Oct 31, 2014

Science Express exhibition today

Science Express -- an exhibition of science on wheels will be inaugurated by Divisional Railway Manager (SCR Guntur) N. K. Prasad at the west end (Arundelpet) of Guntur railway station here on Friday. The exhibition will be on for six days from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The railways have asked the educational institutions to plan their visits to avoid rush. Students of lower classes should be escorted by teachers or parents. Visitors are not allowed to bring with them, any metal objects like mobile phones inside the train.

PECET counselling

Students who qualified in PECET-2014 will have the choice of selecting colleges through web option during November 5-6. This is the final phase of counselling. Students can also download allotment letters through the website http://pecet.apsche.ac.in, according to a press release from PECET convener Y. Kishore.

Source-the hindu

Agartala-Akhura rail link project to get funds in Nov

The Union Government has paved the way for acquisition of land to implement the Agartala-Akhaura rail link project.

Tripura government officials on Thursday said the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) has committed necessary funds to the department of North-eastern region (DONER) for the purpose.

Progress was made at a recent meeting in New Delhi attended by officials of the MEA, DONER, Ministry of Railways, project implementing agency IRCON and the Tripura government. It resolved to initiate the process of fund transfer in the first week of November.

About 100 acres of land would be required for laying the railway line and construction of a side road.

The MEA is to spend the entire money required for the ambitious 15-km (10 km on Indian side) rail link project that would immensely boost passenger and goods transportation to and from North-east India.

India has earmarked Rs 252 crore for the project to comply with a bilateral agreement with Bangladesh signed in 2010.

Source-the hindu

Shatabdi express train coaches re-allotted

The composition of train No.12243/12244 Coimbatore — Chennai Central — Coimbatore Shatabdi express trains will be revised with effect from November 1, as the train will have modern state-of-the art and higher seating capacity LHB coaches in place of the conventional AC chair cars.

Consequent to the replacement of coaches, the seats for the passengers who are booked in C-10 coach from November 1 will be re-allotted to other coaches at the time of charting.

A press release of the Salem Railway Division that was issued here on Thursday urged the passengers who have booked for their travel in C-10 coach of Shatabdi Express to verify their coach and seat number on the date of journey from the enquiry counter / reservation charts / travelling ticket examiners (TTEs), before commencing their journey to their destination.

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Metro rail works on the fast track

The HinduA train of the Hyderabad Metro Rail leaving the Habsiguda station during a test run on the Uppal-Habsiguda stretch in Hyderabad on Wednesday night. Photo: Nagara Gopal

In spite of charges and counter-charges and leaks apart, the Metro Rail project construction has actually picked up pace if one looks at the number of piers and viaducts coming up in the last couple of months. Incidentally, the works seem to have relatively quickened after it had reached core city from the suburbs.

Going by the progress report presented to the project monitoring group (PMG) of the Prime Minister’s Office by the Telangana government recently, about 175 foundations, 138 piers (pillars) and 158 spans have been constructed in the last two-and-half months alone.

If the spans construction in the last quarter was 49 per month, it has gone up to 65 in recent times. Similar is the case with casting of the viaducts, it has almost doubled. If on an average 365 segments per month were being made, now it has gone up to 744 segments a month.

Even for the stations superstructure, 402 segments are being built per month, a tad bit more when compared to the 357 segments built a month earlier, explain senior Metro Rail officials.

These were the figures shown to the Union Government’s Additional Secretary, Anil Swarup, earlier this month by the State government officials to buttress their claims that “full and complete cooperation” is being extended to the project.

However, these works pertain mostly to the two corridors - L.B. Nagar to Miyapur and Nagole to Shilparamam/Raidurg. With regard to corridor two, metro rail officials point out that works are on at Musheerabad, old Gandhi Hospital land and also at Narayanaguda.

However, the contentious issues of the probable alignment change at Sultan Bazaar and also in front of the Legislative Assembly building remain the same.

Along with this, the ruling party ally, Majlis has put across the demand to change the alignment from Mahatma Gandhi Bus Terminal at Gowliguda towards Falaknuma avoiding the confirmed alignment and taking alongside the River Musi instead. “The government has to take a call on these issues,” said senior officials, not willing to be quoted.

