Indian Railways' Central Railway zone with its shuttle services for passengers between Aman Lodge and Matheran has been instrumental in popularizing Matheran as a major tourist destination. Matheran is the nearest and the most popular tourist destination for the citizens of Mumbai, no wonder that in course of the covid unlock period tourists are flocking to relax in its natural environment. Central Railway has transported 53,679 passengers and 5,864 packages since it resumed operation in this section with 4 shuttle services on 04 November last year. Due... more...
to a steady increase in the number of tourists to this destination, services were gradually increased from 4 to 8 from14 November 2020, to 12 from 18 November 2020 and added a couple of more services making it a total of 14 services till date between Aman Lodge and Matheran. A senior railway official of Central Railway said,"These services, in addition to providing a comfortable journey to tourists, helping cheap and quick transportation of materials also. This has resulted in enhancing the railway earnings by Rs.34,15,582 during the period from November-2020 to till date." "These figures indicate the important role of Railways in providing a safe and comfortable travel to its passengers coming to this tourist destination, thereby providing livelihood to the locals thus contributing in improving the economy of Matheran," according to a statement by the Central Railway.
The North Eastern Railways zone of the Indian Railways have served eviction notices to 1581 people who are allegedly encroaching the railway land in Haldwani area of Nainital district on Saturday.
The eviction notices have been served on the direction of the High Court of Nainital while hearing a public interest litigation filed by a resident of Haldwani in 2016 in which he alleged that the railway authorities are doing nothing against the encroachers of railway land in Haldwani. The railways had then identified 4365 people allegedly encroaching on its land. ... more...
Confirming the development, public relation officer, north eastern railway, Haldwani, Rajendra Singh said, “A team of railway officials accompanied by police personnel had served eviction notices to 1581 encroachers in Ghafoor Basti, Dholak Basti, Kidwai Nagar and wards 15,22 and 24.”
“Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, the notices were not sent to all encroachers individually but put on about 40 notice boards in these areas. They have been asked to vacate the land in 15 days or they would be evicted forcefully," said Singh.
With two back to back inaugurations of the 351 km Khurja-Bhaupur section of Eastern Dedicated Freight Corridor and 306 km Rewari-Madar section of Western Dedicated Freight Corridor within a gap of 10 days, the railways is now eyeing to complete most of the sections of the Dedicated Freight Corridor (DFC) this year, officials said on Sunday.
A railway ministry official said that work on the 335-km long Madar-Palanpur section of the WDFC is in full swing and it will be ready by March 2021. ... more...
The official further said that even 122-km long Rewari-Dadri section will be complete by December 2021.
Meanwhile, the 738-km long Palanpur-Makarpura-JNPT section of the WDFC will be completed by June 2022, the official said.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has inaugurated the 306-km long Rewari-Madar section on January 7, while the 351 km Khurja-Bhaupur section of Eastern Dedicated Freight Corridor was inaugurated by him on December 29 last year.
The official also said that 48-km long Khurja-Dadri section of the EDFC will also be ready by June 2021.
The official also highlighted that 137-km long Deen Dayal Upadhyay-Sonnagar section of the EDFC will be ready by December 2021.
When asked about the progress on 401-km long Ludhiana-Khurja section and 402-km long Bhaupur-Deen Dayal Upadhyay section of the EDFC, the official said that these two sections will be ready by June 2022.
The DFC is one of the largest rail infrastructure projects undertaken by the government, entailing a cost of around Rs 81,459 crore.
The Dedicated Freight Corridor Corporation of India Limited (DFCCIL) has been set up as a Special Purpose Vehicle to plan, develop, mobilise financial resources, construct, maintain and operate the DFCs.
In the first phase, the organisation will construct the Western DFC (1,504 kms) and Eastern DFC (1,856 kms), a total of 3,360 kms.
According to railway ministry officials, to make India a five-trillion-dollar economy it is essential to develop transport networks at a fast pace. Development of transport infrastructure will give a major fillip for the growth of industries, commerce, export and import and agriculture.
The EDFC and WDFC will pass through nine states and 60 districts, it will have 48 stations and junctions along the Western DFC and 58 in the Eastern DFC.
While the Western DFC will cover 1,504 km from Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust near Navi Mumbai to Dadri in Uttar Pradesh, traversing through Vadodara-Ahmedabad-Palanpur-Phulera-Rewari, the Eastern DFC covers 1,856 km from Ludhiana in Punjab to Dankuni, near Kolkata in West Bengal, and will traverse the states of Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Jharkhand.
Western and Eastern DFCs -- both of which will be fully electrified -- will intersect at Dadri, near Delhi.
