Feb 5, 2014

Ghaziabad to get Delhi Metro Rail link – Line to be extended for 9.71 Kms.

Ghaziabad (GZB): The board of Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has accorded approval for the extension of a stretch from Dilshad Garden to Ghaziabad.

Approval has been given for the extension of the stretch from Dilshad Garden to New Bus Stand in Ghaziabad following issuance of a no-objection certificate from the government of Delhi. The 9.71 km extension line will entail an investment of Rs 1,770 crore. With this, there will be seven elevated stations – Shaheed Nagar, Raj Bagh, Rajendra Nagar, Shyam Park, Mohan Nagar, Arthala, and New Bus Stand – in Ghaziabad.

The Ghaziabad Development Authority will share 50 per cent of the total cost, and other agencies like Nagar Nigam, Avas Vikas and UPSIDC will share the remaining amount.

Source..Rail News

Sunil Kumar Agarwal takes over Charge as Addl.GM/SCR

Secunderabad (SC): Sunil Kumar Agarwal, has taken over the charge of Additional General Manager, South Central Railway today i.e., 4th February 2014. He is also the Director, Public Grievance, South Central Railway. Before this posting, he served as Chief Operations Manager, South Central Railway.

Mr.Agarwal studied BE (Hons) in Mechanical Engineering and was awarded Gold Medal in the University. He belongs to the 1978 batch of Civil Services and joined the Indian Railways Traffic Service (IRTS).

During the course of his illustrious career, Mr.Agarwal has worked in various capacities in the Operations and Commercial departments in Western Railway and Central Railway, Mumbai. He also worked as Divisional Railway Manager, Nagpur Division o­n Central Railway from 2005 to 2007. He was Chief Commercial Manager in South East Central Railway, Bilaspur for 2 years.

He has done the prestigious International Course of National Defence College in New Delhi in 2004. He has widely travelled to Europe, Japan, Vietnam etc, o­n professional training and official visits. A Keen Sportsman, he has been a State Level player in Table Tennis and also plays golf.

Source..Rail News

Institute of Metro Rail Transport launches 1 year PGP in Metro & Rail Technology

Hyderabad (HYB), February 4, 2014: India’s first Post Graduate Programme on Metro & Rail Technology (PGPMRT) for Engineering Graduates, was launched by the Institute of Metro & Rail Technology (IMRT), the first institute in the Metro/Railway sector, to learn the finer nuances of building, maintaining and operating metro & rail systems.

The 1 year PGPMRT course will provide new career opportunities for fresh as well as experienced engineers wanting to make a career in the rapidly growing railway/metro industry. Aimed at engineers who have a good understanding of civil, mechanical, power systems, electrical, electronics, and telecommunication concepts they will be admitted based on their aptitude, attitude and overall academic record. Applicants who have been assessed competitively in exams like GATE or GRE will have an added advantage.

The tuition fee for the programme is INR 780,000 inclusive of taxes, payable in four installments. All admitted students can avail education loans offered by banks tied up with the institute. The institute will also offer scholarship grants and industry fellowships to needy and meritorious students. To know more and apply please visit: imrtindia.edu.in/pgpmrtadmission

Through the PGPMRT, IMRT aims to streamline the path to enter this highly specialized industry and also share the vast opportunities available in this sector for an engineer with the right aptitude and attitude. The course has been devised with extensive inputs from the industry. Case ­study based learning, individual & group work, continual assessments and simulations are part of the curriculum.

The program will be conducted under the guidance of top faculty drawn from India and abroad as well as practicing industry experts. The Institute has inked tie-ups with Universities in USA, Australia, and India, International Railway/Metro Consultants, manufacturers, operators and Metro corporations to bring the most updated courseware and knowledge to the students.

Mr V B Gadgil, CEO & MD, L&T Metro Rail Limited, was quoted saying, “There is a huge need for trained professionals with technical knowledge in metro and rail services. I congratulate IMRT for taking an initiative to bridge this gap. Vast opportunities exist that need trained professionals and exiting times with unlimited growth potential lie ahead for the industry and India.”

Highlights of the PGPMRT Course:
First course in this domain
Opens up a new vista for engineers
Exclusive proprietary course material
Industry designed training modules
Scholarship/bank funding available
Huge opportunities for trained personnel

With more than 20 cities in India building a Metro, planned investment in Urban Transit Rail Projects of the order of INR 1 lakh crores and >7500 planned metro km to be laid in the next 15 years, increased coverage of the world’s largest railway system to the length and breadth of India, introduction of newer technologies like hi-speed trains, there is a huge demand for skilled manpower. PGPMRT hopes to make this dream a reality.

