Dec 17, 2013

Meghalaya’s first rail line to be commissioned in March



Dudhnoi (DDNI): The State’s first rail project – the Dudhnoi-Mendipathar rail line – is likely be commissioned in March, 2014, a delay of almost six months.

An official related to the project informed on Sunday that recently an engine was rolled on a 10-km stretch of the rail line that runs a total length of 19.62 kilometers.

The official also informed that almost ninety per cent of the work has been completed so far, while adding that construction of the railway station at Mendipathar is in its final stages.

Reacting to a query on the reasons behind the delay, the official said that the State Government handed over 220 metres of land required for the project only in September last, leading to the delay.

He also stated that the stretch had a 41 metre high hillock which added to the difficulties. It may be mentioned that the State Government had handed over 65.09 hectares of land to the Northeast Frontier Railway for the project.

The sanctioned cost of the project was Rs 86.22 crore, but revised estimates have put the revised cost at around Rs 144 crore.

The areas to be covered by the rail line include Nolbari-Deuripara, Boromiapara, Chotomiapara, Mataranga, Manikganj, Horingkata, Bakenang-Tilapara and Mendipathar.

Source-Rail News

Rs.5 Crore for Construction of Administrative Office for LHB Coach Factory in Gulbarga



Factory to manufacture spare parts of LHB coaches to come up in Yadgir

Yadgir (YG): The Railway Ministry has proposed to establish an administrative office in Gulbarga city to augment the Solapur division of the Central Railway and provide Rs.5 crore for the purpose in the supplementary budget presented by Railway Minister M. Mallikarjun Kharge recently.

Mr.Kharge was noncommittal on whether or not setting up the administrative office of the Railways in Gulbarga city was the first step towards conceding the longstanding demand for establishing the divisional headquarters.

The total cost of establishing the administrative office here was estimated at Rs. 25 crore.

Mr. Kharge said there was also a proposal to set up a factory in Yadgir for manufacturing spare parts of Linke Holfmann Busch (LHB) coaches at cost of Rs. 750 crore. A sum of Rs. 75 crore had been earmarked for the purpose in the supplementary budget, he said.

At present, the LHB coaches are being manufactured at rail coach factories in Raebareli in Uttar Pradesh, Kapurthala in Punjab and Perambur in Tamil Nadu.

The Yadgir factory would take care of the spare parts requirements of the coaches, he said, and added that at a later stage this factory could be upgraded into a rail coach building factory.

A proposal to convert the Byappanahalli Railway Station into a junction and a terminal had also been included in the supplementary budget, the Minister said, and added that the aim was to reduce the burden on the Bangalore City and Yeshwantpur stations.

Funds have also been earmarked for constructing railway overbridges on the Gulbarga–Afzalpur State highway on the outskirts of Gulbarga city and in Chitapur and Wadi.

Land

He said land for the spare parts manufacturing unit in Yadgir and the administrative office building in Gulbarga should be given free of cost by the State government. The construction expenditure would be fully borne by the Railways, he said.

On the controversy over the proposal to allow foreign direct investment (FDI) in railway projects which has been returned by the Commerce Ministry stating that it had discrepancies and clauses that were not acceptable to investors, Mr. Kharge said banks and companies intending to invest in railway projects had demanded that the entire infrastructure be handed over to them after the completion of the work and that they would collect fares and tariff directly. This was not agreeable to the Railways, he added.

“We are exploring a public-private participation model for taking up projects such as laying new railway lines. Under it, there could be separate tariff with additional toll charges to recover the investment made in the project … the additional charges levied on passengers would be mentioned in the tickets.”

On the demand by three MPs for a fresh survey for a railway line between Nilambur in Kerala and Nanjangud in Karnataka passing through the Nilgiris in Tamil Nadu which would reduce the travelling distance between Kanyakumari and New Delhi by 450 km, Mr. Kharge said instructions had been issued to prepare proposals for taking up a fresh survey on whether or not the project was economically viable.
Factory to manufacture spare parts of LHB coaches to come up in Yadgir
Byappanahalli station to be converted into a junction and a terminal

Source-Rail News

Rural India gets Internet ahead of Elections – RailTel to play a Key Role


Villages, or gram panchayats, will be provided with 3 Internet connections and 1 Wi-Fi hotspot by March 2016, by leveraging existing fibers of state-owned utilities such as BSNL, RailTel and Power Grid, in which RailTel will be giving internet to half of the gram panchayats. This is the latest push by the government to improve connectivity across the country especially in the hinterlands

The Government of India has cleared plans for more Internet infrastructure goodies for rural areas, just months ahead of national elections.

Each of the 250,000 gram panchayats, or villages, will be provided with three Internet connections and one Wi-Fi hotspot by March 2016, according to a report by TNN. This will ride on the National Optical Fibre Network (NOFN) being pushed out to improve the connectivity throughout the country especially in rural India.

The total cost of the broadband project has been pegged at 37.5 million rupees (US$605.5 million) and will be funded by the Universal Service Obligation (USO) Fund, according to a source cited by TNN. Optical fiber connectivity is available in all state capitals, districts and up to the block level, noted the report. The NOFN would connect the blocks to gram panchayats.

At present, optical fibre cable connectivity is available in all state capitals, districts, HQs and up to the Block level. The idea of the NOFN project was to connect the blocks to the gram panchayats by leveraging existing fibers of state-owned utilities such as BSNL, RailTel and Power Grid, it added.
Source-Rail News

 

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