Aug 21, 2014

Grant of Study Leave to officers of Railway Medical service for prosecuting Post graduation course.

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Rail union protests FDI in railway

VADODARA: Members of Western Railway Mazdoor Sangh (WRMS) held a rally against the government's decision to allow hundred per cent foreign direct investment (FDI) in railways and privatization of Indian Railways. WRMS members held a rally at divisional railway manager's office at Pratapnagar on Wednesday.

Addressing the railway men, National Federation of Indian Railwaymen (NFIR) vice-president and WRMS's general secretary J G Mahurkar said, "The primary goal of private companies is profit, not service or performance. They will come to make money and will not shy away from corrupt practices. There will be no sense of responsibility and accountability left."

Mahurkar along with NFIR's general secretary M Raghavaiah had recently moved a proposal on ?Right to strike and stopping privatization' at the plenary session of International Transport Federation (ITF) World Conference at Sofia in Bulgaria.

According to WRMS, a NFIR affiliate, introducing 100 per cent FDI in railways will mean selling railways to private companies.

"Privatization will endanger safety standards. When regular railway men were working, the quality of performance and service was commendable. Hiring people on contract basis has led to unmanned level crossings where innocent people are killed in accidents," said Mahurkar, who informed the gathering that ITF leadership too has appreciated the concern of NFIR to stop FDI and privatization.

WRMS has also demanded resolution of local problems of the railway men in Vadodara. "The upgradation of trackmen from the category of 1800 grade pay to 2400 grade pay and 2800 grade pay is not being implemented by the Vadodara division," said Mahurkar.
Source..times of india

Canadian Rail Accidents Involving Dangerous Goods Rose Last Year

Canadian rail accidents involving dangerous goods rose 21% last year from 2012, reflecting a rapid rise in the movement of crude oil by rail.

The Transportation Safety Board of Canada recorded 144 rail accidents that involved dangerous goods last year, up from 119 in 2012 and above the five-year average of 133. The figures were contained in the Canadian safety agency's annual report released Wednesday.

Of those accidents, seven resulted in a spillage of dangerous goods, compared with two such incidents in 2012, the agency said.

The latest results included the July 6, 2013, derailment of an oil train in Lac-Mégantic, Quebec, which killed 47 people.

The report came out a day after the TSB issued its final report on the Lac-Mégantic accident, citing 18 factors that contributed to the derailment, including a weak safety culture at the company that operated the train and lax regulatory oversight.

On Tuesday, the agency issued two new recommendations to improve rail safety in Canada, adding to a number of rail-safety recommendations it has made in the wake of the disaster. It called on the Canadian government to require additional physical defenses to prevent runaway locomotives and to increase the efficiency of audits that could prevent future accidents from occurring.

Crude-oil shipments have increased to 164,221 carloads in 2013, from 112,907 the prior year, according to Statistics Canada, the national statistics agency.

The TSB said in its annual report that the number of rail accidents overall rose 4% last year to 1,062, in line with the five-year average of 1,070.

It also said that of the 11 rail-related issues on its so-called watch list of safety concerns that it believes pose the greatest risk to Canadians only three so far had resulted in "fully satisfactory" compliance by Canadian transport regulators.

An official with the Canadian transportation ministry, Transport Canada, wasn't immediately available to comment Wednesday.

On Tuesday, Canadian Transport Minister Lisa Raitt said Canadian officials took the TSB's report on Lac-Mégantic "seriously" and would review it thoroughly. The government has 90 days to respond to the report. She also said her ministry already had moved to make changes recommended by investigators during the course of their investigation.

Cabinet approves $1.4 billion new metro rail project

NEW DELHI: The cabinet approved on Wednesday a new, 86.8-billion-rupee ($1.43 billion) metro rail project in the western state of Maharashtra, the government said in a statement. 

The go-ahead for the Nagpur rail project comes weeks after Prime Minister Narendra Modi permitted foreign investment in railways as part of his efforts to upgrade the nation's infrastructure for an economic turnaround. 

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PM Modi to lay foundation stone of Nagpur metro rail today

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to lay the foundation stone of ambitious Metro Rail Project in Nagpur on Thursday. Modi is also scheduled to inaugurate the Mouda Super Thermal Power Project Phase I and a flyover on National Highway 6, all in Nagpur. 

