Jul 31, 2013

UT moots new road between railway station and airport

The increasing traffic on the city roads has compelled the UT Administration to mull over alternative routes to reduce congestion. To improve connectivity between the Chandigarh Railway Station and the Airport, the UT Administration has proposed a new road connecting the two destinations.

For construction of the road that would stretch around 2.5 kilometre, some land will be acquired from the Railways. Apart from this stretch, several other proposals have also been mooted for enhancing connectivity between various destinations.

At present, there is no direct connectivity between the Railway Station and the Airport. Those who have to commute between the two destinations have to take a longer route. The new road is expected to shorten the distance. The road will be from in front of Daria village and connect to another road that leads to the Airport.

Chief Engineer S K Chadha said that once land was acquired from the Railways, the road would be constructed. He added that the road would facilitate those commuting between these two destinations and ease traffic congestion.

Apart from this, there are certain other proposals that have been mooted for increasing connectivity with the Airport. These are part of the draft Master Plan 2031 for the city. With the new terminal being under construction on Mohali side, it is desired that this should be accessible from Chandigarh. An underground tunnel connecting the old and new terminal is proposed to be constructed.

Another option being mulled over is connectivity from Purv Marg near Sector 48. Connectivity from Zirakpur side is also in the pipeline to enable easy accessibility from all sides. The Chandigarh Administration has already raised the issue with High-Powered Inter-State Coordination Committee constituted by the Centre.

The increasing vehicular population in Chandigarh is raising the necessity for providing alternative roads to different destinations. The total daily traffic studies at outer cordon points indicate that about 1,52,650 vehicles enter or leave Chandigarh Urban Complex on a typical working day. There is also high through passenger and freight traffic across the city.
SOURCE indian express

Airport Express service to start early, end late

From August 1, Delhi Metro Airport Express will start at 4-45 a.m. from both New Delhi and Dwarka Sector-21 stations. The last train from New Delhi will depart at 11-30 p.m., from Dwarka at 11-15 p.m.Photo: Shanker Chakravarty

Services on the Airport Express line will open earlier in the mornings and the frequency of trains during peak hours will also be revised starting from August 1.

While the first train from both terminal stations, Dwarka Sector 21 and New Delhi Railway Station, will start at 4-45 a.m., the last train will depart from the New Delhi station at 11-30 p.m. The last train from Dwarka Sector 21 will be at 11-15 p.m.

At present, trains start running from 5-15 a.m. from Dwarka Sector 21 and 5.30 a.m. from the New Delhi station.

As for the frequency of the trains during peak hours, it will be revised to 10 minutes and 30 seconds instead of the existing 15 minutes. During off peak hours, it will remain 15 minutes as before.

As a result, daily train trips will increase to 180 from 146 at present. The peak hours – 7-30 a.m. to noon in the morning and 3 p.m. to 7-30 p.m. in the evening – have been decided keeping in view the arrival and departure of flights at Terminal 3 of the Indira Gandhi International Airport. The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation hopes the change in schedule will tremendously help passengers of the Shatabdi Express, which departs from the New Delhi Railway Station early in the morning and returns late at night.

“Now the Shatabdi Express passengers coming from the airport or nearby areas will be able to take the early morning services of the Airport Link and reach the New Delhi Railway Station. Similarly, passengers arriving by train at New Delhi late in the night, with the intention of going to the airport will be able to take the last Airport Link service from New Delhi,” said a DMRC statement.

In the event that the Shatabdi Express is delayed, the Airport Express services will wait an extra 15 minutes, till 11-45 p.m.

The operating speed of the trains on the Airport Express Line will also be increased to 80 kmph from the existing 70 kmph.

“The changes have been made on the basis of the feedback received from the commuters of the line,” the statement said.

After taking over the operations of the line from July 1, the DMRC had sought the feedback of the commuters in order to improve the quality of the services.

State to press for railway zone

DEVELOPMENT PUSH:Chief Minister Oommen Chandy greets E. T. Muhammed Basheer, MP, during an MP's conference in Thiruvananthapuram on Tuesday. Finance Minister K.M. Mani, Union Minister of State for Labour and Employment Kodikunnil Suresh are seen. —Photo: S. Gopakumar

The State government has urged the MPs from the State to mount pressure on the Centre for carving out an exclusive railway zone for the State, Rural Development Minister K. C. Joseph has said.

Briefing reporters about the deliberations at the MPs’ conference held here on Tuesday to discuss the issues to be raised at the monsoon session of Parliament, Mr. Joseph said that there was no dispute over the headquarters of the zone and it will be set up at a place acceptable for all. The Central government has not yet got the report of the committee appointed by the government for setting up railway zones. Chief Minister Oommen Chandy who chaired the session sought the MPs’ cooperation to take up the issue with the Centre.

