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BIM/Bilimora Junction (5 PFs)
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Jn. Pt. ST/BL/WGI. Near Swaminarayan Mandir, GJ SH 88, Railway Colony, Bilimora, Pin; 396321
State: Gujarat


Zone: WR/Western   Division: Mumbai

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Jun 06 (14:10) Construction bids invited for Package C-5 of Mumbai-Ahmedabad High Speed Rail Project (urbantransportnews.com)
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News Entry# 454993  Blog Entry# 4978480   
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Jun 06 2021 (14:12)
Station Tag: Adoni/AD removed by ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ Telangana Express Oops AP Express ⭐ ⭐ ⭐/1366147

Jun 06 2021 (14:12)
Station Tag: Sabarmati BG/SBIB added by ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ Telangana Express Oops AP Express ⭐ ⭐ ⭐/1366147

Jun 06 2021 (14:12)
Station Tag: Adoni/AD added by ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ Telangana Express Oops AP Express ⭐ ⭐ ⭐/1366147

Jun 06 2021 (14:12)
Station Tag: Anand Junction/ANND added by ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ Telangana Express Oops AP Express ⭐ ⭐ ⭐/1366147

Jun 06 2021 (14:12)
Station Tag: Vadodara Junction/BRC added by ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ Telangana Express Oops AP Express ⭐ ⭐ ⭐/1366147

Jun 06 2021 (14:12)
Station Tag: Bharuch Junction/BH added by ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ Telangana Express Oops AP Express ⭐ ⭐ ⭐/1366147

Jun 06 2021 (14:12)
Station Tag: Surat/ST added by ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ Telangana Express Oops AP Express ⭐ ⭐ ⭐/1366147

Jun 06 2021 (14:12)
Station Tag: Bilimora Junction/BIM added by ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ Telangana Express Oops AP Express ⭐ ⭐ ⭐/1366147

Jun 06 2021 (14:12)
Station Tag: Vapi/VAPI added by ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ Telangana Express Oops AP Express ⭐ ⭐ ⭐/1366147

Jun 06 2021 (14:12)
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Jun 06 2021 (14:12)
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Jun 06 2021 (14:12)
Station Tag: Thane/TNA added by ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ Telangana Express Oops AP Express ⭐ ⭐ ⭐/1366147

Jun 06 2021 (14:12)
Station Tag: Ahmedabad Junction/ADI added by ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ Telangana Express Oops AP Express ⭐ ⭐ ⭐/1366147

Jun 06 2021 (14:12)
Station Tag: Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus/CSMT added by ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ Telangana Express Oops AP Express ⭐ ⭐ ⭐/1366147
New Delhi, India (Urban Transport News): The National High Speed Rail Corporation Limited (NHSRCL) today issued a tender notice seeking bids from the experienced civil contractors for the constriction of 8.198 km elevated viaduct and station within Vadodara for the Mumbai-Ahmedabad High Speed Rail Project.
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Package No. MAHSR-C-5: Design and Construction of Civil and Buildings Works including Testing and Commissioning on Design Build Lump Sum Price Basis for Double Line High Speed Railway involving Vadodara Station, Confirmation Car Base, Viaducts & Bridges, Crossing Bridges and Associated works between MAHSR Km. 393.700 and
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MAHSR Km. 401.898 in the State of Gujarat for the Project for Construction of Mumbai-Ahmedabad High Speed Rail Corridor.
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The  508.17 km Mumbai – Ahmedabad High Speed Rail Corridor will connect Ahmedabad in Gujarat and Mumbai in Maharashtra through 12 stations at an estimated cost of Rs. 1.1 lakh crores. This project is being financed by Japan Internationation Cooperation Agency (JICA). Due to land acquisition issues, this project is missing its deadline frequently. However, construction on some major sections in Gujarat has been commenced by the respective contractors.
A total of 12 HSR stations at Mumbai, Thane, Virar, Boisar, (in Maharashtra), Vapi, Bilimora, Surat, Bharuch, Vadodara, Anand, Ahmedabad and Sabarmati (in Gujarat) has been planned under the Mumbai-Ahmedabad High Speed Rail Corridor. This is the first bullet train project among the other 7 projects planned in India.
Jun 04 (07:28) Billimora-Vaghai heritage train makes trial run with vista dome coach (indianexpress.com)
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News Entry# 454586  Blog Entry# 4976699   
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Jun 04 2021 (07:28)
Station Tag: Navsari/NVS added by Adittyaa Sharma/1421836

