Feb 25, 2014


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KNOW ABOUT - Liberalized Active Retirement Scheme for Guaranteed Employment for Safety Staff (LARGESS)

Liberalized Active Retirement Scheme for Guaranteed Employment for Safety Staff (LARGESS)
  • The scheme was originally framed to cover Drivers and gangmen on the consideration that with the advancing age physical fitness and reflexes of the employee of these categories deteriorate thereby causing a safety hazard.
  • Now it is extended to other safety categories also.
  • Request for retirement under this scheme will be voluntary and no compulsion on the part of the employee.
  • The ward (Son/daughter) will be considered for payment only in the lowest recruitment grade of the employee depending upon his/her eligibility and suitability but not in any other category.
  • The minimum educational qualification for recruitment in the safety category posts having GP of Rs. 1800 under this scheme will be 10 th pass of ITI or equivalent.
  • Wards should be in age 18-33 (+% for SC/ST, +3 for OBC)
  • However, wards in possession of 8 th std and above will be considered for appointment in 1S pay band 4440-7440 as Trainee without GP. They will be considered for grant of PB1 only on acquiring SSLC/ITI and service as trainee will not be counted as service for any purpose
  • The retirement of the employee under this scheme will be considered only if the ward of the employee is found suitable in all respects. The retirement of the employee and appointment of the ward should take place simultaneously.
  • Since it is a separate scheme no weightage of qualifying service will be admissible.
  • Wards will not be allowed to change category except as being already allowed as per existing rules.
  • Medically decategorised employees are not eligible to apply under this scheme.
Eligibile Categories
A. Operating Department
  • Pointsman
  • Shuntman
  • Leverman
  • Gateman
  • Traffic Porters
B. Engineering department
  • Gateman
  • Trolleyman
  • Keyman
C.Signal and Telecommunication Department
  • Khalasi/Khalasi Helper redesignated as Helper Grade II & Grade I attached to ESM/MSM//TCM/WTM
  • Trolleyman
D. Mechanical (Running)
  • Loco Pilots (Excluding Shunter)
E. Mechanical (C& W, DSL)/Electrical
  • Khalasi/Khalasi Helper redesignated as Helper Grade II & Grade I assisting Loco Fitter/C&W Fitter/Fitters in Diesel Sheds and Train lighting & AC fitters
  • Crane Jamedars/Crane Khalasis
Eligibility conditions are different according to GP/Category
For Loco pilot/Driver
Age Group
Qualifying Service
33 years
Other categories
GPAge GroupQualifying Service
180050-5720 years
190055-5733 years
  • Grade Pay corresponding to the post against which the employee is working on regular basis will be taken into account. In the other words, the staff working on the post with Grade Pay of Rs.1800/- will continue to be eligible for seeking retirement under the Scheme even after getting financial upgradation in Grade Pay higher than Rs.1800/- under MACPS.
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Sreedharan accepts Lucknow Metro Rail Corp’s offer – takes charge as Principal Adviser

Lucknow (LKO): Padma Vibhushan E Sreedharan known for successfully executing many mega metro projects of country has given consent to be the principal adviser to the Lucknow Metro Rail Corporation (LMRC). Contradicting recent media reports, the ‘Metro Man’ gave nod to the proposal just a day after chief minster Akhilesh Yadav approved his appointment.

Madhkar Jetley, the Chief Adviser to externally aided projects department, told that Sreedharan was very much in loop ever since talks about his appointment were rife and he was positive about joining Lucknow metro.

A two corridor metro-rail project with various feeder lines has been proposed inside the city to reduce traffic burden on roads and give convenience to passengers. Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has prepared the detailed project report of metro and a special purpose vehicle LMRC has been constituted to execute the project in city. In the first phase, the corridor from Amausi Airport to Munshipulia would be constructed, followed by Charbagh to Vasantkunj.

