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Oct 11, 2015
New Delhi: Union Home Minister, Shri Rajnath Singh, presented a Certificate of Excellence to Shri Rajiva Ranjan Verma, Director General / RPF, this commendable contribution of Railway Protection Force (RPF) during “Operation Smile”, in the field of Anti Human Trafficking. It was presented in a function on National Conference of Anti Human Trafficking held at New Delhi today i.e. 07.10.2015.
Guwahati High CourtGawahati High Court has issued show-cause notices to the Union ministry of railways and the Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR), asking why contempt proceedings should not be initiated against them for failure to complete the Silchar-Lumding broad-gauge project within the stipulated date.
The bench, comprising Chief Justice K.Sreedhar Rao and Justice P.K.Saikia, served the notices to R.N.Singh, Secretary of the Ministry of Railways, R.K.Gupta, General Manager of NFR, B.N.Bhaskar, Deputy Chief Engineer of NFR, and Ajit Pandit, Chief Administrative Officer, NFR, yesterday in connection with a contempt petition filed by a Silchar-based NGO – Citizens’ Forum.
Shyamal Kanti Deb and Dhruva Kumar Saha had filed the public interest litigation (PIL) before the high court in 2013. In its earlier judgment, the court had asked railway authorities to complete the project within the scheduled deadline – March 31, 2015 – otherwise risk being held in contempt of court.
New Delhi: In what could prove to be a setback to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s plan of setting up four National Rail Universities in India, an internal report of the Railway Board has suggested that such universities are not necessary.
Earlier this year, a high-level delegation from the Ministry of Railways had visited China’s famous railway universities to familiarize themselves with the concept.
Chandigarh: A day ahead of Punjab farmers’ Rail-Roko protest, Railways on Tuesday announced cancellation and diversion of several trains due to non-interlocking work being carried out at Asaoti in Delhi Division. Railways announced cancellation of six trains and diversion of nine on October 7 and 8, an official release issued said.
Among the trains which were cancelled are Amritsar-Indore Express, Ferozpur-Mumbai Central Express, Indore-Chandigarh and Mumbai Central-Ferozpur Express. Among the diverted trains are Amritsar-Bilaspur, Nanded-Amritsar and Bilaspur-Amritsar Express, it said.
Railways have also announced cancellation of 7 trains, including Chandigarh-Indore Express, Ferozpur-Mumbai Central Express, Kochuveli-Amritsar Express and Yasvantpur-Chandigarh Express on October 9 and 10, it said.
As many as 12 trains will be diverted on October 9, including Amritsar-Bilaspur Express, Amritsar-Nanded Express, Kalka-Shirdi Express, Chandigarh-Madurai Express, Jammu Tawi-Madras Express and Bilaspur-Amritsar Express.
Commercial Taxes Dept. plans Check Post at Kozhikode Railway Station to target Traders evading Taxes on Goods
Commercial Tax Dept officials inspecting the goods at station
Kozhikode: The Commercial Taxes Department is planning to open a permanent checking station at the Kozhikode Railway station to prevent the illegal movement of goods evading tax. A proposal in this regard has been submitted to the consideration of the Southern Railway authorities and on clearance of the formalities, a convenient office will be opened at the Railway station to carry out regular inspections.
New Delhi: The Indian Railways, which will soon enter into a long-term power purchase agreement for 500 Mw power from Dabhol project, has approached the Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC) with a plea to grant connectivity, long- and medium-term open access in inter-state transmission. The petition comes close on the heels of the board of Ratnagiri Gas & Power (RGPPL)’s approval last week to split the project into two entities — one for gas-based electricity and the other for liquefied natural gas re-gasification terminal. The company expects to restart the power generation from 1st November, 2015. Indian Railways’ plea is also crucial as it is a deemed licencee for transmission and distribution of electricity and Section 14 of the Electricity Act, 2003 provides that the appropriate government will be a deemed licencee to transmit or distribute electricity or undertake trading in electricity. The same provision envisages that deemed licencees need not take licence for the purpose.
New Delhi: Faced with a huge backlog of pending projects, railways has accelerated project execution by cutting down tender processing time from 2-3 years to 6-9 months with focus on faster completion of works which are commercially viable and can reap huge benefits for the cash-strapped transporter.
With the fast-track mechanism in place, tendering process for 14 doubling projects worth Rs.13,260 crore out of 77 worth Rs.96,000 crore announced in the rail budget 2015-16 has already started.
