Dec 27, 2013

जबलपुर-गोंदिया ब्रॉडगेज प्रोजेक्ट को पर्यावरण मंत्रालय की मंजूरी



जबलपुर: जबलपुर-गोंदिया ब्रॉडगेज परियोजना में केन्द्रीय वन एवं पर्यावरण मंत्रालय की अनापत्ति की बाधा को दूर करने के लिए शीघ्र ही मंत्रालय से इस संबंध में सम्पूर्ण रिपोर्ट बुलाकर इस परियोजना को मंजूरी हेतु कोई न कोई रास्ता निकालने का प्रयास किया जायेगा. यह आश्वासन प्रधानमंत्री मनमोहन सिंह ने सांसद राकेश सिंह को उस वक्त दिया जब आज सांसद श्री सिंह ने प्रधानमंत्री से दिल्ली में उनके निवास पर भेंट कर उनको इस परियोजना में आ रही अड़चनों से अवगत कराते हुए उन्हें दूर करने सीधे हस्तक्षेप करने का आग्रह किया.

2006 में पूरा होना था प्रोजेक्ट

सांसद श्री सिंह ने इस दौरान प्रधानमंत्री को सौंपे पत्र में अवगत कराया कि मध्यप्रदेश देश का एकमात्र ऐसा राज्य है जिसके कुल क्षेत्रफल में 30 प्रतिशत हिस्सा वनों का आता है जो कि हमारी ताकत है लेकिन अब इसे केन्द्र हमारे क्षेत्रीय विकास के मामले में कमजोरी बना रहा है. पत्र में सांसद ने उल्लेख किया है कि मेरे संसदीय क्षेत्र जबलपुर के अंतर्गत जबलपुर-गोंदिया बाड़ौडगेज परियोजना जो कि सम्पूर्ण महाकौशल क्षेत्र जिसमें लगभग 64 प्रतिशत आदिवासी जनसंख्या है के विकास को दृष्टिगत रखते हुए लगातार 40 वर्षों से की जा रही क्षेत्रीय जनता की मांग पर वर्ष 2000 में स्वीकृत की गयी थी जिसकी लागत 511 करोड़ रू0 थी और इसे लगभग 6 वर्षों में पूर्ण हो जाना था.

दक्षिण भारत की दूरी 273 किमी कम होगी

उन्होंने पीएम को अवगत कराया कि इस परियोजना के पूर्ण हो जाने से पूर्व से दक्षिण भारत की दूरी 273 किमी कम होगी साथ ही रेलवे को एक नया ट्रेक मिलेगा साथ ही विकास का नया मार्ग इस अंचल में प्रशस्त होगा. 285 किमी की इस रेल परियोजना के मात्र 77 किमी हिस्से में कान्हा नेशनल फारेस्ट का कुछ हिस्सा आता है जिसके आधार पर केन्द्रीय वन एवं पर्यावरण मंत्रालय ने अनापत्ति न देकर इस परियोजना के कार्य पर रोक लगा दी है.

प्रोजेक्ट का रुकना राष्ट्रीय क्षति

सांसद श्री सिंह ने प्रधानमंत्री को अवगत कराया कि जब इस परियोजना का लगभग 60 प्रतिशत से अधिक कार्य हो चुका है और इस पर लगभग 650 करोड़ रू0 खर्च किये जा चुके हैं ऐसे में यदि इस परियोजना को रोका गया तो यह बहुत बड़ी राष्ट्रीय क्षति होगी. सांसद श्री सिंह ने परियोजना प्रारंभ होने के 13 वर्ष बाद वन एवं पर्यावरण मंत्रालय की आपत्ति पर आश्चर्य जताते हुए कहा कि यदि ऐसा कुछ था तो परियोजना प्रारंभ होने के पूर्व या प्रारंभ के वर्षों में मंत्रालयों द्वारा ध्यान क्यों नहीं दिया गया.

