जून, 2020 तक भेजी जा सकती हैं।

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May 12 (14:08) Coronavirus Lockdown 3.0: Over 45,000 bookings worth Rs 16 crore so far on special trains, says Indian Railways (
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Over 80,000 passengers have booked tickets worth over Rs 16 crore on the special trains so far, the Indian Railways said on Tuesday, hours before the first such train is scheduled to depart from the New Delhi station for Bilaspur in Madhya Pradesh.
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The bookings for these special trains began at 6 pm on Monday.
So far, 45,533 bookings (PNRs)
worth Rs 16.15 crore have been recorded for the special trains for the next seven days, the railways said, adding that around 82,317 passengers will travel against these bookings.
The railways issued guidelines on Monday for 15 special trains, which will be operated from Tuesday, asking the passengers to carry their own food and linen, and arrive at stations at least 90 minutes before departure for a health screening.
Also Read: Coronavirus India update: State-wise total number of confirmed cases
On Tuesday, the national transporter said installing the Aarogya Setu mobile application was mandatory for the passengers.
The railways will run eight trains on Tuesday -- three from New Delhi terminating at Dibrugarh, Bengaluru and Bilaspur, and one each from Howrah, Rajendra Nagar (Patna), Bengaluru, Mumbai Central and Ahmedabad, which will terminate at Delhi.
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These special trains will only have air-conditioned coaches.
Since the trains will be operated amidst the ongoing nationwide lockdown, only the passengers with confirmed e-tickets will be allowed to enter the stations.
The fares of these trains will be equivalent to that of the Rajdhani trains and passengers can book tickets up to seven days in advance.
However, no RAC, wait-list ticket or on-board booking by the ticket-checking staff will be permitted, the railways said.
The national transporter had suspended its passenger services in view of the lockdown imposed to check the spread of coronavirus.
May 04 (12:37) Coronavirus lockdown: Indian Railway has subsidised 85% fare for migrant workers, says BJP (
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The BJP said on Monday the railways has subsidised 85 per cent of ticket fare for special trains being run to transport migrant workers and the state government has to pay the remaining 15 per cent, soon after the Congress attacked the central government over the issue.
The state government concerned can also pay for the tickets, BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra said.
He said the Madhya Pradesh government is doing so and asked Rahul Gandhi to tell the Congress-ruled states to follow suit.
He was responding to Congress leader Rahul Gandhi's attack on the railways for charging poor migrant labourers ticket fare, even as it donated over Rs 151 crore to the PM-CARES Fund. 
"Rahul Gandhi ji, I have attached guidelines of MHA which clearly states that 'No tickets to be sold at any station'. Railways has subsidised 85% & state govt to pay 15%. The state govt can pay for the tickets (Madhya Pradesh's BJP govt is paying). Ask Cong state govts to follow suit," Patra tweeted. 
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The BJP leader further clarified that for each 'Shramik Express', special trains being run for migrants, about 1,200 tickets to the destination are handed by the railways to the state government concerned. 
State governments are supposed to clear the ticket price and hand over the tickets to workers, he said. 
Seeking to corner the central government, the Congress on Monday said its state units will bear the cost of rail travel of needy migrant workers and labourers stranded at their workplaces due to the lockdown imposed to curb the spread of coronavirus.
Congress president Sonia Gandhi in a statement announced the party's decision and said this would be the Congress' humble contribution in standing shoulder to shoulder with these workers. 
In a tweet, BJP MP Subramanian Swamy claimed that migrant workers returning home will not have to pay money as the rail travel will be free from now onwards.
Swamy, in a tweet, said, "Talked to Piyush Goel office. Govt will pay 85% and State Govt 15%. Migrant labour will go free. Ministry will clarify with an official statement."
