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Jan 18 2017 (00:58)   01083/Nagpur - Madgaon specialFare Special | CSTM/Mumbai Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (18 PFs)

12051 Janshatabdi Express~   1787 blog posts   193 correct pred (69% accurate)
Entry# 2130835            Tags   Past Edits
Good news for passengers !! It has been decided to run following Special Trains in co-ordination with Central Railway to clear extra rush of passengers during weekend :-
1.Train No. 01005 Lokmanya Tilak (T) – Madgaon Special.
Train No. 01005 Lokmanya Tilak (T) - Madgaon special train will leave from Lokmanya Tilak (T) at 16:55 Hrs on 25th January 2017. Train will reach Madgaon at 04:00 Hrs on next day.
train will halt at Thane, Panvel, Roha, Khed, Chiplun, Ratnagiri, Kankavali, Kudal and Thivim stations.
Composition: Total 18 Coaches.
AC 2-tier -01 Coach, AC 3-tier -08 Coaches, Sleeper Class – 04 coaches, General – 03 coaches, SLR's – 02 coaches.
2.Train No. 01084 Madgaon – Nagpur Special.
Train No. 01084 Madgaon – Nagpur special train will leave from Madgaon at 10:40 Hrs on 26th January 2017. Train will reach Nagpur at 12:45 Hrs on next day.
The train will halt at Thivim, Kudal, Kankavali, Ratnagiri, Chiplun, Khed, Roha, Panvel, Kalyan, Igatpuri, Nasik, Manmad, Bhusaval, Akola, Badnera and Wardha stations.
Composition: Total 18 Coaches.
AC 2-tier -01 Coach, AC 3-tier -08 Coaches, Sleeper Class – 04 coaches, General – 03 coaches, SLR's – 02 coaches.
3.Train No. 01083 Nagpur – Madgaon Special.
Train No. 01083 Nagpur - Madgaon special train will leave from Nagpur at 13:50 Hrs on 26th January 2017. Train will reach Madgaon at 14:45 Hrs on next day.
The train will halt at Wardha, Badnera, Akola, Bhusaval, Manmad, Nasik, Igatpuri, Kalyan, Panvel, Roha, Khed, Chiplun, Ratnagiri, Sindhudurg, Sawantwadi and Thivim stations.
Composition: Total 18 Coaches.
AC 2-tier -01 Coach, AC 3-tier -08 Coaches, Sleeper Class – 04 coaches, General – 03 coaches, SLR's – 02 coaches.
4. Train No. 01046 Madgaon – Mumbai CST Special.
Train No. 01046 Madgaon – Mumbai CST special train will leave from Madgaon at 16:30 Hrs on 27th January 2017. Train will reach Mumbai CST 06:15 Hrs on next day.
The train will halt at Thivim, Sawantwadi, Sindhudurg, Ratnagiri, Chiplun, Khed, Roha, Panvel, Thane and Dadar stations.
Composition: Total 18 Coaches.
AC 2-tier -01 Coach, AC 3-tier -08 Coaches, Sleeper Class – 04 coaches, General – 03 coaches, SLR's – 02 coaches.
5. Train No. 01013/01014 Lokmanya Tilak (T) – Karmali – Lokmanya Tilak (T) Special.
Train No. 01013 Lokmanya Tilak (T) – Karmali special train will leave from Lokmanya Tilak (T) at 01:10 Hrs on 29th January 2017. Train will reach Karmali at 11:00 Hrs on same day.
Train No. 01014 Karmali – Lokmanya Tilak (T) special train will leave from Karmali at 14:00 Hrs on 29th January 2017. Train will reach Lokmanya Tilak (T) at 23:55 Hrs on same day.
The train will halt at Thane, Panvel, Roha, Chiplun, Ratnagiri, Kankavali and Kudal stations.
Composition: Total 18 Coaches.
AC 2-tier- 01 Coach, AC 3-tier -08 Coaches, Sleeper Class – 04 coaches, General – 03 coaches, SLR's – 02 coaches.

