Dec 12, 2013

लखनऊ मेट्रो के लिए यूटीलिटी ट्रांसफर सिस्टम की कवायद आगे बढ़ी



Lucknow City (LC) लखनऊ। अमौसी से मुंशी पुलिया तक 23 किलोमीटर लंबे मेट्रो रूट पर सार्वजनिक सेवाओं के स्थानांतरण (पब्लिक यूटीलिटी ट्रांसफर) के लिए कवायद शुक्रवार को और आगे बढ़ गई।

सबसे पहले अमौसी से आलमबाग तक यूटीलिटी ट्रांसफर होगा।

इसके तहत सीवरेज लाइन, वॉटर लाइन, टेलीफोन लाइन, मार्ग प्रकाश, नाले, बिजली के भूमिगत केबल और उपरिगामी तारों को हटा कर दूसरे स्थानों पर ले जाया जाएगा।

इस संबंध में मेट्रो सेल की ओर से संबंधित विभागों को निर्देशित दे दिया गया है। सभी विभागों को एक सप्ताह के भीतर इस रूट पर अपनी सेवाओं का चिन्हांकन कर यूटीलिटी मैप मेट्रो आफिस में जमा कराना है।

इसके बाद में जब पिलर और भूमिगत रैंप के लिए सड़कों पर स्थान तय हो जाएगा, तब पता चलेगा कि कितनी यूटीलिटी ट्रांसफर की जाएंगी।

इस यूटीलिटी ट्रांसफर पर जो भी खर्च आएगा, वह एलएमआरसी इन विभागों को देगा। डीएमआरसी के साथ इन विभागों की मीटिंग अगले सप्ताह संभव है।

जिसमें इस कवायद की स्थिति काफी कुछ साफ हो जाएगी। लखनऊ मेट्रो रेल कॉरपोरेशन के निदेशक राजीव अग्रवाल ने शुक्रवार को एलडीए, लेसा, जल निगम, जल संस्थान, भारत संचार निगम लिमिटेड और नगर निगम के अधिकारियों की बैठक ली।

इसमें पब्लिक यूटीलिटी ट्रांसफर के ढांचे को विधिवत समझाया गया। इस संबंध में सभी विभागों को लगभग तीन महीने पहले ही पत्र भेज दिए गए थे।

इस आधार पर सभी ने अपना होमवर्क किया हुआ था। फिलहाल सभी एजेंसियों को अपनी-अपनी यूटीलिटी जो मेट्रो रूट पर हैं, उनका चिन्हांकन कर के पूरा मानचित्र बनाना होगा। इससे मेट्रो के ट्रैफिक एलाइनमेंट को मिलाया जाएगा।

जमीन के 50 फीट अंदर चलेगी मेट्रो

भूमिगत मेट्रो ट्रेन जमीन से करीब 50 फीट अंदर चलेगी। जबकि, कोई भी पब्लिक यूटीलिटी इतनी गहराई में नहीं है।

टनल बोरिंग मशीन के जरिए जमीन के अंदर लाइन बिछाई जाएगी। ऐसे में ऊपर से खोदाई की कोई आवश्यकता नहीं होगी।

केकेसी से हजरतगंज तक 4 किलोमीटर भूमिगत मेट्रो होगी। जहां रैंप होगा, वहां जन सुविधाएं अधिक हटाई जाएंगी।

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It happens only in Delhi Metro!

