Nov 10, 2013

Versova-Ghatkopar Metro sees first full-route trial

Mumbai: The Versova-Andheri-Ghatkopar metro rail made its first full-route trial on Saturday taking the much-delayed project closer to commissioning than ever before.

The trials for the metro rail started on May 1 this year, though they were mostly between Versova and the airport junction stretch. This is the first time it was tested all the way till Ghatkopar, the last station on the 11km route.

A Mumbai Metro One pvt ltd (MMOPL) spokesperson said, “The trail run was conducted successfully today (Saturday) in confirmation with the world class standard for our Metro system.

The trial run and the Research Design and Standards Organisation’s (RDSO) approval has come right on time for our plan to open the line for the city’s citizens soon.”

The metro project has seen steady progress in the last few months with two very important certifications. One has been from the railway ministry’s RDSO for the signalling and communication system for the entire stretch, and the other from the electrical inspector to the government certifying the electrical systems for mass transportation projects. The only hitch is the duty concession letter that the state Urban Development Department (UDD) has to send to the customs department to clear two rakes that have arrived at Mumbai port. Another three rakes are expected to arrive in the next few weeks.

The delay in getting these rakes could delay the commissioning of the metro, said sources. The cost of the first metro line (Versova-Ghatkopar) has increased from Rs.2,356crore to Rs.4321 crore.

Source..Rail News

Noida Metro station shut, commuters hit

Thousands of commuters had a harrowing time as the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation shut the Noida City Centre metro station for eight hours on Sunday for repair work.

Metro services were disrupted from 6am to 2pm on Sunday due to the repair work on a pillar. This was the second round of repair work being carried out on the pillar; the first was undertaken from October 12 to October 14.

The second round was targeted at strengthening the internal repairs undertaken on the girders, said a Delhi Metro Rail Corporation spokesperson.

A large numbers of commuters were not aware about the repair work and turned up at the station. Free shuttle services were provided by Delhi Metro Rail Corporation from the Golf Course metro station to the Noida City Centre station.

“We were not aware of the repair work. We were later informed that the services were only running till Golf course. It took us some time to reach our destination,” said Vivek Tyagi, one of the commuters.

The Noida City Centre station has been undergoing repair activity for more than a fortnight now.

A high-level inquiry committee constituted by the Delhi Metro had found that increased passenger weight on the platform had led to the sagging of the structure.

A part of the platform at the station had developed cracks, prompting Delhi Metro Rail Corporation to undertake emergency repairs.

Source..Rail News

Railways to provide Mobile Communication System for Passenger Safety

New Delhi: To ensure safety of passengers in view of ongoing efforts to increase speed of trains, Railways has decided to install sophisticated communication system in place of existing walkie talkie system for unhindered contact between the driver and ground staff.

“We are implementing Mobile Train Radio Communication (MTRC) system which would provide better communication between the control room and the driver in speeding trains,” said a senior Railway Ministry official involved with the project.

The system will provide control rooms with emergency brake for trains which can be used in case of signal violation by drivers.

While the MRTC system is currently being installed in the 2264-km route including Delhi-Ludhiana, Howrah-Mughalsarai and Kolkata Metro sections, 2235-km-long route including the New Delhi-Howrah and New Delhi-Jammu will be equipped with the modern communication system by March next year.

“The MTRC system is being introduced in high density routes to strengthen the safety aspect in train movement as it enables the driver to communicate with the guard and also with station master, control officers and other officials responsible for train operations,” the official said.

It will replace the existing walkie talkie system, which is not much reliable when the train is running at a high speed, he added.

“Voice becomes inaudible in high speed trains. Communication also gets blocked if the train negotiates a curve,” he said.

The upcoming dedicated freight corridor (DFC) will also be equipped with the MRTC.

The 1465 km long JN Port Trust-Dadri route in the Western DFC and 626 km long Ludhiana-Mughalsarai in the Eastern DFC will have the system in the first phase, the official said, adding, “freight trains are expected to run at higher speed in the corridor.”

It would cost about Rs 8 lakh per km to install MTRC system on the rail route.

Source..Rail News

Madras HC refuses to stall metro tunnelling work

Chennai: Refusing to stall metro rail’s tunnelling works 33 ft under a car showroom at Nandanam, the Madras high court has said development activities such as metro rail works should not be prevented.

Dismissing the petition from L.V.K. Properties Pvt Ltd which owns a two-storeyed building housing the Audi car showroom, Justice S.Mani­kumar said the execution of construction works and incidental activities by metro rail in metropolitan cities should not be prevented, except when there is any gross illegality or violation of any constitutional or statutory provisions, which, according to this court, has not been substantiated in this case, warranting issue of a mandamus.

The petitioner sought to forbear metro rail authorities from taking steps to start the tunnelling pro­cess in or beneath their property or at an adjacent site.

Alleging that there were certain deviations in the underground tunnelling works, the petitioner said without adh­ering to the provisions of the Metro Rail­ways (Construction of Wo­r­ks) Act, tunnelling work should not be allowed.