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Final trial round begins for Mumbai’s new suburban rakes

Mumbai: The railway safety wing has begun the final and most crucial round of trials for the prototype of new rakes ordered by the planning agency for the suburban network. The success of the test will pave the way for the introduction of 72 new trains, which will replace some old ones and help the authorities augment services.

The trial for the new rakes, which were ordered by the Mumbai Railway Vikas Corporation (MRVC) and delivered in October 2013, began on Saturday on Central Railway’s Alternating Current (AC) traction. The trains are being procured under the Mumbai Urban Transport Project (MUTP)-II.

The prototype coach’s static trial, which included the inspection of the machines inside, has been completed. The next round, which will be held by the Research, Design and Standard Organisation (RDSO), will comprise signal interference, oscillation and emergency brake distance tests, three most crucial tests that a coach is put to before it is used for regular services. While the signal interference test shows a train’s compliance with the signaling system, the oscillation and braking tests demonstrate the running of the train at its maximum speed, in this case, 120km per hour.

“The entire round will be conducted for a month and a report will be sent to the commissioner of railway safety. Once the CRS gives the clearance, the rakes can be pressed into service,” a railway official said.

During the trail, which will be conducted on both empty and loaded coaches, the train will run at varied speed of 80-120 km per hour; the rake will also be manoeuvred through difficult stretches to ensure that it can handle sharp curves and negotiate crossovers.

The prototype of the new rakes was originally scheduled to arrive in the city before March, 2013, but its delivery was delayed owing to problems over approval for its design and other technical issues. The World Bank, which is financing the MUTP-II, are apparently upset about the delay.

Had the rake come in earlier, MRVC official had hoped to complete the trials by January so that the new trains could be launched in March. But that seems unlikely now. An official said, “If the results are good, the first rake can be introduced only in May. All 72 trains will come by June, 2016.” But MRVC MD Rakesh Saksena said, “I would not like to commit to a deadline.” at this stage.”

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BEML gains after rolling out final consignment for Delhi Metro project

Bangalore (SBC): BEML rose 2.99% to Rs 210 at 14:38 IST on BSE after the company said it has rolled out 136th Metro Car to Delhi Metro Rail Corporation, the final consignment for deployment in the RS-6 Project of Delhi Metro.

The announcement was made after market hours on Friday, 21 February 2014.

Meanwhile, the S&P BSE Sensex was up 83.31 points or 0.4% at 20,784.06.

On BSE, so far 77,000 shares were traded in the counter as against average daily volume of 79,372 shares in the past one quarter.

The stock hit a high of Rs 212 and a low of Rs 201.60 so far during the day. The stock had hit a 52-week high of Rs 264.60 on 22 February 2013. The stock had hit a 52-week low of Rs 126 on 7 August 2013.

The stock had underperformed the market over the past one month till 21 February 2014, sliding 2.95% compared with Sensex’s 2.59% fall. The scrip had, however, outperformed the market in past one quarter, surging 12.9% as against Sensex’s 2.33% rise.

The small-cap company has equity capital of Rs 41.64 crore. Face value per share is Rs 10.

BEML bagged an order worth Rs 923.44 crore from Delhi Metro in March 2011 for the supply of 136 Intermediate Cars for its prestigious RS-6 Project for replacing the existing 4-Car train sets to 6-Car train sets for enhancing passenger carrying capacity.

BEML reported a net profit of Rs 5.51 crore in Q3 December 2013 as against net loss of Rs 63.34 crore in Q3 December 2012. Net sales rose 15.2% to Rs 772.20 crore in Q3 December 2013 over Q3 December 2012.

State-run BEML is engaged in the manufacture of defence products, mining and construction equipment, rail coaches and metro cars.

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Karnataka CM to flag off Peenya-Sampige Road stretch of Namma Metro on Friday

Bangalore (SBC): This weekend will be special for the residents of West and North Bangalore when their dream to ride the Namma Metro will become a reality. The 10-km line of Namma Metro Reaches 3 and 3a, between Peenya Industry and Sampige Road Metro Stations, will be thrown open to the people at 6 a.m. on March 1. Minister for Transport and in-charge of Bangalore city R. Ramalinga Reddy told presspersons here on Monday that Chief Minister Siddaramaiah will formally launch the services on Friday.

