Nov 12, 2013

Railway Accidents killed 2184 Women in 5 years in Mumbai alone

As many as 2,184 women were killed in railway accidents in Mumbai in the past five years.

Mumbai: According to the Government Railway Police (GRP), most of these women were killed after falling from trains. About 18,084 persons were killed in railway accidents in the past five years (2008 to 2012) within the jurisdiction of the Mumbai Railway Police Commissionerate.

In 2012 alone, 420 women were killed as against 396 in 2011, said a GRP officer.

However, railway experts say lack of ladies compartments in the suburban railway network is the prime reason for the rising number of deaths of women passengers.

Subhash Gupta, a railway activist and secretary of Yatri Sangh, said, 98 per cent of the women killed in accidents are highly educated, most of them were in Research, Software, banking, education, scientific and industrial sectors and were contributing for the development in various fields. We have made a delegation of the Parliamentary Standing Committee (railways) visit Mumbai on November 12 to discuss the safety of women passengers with recognised railway passengers associations and its female members. They will also seek suggestions from railway activists about the safety of women passengers.

He said the railway authorities should increase compartments for women and run more ladies specials on both the lines – Central Railway and Western Railway – during the morning and evening peak hours.

He suggested that all ladies compartments should either be aligned either to motorman’s cabin or guard cabin, so that women passengers can board the compartments easily.


IRCON International bags top award

MUMBAI: IRCON International Limited, a Public Sector Undertaking under Ministry of Railways in construction business sector, was selected as the top infrastructure company at an event in Mumbai recently.

IRCON bagged the award under the category construction infrastructure development – Mid at the “Dun and Bradstreet Infra Awards 2013″ for delivering exemplary performance. The award were presented by Dun & Bradstreet (D&B), the world’s leading provider of global business information, knowledge and insight, announced and presented the third edition of Infra awards.

A railway official said, “During the last five years, IRCON has achieved spectacular and enviable growth. Turnover of the Company has increased at a CAGR of about 17%. Profit (PBT) of the company has reached to a record level of Rs 1,014 crore in 2012-13 with a CAGR of 44.61%.”

Growth of the company in terms of profit is unmatched by any public sector or private construction company. In addition, Quazigund-Banihal section of J&K rail link project executed by IRCON International Limited was selected as the best project under the category Railways at the “Dun and Bradstreet Infra Awards 2013″.

IRCON completed the Banihal- Quazigund section of 18 km length involving 11.2 km long transportation tunnel with modern Ventilation & SCADA system, thus fulfilling the dream of connecting Jammu area to valley across Pir Panjal range with all-weather transportation system.


Metro link to Chennai Airport unlikely till April 2015

Chennai: Air travellers would have to wait at least another year to reach the city airport using a metro train. The much-expected metro connectivity to the international and domestic airport in Meenambakkam would not happen till Ma­rch 2015, highly placed CMRL (Chennai Metro Ra­il Limited) sources told.

The St. Thomas Mount-Airport stretch, which comprises both the underground and elevated corridors, would miss the Dec­ember 2014 deadline by four months at least, tha­nks to inordinate de­lay by the Andhra-based firm, which won the contract and lost the same owing to delay in work execution.

CMRL had terminated the contract for works on the Mount-Airport metro rail stretch in July last as the contractor only managed to complete 30 percentile works, against the stipulated 80 percentile, then. Fresh tenders worth around Rs 250 crore were floated thereafter to complete the balance works.

Officials, who admitted to opening three crucial tenders last week, said they would require up to 20 days to process and exa­mine the bids, which would be finalised by the month end or early Dec­ember. Necessary work orders would be issued immediately after finalising the tenders, which, in all likelihood, would happen before mid December.

However, the new contractor would require so­me mobilisation time to study the nature of works already completed, res­ou­rce materials and work force to start the works afresh, CMRL sources reasoned.

According to another CMRL senior, the work ought to be finished in 15 months from the date of issue of work order. “If the orders are issued by early December, the works should get over and the Mo­unt-airport corridor be ready for commercial operation by April 2015,” he added.

The Mount-airport corridor, which is the crucial last leg of metro connectivity that links the city to its airport, would be a roller coaster ride with the trains diving underground and climbing overground alternatively from OTA to airport.


Chennai Metro to have Call Centre, Luggage Racks and many more facilities for its Commuters

Call Centre will work throughout operating hours to receive and address passenger complaints
Trains of Chennai Metro will be, by and large, similar to those of Delhi Metro, but they will have a few distinct features, according to officials of Chennai Metro Rail Limited (CMRL).

Provision for luggage racks in the coaches and the two classes — ordinary and special — are some of the special features.

Unlike in the initial phases of similar projects in Delhi, Bangalore or Hyderabad, the first phase of the CMRL project covers all inter-modal points such as Central railway station, Egmore station, Chennai Mofussil Bus Terminus and the airport.

That way, the CMRL project is more thoughtful, said a senior official.

While trains of Delhi Metro run on broad gauge and standard gauge, those of Chennai Metro will run only on standard gauge. The average speed of Chennai Metro trains will be around 35 kmph and the peak speed will be 80 kmph.

Call Centre

There will be a call centre working throughout operating hours to receive and address passenger complaints. The call centre’s number will be displayed prominently in the trains.

The trains will have dynamic route maps that light up as they move. Through this arrangement, passengers can alight from the trains, especially in the underground section. There will also be closed-circuit television cameras on the rakes for surveillance by train operators.

Facilities for the disabled

There will also be provisions for persons with disabilities. An area has been assigned for two wheelchairs on both ends of each train.

