Dec 26, 2013

Kottur-Harihar rail line yet to be opened

The 67-km Kottur-Harihar new railway line, though was completed three years ago, is yet to see operation of trains as a ginger group of farmers in and around Ganganarsi village in Harihar taluk are obstructing the South Western Railway from giving the final touches to the completed track.

The farmers owing land between the 25-km stretch of Harapanahalli and Amaravati Junction (about 5 km from Harihar) have been demanding higher compensation for their 250 acres of land acquired for the project. Though the foundation stone was laid for the railway line in 1995 by the then Railway Minister C.K. Jaffer Sharief, the acquisition process commenced in 2002, sources told The Hindu.

Those demanding higher compensation approached court and 495 cases were filed. Of these, over 400 have been disposed of directing higher compensation to farmers.

The South Western Railway has deposited Rs. 1.21 crore with the district administration for payment of enhanced compensation. Still, a group of farmers has been obstructing work demanding Rs. 7 lakh an acre compensation, the sources said.

Davangere South MLA S.S. Mallikarjun, in whose constituency Amaravati Junction and Goods Shed fall, said that he is trying to convince the farmers to allow the Railways to open the line.

It is in the interests of the district and the region that the line should become operational, Mr. Mallikarjun said.

The South Western Railway authorities too wrote to the Chief Secretary on December 19 highlighting their plight and urging the State government to convince the farmers that the line be opened.

Reduction in distance

K.N. Krishnaprasad, who keenly follows developments in the railway sector, pointed out that the new line provided the shortest rail route between Chennai and Mangalore.

The distance between Hospet and Chikjajur Junction will reduce at least by 50 km from the regular routes — via Rayadurg and Chitradurga or Hubli and Haveri. Due to the inordinate delay in completing the project, the cost has shot up from Rs. 65 crore to Rs. 439 crore.

Railway Minister M. Mallikarjun Kharge was, however, hopeful of the State government resolving the farmers’ issue amicably. He said that once the issue is settled, the South Western Railway could complete the remaining work within a couple of months.


IRFC Tax-Free Bonds issue opens on Jan 6

New Delhi: Indian Railway Finance Corporation (IRFC) will hit the market with the public issue of its tax-free bonds on January 6.

Simultaneously, IRFC will also access the external market to raise $600 million.

“The bond issue will be open for two weeks starting January 6,” Rajiv Datt, Managing Director, IRFC, told. The issue size will be Rs 1,500 crore, with a green shoe option, which will basically allow IRFC to raise more funds in case of oversubscription.

IRFC, which has the Finance Ministry’s nod to mobilise Rs 10,000 crore through tax-free bonds, can raise up to Rs 8,650 crore now. It has already raised about Rs 1,340 crore through private placement route.

The coupon rates are 8.23 per cent for 10-year bonds and 8.4 per cent for 15-year bonds for institutional investors. For retail investors, the rates are 8.48 per cent for 10 years and 8.65 per cent for 15-year bonds.

$600-million thru ECB

In a related move, IRFC also plans to raise $600 million through external commercial borrowing. “We have already appointed lead managers for raising $600 million from external markets,” Datt said. IRFC has also raised about Rs 2,500-2,600 crore from the external market till date in the current financial year.

The coupon rates are higher than what was offered by IRFC in the tax-free bond issues in past two years, said Datt. Last year, IRFC had raised the maximum amount – compared with other issuers in the market, such as IIFCL – through tax-free bonds.

IRFC is the fund-raising arm of the Indian Railways and the money raised by it is used to buy locomotives, wagons and coaches. A small share of funds is also routed toward financing bankable projects of the Railways. In 2012-13, IRFC funds were used to acquire 581 locomotives, 1,958 coaches and 14,801 wagons. The borrowing costs of IRFC in 2012-13 stood at 8.12 per cent, which was 0.98 per cent lower than the average borrowing cost of all AAA rated entities in India put together.

On a cumulative basis, till 2012-13, IRFC has borrowed over Rs 1 lakh crore for the Railways market, which has funded procurement of 6,654 locomotives, 38,571 coaches and 1.77 lakh wagons.

Source - the hindu business line

Anxiety in the night as train stops on Pamban Bridge

Passengers of the Rameswaram-Kanyakumari Express, which left the island on Monday night, spent some anxious moments as the train came to an abrupt halt on the Pamban rail bridge when the alarm chain was pulled.

