May 3, 2014

Metro Rail Work to Hit Water Supply

Water supply to several parts of Chennai will be hit due to interconnection of water transmission main work carried out by the Chennai Metro Rail on May 3 and 4. A Chennai Metro Water spokesman said the company proposed to divert the existing 450 mm diameter water transmission main and interconnect the same with the newly-laid main at GST Road near Meenambakkam Domestic Airport.

Hence, there will be no piped water supply in Alandur, Adambakkam, Balaji Nagar, Palavanthangal, BV Nagar, Nanganallur, Cantonment Board, Officers Training Academy, Meenambakkam, Indian Airforce Station, Pammal, Anakaputhur, Pozhichallur, Cowl Bazaar, Munavar Avenue and Kannabiran Koil Street in Pallavaram.

The work will be done from 8 am on May 3 to 8 am on May 4. Those in Alandur, Adambakkam, Balaji Nagar, Palavanthangal, B V Nagar and Nanganallur could contact head Office Complaint Cell (28454040, 45674567), assistant engineer tanker lorry (8144930165), assistant Engineer Alandur (8144930365), deputy area engineer (8144930266) and area engineer (8144930912) for supply of water.


Metro rail link between Noida and Greater Noida to be completed by 2017

Noida : The long-awaited Metro rail link between Noida and Greater Noida finally got a green signal from the urban development ministry. 

In a board meeting held yesterday, the ministry approved Delhi Metro Rail Corporation's (DMRC) appointment as a consultant for the project on a turnkey basis, sources said. The 30km link will be built at a cost of about Rs 5,000 crore.

Construction work on the new link will commence after a memorandum of understanding . 

Terms of the MoU have already been approved and submitted to the UP government in Lucknow for its approval.According to officials of the Noida Authority, the MoU is likely to be signed after the general elections while work could begin in the next two months.

Since former Delhi CM Sheila Dixit was opposed to the DMRC working outside the capital, the Authority had last year decided to form the Noida Metro Rail Company (NMRC) to construct this 30km line. 

A total 22 stations are proposed on the route - 13 on ground and seven elevated. Two stations at Knowledge Park-I and sector Delta-1 in Greater Noida are planned for future expansion. 

Starting from Noida City Centre in Sector 32, the proposed Metro corridor will head towards Greater Noida through stations in sectors 50, 51, 78, 101, 81, 83, 85, 137, 142, 143, 144, 147, 149 and 153. It enter Greater Noida through Knowledge Park-II and cross Pari Chowk and sectors Alpha-1 and 2 before terminating at a station proposed near Knowledge Park-IV in Greater Noida. The entire route will be an elevated track.

This project is expected to be completed by 2017, officials said. Noida had first approved the detailed project report of the link in 2010. But since then, the project has remained in limbo. Earlier, the Authority had planned to build this Metro link on public private partnership model, but now the two industrial authorities of Noida and Greater Noida will fund this project.

GDA to help in development of high-speed rail project in Ghaziabad

After Metro, the Ghaziabad Development Authority (GDA) is all set to play an important role in the development of high-speed rail project between Delhi and Pallavpuram in Meerut.

The authority is in the process of making a report on the project, and has expressed its willingness to make available land for the purpose, an official statement said.

The Uttar Pradesh government has sent a proposal in this regard to National Capital Region Transport Corporation (NCRTC) which is in charge of the project, the statement said.
GDA to help in development of high-speed rail project in Ghaziabad

Initially, the line for the high-speed train was planned along NH-58, But, National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) refused to give NOC following which the state government asked GDA and Meerut Development Authority (MDA) to find an alternative route.

The MDA has already sent a report to the government with a new route, according to the statement.
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Chennai Central Blasts probe: CCTV Footages provides First Clue

CCTV shows man flee before blasts – Police looking for man running in a hurry

चेन्‍नई Chennai (MAS): In a find that could help crack the mystery behind the May Day twin blasts in a train at the Chennai Central railway station, the State police on Friday released the CCTV footage of a man running on the platform soon after the train’s arrival. A muscular bald man has been caught on the CCTV video running away from the two coaches of Bangalore-Guwahati express train minutes before they were rocked by bomb blasts on Thursday morning.

Inspector-general Mahesh Kumar Agarwal told reporters that the video grab from CCTV on platform 9 showed the man get off from S-3 coach and take to his heels at 7.08 am. The twin blasts happened about five minutes later, killing a young techie woman and injuring 14 other passengers.

“We did not see him (on CCTV recording) get into the train at Central but only saw him get out of S-3 and run. His movement has been found to be unusual and needs verification. We are seeking his presence to help in our investigation,” Mr Agarwal said, just short of calling the runner a suspect in this terror act.

The Crime-Branch CID, investigating the blasts on board the Bangalore-Guwahati Express that killed a woman passenger and injured 14, disclosed here that the explosives planted in the train were similar to those used to trigger multiple blasts in Patna hours before the BJP’s prime ministerial candidate, Narendra Modi, was to address an ‘Hunkar rally’ on October 28, 2013.