New Delhi: The National Green Tribunal on Tuesday summoned the CEO of Delhi Urban Shelter Improvement Board (DUSIB) over delay in relocation of jhuggies near railway tracks.
The Railways told the Tribunal on Wednesday that jhuggies near the tracks and safety zone are a major source of pollution on its premises, and the DUSIB, which comes under the Delhi government, has been given the task to relocate/ rehabilitate the jhuggi dwellers. The Delhi government, however, has issued orders against any demolition in the city without rehabilitation.
Railways will issue photo identity cards to physically-challenged persons to enable them to avail concessions in train tickets in a hassle-free manner.
The photo I-card can be used to book concessional tickets through both ticket counters as well as through the Internet.
The card with a unique ID number will have to be carried during journey and produced for onboard verification, said a senior Railway Ministry official.
Mumbai: Cheaper power is in store for the suburban railway network, a move that may ultimately help make the loss-making services a profitable venture.
The railways has also begun saving power because of the DC-AC conversion on the western and central lines. The monetary saving has been about Rs.120 crore annually.
The Ratnagiri Gas and Power Pvt Ltd (RGPPL), popularly known as the Dabhol project, is slated to extend 500 MW to the railways from November 1, and nearly 250 MW of the supply is likely to be used t operate the suburban network.
The state cabinet on Tuesday agreed to grant special concessions to RGPPL to help start power generation. The allocations are to come under the Centre’s power system development fund.
While the per unit cost of power the railways today gets is Rs 7.50, the RGGPL electricity will cost Rs.5 to 5.50 per unit.
A 1,967 MW capacity plant at RGPPL is completely shut in the absence of gas and naphtha. The decision of the cabinet will pave the way for cheaper gas allocation to the plant.
File Photo: Namma Metro employees taking an selfie inside the train during a train trial run from Magadi Road to Nayandahalli on Mysore Road during March
Bangalore: The Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited (BMRCL) is all set to start its Mysuru Road-Magadi Road Metro train operations this month.
GE Transportation, a global technology leader and supplier to the rail industry, is showcasing several digital industrial technologies at this year’s Railway Interchange that have achieved significant milestones.
The company has delivered over 500 Evolution Series Tier 4 compliant locomotives to North American customers, and its Trip Optimizer, the leading auto-pilot controls system for railroads, has accumulated 100 million auto-control miles, delivering significant emissions reductions to customers.
The technology being developed by GE Transportation is connecting the entire rail ecosystem. The outcomes delivered through this connection are optimized networks, minimized downtime and reduced operating costs.
The third phase of the project, estimated to cost Rs 23,136 cr, will be developed on a cash-contract basis, not under the build-operate-transfer model
Ashwini Bhide, Commissioner, MMRDA
Mumbai: Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation (MMRC) has received 31 bids from nine consortium to develop seven sections of the Colaba-Bandra-Seepz corridor.
Seven consortiums have emerged as L1 bidders. Engineering and infrastructure major Larsen & Toubro (in partnership with Shanghai Tunnel Engineering Co) emerged the lowest bidder for two sections (Cuffe Parade to Flora Fountain and Marol to Seepz) of the 33.5-km corridor. Bidders for the other sections include consortiums led by HCC (CST to Mumbai Central section), J Kumar (Dharavi to the domestic airport and the domestic airport to the international one), ITD Cementation (Siddhivinayak to Mahim) and Soma (Mumbai Central to Mahim section).
The present speed of the trains on the track would be 70 kmph and would be increased up to 110 kmph later. According to the Northern Railway officials, the Double-Line works on Dappar-Chandigarh Railway Track likely to be completed by 2016-end
Commissioner of Railway Safety Shri R K Kardam along with other officials in the Inspection Car on Ambala-Dappar Section on Monday
Ambala: After the rail traffic remained closed for eight hours on Ambala-Chandigarh track, the Northern Railway on Monday commissioned double laning of the Ambala-Dappar track. Chief Commissioner of Railway Safety (CCRS) R K Kardam conducted the commissioning and permitted opening the track. Officials said that CCRS Kardam had carried out the statutory inspection of doubling work of Ambala cantt-Dappar (22.71 km) track for the last two days and permitted the track opening on Monday evening. “Speed trial run over the entire section between Ambala-Dappar was conducted and the CCRS after satisfying himself permitted opening of the line to both passenger and goods trains,” said an official statement.