Senior counsel for metro rail R. Thiagarajan said there was no deviation in the approved alignment of tunnelling. Metro rail has the powers to prohibit or regulate construction of buildings and excavation.

Referring to the contention of the petitioner that the property would lose its value if curbs were put on construction, he said metro rail was liable to pay damages or costs only for the damage actually suffered by any person. There was no provision to pay compensation to anyone for any loss or diminution of property value for any activity to be taken up by the landowners in future, he added.

The judge said, “If the contentions are to be accepted, then every land owner whose lands are acquired would contend that he has lost the chances of putting up a multi-storeyed commercial building or factory or industry or apartments on his land, and hence, the state has to compensate any future activity.”

The company had put up an automobile showroom with ground plus two floors after giving up its right to put up any construction over the land as well as underground. It was not open to them now to contend that their rights to develop the property in future have been affected, the judge added.
Source..rail news

Railways asks IIT-M to assess strength of Pamban bridge and analyse options

Options included building a new bridge with a split span, further strengthening the existing one or building a higher level structure like a road bridge.

RAMESWARAM (Tamil Nadu): The Indian Railways has requested IIT Madras to assess the strength of the century old cantilever bridge at Pamban and analyse options, including if it was necessary to build a new one adjacent to the present structure, according to a top railway official. 

The options included building a new bridge with a split span for navigation, further strengthening the existing one or building a higher level structure like a road bridge, G Narayanan, Additional General Manager, Southern Railway, said. 

The ADGM, who was here yesterday to discuss arrangements for the centenary celebration of the bridge, said IIT-M had been asked to submit its report by February 2014. 

The centenary will be celebrated on February 24 next year. He said Railways planned to invite former President A P J Abdul Kalam, a native of Rameswaram, who played a vital role in strengthening the bridge during gauge conversion work in 2007, for the centenary celebration 

They also planned to invite R Sreedharan, the man behind the Delhi Metro, who played a major role in repairing the bridge after it was damaged in the 1964 cyclone, he said.
Source..economic times

मंगलवार से चलेगी कानपुर जाने वाली स्पेशल ट्रेन

रेलमंत्री द्वारा गत फरवरी को पेश किए गए रेल बजट में जिन नई गाड़ियों को शुरु करने की घोषणा की गई थी उनमें से एक मंगलवार को ट्रैक पर उतरने जा रही है। रेल बजट में अमृतसर-कानपुर के बीच सप्ताह में एक बार ट्रेन चलाने की घोषणा की गई थी। यह गाड़ी हर सोमवार कानपुर से तथा हर मंगलवार को अमृतसर से रवाना होगी।

आगामी सोमवार 11 नवंबर को यह विशेष साप्ताहिक ट्रेन कानपुर से शाम पांच बजकर पांच मिनट पर चलकर अगले दिन सुबह साढ़े नौ बजे अमृतसर पहुंचेगी। वहीं दूसरी और मंगलवार यही गाड़ी दोपहर 12:35 पर अमृतसर से रवाना हो बुधवार सुबह पांच बजे कानपुर पहुंचेगी।

अमृतसर रेलवे स्टेशन के सहायक यातायात प्रबंधक एएस सलारिया ने कहा कि इस गाड़ी में स्लीपर व एसी थ्री टायर की सुविधा मिलेगी। इससे पहले अमृतसर से कोई भी गाड़ी कानपुर के लिए नहीं चलती थी। लंबी दूरी की कुछ अन्य गाड़ियां कानपुर स्टेशन से होकर ही अन्य स्टेशनों पर जाती थी। इस गाड़ी के शुरु होने से दोनों महानगरों के लाखों लोगों को फायदा होगा।

DMRC pitches for Lucknow Metro work

The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has assured to complete the work on the first phase of the Lucknow Metro Rail project by February 2017, if it was assigned the task, officials said.

DMRC Managing Director Mangu Singh said in a presentation made before Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav Friday that they would wind up work on the first phase between Amausi airport and Alambagh by February 2017.

He, however, told the Uttar Pradesh government that the DMRC would begin work only after its board clears it. It is likely to meet Feb 8.

The DMRC team also said that if the work was handed over to them on a turn-key basis, it would begin work Jan 25, 2014 and a trial run will begin on the Amausi-Alambagh route by February of 2017.

Trial runs on the second phase - Alambagh to Munshipulia will be conducted by February 2019, Mangu Singh said. On a turn-key based project, as in Kochi and Rajasthan, the DMRC will charge 6 percent of the total cost as its fee.

The metro rail project in Lucknow is top priority for the state government and is being personally overseen by the chief minister.

The Uttar Pradesh cabinet had given a go ahead to the first phase of the project to be built in the capital June 27, work on which would commence in December, including building Amausi-Alambagh, Alambagh-Mahanagar and Mahanagar to Munshipulia routes.

The north-south corridor between Amausi Airport to Munshipulia will be 22.87 km, out of which 19.43 km would be elevated, while 3.44 km will be underground. The east-west corridor between Lucknow railway station Vasantkunj is 11.09 km long. A total of 34 stations will be built.





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