Jun 04 2021 (07:28)
Station Tag: Bilimora Junction/BIM added by Adittyaa Sharma/1421836
Stations:  Navsari/NVS   Bilimora Junction/BIM  
The 107-year-old narrow gauge heritage train service between Billimora in Navsari and Vaghai in Dangs of South Gujarat that was scrapped by the Western Railway in December 2020 — a decision that was revoked later — made its first trial run with an added fully air-conditionied vista dome coach on Wednesday evening.
On December 10, 2020, the Railway Ministry approved the proposal to scrap services of 11 “uneconomic branch lines” and narrow gauge sections of the Western Railway, including three from Gujarat. These included the Billimora-Vaghai train, which was started by the Gaekwad dynasty of princely state of Baroda in 1913.
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residents and elected representatives of both Congress and the ruling BJP made representations to the Western Railway, and sent memorandum to the Union Railway minister, to withdraw the decision to stop the services of the heritage train as tribal people from the area were dependent on the service where there was no road connectivity.
The local representatives, including Dangs BJP MLA Vijay Patel and Vansda Congress MLA Anant Patel, also suggested using the heritage train to attract tourists on the picteresque route. The Railway ministry worked on the proposal and decided to resume services of the Billimora-Vaghai heritage train by adding a vista dome coach.
On Wednesday, a team comprising Western Railway Additional divisional Railway manager Sanjay Sharma, Senior Divisional Operating Manager Sanjay Neelam, Senior divisional engineer Kailash Meena and divisional mechanical engineer PU Upadhyay took the trial ride with railway officials of Valsad and Vaghai.
Sources in Western Railway said that the heritage train service would resume once the Covid situation eases. The tourist coach will be added only on Saturdays and Sundays. After seeing the footfall and revenue, more such coaches would be added, they said.
There will be two services of the heritage train on the 65-kilometre route between Billimora and Vaghai with 10 stations daily. One journey would take three hours and 35 minutes.
Talking to the Indian Express Vaghai Railway station station master Sachin Davli said, “The trial run with the new tourist vista dome coach of the diesel-engine-run heritage train was successful. At present it is difficult to say when the service will start as Covid situation has to improve.”
Adding that the fare for the tourist coach is yet to be deccided, he said the fare for general coach was Rs 20. “The tourist coach has 22 seats and will have cafeteria services. It also has western toilets and wash rooms,” he added.
Local resident Bipin Rajput said, “We are happy that the tourist coach has been added to the heritage train that had four general coaches. The trial run was great. This train is the only mode for tribals to commute as there is no road connectivity in the area. We hope the Gujarat state tourism department joins hands with the railway authorities to promote the heritage train.”
Senior Divisional Operating manager Sanjay Neelam said, “We took the trial run on the heritage train. The comfort was similar to Rajdhani… We also examined the tracks and checked all safety aspects.”
Jun 02 (19:30) નવું આકર્ષણ:બીલીમોરા-વધઈના નેરોગેજ રૂટ પર દોડતી 'બાપુ કી ટ્રેન' સાથે હવે એસી કોચ પણ દોડશે, રેલવે વિભાગનું સફળ ટ્રાયલ (www.divyabhaskar.co.in)
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News Entry# 454332  Blog Entry# 4975619   
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Jun 02 2021 (19:30)
Station Tag: Waghai/WGI added by महाँकाल एक्सप्रेस/1084688