Thimpu: Bhutan is awaiting a land largesse from chief minister Mamata Banerjee to fulfil its dream of having a railway connectivity with India.
The land-locked Himalayan country has also rolled out the red carpet for investors from India to scoop up land in four industrial estates along the border.
In its effort to increase trade with India, Bhutan has been eagerly awaiting rail connectivity with its southern neighbour since 2005, when the proposal was made.
Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had in 2008 promised that the rail link – an 18km stretch from Hasimara in Bengal to Phuentsholing in Bhutan – would be established.
New Delhi: Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC), a subsidiary of the Indian Railways announced that it has extended the time for e-ticket booking on its portal by 15 minutes – till 11:45pm.
IRCTC said that it had recently imported five new HP Itanium servers from Singapore to speed up e-ticketing operations on its digital platform.
Earlier this year, IRCTC had provisioned two Linux servers, substantially raising the booking capacity of e-tickets.
Alstom to provide metro trainsets and a signalling solution for Lucknow’s first metro line
Lucknow: Railways equipment and services provider Alstom Transport on Monday said it has bagged a contract worth over 150 million euro from Lucknow Metro Rail Corporation (LMRC).
The company will provide the LMRC with coaches and signalling solution for the new metro network of the city under the order which is valued at over Rs.1,100 crore.
“We are delighted that LMRC has entrusted Alstom with the supply of its first metro,” said Dominique Pouliquen, senior vice president, Alstom Transport Asia-Pacific in a statement.
“This is an important project for Lucknow’s inhabitants as they will soon be able to commute from the north to the south of the city onboard a metro that is safe, fast, reliable and environmentally friendly.”
Under the contract, Alstom Transport will supply 20 ‘Metropolis’ trainsets, each composed of four metro cars.
Each car will be fitted with air-conditioning and a passenger information system, the company said.
The metro cars will be produced at the company’s Sri City train manufacturing facility in Andhra Pradesh.
According to Alstom, more than 4,500 Metropolis coaches have been sold worldwide since 1998. They are currently being employed in cities like Singapore, Sao Paulo, Shanghai, Amsterdam and Paris.
Furthermore, the company will provide ‘Urbalis‘ communication-based train control (CBTC) solution to the LMRC.
The CBTC controls the movement of the trains, enabling them to run at higher frequencies and speeds in total safety.
“The headway (interval between services) of the Lucknow metro will be 100 seconds,” the statement said.
The metro cars will be produced in Alstom’s Sri City train manufacturing facility in India. The signalling system will be jointly supplied by Alstom’s sites in Bangalore, India and Saint-Ouen, France.
Alstom has strong presence in India where the company has been awarded important metro projects for cities including Chennai, Delhi and Kochi.
Alstom’s Metropolis is a world leading, proven, safe and reliable train that has been sold in over 20 cities around the world, including Singapore, Sao Paulo, Shanghai, Amsterdam and Paris. More than 4,500 Metropolis cars have been sold worldwide since 1998.
Lucknow’s new metro line is expected to be around 23-km-long and include 22 stations comprising of 19 elevated ones – while the remaining three will be located underground. The project is expected to be executed in two phases, starting with a first corridor of 8.4 km. The first corridor line is expected to carry about 430,000 passengers per day from the initial year of operations. The number of users is expected to increase to over one million by 2030.
The company has earlier participated in metro rail projects in Chennai, Delhi and Kochi.
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A promoter of sustainable mobility, Alstom Transport develops and markets the most complete range of systems, equipment and services in the railway sector. Alstom Transport manages entire transport systems, including trains, signaling, maintenance and modernization infrastructure and offers fully integrated rail transport solutions. Alstom Transport had sales of €6.2 billion and booked €10 billion of orders in the fiscal year 2014/15. Alstom Transport is present in over 60 countries and employs around 28,000 people.
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Beijing: China’s ties with the U.S. are quietly moving to the next level, signalled by a high-speed rail contract and a string of hi-end investments that could help Beijing transition towards an innovation-based economy.
Ahead of President Xi Jinping’s visit to the U.S. last month, a consortium led by the China Railway Group signed a deal with XpressWest Enterprise to build a high-speed rail line that would link Los Angeles with Las Vegas. In Beijing, there is considerable enthusiasm that the 370 km high-speed link, between the two iconic cities, will open the floodgates for securing much larger projects.