Railway police sources said the train, which left here at 8.45 p.m. was on the rail bridge, when a group from Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh, travelling in the general compartment, allegedly pulled the chain following a quarrel with fellow passengers at around 9.05 p.m.

Railway officials and a section of passengers grew anxious as about 10 of the 18 coaches were on the bridge. Two Tamil Nadu Railway Police constables P.Marimuthu and A.Arokiasamy, who were travelling in S-1 coach, got into the general compartment and set right the problem.

The train left after a delay of about 30 minutes.

The Railway Police secured nine members of a family, including four women, at Manamadurai on the charge of pulling the alarm chain.

In a similar incident, the Rameswaram-Chennai Sethu Express came to a halt right on the cantilever bridge on Saturday night, when a polytechnic student, travelling in the general compartment, pulled the alarm chain.

In this case also, Arokiasamy, who was on duty, reached the coach, holding on to the iron rods on the side of the track and set right the vacuum leak.

“It was dark and I reached the coach taking enormous risk,” he said. The train left after a delay of about 10 minutes.

Railway police secured the youth, identified as Arokiya Suresh (21), a student of a polytechnic here, and are investigating.

Source - The Hindu

Consumer Forum penalises Railways for not refunding ticket amount

A consumer forum here has penalised the Indian Railways for failing to refund non-confirmed tickets citing lapses on the part of a commuter in following the procedure to claim refund.

The III Additional Bangalore Urban District Consumer Redressal Forum has asked the IRCTC/South Central Railway to pay compensation of Rs. 1,000 to the complainant, Venkat Thoutam of Bangalore, besides directing the Railways to refund Rs. 2,614. Mr. Thoutam had booked four tickets under the Tatkal scheme for December 23, 2012 and all of them were under waiting list. When the travel chart was finalised, only his ticket got confirmed and the other three remained in waiting list and hence, the others could not travel.

Following this, he had submitted travel deposit receipt (TDR) claiming refund of amount that he paid while booking the tickets. However, in response to the forum’s notice, the Railways contended that IRCTC was not the authority for refund claims but it was the Chief Commercial Manager (Refunds). It was also contended that the complainant failed to submit non-travel certificate from the ticket checking staff.

However, the forum, comprising its president T. Rajashekaraiah and member Subhashini, held that “refusal of the IRCTC/South Central Railways to consider the request of the complainant for refund only on the ground that the non-travel certificate was not produced is not proper and it clearly amounts to deficiency in service.”

Though IRCTC claimed that TDR should have been submitted to the Chief Commercial Manager (Refunds), the forum noted that as IRCTC itself had stated in its affidavit that Chief Commercial Manager (Refunds) had “regretted” the case, it implied that refund claim was referred to Chief Commercial Manager (Refunds), who had refused to order refund.
Source - The Hindu 

Creation of a new Railway Zone from Vizag now a Political Decision, says Purandeswari

Union Minister of State D. Purandeswari flagging off the weekly express to Bhagat ki Kothi (Jodhpur) in Visakhapatnam on Tuesday. Photo: K. R. Deepak
I told the GoM to give us a clear assurance on the matter’

The final conclusion about creating a new railway zone with Visakhapatnam as its headquarters is that it is a political decision and under the prevailing situation in the State all efforts would be made to realise this dream, Union Minister of State for Commerce and Industries D. Purandeswari said here on Tuesday.

Speaking at a function at the Railway Station after flagging off weekly express trains to Gandhidham and Bhagat ki Kothi (Jodhpur) Ms. Purandeswari said she had explained to the Group of Ministers (on bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh) the necessity to have a new railway zone. “Since there is no clarity on the zone since the GoM said it will be formed subject to feasibility, I told the GoM to give us a clear assurance. We all know what will happen if the feasibility clause is there. So I insisted on a clear assurance,” Ms. Purandeswari said. She had also taken up the matter with UPA II president Sonia Gandhi and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. Seven trains were introduced since she was elected from Visakhapatnam but every time a train was introduced it was like scaling the Everest, the Union Minister said while describing how much effort had to be made. She made several visits to the Railway ministry and Railway Board to secure facilities for Visakhapatnam and north coastal Andhra. She was also not happy though seven new trains were running, since connectivity had to improve.\
Source - The Hindu 

Punalur-Shencottah Gauge Conversion work lands in an abrupt halt

Punalur (PUU): From Punalur, it is a yawning gap. A cash crunch has brought the gauge-conversion work on the Punalur-Shencottah railway section to an abrupt halt. Authorities of the Madurai Division of Railways confirm that “the gauge-conversion work has been suspended because of a lack of funds.”

