Aug 23, 2014

One smartcard to be ticket to ride on all modes of transport

CHENNAI: Chennai Metro Rail Limited (CMRL) has finalised its ticketing machines and universal travel card. If things run to plan, a single smartcard can be used to make payments for use of all transport systems—buses, trains, metro and autorickshaws. 

The card that will be issued by metro rail will accommodate payments for 32 different agencies—from Metropolitan Transport Corporation buses to autos and even parking and long-distance trains. "But these cards are not open-ended. In Hong Kong, you can use the card in countless ways. The cards are compatible with any machine, just like a credit or a debit card," said an expert working closely with government who did not want to be named. 

A senior metro rail official said, "When we drew up the detailed project report, this card was the best option available." Commuters can use the card only in places approved by CMRL. 

"We will eventually move to an open system, just like other countries," he added. 

Metro rail has tied up with State Bank of India (SBI) to integrate bank accounts with metro rail cards. "This will take time. Smartcards, which are integrated with other transport systems, will come into use first," said the official. 

Delhi has introduced 'Unifare Card' that can be used in any outlet like a debit or credit card. 

"We have tied up with a private bank. Those who have an account in the bank can use the same card in ATMs and with 22 million merchants," said an official from Delhi Metro Rail Corporation. Of the 23 lakh trips made in metro rail a day in Delhi, 70% are paid for using smart cards. "It is convenient and there is a 10% discount for those using cards." In Chennai, things could be different as people are generally averse to investing up front even for convenience, going by the experience and data of the suburban train system. Only 50,000 or 0.5% of the 10 lakh passengers have season tickets, one of the lowest in the country. 

Government officials from the state transport authority, MTC, Southern Railway, Centre for Railway Information Systems, Chennai Metropolitan Development Authority, IRCTC, call taxi operators and representatives of bus ticket booking websites have been discussing the possibility of integrating all systems into one card. 

MTC has purchased electronic ticketing machines that are compatible with metro rail smart cards. Railways will have a tough time implementing smartcards as their system is open, unlike metro rail. The government will make new GPSenabled meters for autorickshaws compatible with smart cards.
Source..timesof india

Doubts over viability of Andhra metro rail project


VIJAYAWADA: Serious doubts are being raised over the economic viability of the metro rail project proposed for the VGTM-UDA region as it has just a population of 30 lakhs. The Centre, which has promised to take up the project in the Vijayawada-Guntur-Tenali-Mangalagiri region in the AP bifurcation bill, plans to complete it in four phases covering about 300 km. The VGTM-UDA has called for tenders to take up a detailed project report (DPR) study. The last date for submission of tenders is September 1. 

Even as the Centre has put the metro rail on a fast track, experts fear that the project may not be viable economically if more areas are not added to the proposed network. Incidentally, the state government is yet to decide on the new capital. 

The state government has hurriedly allowed VGTM-UDA to take up detailed project report study. The UDA is expected to spend about Rs 25 crore for 259 km metro rail route. It has proposed four sections for the metro project. The first phase is expected to cover the area between Gannavaram and Gollapudi. While the government is expected to spend about Rs 8 lakh per km of survey, it will require Rs 150 crore per km for laying of elevated metro route. 

The UDA called tenders for conducting DPR for the entire 259 km stretch even while proposing to take up only 49 km in the first phase. "When the viability of 49 km line itself is doubtful, taking up a survey for 259 km is nothing but criminal wastage of public money," said K Hanumantha Rao, a retired bank manager. According to officials, the passenger traffic in the existing city buses and train services connecting the city is not enough to bring in profits for the project. 

Vijayawada-Guntur-Tenali circular metro is one of the four sections proposed for metro rail project by UDA. "The daily traffic between Guntur and Vijayawada in buses is around 15,000," said Guntur regional manager M Rama Rao. Similarly, Guntur-Tenali traffic is 6,000 and Tenali-Vijayawada traffic is 5,000. 

According to experts, a metro train project will bring in sufficient revenue only if it has passenger traffic of about 50,000 daily. 

Although metro train for Vijayawada has been promised in anticipation of it getting the capital status, it will take a few years for the city population to cross 20 lakh. The combined population of VGM-UDA is about 30 lakh, said economic professor at ANU, LSN Prasad. He pointed that no metro train in the country has a total length of more than 200 km. Delhi's train link is just for 192 km. 