Jun 02 2021 (19:30)
Station Tag: Bilimora Junction/BIM added by महाँकाल एक्सप्रेस/1084688
Stations:  Bilimora Junction/BIM   Waghai/WGI  
નવસારી અને ડાંગ જિલ્લા વચ્ચે 110 વર્ષથી દોડતી બીલીમોરા-વધઈ નેરોગેજ ટ્રેનને લઈ પશ્ચિમ રેલવે દ્વારા મહત્વનો નિર્ણય કરવામા આવ્યો છે. કુદરતી સોંદર્યની વચ્ચેથી પસાર થતી આ ટ્રેનના માધ્યમથી પ્રવાસીઓને આકર્ષવા રેલવે વિભાગે નિર્ણય કર્યો છે. ત્યારે આજે આ રૂટ પર દોડતી ટ્રેનમાં રેલવે વિભાગ દ્વારા એસી કોચનું ટ્રાયલ રન કરવામા આવ્યું હતું.જે સફળતાપૂર્વક પાર પડતા આગામી દિવસોમાં રેલવે વિભાગે કુલ 3 એસી કોચ દોડાવવાનું આયોજન હોવાનું જાણવા મળ્યું છે.
બીલીમોરા-વધઈ નેરોગેજ ટ્રેન એક સમયે બંધ કરવાનો નિર્ણય કરાયો હતોકોરોના કાળ દરમિયાન નેરોગેજ આર્થિક રીતે નુકસાની કરતી હોવાના કારણ સાથે પશ્ચિમ રેલવે દ્વારા રાજ્યમાં 11 સ્થળોએ દોડતી નેરોગેજ ટ્રેન બંધ કરવામાં આવી હતી. પરંતુ નવસારીના બીલીમોરાથી જતી બીલીમોરા - વઘઇ નેરોગેજ ટ્રેન 110 વર્ષ જૂની તેમજ ટ્રાયબલ વિસ્તાર સાથે જોડાયેલ ઐતિહાસિક ટ્રેન હોય
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જેને લઇ બંધ કરવાનો નિર્ણય મોફુક રખાયો હતો. પરંતુ હવે પશ્ચિમ રેલવેએ ઐતિહાસિક નિર્ણય કરી ખાસ પર્યટકો માટે એસી કોચ નું ટ્રાયલ રન આજે પશ્ચિમ રેલવેના અધિકારીઓ દ્વારા કરવામાં આવ્યું હતું. જે સફળતા પૂર્વક પાર થતા જ વધુ 3 એસી કોચ સાથે પર્યટકો માટે દોડાવવામાં આવશે. જેની સત્તાવાર જાહેરાત ટૂંક સમયમાં પશ્ચિમ રેલવે દ્વારા કરવામાં આવશે.
ગાયકવાડી શાસનથી દોડી રહી છે ટ્રેનગાયકવાડી રાજમાં ડાંગના જંગલોમાંથી સાગી લાકડા લાવવા, અંગ્રેજોએ શરૂ કરેલી બીલીમોરા-વઘઇ નેરોગેજ ટ્રેન આર્થિક નુકસાની કરતી હોવાના કારણે પશ્ચિમ રેલવેએ અગાઉ ગત 10 ડિસેમ્બરના રોજ બંધ કરી હતી પરંતુ. બીલીમોરા-વઘઇ નેરોગેજ ટ્રેન આદિવાસીઓ માટે જીવાદોરી સમાન હતી. આ સાથે આ ટ્રેન ઐતિહાસિક ધરોહર હોવાથી પ્રવાસીઓને પણ આકર્ષિત કરી રહી હતી. આદિવાસીઓ પોતાની ખેત પેદાશો શહેરો સુધી પહોંચાડવાથી લઇને ધંધા-રોજગાર અને નોકરીએ જવા માટે પણ નેરોગેજ ટ્રેનનો ઉપયોગ કરતા હતા જેથી પશ્ચિમ રેલવે દ્વારા ફરી આ ટ્રેન પ્રવાસીઓને આકર્ષવા માટે આવી રહી છે.
આર્થિક ખોટનું કારણ આગળ ધરીને આ ટ્રેન ડિસેમ્બરમાં બંધ કરવામાં આવી હતી પણ સ્થાનિક આદિવાસી લોકોની માંગ સાથે ધારાસભ્ય અનંત પટેલએ ધરણાં પ્રદર્શન કરતા ટ્રેન ફરીવાર શરૂ કરવાનો નિર્ણય કરાયો હતો,ત્યારે રેલવે વિભાગ ન માત્ર ટ્રેન શરૂ કરી છે પણ તેને નવો લુક આપી એસી કોચ જોડીને આરામદાયક અને વાતાનુકુલીત વાતાવરણમાં જંગલ વિસ્તાર માંથી પસાર થતી ટ્રેન અલગ અનુભૂતિ આપશે,આ ટ્રેન ઉનાઈ માતા મંદિરમાં દર્શન કરતા દર્શનાર્થીઓ માટે પણ આશીર્વાદરૂપ સાબિત થશે.
પ્રવાસીઓને આકર્ષવાનો પ્રયાસબીલીમોરા-વધઈ રૂટ પર બંને બાજુ રહેલા કુદરતી સોંદર્યને નિહાળવાનું અનેરું આકર્ષણ છે. ત્યારે પ્રવાસનની દ્રષ્ટિએ જ રેલવે વિભાગે નેરોગેજ રૂટ પર ખાસ એસી કોચ તૈયાર કરી પ્રવાસીઓને આકર્ષવાનો પ્રયાસ કર્યો છે. રેલવે વિભાગ દ્વારા નેરોગેજ રૂટ પર દોડી શકે તેવો ખાસ એસી કોચ તૈયાર કર્યો છે. જેમાં ટુ બાય વન સીટીંગની વ્યવસ્થા કરવામા આવી છે. કોચમાં મોટા ગ્લાસ ફીટ કરવામા આવ્યા છે. જેથી પ્રવાસીઓ અંદર બેસીને જ આસપાસનું કુદરતી સોંદર્ય માણી શકે.
Jan 30 (11:09) Gujarat: Vaghai-Billimora heritage train to chug on as Western Railway revokes decision to scrap its services (indianexpress.com)
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News Entry# 435817  Blog Entry# 4861207   
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Jan 30 2021 (11:10)
Station Tag: Bilimora Junction/BIM added by Anupam Enosh Sarkar/401739