The police’s announcement came after experts from the National Security Guards (NSG) inspected the scene and the materials seized from the damaged coaches.

Inspector-General of Police Mahesh Kumar Agarwal said remnants of clock pieces, batteries, metal pellets and a metallic pipe suggested that a timer device was used as the trigger. Releasing the footage, he said the “person’s movements were unusual and required verification.”

Crime Branch officials also confirmed that the train was running 90 minutes late and had it been on time, the bombs would have gone off after the train entered Andhra Pradesh. Mr. Modi addressed election rallies at five places in the neighbouring State on May 1, including Nellore, close to the Tamil Nadu border.

Any information on the man in the footage could be passed on to the CB-CID on (044) 2250 2500/10 or (0)77086 54202, he said. The man apparently got off the S-3 coach and ran away after the train arrived; we have not seen him getting into the train again,” Mr. Agarwal said.

He said the investigation so far had not indicated any link between the blasts and Zakir Hussain, a Sri Lankan national arrested by the State police three days ago.

The IG released video clips to the media in the hope that on seeing it, someone from the public might come forward to provide information to the CBCID about the man, who appeared to be in his late 30s or early 40s.

When a reporter asked how long it would take to crack the case, Mr Agarwal calmly replied, “It’s not proper to fix a time limit. We are working very hard and will get back to you with results.”

He said the NSG experts from Delhi had examined the blast sites and collected material. “Some similarities were found between the bombs used here and the bombs found in Patna a few months back,” he said, indicating to the strong possibility of a major terror outfit being involved.

Senior officials of the CB-CID rushed to Bangalore following a tip-off.

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Ghaziabad Development Authority to help in development of High-Speed Rail Project

घाज़ियाबाद Ghaziabad (GZB): After Metro, the Ghaziabad Development Authority (GDA) is all set to play an important role in the development of high-speed rail project between Delhi and Pallavpuram in Meerut.

An official said in a statement, the authority is in the process of making a report on the project, and has expressed its willingness to make available land for the purpose.

The statement said that the Uttar Pradesh government has sent a proposal in this regard to National Capital Region Transport Corporation (NCRTC) which is in charge of the project.

Initially, the line for the high-speed train was planned along NH-58, But, National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) refused to give NOC following which the state government asked GDA and Meerut Development Authority (MDA) to find an alternative route.

The MDA has already sent a report to the government with a new route, according to the statement.

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Bangalore-Mangalore High-Speed Rail Project may face many challenges

According to R.L. Dias of Udupi Yathri Sangha, it is impossible to run high-speed trains on the track which has deep slope between Sakleshpur and Subramanya Road stations

The proposed high-speed rail connectivity between Bangalore and Mangalore could be the most challenging among such projects being planned to decongest the State’s capital.

Minister for Infrastructure R.Roshan Baig, who announced last week that the new infrastructure policy would be formulated after consultations with all stakeholders, had spoken about the need to bring investment

to implement high-speed rail projects connecting Bangalore to Mangalore, Mysore, Kolar, Tumkur, Hubli and Belgaum.

G.G. Mohandas Prabhu, who formerly headed the infrastructure subcommittee of the Kanara Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said introduction of any more passenger trains on the Bangalore-Mangalore railway line would not be easy.

The tripartite agreement that Hassan Mangalore Rail Development Company Ltd. (HMRDC), floated to undertake gauge conversion of the line, has entered into with the Railways and the State government limits the movement of passenger trains on the line. The line capacity is to be used primarily for goods services, according to a key feature of the agreement.

The agreement says, “SWR (South Western Railway) shall be entitled to run on the project railway, the equivalent of the passenger services that already were operational on the MG (metre gauge) track … without payment of any access charges. Provided, however, that any new passenger service on the project railway shall be commenced only with the prior written consent of HMRDC.”

Mr. Prabhu, a member of the Konkan Railway Users Consultative Committee, said the State government would have to first take steps to ease the conditions in the agreement before thinking of increasing the passenger train service or talking about high speed trains.


R.L. Dias, leader of the Udupi Yathri Sangha, told that it was impossible to run high-speed trains on the track which had deep slope between Sakleshpur and Subramanya Road. Passenger trains take about two-and-a-half hours to cover the 55-km stretch, with two locomotives used.

If the government was keen on high-speed trains, it would have to ensure laying of a line to Bangalore via Nandikur, Karkala, Ujire, Charmadi and Mudigere, he said. This proposal, he said, had been submitted to the Railway Board. The line could be linked to the Sakleshpur-Kadur line, which is under construction. Another new link line from Mudigere to Belur could provide a track that could take high-speed trains between Mangalore and Bangalore, he said.

