Mar 4, 2014

DFCC signs agreement with Railways for World Bank loan on ensuing projects



New Delhi: An agreement signed between Dedicated Freight Corridor Corporation (DFCC) and Railway Ministry will pave the way for approval of World Bank loan for the second and subsequent phases of Eastern Dedicated Freight Corridor.

The agreement was a legal requirement for procuring World Bank loan for the DFC project, said a senior DFCC official.

He said the concession agreement was finalised in consultation with ministries of Finance and Law and Planning Commission to define the relationship between Railways and DFCC and lays down the terms and conditions for the project and business of DFCC.

The DFCC is constructing the state-of-the art 3300-km-long Eastern and Western freight corridors for exclusive movement of goods trains for Railways.

The 1839-km-long Eastern Dedicated Freight Corridor will traverse through Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand and West Bengal while the 1499-km-long Western Dedicated Freight corridor from Dadri (Uttar Pradesh) to Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (Mumbai) will pass through Maharashtra, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh.

According to the agreement signed last week, DFCC will construct, maintain and operate the corridors. The DFC infrastructure will be available to all authorised rail operator on non-discriminatory basis.

DFCC would encourage, promote and support development of new rail freight terminals and freight logistics centres alongside the new railway which would enable marketing for additional traffic.

It would also facilitate development of connectivity to new industries along the corridor. Track access charges will be decided by the Tariff Regulatory Authority as and when set up.

Eastern and Western freight corridors will contribute significantly towards the economic development of the states encompassing them as well as to ease the traffic congestion on the existing railways network.

The core sector like power houses, fertiliser, food grains, and export import of the country is expected to be benefitted by this infrastructure.

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J&K Governor review infrastructure at Katra Railway Station



Katra: Governor NN Vohra yesterday visited the Katra Railway Station where he was briefed about the facilities for the Vaishno Devi pilgrims. The pilgrims will arrive directly at Katra when the Udhampur-Katra rail link is commissioned.

On arrival at the Railway Station, the Governor was received by Sandeep Gupta, Chief Engineer of the Northern Railway, RK Choudhary, Chief Electrical Engineer, Northern Railway, and other Railways officials.

The Governor went around the Railway Station to review the infrastructure.

He was told that initially nine pairs of trains would operate from the Katra Railway Station, with about 6,000 to 6,500 passengers arriving daily, most of them yatris.

The Governor went around the retiring rooms, dormitories, restaurants, shopping lounge and other facilities positioned by the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation at the Katra Railway Station.

He inquired about the boarding and lodging tariffs and emphasised the need to ensure that pilgrims were provided safe, clean and moderately priced facilities.

The Governor inspected the space allotted by the Railways to the Shrine Board for issuing photograph-based yatra slips to pilgrims.

Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Shrine Board MK Bhandari said four counters would be made operational depending on the requirement and passenger inflow, apart from establishing a yatri facilitation counter for the convenience of the pilgrims.

Later, the Governor travelled from the Railway Station to Katra town. He observed that with the start of the train services at Katra, the traffic on the road would increase manifold and it was, therefore, necessary to ensure systematic traffic regulation.

He directed the officials to see that identified species of trees and flowering plants were planted along the road before the rainy season and the Public Works Department (Roads and Buildings) should ensure regular maintenance of the road.

Ashok Bhan, member of the Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board (SMVDSB), HL Maini, member and technical consultant of the Shrine Board, Navin K Choudhary, Principal Secretary to the Governor; MK Bhandari, CEO, SMVDSB, Vivek Gupta, Superintendent of Police, Reasi, Rajinder Singh Tara, Additional Deputy Commissioner, Reasi, Kulbir Singh, Additional Superintendent of Police, Katra, and other senior civil, police, Railways and Shrine Board officials were present.

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Commercial Run of Jaipur Metro to commence in August 2014

Jaipur (JP): If the reports coming from the sources are to be believed the Jaipurites will have to wait till August to ride in metro, as the process of commencing Jaipur Metro operations between Mansarovar and Chandpole Metro stations though has gained momentum, but the schedule of commercial run has been postponed for a month, which was earlier dated in June-July.

The Lucknow-based Research Design and Standards Organisation (RDSO) team began oscillation and emergency braking distance (EBD) trials from Sunday. The first day of the trial went in the well anticipated well.

During the trial director JMRC, Ashwini Saxena said, oscillation would continue for entire month of march, following which team of Railway ministry would test the fitness of coach in April. Then in June-July safety commissioner of metro train would make sure all the majors before flagging a green signal for the metro to run in August this year.