Union Ministers M. Mallikarjun Kharge, M. Veerappa Moily, Oscar Fernandes, K.H. Muniyappa and K. Rahman Khan will take part in it.

While the dignitaries will ride the Namma Metro, after flagging off the services, from Rajajinagar Station till Peenya Industry Station and back to Sampige Road Station, the inaugural function will be held at the Kanteerava Indoor Stadium. On the occasion, the foundation stone for Namma Metro Phase 2, will also be laid, Mr. Ramalinga Reddy said.

Reach 3b between Peenya Industry and Nagasandra (2.5 km) with three stations will be ready for operation in about four months, the Minister said.

Attractive fares

The maximum fare proposed from end to end is Rs. 23, which is to be approved by the board, said Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Ltd. Managing Director Pradeep Singh Kharola. The minimum fare would, however, be Rs. 10. The maximum fare will still come down if the commuter uses smart cards availing 15 per cent discount (about Rs. 19), which is comparable with fares on ordinary services of Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (Rs. 16), and cheaper than BMTC’s AC Suvarna (Rs. 25) and Vajra (Rs. 45).

Mr. Ramalinga Reddy said that BMRCL is in dialogue with BMTC for feeder services. At the same time, a dedicated shuttle service will be available between Sampige Road Station and Majestic from the first day of commercial run, he said.

As against the minimum 45 minutes taken to reach Sampige Road by road from Peenya Industry, one can complete the journey in air-conditioned comfort in 18 minutes by metro train, said D.D. Pahuja, Director (Operations and Rolling Stock). Each three-car train can ferry 975 passengers at a time and 12 trains are ready for operation between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m., he said.

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No Change in Refund Rules pertaining to Cancellation of Confirmed Train Tickets: Board clarifies

RailNews hereby issue correction to its publication of news on Railway Refund Rules yesterday, which might have caused some sort of confusion among the Readers’ and Railway fraternity. With deep regrets, we submit that the article was publicized with an error and had been deleted from online database immediately. RailNews hereby issue correction of the same with the below Clarification from Railway Board.

Inconvenience caused due to the publication of yesterday’s news article is deeply regretted.

Railway Board’s Clarification dated 24/2/2014:-

New Delhi, Railway Board: A section of media, have published news regarding changes in the Railway Refund Rules. In this regard, the Ministry of Railways clarifies that there has been no change in the Refund Rules which have been notified in June 2013 and have been brought into force with effect from 1st July, 2013. According to the notified refund rules, passengers on a confirmed ticket can avail refund upto 50% of the fare provided the ticket is cancelled within 2 hours of the departure of the train. For the purpose of clarification, the refund rules relating to cancellation of unused confirmed reserved tickets are summarized here below:-
if the ticket is presented for cancellation more than forty eight hours in advance of the scheduled departure of the train, a minimum per passenger cancellation charge shall be deducted at the flat rate of rupees one hundred and twenty for air-conditioned first class/executive class, rupees one hundred for air-conditioned-II tier/first class, rupees ninety for air-conditioned III-tier/ 3 economy/air-conditioned chair car, rupees sixty for sleeper class and rupees thirty for second class.
if the ticket is presented for cancellation between forty eight hours and upto six hours before the scheduled departure of the train, cancellation charge shall be twenty five per cent of the fare subject to a minimum of the cancellation charge.
if the ticket is presented for cancellation within six hours before departure and upto two hours after the actual departure of the train, the cancellation charge shall be fifty per cent of the fare subject to a minimum of the cancellation charge.
No refund shall be granted on the reserved ticket if it is surrendered for cancellation after two hours of the actual departure of the train.

Passengers may continue to avail refund of confirmed tickets under the above rules as there is no change in the Refund Rules.