The Prime Minister will be accompanied by Governor K Sankaranarayanan and Union Ministers Nitin Gadkari and Piyush Goyal. However, Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan had decided to skip the event to avoid the embarrassment faced by fellow Congress CM of Haryana Bhupinder Singh Hooda who was booed by BJP workers at a stone-laying ceremony at Kaithal on Tuesday. 

Chavan himself had been by heckled by Bharatiya Janata Party activists at a function attended by Modi in Raigad earlier.

In a pre-election bonanza to Maharashtra, the Union Cabinet yesterday cleared a Rs 8,860 crore metro rail project in Nagpur, which will become the latest city in the country to have the modern transportation service. 

The 38.215-km-long project, scheduled to be completed by March 2018, will be funded on equal sharing basis between the state and the Centre with the latter contributing Rs 1,555 crore as equity and subordinate debt. 

Nagpur Metro will connect 19.658 km of north-south corridor and 18.557 km of east-west corridor. 

The proposed north-south and east-west alignments are expected to provide much needed connectivity to commuters and would traverse through some of the densest and traffic- congested areas of the Orange city. 

The alignments are also expected to bring connectivity to the Special Economic Zone (SEZ), educational institutions and logistic hubs in the city. 

The two corridors, together, are expected to bring about a total transformation in the city's urban transportation scenario by considerably reducing traffic congestion and bringing in a fast, comfortable, safe and affordable mass transportation system for the people of Nagpur.

To execute the project, the Cabinet approved setting up of Nagpur Metro Rail Corporation, a senior Urban Development Ministry official said. 

While Urban Development Secretary will be the Chairman of the corporation, the Managing Director will be nominated by the Maharashtra government. The company will have 10 nominee Directors on its Board. These would be five nominees of the Government of India and five nominees of the Government of Maharashtra. 

Nagpur with a population of 24 lakh people is the third largest city of Maharashtra and 13th largest in the country. 

The project is scheduled to be completed by March 2018. Metro services are operational Delhi NCR, Mumbai, Kolkata and Bangalore and under various stages on construction in cities including Jaipur and Kochi.
Source..zee news

No light at the end of the tunnel for rail commuters

Railways are expensive for taxpayers too but both parties say rail users must pay greater share of costs through fare rises
Campaigners say many commuters now spend a fifth of their income on season tickets. Photograph: Graham Turner for the Guardian
Despite fares that climb ever faster than passengers' wages, the railway is far from – in the famous phrase of ex-transport secretary Philip Hammond – a rich man's toy. With house prices pushing people out of cities in search of a space they can afford, there can be no pretence tickets are a discretionary spend for most commuters. It is a necessity: but an increasingly expensive one.

The July inflation figure that presages January's bleak fare hike is a moment rightly seized on by campaigners, who say many commuters now spend a fifth of their income on season tickets – and that many live in marginal seats in the southeast. Hence the phoney political war over escalating fares, including Labour attacking the government for inflation-busting increases that it first implemented and won't commit to repeal if it wins power. And few would be surprised to see the chancellor again pop up in the autumn statement to lop the odd 1% off the planned RPI+1% rise, repeating last year's trick.

Labour's definite commitment is to abolish the flex – the loophole that lets train firms hike some fares by an extra 2%, while in theory keeping the overall average within the cap. As ever in the rail industry's money-go-round, the finances are murky enough for neither party to be yet sure how much ending this fiddle will cost. According to the back of transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin's envelope, it would mean "over £100m more government borrowing – adding more debt than our children and grandchildren could ever hope to repay."

Commuters might find this concern hard to square with the man who blithely announced last year that HS2 would cost £10bn more than previously planned. That £100m also pales besides the extra £34bn of debt from Network Rail that will be weighing down the nation's balance sheet from next month, under new EU accounting rules.

This more honest accounting shows railways are whoppingly expensive for the taxpayer too. Both parties have said rail users must shoulder a greater share through fare rises. Until one breaks that tacit consensus – or until the costs of the railway are vastly reduced – the commuter's annual howl of pain will long continue.
Source..the guardian





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