Citing the example of Nagpur metro for which Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid foundation stone on Thursday, experts said about 50 per cent of the Rs 9,000 crore project is being taken as loan while state and central governments shared 20 per cent each. 

The local civic body should bear the remaining 10 per cent. "This is the story of just 38km metro for city with population of 29 lakh. "It will be ideal to take up DPR after finalization of the capital location because new routes may come up once the capital is decided," said SCR Mazdoor union leader Swamy Charan. 

"We are taking up survey to tap central funds. What's wrong in it," asked VGTM UDA chairman V Srinivasa Reddy.
Source..times of india.

Special Local train between Badlapur and Thane on 24.08.2014 (Sunday)

Central Railway has decided to run o­ne special local train between Badlapur and Thane and back o­n 24.08.2014 (Sunday) for the participants of Thane Mayor Varsha Marathon. 

Special local will leave Badlapur at 06.15 a.m. and will arrive Thane at 07.10 a.m and in return direction will leave Thane at 01.05 p.m. and will arrive Badlapur at 01.58 p.m.

This local train will stop at all stations between Badlapur -Thane- Badlapur.



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SCCL Deal with RITES for Rail Infrastructure

HYDERABAD: State-run Singareni Collieries Company Ltd (SCCL) has signed a pact with RITES Ltd to extend rail infrastructure facilities at its mining areas. B Ramesh Kumar, director (Operations), SCCL and Arbind Kumar, director (Projects), RITES signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in this regard here on Friday.

SCCL supplies coal to customers through railways. Last year, the company said it had transported 32 million tonnes (mt) of coal through railways to customers, aggregating to 66 per cent of its total dispatches. It is likely to transport 35 mt this fiscal, SCCL said in a statement. 

‘’SCCL is diversifying into power generation and 2 x 600 MW power project is under construction at Srirampur in Adilabad district. Coal transportation from mines to this power station is proposed through dedicated railway system with RITES, which can also be used for supply of fuel oil and reverse transport of fly ash,” SCCL said adding that the company prefers to use railways for coal transportation, as it is environment-friendly and safe.

Meanwhile, other projects of SCCL include construction of railway line from Koyagudem mine to Bethampudi station and development of railway siding near Rebbana for Golet mines.

‘’RITES being a Central government organisation and specialized in infrastructure sector, specially rail infrastructure, SCCL entered MoU with RITES,” it said.

The pact is expected to mutually benefit both the companies and contribute to the infrastructure growth in Telangana in general and in the coal belt area in particular.
Source..new indian express

2 PREMIUM SPECIAL TRAINS BETWEEN CHHATRAPATI SHIVAJI TERMINUS AND VELANKANNI

PREMIUM SPECIAL TRAIN FOR VELANKANNI  FESTIVAL
 
Central Railway has decided to run 2 Premium special trains between Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus Mumbai and Velankanni to clear the extra rush of passengers during Velankanni Festival. The details of services are as under:
 
CHHATRAPATI SHIVAJI TERMINUS  - VELANKANNI  PREMIUM SPECIAL
 
02007 Premium special train will leave Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus at 12.50 hrs o­n 25.8.2014 (Monday) and will arrive Velankanni at 23.40 hrs next day.
 
02008 Premium special train will leave Velankanni at 08.00 hrs o­n 27.8.2014 (Wednesday) and will arrive Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus at 22.30 hrs next day.
 
HALTS: Thane, Kalyan, Kadapa, Chennai Egmore and Villupuram, 
     
COMPOSITION:    One AC First class, Two AC 2-tier, Three AC 3-Tier, 10 Sleeper class, 1 AC Pantry car and 2 Generator Car cum Guard's Brake Van. 

RESERVATION: Bookings for 02007 Premium special already open THROUGH INTERNET o­nLY. 



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Phase-I of Lucknow Metro Rail project approved

Uttar Pradesh government on Friday approved eight km route of Lucknow Metro Rail project’s first phase of North-South corridor for starting work.

The approval was made in a cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav.

The route will be from Transport Nagar to Charbagh railway station on which work would be started with finance from state government agencies with condition that if in any case the Centre did not finance it, the state government would bear its entire expenditure, Chief Secretary Alok Ranjan said.

