Feb 7, 2012

Experts to supervise RRI work

PATNA: Hundreds of railway employees will be deployed at Patna Junction and Rajendra Nagar Terminal from Tuesday to carry out route relay interlocking (RRI) work. The new system will further improve safety of the railways on tracks.
A team of experts will personally supervise the work on the spot, said ECR CPRO Neeraj Ambastha. According to him, the Patna-New Delhi Rajdhani Express (12309-12310) will continue to originate from Patna Junction itself for the convenience of passengers. There is no change in the scheduled arrival and departure of this train during RRI work to be carried out from February 7 to 12, the CPRO said.
According to sources, 12351-12352 Danapur-Howrah Express will terminate at Rajendra Nagar Terminal instead of Danapur on February 9, 10 and 11 while it will originate from Rajendra Nagar Terminal on February 10, 11 and 12. Besides, 16309-16310 Patna-Ernakulam Express will originate from Rajendra Nagar Terminal instead of Patna on February 10, sources said, adding Patna-Mathura Express will originate from Danapur instead of Patna on February 11 and 12. Sources said that 12393-12394 Patna-New Delhi Sampoorna Kranti Express will originate from Danapur on February 10, 11 and 12 instead of Rajendra Nagar. However, it will originate from Patna Junction on February 7, 8 and 9 for New Delhi. Similarly, Patna-Purna Express will originate from Danapur on February 12 while Rajendra Nagar-Indore Express will originate from Danapur on February 10. The 12141-12142 Patna-Mumbai Superfast Express will originate from Patna Junction on February 8 and 9. However, it will originate from Danapur on February 10, 11 and 12.
Meanwhile, divisional railway manager (DRM), Danapur, L M Jha on Monday said that the railways had made necessary arrangements for the smooth run of passenger trains during RRI work from different places under the division. The railways, however, cancelled the run of two Delhi-bound passenger trains -- Magadh Express (12401) and Jansadharan Express (12388) -- on Monday only from Patna Junction due to their late arrival at Patna from Delhi end, Ambastha said.
Source - Times of India

New Metro boss gets cracking on Phase III

NEW DELHI: A month after Mangu Singh took over as the head of Delhi Metro, he has cracked the whip on officials over the Phase III project. "The first review meeting of the third phase was all about ensuring that construction goes on without a hitch or mishap. Unlike in earlier projects, this time project managers have been asked to start work on the blueprint for utility line diversions before the tenders are awarded," said an official.

The meeting comes on the heels of several incidents involving the Metro, including malfunctioning of software in doors and the repeated trouble over overhead electrification (OHE) on the Vaishali- Anand Vihar corridor. With several tenders being awarded for the work on Phase III, construction is expected to start in the next six months. "The message at the meeting was very clear - nothing should disturb the lives of those residing along the alignment," added the official.

The concern is understandable considering Phase III will be going through heavily congested areas like the Walled City and east Delhi. While the Mukundpur-Yamuna Vihar corridor will go through dense residential colonies from west to east Delhi, the Janakpuri (west) to Kalindi Kunj corridor will cross over to Noida in UP. The extension of the Central Secretariat-Badarpur line to Faridabad will also cross the city's borders.

The identification of utility lines and their diversions is a major part of the pre-construction phase. Water, sewer and telephone lines, along with fiber optic cables and gas pipelines will have to be identified and diverted underground.

Overhead telephone and power lines also need to be diverted during the construction of the Metro corridors. "In phase II, a lot of care had to be taken during the construction of the alignment near Green Park, as the blueprint of the utility lines was not available with the civic agency. These lines need to be identified physically before construction," said the official. An interface with neighbouring states like Haryana and UP will also throw up challenges, said sources.

Monday's meeting assumes importance, specially as the construction of Phase III is the first major project under Singh's leadership after E Sreedharan's exit. The construction of Phase II had been marred by the Zamrudpur incident as well as the Laxmi Nagar accident.
Source - Times of india

Railways to design standard gauge coaches

CHENNAI: The Integral Coach Factory in Perambur has been asked to design a standard gauge metro rail coach to be abletocompetein the marketto supply coaches for metro projectsin thecountry.

The "ICF will be making metro rail coaches for the Kolkata metro run by railways. These coaches will be on broad gaugebutwewantthefactory to make the most of the opportunity and set aside a few designs for metro rail coaches on standard gauge that can perform better and cost lesser than imported coaches. The designs can be sent to the Research Design and Standards Organisation," saidRailwayBoard member (mechanical) Sanjiv Handa after inaugurating Emission TestCar atICFon Monday.

He said the railways would be ableto proveitwascapableof making coachesof international standard and be able to take part in tenders floated by metro railcorporationsin differentcities. "Railways should understandthe merits anddemeritsof metrosystemsin Germany and France and conceptualise a design for India."

The ICF did not take part in thebidding processwhen ChennaiMetroRailfloatedtendersto makestandard gaugecoaches.

"There is going to be an explosion of demand for metro coachesin Chennai,Bangalore, Hyderabad, Delhi and other cities.Railwaysshouldbridgethe gap and should also be able to providecost-effective metro rail coaches. Coach factories of the railways will be able to make coaches at less cost and better engineering than the imported coaches."

