Dec 29, 2012

Railway imprest cards introduced

Railway authorities of Vijayawada division introduced imprest cash cards, with the help of SBI, to avoid handling of petty cash by field officers. Releasing them on Friday, DRM Pradeep Kumar said they would help avoid cash handling up to Rs 30 lakh each month for transactions and added that 265 field officers in the division have been authorised as imprest holders .He added the cards would facilitate hassle-free payment of imprest recoupment amount which will be credited in the imprest account of SBI main branch.
Source - Times of India

Trial run on India’s longest railway tunnel

SRINAGAR / NEW DELHI: A day after angry villagers in south Kashmir's Anantnag blocked the trial run of a train through India's longest 11.21-km tunnel linking Qazigund to Banihal demanding halts at Hillad village in Qazigund, the railways carried out the first test run on Friday. 

"Northern Railway is going to achieve one more milestone in J&K in transportation with the completion of Banihal-Qazigund section of Udhampur-Baramullah-Srinagar Rail link project...The first track tamping machine arrived at Banihal on December 24 from Qazigund. Rs 1691cr was incurred by the railways to complete this section," said a Northern Railway spokesman. The tunnel constructed by Hindustan Construction Corporation will reduce the travel distance between Qazigund and Banihal from 35 km (by road) to just 17.5 km (by train). 

The Pir Panjal tunnel has attained the distinction of being the second longest railway tunnel in Asia, an HCC spokesman said. The tunnel section of the track was built at a cost of Rs 1691 crore, and took seven years to complete. The tunnel was built by NATM (new Austrian tunnelling method) used for the first time on such a large scale in India. The tunnel has been made waterproof. It's equipped with air quality monitoring, ventilation, communication, and fire-fighting systems.

Source - Times of India

 

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