बलिया डेस्क : बलिया में लोगों की मुश्किलों को देखते हुए राज्यसभा सांसद नीरज शेखर ने रेलवे बोर्ड के चेयरमैन विनोद यादव से मुलाक़ात की है. दरअसल बलिया में काफ़ी वक़्त से माँग हो रही थी कि हॉल्ट घोषित किए का चुके रेवती, सागरपाली व ताजपुर डेहमा को एक बार फिर से आम स्टेशन का दर्जा दिया जाए. ऐसे में नीरज शेखर ने जनता की माँग को रेलवे चेयरमैन क़े सामने रखा. सांसद नीरज शेखर ने उनसे मिलकर कई अहम बात की है. इस दौरान चेयरमैन ने आश्वस्त किया कि उपरोक्त स्टेशन को शीघ्र ही आम स्टेशन बनाने का प्रयाय किया जाएगा तथा जो प्रगति कार्य चल रहा है उसको यथावत रखते हुए भविष्य में इन स्टेशनों को और भी बेहतर किया... more...
जाएगा. राज्यसभा सांसद नीरज शेखर ने बताया कि उपरोक्त विषय को लेकर वे शुक्रवार को रेलवे बोर्ड के चेयरमैन से मिले. इस दौरान हुई वार्ता में जब उपरोक्त स्टेशनों के महत्व को बताया गया तो चेयरमैन ने आश्वस्त किया कि तीनों स्टेशनों को आम स्टेशन का दर्जा दे दिया जाएगा.
FROM LOW participation by Japanese companies to tenders cancelled because of steep rates quoted by bidders, India’s first bullet train project is stuck on multiple fronts — and staring at a delay of around five years. The Indian Express has learnt that the Railways now expects the project to be commissioned fully by October 2028, instead of the original timeline of December 2023. The revised timeline has been estimated after talks with the Japanese team that is working on the project, sources said. “We can maybe compress the timeline to some extent if... more...
all the outstanding issues are resolved quickly. But in such a complex technical project, the timeline cannot be compressed to a great extent,” a senior official told The Indian Express. Read | 52 workers test positive for Covid-19 at bullet train site The 508-km Mumbai-Ahmedabad High Speed Rail Corridor is being constructed with an 80 per cent loan from Japan at 0.1 per cent interest and a 15-year moratorium, with the system to be built mostly with Japanese technology on the lines of the Shinkansen. India had been keen on opening at least a portion of the project by August 2022, to coincide with 75 years of Independence. And the Railways officially maintains that the original timeline is still in place. “As per the feasibility study, the target date for the completion of the project is December 2023,” said a spokesperson of the National High Speed Rail Corporation Limited (NHSRCL), the implementing agency, which was set up in 2016 with equity participation by the Rail Ministry and the Maharashtra and Gujarat governments. However, The Indian Express has learnt that the tender for the most crucial section — a 21-km underground stretch, including a seven-km section under the sea near Mumbai — did not find Japanese participation and could not be finalised in the first attempt earlier this year. Read | Surat farmer leader who fought against land acquisition for bullet train project joins BJP Besides, in many of the 11 tenders originally meant to be executed by Japanese companies, the prices quoted were up to 90 per cent higher than estimates indicated by the project consultants. India has refused to accept the huge escalation, it is learnt. The construction of the 21-km stretch alone would require large, advanced boring machines that would employ a special technical method to safeguard a flamingo sanctuary nearby in Maharashtra — this would require over 60 months to complete, as per latest assessments. The other area of concern is procurement of rolling stock. As per the Japanese, only Kawasaki and Hitachi are eligible to supply the trains. However, it was found out that both companies could jointly submit only one bid, leading to a single-tender situation, which the Indian side wanted to either avoid or a call to be taken “at the highest level”, sources said. A Joint Committee Meeting between India and Japan, which could not take place earlier this year before the Covid outbreak, is expected to resolve the outstanding issues as they are beyond the purview of the Ministry or the implementing agency, sources said. “A clearer picture on the possible delay will emerge only after the next Joint Committee Meeting between the two countries,” an official said. Read | Bullet train project: Palghar finalises draft plan for acquisition of land Sources also said that the stepping down of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe due to health reasons will not officially affect the deliberations. However, they acknowledged that it was Abe’s personal rapport with Prime Minister Narendra Modi that helped push the project in many critical areas. According to the original feasibility study, work was supposed to have started by December 2017. But currently, only about 100 hectares of the required 430 hectares have been acquired in Maharashtra. In Gujarat, owing to active support of the state government, the process to acquire close to 1,000 hectares will be complete by the year-end. The Railways has also taken a policy decision to allow Indian companies to participate in tenders for civil construction, including the 21-km tunnel stretch and tracks. Three critical civil work tenders for the Mumbai station, and other large sections of the project, are scheduled to be opened in September. Referring to the progress achieved so far, the NHSRCL spokesperson said: “About 63 per cent land has been acquired for the project and tenders for civil works for 345 km out of 508 km alignment (68 per cent of civil works) are already floated. This includes six stations (including one underground station in Mumbai). The works related to utility diversion are progressing well and the construction of Sabarmati passenger hub in Sabarmati has also started. The hostel building of High Speed Training Institute (which is presently being used for Covid patients) and training tracks in Vadodara are also completed.” 📣 The Indian Express is now on Telegram. Click here to join our channel (@indianexpress) and stay updated with the latest headlines For all the latest India News, download Indian Express App.