The hopes of people that trains would start tearing down the 110-year-old rail route at least by early 2015 lie in tatters. The work was awarded to 20 agencies, and even about three months ago, it was going apace.

Preliminary work on concrete jacketing of all colonial bridges, including a 13-arch viaduct near Aryankavu, had been progressing during August-September. But now, the whole stretch is wearing a deserted look. A project spokesman says work will not resume until funds start coming, which is not expected for at least another three months.

The project managers are hoping that some funds will be sanctioned when the Railway Budget for 2013-14 gets revised in February. If that does not happen, the resumption of the work will be completely dependent on the next Railway Budget.

But that Budget will be an interim one, which has to be ratified by the new government to be formed at the Centre in May. The suspension of the work because of a funds crunch is not an isolated case. Every gauge-conversion work in Southern Railway has been hit by the same reason, the spokesman says.

In March this year, the railway authorities had set December 2014 as the deadline for completing the 49.2-km track.

The century-old dilapidated road overbridge at Aryankavu across the rail track was proposed to be demolished and replaced by a new one before the start of this year’s Sabarimala pilgrimage. It is left untouched. The bridge on the Kollam-Thirumangalam National Highway takes heavy traffic, especially of lorries bringing goods to the State. But now the project managers admit that uncertainty looms large over the work. “It may drag on till 2016-end or even beyond” depending on fund allocation, the spokesperson says.

Though Rs. 300 crore was required for the completion of the work as on 2012-end, the allocation for this year was just Rs. 30 crore. There is a fear that the allocation could be even less next year.

Train services on the section were withdrawn in September 2010 to facilitate the work. At that time, the railway authorities said the work would be completed in March 2012. In fact, formations on the seven-km Shencottah-Bhagawatheepuram and nine-km Punalur-Edamon reaches had been completed by March this year.

The remaining 33.2 km has to be laid through a difficult ghat terrain comprising colonial viaducts and tunnels bored through granite constructed more than 110 years ago. Between the Bhagawatheepuram and Aryankavu stations, there are five tunnels, one more than 900 metres long. These have to be widened to accommodate broad-gauge traffic. The gradient is such that for a horizontal distance of 50 metres, the track to be laid gets vertically raised by one metre.

Track history

The section is part of the 325-km Kollam-Shencottah-Tenkasi-Tirunelveli-Thiruchendur gauge-conversion project and a link of the Tenkasi-Virudhunagar trunk route to Chennai.

The Kollam-Shencottah section is part of the Kollam-Chennai rail route commissioned by the British in 1904. The route was once a lifeline for the people of the southern districts of the State and the Shencottah-Virudhunagar belt of Tamil Nadu. It had served to create a strong link especially among the trading community of these areas in the two States. The farmers of the Shencottah-Virudhunagar belt depended on the trains to market their produce in south Travancore.

Huge quantities of vegetables, groceries and dairy products such as curd were brought into Kollam district from Tamil Nadu by trains that plied through the route. Traders from both sides say that suspension of train service on the section has considerably affected business.

The Kollam-Madras Egmore Express used to be one of the prestigious trains on this route. The Shencottah-Kollam passenger trains were the main means of transport for office-goers and students. Pilgrims to Velankanni used to take the trains through this section. The trains provided a livelihood to a good number of families on the Aryankavu-Punalur section as they could sell a variety of local products to the passengers at stations.

S. Nousharuddin, senior trader from Punalur, says the trains used to provide a comfortable means of cheap and dependable transport for the people of the eastern high range areas of Kollam district. “People depended more on trains than road transport,” he says.

But with the suspension of the train services, the people of the whole area feel cut off. Travel has become an exhausting experience and with virtually no progress on the gauge-conversion work, the people of the area appear to be hopelessly waiting for the return of the good old days of train travel, he says.

Two new trains commence run from Visakhapatnam

Visakhapatnam (VSKP): Union minister of state for commerce and industry and local Member of Parliament D.Purandeswari claimed that she has been pursuing for a new railway zone with Vizag as headquarters since long with both the railway board and the concerned ministry.

