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Taking stock: C.S. Puttaraju, Mandya MP, inspecting the railway station at Maddur in Mandya district on Wednesday.
Railway track doubling between Bangalore and Mysore will be completed by March 2015, C.S. Puttaraju, Mandya MP, has said.
Mr. Puttaraju visited Maddur, Mandya and Pandavapura railway stations on Wednesday.
Accompanied by Railway officials, he inspected the basic amenities at these stations.
He discussed the progress of the track-doubling project with officials and spoke to commuters about their grievances.
Speaking to presspersons, he said that Railway Minister D.V. Sadananda Gowda had instructed officials to complete the project by March next year.
“Basic amenities at railway stations in the district will be improved. I will ask Railway officials to upgrade railway stations in Mandya district and construct railway overpasses,” Mr. Puttaraju said.
He said priority would be given to provide drinking water, create parking lots, more ticket counters and toilets. The MP also said he would request the Union government to allocate sufficient funds to construct a railway station near the Horticulture Department in Maddur.
Mandya Deputy Commissioner M.N. Ajay Nagabhushan and Chief Engineer of Railways Ravindra Reddywere present.
New Delhi: The Indian Railways on Thursday successfully conducted the trial run of the country's fastest train, which will cover the distance between Delhi and Agra in just 90 minutes at a speed of 160 kilometres per hour.
The semi-high speed train was flagged off from platform number six of the New Delhi Railway Station earlier this morning and reached Agra at around 1 pm. The train, however, took 100 minutes to cover the distance today as against the targeted 90 minutes.
The semi high-speed train will educe the current travel time between Delhi and Agra from 120 minutes to 90 minutes. At present, the Bhopal Shatabdi Express is India's fastest train that runs at 150 kmph between Delhi and Agra stretch.
With the trial run being successful, the semi high-speed train service is likely to start in November this year.
On board the train with an electric locomotive of 5400HP were Commissioner Railway Safety PK Vajpayee, Divisional Railway Managers (DRM) of Delhi and Agra Divisions, and other senior officials involved with the project.
Anurag Sachaan, DRM of Delhi Division, earlier said that the special train will have 10 coaches and will make the return journey today itself.
“It's like the Shatabdi train... coaches are same too, but it will be faster,” Sachan said.
To ensure a smooth test run, the Railways had deployed RPF personnel along the route.
Sachaan informed that there are about 16 speed restriction areas and curves on the Delhi-Agra route which are being upgraded now to improve the speed.
It is estimated that a cost of Rs 15 crore would be incurred to make the track ready for the semi-high speed train. There will be fencing for a stretch of 27-km along the track between Delhi and Agra to prevent obstruction and ensure speed.
After the Delhi to Agra service, Railways will run similar trains for Kanpur and Chandigarh from the national capital.
Jamshedpur : The undue delay in railway permanent parking tender at Tatanagar has become a matter of concern for both the railway authorities concerned as well as the parties aspiring to bag the tender leading to a situation where the vehicle owners and ordinary commuters have to suffer.
The three railway parking tender which was in process of finalisation in favour of M/s. Deep Enterprises was cancelled by the office of the senior divisional commercial manager (SDCM), Chakradharpur. Soon after the office of the senior DCM has decided to issue Quotation Tender seeking parties to run the parking lot for the next three months by paying a quotation fee.
At present, the parking area has a capacity to accommodate 500 cars, 300 autos and about 8,000 two-wheelers. The area, at any given time of the day, is chock-a-block with vehicles. An official of railway’s commercial department said that the private contractor bagged the tender which is subjected to renewal after every three months.
The Chakradharpur railway division took charge of the parking lot about nine months ago, once the term of the private contractor expired. During the past nine months, bike-lifters have had almost a free run at the station. Finally, after several vehicle thefts were reported from the parking area, the railways was forced to concede that it was unable to run the service as efficiently as the private contractor used to.
On the other hand as soon as the three-year-tender was cancelled the management of M/s. Ganpati Enterprises which had been running the vehicle parking contract on Quotation Tender have today submitted papers with the senior DCM office declaring that they would no longer be able to run the facility.
