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Jul 20, 2015
The Henbury Loop runs through Henbury, Filton and Hallen
Councillors have dropped plans to create a railway "loop" connecting Filton in north Bristol with Avonmouth, after it was deemed too risky.
A business case for major rail upgrade options recommended a "spur" line stopping at Henbury instead of a loop.
The West of England's Joint Transport Board backed the report - the spur line is expected to open by 2021.
Bristol North West MP Charlotte Leslie said the report was flawed and the decision was "extraordinary".
The Henbury Loop line currently carries freight between Filton and Avonmouth, but closed to passengers in 1964.The spur would involve trains running between Henbury and Bristol Temple Meads
Ms Leslie argued that re-opening it to passengers would ease congestion as thousands of homes are built around the former Filton Airfield and it would improve access to jobs in Avonmouth and Severnside.
"The Henbury Loop is not only viable, it's absolutely necessary and we want the business case to reflect that," she said.
Responding to Ms Leslie's comments, the board said, while it had approved the spur option, it was not ruling out the loop in the longer term.
"We can get on and do the spur now or wait for the loop but this could add another two to four years to the project and we risk losing some of the funding," a spokesman said.
But campaign groups Transport for Greater Bristol Alliance and the Friends of Bristol Suburban Railways described the report as "fatally flawed".
They said much of the industrial area around Avonmouth had no public transport - those without a private car had difficulty accessing the area and only rail services on the Henbury Loop could provide a solution.
The Local Enterprise Partnership said the loop would be more disruptive to traffic and would require £3m a year of financial support while the spur would break even by 2034.
Ranchi (R): Nine railway stations from Jharkhand are a part of the Centre’s list of 400 chosen for modernisation into world-class infrastructure through private-public partnership (PPP) mode, getting the seal of Union cabinet’s approval on July 16.
Union railway minister Suresh Prabhu has promised a web-based bidding process and evaluation by independent experts to ensure transparency in this ambitious exercise, which is likely to see mega investments from private partners.
Of the 400 A or A-1 category stations across India with focus on metros, major cities, pilgrimage centres and tourist destinations, Jharkhand’s nine are Ranchi, Hatia and Bokaro of South Eastern Railway, Daltonganj, Gomoh, Koderma and Parasnath of East Central Railway, and Jasidih and Madhupur of Eastern Railway.
Sanjoy Ghosh, Chief Public Relations Officer of the Calcutta-headquartered South Eastern Railway (SER), said all the nine were Category-A Railway stations.
An official from SER, Calcutta, said though the final modalities of revamp were yet to be known, the stations would be developed on the Swiss Challenge approach, which is by inviting open bids from interesting parties.
“For instance, a real estate developer may give a detailed proposal of redevelopment of a railway station, which would be uploaded on the official website. If someone comes up with a better proposal, that new proposal would be accepted, and this process would go on, till a special railway committee selects the best proposal,” the SER official said.
“Developers will leverage real estate development of the land and air space in and around the stations,” he added.
Niraj Kumar, senior divisional commercial manager of Ranchi division under SER, also maintained they were yet to formally get modalities of the project.
“Ranchi and Hatia railway stations are under our division. We are looking forward to out-of-the-box ideas from interested parties for redevelopment of these railway stations,” he said.
Prabhu, during his visit to Ranchi in June, had also maintained that they planned to convert Ranchi station into a world-class facility.
Reminded of the minister’s promise, senior divisional commercial manager Kumar said: “Making Ranchi station world class will take time but a dedicated team has already started working in this regard.”
Elaborating on the proposal, he said: “A world-class station is one that has proper transport linkages with other stations, high-end passenger amenities, including shops, restaurants and lounges, etc. All these will have to be done on the PPP mode. For this, you need to have land so that a private player can work uninterrupted.”
“We (the railways) have enough land but at various places we don’t have title deeds. Therefore, we have activated a dedicated team that is in constant touch with state government to transfer title deeds. The government is very positive and is cooperating with us. But it is a time-taking process and needs meticulous planning and paperwork on all fronts,” Kumar stressed.