Memorable Experiences in Delhi Metro journey
Delhi:  What is white and carries people around? No, not an airplane. What goes up and down and follows a trajectory? No, not a roller coaster ride. What saves thousands of people from the menace of the evils on the roads and the monstrous drivers driving the vehicles? No, definitely not Superman.
It is the Delhi Metro!
Saying on behalf of all avid metro users, we all would agree that we have spent so much time of our lives in Metro, JUST travelling from one place to another. Meeting that friend at Rajiv Chowk for lunch, going out with your girlfriend for a movie at Saket, having a shopping spree at Sarojini Nagar and getting off at INA, going everyday to college from Gurgaon to Vishwavidyalaya, having an evening of luxury at Khan Market, a get together with friends at Hauz Khas Village, watching a play at Mandi House, exploring the malls at Noida, and so much more, who thought doing it all would be so easy. So much so that one can even reach the airport or the railway station via our very own Superman, Delhi Metro. While travelling in Delhi Metro, one encounters a lot of different kinds of people. Here are some of them:
1. “Arre zara ADJUST kro!”
“Thoda Adjust karenge!” You hear that and bam, all hopes of comfortable travel evades your mind. Now you will go all the way to your destination crammed in a small spot, with a hurting back, jammed up legs and do I even need to mention the torture on your ‘behind’! Though women are a master in this art, men do it from time to time too. Thin waistline is always the prey, huge waist, the predator. The trick is to avoid being on the junction of two seats, now THAT hurts a lot!
But there is NO solution to this, so all we can do is smile and allow them to invade that “ittu si jagah”, while sob silently at the back of our heads!
2. The maniac on the phone!
We have all been there and we have all done that. No matter how much we deny it, we have all had one dramatic talk on the phone while travelling in the metro. We have all been that loud, overly enthusiastic talker which has encouraged a few in the vicinity to crack up. Sometimes we were laughed upon while other times we have laughed on others. So who exactly is the maniac on the phone? In a nutshell, he or she is the person who would have a very loud conversation, amidst the drop dead silence in the compartment, a few expletives will just slip out in the funniest dialect, sometimes anger will also override the talk, and most of all, the phone maniac wouldn’t care one bit!
3. The Ring Tone fanatics!
It was 8 in the morning. Not many people riding, the evident silence. And then we all hear it. “Aaja meri Gadi me baithja, Aaja meri Gadi me baith ja”, “Hello” followed. And everyone erupted in laughter. 8 AM had never been better!
Don’t we all have that one ringtone incident? Since metro, very much like Delhi itself, is an amalgamation of people of any and every kind, one can find diversified ringtones, for a ringtone is nothing but a reflection of the person! Sometimes you hear someone’s blazing phone and the song gets stuck to your brain all day, or you are studying for that very important test in the morning and then someone’s phone just won’t stop ringing!
4. Smelly people, smelly people, what are they feeding you?
Summer is a heartless weather, all metro users will swear by that.  Delhites are not terrified of the hot summery sun as much as the jam-packed compartment with sweaty and smelly armpits (Yes, I too made the “Ew” sound while writing that!) Suddenly, all the affection towards metro changes to blatant hatred. Although we thank the lord for the air conditioning, sometimes that just is not enough!
AND THE REACTION TO THE “OTHER SMELL” (Please don’t make me spell out farts!)
5. The meddling uncle and the tired aunty !
The meddling uncle is full of life. He is waiting for you to start a conversation with your friends and secretly hoping that he knows a thing or two about your conversation. When the time is right, he will jump in and offer his own anecdotes. You will be stunned, but hey, he will give you your very own ‘funny metro memory’!
Coming to the aunties, BEWARE of the tired aunty. She will stand just infront of you, so that you can see how tired she looks. She will watch you with her big puppy dog eyes, she will make those ‘I-am-SO-tired’ sounds and she will keep shifting on her feet, hinting at the agony her feet are experiencing. If you are a weak heart, you will perish; you will fall under her spell and give up the hard earned seat. Handy tip: NEVER LOOK INTO THEIR EYES!
6. The X-Ray lads!
This kind can’t be missed. Neither can this kind be escaped. Their eyes are constantly on you, scanning you inch by inch. It is like a human X-ray machine, their stare pierce through your soul. They don’t look at you, they look through you!
7. Rajiv Chowk crowd!
Any metro list is incomplete without mentioning the Mecca of Delhi Metro Rail Corporation, Rajiv Chowk. Every commuter’s nightmare, this station is the hustling and bustling centre of the city. Opening to Connaught Place, it sees a bevy of commuters on a daily basis. As we all lack basic civil manners, and really can’t get the ‘first out then in’ logic in our heads, this station is a battlefield. Pulling up our sleeves, shoving the headphones in our pockets, and strengthening our hearts, just a few things we all have done in the metro while approaching Rajiv Chowk.
Life in the Metro is hard, but we are not complaining, atleast not as much as we do about inflation, electricity, water, Congress and Chennai Express. Our love-hate relationship will continue with Delhi Metro, but thank God for the humour it presents before us on a daily basis. Do tell me your Delhi Metro story or person in the comment box below!
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Alert staffer notices track fracture, saves major tragedy



Pune Jn (PUNE): A vigilant railway staffer patrolling the tracks between Akurdi and Chinchwad railway stations helped avert a major disaster after he noticed a railway track fracture and alerted rail authorities to halt train operations on the damaged track on Wednesday morning. An express train that was supposed to use the tracks was timely stopped.