100 वर्षों से चल रही नेरोगेज ट्रेन

उन्होंने इस बात से भी पत्र में अवगत कराया कि जिस मार्ग पर वन एवं पर्यावरण मंत्रालय को आपत्ति है उस ट्रेक पर लगभग 100 वर्षों से नेरोगेज ट्रेन का संचालन हो रहा है और मेरी जानकारी के अनुसार रेल मंत्रालय इस बात के लिए भी तैयार है कि वह वन्य जीवों की सुरक्षा हेतु संबंधित क्षेत्र में ट्रेनों की गति को भी नियंत्रित करेगा.

प्रधानमंत्री श्री मनमोहन सिंह ने सांसद श्री सिंह को आश्वस्त किया कि चूंकि इस परियोजना पर 650 करोड़ रू0 की इतनी बड़ी राशि खर्च हो चुकी है इसलिए शीघ्र ही संबंधित मंत्रालयों से पूरी रिपोर्ट बुलाकर वन एवं पर्यावरण मंत्रालय की अनापत्ति का रास्ता निकाल लिया जायेगा.

Source - pal pal india

Kadapa-Bangalore Section: Phase-I of BG conversion in full swing, Trial Run on in February



The 21.8 km.-long first phase of the 257-km longrailway line will be ready by February

Earthern works and bridge construction were nearing completion on the 21.8 km.-long first phase of the Kadapa-Bangalore broad gauge railway line from Kadapa to Pabbapuram, Gangannapalli and Pendlimarry, Twenty Point Economic Programme Chairman N. Thulasi Reddy said on Thursday.

Speaking to newsmen after inspecting the railway station yard sites at Gangannapalle and Pendlimarry, he said plans were afoot to complete the first phase and undertake a trial run in February 2014. Line linking work was in progress, Railway Construction Assistant Executive Engineer T.V. Krishnaiah told Dr. Reddy. Officials had so far acquired 285.15 acres of land between Kadapa and Pendlimarry out of the required 311.84 acres of land. Fifty four small bridges were completed and two more are under construction. Three of the six major bridges were completed, he added.

The 257-km. long Kadapa-Bangalore railway line was being executed in four phases, he said.

The phase II A work from Pendlimarry to Rayachoti, phase II B from Rayachoti to Vayalpadu in Chittoor district and phase III from Madanapalle road to Madaghatta on Andhra Pradesh border, phase III B from Madaghatta to Mulabagal on the Karnataka border and phase IV from Mulabagal to Kolar would be taken up.

A sum of Rs. 153 crore was spent on the first phase works so far, including State contribution of Rs. 89 crore, and the Centre released Rs. 20 crore out of its share of Rs. 50 crore, the chairman said.

Dr. Thulasi Reddy assured to apprise the Union Railway Minister Mallikarjun Kharge and Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy to release the requisite funds. Railway Construction Assistant Executive Engineers T.V. Krishnaiah and Sivaiah and section engineers Vidyasagar and Seetharamaraju and Congress functionaries Ramana and Viswanatha Reddy were present.


Source - the hindu

Maruti Suzuki to move 30 Cars by dedicated trains



New Delhi: Maruti Suzuki India Ltd, the country’s largest passenger carmaker, will soon start transporting its vehicles through rail wagons specially designed to carry more cars, in which the company has invested.

This will not only save cost as the company can transport around 310 vehicles in a wagon instead of 10 in a truck it moves now, but also make the journey to stockyards faster.

Once the service starts, Maruti will become the first car company in India to do so.

This mode of transporting vehicles is used by car companies in Europe and the US.

The services will start from January and the company plans to transport at least 30 per cent of the production through railways in the next four-five years to its stockyards.

“The rail rakes are being manufactured. The design was approved by the Research, Design & Standards Organisation (under the Indian Railways) in Lucknow,” said R.C. Bhargava, Chairman, Maruti Suzuki India.

Freight Charges

These rakes will be dedicated only for the company and also owned by Maruti, he said.

According to industry estimates, only about 5 per cent of the total automobiles movement in the country happens by rail right now, but could jump manifold if such plans are put into place.

Maruti will be moving its cars through the automobile freight train operator (AFTO) policy of the Indian Railways under which firms can invest in specially designed wagons to offer transport services.

They have to pay freight charges to the Railways.

The companies using this mode have to pay Rs 5 crore to get a licence for 20 years, extendable by another 10 years, according to the policy.