SOURCE - RAIL NEWS
Dhaka: The Railway Minister of Bangladesh Mr.Mazibul Hoque has been flown to Singapore for better treatment of the stomach ulcer and resultant internal bleeding he was suffering since last a week. The Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the ministry Md Shariful Alam said the minister had been undergoing treatment at National University Hospital.
An air ambulance left Dhaka with the 68-year-old minister at 5am on Saturday. Hoque’s wife Honufa Akter Rikta and the Minister’s personal secretary and other team of doctors were accompanying him.
He had been taken to a Comilla hospital after having fallen sick on Thursday night before being transferred to Combined Military Hospital (CMH) in Dhaka.
Ministry’s PRO Alam said the minister was suffering from stomach ulcer, diabetic and high blood pressure.
Earlier, the hospital’s Director Rois Abdur Rob said a unit of blood was transfused into Hoque to compensate for internal bleeding caused by stomach ulcer. He was later transferred to the CMH.
The minister Hoque hails from Chouddagram in Comilla. He got married last year.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, while exchanging Eid greeting at Ganabhaban, requested the people to pray for his recovery.
“The minister has fallen sick following the hard work he did to make the Eid journeys by railway hassle-free,” the Prime Minister of Bangladesh said.
India’s Union Minister of Railways Mr.Suresh Prabhu inquired about the health condition of his counterpart in Bangladesh.
SOURCE - RAIL NEWS
Mumbai: Western Region of RailTel Corporation of India Ltd (RailTel) have bagged the prestigious order from India’s largest banking organisation – State Bank of India (SBI) for connecting 3000 SBI branches (including the associate banks) spread across the country.
SBI has placed the Letter of Intent on RailTel on nomination basis. The total value of the deal could be more than INR 60 Crore per annum, said a source from SBI/Belapur on the condition of anonymity.
As part of the deal, RailTel will offer a premium class of services to SBI in 3000 branch locations on the MPLS-VPN. The delivery at branch sites will be envisaged through OFC/RF whichever is feasible, on RailTel’s networki, however in RF connectivities, RailTel will be using its existing Digital/Analog Microwave towers as well as by constructing new GBTs with the help of the empaneled System Integrator with whom the Rate Contract was signed.
RailTel’s MPLS VPN will support any to any connectivity of the SBI and will be a closed user group for Bank and will not have any physical and logical interference with other customers of the TSP or Internet route/traffic. The architecture used for the complete solution will be end to end enabled with layer-3 routing domain (end to end transparent layer-3 routing using static and dynamic routing) with Latency not more than 120 ms (End to End) for a 1500 byte packet size measured for a minimum of 1000 packets.
SBI also sought special approval from the Strategic Executive Board to empanel RailTel in lines with BSNL to directly place order for Primary 2 Mbps MPLS to branch without tender. For secondary / alternative links, SBI has already floated a RFP and online reverse auction was conducted on 15th July 15.
State Bank of India has a Wide Area Network (WAN) known as State Bank Connect (SB Connect), connects its branches/offices and that of Associate Banks predominantly on BSNL MPLS which connects around 20000 branches/offices, and additionally around 3500 branches connected through VSATs. The Managed Services for this entire existing network is with Dimension Data India Ltd. (an NTT Group Co.,). SBI sought to provide alternate connectivity to about 22000 domestic branches/offices of the State Bank Group by June 2016, and for this purpose it is proposed to use Wireless solutions from Telecom Service Providers, except BSNL/MTNL. State Bank Group (SBG) for the limited purpose of this RFP means State Bank of India, and it‟s Associate Banks.
As part of the deal, RailTel shall submit the details of the technology used related to end to end connectivity from the branch to SBI data center in the following domains:
- Devices used for end to end connectivity
- Different type of authentication used at different points of connectivity
- Level of security and authentication process for providing the connectivity
- Details of the features available/integrated for Guaranteed availability of service for providing end to end connectivity even during failures at multiple points between branch to Data Center.
