May 1, 2014

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Defunct Patliputra Railway station finally becomes ‘joggers park’

पाटलिपुत्रा Patliputra: The repeated delays in the inauguration of Patliputra Junction in Patna has now made the residents of the area use the platform as their jogging track.

According to report, the junction bears a deserted look throughout the day except in mornings as several people come here for a morning walk. While some are seen exercising, many others are seen performing yoga on the benches at the platform that are otherwise meant for railway passengers.

After Patna Junction and Rajendra Nagar Terminal, the 12 km Patliputra Junction is the third biggest railway project in Patna that was built at Rs 1.5 crore to reduce the load on the two other junctions.

It was supposed to be inaugurated on October 31 by Meira Kumar in the presence of railway minister Mallikarjun Kharge and Chief Minister Nitish Kumar. However, none of the leaders turned up.

Ever since, an impasse between the 25,000 villagers who stay near Patliputra, railway authorities and Bihar government have hindered the administration’s repeated efforts in making the junction operational.

Residents of Rupaspur and Jalalpur villages, 1 km south of Patliputra Junction, sit on the tracks demanding repair of a road and building of a foot over bridge (FOB) in the area. Even now, residents have blocked train movement by hanging a red cloth on a bamboo stick.

There is a 1 km-long stretch of road parallel to the railway track that is in a bad shape. Villagers are demanding its repair and a foot over bridge (FOB) linking it to another road where it ends.

In addition, they also want that barricades are put in between tracks and the road in view of the safety of villagers.

As they wait for a new party to form government in the state, the junction is expected to become functional only after Lok Sabha polls. Till then, it’s a jogging park for the residents.
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Bombardier bags Delhi Metro coach order

नयी दिल्ली New Delhi: Delhi Metro will soon get new trains. On Wednesday, Bombardier, which had provided coaches for Delhi Metro Rail Corporation in Phase I and II, announced it has won an order for more coaches from Delhi Metro.

The order is for Line 5 (Inderlok to Mundka), Line 6 (Central Secretariat to Badarpur/Kashmere Gate) and the new line corridor of Mukundpur to Shiv Vihar. The order is worth Rs 956 crore.

The extensions will add almost 35km of double track and 23 stations to the existing 39km and are due to be completed in 2016. “Bombardier’s project includes the design, manufacture and commissioning of the integrated train control and signalling system, including control centres, trackside and onboard equipment,” said a Bombardier spokesman. The sections will extend Line 6 from Central Secretariat to Kashmere Gate and Badarpur to YMCA Chowk , and Line 5 from Mundka to City Park.

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Bombardier opens Rail Control Solutions centre at Gurgaon

वड़ोदरा Vadodara (BRC): Bombardier Transportation which operates its plant at Savli near Vadodara has opened its Rail Control Solutions Centre at Gurgaon, company sources said here today.

The facility would house Bombardier India’s signals engineering and project delivery team, which develops and delivers railway train control solutions.

“Investment in this new engineering centre will enable us to work even closer with Indian customers and partners,” Bombardier Transportation India’s Chief Country Representative Harsh Dhingra said.

Bombardier has delivered its Cityflo-650 train control solution for Delhi Metro’s Line 7, the first driverless mass transit system in India, company sources said.

Bombardier has also contributed to traffic management systems for Mumbai’s Western and Central Railways, company sources said.

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Versova-Andheri-Ghatkopar Mumbai Metro Rail Corridor to open for Public after mid-May

मुंबई Mumbai: Although no date has been decided or announced to open the 11.4 km long Versova-Andheri-Ghatkopar Mumbai Metro rail corridor for public, top officials have said that the route can be opened after a week of getting the safety certificate.

Talking to the media on Tuesday, Abhay Kumar Mishra, Chief Executive Officer of Mumbai Metro One Private Limited (MMOPL), informed that last of the statutory certification inspection for the project has got completed.

MMOPL is the consortium that constructed the first metro line and will also operate it.

“We will start the metro corridor after seven days from getting the safety certification,” said Mishra.

According to Mishra, the Commissioner of Metro Rail Safety (CMRS), has completed the physical inspection between April 18 and April 26 and now he is scrutinising the documents submitted. Therefore, it is likely that Mumbai’s first metro line will be opened any day after mid-May.

The metro, once open for public use, is expected to cater to more than one lakh passengers daily between 5.30am and midnight.

During peak hours, the headway or frequency of the metro will be four minutes as compared to 8-10 minutes during non-peak hours. Around 200 services will be run daily.

In all, there are 16 metro trains with the MMOPL — 14 of them will be put into use during rush hour to ferry commuters and one each will kept as operation standby and maintenance standby. During non-peak hours, seven to eight trains will ply between Versova and Ghatkopar.