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Yesterday (20:48)
12051 Janshatabdi Express~   1787 blog posts   193 correct pred (69% accurate)
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Today (00:38)
180 years of Railways in India~   2119 blog posts
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There are no relaxation of ghat constraints. If any thing, they have made it worse by limiting trains to 20 coaches now. The recent introduction of the SC/TPTY-VSG train was only because of pressure on SWR and RB from the Railway minister and SCR. It wasn't due to any relaxation of ghat constraints.

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Today (09:41)
Mangaluru deserves to be division~   4047 blog posts   294 correct pred (67% accurate)
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Same kind of pressure can be brought for NGP-VSG train also, not a big deal. Any how we have still slots open for 9 am dep from Vasco, other than Mondays and Fridays. But here the scenario is different, CR want to connect Konkan MH with Vidarbh, so they are least interested to divert this train via Miraj.

Today (12:31)
180 years of Railways in India~   2119 blog posts
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It is a big deal actually. Because, it's not just SWR alone that has to be convinced. The Railway board has been instrumental in putting restrictions on the ghat sections. The new train came up because of the train's destination being the Railway minister's home region and the need for the government to placate the politicians from AP who have been demanding for a special status for the state and a new railway zone. Several things just worked in the train's favor and it was introduced. I don't mean to be discouraging, but the new train's introduction was nothing short of a miracle. Unless the RM manages to persuade the RB once again, it is unlikely to see the ghat section opening up again. Even if it does, pretty much SCR and SR are the only zones with enough clout to force such a decision.
It's not a matter of the slot being free. In the ghat routes, it's about number of services operating per day. So, even if the operating slot is free, there might be more freights running on that day completing the quota for that day. So, it will not be possible to introduce a new train just if the slot is free. Even for the new VSG-TPTY/HYD train, SWR was complaining that it had to cancel 2 freight slots to allow the new train.

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Today (13:29)
Mangaluru deserves to be division~   4047 blog posts   294 correct pred (67% accurate)
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Very good elaboration, but now freights being reduced. Is it not possible to start few more trains on the route, as RM from same zone and Vidarba(NGP) being MH CM's home, can't they pressurize same way as AP did for recent train. Rather what i suspect they wanted to connect Ratnagiri region to Nagpur than short route.
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Yesterday (11:33)   Bengaluru Suburban Rail: 10 Possible Rail Routes To Decongest India’s Silicon Valley