The Bank will arrange for UAT & SAT for each type of technology offered by RailTel and clearance will be given only if the Bank finds the technology to be acceptable from a functional, performance and security point of view. The links at the data center shall terminate on a layer 3 device which will be provided by the Bank. The responsibility of the RailTel for managing the connectivity shall be from the Branch/Office site up to the layer 3 devices, provided by the Bank at the Bank’s data centers. Laying of cables up to the device shall be the responsibility of the RailTel.
The duration of the contract is valid for five years from the date of first Purchase Order yet to issued by SBI. RailTel shall have the option to agree for the extensions of the solution (from the date of expiry of the contract) for any period not less than one year at a time and for any number of times at the request of SBI and at mutually agreed commercials.
SOURCE - RAIL NEWS
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Five persons picked up from a hotel in Chennai
The Chennai city police have arrested five people, including a woman, on charges of cheating several people, promising them jobs in Chennai Metro Rail Limited. They reportedly collected over Rs. 2 crore from unsuspecting people looking for government jobs.
Investigating policemen, who busted the job racket, said they acted on a complaint from G.Rajarathnam, general manager, human resources, CMRL.
According to the complainant, they started getting several enquiries if they had appointed any agency or individuals to hire technical and administrative staff for the Chennai headquarters and other operational units.
The probe led policemen to 54-year-old S.Paulraj of Saidapet, leader of the job racket. The group is reported to have managed to establish a network among young unemployed graduates, desperate to get jobs, an assistant commissioner said.
A. Mahendran (51) and his wife Rajathi (36) of Coimbatore, Mahendran’s brother A. Nagaraj (56) and Arjunkumar (36) from Vathalagundu, Dindugal, who were picked up from a hotel on Arcot Road on Saturday evening, had helped Paulraj.
The youth reportedly paid sums between Rs.15 lakh and Rs. 30 lakh. After collecting the money, the group promised each one of them that they would get their appointment letters soon.
Some of them even received bogus appointment letters, the officer said. The gang had also promised jobs to young graduates in many State government departments.
A luxury car, bogus documents and cheques issued by the youth were recovered from them.
They were produced before a city court and were remanded in judicial custody on Saturday.
Rs. 2 crore in cash, a luxury car and bogus documents and cheques seized
SOURCE - THE HINDU
New Delhi: Faced with the ever-increasing passenger rush, Railways have decided to increase the permissible limit of coaches in express trains from 24 to 26 to create additional berths.
The capacity expansion would be first carried out in about five trains on different routes where existing infrastructure can handle such long trains.
The capacity expansion would be first carried out in about five trains on different routes where existing infrastructure can handle such long trains.
Though Railway officials remain tight-lipped about the likely trains to be augmented, there are indications that a couple of Rajdhanis plying on Delhi-Howrah and Delhi-Mumbai routes could be picked up. An announcement would be made after the clearance from the Commissioner of Railway Safety.
"The move would increase the berths available for reservation by about 100-150," they said. At present, a train rake comprises 18 to 24 coaches depending on the patronage enjoyed by them. The talk of raising the permissible limit to 26 coaches has been going on for quite some time but plans could not be brought on the ground owing to lack of required infrastructure.
"But the beginning has been made and we are identifying which are the routes where we can run trains with 26 coaches," they said.
The length of platforms at stations which can accommodate such trains and the length of the loop lines are some of the requirements that are being looked into before the services are launched.
According to the Rail Budget for 2015-16, Indian Railways' earnings from passenger traffic were estimated to rise 16.7% to Rs 50,175 crore for the current fiscal year, envisaging more people travelling by trains. It estimated 860 crore passengers to travel by trains.
To cope with the rush, Railways have added 130 coaches in as many trains during this fiscal apart from running special trains.
