The 82-km Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut Rapid Rail Transit System corridor is being funded by the Asian Development Bank, and procurement is governed by guidelines of the bank & govt.
New Delhi: The National Capital Region Transport Corporation (NCRTC) has awarded a contract to a Chinese company, Shanghai Tunnel Engineering Company Limited, for the construction of a 5.6-kilometre underground stretch, from New Ashok Nagar to Sahibabad, of the Delhi-Meerut RRTS project. ... more...
The NCRTC, which is executing the country’s first Regional Rapid Rail Transit System (RRTS), said the contract was awarded following the set procedure and guidelines.
“Approvals have to be taken at various levels for bids that are funded by multilateral agencies. This bid was also awarded following the set procedure and guidelines.
“Now, all the civil work tenders of the 82-km-long Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut corridor have been awarded and the construction is going on in full swing to commission the project in time,” an NCRTC spokesperson said.
A controversy had erupted in June last year after the STEC emerged as the lowest bidder for the construction of the 5.6-km tunnel on one of the stretches of the Delhi-Meerut RRTS project amid a standoff between India and China along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Ladakh.
The 82-km-long Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut RRTS corridor is being funded by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and procurement is governed by the guidelines of the bank and the government.
According to the ADB’s procurement guidelines, vendors from all member countries of the bank are eligible to participate in the bidding process without any discrimination.
The NCRTC had invited bids for the construction of the tunnel from New Ashok Nagar to Sahibabad of Delhi Ghaziabad Meerut RRTS corridor on November 9, 2019.
Five companies submitted technical bids and all the five bidders qualified in the technical bid evaluation.
The financial bids were opened after obtaining the NOC on Technical Bid Evaluation from the ADB. Of the five firms, Shanghai Tunnel Engineering Company Limited emerged as the L1 bidder for the tender after qualifying on all the parameters and the contract was awarded to it.
In September last year, the Union housing and urban affairs ministry had unveiled the first look of the RRTS train, the design of which is inspired by Delhi’s iconic Lotus Temple. It can attain a top speed of 180 kilometres per hour on the Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut corridor.
According to the ministry, with a radiating stainless steel outer body, the aerodynamic RRTS trains will be lightweight and fully air-conditioned.
The Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut corridor is the first RRTS corridor being implemented in the country. The time to commute from Delhi to Meerut will be reduced to less than an hour from the current three-four hours by road, officials said.
The prototype is scheduled to roll off the production line in 2022 and will be put into public use after extensive trials.
The 17-km priority corridor of the Delhi-Meerut RRTS from Sahibabad to Duhai will be operational in 2023 and the entire corridor will be operational in 2025.
Indian Railways' South Central Railway zone has commissioned the first longer loop line at Bikkavolu Railway Station of Vijayawada Division located on the busy Vijayawada – Visakhapatnam (Waltair) section, SCR officials said today. What are loop lines? In Railways, loop lines are constructed in station area to accommodate more number of trains and to ease out the train operations. Normally, these loop lines are constructed with a length of 750 meters which can accommodate a full-length goods train with multiple engines. With... more...
the increasing need to handle more number of trains with higher average speeds, Indian Railways has been encouraging the construction of Longer Loop lines of around 1500 meters (which is double than the existing loop line lengths). The benefits of longer loop lines are: Over SCR, the Ministry of Railways has initially sanctioned the construction of longer Loops at six stations of Vijayawada Division viz., Bikkavolu, Nawabpalem & Elamanchili in Vijayawada – Visakhapatnam section and Nidubrolu, Ammanabrolu & Bitragunta in Vijayawada – Chennai section. Accordingly, the Longer Loop line works at Bikkavolu station have been taken up and completed well before the target date and this longer loop line stands as the first one commissioned across the zone. Further, the works for commissioning of longer loop lines at Nidubrolu, Ammanabrolu and Bitragunta stations are in progress simultaneously along with 3rd Line works being carried out between Vijayawada – Gudur, while the longer loops at Nawabpalem and Elamanchili are nearing completion and are targeted for commissioning in 2021. The execution of works for the construction of Longer Loop at Bikkavolu has been taken up with meticulous planning without any disruption to regular train services. The total cost of this project is around ₹85 crores. The loop line is having two isolations to strengthen safety and also facilitates stabling two trains at a time. General Manger, SCR complimented the officials of Vijayawada Division on completion of the first longer loop line over the SCR zone. He also instructed the officials to complete the remaining 5 longer loop lines at on fast pace for overall improvement in the operation of freight trains in the busy trunk route section.
* Longer 1500M loop lines instead of normal 750M means IR want to run double length freight trains to carry more load & earn more revenue. * Efforts made by IR to strengthen railway track structure & easing out of curves is bearing fruits. * After successful special trial runs of combined 2/3 freight trains of 1500/2250 M lengths respectively, It is a logical step by IR to start lengthening loop lines to on heavy density saturated freight routes. *... more...
Net step should be to strengthen track structure & bridges to increase the axle load to further increase the freight carrying capacity.
The offer-for-sale for the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corp (IRCTC) got a good response from non-retail investors as the issue was subscribed nearly two times on day one.