Jan 30 2021 (11:10)
Station Tag: Waghai/WGI added by Anupam Enosh Sarkar/401739
Stations:  Bilimora Junction/BIM   Waghai/WGI  
Going back on its decision, the Western Railway has decided to not stop the services of three trains, including the 107-year-old narrow gauge heritage train between Vaghai and Billimora, in Gujarat permanently.
Other two narrow gauge trains run between Miyagam, Choranda and Malsar, and Choranda junction and Moti Karal.
On December 10, 2020, Mudit Chandra, Executive Director (Freight Marketting) of the Ministry of Railways, issued a letter to the Western Railway General Manager, ordering permanent closure of 11 “uneconomic branch lines” and narrow gauge sections of the Western Railway, including three from Gujarat.
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On Friday, Chandra issued another letter to the same official, a copy of which is with The Indian Express, stating, “Notification for permanent closure of uneconomic branch lines and narrow gauge sections had been issued from Board, vide letter under reference (i). However, in view letter under reference (iii) of Heritage Directorate of Railway Board, and subsequent correspondence from Western Railway, the matter has been reviewed in consultations of Finance Directorate of Railway board. Consequently it has been decided to keep three heritage lines viz., Miyagam-Choranda-Malsar, Choranda Junction-Moti Karal and Billimora Junction-Vaghai… the notification issued vide letter, will not be applicable on the above mentioned three heritage lines. This issue is in consultation with the Finance Directorate of the Ministry of Railways.”
Anu Tyagi, Railway Area Manager of Valsad railway station, said, “We have received the letter from our head office… Now the narrow gauge heritage train connecting Billimora to Vaghai will not be stopped. Once the Covid situation turns normal and after we get instructions from our head office, we will resume the heritage train service.”
The Vaghai-Billimora train, which started in 1913, was a vestige of Gaekwad dynasty who ruled the princely state of Baroda. Tribal people from interior Dangs commute by this train regularly. The train covers a distance of 63 kilometres.
Local people as well as both Congress and BJP leaders had made representations to the Western Railway authorities urging them not to permanently close the heritage train service.
Social worker Bipin Rajput said, “We are happy about the decision. The victory is of the people of Dangs. We are thankful to the Ministry of Railways, who took the train’s heritage value into consideration.”

