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Apr 25 (22:19) Airport-like Visvesvaraiah railway terminal in Bengaluru gets battered by rain (www.newindianexpress.com)
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SWR/South Western
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News Entry# 449708  Blog Entry# 4947422   
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Apr 25 2021 (22:19)
Station Tag: SMVT Bengaluru/SMVB added by Rail Fanning/718429
Stations:  SMVT Bengaluru/SMVB  
The world-class terminal readied by the Constructions Division of the South Western Railway Zone was ready two months ago and awaits inauguration by Prime Minister Narendra ModiThe two sharp spells of rain in Bengaluru this week have completely exposed the oft-repeated claims of Sir M Vesvesvaraiah railway terminal in Baiyappanahalli as a 'world-class one'. The 314 crore rupees terminal, India’s first air-conditioned one, had its subway connecting all platforms flooded and water seeping from the roof of the buildings in its campus including the one where the signalling panel is placed.
The world-class terminal readied by the Constructions Division of the South Western Railway Zone was ready two months ago and awaits inauguration by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. It is lying in
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an idle state now though the new stabling line is utilized to relieve a bit of congestion at KSR railway station and Bengaluru Cantonment by diverting trains from there for stabling hereA senior railway source told The New Indian Express, “The subway that connects all the platforms from 1 to 7 were flooded with water, that reached up to the knee level. Water had seeped in through the top and reached the floor of the main terminal which is fully glassed and the station master building within the huge campus.” The ducts with electrical wires too had water posing as a huge safety risk for anyone, he added.
An official said that the worrying part was that the leakage had also happened in the room housing the control panel that takes care of the entire signalling operations.
​“The rains on Wednesday and Friday were not heavy. Despite that so much damage has happened. If any malfunctioning happens to this Rs 40-crore signalling board, then it will have a major impact on safety of train operations itself, a serious issue,” he said.
The flaw is in the fact that a slope had not been provided above the station master’s building for rain to peter down as done in most buildings, another official explained.
“The rain has accumulated and seeped through the concrete to the floor below. It is shocking that a station whose cost had shot up from Rs 160 crore to Rs 314 crore and incorporated many passenger amenities has such a flaw in its design and construction,” another official said.
Asked for an explanation, an SWR constructions official attempted to play it down completely. “It is not a big issue. There is a gap between the constructions joint between two buildings. Water is seeping through the gap. We will be fixing the problem in a day,” he said.
However, another engineer said major strengthening or some changes need to be done across the roofing of the buildings could take a few weeks to set it right.
This is the second time that designing issues are affecting the station. When it was racing towards a June 2019 deadline, officials realized during the construction stage that the engineering design plan had miscalculated 70 metres which meant that a portion of the train would stop much beyond the platform.
The plan had to be scrapped, two phases of the station merged into one and the terminal finally readied by February 2021.
Apr 24 (19:49) 2,251 East Central Railway employees test positive for Covid -19 (timesofindia.indiatimes.com)
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ECR/East Central
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News Entry# 449580  Blog Entry# 4946653   
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Apr 24 2021 (19:49)
Station Tag: Hajipur Junction/HJP added by Rail Fanning/718429

Apr 24 2021 (19:49)
Station Tag: Mughal Sarai Junction/MGS added by Rail Fanning/718429

Apr 24 2021 (19:49)
Station Tag: Samastipur Junction/SPJ added by Rail Fanning/718429

Apr 24 2021 (19:49)
Station Tag: Sonpur Junction/SEE added by Rail Fanning/718429

Apr 24 2021 (19:49)
Station Tag: Dhanbad Junction/DHN added by Rail Fanning/718429
The second wave of the Covid-19 has infected 2,251 railway doctors, officials and employees working under East Central Railway (ECR) so far. At least half a dozen railway employees under the ECR have also succumbed to the deadly virus so far.
ECR chief public relations officer (CPRO) Rajesh Kumar said more than 500 frontline railway staff, including 140 station masters, 300 loco pilots and 70 guards, besides 13 doctors have tested positive for Covid-19. A few of them are undergoing treatment at Danapur railway hospital and private nursing homes in Patna, he said, adding that a fresh advisory has been issued for the frontline railway staff to follow Covid-19 protocols strictly.According to sources, out of the 2251 positive cases, Pt Deen Dayal
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Upadhaya division had the maximum 915, followed by Dhanbad division (432), Sonepur (387), Samastipur (305), Hajipur headquarters (167) and Danapur division (45). Four railway employees of Danapur division died due to Covid-19.
Kumar said railways is prepared to deal with the situation effectively.

