Jan 17, 2014

Kharge to lay Foundation Stone for New Railway Line between Akkannapet-Medak on SCR

Akannapet (AKE): Union Minister for Railways Mr.Mallikarjun Kharge will lay Foundation Stone for Medak-Akkannapet New Railway Line at Medak in Andhra Pradesh falling on the South Central Railway jurisdiction at 01:00 p.m. on January 19, 2014. The 17.2 Km long Medak-Akkannapet line, which was sanctioned in Railway Budget of financial year 2012-13, will be constructed at an estimated cost of Rs.129.30 crores.

The cost of the project will be shared by Railways and Andhra Pradesh Government equally (on 50:50 basis). The function will be held in the presence of C.Damodar Raja Narasimha, Hon’ble Dy.Chief Minister and Minister for Higher Education & Technical Education, Govt. of A.P. The Guests of Honour include Hon’ble Ministers, Govt. of AP – D.K.Aruna, Dr.J.Geetha Reddy and V.Sunitha Laxma Reddy; Hon’ble Govt. Whip & MLA T.Jayaprakash Reddy; Members of Parliament Nandi Yellaiah and Vijaya Shanthi; MLCs V.Bhoopal Reddy, K.Swamy Goud, Paturi Sudhakar Reddy and Md.Farooq Hussain; MLA (Medak) M.Hanmantha Rao and Sarpanch of Gram Panchayat, Akkannapet Smt.Maheshwari.

While Akkannepet Railway station is approximately 103 Kms from Secunderabad Jn, falling on the Secunderabad-Mudkhed Railway line, Medak is situated at a distance of 80 Kms of distance

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Gujarat approaches Center for Metro funding

Ahmedabad (ADI): After almost eight years, the Gujarat government has approached Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) once again for preparing a detailed project report for the Ahmedabad Metro. Last month, the state government had approached the Union urban development department for funding under JNNURM.

Apart from Gujarat, the states and Union territories which have approached urban development ministry for metro rail projects are Chandigarh administration for tri-city of Chandigarh, Mohali and Panchkula metro rail project, Maharashtra for Pune metro rail project, Punjab for Ludhiana Metro Rail project and UP for Lucknow Metro Rail project.

Among mass transit systems, including the BRTS, the metro rail across cities has managed a high conversion rate—which means private vehicle owners taking to mass transport. The Delhi Metro for instance achieved a major milestone on August 8 last year when it recorded the highest ever ridership figure of 25.04 lakh ridership on that day. This record was also subsequently broken on August 19 when 26.06 lakh commuters traveled by the system.

“The Ahmedabad BRTS for instance, despite its 84km network has garnered a maximum of 1.25 lakh commuters. This passenger figure has not changed since the last four years. Back in 2010 when the BRTS network was 45km it had reached a passenger load of 1.15 lakh commuters,” says a senior urban development official.

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Guwahati Metro Rail project receive Bids from Nine Consultancy Firms for Feasibility Study

Guwahati (GWH): Guwahati Metropolitan Development Authority (GMDA) has received bids from nine consultancy firms from across the country to carry our feasibility study and prepare a detailed project report for rail-based Mass Rapid Transit System (MRTS) project in Guwahati.

The tender for the project was invited globally in November last year. However, several consultancy firms from countries like Spain, Germany, France and South Korea that had participated in the pre-bid meeting, did not respond.

“We are examining the details of the nine bids that we have received so far. It will take another 10 days to get the final validation,” M Angamuthu, CEO of GMDA, which has been designated as nodal agency for preparation of the feasibility study of DPR, told.

The consultancy firms which have sent their bids are AECOM ASIA Company Ltd, RITS Ltd and Ayesa lngenieria Arquitectura, SAU of Gurgaon, Geodata Engineering of Pithampur, Jacobs Engineering India Pvt Ltd of Andheri East Mumbai, Yooshin Engineering India Pvt Ltd of Jasola New Delhi, Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) of Metro Bhawan, New Delhi, Egis Rail of Faridabad and SYSTRA of New Delhi.

Angamuthu also said that it would take another one month to complete the entire bidding process and to proceed to the next step. “We are planning to complete the entire bidding process by February. Only then in March can we start the process the feasibility study for DPR,” he added.

The total project cost for the phase-I will be around Rs 14,000 crore. Assam government has announced that the state will spend Rs 1,800 crore on the project.

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Safety Clearance likely in a week for Mumbai Monorail

Mumbai: The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) expects a safety certification for the monorail within a week, which will then permit it to begin commercial operations on the Chembur-Wadala stretch.

The safety certification authority, retired Commissioner of Railway Safety G.P.Garg, concluded inspection of the monorail stretch on which the first phase will begin.

A senior MMRDA official said, “His report is likely to be submitted in a week. If he has any recommendation for a safer system, MMRDA will act on it. If the report is totally positive, we will begin commercial operations on the 8.8-km stretch.”

The Monorail has been planned on a 20km stretch between Chembur and Jacob Circle. The stations include Wadala Depot, Bhakti Park, Mysore Colony, Bharat Petroleum, Fertilizer Township, VNP/RC Marg and Chembur on the Chembur-Wadala stretch.

The journey will be completed in 19 minutes.
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Works on new Railway Lines yet to start for want of land in Karnataka

Bangalore (SBC) / Hubli (UBL): The South Western Railway is unable to commence work on two new railway lines that would have reduced railroad distance between important cities in the State, for want of land.

The State government has not handed over even one acre of land for the Tumkur-Rayadurg new line, via Kalyandurg (207 km), that was announced in the 2007-08 Railway budget, and the Tumkur-Davangere new line, via Sira (200 km), announced in the 2011-12 budget, according to sources in the South Western Railway.

The two new lines, if completed, would reduce the distance between Bangalore and Bellary by at least 30 km and between Bangalore and Hubli by 60 km, respectively. Now, trains from Bangalore run via Tumkur, Birur, Chitradurga, Rayadurg (464 km) or via Hindupur and Guntakal (358 km) to Bellary. The distance between Bangalore and Bellary via Tumkur and Rayadurg will be 321 km, the sources said.

Both the projects are taken up on cost sharing basis (50:50) between the Railways and the two State governments, while the State governments have to provide land free. Sources said that 17 km of new line has been laid from Rayadurg in Andhra Pradesh and 9 km would be added by this month-end. Also, work on a major bridge across the Vedavathi in Andhra Pradesh has commenced. However, there has been no physical progress in Karnataka, they added.

The line would also have provided rail connectivity to backward regions in Karnataka — Koratagere, Madhugiri and Pavagada. However, not a single acre of the 1,342 acres of land required for the project in the State has been given to the South Western Railway, the sources said.

Reduced distance

Similar is the case with the Tumkur-Davangere new line. The railroad distance between the two cities is 326 km on the circuitous route via Tumkur, Arsikere and Birur. The proposed line via Sira, Chitradurga and Bharamasagar (along National Highway 4) would just be 265 km.

The railroad distance between Bangalore and Chitradurga, now 312 km, via Birur and Chikjajur, would come down to 205 km. Under this project too, no land has been given to the South Western Railway, while the land required for the project is 2,961 acres. South Western Railway has written letters urging the government to expedite the process of land acquisition, the sources said. Besides these two new lines, work on Whitefield-Kolar (52.9 km); Marikuppam-Kuppam (23.7 km); Chikmagalur-Sakleshpur (47 km) and Hejjala-Chamarajanagar (140 km) new lines and Hosadurga-Chikjajur line doubling has not commenced yet for want of land, the sources added.
Tumkur-Rayadurg line announced in 2007-08
Tumkur-Davangere line sanctioned in 2011-12
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