karbang   21 news posts
Entry# 2132238   News Entry# 291593         Tags   Past Edits
Commuter rail services in Bengaluru have received the nod, and will be moving towards implementation in the not-so-distant future.
What is important now is to consider key rail routes that these trains will cover so that the city’s roads get decongested effectively.
This writer proposes 10 rail routes that can help achieve that goal.
decade-long demand of Bengaluru residents has finally been heard with the city finally moving towards building a commuter rail system. Union railway minister Suresh Prabhu recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Government of Karnataka for utilising the megacity’s existing railway infrastructure to operate commuter rail services similar to that in Mumbai and Chennai.
As part of the deal, Karnataka will pitch in 80 per cent of the cost to convert 15 trains to electric multiple units while Indian Railways will take care of the rest. The total cost is pegged currently at Rs 360 crore. And the first train is set to have Ramanagara, 35 km outside the city, as its destination point.
It has been a long journey trying to get commuter rail service started in Bengaluru, a city that already has a metro rail system, with a light rail system also in the docks. Although far from perfect, suburban rail is the most practical and cost-friendly solution to ease Bengaluru’s traffic problems. You get such advantages as:
Rail lines already exist
Land acquisition not required
No time spent on construction
No felling of trees or digging underground
No inconvenience to existing commuters
The only additional thing required is passenger trains. Weighing the costs and benefits of implementing this system, the choice becomes clear.
Okay, so now that commuter rail is set to materialise, it’s worthwhile to discuss what the possible rail routes could be. Based on a map of railway lines across the city, this writer has attempted to come up with ten rail routes that could work. (Do note that this writer does not have real data on how many users would benefit from the proposed routes and what exact impact it would have on traffic -- the math on this is yet to be done.) So here are ten possible suburban rail routes:
1. Bidadi-Nelamangala (via Bangalore City railway station (Krantivira Sangolli Rayanna railway station), Malleshwaram, Yeshwantpur)
People residing along Mysore Road and near Peenya would especially benefit from this rail route. It will also connect two highways, namely Mysore Road and Tumkur Road.
A mapping of possible beneficiaries:
a) Bidadi: Factory workers, Innovative Film City visitors, Nithyananda devotees
b) Hejjala: Wonder La visitors
c) Kengeri: Kengeri Satellite Town residents, Big Banyan Tree tourists
d) Gnanabharathi: Students and staff of R V College of Engineering and Bengaluru University, Global Village Tech Park employees, residents of Rajarajeshwari Nagar and Nagarbhavi (key station)
e) Nayandahalli: Residents of Rajarajeshwari Nagar, Nagarbhavi and Chandra Layout (makeshift stations -- one platform each at RPC Layout and ETA Mall would be even better), students and staff of PESIT and neighbouring colleges (another key station)
f) Bangalore City railway station: Direct connectivity to the city’s main railway station is a must.
g) Malleshwaram: This locality attracts a lot of people. With this route, a commute from Gnanabharathi to Malleshwaram, for instance, which now takes an hour or more, would take about a half-hour.
h) Yeshwanthpur: Another important locality. Rail connectivity to this area would benefit a lot of people.
i) Nelamangala: Several educational institutions and industries are situated in this area. Students and workers alike would benefit as a result.
Even just three trains in a day, one in the morning peak-hour, one in the afternoon time and one in the evening peak-hour, would help reduce traffic along Tumkur Road and NICE Road significantly.
2. Bidadi-Whitefield (Bangalore City railway station, Cantonment, Baiyappanahalli, K R Puram)
This would help anyone living in and around Mysore Road commute to the eastern limits of Bengaluru with relative ease. A train from Bidadi to Whitefield via Bangalore City railway station, Cantonment and K R Puram will combat traffic congestion effectively.
3. Nelamangala-Whitefield (via Yeshwanthpur, Bangalore City railway station)
This rail line can connect North-West Bengaluru to East Bengaluru. If one wants to travel from Nelamangala to Whitefield in the present, it’s quite a difficult commute. For instance, one would have to go to Nagasandra, take the Green Line up to Mantri Mall, take a bus from there to Majestic, take the Purple Line from there to Baiyappanahalli and then take a bus from there. A direct train along this route, therefore, would do wonders for regular commuters.
4. Nelamangala-Heelalige (via Yeshwanthpur, Lottegollahalli, Hebbal, Banaswadi, Bellandur)
Besides Whitefield, which other areas in Bengaluru would one consider super-congested? Topping the list of many would be the localities of Marathahalli and Electronic City.
This proposed rail line will connect North-West and South-East Bengaluru. The city’s employees, especially IT employees, would be most benefited by this line. It would also greatly reduce traffic on Old Airport Road. Anyone commuting to Marathahalli from the north-west side and vice versa would also have it easier.
5. Bidadi-Heelalige (Bangalore City railway station, Baiyappanahalli, Bellandur)
Similar to the previous line, this route will help link areas near Mysore Road to Bellandur and Electronic City. In effect, it will reduce the dependence on NICE Road and Old Airport Road, which would be a significant.
6. Bidadi-Banaswadi (Bangalore City railway station, Yeshwanthpur, Hebbal)
This line would benefit residents who commute regularly from Mysore Road to Hebbal and vice versa. It will significantly reduce the dependence on Outer Ring Road as well.
7. Whitefield-Heelalige (via Baiyappanahalli, Bellandur)
A direct railway line linking the two major Information Technology hubs of the city cannot help but be a boon for Bengaluru’s large and growing IT crowd.
Rail routes to the airport (to be introduced with the highest priority)
As if there isn't enough traffic in Bengaluru already, a commute to the city’s airport is close to a nightmare for those living far from it. In most cases, flying from Bengaluru to another city and beyond takes lesser time than commuting from one's house to the airport -- that is how far it is!
Taking the BIAL (airport) bus is possible only when one has a lot of time on their hands. Otherwise, one has to rely on cabs, which can take anywhere from one-and-a-half to two hours, depending on where one is starting their commute from.
So then, what is the solution for a quicker commute to the airport? Suburban rail. The city already has a rail line that goes by the airport. So that can be used. Every major city in the world has rail connectivity to its airport. Bengaluru, despite being a world-class city, unfortunately does not.
Besides trains, the only additional thing required would be a railway station near the airport. The ideal location to construct this station would be as shown on the map:
The airport railway station could be built on either of the two locations marked by red lines. These trains, while primarily serving the purpose of airport commute, can be extended to Nandi Halt. If this is done, it would help tourists heading to Nandi Hills as well.
It would be preferred that these trains operate round the clock, as many international flights depart in the middle of the night.
8. Bidadi-Nandi Halt (via Bangalore City railway station, Yeshwanthpur, Lottegollahalli, Yelahanka, Kempegowda International Airport)
There are two ways of implementing this route, namely through Yeshwanthpur (recommended) and through Baiyappanahalli (because this station will or should already facilitate the connection from Heelalige).
9. Heelalige-Nandi Halt (via Baiyappanahalli, Channasandra, Yelahanka, Kempegowda International Airport)
Since a majority of the IT population resides in Electronic City area -- and they’re more likely to take the flight than the average Bengalurean, this rail link is bound to be effective.
10. Whitefield-Nandi Halt (via K R Puram, Yelahanka, Kempegowda International Airport)
This is as crucial as the Electronic City-airport link. These two routes should be sufficient to keep a lot of cars off the airport road.
In conclusion, I believe that if trains are introduced on these specific routes with a reasonable frequency, it can help decongest the roads and reduce overall traffic, turning Bengaluru into the paradise that it once used to be. Now, wouldn’t we all want that for Namma Bengaluru?

