May 15, 2014

4 Premium Superfast Special Trains between Pune and Hazrat Nizamuddin

Central Railway will run premium superfast special trains between Pune and Hazrat Nizamuddin to clear the extra rush of passengers during summer holidays as per details given under:

Train No. 04013 superfast premium special train will leave Pune o­n 16.5.2014 & 23.5.2014 at 15.15 hrs and arrive Hazrat Nizamuddin at 16.45 hrs next day.

Train No.04014 superfast premium special train will leave Hazrat Nizamuddin o­n 15.5.2014 & 22.5.2014 at 15.50 hrs and arrive Pune at 13.15 hrs next day.

HALTS – Daund, Manmad, Bhusaval, Bhopal and Jhansi

COMPOSITION: Eight AC-3 Tier & Five AC-2 Tier


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Date: May 14, 2014

SOURCE-This new comes to you from Public Relations Department, Central Railway, Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus Mumbai. 

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Metro trials on east-west corridor soon: BMRCL

बेंगुलूरू Bangalore (SBC): The trial runs on east-west corridor of Namma Metro will begin in four months, according to BMRCL Managing Director Pradeep Singh Kharola.

Speaking at an interactive session organised by the Federation of Karnataka Chambers of Commerce and Industry here on Wednesday, Kharola said that the tunnelling work on the route had been completed.

However, he admitted that the work on north-south corridor had slowed down owing to the rough terrain and rocky features. Kharola said that though metro had been operational on two stretches (MG Road-Baiyyappanahalli and Swastik-Peenya stations), commuters were not preferring the facility for want of connectivity.

“At least 50 trains will ply at an interval of two minutes once the work on the entire stretch of 114 km is completed in five years. The metro fares will be on a par with that of ordinary buses of the BMTC,” he said.
Source..Rail News

Delhi Metro’s Huda City Centre line to extend up to Manesar

The stretch will be over 30-km long and will run alongside the northern and southern peripheral roads

नयी दिल्ली New Delhi: The Delhi Metro’s Yellow Line, from Jahangirpuri to Huda City Centre, will now go all the way to Manesar/Gurgaon.

The detailed project report (DPR) for the extension will be ready in another six months, a senior official of the Haryana government said. Once the DPR is ready, the Haryana government will approach the Centre for project approval, the official said.

He said the stretch will be over 30 km long. It will run alongside the northern and the southern peripheral roads, which are around 16 and 10 km long, respectively.

“About five months ago, we awarded the task of preparing the DPR to US-based Aecom, one of the leading consultant firms in the field of structural engineering. The company was given a deadline of 11 months. Six months are already over and, if things remain on schedule, we will approach the Central government for approval soon,” he said.

According to officials, the extension is part of the Mass Rapid Transport System connecting Gurgaon, Manesar, Bawal, Rewari and Neemrana — an “early bird project” of the Delhi Mumbai Industrial Corridor Development Corporation in the Manesar-Bawal investment region of Haryana.

According to Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) officials, the Haryana government had asked them about a year ago to prepare the DPR for the extension. The request was retracted later without any official explanation.

“We never heard anything on the subject after that. They never explained why they didn’t want us to take forward the work on the line,” a DMRC official said.

Haryana government officials, however, denied having written any such letter to the DMRC.

Source..Rail News

IB suspects a New Module of Indian Mujahideen to be behind Chennai blasts

चेन्नई Chennai (MAS): South Indian Mujahideen (SIM), a hitherto unknown separate module of the Indian Mujahideen, is now suspected to be behind the twin blasts on the Bangalore-Guwahati Express at Chennai Central on May 1, according to investigators.

Although initially the Indian Mujahideen was thought to be directly involved in the blasts, the police are currently investigating if the person they are looking for, Abubacker Siddique, had formed an independent self-styled South Indian Mujahideen. The operatives behind the train explosions are believed to be home-grown Islamist terrorists.

While the blasts are seen as retaliation for the recent arrests of secret operatives in Chennai, whether they are linked to a larger transnational plot remains unclear.

Siddique, the police say, is known for precision killing, aiming only specific targets in Hindutva outfits. After sustained interrogation of Islamist extremists already under arrest, Panna Ismail, Bilal Malik and Police Fakrudeen, investigators believe that he might have been roped in to plan the blasts for triggering panic, and not claiming lives.

The low-intensity explosives placed in the train were facing the floor so as to minimise the impact of the blasts. They were triggered by a timer and not a remote control. Had the train been on time, the explosives would have gone off at Sullurpet in Nellore district of Andhra Pradesh, where the BJP’s prime ministerial candidate, Narendra Modi, was to speak at an election rally in the evening in Nellore.

Ismail, Malik and Fakrudeen were arrested in the Puthur operation on October 5, 2013 in connection with a series of communal murders in Vellore, Salem and Madurai and the planting of a pipe bomb on the Rath Yatra route of the BJP leader L.K. Advani.