रेवती डेस्क : बलिया-छपरा रेल खण्ड के मध्य स्थित रेवती रेलवे स्टेशन को विभाग द्वारा हाल्ट स्टेशन घोषित किए जाने पर नगर सहित क्षेत्र की जनता में घोर आक्रोश है। जो कभी भी सड़क पर उतर सकता है। रेवती रेलवे स्टेशन से कम आय वाले बांसडीह रोड व बकुलहां स्टेशन के पूर्ण स्टेशन का दर्जे बरकार रखा गया है। नगर सहित करीब चार दर्जन से अधिक ग्राम सभाओं की करीब तीन लाख की आबादी का नेतृत्व करने वाले रेवती रेलवे स्टेशन के साथ रेल विभाग का सौतेला व्यवहार समझ से परे है। छपरा-औडि़हार के बीच रेलवे के दोहरीकरण व इलेक्ट्रिक करने के क्रम में सभी स्टेशनों का सुन्दरीकरण व ऊंचीकरण का कार्य जोर शोर से चल रहा हैं। बलिया-छपरा के बीच हाल्ट... more...
स्टेशन को छोड़कर सभी स्टेशनों पर चार चार रेलवे ट्रैक बनाये जा रहे हैं। रेवती को हाल्ट स्टेशन घोषित किए जाने के पश्चात जबकि ठेकेदार द्वारा चौथे ट्रैक का काम रोक दिया गया है। रेवती कस्बा नगर पंचायत के साथ साथ ब्लाक मुख्यालय भी है। गंगा व सरयू के तटवर्ती पचास से अधिक ग्राम सभाओं की करीब तीन लाख जनता का सीधा संबंध रेवती रेलवे स्टेशन जुड़ा हुआ है। लाक डाउन से पहले तीन जोड़ी पैसेन्जर यात्री ट्रेन के साथ सारनाथ, दुर्ग एक्सप्रेस व उत्सर्ग एक्सप्रेस का यहां ठहराव होता रहा है। इसके पहले ही हाल्ट स्टेशन घोषित होने से सारनाथ दुर्ग व उत्सर्ग एक्सप्रेस का यहां ठहराव भी बंद होने की संभावना बनी हुई है। ऐसे में बलिया व सुरेमनपुर जाकर ट्रेन पकड़ने में लोगों को समय, आर्थिक तथा शारीरिक परेशानियों का सामना करना पड़ेगा। रेल रोको संघर्ष समिति के संयोजक लक्ष्मण पांडेय व ओम प्रकाश कुंवर ने आरोप लगाया कि रेल प्रशासन द्वारा नगर क्षेत्र की जनता की सोची समझी रणनीति के तहत उपेक्षा की जा रही है। यदि ऐसा हुआ तो एक बार पुनः रेवती में रेल आंदोलन प्रारंभ किया जाएगा। भाजपा नेता भोला ओझा, पूर्व प्रधान विरेश कुमार तिवारी, सपा नेता अमित पांडेय उर्फ पप्पू पांडेय द्वारा रेलवे के इस उपेक्षा के खिलाफ गांव-गांव लोगों के बीच जन जागरण अभियान शुरू कर दिया गया है। भाजपा नेता तथा नगर पंचायत अध्यक्ष प्रतिनिधि अजय शंकर पांडेय उर्फ कनक पांडय , भाजपा मंडल अध्यक्ष सत्येद्र सिंह आदि ने रेल मंत्री पीयूष गोयल , रेलवे बोर्ड के महा प्रबंधक विनोद कुमार यादव सहित सलेमपुर सांसद रविन्द्र कुशवाहा को अलग-अलग पत्रक प्रेषित कर जनता के व्यापक हितों को ध्यान रखते हुए इस स्टेशन का दर्जा पहले की तरह बरकरार रखने की मांग की है।
The Indian Railways' draft specification also says that trains should be capable of running at a speed of 160 km/hour
Private trains should have sliding doors, Braille signs, coach surveillance and alarm system, and ensure noise-free travel, among others, says a draft specification released by the Indian Railways on August 12 for interested private operators.
Railways has reiterated that the trains should be capable of running at a speed of 160 kmph, and said each coach shall have minimum four electrically/pneumatically powered, plug type doors, two on each side.