Saxena further added, “the train was tested at the speed of 50 kmph initially, later, the speed was increased to 60, 70, 80 kmph. On Monday, the train will be tested between 90 and 95 kmph (maximum speed).”

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L&T Hyderabad Metro rail seeks Power Tariff under Special Consumer Category

Hyderabad (HYD): After seeking several concessions and exemptions, including property tax waiver, from the state government, metro rail developer Larsen and Toubro Metro Rail Hyderabad Limited (L&TMRHL) wants power tariff under the special consumer category. If the project gets such a status, the metro rail will get power supply at tariff less than commercial and industrial rates.

During the recent Special Task Force meeting of Hyderabad Metro Rail Project, the L&T authorities insisted that the state government abide by the clause in the concession agreement and treat them as special consumer category on the lines of Delhi Metro Rail and Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation. The L&TMRHL authorities have reportedly complained that while the government had assured to give them special consumer status, the Central Power Distribution Company Limited (CPDCL) was opposing the same. If the power tariff is not levied under special consumer category, the project developer plans to pass on the burden to customers by demanding ticket fare hike.

As of now, the CPDCL has been considering the metro rail project under HT-III, in which all railway stations, airports and bus stations are covered. In the aggregate revenue requirement (ARR) and tariff petition for the 2014-15 to 2018-19 and retail business for 2014-15, CPDCL has allocated HT-III category to the metro rail project and the tariff would be about Rs 5.24 to Rs 6.10 per unit. For railway traction under HT-V category, the charges are about Rs 5.88 per unit. The CPDCL has also proposed Re.1 surcharge on power consumption for time of day (ToD) between 6 pm and 10 pm, as mass transport should run additional services during the peak hours.

The L&T officials claim that the cost of electricity works out to about 25 to 35% of operational and maintenance cost of the metro rail system

. The annual energy consumption has been assessed to be about 80 million units in the initial years and it might double by 2021. It should be no profit and no loss basis, which comes to about Rs 2.50 to Rs 3 per unit as in Delhi metro.

“The rates fixed for the project are against the commitment in the Concession Agreement. As per Article 6.4 of the agreement, it is the responsibility of the government that the tariff determined is such that the metro rail is not required to subsidise or all such segments of consumers,” L&T Metro Rail Hyderabad chief executive and MD V B Gadgil told media.

Sources in HMR said unlike other infrastructure companies, LTMRHL maintains and operate substations. The project developer would install substations at various locations on the three corridors in proximity to the metro rail system.

CPDCL authorities said the tariff being collected for HT-III for higher voltage level was lower than that the lower voltage level and the metro project would get the benefit of low tariff if operating at higher voltages. The general tariff for the metro rail under HT-III is less than the HT-II category and the overall tariff for metro rail HT-V traction charges would also be less compared to other categories.

When contacted, CPDCL director (commercial and operations) G Raghuma Reddy said APERC would take a decision on according special consumer status.

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More no.of stations in residential and commercial areas in Delhi Metro’s Ph-III expansion

New Delhi: With a view to providing better connectivity, Delhi Metro will set up more than one station in large residential and commercial areas of the national Capital under its Phase III expansion plan.

According to officials, the expansion has been planned in such a way that large residential as well as commercial areas will have more than one station as well as a corridor for better connectivity.
Among these localities is the busy educational and transport hub of Dhaula Kuan, which already has a station on the Airport Express Link.

Another station, ‘South Campus’, will come up on the Mukundpur-Shiv Vihar corridor in the same locality, which will be useful for Delhi University students travelling to colleges in Dhaula Kuan.

One of the biggest residential areas of the city, Mayur Vihar, currently has two stations, Mayur Vihar Phase 1 and Mayur Vihar Extension. Another station to cater to the interior parts of the locality named ‘Mayur Vihar Pocket-1′ will come up on the Mukundpur-Shiv Vihar corridor.

Punjabi Bagh, the West Delhi residential-cum-commercial hub, currently has one station on the Inderlok to Mundka corridor and one more station named ‘Punjabi Bagh West’ will come up on the Mukundpur-Shiv Vihar corridor under Phase III.

The Capital’s IT hub, Nehru Place, will get another station named ‘Nehru Enclave’, which is expected to come up on the other side of the outer Ring Road on the Janakpuri West-Botanical Garden route.