Going by the “signature of the blast” (the remnants and pattern of explosion), the police have identified similarities with the blasts in Patna.
Source..Rail News

High-speed train bought from Austria in 2011 for Rs.60 Cr lies wasted in Mumbai yard

मुंबई Mumbai: A high-speed train bought from Austria for Rs 60 crore in 2011 to be introduced on the Churchgate-Dahanu route has become a virtual piece of junk. The train, which is capable of hitting 140 kmph, has been cannibalised in the three years it has been lying on platform 14 of the Mumbai Central car shed, with the railways stripping it of lights, fans, seats and electrical equipment as replacements for other running trains. Capable of hitting 140 kph, the train would have helped bolster choked networks. The train would have covered the Churchgate-Dahanu distance, which now takes 4 hours, in 3 hours. At such speeds, five extra services in each direction could have been added to the network.

The train is also blocking the introduction of five more rakes to the network. When the MRVC-1181 Siemens train was ordered, the trials were supposed to be conducted within three months and officials had prepared the ground to order four more trains if they were satisfied with the prototype’s performance. But now, officials are not sure if the train can be used at all even if it clears the trials.

The train, which was made in Austria with a bolster-less suspension that will ensure a jerk-free ride, was procured by the Mumbai Rail Vikas Corporation under the Rs 4,500-crore World Bank-funded Mumbai Urban Transport Project-1.

Worse, recent months have seen both Central and Western Railways, which are struggling to put enough AC-DC trains on the tracks, desperately flog some life out of trains that are way past their designated shelf life. The recent months have also seen an increasing number of accidents, some of which have had to do with the trains’ age.

Insiders said the problem lay in technical issues with the bogies, which they said were not compatible with the Indian rail structure. With no department ready to take the blame, they have all been passing the buck and made the asset a junk at last.

Sources said if the safety departments stick their neck out and declare the train unfit in its present form, efforts can then be made to introduce the bogies after modifying them locally. In fact, for the last seven months CR, which is short of trains, has been asking WR to give the Siemens train but they have not got any response.

“The project is still very much on,” said Rakesh Saksena, MRVC MD, when asked him if the train will ever run on Mumbai’s tracks. “There are certain decisions that need to be taken about its trials and the Research Design and Standards Organisation (RDSO) will take the decision shortly.”

RDSO is the Indian Railways’ Lucknow-based national technical advisory body for design, standardisation and maintenance. Sources in the RDSO said a string of changes at the top of the organisation, which was burdened with several important projects, has left the top brass with no time to put the Siemens train on trials.

RDSO’s ED (Power Supply and EMU), in-charge of local trains, Nasimuddin, however, insisted the project was alive. “The trials of the hi-speed train in Mumbai will be taken soon. But there is no time-frame that I can give you right now.”(Courtesy: Rajendra B Aklekar, Mumbai Mirror)

Parliamentary Panel insists installation of Alarm Buzzer in all local Ladies Coaches’

मुंबई Mumbai: A parliamentary panel has asked the railway board to install an emergency alarm system, CCTV cameras and ensure 24/7 presence of women security guards inside ladies’ coaches of suburban trains to prevent crimes against women.

The February 2014 standing committee report—Suburban Train Services of Indian Railways, with Particular Emphasis on Security of Women Passengers—has recommended a number of measures to improve women commuters’ safety.

The committee has recommended an alarm or a warning bell in the ladies’ coach that must be connected to the loco cabin and guard cabins. “It should immediately indicate the coach number and, if feasible, a link should be provided to the RPF booth of a nearby station.”

The committee has also asked the railways to speed up activation of a uniform helpline. The report said different zones have different helpline numbers, which creates confusion. “The number should be displayed outside schools, colleges, offices and women’s hostels.”

The panel has suggested that coaches be guarded by women personnel “at all times”. It has also asked the railways to ensure a visible security presence at stations and on trains.

It also observed that representation of women in the RPF is a negligible 1.7% even as the policy specifies 10% reservation for women in the force. It added, “Underrepresentation of women in the RPF is one of the reasons for lack of security. The process of recruiting women constables should be expedited.”

The report has also taken a dim view of unauthorized vendors in ladies’ coaches. It has recommended security cameras inside coaches and on platforms. The panel, though, cautioned that such surveillance should not compromise privacy.
Source..Rail News

Nepal requests China to extend the newly built Tibet Rail link upto Kathmandu

काठमाण्डू Kathmandu: CPN-UML Chairman Jhala Nath Khanal has requested the Chinese government to extend the railway system in Tibetan autonomous region up to Kathmandu.

A railway link with China would ease many inconveniences Nepal has been facing as a landlocked country, Khanal said during his meeting with the Chinese leaders in Beijing. The UML Chairman, who is currently on China visit, met with Wang Jiarui, vice chairman of National People’s Consultative Conference of China and Chen Fengxiang, vice-minister of International Department of Communist Party of China , in Beijing on Wednesday .

Khanal also told the Chinese leaders that the second Constituent Assembly will complete the long overdue task of constitution writing, giving the much-needed impetus to development of the country. Wang hoped that the Nepali would complete the constitution in time so that the country could catch up in the economic development. ” China is ready to assist Nepal as per the wish of Nepali people and the government,” Wang told Khanal.

