Dec 9, 2011

High Speed Rail Projects

The Ministry of Railways has selected six corridors for conducting prefeasibility studies to introduce high speed passenger trains in the country. Bids for all cases have been invited and many domestic as well as foreign firms have participated in them. These corridors are (i) Delhi-Chandigarh-Amritsar (450 km approx.), (ii) Pune-Mumbai-Ahmedabad (650 km approx.), (iii) Hyderabad-Dornakal-Vijaywada-Chennai(664 km approx.), (iv) Chennai-Bangalore-Coimbatore-Ernakulam-Thiruvananthapuram (850 km approx.), (v) Howrah-Haldia (135 km approx.) and (vi) Delhi-Agra-Lucknow-Varanasi-Patna (991 km approx.). 

Out of six corridors, consultants for four have been selected and studies are at various stages of progress. The Ministry of Railways has also decided to set up a National High Speed Rail Authority for planning, standard setting, implementing & monitoring of High Speed Rail Projects. 

This information was given by the Minister of State for Railways Shri K. H. Muniyappa in a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha today. 
Source - PIB

RWWCO Organises Sports Meet for Children of Railway Staff


The Railway Women’s Welfare Central Organisation (RWWCO) organised a sports meet for the children of officers and staff working in Railway Board and the Public Sector Undertaking under the Ministry of Railways here yesterday. Shri Vinay Mittal, Chairman, Railway Board, was the Chief Guest while Smt. Poonam Mittal, President, RWWCO inaugurated the Sports Meet. Nearly 200 children in the age of 7 to 15 years participated in the day long event, which was attended by Railway Board Members, General Mangers, Northern Railway, Managing Directors of PSUs and senior railway officers and staff. 57 children bagged various prizes in various sports events for boys and girls. 

After giving away the prizes to the winning children, Shri Vinay Mittal complimented all the children and their parents for their inspired efforts. He praised the various welfare activities like running Nursery and Play school, drawing, painting and essay competition, organizing medical camps, fund raising festivals etc. undertaken by RWWCO for the benefit of railwaymen and their families. 

Speaking on the occasion, Smt. Poonam Mittal, President, RWWCO, said that main objective of organising such sports event for the children of Railway officers and staff is to encourage sporting talents of the children as well as to create sense of belongingness and togetherness. A souvenir was also released on the occasion. 

RWWCO is the apex body of the chain of women’s welfare organizations spread over all Indian Railways engaged in the task of welfare of railway men and their families through various need-based socio welfare activities. While the primary concern of the Organization is the welfare of Railway employees and their families, it has always risen to the call of the society and the nation be it environmental awareness family welfare drives, disturbances on the borders or the natural calamities. It is one of the fore-runner voluntary Organizations in the country today. Among all its activities RWWCO pays particular attention on the betterment of womenfolk of vast railway family and their children. 

Source - PIB

 

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