Again the refund rules relating to cancellation of Unused waitlisted or RAC tickets are summarized here below:-

If a Waitlisted/RAC ticket is presented for cancellation, refund of fare shall be admissible after deducting the clerkage as per following:-
The ticket is presented for cancellation upto three hours after the actual departure of the train irrespective of the distance.
The passenger may get the tickets cancelled from any PRS counters or the designated current counters.
No refund of fare shall be granted on RAC ticket /Waitlisted ticket after three hours of the actual departure of the train.
In case no current counters are available at journey originating station for night trains leaving between 21.00 hours and 06.00 hours(actual departure , refund shall be admissible at the station within first two hours after the opening of reservation office.
In remote and hill areas as identified by the Zonal Railways with the prior approval of the General Managers and print in their Time Tables for train leaving between 1900 hours and 0600 hours (actual departure) refund shall be admissible at the station within first two hours after the opening of reservation/booking office, in case there is no reservation counters/booking office/current counters. Available in that area.

Similarly, the refund rules relating to cancellation of e-tickets and Tatkal Tickets have also been notified which are effective from July 1, 2013.

Further, under special circumstances like bandhs or agitations or floods, etc. where the passengers could not reach the reservation counters or stations for cancellation of tickets, a TDR (Ticket Deposit Receipt) shall be issued to the passenger upto three days after the scheduled departure of the train and the passengers may apply for refund of fare within ten days from the scheduled commencement of journey to the Chief Commercial Manager (Refunds), of the Zonal Railway concerned. The refund application shall then be considered on its merits based on the circumstances of the case.

Commercial circular no. 6 of 2014 dated 21.2.2014 is an internal circular seeking to remove the inconsistency between the computerised application (based on earlier circular of 2004) and the notified refund rules. Under this circular of 21.02.2014, CRIS has been advised to make requisite changes in the computerised PRS application so that the computerised application is aligned and made consistent with the Refund Rules and to ensure that the refunds are issued in accordance with the notified rules.

Passengers shall continue to get refunds across the counters for all waitlisted and confirmed tickets as per refund rules provided such refunds are sought within the prescribed time limits.

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TTD Chairman inaugurates FOB and Sub-Way at Tirupati Railway Station

Tirupati (TPTY): The foot over-bridge developed at railway station at an outlay of Rs.98 lakh, which provides direct connectivity to ‘Vishnu Nivasam’, the TTD’s pilgrim accommodation complex, is all set to decongest traffic in the main thoroughfares of the city. Similarly, the pedestrian sub-way from APSRTC bus station to ‘Srinivasam’ complex will also help avoid spill over of passengers (read ‘Tirumala-bound pilgrims’) on the streets.

TTD Chairman K. Bapi Raju and Executive Officer M.G.Gopal formally inaugurated the facilities on Sunday, in the presence of MP Chinta Mohan, MLA B.Karunakar Reddy, TUDA Chairman M.Venkatramana and MLC Y.Srinivasulu Reddy. Mr.Bapi Raju announced to install an escalator in ‘Vishnu Nivasam’ for the benefit of the aged and the infirm.

After performing the puja in Vishnu Nivasam Complex, both the Chairman and EO accompanied by local MLA Sri B Karunakar Reddy and TUDA Chairman Sri M Venkatramana opened the foot over bridge which was built at a cost of Rs.98 lakhs connecting Vishnu Nivasam complex to Tirupati Railway station. Addressing the occasion the Chairman of TTD said, an escalator will also be erected soon in massive Vishnu Nivasam complex for the sake of the aged and physically challenged pilgrims at a cost of Rs.1.32cr. Meanwhile the steel bridge has a walk-way width of 3.3m and height of 7m.

Later the Chairman and other delegates also inaugurated sub-way near Srinivasam complex which was constructed by TTD at a cost of Rs. 1.32cr to facilitate convenient passage of the public from RTC bus station to Srinivasam Complex. Local MP Dr Chinta Mohan and MLC Sri Srinivasulu Reddy also took part in the inauguration of Srinivasam Sub-way which has a width of 3m, a height of 7m and a length of 32m.