The floor level of the trains will be the same as that of the platforms at stations, thus benefitting the physically challenged and senior citizens.

While alighting, physically-challenged persons can request for longer duration of train stoppage by pressing a long-stop button.


SR submits Steps on to ensure Hygienic Food in trains before Lok Adalat/Ernakulam

Ernakulam: The Southern Railways has submitted before the Permanent Lok Adalat Bench in Ernakulam that it is taking all possible efforts to ensure supply of hygienic food to its passengers.

P Santhosh Kumar, Food Safety Officer of Southern Railways, made the submission in response to a petition seeking a directive to the Railways to take steps to prevent unhygienic preparation, handling and supply of food at railway stations and on board trains. According to the railways, general toilets are provided at both ends of the coaches of the train, but in Jan Shatabdi trains, toilets are provided only at one end. At the other end, a mini pantry with sink, water tap, bottle cooler and hot case, is provided. This portion is earmarked for the preparation of coffee, tea etc.

In the coaches of other trains, toilets are provided in this earmarked space. This might have made the media think that tea is being prepared in toilets in Jan Shatabdi trains, the affidavit stated. It also pointed out that three officials are nominated to ensure the quality and standard of foods supplied in trains.

The Food Safety Officer, medical officers and health inspectors of the medical department and other departmental officials conduct regular and flash inspections at all static and mobile catering units of the Railways to ensure hygienic food preparation, the Railways said.

The petitioner contended that the personnel who were engaged in preparation, handling and supply of food for Railways did not have health cards and even proper uniforms, gloves, chef hats and nameplates. The Railways stated that the staff engaged in both static and mobile-catering establishments are engaged only after medical examination done by the Railway medical officers. After thorough examination, medically-fit staff are engaged in the catering units.

Moreover, the catering staffs are subjected to medical examination every year. If they are found medically unfit, their cards are not renewed. It submitted that the water filled in overhead tanks of all trains is supplied by the Kerala Water Authority and water samples are regularly collected by health inspectors and analysed.

The Railways said the Lok Adalats are authorised to deal with and decide only disputes relating to services rendered by notified public utility services, provided the value does not exceed Rs.10 lakh and the dispute does not relate to a non-compoundable offence.

It also said ticket checking was intensified to identify unauthorised vendors and cases were registered against the offenders.


Railway Minister to commission Kadur-Chikmagalur Railway Line on 19th Nov, 2013

Udupi: Udupi-Chikmagalur MP K Jayaprakash Hegde said the Kadur-Chikmagalur railway line will be dedicated to the people of the district on the birth anniversary of the late Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, November 19, 2013.

Speaking on the sidelines of a private function, he said Union Railway Minister Mallikarjun Kharge, former Railway Minister K H Muniyappa and Chief Minister Siddaramaiah will participate in the launch ceremony.

However, efforts are on to bring AICC chairperson Sonia Gandhi for the ceremony, he added. Several demands related to the district will be brought to the notice of the railway minister and the Chief Minister, he said.

He added that representatives from the Jain community will be considered for the railway advisory committee.


Chennai Metro coaches from Alstom’s Tada manufacturing facility likely to roll out by Feb 2014

Tada (Andhra Pradesh): The first Chennai Metro train that is being built in Alstom’s Metro Rail Coach Manufacturing Facility at Sri City Special Economic Zone near Tada in Andhra Pradesh is likely to roll out by February next year.

A general consultant of the Metro rail told that eight more trains that are now being manufactured in Brazil will be shipped in pairs to Chennai while the remaining 33 will be manufactured in Sri City.

“The first roll out is expected by February,” he said.

The coaches will be produced with an indigenisation level of around 35 per cent. It is believed the site design and construction of the plant is based on technology shared from Alstom’s global manufacturing facilities as well as its major hub in Lapa in Brazil, where the train that was tested in Chennai on Wednesday was manufactured.

It is believed the Alstom facility is eyeing contracts from Bangalore Metro as well as Kochi and the third phase of Delhi Metro.

The consultant also said that the next pair of trains to be shipped from Brazil is expected to reach Chennai shores by the month end.

Meanwhile, the Operations Control Center (OCC) in Koyambedu depot, which is the nerve centre of Chennai Metro Rail, is likely to be completed in the next four to six months, according to a top official.

The OCC in Koyambedu will be monitoring all the Metro trains, including those plying on the underground stretches. It will pass on live information to the station masters as well as train operators. Another senior official said that OCC could track passengers at all times through surveillance cameras. This will provide deterrence against crime, especially against women.

It will also be in touch with the train operator through a wireless radio. “Even the lifts and elevators will be monitored through the OCC,” he said.

Meanwhile, Chennai Metro Rail will be allotting the three tenders to execute the work on stretch between Officers Training Academy and Chennai Airport in the next 10 days. The three packages worth Rs 200 to Rs 250 crore were opened on Tuesday and Wednesday.

The work on this stretch came to a standstill after Metro rail terminated the contract with Lanco Infratech Limited, which was carrying out the works on the stretch.

The total Chennai Metro Rail project costs Rs 14,600 crore and the State and Central governments are providing 15 per cent each. K Prabhakaran, General Manager (Finance), Chennai Metro Rail said that the State is providing Rs 2,190 crore besides Rs 844 crore as subordinate debt for land acquisition purpose. Japan International Cooperation Agency is extending a loan of 8,646 crore with an interest rate of 1.40 per cent per annum.


Prime Minster responded to NFIR's demand for DA merger letter dated 27.09.2013 by forwarding to DOPT for further action.

source - aifr





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