Sep 2, 2014

Educational qualification for recruitment of Group C posts in Civil Engineering, Electrical, Mechanical, Signal & Telecom and Track Machine Organization (TMO) Departments on the Railways RBE 92/2014.




Feedback of the Fast Track Committee Meeting held on 29.08.2014

SOURCE - AIRF

Policy for Private Investment in Rail Infrastructure through Domestic and Foreign Direct Investment - A Policy Framed by Ministry of Commerce for Privatization of Indian Railways.

GOOD NEWS - Policy regarding participation of Indian Railways Personnel in Meditation/Yoga/Spiritual and other Related Programmes RBE 88/2014




Source - AIRF

Guidelines to personnel Officers and Members of Selection Board constituted for conducting selections for promotion to posts classified as "Selection". - RBE 90/2014

SOURCE - AIRF

12051/12052 DADAR-MADGAON JANSHATABDI EXPRESS TO TERMINATE / ORIGINATE AT KARMALI WITH EFFECT FROM 1.11.2014

12051/12052 DADAR-MADGAON JANSHATABDI EXPRESS TO
TERMINATE / ORIGINATE AT KARMALI 


Railways have decided to Terminate/Originate 12051/12052 Dadar -Madgaon Janshatabdi Express at Karmali with effect from 01.11.2014.


12051 Janshatabdi Express will leave Dadar Terminus at 05.25 hrs and will reach Karmali at 13.50 hrs same day.

12052 Janshatabdi Express will leave Karmali at 14.50 hrs and will reach Dadar Terminus at 23.05 hrs same day.

This train will halt at Thane, Panvel, Chiplun, Ratnagiri, Kankavali, Kudal and Thivim
Source..Chief Public Relations Officer

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A street-friendly solution for congested cities?

STREETS AHEAD: An aerial view of the Citadis tram service in the city centre of Casablanca, Morocco. Picture: ALSTOM/P THEBAULTThe light rail transit systems that are widely used in Europe, Asia and countries in North Africa can free up space in cities for other uses such as shopping promenades and street cafés, says Alstom’ s business development director, Matthias Handschin.TRAMS — last seen in South Africa’s city centres decades ago — can be a cost-effective way to provide reliable public transport, says Alstom South Africa, which is supplying 600 commuter trains to the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa with its consortium partners.

Trams can ease congestion and cost less than other rail options — and even buses — in the long run.

South Africa uses little rail transport compared with other countries. Only 13% of South Africa’s freight is moved on rail and a mere 6% of passenger transport, according to several studies.

The City of Tshwane has hinted that it is considering the light rail option. Mayor Kgosientso Ramokgopa said in April the metropolitan council was "exploring an investment in light rail tram, complementing our integrated rapid public transport network".

A key component of South African cities’ investment in public transport networks has been the bus rapid transit (BRT) systems, following the example of South American cities.

Mr Handschin says the South American BRT networks have reached capacity limits, "so now we have the first cities in South America thinking about complementing their BRT systems on the busiest lines with metro or light rail transport solutions".

Alstom is "convinced" of South Africa’s need for light rail transit, and has reinforced its local team with the appointment of former Tshwane city planning head Oupa Nkoane.

"Together, we are presenting these case studies to stakeholders here in South Africa and helping them to upgrade and update their transport plan for the cities," Mr Handschin says. He expects that after one city adopts trams, others will quickly follow suit.

"The beauty of light rail transit is that you can run it in mixed traffic, in pedestrian zones of the city centre. Then, when you go to the outskirts of a metropolitan area, you just run it on dedicated lines and you have faster travel speeds of up to 80km/h," he says.

Public transport analyst Paul Browning says several modern cities overseas have tram systems, London being a notable exception in Europe.

Trams can carry much greater passenger numbers than buses, he says, which makes them a good option for big cities. But an argument against them is that the overhead electric cabling can detract from the aesthetics of a city.