Retail investors will get chance to bid for IRCTC offer-for-sale (OFS) on Friday, the last day for the issue, department of investment and public asset management (DIPAM) secretary Tuhin Kanta Pandey said.
government is planning to sell up to 20 per cent stake in IRCTC through OFS which opened for subscription on Thursday.
"Offer for sale of government shares in IRCTC got great response on day one. Issue subscribed 1.98 times of base size at a clearing price above the floor price by non-retail investors. Govt has decided to exercise the green shoe option. Retail investors get chance to bid tomorrow," said Pandey said in a tweet.
The promoter proposes to sell up to 2,40,00,000 equity shares of IRCTC, representing up to 15 per cent stake, with an option to additionally sell 80,00,000 shares, representing 5 per cent of the total issued and paid up equity share capital, the company had said in a regulatory filing.
The floor price for the offer shall be Rs 1,367, it had said.
In all, the promoter, Government of India will sell 3.2 crore shares, which is expected to garner Rs 4,374 crore for the exchequer starved of funds due to the Covid-19 crisis.
Shares of IRCTC on Thursday closed at Rs 1451.95 apiece on the BSE, down 10.27 per cent from its previous close
The government is planning to sell up to 20 per cent stake in IRCTC through OFS which opened for subscription on Thursday.
The contest between India and China for strategic influence in the Himalayas has escalated with authorities in Nepal agreeing to fast-track a rail connection from their capital Kathmandu to the Indian mainland.
NEW DELHI: The contest between India and China for strategic influence in the Himalayas has escalated with authorities in Nepal agreeing to fast-track a rail connection from their capital Kathmandu to the Indian mainland. The decision follows China's energetic effort to link the Nepalese capital with Tibet. ... more...
Analysts say that India's initiative has strong security connotations. By connecting Nepal with India along tracks which are of a different gauge, New Delhi has prevented China to bring its railway, and in the worst-case scenario, its troops and equipment, close to the Indian border. Chinese rail tracks follow standard gauge, which are of 1,435 mm wide. On the contrary, Indian broad-gauge tracks have width of 1,676 mm.
After striking a rough patch that included a territorial dispute and a cartographic clash, India-Nepal ties have been re-booted following a string of high-profile visiting include a trip in October to Kathmandu by India's spy Chief Samant Goel. India's army chief, Manoj Mukund Naravane and foreign secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla followed up on Goel's trip. Nepalese foreign minister Pradip Gyawali is now set to visit New Delhi to add concrete substance to the re-energised relationship.
After stalling for an extended period, the Nepalese authorities have permitted India's Konkan Railway Corporation Limited to carry out a Detailed Project Report (DPR) to connect Kathmandu with Raxaul, according to the Nepalese website Ratopati.com.
Raxaul on the India-Nepal border is the only Indian city that is connected across the border to Nepal at Birjung. Raxaul is Nepal's gateway to India, as it connected by rail with New Delhi and Kolkata, providing a vast hinterland.
The website cited Rabindranath Shrestha, Secretary at the Ministry of Physical Infrastructure and Transport in Nepal as saying that, India had sought formal permission from the Government of Nepal last August to proceed with the DPR and construction of the railway. According to Secretary Shrestha, the Ministry of Physical Infrastructure and Transport has already sent a letter to India approving the DPR and construction work along with its opinion.
The total length of the rail line is expected to be 136 kilometres, out of which 42 kilometres will pass through a tunnel. It is expected to cost about three trillion Nepali rupees.
Nepal and India had signed an agreement to conduct a feasibility study of the Kathmandu-Rexaul rail link during the 4th BIMSTEC Summit held at Kathmandu in 2018.
BIMSTEC is a vehicle for substantiating India's Act East policy, which essentially aims at reiving New Delhi's historical links in the Indo-Pacific region, with the 10-nation Association of South East Asian Nations and the island territories in the Pacific, with a strong Indian diaspora population, at its heart.
Caught in the Great Game for geopolitical influence in between India and China, Nepal had travelled a considerable distance in the forging connectivity with China via Tibet as well.
Though the aspiration to build a railway to Kathmandu dates back to the era of Mao Zedong, the founding father of the People's Republic of China (PRC), it acquired a new life under the Nepal's communist government.
The idea of extending the railway from Kyirong in Tibet to Kathmandu was discussed in 2008 when Pushpa Kamal Dahal "Prachanda" visited Beijing as the Prime Minister of Nepal. India's blockade of Nepal in 2015, further added urgency to the undertaking. The trans-Himalayan project, is estimated to cost $2.75 billion. The undertaking falls within the overarching framework of trans-Himalayan Multi-Dimensional Connectivity Network. (IANS)
a video shared by twitter user Vaidy Voice, a railways official can be seen explaining that many passengers used to feel discomfort while sleeping on a side-lower berth due to the uneven gap when the seats were felled.
To mitigate that the railways has introduced a cushioned side-board which can be placed on the felled berth. This not only provides a continuous and smooth surface for passengers to sleep on but it also provides more surface area than the legacy berths.
The innovation appears to have been added in the AC Two Tier LHB coach as evident by the reading lamp - a feature of that class.
It should be noted that passengers travelling in AC Two Tier have over the years complained against same fares being charged for normal and side berths considering the latter do not provide any extra space or comfort despite the higher costs.
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