The deadline for completion of the work is December 2016

Railway Minister Gives Away Cash Award to Railway Sportspersons for Winning Medals at CWG-2014,

Railway Minister Gives Away Cash Award to Railway Sportspersons for Winning Medals at CWG-2014, Glasgow 

“Indian Railway Delivers, Whether it is in the Field of Transportation or in the Field of Sports” – Gowda 


The Minister of Railways Shri D.V.Sadananda Gowda gave away cash awards to those Indian Railway sportspersons, who as a part of Indian contingent, won medals for India at recently concluded Commonwealth Games-2014, (CWG) at Glasgow, Scotland, at a felicitation function in New Delhi today. The cash awards are Rs. 25 lakh for winning Gold Medal, Rs. 20 for Silver Medal and Rs. 15 lakh for winning Bronze Medal 

Speaking on the occasion, the Minister of Railways Shri D.V.Sadananda Gowda said that it made the heart of each railway man swell with pride to see the Indian Railways athletes win laurels for the country and kept the country’s flag flying high in the recently concluded 20th CWG held at Glasgow, Scotland from 21st July to 3rd August 2014. He said that whenever there is a call by the country to perform – Indian Railway delivers, whether it is in the field of transportation or in the field of sports. The Railway Minister said that right from 1928 when Railway Sports Promotion Board (RSPB) was constituted, Indian Railways has gone from strength, never waving in our commitment to the promotion of sports. With an annual recruitment to around 500 sportspersons each year, Indian Railways strive to indentify and promote the best sporting talent in the country. Railway coaches also have been instrumental in shaping up the Indian sportspersons and form a sizable part of the national team. 

While congratulating the railway sportspersons for their outstanding performance in CWG, the Railway Minister assured railway sportspersons that RSPB will continue to provide all support so that they can concentrate and strive to deliver excellence on the field. He hoped that a sizable contingent from Indian Railways will represent India in the forthcoming Asian Games in South Korea in September 2014 and continue to do the nation proud. 

Shri Arunendra Kumar, Chairman, Railway Board, stated that sportspersons of Indian railways have been performing well in the sports arena and always shown great enthusiasm. He said the Ministry of Railways is committed to the cause of sports and games in the county and will continue to promote this sector in the best possible way. He also congratulated Railway players who won medal at the Glasgow CWG-14. 

In his opening remarks, Member Staff, Railway Board, and President RSPB, Shri A.K..Mital said that Indian Railways takes immense pride in the fact the Railway family has 3 Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna, 19 Padamshree, 147 Arjun, 8 Dhyanchand, 6 Dronacharya awardees. The contribution of Railway sportspersons, as a part of Indian contingent in CWG-14, has been significant. Out of total 64 Medals won by India, Railway players bagged 9 Medals. The performance of Railway weightlifters and wrestlers in particular has been remarkable. They have contributed two Gold, four Silver and three Bronze Medals. The names of the Gold Medal winners are – Shri Sushil Kumar: Men’s freestyle 74 kg wrestling (Northern Railway), Shri Satish Sivalingam: Men’s 77 kg weightlifting (Southern Railway) , Silver Medal winners are Shri Mandeep Jangra: Men’s 69 kg boxing (Northern Railway), Shri Chinglensana Singh: Hockey (Western Railway) , Ms. Ayonika Paul: Women’s 10 metre air rifle shooting (Central Railway), Shri Rajeev Tomar: Men’s freestyle 125 kg wrestling (Northern Railway) and Bronze Medal winners are- Ms. Pinki Rani: Women’s 48-51 kg boxing (North Western Railway), Ms. Swati Singh: Women’s 53 kg weightlifting (North Eastern Railway), Shri Omkar Otari: Men’s 69 kg weightlifting (Western Railway).. 

He said that Railway Minister’s generous awards will go a long way in encouraging the Railway sportspersons to perform excellently in the international arena as well as reinforcing their faith in Railways’ commitment to the sporting cause. 

Also present on the occasion among others, were Member Engineering, Railway Board, Shri V.K.Gupta, Member Traffic, Railway Board Shri D.P.Pande, Member Mechanical, Railway Board, Shri Alok Johri and Financial Commissioner Ms. Rashmi Kapoor. Director (Sports) and Secretary RSPB Ms. Rekha Yadav conducted the proceedings. 
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