“The concern for us is, because of the congestions on the roads, there will be a time when plying of the heavy vehicles (to transport cars) will be difficult,” M.M. Singh, Chief Operating Officer-Production, Maruti, had recently told Business Line.

More Stockyards

Bulk transports can also happen through the rails and save time, too.

The company that has two stockyards – in Bangalore and Nagpur– also plans more stockyards in the next few years in places such as Siliguri for the North-East and another one in West Bengal for the eastern markets, he said.

“We are also trying to get a railway line at the Manesar plant (in Haryana) and once we get that, we can just manufacture the cars and put them directly into the wagons, just like Mercedes-Benz does in its Germany factory.

“We don’t have to keep our storage then,” Singh said.

However, all these will be easier and possible once the Goods and Services Tax is implemented, which will take care of all the taxation issues, he added.

Source - the hindu business line

High Court of AP selects RailTel as its choicest Internet Service Provider




Hon’ble Judges Committee of AP High Court selects RailTel upon various technical, services, information security, commercial and SLA parameters

Hyderabad (HYB): The High Court of Andhra Pradesh selected RailTel Corporation of India Limited (a Government of India Telco PSU under Ministry of Railways) as its choicest partner for Internet bandwidth services.

Speaking on the work order placed on RailTel, Project Coordination wing teams mentioned that the Hon’ble Judges Committee had selected RailTel based on various technical, services, information security, commercial and SLA parameters.

As part of the services, RailTel shall deliver 10 Mbps (1:1) uncompressed and unshared Internet Bandwidth to High Court of Andhra Pradesh on a dedicated last mile OFC link in a ring topology. As part of the offering, RailTel shall also provide access to Bandwidth Monitoring by the user department.

High Court of Andhra Pradesh will access the Data Centres of NIC and the other Law enforcing establishments across the country on various web-based applications currently run.

Speaking to RailNews, one of the member of the Judges Committee mentioned that although the selection is on a tendering process, award of contract was based on information they have obtained from different sources comprising of State, Central and Public Sector establishments on the services of RailTel already availed by those organisations. Hon’ble Judges Committee had got a good feedback from majority of the RailTel’s customers.

RailTel in the recent past has been chosen as one of the select partner by various Public Sectors and Central Government establishments for leased lines, MPLS-VPN, Internet Bandwidth and colocation services. RailTel has attained Mini-Ratna status recently and is the only profit making telco PSU when compared to BSNL and PowerTel.

RailTel is also building state-of-the-art Datacenters in Hyderabad (Secunderabad) and Gurgaon. RailTel to enter into the colocation, dedicated/remote hosting, storage solutions and Public, Private and Hybrid Cloud services to various Central Government establishments, Public Sectors and Enterprise clients.

Source - RAIL NEWS

Tatkal booking system for Heritage Train



Out of the 90 second class seats, nine seats have been alloted for Tatkal and charges for it would be Rs 40 per ticket for the Train numbers 56136/56137

Coimbatore: Tatkal system of booking tickets is being introduced in the Mettupalayam-Udhagamndalam Mettupalayam-Nilgiri Mountain Railway, for which advance reservation system is available at present, with immediate effect.

Out of the 90 second class seats, nine seats have been allotted for Tatkal and charges for it would be Rs 40 per ticket for the Train numbers 56136/56137.

The extant rules applicable to Tatkal reservations would apply to the Tatkal bookings of NMR as well.

NMR, the heritage train, is a major attraction for tourists to Udhagamandalam, one of the major tourist spots in the world.
Source..Rail News

Mumbai, Delhi special train fares soar after dynamic pricing



Mumbai: Demand has scaled new levels for Mumbai-New Delhi Premium Train as the fares for the Jan 1 were quoted at the double the rates of Rajdhani class trains for the same sector.

On Dec 26, the fares for 2-tier Air-conditioned (2A) train on Jan 1 were Rs 4945 with 138 seats available. For 3-tier AC (3A), the fare quoted as Rs 3520 with 491 seats available. Comparatively, Rajdhani Express fare for 2A and 3A is Rs 2,495 and Rs 1815, respectively.

