Aug 31, 2013

Crashing of barge into Pamban rail bridge: charge sheet ready

The Naval barge anchored off Pamban, which drifted and crashed into the Pamban rail bridge. File photo: L. Balachandar
The HinduThe Naval barge anchored off Pamban, which drifted and crashed into the Pamban rail bridge. File photo: L. Balachandar

India’s first cantilever bridge across the Palk Strait, connecting the mainland with the Rameswaram Island, suffered damage after the barge, crashed into the bridge in January.

The Tamil Nadu Railway Police (TNRP) has completed the investigation into the crashing of a barge into the 100-year-old Pamban rail bridge in January and is all set to file the charge sheet against the five accused, including the Captain of the barge and the then Pamban port conservator, in the case.

India’s first cantilever bridge across the Palk Strait, connecting the mainland with the Rameswaram Island, suffered damage after the barge, owned by Kolkotta-based Titagarh Marine crashed into the bridge after anchor failure.

A tug boat was towing the barge from Kolkotta for handing it over to the Indian Navy in Karwar, when the mishap occurred on January 13. The barge was salvaged on the same day but train services remained suspended for a week following damage to one of the piers.

After the TNRP registered a FIR, C.Vellaiyan, Deputy Superintendent of Police, TNRP, Madurai Division took up the investigation and completed it recently, holding the Captain of the vessel responsible for the mishap and decided to include the then Pamban port conservator as one of the five accused in the charge sheet.

“We have completed the investigation and written to the Tamil Nadu Maritime Board to include the then Pamban port conservator as an accused in the case. After getting the clearance from the board, the charge sheet will be filed before the Judicial Magistrate Court, Rameswaram,” he told The Hindu. Apart from the Captain and the port conservator, the vessel Engineer, seaman and the agent of Titagarh Marine are also being charged in the case, he said.

Investigations revealed that there has been slackness on the part of the Captain and the crew leading to the mishap, Mr. Vellaiyan said adding the then Pamban port conservator (who has been transferred to Kannyakumari after the incident) was equally responsible for the mishap as he “had played the role of the agent” and tried in vain to remove the vessel before it rammed into the bridge, he said.

After registering the case in January, the TNRP took possession of the barge and arrested the Captain and seaman. However, it later handed over the barge to Titagarh Marine on the order of the JM court Rameswaram. The Captain and seaman were also released on bail.

Meanwhile, the Madurai Division of the Southern Railway claimed damages to the tune of Rs. 1.5 crore and denied permission to the tug boat and barge to pass through the bridge without paying the compensation. The row between Titagarh Marine and Southern Railway took a dramatic turn with the company taking out the barge via Sri Lanka in March. The matter pertaining to the compensation was pending before the Madurai bench of the Madras High court.
Source.. the hindu

Website based on crowd sourcing launched to help train commuters

The portal is providing information through a solution built on Google Maps and contextual and location specific travel tips and trivia on trains, stations and destinations.

Based on crowd sourcing, private portal RailYatri Saturday launched another portal, RailWisdom, to provide information on stations and travel tips to train passengers.

In a statement, the company said it expects to invest over $1 million in the next two years and is already receiving a traction of around 12,000 visitors daily.

The portal was launched at the at the Big Mobility Conference at Bangalore.

The portal is providing information through a solution built on Google Maps and contextual and location specific travel tips and trivia on trains, stations and destinations.

The product will soon be available on Android, iOs, Blackberry and Windows OS, the company statement said.

On board water conservation

Saving water in trains: a science teacher shows the way, wins international awards

‘Water water everywhere, nor any drop to drink.’ The line from the Rime of the Ancient Mariner seems to have a ringing truth in it. With the problem of water scarcity escalating, conservation has become the order of the day. Prakash Vaithyanathan, a science teacher, has come up with a novel idea to save 5.11 billion litres of fresh water every year. I thought about water wastage in trains in India and came up with a plan to recycle it for further use. The used water from wash basins and toilets in the coaches can be collected, filtered and disinfected using a simple UV radiation method or ozone-based mechanism.

“This recycled water can be re-used for the toilets in trains, thereby bringing down the demand for fresh water. Though the Indian Railways was quite appreciative of my idea, the project cost has been a hindering factor,” Mr. Vaithyanathan says.

Letting water from trains run on track will do no good to the water table. Hence, it is advisable to re-use it. The toilet systems in the western countries do not require much water, but such a system will not work in India. The reasons being heavy dependence on energy and need for regular maintenance, he pointed out.