The import duty on rubber has been fixed at 20 per cent or Rs. 20 per kg whichever is less. The meeting resolved to urge the Centre to fix the duty at 20 per cent itself. The State government had sought Rs. 607 crore to overcome the damage caused by the monsoon. Though the State was eligible only for Rs.403 crore, the meeting decided to seek assistance as per the report and also include compensation for sea erosion and deaths due to lightening strike in the Central norms.

Steps for expediting work on the Kanjikode coach factory was yet another demand set by the State government. The delay in starting the work was a matter of concern. The hurdles thrown up by the banks in the State in waiving the interest on the education loan of students with an annual income up to Rs.3 lakh will be raised in Parliament. Since road works under Pradhan Mantri Gramin Sadak Yojana in the State have been completed, the State will demand for inclusion in the second phase. The issue of granting central assistance for the kole farmers in Thrissur too would be taken up, he said.

Union Minister of State for Food and Civil Supplies K. V. Thomas who attended the meeting explained the significance of the Food Security Act and said that there will be no cut in the Central grain quota to the State.

Steps for distributing food and providing medical care to the tribes of Attapady too were discussed. Except Union Ministers A .K .Antony, Shashi Tharoor and E.Ahamed and M.I.Shanavas, MP, all UDF MPs were present. LDF MPs boycotted the meeting.


Photo expo on journey of Railways

The photo exhibition showcasing the evolution and rare moments of the railway journey was inaugurated by Indra Ghosh, General Manager, East Coast Railway, at Railway Stadium, Mancheswar, on Tuesday.

More than 200 rare photographs portraying the journey of the Railways are being displayed in the exhibition, reviving the nostalgia of passengers with ancient trains, engines, and political dignitaries making their journeys.

Safety derailed again at metro site

Barely 24 hours after a supervisor at a Namma Metro worksite was killed when a six-tonne steel frame collapsed on him, a rider was injured on Monday when an iron beam fell on his motorcycle along the same stretch. According to the police, Sridhar (38) was passing by the worksite near Gorguntepalya, when the H-beam came crashing down on his vehicle, injuring him. He is being treated at a private hospital and is said to be out of danger. Given that Sunday’s accident at the construction site near Peenya junction was fresh in the mind, the public staged a protest and forced work to stop, expressing anger at the “negligence” of Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Ltd.

The RMC Yard police rushed to the spot and dispersed the crowd. “We have not filed a case as it was a minor incident and there is no complaint,” they said.

An official release from BMRCL confirmed that the H-beam was dropped while the work material was being lowered with a rope.
source the hindu

Train services to be extended

Train No.56710/56709 Madurai-Dindigul-Madurai Passenger will be extended to Palani from August 2, according to a press release issued by the Southern Railway here on Tuesday.

Regular service of Train No.56710 Madurai-Palani Passenger and Train No.56709 Palani–Madurai Passenger will commence from that day itself, the release from the Southern Railway added.

Train No.56710 Madurai-Palani Passenger will leave Madurai at 7.35 a.m., arrive at Dindigul at 8.55 a.m.

After a five-minute halt, the Madurai-Palani Passenger will leave Dindigul and reach Palani at 10.45 a.m.

Train No.56709 Palani-Madurai Passenger will leave Palani at 5.05 p.m., arrive at Dindigul at 6.10 p.m.

It will leave Dindigul at 6.15 p.m. and reach Madurai at 8.15 p.m.


The extended trains will stop at Kudalnagar, Samayanallur, Sholavandan, Vadipatti, Kodaikkanal Road, Ambaturai, Dindigul, Akkaraippatti, Oddanchatram and Chatrapatti.

Jan Shatabdi to run up to Kannur from Friday

The extended service of the Kannur-Thiruvananthapuram Jan Shatabdi Express (Train no. 12081) will be flagged off by K. Sudhakaran, MP, at Kannur railway station at 4.45 a.m. on Friday.

A press release issued by Railways said the Thiruvananthapuram-Kozhikode Jan Shatabdi Express (Train no. 12082) leaving Thiruvananthapuram on Friday will run up to Kannur.

A.P. Abdullakutty, MLA; municipal chairperson Roshni Khalid; and district panchayat president K.A. Sarala will be present at the flag-off function. The detailed timings of the Thiruvananthapuram-Kannur Jan Shatabdi Express are as follows: Thiruvananthapuram-2.20 p.m., Kollam- 3.15 p.m., Chengannur-4.12 p.m., Kottayam-4.52 p.m., Ernakulam Town-6.05 p.m., Thrissur-7.18 p.m., Shoranur-8.20 p.m., Tirur-9 p.m., Kozhikode-9.55 p.m., Vadakara-10.30 p.m., Thalassery-10.50 p.m., and Kannur-11.30 p.m.

The Thiruvananthapuram-bound train will leave Kannur at 4.45 a.m.