Each metro rake comprises four coaches, with each of them having maximum capacity of 375 passengers.

The project cost now stands at Rs.4321 crore.

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Chinese President escapes Powerful Blast at Xinjiang Railway Station – 3 dead, 79 injured

उर्रांक़ी URUMQI: Three people were confirmed dead and 79 others were injured in a violent terrorist attack at a railway station in Urumqi, capital of northwest China’s Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region on Wednesday evening during the visit of Chinese president Mr.Xi Jinping.

Four people were seriously injured but in stable condition, said the publicity department of the regional committee of the Communist Party of China.

An initial police investigation showed knife-wielding mobs slashed people at the exit of the South Railway Station of Urumqi and set off explosives, it added. All injured have been sent to hospitals for treatment. Police are investigating the case. The attack occurred at around 7:10 p.m., with an explosion in the area between the station exit and a bus stop on BRT route 1. Some luggage and damaged motorcycles were left at the scene.

Chinese President Xi Jinping has urged “decisive actions” against violent terrorist attacks, after the blast.

“The battle to combat violence and terrorism will not allow even a moment of slackness, and decisive actions must be taken to resolutely suppress the terrorists’ rampant momentum,” Xi said.

Xi demanded profound awareness of the Xinjiang separatist forces and noted that the anti-separatism battle in Xinjiang is long-term, complicated and acute.

ACCOUNTS OF VICTIMS AND WITNESSES

A Nan-bread vendor told Xinhua that he heard two huge sounds of blast. ”The explosion was so powerful that I thought it was an earthquake,” a man at a nearby hotel told.


The injured were sent to Xinjiang Traditional Chinese Medicine Hospital and Xinjiang People’s Hospital, both about four kilometers from the station, according to the station police.

Zhang Bin was picking up friends at the exit, when he heard a “bang” and tumbled onto the ground, he told Xinhua in hospital.

He struggled to stand up and saw many others fall down. With bleeding left arm and injured hip, he ran away with the crowd and called his family before he was sent to the Xinjiang Traditional Chinese Medicine Hospital.

“I’ve never expected such a thing could happen to me. If this was deliberate, I can’t understand why they hurt innocent people? ” said Zhang.

Zhang shared a ward with another two injured, a 24-year-old man and a 22-year-old woman.

The young man, obviously still gripped by fear, told Xinhua that he could barely remember what had happened in the station.

CONDEMNATION

Citizens in Xinjiang strongly condemned the latest terrorist attack.

“Any attempt to create social instability is doomed to fail,” said Zhang Jian, a resident in Tianshan District of Urumqi.

Xinjiang is facing good opportunities of development with remarkable improvement of living standards of all ethnic groups, he said.

Social stability is a precondition for our happy life, said Ahmolla Seydul, a village official in Hami City in eastern Xinjiang.

“We will never allow any evil force to hinder our pursuit of happiness,” he said.

Wang Ping, a professor of ethnic minority studies at Xinjiang Normal University, said all attempts to sabotage peace and orchestra terrorist violence must be severely condemned.

ORDERS RESTORED

Police cordoned off all entrances to the station square after the blast. People were evacuated and trains were suspended.

The station resumed normal operations at around 9 p.m. as passengers re-entered the waiting halls with the guidance of armed police.

The BRT1 route to the railway station has also resumed normal operations, said Yang Hongjun, general manager of Urumqi city high-speed public traffic Co. Ltd.

The company has strengthened security checks at bus stops, Yang told Xinhua late Wednesday.

The station is one of the three railway stations in the city, and the largest in Xinjiang. Xinjiang intercity railway lines linking Urumqi with the cities of Kuytun, Shihezi and Karamay were expected to start operations on Thursday and an opening ceremony is planned.

HIGH ALERT ON TERRORISM

Terrorist attacks have increased in Xinjiang in recent years and have targeted places outside Xinjiang.

On March 1, knife-wielding assailants killed 29 civilians and injured another 143 at a railway station in the southwestern Chinese city of Kunming in March. Evidence linked the attack to separatists from Xinjiang.

Xinjiang was also hit by violent terrorist attacks in the past year. In an incident last June, rioters killed 24 people at the region’s Lukqun Township.

During an inspection tour to Xinjiang which ended on Wednesday, President Xi said that long-term stability in Xinjiang was vital to the whole country’s stability and national security.

Xinjiang, resource-rich and strategically located on the borders of central Asia, has been beset by violence for years, blamed by the government on Islamist militants and separatists.

Exiles and many rights groups say the real cause of the unrest is China’s heavy-handed policies, including curbs on Islam and the culture and language of the Muslim Uighur people who call Xinjiang home.