"In South Africa, a decision was taken by the cabinet in 2007 to go for a bus rapid transit system. The argument is that it provides a level of service close to that of a tram, but at perhaps 15% or less of the upfront capital cost of a tram system," Mr Browning says.

"Alstom might well have a battle to convince cities in South Africa that they should have tram systems."

Since BRT was adopted, it "is proceeding very slowly indeed", Mr Browning says, and since the system is not yet well entrenched, it is "not impossible" that alternative s could be explored.

An indication of the demand among commuters and businesses for access to public transport nodes is the demand from developers for land near Gautrain stations.

According to geospatial data company Gmaven, an influx of people and commuters into already congested areas such as Sandton will encourage "high-end road commuters" to change their habits". This could encourage car-pooling or switching to public transport, Gmaven CEO Will Harris says.

Considering the pipeline of preleased greenfield office developments, "Sandton anticipates an influx of around 5,000 new vehicles and roughly 7,000 new people by 2015", Mr Harris says.

Is Sandton the ideal site for South Africa’s first light rail transit system?
SOURCE..bdlive

'Metro Man' Sreedharan Takes Part in Hyderabad Metro Train Test Run

HYDERABAD: 'Metro Man' E Sreedharan on Monday participated in a test run of Hyderabad Metro Rail (HMR) between two stations and termed, the construction and facilities created, as 'high quality' at a depot in Hydeabad.

Mr Sreedharan, Principal Advisor to Delhi Metro Rail Corp, along with HMR Managing Director N V S Reddy took part in the train test run from Nagole to Survey of India metro stations.

He inspected various facilities of Uppal Metro Rail depot and Nagole station.

"The ride quality and behaviour of various components of the Hyderabad Metro system are very good," he said.

Mr Sreedharan advised Mr Reddy and the team of engineers of construction company to maintain the same high standard in construction of the remaining rail structures and complete the project as per schedule.

He appreciated the innovative design features of metro stations and engineering techniques adopted in viaduct and station construction by Larson & Toubro (L&T), a HMR release said.

The project, originally estimated to cost Rs. 14,132 crore, is being executed by L&T Hyderabad Metro Rail Pvt Ltd.

HMR is the biggest urban infrastructure project undertaken on public-private partnership basis. The elevated rail will cover a total distance of 72 km with three corridors comprising 66 stations, the release added.
Source..NDTV

Rail disruption as man hit by First Great Western train

People gather at Pencoed railway station following the incident on Monday

Rail services in south Wales have been disrupted following the death of a man on the line.

A number of First Great Western trains were cancelled or diverted after the incident at Pencoed railway station on Monday.

The man was hit by the Swansea to London Paddington service at about 13:10 BST, which was then terminated at Cardiff said British Transport Police.

The death is not being treated as suspicious.

A spokesman for First Great Western said two further services had to be diverted, which delayed passengers by 30 minutes.

A British Transport Police spokesman said: "Paramedics from the Welsh Ambulance Service also attended but the man was pronounced dead at the scene.

"Enquiries are ongoing to establish the man's identity and inform his next of kin."
British Transport Police said the man's death was not being treated as suspicious
Source..BBC

Metro Rail Set to Bridge Gap on Guindy Line



CHENNAI: Chennai Metro Rail is set to bridge the gap on the elevated stretch linking Guindy to Alandur Metro Rail Station by erecting a steel girder rail overbridge near the Guindy suburban railway station.

The girder work under progress near Guindy railway station

A Metro Rail source told Express that work is in progress to complete the bridge which is about 105 metres long.

The bridge will be connected by steel girders. The superstructure is fabricated at the yard and assembled on the piers of the approach station area, and will be launched to its final position by nose launching method.

So far, 38 metres of superstructure has been moved towards the location. After it is launched to its final span locations, the bridge will be lowered over the respective bearing and deck slab will be cast to pave way for track works.