Source-the hindu

‘Proposals sent to decongest Coimbatore Junction’

Funds sought to upgrade facilities at Irugur station
To improve passenger amenities:Divisional Railway Manager of Southern Railways, Salem Division, Shubranshu (left) unveiling the name board of Coimbatore Railway Coordinators Association in the presence of the association president T. Sampath Kumar (second right) and Chairman of Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Coimbatore Kendra, B.K. Krishnaraj Vanavarayar in Coimbatore, on Thursday.- PHOTO S. SIVA SARAVANAN

“Proposals to decongest Coimbatore Railway Junction and to carry out a host of other passenger- friendly measures has been sent to the authorities,” the Divisional Railway Manager (DRM) of Southern Railway, Salem Division, Shubranshu said, here on Thursday.

He was addressing the gathering after inaugurating the Coimbatore Railway Coordinators Association (CORACAS).

Goods trains

The DRM said that a proposal has been sent to handle all goods trains coming to the Coimbatore North Junction at the Irugur station.

“We have sought funds to the tune of Rs. 7.5 crore to carry out various works at the Irugur station and upgrade the facilities there,” he said.

Mr. Shubranshu felt that this would help divert close to 400 trucks that shuttled between Coimbatore North and Irugur.

The second proposal is to have an additional platform at the North station and make passenger trains stop there.

“It would benefit passengers and also decongest the Coimbatore Junction. We also suggested stoppage of trains at the Podanur Junction,” he added. A proposal has also been made to set up a coach maintenance depot at Thudiyalur. The DRM said that the existing yard in Coimbatore was very small.

“Establishing the new maintenance depot will help in introducing more trains from and terminating at the Coimbatore Junction,” he said.

“Efforts are also underway to have Diesel Electric Multiple Units (DEMU) at Salem. It would make it possible to operate trains for shorter distances – such as Coimbatore, Erode, Salem, Namakkal, Karur and Tiruchi,” he added.


On allegations such as poor maintenance of stations, inefficiency and slackness of the railways on various fronts, he said that railway employees were over-burdened, but still they were trying to bridge the gaps.

CORACAS President T. Sampath Kumar said that the association would conduct talks with various associations and industrial bodies and make a representation on the same to the railways.

Chairman of Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan B.K. Krishnaraj Vanavarayar, former MLAs M.N. Kandaswamy and M. Chinnaraj and industrialists were present during the programme.

Source-the hindu

Loss to CONCOR assets put at Rs. 47 lakh

The HInduCONCOR Multi-Modal Logistics Park General Manager Radha Krishna, explaining about the damage by cyclone Hudhud, in Visakhapatnam on Thursday. Photo: A. Manikanta Kumar

The Multi-Modal Logistics Park (MMLP), the first phase of which was inaugurated in May this year, has suffered a loss about Rs.10 lakh during the very severe cyclonic storm Hudhud.

The MMLP, the first of its kind in Andhra Pradesh, being established by the Container Corporation of India (CONCOR), is planned to be built on a 100-acre site, opposite the Visakhapatnam International Airport, over a period of two years at an estimated cost of Rs.370 crore.

In the first phase, a 5,075 sq.m. warehouse and an administrative building have been constructed. “The gale has damaged about 1,000 sq. m. of the 5,075 sq.m. warehouse and this is minimal considering the 180-200 km/ph strong winds during the cyclone. As many as 40 of the 88 polycarborate sheets (which allow natural light into the main shed, and about 1,000 sq.m. of bare galvalume sheets have been damaged and need replacement,” CONCOR General Manager Gouri Shankar told The Hindu on Thursday.

Meanwhile, the CONCOR Container Freight Station (CFS) at the port area has suffered a loss of Rs.37 lakh due to Hudhud. “The roof of the warehouse of our CFS is badly damaged, two HHT towers had collapsed and the boundary wall was damaged at some places,” he said.Cargo loss

“The glass panes and windows and CCTV surveillance cameras at the administrative building of the CFS were damaged. The cargo loss is yet to be assessed by the clients,” Mr. Gouri Shankar said.

The MMLP, which was designed to offer integrated logistical solutions to the trade not only in Andhra Pradesh but also in the neighbouring states of Odisha and Chhattisgarh, would have a private freight terminal, container freight stations and facilities for empty container storage and handling besides container repair facilities. There would be covered and temperature-controlled warehouses with a total space of 4.5 lakh sq. ft.

“A 2-km long railway track would be laid with seven lines to the yards. Approval has been received from the railways for construction of bridges and this project is expected to be completed in two years,” Mr. Gouri Shankar added.