Addressing newspersons after flagging off two weekly express trains from Visakhapatnam to Jodhpur and Gandhi-dham here on Tuesday, she hoped that the new zone would be a reality as the railway ministry is contemplating to create new zones across the country. She also added that there is a need to fight for the new zone, in the event of state bifurcation.

Purandeswari also said that two trains, Visakhapatnam-Tata-nagar and Vizag-Kollam which are currently being run as special trains would be run as regular weekly express trains from the first week of January, 2014 and first week of February, 2014 respectively. Divisional Railway Manager Anil Kumar was present.

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Odisha CM demands Rs.3160 Crore in 2014-15 Railway Budget

Bhubaneswar (BBS): Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Tuesday demanded an allocation of Rs.3160 crore for Odisha in the railway budget for 2014-15 for development of railway infrastructure in the State.

In a letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, the Chief Minister has requested him to ensure allocation of a sizeable part of the revenue generated from Odisha for the state for strengthening and expanding rail infrastructure. Stating that the railway route length and rail density in Odisha is well below national average as also substantially lower than the neighbouring States, the Chief Minister said gross earnings originating from various stations in the State was over Rs.14,000 crore during 2013-14.

Centre has initiated many ambitious projects like dedicated freight corridor aligned with mega industrial hubs and national road expressways and high speed train projects which appear to have completely bypassed State although some of country’s largest investment in the steel, aluminium and power sectors are coming up here, he said.

The Chief Minister said that the volume of investments in the State in diverse sectors at different stages is in excess of Rs.8.85 lakh crore. Stating that he has been requesting the Ministry of Railways to put in place a time-bound infrastructure upgradation arrangement for the ports coming up on the Odisha coast, Naveen said that a synchronised development plan between those of the ports and related rail connectivity is a necessity for maximizing economic gains.

In this context, the eastern dedicated freight corridor from Ludhiana to Dankuni should be extended to Berhampur so as to ensure seamless movement of freight between the ports and the vast northern and central hinterlands of the country, he said.

Naveen proposed dedicated rail corridors in the Angul-Talcher coal belt, Basundhara coal belt in Jharsuguda-Sundargarh and Banspani-Nayagarh iron ore region. Stating that these corridors are proposed to be co-habited by multiple users and developed through participative funding, he requested the Ministry to consider setting up of SPV for these rail corridors.

Chief Minister said that construction of Bhadrachalam Road-Talcher rail link via Malkangiri, Jeypore, Lanjigarh, Sambalpur-Berhampur new rail link via Phulbani and Rayagada Gopalpur rail link via Bhismagiri has assumed importance. Requesting the Prime Minister to ask the Railway Ministry to execute these projects on a priority basis, Naveen demanded that these projects should be treated as national projects.
Source - Rail news

Nagpur Municipal Corpn sets Feb 15 deadline for Itwari ROB


wari (ITR): After a delay of more than two years, the Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) has set the final deadline for the completion of Itwari railway over bridge (RoB) as February 15.

Mayor Anil Sole, along with civic body office bearers and MLAs Krishna Khopde and Vikas Kumbhare, inspected the ongoing works at the Rob. Sole inspected the work going on over railway line and also on approach roads.

Sole said asphalting of approach road from Zade Square, Bastarwari, has been completed. He asked the officials to execute installation of street lights on the road along with painting works and ducts. “These works should be completed by January 15 so that Rob can be opened to public on February 15,” he directed the officials.

The central government had approved the project under JNNURM scheme on January 22, 2007, at the cost of Rs9 crore. The delay doubled the project cost due to which the NMC spent Rs20.76 crore on the project as on October 31. But, the final cost is likely to escalate by the time the works get completed.
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Mamata Banerjee leaves West Bengal railway projects in limbo: Aadhir

Kolkata (KOAA): The railways could not start various projects in West Bengal announced by former Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee as she had not arranged funds for them, Minister of State for Railways Adhir Chowdhury said.

“Former Railway Minister and present Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had announced a large number of projects in the state. But there was no arrangement for funds to implement them. We cannot start projects due to dearth of funds,” Chowdhury said during his visit here in South 24 Parganas district to inspect an under-construction bridge.

In Sundarbans area, a number of projects valued at Rs 2,301 crore (Rs 23.01 billion) were announced but no land was acquired, he said, adding the railways could not work if the state government did not co-operate.

Citing another problem “created by Banerjee”, the minister said she had announced that jobs would be given to land losers.