The whole process will take around 15 to 25 days. The work will be carried out only between midnight and 3.30 am when there are no trains crossing the area. “It is a challenging task and utmost care has to be taken to complete the work,” said Chennai Metro Rail chief general manager Somasundaram.
Source-new indian express

Online rail bookings get family unfriendly

AHMEDABAD: On Monday, Ankit Sharma wanted to book three tickets to Delhi for his family. At 8am, as the online reservations opened, he checked and was surprised that IRCTC had given him just two tickets. By the time he booked the third, from a different ID and IP address, all he could get was a wait-listed ticket. 

This is how the IRCTC website works. The site has been getting loads of traffic for the Diwali vacations and the "two-tickets only" outcome was only for those booking tickets online during "rush hours" - 8am to 10am - even if the booking was made 60 days in advance. Western Railway has closed its doors to those who want to travel with their family and aren't willing to stand in queues. 

According to the new guidelines, only two tickets can be booked from one IP (Internet Protocol) address. These new guidelines are especially troublesome for those travelling with families. Even a call to IRCTC's customer care gets the response that one can book only two tickets between 8am to 10 am. They say that this was done to prevent mass booking from the IP address and user ID. While this move may have aimed to limit reservation cornering by private travel agents, it has backfired on passengers. 

Agents meanwhile, are having a good time. They charge Rs 100 per ticket, above the ticket fare. This charge varies according to the train. For a train to South India or the Rajdhani, the charge per ticket is Rs 200. 

An agent, who declined to be named, said: "During rush hours, we have six or seven persons sitting together, who book tickets together. Each will ask for a preference of the same coach so that entire families get accommodation in the same coach." "For a sleeper class ticket, agents will prefer the S-10 or S-12 coach, while for in three-tier AC coaches, the preference is usually B-2," he said.
Source..times of india

New Pont Briwet rail bridge over Dwyryd estuary opens

A new Pont Briwet bridge carrying the Cambrian Coast railway line over the Dwyryd estuary has finally opened after being hit by delays.

It replaces the 154-year-old bridge in Penrhyndeudraeth, Gwynedd, which was shut over safety concerns.

The £20m bridge provides a vital rail link for communities between Harlech and Pwllheli.

However, a two-lane road a cycle path on the bridge will not open until next year.

Work will begin on the road bridge once the old one is demolished.

Mark Langman, Network Rail's route managing director for Wales, said: "It has been a tough year on the Cambrian Line with the damage caused by the storms in January.

"I was grateful for the support we had in communities like Barmouth, Harlech and Tywyn during our efforts to re-open the lower section of the line following the unprecedented storm damage earlier this year.

"Now Gwynedd council has completed the rail-section of Pont Briwet, we are thrilled that services can now resume all the way to Pwllheli."
Scheduled passengers services have begun using the new rail bridge
Source- BBC

China inaugurates new rail-lines in Tibet



The HinduLhasa-Shigatse Railway line getting ready for operation soon. Photo: Specilal Arrangement.
The HinduShigatse Railway station all up for operation soon. Photo: Specilal Arrangement.
The HinduLhasa-Shigatse Railway line getting ready for operation soon. Photo: Specilal Arrangement.
The HinduShigatse Railway station all up for operation soon. Photo: Specilal Arrangement.


Seven years after it began an ambitious rail journey from Beijing to Lhasa, China’s railway plans for Tibet are firmly on track with the inauguration of two new rail lines going west and east from Lhasa. The extended lines, (251 kms) from the Tibetan capital to the city of Shigatse on the west and (433 kms) from Lhasa to Nyingchi still under construction to the east, will effectively link Tibet to India, Nepal and Bhutan as well, all part of the Chinese government’s mission 2020 for infrastructure in Tibet.

The lines are also seen as a “triangular defence” for China, allowing it to rush troops and military hardware to its sensitive southern borders with India at short notice. On Thursday, a Chinese defence ministry spokesperson answered Indian concerns over the proximity of the rail line to India’s borders by saying, “I hope this will not be over interpreted by the Indian side.” The railway simply aims to raise “economic development and living standards” in Tibet, said Col Yang Yujun in Beijing.