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Learn about Indian Nobel laureates while on the go

(From left) Mangu Singh, Managing Director, DMRC, Harald Sandberg, Ambassador of Sweden, Eivind S. Homme, Ambassador of Norway, and Sharat Sharma, director of operations, DMRC, jointly inaugurating the Nobel Memorial Wall at the Rajiv Chowk Metro Station in New Delhi on Sunday.—Photo: Shanker Chakravarty

Thousands of commuters visit the Rajiv Chowk metro station every day with a majority of them in a hurry to catch a train or to be the first to exit.

The large number of footfalls also means that if someone is looking to spread awareness or send out a message, it is the perfect place .

All one needs to do is to make it interesting enough for people to stop and spare a few minutes.

To refresh the public’s memory about Indian Nobel laureates, a Nobel Memorial Wall has been inaugurated at the Rajiv Chowk metro station.

The wall is an initiative of the Embassy of Sweden and the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC).

The exhibition was inaugurated on Sunday morning by Mangu Singh, Managing Director, DMRC, Eivind S. Homme, Ambassador of Norway to India, and Harald Sandberg, Ambassador of Sweden.

The wall exhibits portraits of Rabindranath Tagore, C.V. Raman, Har Gobind Khorana, Mother Teresa, Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar, Amartya Sen, Venkatraman Ramakrishnan, and this year’s Nobel Peace Prize winner Kailash Satyarthi.

While some of the laureates are well-known, the write-up below the portrait throws light on those winners whose life and work is known only to people in their field of work.

Mr. Singh said that the contributions of the Nobel laureates have given India a recognition across the world. “And the exhibition gives an opportunity to the youth to know more about our Nobel laureates while they are on the move.”

Pushpa Mitra, who takes the metro every day, says, “It has become a mechanical process. You just move with the sea of passengers at the station without bothering to observe what is around. Therefore, it came as a pleasant surprise on Sunday as that there was exhibition giving information about Indians who have won the Nobel Prize.”

She says she hardly has time to visit the numerous exhibitions in the city but if there is one on her way to office, she will surely take out five minutes to view a slice of art, culture, history, or a campaign.

The exhibition is part of the Sweden India Nobel Memorial Week 2014 that will be on till November 1.

In its eighth edition, it will be held across 10 cities, and it is a multi-activity annual event organised by the Embassy of Sweden in India in cooperation with leading Swedish companies.

The week is observed in memory of Swedish innovator, entrepreneur, and philanthropist Alfred Nobel.

The exhibition is part of the Sweden India Nobel Memorial Week 2014 that will be on till November 1

Source-the hindu

Rameswaram cut off

Rail and road link to Rameswaram remained paralysed on Thursday after fishermen removed the rail track for at least one kilometre at Thangachimadam and blocked the road from Pamban.

Three trains to Chennai could not be operated, and a mob set fire to a State Transport Corporation bus and damaged the windscreen of half-a-dozen buses.

The police were caught unawares as a large contingent was on security duty at Pasumpon for the Muthuramalinga Thevar jayanthi.

Source-the hindu

Change in train timings

The Southern Railway has announced that the following trains are being cancelled, rescheduled or regulated due to agitations by fishermen in the section between Rameswaram and Ramanathapuram.

According to an official press release, Train Number 56726 scheduled to leave Rameswaram at 6 p.m. on October 30 has been fully cancelled.

Four trains have been rescheduled. Train Number 16102 Rameswaram – Chennai Egmore Express which was scheduled to leave Rameswaram at 5 p.m. on October 30 has been rescheduled to leave at 9 a.m. on October 31.

Train Number 16714 Rameswaram – Chennai Egmore Sethu Express scheduled to leave Rameswaram at 8 p.m. on October 30 has been rescheduled to leave at 9.30 a.m. on October 31.

Train Number 22621 Rameswaram – Kanyakumari Express which was scheduled to leave Rameswaram at 8.45 p.m. on October 30 has been rescheduled to leave at 10 a.m. on October 31.

Train Number 56724 Rameswaram – Madurai Passenger scheduled to leave Rameswaram at 5.35 a.m. October 31 has been rescheduled to leave at 10.30 a.m. on the same day.

Two trains have been regulated and partially cancelled. Train Number 56725 Madurai – Rameswaram Passenger which left Madurai at 6.05 p.m. on October 30 has been regulated/short terminated at Manamadurai and is partially cancelled between Manamadurai and Rameswaram.