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Apr 24 (19:53)
Railway Fan~   5401 blog posts
Re# 4946653-1            Tags   Past Edits
Railway staff are working tirelessly behind the scenes in ensuring that train service run uninterrupted. Unfortunately they themselves are getting exposed to the virus. This is a huge number of cases....in ECR almost 2250 railway employees !!
Apr 22 (08:05) Covid-19 has put trains on the puntuality track (bangaloremirror.indiatimes.com)
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SWR/South Western
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News Entry# 449294  Blog Entry# 4944910   
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Apr 22 2021 (08:05)
Station Tag: KSR Bengaluru City Junction (Bangalore)/SBC added by Rail Fanning/718429
Fewer trains, better infra helped SWR achieve a rare milestone last week — all trains were 100% on-time
The trouble trains have to keep to the time table is common knowledge across the country. However, Covid seems to
have changed the situation for the better. Now, most of the trains in the State are almost right on time. In fact, the south
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(SWR) achieved a rare milestone this week when all the trains in the state were 100 per cent punctual.
In fact, SWR which was last but one in punctuality among all the railway zones is now third in the country on timeliness.
Aneesh Hegde, Chief public relations officer of SWR told Bangalore Mirror that all the mails achieved the highest ever
punctuality on April 1. Presently, SWR is operating 139 Mail/Express trains. Western Railway and North western
Railway have got the first and second positions respectively.
Before the Covid struck, the country when all the trains were operational, the punctuality rate was 83.2 per cent and we
have examples of trains running late and many hours behind schedule. However, post Covid, railways have been able to
restore only 70 per cent of the trains. “This feat has been achieved earlier. But, in recent times it is only now we have
been able to (approx last two years). Though the 100 per cent punctuality was of that particular day (April 11), the
cumulative average has been 96 per cent since the financial year 2020-21. In the last two to three years, a number of
track related infrastructure works were being undertaken.
Completion of doubling of 228 km, raising of speed upto 100kmph, and 110kmph in several sections, upgradation of
signalling to Electronic Interlocking, Electrifi cation of 303 route kms etc have helped in achieving better punctuality. Of
course, better maintenance of assets (track, locomotive) and alert staff that contributed to a better safety record also
helped keep tracks free of obstruction, and stations free of congestion/detention”, Hegde said.
Prior to covid, SWR ranked 16th out of 17 Zones in punctuality record. But this was due to major infra works going on in
full swing. Now, we are seeing the results of the track and signal development works.
High speed stretches
Currently, the maximum speed at which mail trains operate within the state is 110 kilometres per hour at the
following stretches:
* Yeshwanthpur to Tumkur- 64 kilometres
* Bengaluru to Jolarpettai- 140.2 kilometres
* Ghataprabha to Chikkodi- 4.1 kilometres
* Mojordo to Sankval- 8.9 kilometres
* Sanverdam Church to Madgaon junction - 13.6 kilometres
* Londa to Miraj- 185.7 kilometres
* Birur to Chikkajajur- 38.2 kilometres
Apr 16 (15:09) Tatanagar-Rourkela trains to run at speed of 130 kmph (avenuemail.in)
New Facilities/Technology
SER/South Eastern
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News Entry# 448778  Blog Entry# 4940700   
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Apr 16 2021 (15:09)
Station Tag: Chakradharpur/CKP added by Rail Fanning/718429

Apr 16 2021 (15:09)
Station Tag: Rourkela Junction/ROU added by Rail Fanning/718429

