Oct 19, 2013

Security and protection of women are a parallel track in the railways

TRICHY: An awareness meeting was conducted for the railway protection personnel at the divisional railway manager's office on gender sensitization and crime against women in the running trains and railway platforms. At the meeting that was attended by around 275 railway protection personnel, the divisional railway manager Manjula Rangarajan instructed them to enforce safety regulations as the festive season was fast approaching.

The season of Diwali is seen as the most excruciating of times by the railways, as they have to cope with the multiple tasks of protecting the women and children from getting stranded, and to stop smuggling of firecrackers and other forbidden items in the trains by the passengers. Manjula however laid special emphasis on protecting the stranded children and asked the police personnel to be socially approachable to women. The meeting was also attended by Divisional Security Commissioner Senthil Kumaresan, and Assistant Security Commissioners A Kalaiarasan, and A S M M I Hussein.

Meanwhile, the railways officials said that random checking of passengers would be started at the railway stations of Tiruchirappalli division from next week. Since inflammable items are a threat to overall safety of passengers, train operations, and the eventual loss to the railway property, the railways have taken a serious view of the situation, officials pointed out.

The railways, particularly the Tiruchirappalli division, is perturbed that large scale consignment of explosive fireworks and inflammable sparklers might be transported by railways passengers ahead of the festival season across destinations. As such, the railway protection force was alerted to check baggage and parcels for any objectionable materials.

Since such inflammable items are a threat to overall safety of passengers, train operations, and the eventual loss to the railway property, the railways have taken a serious view of the situation, the official pointed out.

Source..times of india

Railway officials-MPs meet discusses rail issues in state

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The work on the Palakkad Rail Coach factory will commence once the railway finds a private partner, Southern Railway general manager Rakesh Misra said here on Friday.

After a meeting with the members of Parliament from the state, to discuss the issues regarding railway development in the state, Misra said a tender had been floated inviting private players to join hands with the railways for implementing the project.

Misra said the Mumbai Rail Vikas Corporation will submit the detailed project report on setting up the suburban train service corridor in December. A master plan for the development of Ernakulam railway station is being prepared by the railways, he said.

The general manager said more than land acquisition, unavailability of sand was hindering the railway developmental activities in the state.

Meanwhile, many MPs cutting across party lines said the timing of the meeting was not proper as most of the MPs had various standing committee meetings in New Delhi on Friday.

"The agenda notes were given to us only in the morning of the meeting day. Also, the action taken report on the issues raised during last year's meeting was not given," MP A Sampath said. The projects that have been declared have to be implemented before taking up something new. This meeting is just a mockery, Sampath said.

MP K N Balagopal raised the issue of the poor quality of food being supplied in trains and brought to notice the recent incidents of food poisoning in long-distance trains from the state.

MPs M K Raghavan, E T Muhammed Basheer, P K Biju, C P Narayanan, K P Dhanapalan, P T Thomas, M I Shanawas, Peethambara Kurup, MP representing Kanyakumari constituency Helen Davidson and Union ministers Shashi Tharoor and K C Venugopal, also attended the meeting.
Source..times of india

Noida City Centre Metro station to remain closed Sunday

The Noida City Centre Metro station will remain closed Sunday due to ongoing civil maintenance work, said a Delhi Metro Rail Corporation official Friday.

Trains will not run to and from the station from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. During this period, the train service will be available up to Golf Course metro station.

However, free shuttle service will be provided to commuters between Noida City Centre and Golf Course metro stations.

Train services on all other lines will be normal.

Cost, viability nix high-speed rail link to Bengaluru International Airport

BANGALORE: The proposed High Speed Rail Link (HSRL) between the Bengaluru International Airport (BIA) and the city has been scrapped.

Bangalore in-charge minister Ramalinga Reddy on Friday said the central government had done it keeping in mind its viability and cost.

"Namma Metro will be extended to BIA," he said, during an inspection of ongoing works on the underground corridor. He was accompanied by food & civil supplies minister Dinesh Gundu Rao and Bangalore South MP Ananth Kumar.

While Gundu Rao said HSRL wasn't practical, Ananth Kumar said it was not cost-effective. Experts felt it wasn't a good idea to invest so much money on a project that would benefit only a section of passengers.

The proposed Metro link will take passengers from the city to BIA in 44 minutes.

Anywhere in the world, you'll see airports with multipoint access from the city through metros. The HSRL would have required people to come to Minsk Square to go to BIA which is not practical for those living in different areas. Once the Phases 1 and 2 of the Metro are operational, the links to BIA along radial lines will be a better option," said Ananth Kumar.