“A de-centralised option would work the best, and the way to go about this is to have sinks attached to every coach so that the energy requirements for pumping water to flush tanks can be reduced. The Indian Railways implemented my idea in one coach and photographs of the same are my prized possession and I use them to inspire my students. I believe, the real success of my project is not in its implementation, but in my students doing their bit to save water,” Prakash added. For this concept, Mr. Vaithyanathan won the ‘International Green Apple Award’ at a function organised at the House of Commons, U.K., and the ‘Green Hero Award' at the Tower of London, U.K. He can be reached at 95000 79411.
Source..the hindu

बिल्ली जंक्शन पर ट्रेनों के ठहराव की मिली सौगात

ओबरा (सोनभद्र) : डीआरएम से वार्ता कर लौटे आंदोलनकारियों की बातों पर विश्वास करे को बिल्ली जंक्शन पर कई ट्रेनों के ठहराव की सौगात मिल गई है। अब उसमें कागजी औपचारिकताएं पूरी होनी शेष है। ट्रेनों के ठहराव के मुद्दे पर जन कल्याण समिति के कार्यकर्ताओं ने बिल्ली जंक्शन पर कई दिनों तक धरना दिया और आस-पास के क्षेत्रों में जन संपर्क कर समर्थन मांगा। लोगों ने समिति समर्थन देकर आंदोलन को धार दी।

धनबाद में पूर्व मध्य रेलवे के डीआरएम सुधीर कुमार, डीसीएम दयानंद से हुई द्विपक्षीय वार्ता में मौजूद समिति के अध्यक्ष सीपी माली, एसपी सिंह ने कहा कि बिल्ली जंक्शन पर ट्रेनों के ठहराव पर सहमति बन गई है। डीआरएम ने सहमति दी है कि त्रिवेणी व इंटरसीटी एक्सप्रेस बिल्ली जंक्शन पर रुकेंगी। दोनों ट्रेनों को ट्रायल में दिया जा रहा है। इनसे लाभ दिखाई देगा तो अन्य गाड़ियों को भी बिल्ली जंक्शन पर ठहराव की अनुमति दी जा सकेगी।

डीआरएम के आश्वासन से उत्साहित कार्यकर्ताओं ने माना कि आंदोलन और लोगों के समर्थन से बिल्ली जंक्शन पर ट्रेनों के ठहराव पर रेलवे के उच्चाधिकारी राजी हो सके है।

त्रिवेणी, इंटरसीटी रुकेंगी

शक्ति नगर से बरेली जाने वाली त्रिवेणी एक्सप्रेस, बरवाडीह-चोपन त्रिवेणी लिंक, सिंगरौली-वाराणसी इंटरसीटी ट्रेनें रुकेंगी। ट्रेनों के ठहरने की तिथि फिलहाल अभी घोषित नहीं हो सकी है।

बिल्ली जंक्शन से पांच राज्य के लिंक

बिल्ली जंक्शन पर तो कई दशक पूर्व ट्रेनों के ठहराव की अनुमति मिल जानी चाहिए थी, क्योंकि बिल्ली जंक्शन से उत्तर प्रदेश का बिहार, झारखंड, छत्तीसगढ़, मध्य प्रदेश से लिंक है। इसी जंक्शन से ही सीमावर्ती राज्यों के रास्ते निकले है। न जाने क्यों? लोगों की निगाहे इस ओर पहले नहीं गई, जबकि ओबरा में तापीय परियोजना की स्थापना के साथ ही रेलवे के विस्तार को बल मिला है।

इलेक्ट्रिक ट्रेनों की जरूरत

अफसोस की बात है कि सोनभद्र से करीब 12 हजार मेगावाट से अधिक उत्पादित बिजली के बावजूद भी डीजल इंजन से ट्रेनें संचालित है। रेलवे लाइनों का आधुनिकीकरण, विस्तार व इलेक्ट्रिक ट्रेनें चलाई जाएं तो क्षेत्र के विकास में गति मिलेगी। कोयला, पत्थर, बालू व अन्य खनिज भंडार के बावजूद अभी तक इलेक्ट्रिक लाइनों का नहीं होना क्षेत्र की अनदेखी से अधिक नहीं है। जिले के सभी रेलवे लाइनों का विद्युतीकरण जरूरी हो गया है।

It’s happy news for Ambattur rail commuters

THE HINDUResidents use the shorcut to cross the Ambattur Level Crossing. Photo: K_Pichumani

The Southern Railway’s plan for constructing Limited Use Subway gets green signal from Chennai Corporation. T. Madhavan reports.

Finally, train commuters, residents and traders of Ambattur have something to cheer about. The Chennai Corporation recently gave its nod to the plan of the Southern Railway for constructing a Limited Use Subway at level-crossing 6 at Ambattur railway station.

For long residents and commuters have been pressing the Railway Board to construct a road over-bridge or under-bridge replacing the existing level-crossing near the station.

In the past, a number of fatal accidents have taken place where unwary pedestrians were hit by speeding trains at the level-crossing 6. At present, there is only a foot over-bridge to cross from one side to the other. Though it is a safe passage of pedestrians, motorists risk their lives while using the level-crossing. School students also find it difficult to use the level-crossing during rush hour. “Sometimes, people crawl under the stationary goods train at the level-crossing, skipping the overbridge,” said Palaniyappan, a fruit vendor on Old MTH Road.

