May 2, 2013

Setting up of Electric Locomotive Factory at Madhepura, Bihar and Diesel Locomotive Factory at Marhowra, Bihar


The Union Cabinet has approved the proposal of the Ministry of Railways for setting up of an Electric Locomotive Factory at Madhepura, Bihar and a Diesel Locomotive Factory at Marhowra, Bihar, to start afresh the bidding processes for these projects.

Estimated costs for setting up the Electric Locomotive Factory and Diesel Locomotive Factory, as approved by CCEA and included in the Railway Budget are Rs. 1293.57 crore and Rs. 2052.58 crore respectively, with limited equity contribution by Ministry of Railways.

An informal Group of Ministers, chaired by the Minister of Finance and comprising the Minister of Railways, and Dy. Chairman Planning Commission, met on April 22, 2013 and finalized its recommendations, following extensive inter-ministerial deliberations. The two factories shall be set up in Joint Venture (JV) with locomotive manufacturers to be selected through International Competitive Bidding (ICB). JV partners will be selected through a two stage ICB process. The bids will be finalized within three months of receipt of the Cabinet's approval.

Over a ten year period, the factories will provide Indian Railways with 800 electric locomotives of 12,000 horse power (h.p.) each and a mix of 1,000 diesel locomotives of 4,500 and 6,000 h.p. with high level performance guarantees similar to international practices.

The locomotive factories are likely to attract significant foreign investment with concomitant availability of internally generated resources for other important railway projects. Locomotives manufactured by these factories will be of international class energy/fuel efficiency and will become an important instrument of India's response to global efforts towards mitigation of adverse impacts on climate due to emission of green-house gases. Successful execution of these projects by the JV route will usher Indian Railways into a new era of reforms.

Background

For realization of the goal for sustaining the growth in the national economy, modernization and augmentation of locomotive manufacturing capacities and infusion of advanced technology is a basic infrastructural necessity.
SOURCE - PIB

Shri Arunendra Kumar takes over as Member Mechanical Railway Board


Arunendra Kumar has taken over as Member (Mechanical) Railway Board and ex officio Secretary to the Government of India. Prior to this posting, Shri Arunendra Kumar was General Manager, South East Central Railway (SECR) (Headquarter: Bilaspur, Chhattisgarh). 


An officer belonging to 1976 batch of Indian Railways Service of Mechanical Engineers (IRSME) (Special Class Railway Apprentice Examination 1971), Shri Arunendra Kumar has been in charge of maintenance of a variety of locomotives, coaches and wagons over a career of more than 35 years both in Workshops and open line. He has several innovations to his credit in the area of locomotive and coaching maintenance. He has displayed great leadership qualities and managerial skills which has enabled him to deliver results in crisis situations. 

As General Manager, SECR, Shri Kumar managed the heaviest freight operation in the Country. As Divisional Railway Manager, Mumbai Central he successfully managed maintenance and operation of all trains and infrastructure over Mumbai Division

Shri Kumar has contributed significantly in various policy formulation at Railway Board Level while working as Advisor (CC) & Additional Member Production unit. He has attended advanced management and training programmes at Paris, Germany, South Korea, China, Switzerland, Canada, Namibia. 

Shri Kumar is an outstanding athlete and excellent player of Badminton. Shri Kumar has featured on National Geographic Channel in the serial “Seven Mega Cities of the World” and holds a record of longest Live TV Interview by a Railway Officer on National TV Channel. 


source - PIB

बदल गया रेलवे रिजर्वेशन नियम, इनकम टैक्स रिटर्न में देना पड़ेगा पूरी संपत्ति का ब्योरा!



नई दिल्ली. एक मई से जहां रेल यात्रा के लिए रिजर्वेशन का नियम बदल गया है, वहीं दिल्‍ली-एनसीआर के लोगों को अमूल दूध के दाम में दो रुपये प्रति लीटर की बढ़ोतरी का झटका लगा है। हालांकि पेट्रोल तीन रुपया सस्‍ता हुआ है, लेकिन एक परेशानी की बात यह है कि अब इनकम टैक्स रिटर्न में अब पूरी संपत्ति का ब्योरा भी देना पड़ सकता है। केंद्रीय वित्त मंत्रालय टैक्स चोरी रोकने के लिए इस तरह की व्यवस्था करने पर विचार कर रहा है। मंत्रालय के एक शीर्ष अधिकारी ने मंगलवार को बताया, ‘सरकार नया इनकम टैक्स रिटर्न फॉर्म लाने पर विचार कर रही है। इसमें लोगों को सालाना आमदनी के साथ ही पूरी संपत्ति, देनदारियों आदि के बारे जानकारी देनी होगी। इसी सप्ताह इस पर फैसला हो सकता है।’ उन्होंने बताया कि यह व्यवस्था खास तौर पर हाईनेटवर्थ (जिनके पास 10 लाख रुपए से अधिक संपत्ति है) वाले लोगों को ध्यान में रखकर की जा रही है। ऐसे लोग संपत्ति कर से बचने के लिए उसका पूरा ब्योरा नहीं देते। (तीन रुपए सस्ता हुआ पेट्रोल)