Nehru Place already has a station on the Central Secretariat-Badarpur corridor. The Okhla industrial area, which attracts quite a lot of workers and executives who visit the area every day for work, has only one station, ‘Okhla’, on the existing Central Secretariat-Badarpur corridor.

The proposed Janakpuri West-Botanical Garden corridor will have two more stations here named ‘Okhla Phase 3′ and ‘Okhla Vihar’.

Jasola, an upcoming residential and commercial area in south Delhi, currently has just got the ‘Jasola Apollo’ station on the Central Secretariat-Badarpur corridor. Under Phase III, another station with the name ‘Jasola Vihar Shaheen Bagh’ will come up on the Janakpuri West-Botanical Garden route.

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Central Railway GM recommends Automatic Doors for all new rakes – writes letter to MRVC



“There is urgent necessity to have local trains with closed doors. Unless the process does not begin, it will never become a reality on the Mumbai suburban network”

Mumbai: Central Railway General Manager Sunil Kumar Sood has written to the Mumbai Railway Vikas Corporation (MVRC) demanding that the new Bombardier rakes, which will be allotted to the Central Railway, should come fitted with automatic doors to ensure the safety of commuters. He added that he will not accept the coaches if they are without this safety precaution.

Speaking to media, Mr.Sood, who took over as CR boss on December 31 last year, said the need to have local trains with closed doors was necessary. “Unless the process does not begin, it will never become a reality on the Mumbai suburban network. The MRVC has ordered for 72 Bombardier rakes, out of which we have received two. Twenty rakes are already in the process of manufacture, so we have suggested the remaining 50 rakes be fitted with automatic doors. We have told MVRC that we will not accept the remaining trains if they do not have automatic doors,” he said.

Central Railway GM S K Sood has said that the new rakes with automatic doors need not be air-conditioned and can have forced ventilation instead, like many trains that ply on the Kolkata Metro. Citing an example, Sood said many of the Metro rails that run underground are not air-conditioned. “Forced ventilation could be provided inside the rakes to allow fresh air inside the compartments. The additional cost of having forced ventilation and automatic doors will cost an additional Rs 5 crore for a Bombardier rake, which at the moment costs around Rs 34 crore. In comparison, an air-conditioned local with automatic doors will cost an estimated cost of Rs 45 crore,” he said.

If Sood’s plan is implemented, Central Railway officials say that there will be another factor to consider.

“On an average, five commuters stand on the footboard and another five are immediately next to them. These 10 people will not fit inside the rake if the automatic doors are installed. One coach has 80 people standing near the footboard, so a 12-coach local will reduce 960 commuters during each three-hour rush in the morning and evening,” said a CR official, adding that since the CR operates 160 services during each rush hour, it would roughly affect 1.5 lakh commuters on a daily basis.

The CR has also stated that they would need the help of the state government. “We are in constant touch with state officials and have been informing them for the need to have automatic doors for commuter safety. We have even suggested that they ply more bus services and other means of public transport in certain CR stretches that have a large commuter population such as the stretch between Thane and Kurla. If that is taken care of , then we need not worry about how the 1.5 lakh commuters will travel,” said Sood.

Another CR official said that last year the Allahabad High Court had directed the railways to install automatic doors in passenger coaches of long distance trains for commuter safety after which Supreme Court too had upheld the High Court decision. “Before the Bombay High Court, which is already hearing a PIL on commuter safety, forces this decision, the railways should themselves start working on this plan,” he said.

MRVC managing director Rakesh Saksena said, “Proving automatic doors in trains is a policy decision that needs to be taken by the Railway Ministry and if we are give a go-ahead, it can be done.”

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SCR GM releases upgraded version of Android App ‘HYLITES’ for Live Train running status

























‘HYLITES’ ( Hyderabad Live Train Enquiry System), the first ever Android based smart phone app o­n Indian Railways, which shows real time information o­n the running of trains in twin cities, was launched by Shri P.K.Srivastava, General Manager/SCR o­n 10th February, 2014.

This app has been well received and won appreciation from the Public especially the Rail users in Hyderabad. In a short span of 3 weeks since its launch, ‘HYLITES’ has been downloaded from Google play store and being actively used by around 9,000 users. This app has so far registered around 1, 85,000 screen views from the users, which reflects the popularity of ‘HYLITES’.

As part of ‘HYLITES’ app, a feedback option has been incorporated to enable the users to convey their suggestions for further improvements through an exclusive Email ID: “scrmmtslive@gmail.com” created for this purpose. Also, the users have recorded their views o­n this app through the review option available o­n Google play store.The General Manager has constituted an exclusive cell to continuously monitor the mails and reviews o­n this app to get to know the feedback and valuable suggestions from the users.