(Photo Courtesy: Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams, Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh)

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Gulbarga Railway Station gets new and improved amenities: Kharge

Gulbarga (GR): Gulbarga Railway Station, which was once the most neglected railway station in the entire State, is now hogging the limelight as the first railway station in the entire State to have the escalators. The two escalators have been installed at a cost of around Rs. 2 crore. In order to enhance passenger amenities in the Gulbarga Railway station, as per the directions of the Railway Minister Mallikarjun Kharge, a full-fledged food plaza of the IRCTC has been operating on the first platform.

The Central Railways has taken up the construction of a fourth platform in the Railway station at a cost of Rs. 3.5 crore.

Gulbarga Railway Division Demand

The proposed Gulbarga Railway Division, which is in all likelihood be part of the South Western Railway Zone, would enable the emotional integration of a major portion of the Karnataka with a railway zone in Karnataka. Mr. Kharge said the question of including the proposed railway divisional headquarters in Gulbarga with either South Central or Central or South Western Zone would be taken after completing all the formalities such as identifying railway lines from these three zones in the new division and holding a public hearing later. If Gulbarga Railway Division is merged with the South Western Zone, the Mangalore region, which is a part of the Pallakad Railway Division attached to the Southern Railway and the Railway lines part of the Konkan Railway Corporation which is running in Karnataka would be the only areas of Karnataka that would be out of jurisdictional control of South Western Railway.

Mangalore Railway Division Demand

On the long-pending demand of the people of the Mangalore region for establishing the Railway Division, Mr Kharge said no final decision has been taken now on the establishment of the Railway Division in Mangalore, which was also genuine.

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Kharge lays Foundation Stone for Construction of Pit Line at Khanapur

Khanapur (KNP): Minister for Railway Mr.Mallikarjun Kharge laid the foundation stone for construction of the Pit Line at a cost of Rs.10 Crore, which is a maintenance centre, in Khanapur railway station in Bhalki taluk on February 24.

“Due to the lack of a pit line, we could not run the Bidar-Yesvantpur train regularly. The regular service of the train will start by March-April,” he said earlier on 30th December, 2013 while flagging off the Humnabad-Bidar Demu train at Humnabad Railway station.

This will enable officials to make Bidar the originating station for new trains. It will also serve as the change over station for goods trains, according to railway officials.

Addressing the large gathering, Kharge said that the number of Coaches have increased due to introduction of many new trains in Hyderabad Karnataka region in the recent past and necessitated establishing the coach maintenance facilities with pit line, stabling line etc at Khanapur. Further, he stated that being part ofongoing Bidar Gulbarga new railway line, the coach maintenance facility at Khanapur would cater to the trip maintenance requirement of the coaches of this region. 355 Hectares of land in Bidar district and412 Hectares in Gulbarga district have so far been acquired by Railways for the o­ngoing Bidar-Gulbarbga new railway line.Acquisition of an additional land of 62 Hectares in Bidar and Gulbarga districts is under process. Railways had already deposited Rs.33.75 Cr. with the Govt. of Karnataka towards land acquisition and compensation, he added.

P.K. Srivastava, General Manager, while welcoming the gathering, said that taking into account the present and future needs of expansion of rail services in the area, railways has taken up the work of Pit line facility at Khanapur which would accommodate 24 Coach trains and would be constructed at a cost of Rs. 10 Cr. by October, 2014. Dr.N.Dharam Singh, Hon’ble Ex. Chief Minister of Karnataka & MP, Shri Eshwara Khandre, Hon’ble MLC and Shri Rajashekhar Basavaraj Patil, Hon’ble MLA also spoke o­n the occasion.

Salient Features of Coach Maintenance Facilities at Khanapur Junction

1) As Railways is a cost-effective and convenient mode of public transport, demands for introduction of new trains arise continuously. It is necessary to have adequate infrastructural facilities for the maintenance of coaches to enable running of more trains.