The press release said Mr. Sudhakaran would also inaugurate a cleanliness drive, tree plantation and garden development, and safety awareness programme at the railway station at 10 a.m. on Friday.


Season ticket holders cannot travel on reserved coaches: court

A Division Bench of the Kerala High Court held on Tuesday that season ticket holders were not entitled to travel on reserved coaches of trains.

The Bench, comprising Chief Justice Manjula Chellur and Justice K. Vinod Chandran, observed that it agreed with earlier judgements of the High Court that season ticket holders were not permitted to travel on reserved compartments.

Plea dismissed

The court made the observation while dismissing a petition filed by Nazarudeen from Kozhikode challenging the Railways’ order that First Class season tickets holders were allowed to travel only on unreserved coaches.

In its earlier judgments, the court had held that persons who had reserved tickets would have to be protected.

‘No reservation’

Railways said there was no reservation of seats or berths for First Class season ticket holders or for that matter, Second Class season ticket holders.

The First Class season ticket holders would be entitled to travel only on unreserved coaches, that too during the day. No superfast train had unreserved coaches, Railways contended.

As per the Indian Railway Commercial Manual, Railways were bound to see that upper and lower class passengers, who had reserved their berths/seats, were properly accommodated.
SOURCE the hindu

More trains to North Bengal

KOLKATA: Junior railway minister Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury on Tuesday flagged off the Howrah-New Jalpaiguri AC Superfast Express and inaugurated computerized reservation centres at several locations along the Howrah, Malda and Asansol divisions of Eastern Railway. He also announced extension of some trains and increase in frequency of others.

Among those present at the programme were ER general manager G C Agarwal, Metro Railway GM Radhey Shyam and Howrah divisional railway manager A Dutta.

"It is important to run trains. But, it is equally important to provide better services, particularly in remote parts. We have to build necessary infrastructure to allow more trains to run. North Bengal is very important for the state. Till now, people from there were only connected to Kolkata through Sealdah. Now, with the introduction of this train, Howrah will also be connected to north Bengal," the minister said.

After the programme in Howrah, Chowdhury went to the South Eastern Railway's headquarters to give away the prizes for the 61st All India Railways Table Tennis Championship. He assured more support to sportspersons during the programme. On Tuesday, the minister also commenced doubling work, flagged off local trains and announced the extension of MEMU services at the Berhampore Court station.
SOURCE times of india

Delhi airport Metro to run in sync with Shatabdi trains

As a result of the rejig, daily train trips will increase to 180 from 146 at present. — S. Subramanium

NEW DELHI, JULY 30: From August 1, the last Metro train on the airport line will wait for Shatabdi train passengers at the New Delhi Railway station terminal at night, in case the trains get delayed. Moreover, services will also start early to ensure passengers reach on time to catch the early morning departing Shatabdi trains.

“All Shatabdi Express trains reach New Delhi by latest 11.05 p.m. However, (instead of departing at 11:30 p.m.) the Airport Express services will wait for maximum 15 more minutes up to 11.45 p.m. in case of any delay in these trains,” a Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) release said.

Synchronising the run of Metro trains on airport line with that of Shatabdi Express trains is a part of DMRC’s strategy to increase ridership in the 22.7-km airport line, from which Reliance Infrastructure exited recently. Airport line sees a ridership of 13,500 people now.

The steps, based on customer feedback, include increase operating hours, speed and frequency of trains.

The statement said, “The first train service from both the terminal stations — Dwarka Sector 21 and New Delhi — will start at 4:45 a.m. instead of the present 5:30 a.m. at New Delhi and 5.15 a.m. at Dwarka Sector 21. The last train will, however, continue to depart from the New Delhi station at 11.30 p.m. and from Dwarka Sector 21 at 11.15 p.m.”

As a result of the rejig, daily train trips will increase to 180 from 146 at present. The operating speed of the trains on the Airport Express line will also be increased to 80 km per hour from the existing 70 km per hour.

The frequency of the trains during peak hours will also be revised to 10 minutes and 30 seconds instead of the existing 15 minutes from August 1. During off-peak hours, it will remain 15 minutes, as earlier. The morning peak hours are from 7.30 a.m. to noon while the evening peak hours are from 3 p.m. to 7.30 p.m. The peak hours have been decided keeping in view the timings of the arrival and departure of flights at the Terminal 3 of Indira Gandhi International Airport.

“This change in schedule will tremendously help the passengers of the Shatabdi Express trains which depart from the New Delhi railway station early in the morning and reach back late in the night. Now, the Shatabdi Express passengers coming from the airport or the nearby areas will be able to take the early morning services of the Airport link and reach the New Delhi railway station. Similarly, the passengers arriving by the train at New Delhi late in the night, with the intention of going to the airport will be able to take the last Airport link service from New Delhi,” said an official release.
source the hindu business line





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