Xinjiang government spokesman Luo Fuyong said authorities were still assessing casualty figures and the cause of the blast. He would not speculate on whether it was a militant attack.

“The situation has been bought well under control,” he said by telephone. “The wounded are receiving medical attention … Public security forces are on the scene dealing with it.”

“We are deeply concerned by what has happened,” Luo added.

Unrest in Xinjiang has led to the deaths of more than 100 people in the past year, prompting a tougher stance against Turkic-language speaking Uighurs, many of whom chafe at government controls on their culture and religion.

Pictures on China’s Twitter-like Weibo service, which could not independently verify, showed blood on suitcases and debris on the ground in front of the station.

Another picture showed what appeared to be a small blast area near a police post, though it was unclear if there were any casualties in the photograph.

Many of posts carrying these pictures were quickly removed by censors, as often happens in stability-obsessed China.

Xinhua said the blast was centred on luggage left on the ground between an exit and a bus stop. The station re-opened at 9.00 pm, some two hours after the blast, under a heavy police presence, it added.

It was not clear if President Xi was still in Xinjiang at the time of the blast at the end of his four-day visit to the region in which he stressed ethnic unity and tough policing. “The long-term stability of Xinjiang is vital to the whole country’s reform, development and stability; to the country’s unity, ethnic harmony and national security as well as to the great revival of the Chinese nation,” Xinhua quoted Xi as saying during his visit, in a report yesterday.

China’s nervousness about militancy, especially Islamic extremism, has grown since a car burst into flames on the edge of Beijing’s Tiananmen Square in October, and 29 people were stabbed to death last month in the southwestern city of Kunming. The government said Xinjiang militants were responsible for both incidents.

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Govt and Northern Railway ink pact for ‘Single train ticket’ to Kashmir

जम्मू Jammu: Kashmir will soon be accessible to tourists by train as the J&K Government and Northern Railway have inked an agreement to introduce “single train ticket” system that will help tourists from all over the country and foreign nations to reach Kashmir directly from other parts of the country.

Under the agreement, tourists buying railway tickets to Kashmir will have a “complimentary” bus ride from Udhamur to Banihal stretch as tourists will disembark from the train at the Udhampur railway station and board State Road Transport Corporation (SRTC) buses to Banihal from where they will again take a train to Srinagar or Baramulla.

The facility, however, will be available only after the inauguration of prestigious 25-km Udhampur-Katra rail line, which is likely to be inaugurated by the Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh in the first week next month.

So far, the people have train facility only up to Udhampur from Jammu and other parts of the country, while the train in Kashmir chug up to Banihal from Baramulla.

“We have recently signed an agreement with the Northern Railway, under which the tourists intending to visit Kashmir from anywhere will have to buy a single train ticket. They will get off from train at the Udhampur railway station and will be taken to the Banihal railway station in brand new buses to be deployed by the SRTC after checking the train tickets of passengers,” Choudhary Mohammad Ramzan, Minister for Transport, told reporters.

He said the Transport Department was planning to purchase new buses, which would be deployed between Udhampur and Banihal. “We are hopeful that the system would be implemented soon after the inauguration of the Udhampur-Katra rail section,” Ramzan said.

The minister said the tourists could also board buses from the Katra railway station to reach Banihal for their onward journey by train.

On August 19 last year, the Ferozepur division of the Northern Railway had written to all stations falling under its jurisdiction to make suitable arrangements for the start of train service between Udhampur and Katra section after giving its approval to the opening of this rail link.

The authorities are still awaiting the final tests, inspection and certification to be conducted by the Commissioner of Railway Safety (CRS) before the inauguration of the track and throwing it open for passenger trains.

Sources said the CRS was likely to inspect the Udhampur-Katra rail section on January 17 and may accord his clearance. “The Railways is planning to run at least six trains to Katra, the base camp of Vaishno Devi shrine, which was visited by over 9.3 million pilgrims last year,” sources said.

The survey on a railway project between the Jammu region and the Kashmir valley was conducted in 1998. The construction process began in 1999. It was announced that Katra town would have direct train connectivity by 2005.

The track to Katra was ready by 2007, but the inauguration got delayed because of seepage in major tunnels en route. The 131-km rail track between Katra and Banihal, which has turned out to be a challenging task for the Railways, was delayed by almost a decade after its alignment was changed for safety reasons a few years back.

Agreement

* Under the agreement, tourists buying railway tickets to Kashmir will have a “complimentary” bus ride from Udhamur to Banihal stretch as tourists will disembark from the train at the Udhampur railway station and board State Road Transport Corporation (SRTC) buses to Banihal from where they will again take a train to Srinagar or Baramulla
* The facility, however, will be available only after the inauguration of 25-km Udhampur-Katra rail line, which is likely to be inaugurated by the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in the first week of next month
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