2) In the recent past, there has been considerable increase in the passenger/express services in the Hyderabad- Karnataka region. There will be more demands for new services o­nce the Bidar–Gulbarga new Railway line is commissioned.

3) At present, the nearest coach maintenance depot to this area o­n SCR is available at Secunderabad o­nly. Lack of sufficient number of pit lines, stabling lines, sick lines and other maintenance facilities acts as a limiting factor in introducing additional trains to satisfy the public demands.

4) With a view to meet the present and future needs of introducing new trains services, a work for creation of coach maintenance facilities is included as a part of the o­ngoing Bidar-Gulbarga new Railway line project.

5) This new work at Khanapur junction envisages the development of the following facilities:-
One pit line for maintenance of 24 coaches at a time with catwalk arrangements o­n both sides of the pit line.
One stabling line for keeping the rake till placement in pit line for maintenance or till ready for departure after maintenance.
One sick line for placement of sick coaches to undertake required repairs.
A covered sick shed enabling to take up major repairs.
Office and other service buildings for Mechanical and Electrical Departments.

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‘Jyothirlinga’ Tour Package from IRCTC

Madurai (MDU): The Indian Railways Catering and Tourism Corporation Ltd (IRCTC) has announced a 14-day pilgrimage package covering the ‘Nava Jyothirlinga’ circuit beginning March 16, 2014, from Madurai via Chennai. The tour includes places such as Mahakaleshwar, Omkareshwar, Somnath, Bhim Shankar, Triambakeshwar, Grushneshwar, Ayundh Nagnath, Parli Vaijinath and Srisailam.

The charter train carrying the tourists would have 4 three-tier AC coaches and eight sleeper-class coaches, separate pantry car to prepare South Indian vegetarian food. Each coach would have a tourist escort, a securityman to safeguard the baggage and a public address system for making announcements. The tour includes hotel accommodation, wherever night stays are planned and the price is from Rs 17,300 onwards

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Rail Users’ Association urge setting up of Coach Maintenance Unit at Golden Rock

Ponmalai Golden Rock (GOC): Rail users’ associations charge that usually the new coaches are first allotted to other zones in the country. After some years, those coaches are transferred here with wear and tear.

P Edward Jeni, secretary of Kanyakumari District Rail Users Associations (KKDRUA), points out the example of the Madurai – Duronto Express train coaches, which are more than 15 years old and were used on the Rajdhani Express earlier.

“Another constraint is the poor maintenance. The coach maintenance unit in Perambur (Chennai) is not able to maintain the coaches as there are no adequate staff,” he said. “This is the right time the railways should establish a coach maintenance unit in Golden Rock, Trichy, to cater the maintenance works of the coaches,” he suggested.

An official at the Golden Rock workshop told that there remained a perennial shortage of coaches in the Indian Railways as new trains were being introduced but there are not enough coach factories to supply them. For instance, 19 trains have been introduced in the new budget, but the availability of coaches would be a huge problem leading to delay in implementation.

However, the good news is that the Rail Coach Factory at Lalganj near Rae Bareli is almost complete while the Palakkad project has been delayed due to some land acquisition problem. “However, once these two factories go on steam, the problem of coach shortage would be surmounted,” the official said. At present, the workshop undertakes repairs of old coaches and at any given time there would be around 80 coaches under repair.

He said that the life of a coach is 25 years and after they are condemned, new coaches must be made available to replace them in equal pace. Moreover, there are no spare coaches available these days because of the huge demand to have new trains, he added.

A senior railway official confided that most of the recent rail accidents in the country occurred because of the rickety, almost-condemnable coaches that lost their wheel alignments with the tracks. These accidents were primarily blamed on the bad condition of coaches that had outlived their utility, but still continued for want of new ones.
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Mumbai Monorail: Users drop to 1.12 Lakh in 3rd week

Mumbai: In its third week, monorail saw an 18% dip in the number of passengers compared to the inauguration week. But most passengers continue to be those coming for fun rides.

