May 29, 2013

Metro’s tunnelling work stalled due to “procedural issue”

For over a month now, work on the Mandi House–ITO section of the Delhi Metro has been stalled due to its close proximity to the Tilak Bridge railway overpass. A Tunnel Boring Machine which was lowered into the corridor has been idling away as the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation and the Northern Railway spar over safety permits.

Terming it a “procedural issue”, a senior DMRC official confirmed that a TBM has been stationary for over a month in this particular section of the upcoming Central Secretariat–Kashmere Gate corridor. He said that it was “not a question of the railways not granting permission” but it was a safety matter that needed to be considered.

Another DMRC official also termed it a procedural issue but given the corridor falls below the Tilak Bridge, he said, the Commissioner of Metro Rail Safety (CMRS) has already checked the corridor for any unsafe practices. “The CMRS has already given us the permission to go ahead. A letter in this regard has been forwarded to Northern Railway quite sometime back,” he said.

However, a senior official of Northern Railway said the clearance by the CMRS was only an “in principle” approval and the green signal can be granted only after a ground inspection to check safety issues is carried out.

“It is a huge tunnel going below the railway tracks. We can not take any chances as there are lot of safety issues involved. It is such a busy railway track. Just imagine if something happens. So naturally we will be worried,” said the official.

Rejecting the allegations that the railways was to be blamed for the stoppage of work, the official said: “We understand the importance and gravity of the issue. We are in touch with the officials concerned in the Delhi Metro. It is our top priority to clear the safety issue involved.” However, he did not offer any time frame by which work will be allowed to resume.

The section forms part of the 3.3 km section between Mandi House and Jama Masjid which will be completely underground and will cover three stations at ITO, Delhi Gate and Jama Masjid. Early last year, a Delhi Metro official said that the tunnelling distance for the section is around 2.5 km and will be constructed using a TBM and the contractors have been asked to complete the work in 42 months.

The section has been contracted to the Shanghai Urban Construction Group, which formed a joint venture with Indian conglomerate L&T that has been awarded different projects by the DMRC.

Source - thehindu

ट्रेन में हो छेड़छाड़ तो महिलाएं यहां करें शिकायत

ट्रेनों में छेड़खानी और छिनैती की बढ़ती घटनाओं को रोकने के लिए उत्तर मध्य रेलवे ने पहल की है।

महिला यात्रियों की सुविधा और सुरक्षा के लिए जोन ने टोल-फ्री नंबर 18001805315 मंगलवार से शुरू किया है।

24 घंटे चालू रहने वाले इस नंबर को मोबाइल से मिलाने पर ‘0’ लगाना पड़ेगा। इस नंबर को जोन के सुरक्षा नियंत्रण कक्ष से संचालित किया जाएगा।

जोनल मुख्यालय में महाप्रबंधक आलोक जौहरी ने इसका उद्घाटन किया।

उन्होंने उम्मीद जताई कि इस सेवा के जरिए महिला यात्रियों को न सिर्फ बेहतर सुरक्षा मिलेगी, बल्कि एनसीआर परिक्षेत्र में यात्रियों को सुरक्षित यात्रा का एहसास कराने में भी सफल रहेंगे।

उन्होंने इलाहाबाद, आगरा और झांसी मंडलों के सुरक्षा अधिकारियों को निर्देश दिया है कि टोल-फ्री नंबर पर आने वाली कॉल को गंभीरता से सुनें और जरूरत पड़े तो त्वरित कार्रवाई की जाए।

इसके साथ ही जोन में फ्रंट लाइन स्टाफ यानी यात्री के सीधे संपर्क में आने वाले वाणिज्य विभाग और सुरक्षा विभाग के कर्मियों को सेंसीटाइज किया जा रहा है।

Source - amarujala

DMRC ready to face monsoon threat

KOCHI: The monsoon will not be a spanner in the works for the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) which is in the process of starting civic works for the Kochi Metro.

To prevent waterlogging and flooding at its construction sites, the metro authority is taking adequate steps along with the Kochi corporation to prevent any rain-related accidents that may cause delays.

While the corporation is taking measures to prevent clogging of storm water drains and canals in the city, DMRC is putting in place casings and liners to prevent rain water from entering Metro sites.

"Rains were taken into account during the planning stage itself. Moreover, while executing the work for North railway and A L Jacob railway overbridges we had a first-hand experience of the Kerala monsoon," said project director P Sriram.

While piling activities require water in large quantities, it would be done with extreme caution. The required water will be mixed with certain adhesives for the construction purpose. "If rain water enters, the pilling site could collapse," he added.

But the project director admitted that DMRC could face problems while carrying out land filling works for Muttom yard. "The work may get affected due to rains. If the rains are heavy then we will have no choice but to stop work," he said.

DMRC is also taking adequate precautions to prevent accidents near construction sites. It has directed workers to regularly clean barricades and ensure that warning signs, blinkers and reflectors are put up for the public. Cranes and other heavy equipment will also be used with utmost caution.

The agency will ensure safety measures are taken while building dwelling units for labourers at various Metro sites in the city.
Source - times of india





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