“If we follow this, we have to give 1.7 lakh jobs in Eastern Railway alone. We do not have so many vacant posts. Besides, this is not the policy of the government,” he said.

“Work for 37 projects worth Rs 13,000 crore (Rs 130 billion) were on in West Bengal. But I cannot guarantee their completion as we do not have funds,” Chowdhury, a Congress leader, said.

The minister came here to inspect an under-construction bridge over the river Matla which is a part of a six km railway line between Canning and Bhangankhali.

Source - Rail news

Kasargod: Railway staff go the extra mile to recover passenger’s bag

Kasaragod (KGQ): Kasargod is often in the news for crimes like theft, smuggling and other unlawful activities. But the railway staff here have set an example of sincerity by going the extra mile in helping a lady find her lost bag that contained valuables.

A lady passenger left her bag in the train by mistake while getting down at the station. The bag was later restored to her with the valuables intact.

The incident has occurred at 3.45 am on Monday, December 23 when Vatsamma (55), a resident of Thiruvananthapuram resident was arriving at Kasargod by train. She was coming back by Marusagar Express train after participating in a wedding programme at Ernakulam and was travelling in berth No 57 in B4 compartment.

When she got down at Kasargod, she forgot to take her bag with her. By the time she realized it, the train had already left Kasargod station. She immediately informed the staff at Kasargod railway station, who in turn informed K Chitraraj, the security staff on duty. He passed on the information to Thiruvananthapuram railway security control room, from where a call was made to railway staff Sudhakar. As he was on leave, the message was sent to another staff Sarish P Shanker who was aboard the train. Shanker who went to the compartment found the bag lying there. Twenty minutes had elapsed by then and another passenger had occupied the seat.

As there were gold ornaments, documents and other valuables in the bag, the staff did not hand over the bag to anyone else to pass it on, and instead got down at Kankanady junction, took the Netravati Express train back to Kasargod and handed it over to the passenger personally at Kasargod in the presence of station master Srinivas and RPF official Chitraraj.

Source - Rail news

रेलवे क्रासिंग पर ट्रेन ट्रक से टकराई रेल इंजन और ट्रक क्षतिग्रस्त

Bagaha (BUG) बगहा : बिहार के पश्चिमी चंपारण जिले के बाल्मीकिनगर और पलिअहवा रेलवे स्टेशन के बीच 55041 अप मुजफ्फरपुर-गोरखपुर सवारी ट्रेन के एक रेलवे क्रासिंग से गुजर रहे एक ट्रक से आज सुबह टकरा जाने से ट्रेन का इंजन और ट्रक बूरी तरह क्षतिग्रस्त हो गया. बाल्मीकिनगर रेलवे स्टेशन के स्टेशन मास्टर ए के झा ने बताया कि सुबह करीब 7:30 बजे हुयी इस दुर्घटना में किसी के हताहत होने की सूचना नहीं है.

उन्होंने बताया कि उक्त ट्रेन को दूसरे इंजन की मदद से बाल्मीकिनगर रेलवे स्टेशन लाकर गंतव्य के लिये रवाना कर दिया गया है तथा दुर्घटना स्थल पर मौजूद क्षतिग्रस्त रेल इंजन और ट्रक को हटाकर करीब 9:30 बजे उक्त मार्ग पर रेल परिचालन फिर से चालू कर दिया गया है. झा ने बताया कि यह दुर्घटना रेलवे क्रासिंग संख्या 62 सी के गेट मैन शिबू लाल द्वारा रेल फाटक बंद नहीं किये जाने के कारण हुयी. रेलवे द्वारा गेट मैन के खिलाफ कार्रवाई शुरु कर दी गयी है.

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Samta Express Engine breaks down, Rail traffic hit

Bhimkhoj (BMKJ) / Mahasamund (MSMD): The movement of trains were disrupted and passengers faced inconvenience for more than three hours as engine of Nizamuddin-Visakhapatnam Samta Express broke down near Bheemkhoj station on Wednesday. Several goods trains were also delayed because of the glitch.

Engine of Samta Express failed between Haadaband railway crossing and Bhimkhoj station late on Tuesday night where the passengers in the train were stranded for over three hours. After a complaint was sent to the management of Bagbahara and Mahasamund railway stations, an engine was brought from Raipur. Subsequently, bogies of Samta Express were attached to the engine and the train proceeded.