"We are appalled at the cost at which metro coaches are imported. One coach costs Rs 8 crore.ICF's metrocoachfor Kolkata costs just Rs 5 crore. Metro managements are not able to discover the pricefor metro rail coaches because the railways did not have a benchmark for price as it is not making metro coaches," he added.

The Planning Commission concerned over this and a debatewason aboutequipping the railways to make metro rail coaches, Sanjiv Handa said. "Once we set a benchmark in price and quality, metro corporationswillbecompelledtobuy coachesfrom railways," hesaid.

Types Of Gauges In Railway

Standard gauge: 1,435mm wide.

Adopted for metro because it can negotiate curves better. Standard gauge coaches can carry more people than broad guage

Broad gauge: 1,676mm wide.

The British selected broad guage for India because of the technical specifi cations of coaches made in those days

Metre gauge: 1,000mm wide.

Was introduced to lay track along hilly areas where sharp turns are necessary. Metre gauge trains can negotiate narrow curves

Narrow gauge: 760mm wide. Helps run trains on steep regions. Narrow guage coaches are short and can negociate sharper turns than metre gauge coaches. Not ideal for freight or heavy passenger load

DMRC to ease parking woes at Chhattarpur

Keeping in view the growing requirement for parking space at the Chhattarpur Metro station — which registers a footfall of over 20,000 commuters every day — the Delhi Metro has decided to increase parking space at the station and make it one of the bigger Metro parking lots in the Capital.
This, according to Metro officials, will provide relief to commuters from the day-to-day hassles of parking at the Metro station.http://www.hindustantimes.com/Images/HTEditImages/Images/07-02-12-metro4.jpg

The Chhattarpur Metro station caters to commuters from Chhattarpur, Mehrauli village and Vasant Kunj area apart from the large number of devotees who come to visit the Chhattarpur temple.

Currently, the parking lot at Chhattarpur station can accommodate more than 150 vehicles. However, the parking, by end of the month, will be able to accommodate more than 400 cars.

“With the increase in parking space, Chhattarpur Metro station will become one among the major Metro parking lots in Delhi with 4,000 square metre parking space,” said a spokesperson of Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC).

The process of inviting tenders is on for increasing the parking space at Chhattarpur.

“By end of the month, the entire parking lot will be ready, which will be properly fenced, divided into lots with proper entry and exit facilities. There will be at least three entry and exit points in the newly developed parking area,” the spokesperson added.

The Delhi Metro has a total of 95 parking lots in Delhi and NCR at present, which together accommodate thousands of vehicles every day. Of them, line 1 (Dilshad Garden-Rithala) has 20 parking lots, line 2 has 20 lots, line 3/4 (Noida/Anand Vihar-Dwarka) has 36 parking lots, line 5 (Inderlok-Mundka) eight parking lots and line 6 (Central Secretariat-Badarpur) has 11 parking lots.

Source - hindustan times

All routes will lead to Kashmere Gate — the next transport hub

The commercial centre in North Delhi, Kashmere Gate is fast emerging as a major public transport hub. The Delhi Metro has shortlisted the area to construct another station in its Phase III, the bus rapid transit (BRT) corridor will be coming up here soon and the Delhi-Sonipat-Panipat regional rapid transit system will find space near the ISBT.
Meanwhile, the Maharana Pratap ISBT is under renovation and the work is expected to complete by March.
To ensure proper integration of various modes of transport, Unified Traffic and Transportation (planning and engineering) Centre (UTTIPEC) is working out a plan. All stakeholders — the Delhi Metro, DIMTS and NCR Planning Board — are being roped in to work on the plan.
The DIMTS is working on the BRT corridor and renovation of the ISBT, while NCR Planning Board is responsible for the regional rapid transit system.
At present, vehicular and pedestrian movement in the area is badly affected, with regular traffic congestions leading to chaos on roads.
“We have had meetings with all stakeholders. All agencies have agreed to work towards making an integrated plan for the area. We will make one agency responsible to work on the integration design for this area by engaging a consultant to monitor the plan. We will monitor the overall exercise,” said Ashok Bhattacharjee, Director, UTTIPEC.
According to UTTIPEC, planning will ensure optimal use of public space and proper amenities will be built for commuters and pedestrians. The agency hopes to develop the area as a showcase project, which can be replicated in other parts of the city.
“The number of people travelling here is likely to double over the years. The BRT and construction of another Metro station will lead to an increase in the number of passengers travelling from within the city, and the RRTS will mean that a large number of people from outside the city will come to Kashmere Gate. This makes integration of all modes of transport a necessity, and efforts will be made to develop the area as a well-designed public transport hub,’’ said Bhattacharjee.
Source - Indian Express

New rakes for Patna-New Delhi Sampoorna Kranti Exp soon

PATNA: In a major policy decision, the railways has decided to introduce Linke Holfmann Bush (LHB) coaches in all mail and express trains phase-wise in the country. The LHB coaches are based on the German technology ensuring foolproof safety and riding comforts to the passengers. At present, LHB coaches are being used in Rajdhani Express, Shatabdi Express and Duronto trains.
According to a Railway Board official, the railways has already decided to replace old coaches of Patna-New Delhi Sampoorna Kranti Express by LHB coaches. These new coaches have reached Patna and they are ready for the run in the Sampoorna Kranti Express, he said and added the railways plans to manufacture 3,500 coaches of which 500 will be LHB coaches in the current fiscal.

Source - Times of India

 

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