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Yesterday (11:56)
Mangaluru deserves to be division~   4047 blog posts   294 correct pred (67% accurate)
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Very good, this will be big relief for silicon capital and will make history too, A city story from congestion to de-congestion.
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Jan 16 2017 (07:16)   Finally, Bengaluru-Hassan rail line set for commissioning

rdb*^   124811 news posts
Entry# 2128703   News Entry# 291335         Tags   Past Edits
It was sanctioned by H.D. Deve Gowda two decades ago
No one would have imagined that a project conceived by a Prime Minister would take two decades to move forward. The direct railway line between Bengaluru and Hassan, the hometown of H.D. Deve Gowda, is finally ready for commissioning.
The 110-km rail line between Nelamangala and Shravanabelagola is complete and awaiting statutory inspection by the Commissioner of Railway Safety (CRS) by month-end. A 14-km stretch between Chikkabanavara (off Bengaluru) and Nelamangala, and 42 km between Hassan and Shravanabelagola have been commissioned.
the construction wing of the South Western Railway (SWR), nothing would be more sweeter than completion of the new line, as it had faced several hurdles including land acquisition, fund constraint and much more.
Chief Administrative Officer (Construction) Ashok Gupta told The Hindu that trains transporting construction material are on track already. The CRS would conduct speed trial during the inspection, when the train runs above 110 km per hour to examine the track’s suitability. The railways can operate trains after he issues an authorisation, which may come a fortnight after the inspection.
The new line reduces railroad distance between Bengaluru and Hassan by 50 km via Arsikere and 87 km via Mysuru. Passenger and goods trains at present run via Arsikere or Mysuru. Journey time too will reduce by at least an hour. Consequently, the distance between Bengaluru and Mangaluru will reduce to 340 km from the present 390 km (via Arsikere) and 447 km (via Mysuru).
Unique nature
The new line connects various places of historical and religious importance, including Yediyur (Siddalingeshwara), Adichunchanagiri, Shravanabelagola, and Kukke Subrahmanya/Dharmasthala, and Mangaluru. It also connects commercial places including Kunigal, Hassan, Sakleshpur, and Mangaluru, said Sanjeev Dyamannavar of Praja-Raag, an advocacy group.
Besides introducing direct trains between Bengaluru and Mangaluru, the railways should introduce inter-city trains between Sakleshpur and Bengaluru for enhanced connectivity, he said.
The SWR should also work with CRS to ease speed restrictions on the Ghat stretch between Sakleshpur and Subrahmanya Road stations so as to run more passenger trains between Mangaluru and Bengaluru and other parts of the State, he said.