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"Train shall be capable of accelerating to a speed of 160 kmph from 0 kmph in a maximum of 140 seconds on level track. Train shall be fitted with an emergency brake which can bring the train to standstill in less than 1,250 m when the Train is travelling at 160 kmph," it said.
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"Each coach shall have minimum four electrically/pneumatically powered, plug type doors, two on each side. The door mechanism shall have safety provision whereby the train shall not start unless all doors have been closed and electrically locked. Provision shall be made for passengers to open doors to permit evacuation from a stopped train in an emergency. There shall be an internal and external manual release mechanism on one door per side in each coach. All windows shall be provided with double-glazed safety glass," it added.
For security purpose, the Railways said, sitting car of the train shall be provided with minimum six surveillance cameras to cover the passenger area.
"In addition, adequate numbers in the gangway/vestibule area as deemed necessary shall also be provided. Additionally, at least one camera shall be placed in Driving Cab for gathering frontend view, track and OHE conditions etc. Cameras shall be placed on outer side of the train for gathering rear view of the platform. One/two camera shall be installed on the roof of driving Car/power head towards pantograph to monitor the roof equipment. The passenger coach surveillance system (PRSS) shall comprise an IP-based close circuit television (CCTV) network, surveillance cameras and other accessories as required with onboard equipment for streaming of video to the central server for selected cameras," it said.
The trains will also have an Emergency Talk-Back [ETB] (on two physically independent channels) in each coach.
The Railways said a Passenger Information System should also be there to provide automatic announcement and the display of destination information on displays throughout the train in Hindi, English and regional languages.
the Japanese “Bullet Train,” these “High Speed” trains, which the Indian Railways call ‘Bullet Train’, can run on regular tracks, which only have to be straightened and strengthened which makes ticket cost reasonable and completion date faster. But just like how the Bullet train between Tokyo and Osaka changed these two Japanese cities, this desi Bullet train will change the very fabric and soul of Mysuru.
In 1964, Japan opened its first Bullet train route connecting Tokyo and Osaka. The train cut the travel time between the two cities by half. Soon it revolutionised the way Japan transacted its business and the way people lived.
The Bullet trains allowed workers to stay in Osaka, which had lower cost of housing and living, while being able to go to work in Tokyo where they could earn better. So after the High Speed train connects Mysuru-Bengaluru, people may choose to live in Mysuru and work in Bengaluru! Metro connectivity within Bengaluru only enhances this option.
Another Japanese trend might also manifest in Mysuru — Tourism. In Japan, after the Bullet trains were introduced Japanese started visiting other cities over the weekend or even for a day trip. So Mysuru tourism will also explode. Especially once we come out of Covid, people will be itching to get out, and with money being in short supply domestic tourism is going to boom. Mysuru being a renowned tourist city will profit from it.
In short, this train is going to bring more people to see Mysuru and live in Mysuru. And so it’s time to prepare. It’s time for serious Urban Planning. First step — re-haul MUDA.
Mysuru Urban Development Authority (MUDA)over time has simply become a “private layout approval body.” It has failed miserably in its core duty of providing sites to Mysureans. Worse, the legality of its own layouts are being questioned like in the case of K.C. Layout and Siddartha Layout. MUDA needs a re-haul. It needs to have professional city planners on its panel. It needs visionary Urban infrastructure developers on its panel. Not just Government appointees.
It may also bode well for our city’s future if the State Government starts planning a metro system in Mysuru right now. Of course, it does not have to be built right now, but acquire land and be prepared. This way we won’t end up like Bengaluru — trying to refurbish an overcrowded house while living in it as more and more people keep pouring into it.
As more and more people start living in Mysuru, more companies will come to Mysuru. Here KIADB needs to be efficient. Unfortunately, they too like MUDA have failed. KIADB says there are no industrial sites, but drive around KIADB industrial area and one will see more vacant sites than industries.
The Bullet train may be a weapon of mass economic infusion, but shouldn’t our city be dolled up to receive its infusion — infusion of population and pollution? Sanitation and traffic congestion? Water and electric overload?
Where is the plan to deal with these issues? That is why the word “development” makes many Mysureans nervous. That is why many Mysureans, at the cost of being shouted down as cynics or having an anti-development mind-set, would confess that they like Mysuru as it is — a laid back, culturally active pensioners paradise.
This Bullet train maybe good for the commerce of our city. It definitely will be good for our tourism-dependent city. It will for sure develop our city. But it just might be the bullet that kills the very soul of Mysuru.
We cannot stop change and we cannot stop this train. So it’s time to prepare for a new Mysuru in the coming years. It’s time for Mysureans to be active in our communities’ development and be ready to be activists. Because if we don’t, then our city will be turned into Bengaluru — an unlivable, grotesque, urban monstrosity.
True, development is inevitable, but chaotic development is not be acceptable.
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