Based o­n the views expressed/suggestions conveyed by the users of ‘HYLITES’, SCR has regularly been making required modifications in the code of the app to suit to the requirements of the users. The first software upgrade of this app has been released by Shri P.K.Srivastava, General Manager/SCR at Rail Nilayam today (i.e. 3rd March, 2014). This latest version of ‘HYLITES’ released as ‘HYLITES’ – version 1.1 features the following upgrades to make this app more user-friendly and convenient.

1) The app is now compatible for smart phones/devices with smaller resolution like 240 x 320 also. It enables the users of almost all Android based smart phones to use ‘HYLITES’ conveniently. The screen layout has been modified suitably to conform to the requirements of various screen sizes/resolutions of mobile smart phones.

2) Hindi and Telugu language versions have been added to various items in the MMTS live status menu page. ‘HYLITES’- version 1.1 now shows data in Telugu and Hindi languages also apart from English o­n various MMTS sub menus like live status, routes, timetable and route map etc. It enables the users who are comfortable with Hindi/Telugu languages to access data in the language of their choice conveniently.

3) The background and the text colour of the list of stations in drop down menu under the MMTS live status screen has been changed to enhance the readability. The previous design combination of black colored letters against white background is now changed to white coloured letters against a blue background, which enables the users to clearly read the list of stations as the visibility is improved.

The ‘HYLITES’ app basically disseminates information o­n the real time running position of all the 121 MMTS trains across 26 stations; live status of arrival / departure timings (with platform numbers) of Express / Passenger trains at Hyderabad, Secunderabad and Kacheguda railway stations; and information o­n a host of other issues like helpline numbers, cabs and other services etc. useful for rail users of twin cities.

Rail users are requested to note the upgraded features of the ‘HYLITES’ as mentioned above and utilise its latest version – HYLITES 1.1. This app can be downloaded and installed for free from the Google Play Store o­n Android based smart phones.

This App was developed by Hyderabad based Software company M/s Techgene Solutions.

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Bestow ‘Bharat Ratna’ on Sreedharan: Mulayam

“Sreedharan completed Delhi Metro with more a Passion and intense attachment to the project than mere a duty and brought Metro Rail revolution in the country. Various other Metro Rail systems in different cities today are practicing his style for smooth execution” says Mulayam

Lucknow (LKO): Samajwadi Party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav on Monday demanded India’s highest civilian honour ’Bharat Ratna’ to be given to Metro man E Sreedharan, saying he had already written to the Centre in this regard.

At a foundation-stone laying programme in Lucknow for the north-south corridor of the metro rail project, he said it was only befitting that Bharat Ratna is bestowed on Sreedharan. ”I demand Bharat Ratna to Sreedharan, who has given a gift to the country in the form of Delhi Metro. I will write a letter to the centre in this regard,” Mulayam said on the occasion of foundation laying ceremony of Lucknow Metro.

Sreedharan, who is considered the man behind the success of Delhi Metro, is associated with Kochi Metro Rail Corporation and Lucknow Metro Rail Corporation as an Principal Advisor. He was awarded with Padam Vibhushan in May 2008.

Sreedharan, was recently appointed Principal Advisor to the Lucknow Metro project, addressed the gathering via video conference from his village in Kerala. He said Uttar Pradesh has taken a right and encouraging decision to take up the metro project in Lucknow and assured that the project would be completed in time.

After laying the foundation stone, Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav said that once the metro starts running, the face of the city will change forever.

He said one of the priorities of his state government was to create a strong infrastructure.

The first phase of the metro is likely to be completed by 2017, officials said.

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Northern Railway to restore Firozpur-Hussainiwala rail link



Firozpur (FZP): The Railway authorities have mooted a proposal to start a daily train between Ferozepur and Hussainiwala to facilitate the movement of thousands of people visiting the National Martyrs Memorial at Hussainiwala.

The tombstones of freedom fighters Shahid Bhagat Singh Rajguru and Sukhdev are also situated here. Parminder Singh Pinki MLA, who had taken up the matter with the ministry, said it was important to reconnect these two stations that were linked before Partition.

The Railway ministry also issued a notification to start Ferozepur-Chandigarh train from March 10 on a trial basis for a month. NC Goyal, Divisional Railway Manager, Ferozepur Division, said the train would reach Chandigarh via Moga, Ludhiana, Khamano and Kharar.
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