Currently, a Detailed Project Report is being prepared on the proposed Nagawara-BIA Metro section to be taken up under the Phase 2 A of the project. This line will be the crucial last link between the Metro network and the airport.

Peenya-Malleswaram line by December?

Reddy had good news for Peenya, Rajajinagar and Malleswaram residents. "The Peenya-Malleswaram line will be opened by year-end though the clearances will take time. The line from Peenya to Hessaraghatta will be opened by March 2014," said Reddy.

Pradeep Singh Kharola, MD, BMRC, confirmed that the Schedule of Dimensions (SoD) certificate has been issued for the northern corridor by the Railway Designs and Standard Operations. This is followed by an inspection of oscillation trials by RDSO and inspection and clearance by commissioner of metro rail safety.

On Friday, politicians, mayor BS Satyanarayana, BBMP commissioner M Lakshminarayana and standing committee chairmen took a tour of the underground tunnelling opposite KIMS on Basavanagudi Road. The tunnelling of 450m is complete on this side leading to the ramp to KR Road.

However, BMRC officials said tunneling is pending on the KR Market to Chickpet section and Chickpet to Majestic stretch on the southern corridor. Tunnelling from Majestic to western ramp under the City railway station tracks will start early next month. "The entire tunnelling for the first phase will be completed by December 2014," said a BMRC spokesperson.

The BMRC engineering team is trying to plug all cavities in the underground stretch so that work is not hampered and no damage is caused to the ground above but it said that cavities will pop up as work proceeds. Some cavities had developed near Vani Vilas Hospital and boring machines had to stop work.

Source..times of india

Railways works on low-cost, fast trains

Railways plans to buy a few train-sets from European or Japanese manufacturers which will be customized to run at 200 kmph on existing broad gauge Indian tracks.

NEW DELHI: Finding it tough to fund costly bullet train projects, the railways is working on low cost solutions to run high-speed trains with a speed of 160-200 kmph on existing tracks without much investment.

The state-run transporter is expected to run high-speed trains to connect cities 500-600 km apart in an effort to make inter-city travel faster. Delhi-Lucknow and Delhi-Amritsar are expected to be the likely routes to get semi-high speed trains, an official said.

"Railways is trying to induct new and innovative technology which will enable fast, reliable and cost-effective service," the official said.

To start with, the railways plans to buy a few train-sets from European or Japanese manufacturers which will be customized to run at 200 kmph on existing broad gauge Indian tracks. The official said the train-sets would be acquired through global tenders.

There is realization that running bullet trains (300-325 kmph) on the six identified routes, including Mumbai-Ahmedabad, can only be possible with foreign funding as the project is highly capital intensive which railways cannot afford at the moment.

Source..times of india

45 buses to connect Bandra-Kurla Complex to Bandra, Kurla railway stations

MUMBAI: Connectivity to Bandra-Kurla Complex from nearby railway stations is all set to improve as authorities plan to procure nearly 45 buses and commence 300 services exclusively for the convenience of commuters travelling to the area. The MMRDA will procure these buses and hand it over to the BEST so that the latter can ply them on routes through BKC.

Commuters at present face a harrowing time due to the low frequency of BEST buses to BKC from nearby stations, like Bandra in the western suburbs and Kurla in the eastern suburbs.

An MMRDA official said, "We plan to buy 45 buses under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) scheme. The footfall at BKC has increased due to several companies opening their offices here."

Each non AC low-floor bus will cost Rs 50 lakh approximately. The total cost is estimated to be Rs 22 crore, of which MMRDA will pay Rs 9 crore. The MMRDA has requested the BEST to run these buses from Sion station, Kurla (W) station, Bandra (E) station and Santa Cruz (E) station to various destinations but through BKC.

"We plan to provide seamless connectivity to BKC," said MMRDA additional metropolitan commissioner Valsa Nair-Singh. The BEST will prepare a detailed project report (DPR) after which the proposal will be submitted to JNNURM. The DPR may be submitted by January 2014 and the actual bus delivery will take six months to one year after the project approval.

At present, there are 11 bus routes through BKC. An official said, "We run as many as 450 buses a day from Kurla and Bandra through BKC. But these are inadequate as over one lakh people take buses to BKC every day." Of the 45 buses, at least 30 will operate from Kurla and Bandra. The remaining will be deployed on the Santa Cruz and Sion sector."
Source..times of india





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