The Chinese have already set their eyes on the proposed high-speed link between Los Angeles and San Francisco. The 2029 timeline has been set for this mega undertaking, which will reduce travel time between the two cities to under three hours.
Analyst say that the Chinese forays in the U.S. are likely to dramatically expand railway competition between Beijing and Tokyo, which has so far been confined to Asia, in countries such as Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore and India. China’s growing economic engagement in the U.S. flows from a policy direction that encourages companies to seek and absorb advanced technology.
In Seattle, the first halt of his visit, President Xi observed at a CEO-roundtable that Beijing was keen that U.S. businesses set up “regional headquarters or research and development centres in China, and encourage more small- and medium-sized companies to expand businesses in China”. He added: “Meanwhile, China will keep increasing its investment in the United States.”
In tune with official policy, investment in the U.S. is growing as part of closed loop, for much of the production is routed into the Chinese market. Thus, 70 per cent of the lithium-ion batteries produced by the China-acquired A123 Systems in the Michigan find their way back home. The Wanxiang Group that bought A123 Systems in 2013 now prides itself for saving the company from bankruptcy – its woes the result of the 2008 financial crisis.
In the same year, China’s Keer Group—a textile manufacturer—invested $ 218 million in an industrial yarn plant in South Carolina, the former nucleus of the U.S. “southern textile corridor.”
Chennai: The Integral Coach Factory’s (ICF) trials, in collaboration with the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore, with solar powered coaches have been successful, but has now thrown open another weighty challenge.
The solar panels, while generating enough electricity to power a non-air-conditioned coach, are also creating a problem of adding to the deadweight of the coach. This means that coaches with the panels will have to be redesigned and engineered to ensure that the weight of the coach does not go up.
Indian Railways’ Maharajas’ Express, the world’s leading luxury train, chugged out of a Delhi station on Sunday on a royal odyssey to take its patrons across the famed Golden Triangle’ – check www.irctc.co.in for details
New Delhi: Indian Railways’ Maharajas’ Express, the world’s leading luxury train, chugged out of a Delhi station on Sunday on a royal odyssey to take its patrons across the famed ‘Golden Triangle’, signaling the beginning of its first journey of the new tourist season.
A signature enterprise of Indian Railways Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC), the magnificent train, known for unmatched hospitality and off-train excursion, runs on five circuits across north-west and central India, covering around a dozen destinations, mainly in Rajasthan, between the tourist months of October and March.
Jodhpur: Investment is the only way out to address the paucity of resources in Indian Railways, which has been “plaguing” the much needed modernisation of the rail service, Union Minister Suresh Prabhu said here.
In the city to address the 91st Annual General Meeting of All India Railway Men’s Federation, the minister said that the Indian Railways has been functioning with limited resources and the government has been working hard to arrange finance for its modernisation.
He said that although the modernisation of the Indian Railways has already been affected but it has not been progressing in the “desired manner and with desired pace” for want of funds, route development, signal development, bullet trains etc.
New Delhi: In a relief to senior citizens, female passengers above the age of 45 and pregnant women, the Railways today decided to increase the lower-berth seat quota earmarked for them to four from the current two.
The increase, however, will not be applicable in the AC three tier and AC two tier coaches where the quota earmarked for them will remain at two for the lower berths.
“Recently, this accommodation earmarked in sleeper class has been enhanced to four lower berths per coach instead of two lower berths per coach as per earlier provision. There is, however, no change in the number of lower berths earmarked in 3AC and 2AC classes,” the Railways said in a statement.
Bibek Debroy: Key to Running a successful Rail Network lies in Interoperability & Effective Use of Technology
This is a cliched claim that floats around freely, especially on the Net. The Romans used chariots, yoked to two horses. The chariots created ruts on the roads. If a chariot’s width didn’t match the rut exactly, it keeled over. Thus standardisation occurred across all those chariots, measured as the distance between the wheels. The Romans built roads all over England and replicated those ruts. There were horse-drawn carriages and carts. There were horse-drawn tramways and horse-drawn railways in collieries. They also stuck to the same width. Thus railways developed the standard gauge of four feet and 8.5 inches (1,435 mm) and the same gauge got transported to the US. Space shuttles had solid rocket boosters (SRB). Railway tunnels are a fixed percentage wider than tracks and SRBs had to pass through such tunnels. Therefore the design of a space shuttle was based on the backsides of two Roman horses.
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