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Dec 16 2020 (22:48) Explained: Why Gujarat is seeing protests to save a 107-year-old railway line (indianexpress.com)
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News Entry# 428792  Blog Entry# 4814741   
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Dec 16 2020 (22:48)
Station Tag: Waghai/WGI added by Kumaon Tiger/1427404

Dec 16 2020 (22:48)
Station Tag: Bilimora Junction/BIM added by Kumaon Tiger/1427404

Dec 16 2020 (22:48)
Station Tag: Navsari/NVS added by Kumaon Tiger/1427404
The narrow gauge train connecting Billimora in Navsari district with Waghai in Dang district was started by rulers of the Gaekwad dynasty of the princely state of Baroda in 1913.
The Western Railways has decided to scrap 11 narrow gauge routes and branch lines in Gujarat, calling them unviable. One of these is the 107-year-old Billimora-Waghai line, once run by the Gaekwad Baroda State Railway (GBSR), against the closure of which political leaders have started a campaign pitching.
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narrow gauge train connecting Billimora in Navsari district with Waghai in Dang district was started by rulers of the Gaekwad dynasty of the princely state of Baroda in 1913. This was much before the Western Railway came into existence in 1951 with the merger of the Bombay, Baroda & Central India Railway, the Saurashtra, Rajputana and Jaipur state Railways. At the instance of Gaekwad rulers, the British laid railway tracks and it was operated by Gaekwad Baroda State Railway (GBSR) owned by Sayajirao Gaekwad III. The Gaekwad jurisdiction was spread across parts of Saurashtra, Mehsana in north Gujarat, and Billimora in South Gujarat.
The 63-km Billimora-Waghai and the 19-km Choranda-Moti Karal routes are among those five routes the Indian Railways had proposed to be preserved as “industrial heritage” in 2018. Sources said the Billimora-Waghai train that runs among Gujarat’s most forested routes, was used for the purpose of transportation of sag timber from deep forest areas. For about 24 years the train was run by a steam engine, which was replaced by diesel engine in 1937. After Independence the Western Railway took charge of the train from GBSR. In 1994, the original steam engine was put on the display at Churchgate Heritage Gallery in Mumbai.
Before the pandemic lockdown, the five-coach train made two trips from Billimora to Waghai, covering nine railway stations — Gandevi, Chikhli, Rankuwa, Dholikuwa, Anaval, Unai, Kevdi road, Kala Amba, and Dungarda. The railway tickets were available at Unai, Billimora and Waghai Railway stations and the entire journey costs Rs 15 one way .
What was the railway order
On December 10, Mudit Chandra, executive director (Freight marketing) of the Ministry of Railwaysissued a letter to the General Manager of Western Railways, ordering permanent closure of 11 “uneconomic branch lines and narrow gauge sections” of the Western Railways which had given the proposal of its closure. The lines to be closed are Nadiad-Bhadran, Ankleshwar-Rajpipla, Boriyavi-Vadtal-Swaminarayan, Kosamba-Umarpada, Samlaya Junction-Timba road, Jhagadiya Junction-Netrang, Chhuchhapura-Tankhala, Chhota Udepur-Jambusar, Billimora-Waghai, Choranda-Moti Karal and Chandod-Malsar.
How does it affect the tribals
The train was majorly used by the tribals staying in the interior villages in Dangs district in South Gujarat, which has no road connectivity to reach towns like Gandevi and Billimora for work to sell their agriculture produce. The craftsmen of Dangs district also used this train to sell their products to the shop keepers in these town. So do the students from interior villages to go to colleges in the towns.
Who want to save the train and why
Soon after the announcement to scrap the services, newly BJP elected MLA from Dangs, Vijay Patel, Congress MLA of Vansda in Navsari district Anant Patel and Bipin Rawat, a social worker of Waghai, started a movement to restart the services for tribals. Patel made a written representation to Railway Minister Piyush Goyal where he has said that it was the lifeline for the tribals and should ideally be upgraded and used for tourism. MLA Anant Patel started a relay of protest at each of the railway stations on the route.
Rawat claims there is no health services in the interior villages in Dangs and during medical emergency the patients use this train to reach the towns for medical treatment in government and private hospitals. Even the tribal people, who wanted to go to Surat and Mumbai, use this train to reach Billimora station for further rail connectivity via broad gauge.
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