SOURCE - IBN LIVE
The Indian economy will register an increased growth by 2-3% if the country's railway network is pumped with a massive investment to boost the connectivity, Union Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu said.
"The Indian economy will grow by 2 to 3 per cent more with increased investments in the railways as reforms in transportation sector are vital to exploit full growth potential of the country," Prabhu said at a function here last night.
Citing the example of China, he said, "China made massive investment in the railways and showed that a country can accelerate development by boosting connectivity." Pointing out that congestion was one of the main problems faced by the Indian railways, the minister said doubling and tripling of the lines can happen only with a hike in investment in the sector.
He said the tendering process of the railways and other commercial decisions were not being handled by the railway minister in the NDA government, as far as the delegation and decentralisation of power to the departments is concerned.
"This has resulted in less loitering by agents in the Rail Bhavan," he said.
"The Railway minister now works only on policy execution. Decentralisation of power of decision making, if necessary, is in the interest of a transparent administration," he noted.
The cabinet had recently cleared development plans for 400 railway stations, Prabhu said, adding that the railways should be seen as a new medium of development for the country in future.
SOURCE - DNA
Labels: Rail News - Public service
MUMBAI: The Government Railway Police's helpline came to the rescue of four commuters, one of them an RPF staffer, who had accidentally left behind their valuables in trains. The Railway Protection Force (RPF) staffer, Neeta Barai, had forgotten her handbag containing gold ornaments worth Rs 2 lakh and Rs 11000 in cash. GRP personnel retrieved the bag for her. The two forces are known to not get along.
Barai, 35, was returning to Mumbai from Nashik by the Rajendra Nagar Express. Around 11 am on Saturday, she got off at Thane station. By the time Barai realised she had left her handbag in the coach, the train had reached Lokmanya Tilak Termnius (LTT). She dialled the GRP helpline following which two cops, Deepali Chavan and Bharat Mane, boarded the train before it reached LTT and located the bag. They later called up Barai and returned the bag much to her relief.
In separate cases, the GRP helpline ensured that three commuters got back their laptops that they had left behind on trains. In the first case, Vinay Rai had left behind his laptop worth Rs 44000 in a down Karjat local on Saturday around 7.45 am. In the second case, Pradeep Pawar left behind his laptop worth Rs 48000 in a CST-bound local around 3.11 pm on the same day. For helping Pawar and Rai get back their laptops, helpline personnel were rewarded Rs 2000 collectively by the additional director general (Railways). In the third case, a commuter, Anket, left behind a laptop worth Rs 30000 in a Titwala-bound local around 10.37 pm on Saturday. GRP helpline personnel helped him get it back and were rewarded Rs 750.
source - toi
A delegation from China has a discussion with VMC commissioner G Veerapandian on Metro Rail project in Vijayawada on Sunday |
VIJAYAWADA:A Chinese delegation representing China Railway 23rd Bureau Group Company Limited Overseas Metro Rail Project headed by its deputy general manager Lee Ming visited different locations in Vijayawada and Tullur across the river on Sunday.
The delegation was in the city on the invitation of the state government to scout the region for investing in the proposed metro rail project in Vijayawada and the new capital in a phased manner and also for high speed rail connectivity between Gannavaram Airport and the new capital.
Lee Ming and others explained their company’s track record to Vijayawada Municipal Corporation (VMC) commissioner G Veerapandian and showed the brochures and photographs of various projects they had executed in different companies. The company representatives expressed willingness to partner in Vijayawada Metro Rail project. Already the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has submitted a Detailed Project Report (DPR) for the metro rail project and the government’s decision as to whom to award the contract of executing the project is awaited.
The delegation visited old bus stand area, Besant Road, Museum Road, Eluru Road, Penamaluru, Gannavaram Airport and Tullur. DMCR project director GP Ranga Rao, VMC city planner S Chakrapani, executive engineers Bhaskar, Dhanunjay and others were present.
Source - newindianexpress
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