By 2020, China hopes to build 1,300 kilometres of railway lines in the Tibetan Autonomous Region (TAR), as well as more than 1,10,000 kms of roadways, many of which will work as feeder lines to the railway stations that dot the line. On a visit by The Hindu to the Qushui railway station, about 80 kms from Lhasa, it is clear that capacity is key to Chinese plans. An imposing 4-story structure built onto a cleared plateau, with construction ongoing all around it, the station could easily process close to 5,000 passengers over the course of a day. Yet Qushui is a small stop on the Lhasa-Shigatse line, with only one train running up and down it everyday, and boards only 200 passengers a day today! For the two-hour ride, that cuts down travel between Lhasa and Shigatse by half, passengers pay between 40 Yuan- 170 Yuan (In Rs 240-680) per seat.

Officials tell The Hindu that the Qushui stop, like other train stations in Tibet, is powered by solar energy, pointing to the roof of the station that is wholly covered with solar panelling, and that the line to Shigatse had to be particularly routed so as not to disturb a black-crane natural reserve park on the way. Even so, environmental activists say they are concerned about its impact, given the major tunnelling through mountains, and point to a government study published in June, that said glaciers in Tibet had shrunk 15% since 1980, about 8,000 square kilometres in three decades.
Source..thehindu

Metro rail for Andhra within four years, Sreedharan appointed advisor

AP Government sets the ball rolling for construction of two metro rail projects in Vizag, Vijawada-Guntur-Tenali.

In a major boost to Visakhapatnam, and Krishna and Guntur districts, the AP Government on Monday set the ball rolling for construction of two metro rail projects by assigning the task of conducting feasibility study to Delhi Metro Rail Corporation.

Andhra Pradesh government said that two metro rail projects — Vizag Metro Rail and Vijayawada-Guntur-Tenali-Mangalagiri Metro Rail (VGTM) – would be completed within three and a half years.

Chief Minister Naidu’s insistence on the VGTM metro also reinforces the TDP government’s decision that the state capital would be established along the Vijayawada-Guntur corridor, in spite of the Shivaramakrishnan Committee report suggesting other places.

The two projects are expected to boost overall development and bring in investments to Vizag city and to the VGTM region in Krishna and Guntur districts.

The state government has brought in DMRC as its main consultant and to conduct a feasibility study and advise the government on both metro rail projects from bidding to selection to construction. DMRC principal advisor E Sreedharan has been appointed as the advisor for the government of AP on the metro rail projects.

In a meeting with E Sreedharan, Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu discussed how soon the two metro rail projects could be completed and set a tentative deadline of 3.5 years. The state government has also proposed a metro rail project for Tirupati. However, the Tirupati metro rail project would be taken up once the Visakhapatnam and VGTM projects are completed.

The Chief Minister has asked Sreedharan to prepare a feasibility report for a rail based mass rapid transit system in other cities too. I&PR and IT Minister P Raghunath Reddy said the VGTM will have four corridors covering nearly 50 kms in the first phase while the Vizag Metro will have three corridors covering approximately 40 kms in the first phase.

On August 1, the AP Cabinet gave its nod for the two metro projects. On August 14, two special purpose vehicles (SPVs) were set up through a Government Order to oversee the two projects. Each SPV will have a board of directors and a project director. The three corridors of Vizag Metro are according to suggestions made by Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation — NAD Junction to Maddelapalem (11 kms), NAD Junction to Gajuwaka (14 kms), and Railway Station to Gajuwaka (14 kms).

The VGTM will have Vijayawada-Mangalagiri, Mangalagiri-Guntur, Mangalagiri-Tenali and Guntur-Tenali corridors. The VGTM Urban Development Authority has jurisdiction over 7000 sq kms comprising municipal corporations of Vijayawada and Guntur, and municipalities of Mangalagiri, Tenali, Gudivada, Ponnur, Sattenpalli, Nuzvedu and Tadepalli in Krishna and Guntur districts.
Source..indian express

 

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