पिछले साल सरकार ने उन लोगों के लिए इनकम टैक्स रिटर्न में संपत्ति का ब्यौरा देना अनिवार्य किया था जिनके पास विदेश में प्रॉपर्टी है। सरकार ने 2012-13 में करीब 1,244 करोड़ रुपए संपत्ति कर की वसूली का लक्ष्य रखा था। लेकिन कलेक्शन सिर्फ 866 करोड़ रुपए का ही हो पाया। इस साल (2013-14 के लिए) 950 करोड़ रुपए संपत्ति कर की वसूली का लक्ष्य तय किया गया है।

वहीं महिलाओं के लिए एक अच्छी खबर है कि भारतीय सेना में अब महिलाएं भी एडीसी (एडी-दे-कैंप) यानी वरिष्ठ अधिकारियों की असिस्टेंट बनेंगी। सेनाध्यक्ष बिक्रम सिंह ने इस संबंध में आदेश जारी कर दिया है। अब तक देश में महिला अधिकारी की पोस्टिंग एडीसी के रूप में नहीं होती थी। सेना में 2.5 फीसदी महिलाएं हैं।

वेबसाइट पर दिखेगी ‘आधार’ पर गैस एजेंसी की कार्रवाई

रियायती रसोई गैस सिलेंडरों के लिए सरकार ने सब्सिडी का पैसा सीधे उपभोक्ता के खाते में भेजने का फैसला किया है। यह योजना देश भर में अक्टूबर से लागू करने का प्रस्ताव है। इसके लिए हर उपभोक्ता को अपना आधार नंबर संबंधित गैस एजेंसी पर दर्ज कराने को कहा गया है। लेकिन उपभोक्ताओं को यह मालूम नहीं है कि एजेंसी ने उनका नंबर दर्ज किया या नहीं। इस समस्या को देखते हुए पेट्रोलियम मंत्रालय ने सभी वितरकों से कहा है कि वे इससे संबंधित सूचना पेट्रोलियम कंपनी की साइट पर डालें। इस पर काम भी शुरू कर दिया गया है। एक विशेष कॉलम साइट पर बनाया गया है जिसमें लाल और हरे रंग के माध्यम से बताया गया है कि किस उपभोक्ता का नंबर एजेंसी ने दर्ज किया है और किसका नंबर अभी तक दर्ज नहीं हुआ है। मंत्रालय के एक अधिकारी ने कहा कि लाल रंग का तात्पर्य है कि आपका आधार नंबर एजेंसी ने दर्ज नहीं किया है। जबकि हरे रंग का मतलब है कि आपका आधार नंबर कंपनी के रिकार्ड में आ गया है। इस अधिकारी ने कहा कि यह देखना खासा आसान है। कोई भी उपभोक्ता अपनी गैस एजेंसी की कंपनी (इंडियन ऑयल, भारत पेट्रोलियम, हिंदुस्तान पेट्रोलियम) की वेबसाइट पर जाकर या फिर ‘ट्रांसपेरेंसी पोर्टल’ वेबसाइट पर जाकर अपनी गैस एजेंसी का नाम सर्च करके अपने बाबत सूचना हासिल कर सकता है।

गैस एजेंसी के साथ कंपनी भी बदल सकेंगे

मोबाइल नंबर की तरह गैस कनेक्शन भी अब आप एक कंपनी से दूसरी में ले जा सकेंगे। गैस एजेंसी (वितरक) भी इच्छा और जरूरत के अनुसार बदली जा सकेगी। देश में जल्द ही गैस कनेक्शन पोर्टेबिलिटी की योजना शुरू की जा सकती है। इस संबंध में इंडियन ऑयल, भारत पेट्रोलियम और हिंदुस्तान पेट्रोलियम के प्रमुखों की अगले सप्ताह यहां बैठक होने जा रही है। इसमें योजना को अंतिम रूप दिया जाएगा। योजना के लिए तीनों कंपनियां अपने नियमों और सॉफ्टवेयर में जरूरी बदलाव करेंगी। इंडियन ऑयल के सूत्रों ने मंगलवार को यह जानकारी दी। उन्होंने बताया कि पेट्रोलियम मंत्रालय के निर्देश पर तीनों तेल कंपनियों ने गैस कनेक्शन पोर्टेबिलिटी के लिए देशभर में 50 केंद्रों पर ट्रायल शुरू की है।