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Chennai Metro aims at Optimum Use of Station Space

To develop property in ways that will raise revenue

चेन्‍नई Chennai (MAS): With the construction of Metro Rail stations along the Koyambedu to Alandur stretch gaining pace, Chennai Metro Rail Limited has taken the lead in integrating initiatives for property development near the stations.

Though there isn’t a lot of space for the CMRL in and around stations, they plan to exploit the available space in an optimum way for property development and creation of parking lots.

For instance, in the Ashok Nagar station, the CMRL has invited tenders to construct four floors of commercial space above the station, according to CMRL officials.

“We may rent out all four floors that could be used as office space or for retail. The consultants will provide recommendations on how this space can be utilised. Not just in Ashok Nagar, we have some lands near stations including Alandur, SIDCO and Arumbakkam,” an official said.

Developing property in the vicinity of Metro Rail stations will be crucial to not only to boost patronage but also help in raising revenue.

About Rs. 1,136 crore may be the estimated property development cost, according to the CMRL. And in 2014-15, when the Chennai Metro Rail becomes operational, they expect an estimated income of Rs. 276 crore from property development.

Third train from Sri City

Meanwhile, the third train manufactured in Sri City arrived in the city here on Friday and will subsequently be taken to the depot in Koyambedu.

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TCS wins Multi-million Dollar Deal from Bombardier to manage their Data Centers & DR Site

नयी दिल्ली New Delhi: IT services major Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) has bagged a multi-million dollar deal from leading rail vehicles maker Bombardier Transportation for managing IT infrastructure of its newly-commissioned data centres.

“The multi-year, multi-million deal, is the first that TCS has signed with a rail-transportation technology provider,” TCS said in a release, without revealing financial details of the deal.

Germany-based firm Bombardier Transportation is a world leader in rail transportation with operations in over 60 countries.

As part of the contract, TCS will provide remote infrastructure management (RIM) services for Bombardier Transportation’s recently-established Data Centres in Germany.

The new data centres will establish a technology platform for Bombardier through introduction of private cloud services paired with a high level of virtualisation, the statement said.

TCS will also provide SAP Basis support to Bombardier Transportation.

“India is central to Bombardier’s Information Services strategy – our relationship with TCS offers operational excellence in markets around the world,” Bombardier Transportation vice president Thomas Leidenbach said.

“This is a strategic step forward for TCS as it establishes us as a partner of choice for infrastructure services in the German market,” said Sapthagiri Chapalapalli, Head of Central Europe at TCS.

TCS’ Central Europe operations – with an operating area cutting across Germany and Austria – comprise over 4,000 professionals, servicing more than 80 leading German and Austrian companies such as Commerzbank, Daimler, Deutsche Bank, Deutsche Boerse as well as growing set of upper-midsize companies.

Backed by large deal wins from Europe and the US, TCS last week reported better-than-expected quarterly earnings, with its net profit rising 34 per cent to Rs. 4,702 crore.

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CRS issues Conditional Safety Certificate for Versova-Andheri-Ghatkopar Metro

The project is yet to secure a few minor clearances from the Railway Board. The Metro was first inspected by the RDSO and was presented to the CRS for approval on April 4

मुंबई Mumbai: Four days after completing inspection, the commissioner of railway safety (CRS) on Friday issued a conditional safety certificate to the Versova-Andheri-Ghatkopar Metro corridor, noting that the project was yet to secure a few minor clearances related to rolling stock and electrical installations.

Once Mumbai Metro One Pvt Ltd (MMOPL), the special purpose vehicle in charge of the project, gets the required clearances from the Railway Board, it will have to present the CRS’ safety certification to the Ministry of Railways before the Metro can be commissioned for public use, officials said.

P S Baghel, CRS for the western circle, who had inspected the 11.4-km corridor, said, “I have given a clearance with a few conditions. There are certain approvals that the project needs to get related to rolling stock and electrical installations from the railway board. Ideally, I should have given a clearance after these approvals were in, but I decided to give a conditional clearance as the proposals had already been sent. Securing the approvals is a mere formality.”

The MMOPL, a consortium of Reliance Infrastructure, Veolia Transport and the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA), constructed the Versova-Andheri-Ghatkopar Metro on a public private partnership model.

An MMOPL spokesperson said, “Now, we are only awaiting the approval of rolling stock from the railway board, for which the papers were submitted on April 22. We shall open the line for commercial use within a week of the approval.”

However, even as the Metro corridor is now closer to being commissioned, the initial tariff is yet to be decided with the state government and MMOPL in conflict over the issue. While the state has already notified the fare structure from Rs 9-13 and is insistent on starting the line with the same tariff, the MMOPL has been demanding an increase to Rs 22-33. With the project recently being registered under the Metro Act, and MMOPL being appointed as the Metro Rail Administrator, the special purpose vehicle now has the authority to decide the initial fare.

The Metro was first inspected by the Research Design & Standards Organisation and was presented to the CRS for approval on April 4. Accordingly, P S Baghel began inspection on April 18.
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