Pune division railway manager Suneet Sharma said, “It was a good job done by the patrolling party. It is a part of preventive measures that the team carries out.”

According to the railway authorities, the incident took place around 8.30 am after a Lonavala-Pune local train passed from Bijalinagar area and the railway track fracture occurred.

Railway staffer Lakshman Janu who was on patrol duty spotted the crack that is called as rail fracture.

Lakshman alerted the railway administration about the damaged tracks.

“After receiving the information, we immediately passed on the message to halt the intercity train (2127) that was going to pass from the same tracks. A mechanical staff that was deployed at the spot took nearly half an hour to repair the tracks and the express train was halted during this period. Only after the tracks were repaired and examined by senior officials did we allow train operations to resume on the tracks,” a railway official said.

When asked about the reason for the damage of the tracks, a railway official said, “The railway track fracture takes place during extreme weather conditions. Nowadays there is a cold weather due to which the tracks get contracted and if a train goes over them, it gets expanded due to the heat generated by the friction and the process sometimes result into track fracture.”

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How the Mumbai Rail Map was conceived by IITians

Their IIT-B class project has thrilled commuting Mumbaikars, but Snehal and Jaikishan’s Rail Map is still a work in progress.
It is easier for a newcomer in Mumbai to lose his way than find it, says Jaikishan Patel (26), a first year student of Visual Communication at Industrial Design Centre, IIT-B, Powai. Says the Chhatisgarh native, “I first came to Mumbai in 2010, and I was thoroughly confused by the three suburban rail routes – Western, Central and Harbour. Now I have been here since last year, and I still find them confusing! Nothing has changed at all.”

This thought was uppermost in his mind when he and a fellow student of their 12-student class, Snehal Patil (24), opted to map Mumbai’s local train network. Jaikishan (extreme right in pic above) says, “It is easy for people to lose their way on railway stations, particularly on the Harbour Line. There are no signages, activity and movement patterns are not planned. People get from one spot to another by asking others for directions. Even the indicators on Western line are different from the Central line. This is not ideal for a rail network that is probably busier than the Indian Railway network.”

Adds Snehal, “Though I stay at Thane, and I know all the lines and stations, I still get confused. The existing rail maps are very badly designed. That’s why both Jaiki and I opted to design an easy rail map for Mumbai residents.” The duo started working on their project five weeks ago, and started by studying the main junction stations such as Kurla and Dadar. “We found that the only maps that do exist are to be found next to ticket windows, and even these are ticket fare guidelines. Other than these, we went on the Internet to look up the existing routes and for exact names and chronology of stations.”

The map is now ready and very easy to navigate – three steps help you locate the station you want. 1) Select the desired station from an alphabetical list with a corresponding box number. The map is divided into a grid of 22 squares, and each square carries a box number. 2) See the box number (of the selected station) on the list and locate that number on the grid. 3) Your station can be located in the square marked with that particular box number on the grid.

The box number is also tagged with a line and station code for easier route navigation and understanding. Besides this, there is a simple legend that explains the colours and the icons used.

This is not the first time that IIT-B students have toyed with redesign for the Railways – last year, student Deepali Karanjavkar came up with a standardised design for railway indicators, using the Devnagari font. Deepali also developed the font for the easy-to-read LED indicator after testing it for sizes and spacing. Sadly, the proposal never took off.

How the map took shape

After a fair amount of legwork and Googling existing rail routes, the rail map began to emerge. “The most challenging aspect was putting the grid together. I started with a linear diagram at first, while Jaikishan worked on another map,” Snehal says, adding that the maps were later merged to form a single map.

Three weeks later, the first draft of the map was ready. “We decided to put the map out for people to study and give feedback on,” says Mandar Rane (extreme left in pic above), the duo’s professor who is helping shape their project. “After the initial mapping, tracks were added. Colour demarcations were made for fast and slow trains. Some people wrote to us pointing out locations where the tracks merged with Indian Railways. The idea was to simplify the map, but not to the extent that details would be lost,” Mandar says.