अभी यह व्यवस्था

फिलहाल जो व्यवस्था है उसमें ग्राहक एक ही परिस्थिति में कंपनी बदल सकते हैं। वे जहां कनेक्शन ले जा रहे हैं अगर वहां उनकी कंपनी का नेटवर्क नहीं है तो दूसरी कंपनी का कनेक्शन मिल सकता है। लेकिन नई व्यवस्था में ऐसी कोई बंदिश नहीं होगी।
गैस सिलेंडर 54, पेट्रोल तीन रुपए और सस्ता

सरकार के खिलाफ बिगड़ते माहौल के बीच तेल कंपनियों ने पेट्रोल तीन रुपए प्रति लीटर सस्ता करने की घोषणा कर दी है। यानी करीब 4.54 फीसदी की कटौती। पेट्रोल के नियंत्रण मुक्त किए जाने के बाद यह अब तक की सबसे बड़ी कटौती है। फैसला मंगलवार रात से लागू हो गया है।

स्थानीय कर जोडऩे पर कटौती साढ़े तीन रुपए तक होगी। नई दरों के मुताबिक दिल्ली में पेट्रोल की कीमत 63.09 रुपए प्रति लीटर हो गई है। अभी यह 66.09 रुपए प्रति लीटर थी। तेल कंपनियों का दावा है कि अंतरराष्ट्रीय बाजार में कच्चे तेल की कीमतें गिरने और रुपए के मजबूत होने के कारण पेट्रोल सस्ता किया गया है।

हालांकि इसे कर्नाटक चुनाव से भी जोड़कर देखा जा रहा है। पिछले तीन पखवाड़े में पेट्रोल करीब पांच रुपए तक सस्ता हो चुका है। 16 अप्रैल को इसकी कीमत 1.20 रुपए, एक अप्रैल को 1 रुपए और 16 मार्च को 2.40 रुपए प्रति लीटर कम की गई थी। जून 2010 में पेट्रोल को बाजार के हवाले किया गया था। उसके बाद से तेल कंपनियां हर महीने की 15 और 30 या 31 तारीख को कीमतों की समीक्षा करती है।

गैर-रियायती सिलेंडर 847 में

तेल कंपनियों में पेट्रोल के साथ गैर-रियायती रसोई गैस सिलेंडर भी 54 रुपए सस्ता किया है। नई दर मंगलवार देर रात से लागू हो गई है। इसके बदलाव के बाद दिल्ली में अब गैर-रियायती एलपीजी सिलेंडर की कीमत 847 रुपए हो गई है। अभी तक यह 901 रुपए प्रति सिलेंडर थी।

Source - bhaskar

Mumbai Metro trial completed on Maharashtra Day


On the occasion of Maharashtra Day, Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan Wednesday promised Mumbaikars that the state's first Metro from Versova to Airport Road in Mumbai will be commissioned in September.

Flagging off the first trial run between Versova and Azad Nagar, a three-km stretch, Chavan complimented the efforts of all workers, technicians, engineers and officials working on the Mumbai Metro, labelled as one of the state's showpiece infrastructure projects.

"They have brought the Metro to your doorstep without stopping the daily routine or halting the highway traffic even for a single day," Chavan said. He added that the next stretch on the Versova-Andheri-Ghatkopar Metro - from the Airport Road to Ghatkopar - will be commissioned in December.

Chavan said trials will continue for the next few months as a prelude to securing certification from the railways' safety commissioner, for the project constructed by a Reliance Infrastructure Ltd-led consortium on behalf of Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA).

"It has been a challenging task, to say the least," Chavan said, pointing to the difficulties overcome in the construction of the Versova-Andheri-Ghatkopar.

The decades old and unmapped underground utilities, congested areas and never-ending traffic snarls were some of the hurdles overcome during the construction of the corridor.
The section is part of the 11.40 km Versova-Ghatkopar corridor which will provide a vital east-west link and drastically reduce travel time from around 90 minutes now to barely 20 minutes.