T. Gunaseelan, a resident of Varadarajapuram, Ambattur, says that once the subway work is completed the residents of Kallikuppam Road, Venkatapuram, Prithvipakkam and Vijayalakshmipuram will have easy access to the CTH Road. At present, people have to take a detour via CTH Road to reach Canara Bank bus stop. “This would also reduce the traffic congestion near the O.T. bus stand,” he adds.

Traders on either side of the Bazaar Road want the process of constructing the Limited Use Subway to be expedited as they also stand to benefit from it.

Last September, Southern Railway called for tenders to construct a Limited Use Subway with an internal dimension of 8.0 metre x 3.6 metre under the ‘box pushing’ method. The height of the each box would be 2.1 metre. The tender value of Rs. 4.69 crore failed to impress the bidders, as the contractors felt the value was too low for building the facility.

Joseph Samuel, chairman of Ambattur Zone of Chennai Corporation, said: “Now, Railways has revised the tender value to Rs. 6.89 crore. Tenders are likely to be re-floated soon. Chennai Corporation Engineers would coordinate with the Southern Railway engineers for executing the project.”

Source..the hindu.

DMRC Strengthens Measures to Handle Metro Rail Incidents

The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation Ltd. (DMRC) has constituted a Committee of three officers to probe the Metro Rail incident of 11th June, 2013, in which a train was stuck for more than 90 minutes between Udyog Bhawan and Central Secretariat.

As per DMRC, the necessary repairs have been carried out and further investigation is on. Further, DMRC is conducting regular mock drills to assess the preparedness of staff and systems in such situation. The passengers are being educated through awareness drives at metro stations. The Standard Operating Procedure for dealing evacuation of passengers from the train stalled in a tunnel has been reiterated.

This information was given in the Rajya Sabha by the Minister of State in the Ministry of Urban Development, Mrs Deepa Dasmunshi.

IRCTC website would book over 7,000 tickets per minute

LUCKNOW: The IRCTC’s website will book 7200 tickets e-tickets per minute in days to come. In written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha, on Friday, minister of state for railways Kotla Jaya Surya Prakash Reddy said ‘next generation’ e-ticketing system is under developement by Centre for Railway Information System (CRIS).

The website would have high performance and seamless access even at peak time and have high availability and business continuity, scalability to cater to future growth and security to prevent frauds and unauthorized access. The estimated cost is Rs.68.97 crore.
Source..Rail news

Temporary cancellation of trains

Southern Railway will temporarily cancel the following passenger trains on Saturdays and Sundays for a period of three months from August 31 to December 1 to facilitate periodical maintenance of track and bridges over Madurai division for safe running of trains:

Cancelled on Saturdays: Train No. 76831 Tiruchi-Karaikudi passenger. Cancelled on Sundays:Train No. 56703 Tiruchi-Dindigul passenger, Train No. 56704 Dindigul-Tiruchi passenger, Train No. 56707 Dindigul-Madurai passenger, Train No. 56708 Madurai-Dindigul passenger, Train No. 56774 Dindigul-Palani passenger, Train No. 56773 Palani-Dindigul passenger, Train No. 56798 Sengottah-Tirunelveli passenger, Train No. 56799 Tirunelveli-Sengottah passenger, Train No. 56828 Tirunelveli-Tuticorin passenger and Train No. 56827 Tuticorin-Tirunelveli passenger. Other trains are Train No. 56763 Tirunelveli-Tiruchendur passenger, Train No. 56766 Tiruchendur-Tirunelveli passenger, Train No. 76807 Tiruchi-Manamadurai passenger, Train No. 76808 Manamadurai-Tiruchi passenger, Train No. 76830 Karaikudi-Tiruchi passenger, Train No. 56803 Tirunelveli-Sengottah passenger, Train No. 56802 Sengottah-Tirunelveli passenger.

Source..The Hindu

Land acquisition for metro gets nod

The district administration has been given the green signal for acquiring 6.13 hectare for Kochi Metro rail project invoking the emergency clause.

Land has to be acquired for the 16 stations of the rail project, its shunting yard at Aluva and for the expansion of the KSTRC Bus Station Road. It is estimated that 6.8 hectare private land will have to be acquired for the project. The State government has also directed the administration to constitute a district-level land purchase committee and hold discussions with the owners of the holdings. The district collector has also been asked to submit proposals regarding the rehabilitation component, said an official communication.

Source..The Hindu


Alert officials of the Kolkata Metro Railway on Friday prevented a middle-aged woman from trying to commit suicide at the Kalighat metro station in the afternoon.

The woman, who was trying to jump on the track, was prevented from doing so by the on-duty Metro staff, officials said. When caught, she tried to run from the platform and get out of the metro station.

However, she was caught and interrogated by the on-duty station manager. Her family was contacted after she revealed her identity. The woman was later handed over to the Kalighat police.

Of the nine suicide attempts made at metro stations this year, eight have been foiled by the authorities.

Source..The Hindu





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