Chen emphasised on China ‘s readiness to encourage more Chinese citizens to visit Nepal. Milan Raj Tuladhar, one of the UML delegation members, said that the Nepali team also visited Xiwang village in Shandong province, which has emerged as an industrial estate.

The delegation that left for a 10-day China visit is expected to return home on Friday.
China’s Jaw-dropping Ambition of Rail link to USA via Russia on the Fast Track

China is considering plans to build a jaw dropping 13,000km high-speed railway line to the United States, the country’s official media reported last week. The proposed “China-Russia-Canada-America” line would begin in north-east China and run up through Siberia, pass through a tunnel underneath the Pacific Ocean, then cut through Alaska and Canada to reach the US. It would be almost 3000km longer than the epic Trans-Siberian railroad and the entire trip would take two days, with the train travelling at an average of 350km/h (220mph).

There may be plenty of scepticism regarding the feasibility of what will be an engineering marvel, given the fact that crossing the Bering Strait between Russia and Alaska would demand roughly 200km of undersea tunnel. If it materialises, it would be the world’s longest and four times the length of the Channel Tunnel that connects the UK with France. Admittedly, except for an expert at the Chinese Academy of Engineering, no one else has come out in support of the project. However, a dream project like this undoubtedly shows that the centuries-old romance associated with the railways is still going strong.

In all likelihood, speed and efficiency could well forge a common link between a set of the most powerful nations though history and political schisms may pit them against each other. Besides, the reported claims by China indicating that it has the means to accomplish such a grand project indicate the supreme confidence in what is an extremely efficient railway system. The Asian giant boasts of a high-speed network that is one of the world’s most ambitious public works projects. An intercontinental stride forward could be read as further proof of the growing network. By contrast, the Indian Railways, which is grappling with a declining share of passenger traffic and is in dire need of modernisation and revamp, could look at the Chinese for inspiration and be back on track.
Source..Rail News

Haryana to Fund Metro from YMCA Chowk to Faridabad

चण्डीगर्ह Chandigarh (CDG): The Haryana government on Wednesday approved a proposal to fund the extension project of the Delhi Metro from YMCA Chowk to Faridabad in order to provide Metro rail connectivity to the commuters in the state.

A decision to this effect was taken at a meeting of the state Cabinet in Chandigarh on Wednesday, an official release issued here said.

The Central government has given in principle, an approval for the project, it said. A sum of Rs.130.80 crore would be the financial implication of this project. The Badarpur-Faridabad Metro line till YMCA chowk is likely to be completed by September 2014, it said.

Naxal hand feared in Freight Train derailment in Chhattisgarh

कॅक्लूर Kaklur (KKLU): Suspected Naxalites are said to have removed fish plates from railway tracks on the Vishakhapattam-Kirandul route that led to the derailment of thirteen bogies and two engines of a freight train on Wednesday in Chhattisgarh’s Maoist-hit Bastar District.

The empty freight train derailed between the villages of Kaklur and Kumar Sandra this morning, leading to rail traffic disruption on the route, media reports said.

The bogies and two engines fell from the bridge located on a small rivulet in the area.

Police are currently not ruling out the hand of Naxals in the incident.
Source..Rail News

Narendra Modi promises to build India's first bullet train if elected

BJP leader strongly tipped to become India’s new prime minister will speed plans to create new bullet train routes to modernise its ageing railways
Mr Modi highlighted his support for bullet trains modeled on Japan’s super-fast railways in speeches at the start on the long election 

India will soon begin work on a new bullet train railway network if, as widely expected, Hindu nationalist leader Narendra Modi becomes prime minister later this week.

Mr Modi highlighted his support for bullet trains modelled on Japan’s superfast railways in speeches at the start on the long election campaign. Now, according to the Hindu newspaper, he is planning to accelerate those plans as one of his top priorities if he is made prime minister.

He believes bullet trains could become symbols of a new age of modernisation in India in contrast to the old colonial railway network built during the British Raj. Indian Railways today is associated with roof-riding fare-dodgers, while for paying passengers train travel is a grubby experience in carriages often infested with cockroaches and rats.

In a campaign speech in Delhi in January, Mr Modi said India’s railways had been neglected for too long. “We have such a huge rail network, but it is our misfortune that no attention is paid to railways in the country. The change that Japan’s rail system has undergone, it deserves to be applauded.

After all that change occurred because Japan introduced the concept of bullet trains and got the country raised. China also followed that concept. We have such a long rail network, but we are not thinking about its modernisation”, he said.He called for new “rail universities” to be opened as centres for engineering innovation and pledged to open four new bullet train routes in time for India to celebrate its 75th anniversary of independence in 2022. Then, he said, the “world will see India from a new perspective”.

R.N Malhotra, a former chairman of the Indian Railway Board, said feasibility studies had been done for bullet train routes from Ahmedabad to Pune via Mumbai and Delhi to Amritsar, close to the Pakistan border, via Chandigarh. Building a Bullet Train system will cost three times more than standard Indian rail tracks and carriages and higher fares will mean it will only be affordable for wealthier passengers.

“Bullet trains are only possible in industrial and high per capital income areas”, he said.
Source - telegraph





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