About other projects, Chavan said that the complete underground Colaba-Bandra-SEEPZ Metro corridor and the under-consideration Ghatkopar-Thane Metro corridor, along with other mega projects were expected to be started this year.

"The MMRDA will inaugurate projects like mono rail, Eastern Express Freeway Project, the Sahar Elevated Road, Milan Rail Overbridge, Santacruz-Chembur Link Road and a flyover at Amar Mahal Junction in Chembur," Chavan said.

In all, these projects would add another 24 km of additional roadway to the city.
The Mumbai Metro's first phase connecting Versova-Ghatkopar is being constructed at a cost of around Rs.2,356 crore.

This sector is an elevated corridor supported by columns at the road median and will enable connectivity of eastern-western suburbs to the Western Railway and Central Railway.

The MMRDA plans to provide interchange facility within the two railway networks at Ghatkopar and Andheri. This phase of the Mumbai Metro - a part of which is expected to be opened for public use by August - will cater to important commercial areas and surrounding business districts in the suburban areas.

Chavan said the tendering process of the Rs.9,630 crore Mumbai Trans Harbour Link, the country's second sealink in Mumbai, is nearing completion and the construction work is expected to start this year.

He added that the state government has given an in-principle backing to the Rs.23,000 crore elevated railway corridor between Churchgate-Virar.
Source - deccanherald

Mumbai: Elevated metro line to be operational by year-end

Mumbai: The tracks have been laid and the much-awaited Mumbai Metro is a step closer towards making Mumbaikars happy. After missing six deadlines, the air-conditioned elevated metro line will now be thrown open to the public by the end of this year.

The service will be available between 5:30 am and midnight and the frequency of the trains will initially be 3.5 minutes. Six lakh commuters are expected to travel every day. The fares are expected to be between Rs 6 and Rs 15 depending on the distances.

The 11.4 km-long line will cover Versova in the western suburbs to Ghatkopar  n the eastern suburbs. The same distance is generally covered in 90 minutes but will now be covered in 21 minutes.

With local trains packed like sardines, the Metro line will certainly be the much-needed relief for office-goers who were so long deprived of an east-west connectivity. And with this, the city traffic congestion will be eased a bit.

Source - ibnlive

IOB men, Railway women take the honours



REASON TO SMILE: Southern Railway proved too good for Rising Star in the final. Photo: R. Shivaji Rao

IOB and Southern Railway bagged the men’s and women’s crowns respectively in the Rising Star BC annual State-level basketball tournament, which concluded here on Wednesday.

While IOB overcame a minor challenge from Chennai Customs to prevail 72-56 in the men’s summit clash, a seasoned Railways team asserted its dominance with a 55-37 victory over Rising Star in the women’s final.

The women’s summit clash turned out to be disappointing as a better performance was expected from Rising Star.

Aishwarya Natraj, Soumya and Ramya made the contest exciting with their quick-wittedness, but once Railways took charge with Adhirai, Neena, Alagu Tamilmozhi and Apoorva finding the target, Rising Star couldn’t force the pace and wilted under pressure.

Minor scare

In men’s action, IOB had a minor scare in the first quarter as Customs attacked with impunity, with Vinoth being spot on with his two-pointers.

At the end of the first quarter, IOB was trailing 19-23. However, it came back roaring in the second quarter and maintained the momentum till the end with excellent performances from Prasanna Venkatesh and Abilek Paul.

IOB received Rs. 25,000 while Southern Railway took home Rs. 15,000.

Raju Venkatraman, MD & CEO, Medall Healthcare Pvt. Ltd. and R. Devaraj, General Manager, State Express Transport Corporation, gave away the prizes.

The results:

Men: Final: IOB 72 (Prasanna Venkatesh 16, Abilek Paul 15, Hareesh Koroth 10, Vineeth Ravi Mathew 10) bt Chennai Customs 56 (Vinoth 25, John de Platto 11, Saravana Rajan 10).

Third place: Indian Bank 77 (Phuvaneshwaran 17, Thangadurai 16, Amarnath Gopi 14, Praveen Kumar 14) bt JIT 67 (Shashank Rai 20, Ajinkya Mane 17, Arun Harikumar 12, Pawan Kumar 10).

Women: Final: S. Rly. 55 (Adhirai 13, Neena Hareendran 12, Apoorva 10) bt Rising Star 37 (Aishwarya Natraj 12).

Third place: Slammers 60 (Anila 20) bt Madras Nationals BC 31 (Sindoori 14)
.Source - the hindu

 

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