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Money from Railway Land to fuel Mumbai Urban Transport Project-II
बांद्रा Bandra (BA): Commercial exploitation of a parcel of railway land in Bandra is expected to bring Rs 4,000 crore, part of which will fund the MUTP-II.
An official of the Western Railway (WR), which owns the land, said the Rail Land Development Authority (RLDA) had invited bids for the 43,302 sq metre (4.33 hectares) of prime land in Bandra (East).
The Mumbai Railway Vikas Corporation (MRVC), which was dealing with the land earlier, did its bit by securing a change in land use from ‘Railway Use’ to ‘Commercial’ in October 2004.
The Rs 5,300 crore MUTP-II (Mumbai Urban Transport Project-II) was sanctioned in 2008. It was decided that Rs 2,333 crore will be generated from commercial exploitation of the Bandra land parcel.
While the railways and the state government will put up Rs 1,056 crore in a 50:50 ratio, the remaining Rs 1,910 crore will be a loan from the World Bank.
“RLDA has already invited the bids, which will be opened on June 6,” the WR official said. “We are confident of a good response because the plot is located in a prime area of the city with extremely good connectivity by rail and road transport.”
Another railway official said the developer might consider a complex that is a mix of high-end retail and office space.
“The area has excellent connectivity and large number of footfalls,” the official said.
The land is close to the Bandra-Kurla Complex, just across the Western Express Highway and near the station and the ONGC office. “The developer will be able to use FSI of 4, allowing built-up area of 1,59,351.40 sq m,” the official said.
The process for exploitation of land was started by the RLDA in 2008, but a controversy over the land title delayed it.
“The Mumbai suburban collector stayed the process after some persons claimed that state government owned 20,000 sq m of it,” an official said.
The collector ruled that 20,000 sq m of the land belonged to the state government, but later the matter was settled as the property card was issued in favour of the railways in 2013.
Tatanagar (TATA): Almost two months have gone by since nearly four dozen closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras were installed to augment security at Tatanagar, but these are yet to become fully operational.
The Chakradharpur RPF, which is the authority to grant permission for the same, is apparently not satisfied with trial runs that have exposed the average quality of the surveillance cameras procured for Rs 1.5 crore to the A-category station safe for passengers.
Sources revealed that ever since the lenses were installed at strategic points, RPF’s Chakradharpur commandant Arun Kumar Chaurasia had time and again monitored them, but the gadgets had failed to live up to his expectations.
“The cameras were expected to clearly cover subjects even at a distance of 30 metres, but here we can barely make out what is just seven metres away,” said an RPF officer.
He added that the CCTV cameras had been installed to check crime on platforms, but the poor quality footage would make it difficult to identify any face. “What is the use of installing such gadgets? The images are not clear enough to give away a criminal.”
After prolonged wait, 46 surveillance cameras had been installed at Tatanagar by Calcutta-based Honeywell Automation Limited in February this year. Representatives of the company had also trained RPF personnel on how to handle the control panel before an inspection conducted by commandant Chaurasia in the first week of March and the latter was supposed to give his nod to make platform scan fully operation by the seventh of last month.
Chaurasia confirmed that the CCTV cameras were still in trial stage. “We are looking into how exactly the security aspect of platforms and passengers can be enhanced with them,” he kept it conveniently vague. “Yes, the system is not fully operational yet. Conducting trials is also a part of the operation,” he added when prodded.
Chaurasia, however, did not categorically mention if the cameras installed at Tatanagar station were of poor quality. He also remained non-committal on when the trial run might end and pave the way for full-fledged surveillance.
Senior officials of Honeywell Automation could not be contacted despite repeated attempts. Manager (sales) in Calcutta S. Alam confirmed that they had installed the CCTV cameras at Tatanagar, but said project manager of Jamshedpur Sanjay Tiwary was away on training.
Another official, however, said that CCTV cameras were supplied to Tatanagar following necessary inspection and verification by Lucknow-based Research Design and Standards Organisation (RDSO), a scrutiny wing of the Indian Railways. “When the gadgets are approved by RDSO, authenticity is no longer an issue. We supplied cameras as specified by the South Eastern Railway,” he added.
चेन्नई Chennai (MAS): Some of the apprehensions that anti-India elements may take advantage of the focus of the country’s security establishment on the ongoing elections came true on Thursday when two low-intensity blasts took place on a train bound for Guwahati from Bangalore. One saving grace in this was that the explosions happened at Chennai Central railway station and relief, evacuation and safety operations could be pressed into service more effectively than would have been the case if the blast would have taken place while the train was passing through rural areas. The police have arrested one suspect and the investigation is under progress.
Post-blast scenarios in India are usually marked by breakdown of standard operating procedures like cordoning off a crime scene, giving up-to-date information to the families of victims or even providing proper and timely medical facilities to victims. But this time, everything seemed to have worked according to the rulebook: The scene was cordoned off for forensic teams, timely medical aid was provided to the victims and the railway minister also announced ex-gratia payments. The railways too resumed the train service from the station within a few hours. While all these measures should be seen as routine and not singled out for special mention or praise, the truth is administrations across India have failed more often than not to perform their duties in times of crises.
The Chennai blasts also point to a greater need for our security establishment to be more alert because there are groups and individuals who are waiting for signs of administrative and security lethargy to strike the country hard.
Timer devices were used to trigger blasts in Bangalore-Guwahati Express
Various police units, including NIA, CB-CID, city police, special division, railway police, RPF have despatched their representatives and were together trying to solve the terror puzzle by chipping in with their inputs after the twin blast rocked Central station around 7.13 am on Thursday after the train arrived late by one-and-a-half hours.
The initial round of enquiries showed that the perpetrators of the crime had used an improvised explosive device with a timer to create panic at the railway station. “Forensic teams have collected ball bearing and pellets besides traces of ammonium nitrate, nitro toluene and sulphur from the scene of blast,” sources said.
The police are not sure if the bags containing the explosive arrived on the train or somebody planted the bombs in the two compartments after the train arrived at platform No. 9 at Chennai Central. One strong possibility is to trigger the blast using a timer. “They could have set the time in the bomb and kept the bags with explosives in S4 and S5 compartments,” said an official.
It is also possible that the suspects planted the bombs and then triggered it using a remote or mobile phone. “If they were using a mobile phone trigger, it can be used from anywhere, but if they were using remote control, they could have been somewhere nearby,” police sources said.
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कोची Kochi: The Kochi Metro Rail Ltd (KMRL) Managing Director Elias George has admitted to technical differences between KMRL and the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC). ”Since DMRC is the executing agency for the works, the relationship between KMRL and DMRC is of vital importance. It is true that there have been technical differences and debates between both organizations regarding modalities of project execution; but it is my belief that such lively exchanges will foster critical thinking by all concerned, thus contributing to the quality of the final product,” said George, in a four-page letter released to media titled “Building Kochi Metro -The Challenges”.
Further, he said that the construction of the Metro from Vyttila to Pettah and Tripunithura is also dependent on the widening of the Vyttila-Tripunithura road which is to be undertaken by the state PWD.
“The state government is expected to provide funds for this purpose shortly; after which the widening works can commence. However, the construction work on the Metro beyond Vyttila can be taken up only after road widening works have been completed. KMRL also needs approval from the central government for undertaking the extension of the metro from Pettah to Tripunithura town,” he said.
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