According to Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) statistics, the number of passengers fell to 1.12 lakh last week (February 16-22) from 1.38 lakh in the inaugural week (February 2-8). There was a drop of 26,000 commuters last week, that is an average dip of nearly 3,714 passengers a day. On Sunday, monorail passengers dropped to 22,000 compared to 26,000 last Sunday and 29,000 a week prior. In the second week, number of monorail trips had gone up to 521 from 512 in the first week, but this, too, saw a decline with 475 trips last week.

Revenues showed a 26% dip with the monorail raking in Rs 10.50 lakh last week compared to Rs 14.24 lakh in the first week and Rs 13.71 lakh in the second. While the third week saw the sale of number of tokens drop by 21,000 since the first week, smartcard sales fell by 80%.

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Kochi Metro labourers attacked by goons – metro yard work affected

Five injured workers hospitalised

Five workers engaged in earth filling at Kochi Metro’s upcoming coach maintenance yard at Muttom were hospitalised after a group of people attacked them.

The Aluva police said that a group of people attacked them alleging that dust was emanating from the road leading to the yard whenever lorries carrying mud passed by. A case has been registered and a probe is on. Contractors used to sprinkle water on the road to check dust in the locality. It appears that this was not done on Friday and Saturday following which there was an altercation which led to the assault. No arrest has been made, police said.

A DMRC official said that metro works would get delayed if people took law into their hands. “We restored the road leading to the yard and it is in good condition. Eighty per cent of the work is over and the deadline is March 12. With strikes and agitations delaying work, earth filling might be over only by March end. The issue has been taken up with the District Collector.”

Quarry strike

In the meantime, Metro works suffered for the fifth day in succession because of the ongoing strike by quarry and crusher owners.

“Lack of availability of broken rock and manufactured sand has resulted in over 1,000 workers and machinery idling at work sites and casting yards.

This includes 32 hydraulic rigs deployed between Aluva and Pettah, each of which has a daily rent of around Rs.1 lakh,” DMRC sources said. As a result, contractors are citing their helplessness in completing piling and pillar works on time.
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Two railway line projects in J&K awaiting sanction

Jammu: Jammu and Kashmir government today said reports on railway projects to connect Jammu to Poonch and Baramulla to Kupwara have been submitted to the Railway Board, but are yet to be sanctioned.

“Reports on railway projects connecting Jammu-Poonch (Jammu region) and Baramulla-Kupwara (Kashmir region), based on a preliminary engineering-cum-traffic survey carried out by the Northern Railways Construction Organization, have been submitted to the Railway Board, Union Ministry of Railways,” Minister for Planning and Development Ajay Kumar Sadhotra said while replying to a Calling Attention Notice by Shehnaz Ganai in the Legislative Council today.

“The projects have not yet been sanctioned,” he said.

The minister said these railway lines were very essential for the socio-economic progress and the state government was taking up the matter with the Union government for an early start of these projects.
No adverse effect of Katra rail link on Jammu: Omar

Linking Katra town with the rest of India by rail will not affect the economic prosperity of Jammu city, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah said Monday.

Katra is the base town for the Mata Vaishno Devi shrine visited by millions of devotees every year.

Since all pilgrims arrive first in Jammu city before proceeding to Katra, the business community and people of Jammu have expressed apprehension that once a rail link is established between Katra and the rest of India, Jammu will lose as far as its economy is concerned.

“Jammu possesses a novel position in this regard and linking of Katra with railways would have no effect on the trade and economy of Jammu as it is the winter capital of the state and the hub of trade and economy,” Abdullah said at the foundation stone laying ceremony of a ropeway project here.

“All efforts would be made to convert this advantage of the city into economic welfare of the people.”

The chief minister said the launch of the project took a lot of time due to clearance from the Supreme Court, the forest advisory committee, the wildlife board and other environment protection agencies.

He said the establishment of a central university, construction of the fourth bridge over the Tawi river, construction of an artificial lake, a flyover and a golf course and the upgrading of the Jammu airport were significant projects launched by his government.

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