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Sep 2, 2014
Educational qualification for recruitment of Group C posts in Civil Engineering, Electrical, Mechanical, Signal & Telecom and Track Machine Organization (TMO) Departments on the Railways RBE 92/2014.
Policy for Private Investment in Rail Infrastructure through Domestic and Foreign Direct Investment - A Policy Framed by Ministry of Commerce for Privatization of Indian Railways.
Guidelines to personnel Officers and Members of Selection Board constituted for conducting selections for promotion to posts classified as "Selection". - RBE 90/2014
12051/12052 DADAR-MADGAON JANSHATABDI EXPRESS TO TERMINATE / ORIGINATE AT KARMALI WITH EFFECT FROM 1.11.2014
12051/12052 DADAR-MADGAON JANSHATABDI EXPRESS TO
TERMINATE / ORIGINATE AT KARMALI
Railways have decided to Terminate/Originate 12051/12052 Dadar -Madgaon Janshatabdi Express at Karmali with effect from 01.11.2014.
12051 Janshatabdi Express will leave Dadar Terminus at 05.25 hrs and will reach Karmali at 13.50 hrs same day.
12052 Janshatabdi Express will leave Karmali at 14.50 hrs and will reach Dadar Terminus at 23.05 hrs same day.
This train will halt at Thane, Panvel, Chiplun, Ratnagiri, Kankavali, Kudal and Thivim
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STREETS AHEAD: An aerial view of the Citadis tram service in the city centre of Casablanca, Morocco. Picture: ALSTOM/P THEBAULTThe light rail transit systems that are widely used in Europe, Asia and countries in North Africa can free up space in cities for other uses such as shopping promenades and street cafés, says Alstom’ s business development director, Matthias Handschin.TRAMS — last seen in South Africa’s city centres decades ago — can be a cost-effective way to provide reliable public transport, says Alstom South Africa, which is supplying 600 commuter trains to the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa with its consortium partners.
Trams can ease congestion and cost less than other rail options — and even buses — in the long run.
South Africa uses little rail transport compared with other countries. Only 13% of South Africa’s freight is moved on rail and a mere 6% of passenger transport, according to several studies.
The City of Tshwane has hinted that it is considering the light rail option. Mayor Kgosientso Ramokgopa said in April the metropolitan council was "exploring an investment in light rail tram, complementing our integrated rapid public transport network".
A key component of South African cities’ investment in public transport networks has been the bus rapid transit (BRT) systems, following the example of South American cities.
Mr Handschin says the South American BRT networks have reached capacity limits, "so now we have the first cities in South America thinking about complementing their BRT systems on the busiest lines with metro or light rail transport solutions".
Alstom is "convinced" of South Africa’s need for light rail transit, and has reinforced its local team with the appointment of former Tshwane city planning head Oupa Nkoane.
"Together, we are presenting these case studies to stakeholders here in South Africa and helping them to upgrade and update their transport plan for the cities," Mr Handschin says. He expects that after one city adopts trams, others will quickly follow suit.
"The beauty of light rail transit is that you can run it in mixed traffic, in pedestrian zones of the city centre. Then, when you go to the outskirts of a metropolitan area, you just run it on dedicated lines and you have faster travel speeds of up to 80km/h," he says.
Public transport analyst Paul Browning says several modern cities overseas have tram systems, London being a notable exception in Europe.
Trams can carry much greater passenger numbers than buses, he says, which makes them a good option for big cities. But an argument against them is that the overhead electric cabling can detract from the aesthetics of a city.
"In South Africa, a decision was taken by the cabinet in 2007 to go for a bus rapid transit system. The argument is that it provides a level of service close to that of a tram, but at perhaps 15% or less of the upfront capital cost of a tram system," Mr Browning says.
"Alstom might well have a battle to convince cities in South Africa that they should have tram systems."
Since BRT was adopted, it "is proceeding very slowly indeed", Mr Browning says, and since the system is not yet well entrenched, it is "not impossible" that alternative s could be explored.
An indication of the demand among commuters and businesses for access to public transport nodes is the demand from developers for land near Gautrain stations.
According to geospatial data company Gmaven, an influx of people and commuters into already congested areas such as Sandton will encourage "high-end road commuters" to change their habits". This could encourage car-pooling or switching to public transport, Gmaven CEO Will Harris says.
Considering the pipeline of preleased greenfield office developments, "Sandton anticipates an influx of around 5,000 new vehicles and roughly 7,000 new people by 2015", Mr Harris says.
Is Sandton the ideal site for South Africa’s first light rail transit system?
Mr Sreedharan, Principal Advisor to Delhi Metro Rail Corp, along with HMR Managing Director N V S Reddy took part in the train test run from Nagole to Survey of India metro stations.
He inspected various facilities of Uppal Metro Rail depot and Nagole station.
"The ride quality and behaviour of various components of the Hyderabad Metro system are very good," he said.
Mr Sreedharan advised Mr Reddy and the team of engineers of construction company to maintain the same high standard in construction of the remaining rail structures and complete the project as per schedule.
He appreciated the innovative design features of metro stations and engineering techniques adopted in viaduct and station construction by Larson & Toubro (L&T), a HMR release said.
The project, originally estimated to cost Rs. 14,132 crore, is being executed by L&T Hyderabad Metro Rail Pvt Ltd.
HMR is the biggest urban infrastructure project undertaken on public-private partnership basis. The elevated rail will cover a total distance of 72 km with three corridors comprising 66 stations, the release added.
People gather at Pencoed railway station following the incident on Monday
Rail services in south Wales have been disrupted following the death of a man on the line.
A number of First Great Western trains were cancelled or diverted after the incident at Pencoed railway station on Monday.
The man was hit by the Swansea to London Paddington service at about 13:10 BST, which was then terminated at Cardiff said British Transport Police.
The death is not being treated as suspicious.
A spokesman for First Great Western said two further services had to be diverted, which delayed passengers by 30 minutes.
A British Transport Police spokesman said: "Paramedics from the Welsh Ambulance Service also attended but the man was pronounced dead at the scene.
"Enquiries are ongoing to establish the man's identity and inform his next of kin."
British Transport Police said the man's death was not being treated as suspicious
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