Train No.16734 Okha – Rameswaram Express scheduled to arrive Rameswaram at 7.45 p.m. on October 30 has been regulated/short terminated at Ramanathapuram and is partially cancelled between Ramanathapuram and Rameswaram.

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Nelamangala journey gets comfy with morning train

The new train will leave Bangalore City station at 7.15 am and reach Nelamangala at 8.15 a.m. On its return, it will leave Nelamangala at8.30 am and reach Bangalore City by 9.30 am.

SWR heeds passenger protests against unpopular afternoon train, starts one in morning

The South-Western Railway is introducing a new peak-hour Bangalore-Nelamangala train. According to SWR, the new train will leave Bangalore City station at 7.15 am and reach Nelamangala at around 8.15 a.m. On its return, it will leave Nelamangala at 8.30 am and reach Bangalore city station by 9.30 am. 

The train, which was announced by Railway Minister D V Sadananda Gowda in his maiden Railway Budget, will start its services from November 1. 

The new train comes at a time when three 'local' trains to the exurbs of Devanahalli and Nelamangala, and Hosur in Tamil Nadu, are regularly shuttling empty simply because they have been scheduled to run at off-peak hours. There have been several protests by commuters demanding rescheduling of the trains. The protests seem to have worked. 

The afternoon train service, which was introduced last year (which will continue to operate), has failed to attract commuters. Sources said it was operating under heavy loss. In fact, Mirror had done a test-ride last year (The right train with the wrong timings, BM, May 2, 2013) when we counted 27 commuters on board the 12.20 pm passenger (No. 56579 unreserved) from City Railway Station to Nelamangala. 

This was in sharp contrast to the buses (more than 50 services in a day) which were packed with commuters, besides the thousands of vehicles plying between Nelamangala and Bangalore city. 

Surprisingly, SWR is charging just Rs 12 for the new train trip (it was Rs 5 last year), in contrast to the BMTC Volvo ticket of Rs 95 (travel time: one hour, 15 minutes), ordinary BMTC/KSRTC ticket of Rs 28 (travel time: one hour, 25 minutes), and autorickshaw fare of Rs 500. Travel on this 'exurban' train costs much less than the cheapest bus ride. Since it's an unreserved passenger (train no. yet to be released), advance booking is not possible, although affordable monthly passes are available. With postcard-perfect views, shorter commute time, and no smog or smoke of congested roads, it's a journey which sounds too good to be true. 

Rakesh S, a techie residing in Nelamangala, said, "This is definitely good news for us. Now, we will lobby BMTC to introduce a bus to the railway station which is a kilometre away from town. Till now, travelling during peak hours was a mess because of frequent jams. Besides, the train route connects to many engineering colleges which is a boon to students." 

The commuters also want SWR to shift the existing train that runs in the afternoon to the evening so that those returning home at that time can benefit. 

A monthly pass is not just economical, but also save time from standing in queue for a ticket. Just one train in the morning will not help us. So we request a shift in the afternoon train timings," added Kiran S, a commuter.
Source-bangalore mirror

KR chugs off big plans in Goa

Margao: With its ambitious plans of a double-track corridor yet to make any headway, the Konkan Railway Corporation Limited (KRCL) has now focused on increasing the lines at railway stations and setting up more stations with a view to facilitating introduction of new trains and reducing travel time.

In the Goa stretch of the route, additional lines have been installed at, at least, three railway stations, while three new lines have been added at the Balli station, and four more lines have been laid at Karmali.

Both stations functioned with two lines earlier. Besides, two additional platforms are being constructed at Margao railway station.

Several new railway stations have been constructed along the Konkan Railway route over the last four years, KRCL sources said.

In the Goa stretch, a new railway station at Loliem, between Asnoti and Canacona stations, has already started functioning.

"Increase in lines at railway stations and addition of more stations will result in reducing time spent during crossing of trains at stations, thereby considerably decreasing travel time," explained Baban Ghatge, senior manager, public relations, KRCL.

While Byndoor (Mookambika road) and Nandikoor near Udupi are the new railway stations along the Karnataka stretch, Madure between Sawantwadi and Pernem, Zorap between Sawantwadi and Kudal, and Vinhere between Karanjadi and Diwankhavati are the new railway stations in Maharashtra.

Sources said that until the double-track corridor becomes a reality, KRCL will have to come up with such innovative ideas to facilitate smooth running of trains.

The project is estimated to cost over 15,000 crore. KRC's chairman and managing director Bhanu Prakash Tayal, addressing a press conference last year, had said there were several options before KRC to raise the required finances for the project, including seeking funds from international lending agencies.