Apr 15 (18:20) Railways to refund Rs 660 crore for cancellation of over 39 lakh ticket bookings (
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Indian Railways will forgo around Rs 660 crore in revenue as it is refunding the amount towards cancellation of around 39 lakh ticket bookings for travel between April 15 to May 3, the extended phase of the nationwide lockdown to fight coronavirus pandemic.
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The Railways had not stopped bookings for journeys beginning April 15.
On Tuesday,
Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced extending the 21-day nationwide lockdown till May 3. The initial spell of the drastic measure was scheduled to end at midnight of April 14.
“The total amount that will be refunded is around Rs 660 crore. Around 39 lakh bookings were made between April 15 and May 3,” a top official of the national transporter told PTI.
The Indian Railways has said that all passengers will get a full refund for tickets booked for the period of the extended lockdown.
It added that the amount would be automatically refunded to online customers, while those who booked tickets at the designated reservation counters could claim the refund till July 31.
Following the prime minister's announcement, the Indian Railways extended the suspension of all its passenger services till the end of the lockdown.
Also Read: Coronavirus India update: State-wise total number of confirmed cases, deaths
According to official data, a staggering 20 million people travel daily on nearly 15,000 passenger trains across the country.
The Railways said no advance reservation of train tickets, including e-tickets, will be allowed till further orders, though the facility of online cancellation will remain functional.
However, people on social media said that the Railways has deducted the convenience fee per online booking while making the refunds.
“When train is cancelled, the passenger is refunded full fare. Convenience fees is not refunded which are nominal to an individual and used for day-to-day maintenance and upgradation of the ticketing facility,” the railways explained in a statement.
The Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) charges nominal convenience fee of Rs 15 per ticket for booking non AC travel and Rs 30 for air conditioned and first class tickets.
"A full refund will also be there for those cancelling advance bookings for trains not cancelled yet," the national transporter said.
Before the coronavirus outbreak, on an average, around 8.5 lakh tickets were booked on the IRCTC website daily.
After the prime minister's announcement of a 21-day lockdown across the country, the railways had announced suspension of all passenger services till April 14.
Apr 09 (11:59) COVID-19 effect: Indian Railways misses freight loading target by 15 million tonnes, earnings dip by Rs 2,129 crore (
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Indian Railways, which was on its way till February to not just meet but surpass its freight loading target, will end 2019-20 with 15.7 million tonnes less than the previous financial year’s 1,212.56 million tonnes, official figures show.
As business dries up due to the coronavirus pandemic and the railways virtually shuts down operations, earnings from freight loading have also plummeted -- from Rs 1,25,354 crore in 2018-19 to Rs 1,23,225 crore in 2019-2020 fiscal, a loss of Rs 2,129 crore.
The railways has cancelled all its passenger train services, including suburban ones,
till April 14 as a measure to check the spread of the coronavirus that has infected more than 5,100 people in the country and claimed at least 149 lives.
In February this year, when the fear of the pandemic was yet to hit home, the railways loaded 106.5 million tonnes of goods, around 6 million tonnes more than in February last year.
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With the national transporter managing to load 1,108 million tonnes by the end of February this year, around 5 million tonnes more than what it was this time last year,  it looked good to achieve its target by March 31.
Things changed soon after as fear of the virus spread. On March 24, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced an unprecedented three-week lockdown of the country.
In March, freight loading dipped by almost  3 per cent with the railways carrying around 15.7 million tonnes less goods than the previous year.
"The coronavirus pandemic hit us hard from around the end of February when the demand started reducing. When there is no construction, no one needs cement or steel. When there is less demand for power, coal demands are less.
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"Then there is the issue with labour too. Their absence means loading and unloading is an issue. So over all, like any other business, our business too has been affected,’’ said an official.
This is the longest shutdown of operations by the railways since its 54-day strike in 1974.
The railways, however, continues to be the lifeline of the country, supplying essential commodities even through the nationwide lockdown.
From March 23 to April 4, it transported 1,342 wagons of sugar, 958 wagons of salt and 378 wagons/tanks of edible oil across the country.
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