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Jan 16 2017 (10:11)
Mangaluru deserves to be division~   4047 blog posts   294 correct pred (67% accurate)
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Excellent finally the day is nearing, It will become famous and pick up as major routes of KA. I had recently traveled on this route from Hassan to Shravanabelagola.

Jan 16 2017 (13:06)
rdb*^   30196 blog posts   354536 correct pred (79% accurate)
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KA and esp requires rail network expansion at faster pace.

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Jan 16 2017 (13:17)
Mangaluru deserves to be division~   4047 blog posts   294 correct pred (67% accurate)
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It is very beautiful and scenic, i'll upload few pics station wise of this route traveled recently. I suggest plan during monsoon.
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Jan 16 2017 (11:13)   Rlys lay track on unacquired land near Bagalkot

Hareesh Mangalam   1169 news posts
Entry# 2129021   News Entry# 291350         Tags   Past Edits
The work of laying a new railway track between Belagavi and Bagalkot has stopped for over week as the authorities have laid a track on a land not acquired for the project. The farmers on whose land the track has been laid have stopped the work demanding compensation.
In Kagalagomb village of Badami taluk, the land was acquired in survey No. 1621 to 5 for laying the track but the authorities have laid the track in the land coming under survey number 1676 forcing farmers to stop the work.
The railways has laid
the track in 1.7 acre of land belonging to Hanumanthgouda though they his one acre land in another survey number was acquired for the purpose.Similarly the mother of one Raju Mudigoudar of Kagalgomb village has lost one acre land as the railwyas has laid track in her land while his son's one acre land has been acquired by the authorities.“We had divided the land much before and there are separate RTCs for both our lands. Despite that the authorities have acquired my mother's land,'' Raju said.Kutbuddin Kazi, president, Karnataka Rajya Broad Gauge Horata Samiti blamed the revenue department officials for the confusion.
“It is the mistake of the land acquisition officers who gave railways the wrong survey numbers. Because of their mistake farmers are made to suffer“ he said.
The Bagalkot-Kudachi new railway line was proposed way back in 1911 but it got approval only during Mamata Banarjee`s tenure as railway minister.
The joint survey was conducted in 2011 and work began in 2013. Since then, 33 kilometers of new line has been laid covering the 23 villages in under Bagalkot district. However, the process of land acquisition in Belagavi district is yet to begin.

Jan 16 2017 (12:24)
Mangaluru deserves to be division~   4047 blog posts   294 correct pred (67% accurate)
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This is Heights
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Jan 15 2017 (18:15)   Railway commuters step up Pune-Nashik track demand

rdb*^   124811 news posts
Entry# 2128868   News Entry# 291289         Tags   Past Edits
NASHIK: Residents travelling by trains want early realisation of their demands of the Nashik-Pune tracks and maximum use of the fourth platform constructed with state government governments.
On Saturday, they presented a memorandum in favour of their demands to Central Railway general manager D K Sharma. "The demand for the Nashik-Pune railway tracks is pending for long and is a feasible one given the volume of business between the two cities. In addition, the construction of the track will provide a faster route for freight movement towards southern India too," said Siddheshwar Shinde, Zonal Railway Users Consultative Committee (ZRUCC).
was here for the annual inspection of the section from Igatpuri to Bhusawal in Bhusawal division. He inspected Devlali, Nashik Road and Manmad railway stations before reaching Bhusawal, the divisional headquarters of Central Railways.
"What we want is horticulture trains that will help the farmers transport goods from Nashik region the earliest. There is scope for such trains to carry grapes, onions, pomegranates, bananas and other produce. This will help the tillers get the right price," said Rajesh Fokane, president of the Bhusawal Division Railway Users Consultative Committee (DRUCC) said.
The railway commuters also want a better parking space for four-wheelers. "The current parking slot is congested and has the entry via Devi Chowk. Instead, the space allotted for two-wheelers can be utilised," Fokne said.