WR’s chief public relations officer Sharat Chandrayan said, “The demand is peaking up as more and more people become aware about this trains. It has extremely useful for those who are planning their journey at Short notice as the advance reservation period for these trains is 7 days only.”

The inaugural run of the train from Mumbai happened on Dec 26. Many passengers were pleased with the running of this train as it gives assured reservations. Moreover, the tickets are only available online, thus eliminating touts who manipulate the system as the Passenger Reservation System (PRS) centres.

Such has been the demand at the RAC seats were selling at Rs 3475 for 2A and Rs 2,400 for 3A for the train to scheduled to depart from Mumbai on Dec 26. The base fare for 2A and 3A classes is Rs 2910 and Rs 2175, respectively.

The demand indicates that the railways should consider running this train with more number of coaches. The Rajdhani trains runs with the 21 coaches, including the pantry and generator-van, whereas the Premium trains has only 17 coaches.

A railway official said “Running of this trains with more coaches will make more seats available, besides help earn more revenue.”

Giving and analysis of more demand for 2A, a railway official explained, “The economy class air-fare will cost around Rs 10,500. However, a person is willing to shell out as much as Rs 5,000 for 2A, because of the comfort and the savings that can accrue to him on account to amount not spent on lodging and boarding.”

The fares of the train includes catering charges and facility similar to Rajdhani class trains. It departs from Mumbai at 4 pm reaches New Delhi at 7.55 am on the following days. On its return journey, the train leaves from New Delhi at 2.50 pm and arrives in Mumbai at 6.55 am.

Source..Rail News

Elephants disrupt train services in Hazaribag



Hazaribagh Road (HZD): Movement of goods train came to a halt and express trains slowed down when the railway gateman of Khiruddin station in Chakulsa block of the district noticed a herd of 17 elephants, including two calves on the track, on the Dhanbad-Koderma section of the Grand Chord line on Wednesday night.

Many super fast express and goods train pass through the route at night. On seeing the tuskers, the panicky gateman rushed to station master Avijit Patro who immediately informed the central control room at Dhanbad. The CCR took instant measures and stopped the trains at the preceding stations or ordered slowing down of its speed in order to prevent railway accident and elephants’ killing, said P Thanga Pandiyan, divisional forest officer of Hazaribag West Division.

The herd which created havoc in the Churchu, Daroo, Tati-Jharia, Ichak,Barkatha and Chalkusha Blocks of Hazaribag district for the last six weeks, damaging standing crops including harvested paddy worth several lakhs of rupees, have finally shifted to their origin in Dumka, the DFO said. He said they have entered into Giridih district crossing the Barakar river in the Chalkusha block of district. He admitted that the wild tuskers have caused huge damages to the crops and houses of the villagers and suitable compensation are being paid to the villagers who incurred losses.

Source..Rail News

RVNL nod to extend Railway Line to Vizhinjam Port

Thiruvananthapuram (TVC): Southern Railway General Manager Rakesh Mishra Thursday said that the proposal to extended railway line to Vizhinjam port site has received green signal from Rail Vikas Nigam Limited (RVNL). The RVNL has conducted a study on the proposal.

Mishra while speaking said that now the state government have to approach the Union Government to find Rs.400 crore needed to build the railway line. He was visiting the project site for the first time.

The Vizhinjam railway line joins to main tracks at south side of the Nemam railway station.

Meanwhile, Vizhinjam seaport company Managing Director has said that the project report will be submitted to Indian Railway shortly.

Source..Rail News

Railway Board transfers DRM/TVC, DRM/PGT



Palakkad (PGT): The Divisional Railway Managers of Thiruvananthapuram and Palakkad have been transferred in a major reshuffle carried out by the Railway Board.

Sixteen divisional managers have been transferred in the reshuffle. Though Railways describe the transfer as routine once a manager completes two years of tenure in a division, the reshuffle has assumed significance as it comes before the general elections and the Railway Budget. In place of Mr. Agrawal comes Sunil Bajpai, now Senior Professor, Indian Railways Institute of Mechanical and ElectricalEngineering, Jamalapur. In Palakkad, Anand Prakash has been posted.

Source..Rail News

 

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