The train, which was already running late, reached Bagbahara station at 12 noon instead of its scheduled arrival time at 8 am. After learning about the engine failure of Samta Express, the railway management had halted Visakhapatnam-Durg passenger at Bagbahara station.The passenger train finally reached Mahasamund at 12.45 pm against its scheduled arrival time at 9.35 am. Other Visakhapatnam-bound trains plying via Raipur were halted at Mahasamund Railway Station.

It may be noted that a single railway line is laid from Mahasamund to Titlagarh which has been disrupted for a fortnight. While the line was disturbed from December 12-19 owing to the construction of underbridge, railway traffic was thrown out of gear on December 23 after a tractor met with an accident at an unmanned railway crossing Paterapali route.

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IIT-Madras to study Solar powered Rail Coaches

Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras will soon be carrying out a feasibility study on setting up solar panels to generate electricity to non-air conditioned Indian Railway coaches.

The project, mooted by the Integral Coach Factory (ICF) soon after it got national award for energy conservation recently, will be implemented based on the study’s outcome.

“The power generated from the solar panel will be used for lights and fans in non-air conditioned coaches”, ICF spokesperson G Subramanian told.

The official said that the aim of the ambitious project is to use latest technology to tap alternative sources of energy to reduce dependence on fuel based energy.

He said the feasibility study would also examine if the solar panel needs to be fixed atop the coach’s roof.

“The survey will come out with various solutions regarding the height of the solar panel so that it is not hit by tunnels and over-bridges”, he said.

Stating that an agreement was signed few months back with IIT, Subramanian said that officials from both the sides are discussing to work out different modalities to develop a feasible model.

According to him, powering lights and fans of a coach efficiently using solar energy will be an enormous challenge as trains run across different climate zones during a single trip often leading to the failure from insufficient power.

If the project is successful, about 60 per cent of energy will be saved by the railways. The new technology will be incorporated in the coaches designed by ICF.

However, ICF sources said that it has not fixed a timeframe to complete the project. ICF has already turned to renewable energy to meet its needs and has set up a few wind mills to generate power in the southern districts of the state. The power is now being supplied to the grid.

Indian rail network comprises more than 1,15,000 km of track over a route of 68,000 km and about 8,000 stations.

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Passenger Train engine, truck collide in Bihar

Valmikinagar Road (VKNR): The engine of a passenger train and a truck collided in between Balmikinagar and Paliahawa stations in west Champaran district of Bihar today, a Railway official said.

There was no report of any casualty as the truck driver and his assistant had jumped off the vehicle, the police said. The accident occurred when the truck laden with boulders was on the rail tracks after crossing railway crossing gate number 62 which the gateman had forgotten to close, Balmikinagar station master A K Jha said. The Muzaffarpur-Gorakhpur passenger train was pulled to Balmikinagar station by another engine to proceed on its onward journey, he said. Both the rail engine and the truck were damaged, the police said. An action has been initiated against the gate man, Jha said.
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Mighty “Delhi Metro Rail” marks 11th Anniversary

New Delhi: The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation celebrated the 11th anniversary of the inauguration of the first metro train in the Capital, on Tuesday at Metro Bhawan.

All DMRC directors, officials and guests posed in front of a life-size flex board of a train.

“We are missing E.Sreedharan [former Delhi Metro Managing Director] today,” said a metro official on Tuesday.

“The exit of the iconic Dr. Sreedharan has brought in challenges that the new MD, Mangu Singh, is handling very well,” said Anuj Dayal, the DMRC corporate communications head.

Mr. Dayal added: “Phase I and II were green fields but phase III is more tricky and tough. From phase I and II, commuters had to get down at Rajiv Chowk. In Phase II, there are two rings and we have to connect all four sides of Delhi without disturbing the city’s movement. It may pose some challenges.”

Phase III includes construction of the line from Mukundpur to Shiv Vihar, Janakpuri West to Botanical Garden, Central Secretariat to Kashmere Gate, Jahangirpuri to Badli, Badarpur to YMCA Chowk (Faridabad), Dwarka to Najafgarh and Mundka to Bahadurgarh.

Mr. Dayal denied that former Chief Minster Sheila Dikshit’s exit had made any difference to the functioning of the Metro’s administration. “We work like the army. The government may come and go, but our work carries on without interference from the government.”

He elaborated: “The reason is that every government knows the Metro is for the benefit of the people, so all governments, whether it was the BJP in 1998 at the Centre or the Congress at other times, they didn’t try to hinder our operations.”

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