The Chakradharpur railway division has been trying to fix the three years railway parking tender since the past five years, but had been engaged a party for running the parking as the three-year tender system gets through. Two months back the railway had float a tender for the Tatanagar railway parking, leading a local party to submit the tender at the rate of Rs.10.5 crores.
Notably, the contract for the parking lot before was bagged by one Anil Kumar Singh of Baridih in November. The Chakradharpur railway division was hunting for a regular agency which can look after the affairs of the parking lot. In the last four months, tenders were floated twice but not a single bidder responded.
Last year, a similar situation had arisen when employees of the railway’s commercial department, who used to man the parking area, refused to do the job. They cited harassment by vandals and rogue auto-rickshaw drivers. At that time the railways issued a “Parking at your own risk” signage.
The claims Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) and the railways had made of being well prepared for the monsoon proved worthless in the very first major showers of the season that hit the city on Wednesday. Several areas in Mumbai were flooded, railway tracks went under water, and office-goers had to navigate through knee-deep water to reach their workplaces. Even the new Mumbai Metro disappointed. There was leakage of water into some metro train compartments (see photo on page 3).
Just before the monsoon, the BMC and railways had made tall claims that Mumbaikars would not face any inconvenience as monsoon preparation works had been carried out satisfactorily.
The eastern and western suburbs received 111 and 107 mm of rainfall respectively between 8 am to 4 pm in comparison with the city’s 27 mm.
Water-logging was reported in areas like Hindmata, Kamani, Milan Subway, Dharavi, Andheri subway, Byculla, Badhwar, Park, Mumbai Central, Dadar, Sion, Matunga, Chembur Kurla, Ghatkopar, Mulund, Bhandup, Malad, Goregaon, Vile Parle and Borivali.
The Harbour line saw 48 and central line saw 39 trains cancelled. Commuters on Harbour line were told through announcements that services beyond Kurla were suspended completely and that they could travel via the main line instead.
Services on the Harbour line were hit by a good three-and-a-half-hour delay. The main line suffered a one-and-a-half-hour disruption in the peak hour due to heavy water-logging at Kurla.
Sheer chaos prevailed as services began to see a delay from 10 am onward, as the railway lines were drowned in rain water. Commuters were forced to get down from the trains and walk along the tracks after being stuck in trains for hours.
Aakanksha Bajpai, a copywriter who travels from Nerul to CST said, “I caught the 11.20 am train which stopped between Chembur and Govandi for two-and-a-half hours. Many people began to get down and walk on the tracks, but I didn’t because I knew getting to CST by road would be another huge problem.”
“When the train finally started it took one hour to reach CST. It usually takes only 40 minutes. I renewed my pass on June 27 for three months but will the railway be able to offer me better service?” asked Bajpai.
The Railways has recently hiked prices, leading to demands for improved services.
Rahul Sawant (29) an insurance agent, who was traveling from Kalyan to CST, said, “I waited in the train for one hour. It had stopped at Ghatkopar and I finally got down and started walking.”
CR chief public relations officer, Narendra Patil said, “There was major water-logging at Kurla due to which many of our signals had failed, so we had to manually go and change the signals and the volume of water also was quite a lot.”
The city also witnessed 33 cases of trees falling – eight in the city, 11 in eastern and 14 in western suburbs. In Kurla, a woman and her two kids were injured after a retaining wall fell over them at Bail Bazaar. Mumtaj Kureshi (45), who received injuries on her legs, has been admitted to a local hospital, while her two kids were discharged after treatment.
Reports of BMC and railways not carrying out nullah-cleaning works properly had raised fears of flooding during the monsoon. While people blamed the BMC and the railways for not doing a good job before the rains, civic officials attributed it to localised flooding problems. “The flooding will occur in low-lying areas
when there is more than 25 mm rainfall per hour in the city and 50 mm in suburbs,” said Laxman Vhatkar, BMC’s director (engineering and services).
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