Also, in a first for Indian Railways, there will be a time table for freight trains once the DFCs are operational.
The eastern wing of the DFC is being funded by the World Bank and western side is being financed by the Japanese International Cooperation Agency, or JICA.
The Western Railways shared this tweet from their official Twitter account on January 6. The post, which talks about an all-female crew piloted goods train, has captured the attention of many. It is winning praise from several people, including Union Railway Minister Piyush Goyal. The tweet may leave you impressed too.
"Western Railway breaks yet another stereotype! An all-female crew piloted a Goods train from Vasai Road to Vadodara on 5th January, 2021 which has set a glaring example that no job is beyond the capacity of women to perform as well... more...
as to excel," reads the text shared alongside two images.
Loco Pilot Kumkum Dongre, Assistant Loco Pilot Udita Verma and Goods Guard Akansha Rai helmed Western Railway's first all-female goods train.
Check out the tweet here:
Western Railway breaks yet another stereotype!An all-female crew piloted a Goods train from Vasai Road to Vadodara on 5th January, 2021 which has set a glaring example that no job is beyond the capacity of women to perform as well as to excel. @drmbct pic.twitter.com/EdLpMYJU3y
Since being shared on the micro-blogging platform, this post has garnered almost 100 likes.
Union Railway Minister Piyush Goyal also tweeted about the initiative. When translated from Hindi, his post reads, "Our women employees have set a wonderful example of empowerment by efficiently running the goods train from Vasai Road in Maharashtra to Vadodara in Gujarat. In this train, the responsibility from loco pilot to guard was handled by women employees".
Check out the share which has accumulated nearly 8,000 likes and many appreciative comments from netizens here:
महाराष्ट्र के वसई रोड से गुजरात के वडोदरा तक मालगाड़ी का कुशलता से संचालन कर हमारी महिला कर्मचारियों ने सशक्तिकरण का एक अद्भुत उदाहरण सामने रखा है।इस ट्रेन में लोको पायलट से लेकर गार्ड तक की जिम्मेदारी महिला कर्मचारियों द्वारा संभाली गयी। pic.twitter.com/mEubyshNAe
Here's how people reacted to the tweet. One person said, "Salute".
Another individual wrote, "Congratulations". "This is taking women empowerment to the next level. From the Loco pilot to the guard of this Freight Train are women. More power to women!" read one comment under the share.
Indian Railways enhanced the maximum speed to 130 kmph for 1,280 km length out of 1,612 Km in Golden Quadrilateral - Golden Diagonal (GQ-GD) route.This covers the entire GQ-GD route over South Central Railway, except Vijayawada - Duvvada section, where signaling up-gradation work is in progress. "The enhanced speed limits could be achieved due to the systematic and planned strengthening of track & its infrastructure by removing bottlenecks in these sections on a fast pace," said the Ministry of Railways. "This included heavier rails, laying of 260 meters Long welded rail panels,... more...
improvement of curves and gradients among others," it added. Railways has utilized the opportunity of the lockdown period and low train movement last year (due to the COVID-19 pandemic) to complete all necessary infrastructure up-gradation works. Based on these improvements done by the Zone, the RDSO/Lucknow conducted oscillation trials through Confirmatory Oscillograph Car Run (COCR) consisting of instrumented coaches of all classes at 130 Kmph speed during July and October last year. During this check, in addition to track parameters, other areas like signaling aspect, traction distribution equipment, locomotive& coach fitness were also checked and recorded. Accordingly, the South Central Railway zone has received sanction to enhance the maximum speed limits to 130 kmph along the following routes: 1. Golden Diagonal (Grand Trunk) Route: 744 Route Km i. Ballarshah to Kazipet – 234 Rkm ii. Kazipet-Vijayawada-Gudur – 510 Rkm 2. Golden Quadrilateral Route (Chennai -Mumbai section): 536 Route Km i. Renigunta to Gooty - 281 Rkm ii. Gooty to Wadi - 255Rkm Already, the maximum speed limits in the High-Density Network (HDN) between Secunderabad – Kazipet (132 Kms distance) had been enhanced to 130 kmph. As such, including both the Up and Down lines in these sections, a total of 2,824 kms (1412Rkms)has now been made fit to run at a speed of 130 kmph. This covers the entire GQ-GD route over SCR, except Vijayawada - Duvvada section, where signaling up-gradation work is in progress. It is noteworthy that despite COVID pandemic, Indian Railways has witnessed an unprecedented growth in development of infrastructure, innovation, capacity expansion of network, freight diversification. Railways has used covid challenge as an opportunity to lay the foundation for future development and next level of traveling experience for passengers.
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