Jan 16 2017 (10:33)
Mangaluru deserves to be division~   4047 blog posts   294 correct pred (67% accurate)
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This demand should be fast paced, otherwise this may go up-to a decade. Current Baramati - Lonand new line section is under construction from decade by CR
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Jan 15 2017 (19:30)   Foundation stone for railway overbridge on Monday

rdb*^   124811 news posts
Entry# 2128856   News Entry# 291307         Tags   Past Edits
The long-standing demand for having a railway overbridge at Vajrahanuman Nagar in the city is finally going to see the light of the day as the foundation stone for the project will be laid on January 16.
Announcing this at a press conference here on Friday, MP and Union Minister of State for Rural Drinking Water and Sanitation Ramesh Jigajinagi said that the project was being taken up on a cost-sharing basis between the State government and the Railway Ministry at a cost of Rs. 26 crore.
He said that tender has been
allotted and the project is expected to be completed within a year of its commencement.
He said that three more railway overbridges, one each at Ibrahimpur locality of the city, Aliabad and Savanahalli, were in the pipeline and they would be launched in the coming days.
“The railway overbridges are long-pending demands of the people here. In the absence of which, the people have been facing hardship as everyday they have to wait for long till a train passes at the level-crossings.
This has also been creating traffic congestion. The construction of the railway overbridge would give a lasting solution to this,” he said.
With regard to a proposed fertiliser production unit in the district, the Minister said that the project was not taking off as the government was not finding investors for the Rs. 5,000-crore project.
He said that since the project was based on public-private partnership, investors were needed for the project.
Asked about the status of giving UNESCO heritage tag to ancient monuments of Vijayapura, Mr. Jigajinagi said that nothing concrete has taken happened so far.
“ I have been in constant touch with the Minister concerned, but the file is still pending with the government,” he regretted.
Admitting that many physically challenged persons were coming to him seeking help, he said that he has directed the district administration to conduct resurvey of such persons in the district based on the new Bill.
He said that as per the new Bill passed by the Union government, the percentage criteria to declare disability has been reduced to 21 from 40.
“After the resurvey as per the new norms, efforts would be made to provide aids to beneficiaries,” he said.

Jan 16 2017 (10:21)
Mangaluru deserves to be division~   4047 blog posts   294 correct pred (67% accurate)
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Good one.
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Jan 16 2017 (07:10)   No rallying for rail projects

rdb*^   124811 news posts
Entry# 2128690   News Entry# 291332         Tags   Past Edits
Every year, come February and the Railway Budget, the Ministers, politicians and others predictably cry themselves hoarse over the “injustice meted out to the State yet again with no new projects or trains.” They crib about the lion’s share that neighbouring Kerala and Tamil Nadu get in the railway proposals.
It is interesting to see why the other States succeed where Karnataka loses out. Their politicians are seen to rise above party sentiments to lobby for their State. On December 20, when Vashistha Johri, General Manager of Southern Railways, Chennai, called a meeting of Members of Parliament from Kerala to discuss issues related to that State, 17 out of 39 MPs attended the meeting. He and two senior officials later held separate
discussions with Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan.
If you look at Karnataka, such political rallying for railway projects has been lacking. Last week, South Western Railway’s General Manager A.K. Gupta called a pre-budget zonal meeting of MPs, including 40 from Karnataka. Only five BJP MPs attended the meeting.
Such political apathy is appalling at a time when Bengaluru, with its traffic woes, begs a suburban rail system and those in other districts need improved connectivity within the State, says Sanjeev Dyamannavar of Praja-Raag. Every year, Karnataka contributes over Rs. 500 crore as its share of cost of projects apart from free land. The Chief Minister, State government and MPs, he says, should pro-actively pressurise the railways to complete ongoing projects and seek new trains and projects.
Unusual demand
At a recent meeting in Shivamogga city to review implementation of railway works, K.P. Purshotham, member of the Zonal Railway Users’ Committee, and an ardent follower of B.S. Yeddyurappa ( in picture ), Shivamogga MP, placed a unusual demand. He asked for late arrival of the Bengaluru-Talaguppa express train (no. 16227) to Shivamogga city. Mr. Purshotham’s argument was that the train departs from Bengaluru at 11 p.m. and reaches Shivamogga city at 4.45 a.m. Passengers, who purchase tickets for sleeper class, did not benefit from the timing.
Arrival of the train to Shivamogga city by 6 a.m. will benefit passengers and ensure hassle-free sleep, he said, as others at the meeting burst into laughter.
Mr. Yeddyurappa, who chaired the meeting, was visibly upset with the demand and said that the railway authorities should focus on increasing the speed of trains and upgrade quality of services offered to passengers. The MP further told Mr. Purshotham that the railways focuses on quality of service and not “sleep well” programme.