“On behalf of IMRT I would like to thank everyone who has contributed to this course. The PGPMRT course is the fruition of 2 years of research and analysis. We wanted to have everything in place to provide the best of facilities for the students. IMRT will be known by the students we produce. They will create a positive impact in their work through their learning. IMRT’s associations with metro corporations, the industry, and premium educational institutions will ensure that everything taught is relevant and tuned to international standards,” said Mr. Gyan Prakash, Director General, IMRT.

About IMRT:

The Institute of Metro & Rail Technology, Hyderabad, situated in Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh is the first Indian research and training institution in Metro and Rail Technology. IMRT’s objective is to produce the next generation techno managers, capable of making crucial decisions using their skills and understanding of the sector. IMRT aims to be a knowledge leader in this space by designing, developing, and delivering high-impact learning for the rail industry through education and research. IMRT will symbolize the depth and breadth of knowledge a metro and railways professional needs to be able to run a critical aspect of urban transportation and ensure the safety of human life.

Contact Information (Media Contacts):

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Source..Rail News

Southern Railway gets a new AGM

Mr. Vijayakumaran, Additional General Manager, Southern Railway. Photo: Special Arrangement. S. Vijayakumaran, has taken over as the new Additional General Manager of Southern Railway. Mr. Vijayakumaran, who was previously the Chief Administrative Officer/Construction in charge of projects on Southern Railway, has earlier worked as Chief Administrative Officer/Construction/South Western Railway Bangalore, Divisional Railway Manager, Thiruvananthapuram and Chief Planning and Development Engineer.

An M.Tech (Structures) from IIT Madras, he has undergone a stint in the Research Designs and Standards Organisation, Lucknow, and has expertise in special designs of bridges under UNDP (United Nations Development Programme).

His role as Additional General Manager includes the portfolio of Director, Public Grievances, Public Relations and Appellate Authority for Public Information under Right to Information Act.
Source..The Hindu

Railway police seek Chennai cops’ help to crack murder

CHENNAI: The Government Railway Police have sought the assistance of the city police in the case where a train commuter was mugged and attacked on a Tambaram railway platform on Friday night. He died in hospital the next morning. 

The kind of assault on M Loganathan, employee of a shipping firm in Parry's, is considered a rare occurrence in Chennai and has shocked both residents and law-enforcers. Investigators, however, are finding it hard as all possible leads in the murder have hit a dead end. 

"We need more details and have asked the city police to help in collecting personal information about Loganathan," inspector-general of police (railways) Seema Agarwal said. At least five special teams are probing the case. 

Railway police teams have also gathered phone call details of Loganathan in an effort to see if he spoke to any stranger on the day of the crime. "After an analysis, we found no unusual calls were made from, or received on, his mobile on phone on Friday after he left office at 7.15pm," a police officer said. 

The city police are talking to all people who knew Loganathan and are trying to ascertain the type of people he was close with in Chitlapakkam where he lived. "We don't know how such information would help the railway police, but it could give an idea about whether he had enemies in his neighbourhood," a police officer said. Earlier, forensic experts have got some clues from the murder scene and are studying them. 

Loganathan normally parked his bike at the railway parking lot at Tambaram Sanatorium station and boarded a train to Parry's. An occasional drinker, he returned home latest by 9pm or 9.30pm daily, his family told police. On Friday, he did not get down at Sanatorium station and went on to Tambaram Friday. As the EMU train normally halts on the sixth or seventh platform, he was walking towards the first platform when he was attacked. He was injured with a half broken knife in the back and was found lying on platform 2. 

Talking to investigators, some of his family members alleged there was a conspiracy against him by some of his colleagues in the shipping agency. They also said that Loganathan used to bring huge amounts of cash home for handing over to some people as per the advice of the company authorities. 

Loganathan is survived by his wife Snehalatha and two children.
Source..Times Of India

Central Railway to allocate parking space for ambulances at its stations

MUMBAI: Railway accident victims can expect faster treatment as Central Railway has decided to demarcate space for ambulance parking at each of its 76 stations in the Mumbai suburban division.

Activists and railway victims had criticized the railways for not making arrangements to ferry victims to nearest hospitals in the golden hour period. CR's move will enable victims to reach hospitals within minutes of being brought to the nearest railway station.

CR's chief public relations officer Atul Rane said, "We appeal to non-governmental organizations and corporates to avail of this free parking facility for ambulances at any of the stations. The ambulance will be allowed to attend to calls of accident victims or patients outside railway jurisdiction."

Rane said, "The ambulance operator will have to submit an application, which should have the vehicle number and phone number to the station master so that he can be contacted in an emergency."

CR will pay the operators up to Rs 750 for ferrying victims to hospitals.

Rane said, "The parking space has been selected either on the east or west of the station, depending on faster accessibility to the nearest government hospital." He said if there was more than one operator, CR may demarcate additional space.

Ambulance parking is now only available at Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, Kurla, Thane, Kalyan, Parel, Panvel and Ghatkopar.
Source..times of india.





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