A setback to KRCL's planned expansion of its Margao railway station has been its failure to convince the Goa government to hand over some 3,500sqm of land on the Aquem side.

The land, it is learnt, is already with the government. Official sources said repeated correspondence with the state government has so far failed to evince any positive response.

The expansion plans included developing the other side of the station by adding a couple of platforms, building another foot-over-bridge, and setting up a booking counter, besides providing passenger amenities such as a waiting hall, parking area, etc.

"In the absence of adequate land for the purpose, we have been constrained to limit our expansion plans to constructing two more platforms towards the other side of the station," said Ghatge. The initial plan was to have two covered platforms with two upper floors designed for commercial activities.
Source-times of india

Two railway projects in Bihar on Centre’s radar

PATNA: Execution of two railway projects - diesel locomotive manufacturing factory at Marhaura in Saran district and electric locomotive manufacturing factory at Madhepura - allocated to Bihar in 2006 is a priority for the Narendra Modi government. Railway Board chairman Arunendra Kumar is likely to present a blueprint of these two factories and discuss early execution of the two projects with the PM in the first week of November. 

According to a Railway Board official, railways is faced with fund crunch and, as such, has decided to complete most of the ambitious railway projects on public-private partnership (PPP) basis in the current fiscal year. Six projects have been selected for execution on PPP basis, and they include the Marhaura and Madhepura projects. 

Jansadharan Special Train between Santragachi (Kolkata) and Secunderabad for RRC Exam Rush

Jansadharan Special Train between Santragachi (Kolkata) and Secunderabad for RRC Exam Rush

In order to clear extra rush in connection with Railway Recruitment Cell (RRC) examination, a Jansadharan Special Train will be run between Santragachi (Kolkata) and Secunderabad as per the following schedule:-

Train No.08045 Santragachi (Kolkata) – Secunderabad Jansadharan Special train will depart Santragachi at 6.00 pm on 31st October, 2014 (Friday) and arrive Secunderabad at 9.15 pm o¬n the next day.
In the return direction, Train No. 08046 Secunderabad – Santragachi (Kolkata)Jansadharan Special Train will depart Secunderabad at 6.35 pm on 2nd November, 2014 (Sunday) and arrive Santragachi at 11.30 pm o¬n the next day.
Enroute, these Jansadharan special trains will stop at Kharagpur, Balasore, Bhadrak, Duvvada, Anakapalle, Tuni, Samalkot, Rajahmundry, Nidadavolu, Tadepallegudem, Eluru, Rajahmundry, Vijayawada, Guntur, Sattenapalle, Pidugurala, Miryalaguda, Nalgonda and Moula-ali stations in both directions.

These Jansadharan special trains will consist of 18 Coaches viz., 16 General Second Class and 2 Second Class Luggage Cum Brake Van Coaches.
Source-ind today

Old ATVM cards being sold at Central Railway counters

Old automatic ticket vending machine (ATVM) cards are being sold to commuters at some counters on Central Railway (CR) for Rs 200 as a special dummy card instead of a brand new card.

The cards were previously used by facilitators railway employees who used to issue tickets from ATVMS back in 2012.

The reason behind the facilitator initiative was that commuters’ response to the machines was under whelming. However, it was revoked in June of this year as the Railway Board discovered that some employees bunked work but issued tickets on the same day.

In a surprising incident, a ticket counter clerk at Seawoods (east) told this reporter that it would be better if the new ATVM card were purchased at Nerul or Vashi because some clerks were selling facilitators’ cards at Rs 200. The clerk said, “You will be allotted an amount of Rs 52 for a Rs 100 card as well Rs 200, which were earlier used by facilitators.

The Rs 100 cards are not available here so I would suggest that you buy a new card from another station.

Officials fear that more such schemes are underway without their knowledge, an official on the condition of anonymity said, “We had 607 facilitators, we have taken their cards back but we are completely unaware of such a thing being done by ticket counter clerks. If this is being done, the public is being duped.”

When a commuter goes to buy a brand new ATVM card worth Rs 100, an amount of Rs 52 is allotted to it and a deposit of Rs 30 is taken. The next time he/she recharges for anotherRs 100, the commuter will get a recharge of Rs 105.

Central Railway’s chief commercial manager R.D. Sharma said, “We will get to bottom of this. We would like to tell the commuters to not pay Rs 200 if anyone asks them to do so and instead inform the closest station master.”


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