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Jan 16 2017 (10:16)
Mangaluru deserves to be division~   4047 blog posts   294 correct pred (67% accurate)
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This is fate of KA and we expect good trains/projects by SWR. Don't know when knowledgeable politician will come forward.

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Jan 12 2017 (11:20)   Proposed Nilambur-Nanjangud rail project raises expectations

rdb*^   124811 news posts
Entry# 2124376   News Entry# 291055         Tags   Past Edits
Project to cut travel time between Kochi and Bangaluru to 7 hours
The Kochi-Bangaluru golden IT corridor will soon link the emerging towns in Kerala, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu States, if the proposed Nilambur–Nanjangud rail line becomes a reality.
Addressing a review meet held here recently to assess the progress of the project E. Sreedharan, Principal Advisor, Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC), said that preliminary works such as alignment survey, traffic survey and satellite survey of the project had been completed.
land location survey for the purpose would commence soon, Mr. Sreedharan said.
The government has earmarked ₹8 crore to prepare a detailed project report.
The estimated cost of the project is ₹4,000 crore and it would take around five years to complete it . A new topographical alignment survey has brought down the distance between Nilambur and Nanjangud to 162. 2 km, as against 236 km in the earlier surveys, Mr. Sreedharan said adding that the Railway Board had approved it.
The project would be executed on cost-sharing basis between the Centre and States by constituting a special purpose vehicle.
Moreover, a special company would be constituted for the purpose.
Funds would not be a major constraint for the railway project as financial institutions would provide 50 per cent of the total cost as loans and the remaining amount could be met by the governments.
Even though railway projects would not need the permission of the Ministry of Environment and Forest, the DMRC would conduct an ecological impact study, prior to the construction works.
The project would not raise any ecological concerns as the railway line passes through underground tunnels in forest areas of Kerala and Karnataka States. ‘This is a promising and profitable project once it materialises,’ Mr. Sreedharan said adding he had great expectations on the project.
The government would hand over ₹2 crore of the ₹8 crore to the DMRC for preparing the detailed project report in two days, C. K. Saseendran, MLA, who presided over the meeting, said.
The line connecting Kerala and Karnataka is expected to bring down travel time between Kochi- Bangaluru to 7 hours and between Mysuru- Coimbatore to 5 hours.

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Jan 12 2017 (12:13)
Mangaluru deserves to be division~   4047 blog posts   294 correct pred (67% accurate)
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This route can start new trains like Kochi - Pune via Mys-Ubl(not via Bluru) etc.