Apr 16 2021 (15:09)
Station Tag: Tatanagar Junction/TATA added by Rail Fanning/718429
Trains will be increased to 130 kmph between Tatanagar to Rourkela from Thursday 15 April. Trains between Rourkela to Jharsuguda will start operating from May 15 at a speed of 130. This information was given by DRM Vijay Kumar Sahu of Chakradharpur Railway Division while talking to the media. Currently, the speed from Howrah to Tata has been increased to 130 km per hour.
He advised the common people to travel only when necessary, ignoring any rumors and follow the Corona instructions and travel on time by making a reservation. While traveling, keep the sanitizer, mask and paper snaps together. In response to a question, he said that after the work of electrification between Tatanagar to Gurumahisani, the work of the Commissioner
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of Railway Safety has been completed.
The CSR will be inspected soon after completion of the work till Badampahar. On the suggestion of extending the passenger train between Tata to Chakradharpur to Rourkela, the proposal for this has been sent to headquarters. It will be run once the week is allowed. On the question of overcharging in the name of special trains by the Railways, he said that this is the time of odd situation of Kovid. At present, about fifty percent of the train is running as compared to earlier.
When trains were stopped, everyone realized that rail travel was much more economical than other means. He asked for help on Rail Madad.com or 139 for help. Please arrive an hour before train time. Complain to us when overcrowded. He said that generally a train has a capacity of nine hundred passengers on average. If the waiting list is four to five hundred in a train, then the cloned train of that train will be run an hour before or after the hour of that train. Clone train will also have facilities as per the main train. For this, one-two racks will be kept in ready condition at the divisional level.

Rail News
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Apr 16 (16:01)
Surjit Basu
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Re# 4940700-1            Tags   Past Edits
old news.. may be 1-2 weeks old.
Apr 13 (23:05) RPF put on round-the-clock duty at Sir MV railway terminal in Bengaluru to counter thefts (www.newindianexpress.com)
Major Accidents/Disruptions
SWR/South Western
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News Entry# 448573  Blog Entry# 4938448   
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Apr 13 2021 (23:05)
Station Tag: Baiyyappanahalli/BYPL added by Rail Fanning/718429

Apr 13 2021 (23:05)
Station Tag: SMVT Bengaluru/SMVB added by Rail Fanning/718429
The presence of two major slum pockets in the vicinity is stated to be a reason for the thefts, according to eyewitnesses at the spot
Even as the brand new Sir M Visvesvaraya terminal at Baiyappanahalli awaits inauguration by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, minor thefts of all kinds are reported to be taking place here on a regular basis. To counter it, the Railways has now deputed the Railway Protection Force (RPF) to guard the sprawling premises 24x7.
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reason for the thefts, according to eyewitnesses at the spot. Another version states that some contractors hired to effect infrastructure work in the terminal have themselves pocketed some of the items.
Electrical sockets, sophisticated bulbs, flower pots, construction material (which are yet to be removed as some final touches are being given), plastic pipes and steel rods are among items which have gone missing from the station.
Top railway officials were reluctant to discuss the issue and sought to play it down. One official said, "Just like how thefts take place in your area and everywhere in the city, it is happening there too."
The terminal is expected to have one of the best CCTV arrangements in the country. However, none of the cameras have been put up as of now for fear they might get stolen or damaged unless the station becomes operational. "We also have many TV display screens that highlight train schedule, speakers and water taps in our possession and have stored them in godowns. None of them have been put up as of now," said a senior railway official. "It will only take one day for officers to install them. As soon as the launch date is confirmed, we plan to put them up," he added.
"We had requested RPF protection for the safekeep of the station and have got it now," the official added.
Senior Divisional Security Commissioner, RPF, Debashmita Chattopadhyay Banerjee told The New Indian Express, "RPF has already put into place authorised access control and are going to enforce the station security plan. The list of CCTV cameras and security gadgets to be installed have been given to the Constructions department of the South Western Railway. This was decided upon after a joint survey by top officers of the Government Railway Police, RPF and the Signalling and Telecommunication department of the Railways."
When this reporter visited the spot a month ago, a cop stationed there recalled multiple instances of young boys from slums nearby coming over late at nights, stealing construction material put there and making good their escape. "In one instance, a lad brought his scooter, placed many long pipes in front and left. I literally ran behind him on a major chase but could not nab him. Once they enter the slum area, we do not know the way around but they know it well," he said.
Unless there is some kind of patrolling done by local police, the public visiting this station will have an unsafe travelling experience, the cop added.
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