Work in progress

At first, there was a barrage of feedback on the map, with several people suggesting corrections. “Now, we receive about 12 emails a day. We need a reliable source to authenticate the feedback,” Mandar says. He remarks that the map should ideally be viewed by the Railway authorities before it is finalised. “The Central Railway has shown an interest in looking at it, but we are yet to hear from Western Railway,” he reveals.

Crowdsourcing helped in correcting the design. “We have made about 30 revisions to the map already,” Snehal says. “After launching the map, too, there have been about 10 revisions.”

The trio will freeze the design at some point, but “if there is a mistake, we have to correct it,” Mandar says. “We want this map to reach the users of Mumbai railway, so that their commute becomes easier. If you understand the network, your travel turns out better,” Jaikishan says.

The point of the whole exercise, Mandar says, is to make the travel model clearer. “After seeing the map, one man wrote to me saying, ‘Now I know how my daughter travels to Vashi!’ We want the map to reach people, ideally as a permanent display at stations. If not, it should be available in a portable form so that it can be folded and put away in a wallet or purse,” he explains, adding that they are toying with the idea of creating an app that will cover the gamut of rail travel in Mumbai.

The map, at this stage, only needs endorsement and support from the Railways. “It is ready, it needs to be reviewed, and then it needs to be installed. It is a very clear model, actually – any corporate would be happy to sponsor it. It’s a win-win for all concerned,” Mandar signs off.

If you have suggestions to make about the map, write to idcrailmapfeedback@gmail.com

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नहीं बदल सकता रेलवे लाइन का रूट: डीएफसीसीआईएल



Darbhanga Jn (DBG) दरभंगा: ईस्टर्न डेडीकेटेड फ्रेट कोरीडोर रेल परियोजना हेतु जिले में भूमि अधिग्रहण की प्रक्रिया जिला भू-अर्जन कार्यालय में चल रही है। इस बीच डीएफसीसी एक वरीय पदाधिकारी ने पत्र भेज कर यह स्पष्ट किया है कि इस परियोजना के लिए भूमि अधिग्रहण के लिए किए जा चुके सर्वे के बाद तय किया गया रूट नहीं बदला जा सकता है। ऐसे में जिले की हजारों एकड़ कृषि योग्य भूमि, बने मकान के जाने की बारी है।

डीएफसीसीआईएल के एक अधिकारी द्वारा जारी पत्र में कहा है कि उक्त परियोजना के लिए रेलवे लाइन बिछाने के लिए जो रूट तय किया गया है उसके पहले भूमि को अच्छी तरह से सर्वे एक सक्षम एजेंसी ‘राइट्स’ द्वारा किया गया था। इसमें सारे विकल्प तलाश लिए गए थे तब जाकर रूट को मंजूरी मिली है। ऐसे में रूट को नहीं बदला जा सकता है। अधिकारी की माने में रूट बदला जाना न तो तकनीकी रूप से और न ही आर्थिक दृष्टिकोण से सही होगा।

पत्र में इस बात का उल्लेख किया गया है कि हावड़ा-नई दिल्ली ग्रैंडकार्ड रेलवे लाइन का निर्माण आज से करीब डेढ़ सौ साल पहले हुआ था। आगे कहा कि इस रूट पर डीएफसी का एलाइनमेंट वर्तमान रेलवे लाइन के उत्तर दिशा में है। धनबाद-मुगलसराय रेलखंड के बीच वर्तमान रेलवे लाइन के दोनों हिस्से उत्तर एवं दक्षिण में मानपुर-काष्ठा के बीच गया एक बड़ी आबादी वाला शहर है। जिसे नजरअंदाज नहीं किया जा सकता है।

बता दें कि उक्त परियोजना के तहत रेलवे लाइन बिछ जाने से जिले के मानपुर, गेरे, कंडी, छोटकी नवादा, गोविंदपुर, खरखुरा, कुजापी, दूर्वे आदि सहित कई गांवों के बहुफसली जमीन के भूधारी बेरोजगार हो जाएंगे। वहीं इस परियोजना के दायरे में जमीन पर बने मकानों में रहने वाले हजारों परिवार बेघर हो जाएंगे।
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