Jan 12 2017 (16:24)
srinivasvasanthi   3561 blog posts   13 correct pred (50% accurate)
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Always the shortest route trains are good wich saves time,money with less fares and relieved congestion in the existing route
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Jan 12 2017 (11:55)   Only 5 MPs from State attend pre-budget meeting of SWR

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Railway pressure groups feel let down by the ‘indifference’ of people’s representatives
South Western Railway (SWR) officials, who had for the first time decided to hear members of Parliament from the jurisdiction in the run-up to the budget, were surprised when only five of the 40 MPs from Karnataka attended the meeting in Hubballi on Tuesday.
The SWR had organised the meeting to listen to the views of the people’s representatives instead of preparing the demand list for the budget on its own. Those who made it to the meeting were P.C. Gaddigoudar
(Bagalkot), Suresh Angadi (Belagavi), Shivakumar Udasi (Haveri), B. Sriramulu (Ballari), and Pratap Simha (Mysuru).
Only 12 MPs who could not attend the meeting had sent out their demands, said chief public relations officer, SWR, E. Vijaya.
Joshi on official tour
Even the MP for Dharwad, Pralhad Joshi, did not attend the meeting. He reportedly had an official tour as the chairman of the Standing Committee on Petroleum and Natural Gas. He had requested for a change in the date, sources said. While none from Bengaluru attended the meeting, Bengaluru Central MP P.C. Mohan told The Hindu that he met divisional railway manager, Bengaluru division, Sanjiv Agarwal on Monday and submitted a detailed list of demands for Bengaluru region.
The SWR had invited 48 MPs, including those from Goa, Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu where its network exists. Karnataka has 40 MPs — 28 in the Lok Sabha and 12 in the Rajya Sabha.
Ms. Vijaya said while the Railways was capable of planning operational requirements, MPs would help it plan projects in the background of socio-economic development of the region. SWR general manager A.K. Gupta said the zone had earlier listened to the members of the Zonal Rail Users Consultative Committee on the issue.
MPs’ reluctance to attend the meeting has not gone down well with the pressure groups working towards enhancing railway facility in the State. Sanjeev V. Dyamannavar of Praja.org said all MPs could have acted as a group to bring pressure on the Railways for speedy implementation of various ongoing works and enhance connectivity. Karnataka government is into cost sharing of all new railway projects and the MPs had the right to ask the Railways to expedite the projects, he said.
Declining to comment on the absence of his peers, Mr. Simha told The Hindu it was his duty to attend the meeting as people had chosen him for the purpose. He said he presented a detailed list of demands for Mysuru–Kodagu region.

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Jan 12 2017 (12:07)
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Remaining are Bus agents. Gtl-Sur via Bjp is restoration of old MG train. Hope this will come into existence again.
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Jan 10 2017 (09:17)   Commercial run of MEMU train to Whitefield will start from January 17

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BENGALURU: To make good for the delay in introduction of a suburban rail service, the Bangalore Railway Division recently announced a list of trains to partially cover a segment of the proposed suburban route. In this connection, two Mainline Electric Multiple Unit (MEMU) services to Whitefield will be run at timings convenient to IT professionals from January 17.
According to railway sources, Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu will be coming to the city to flag off these services along with three services from here to Ramanagara on January 16. “The trains will be flagged off on January 16 evening and will run a short trip. The actual commercial run will begin the next morning (January 17),” they said.
of the services will run exclusively to Whitefield while the second service will stop at Whitefield enroute Kuppam. Three pairs of trains to Ramanagara, two of them evening trains, will also be launched on that day.
The MEMU to Whitefield will leave Krantiveera Sangolli Rayanna railway station at 8.45 am and reach Whitefield at 9.40 am. In the return direction, it will leave Whitefield at 10.30 am and reach KSR at 11.10 am. The second train will leave KSR at 11.20 am and reach Kuppam at 1.45 pm. It will leave Kuppam at 2.45 pm and return to KSR at 5.20 pm. The trains will stop at Cantonment, Bengaluru East, Baiyappanahalli, KR Puram and Hoodi stations in both directions.
“With the Suburban Draft Policy making the state government solely responsible for putting in place a suburban network and calling for new infrastructure solely for suburban trains, Railways is now relived of playing the key role in putting in place the suburban service,” added a railway official.
The services between KSR and Ramanagara will have stops at Nayandahalli, Kengeri, Hejjala and Bidadi.
The timings of the proposed morning service is as follows: leave KSR at 5.20 am and reach Ramanagara at 6.15 am; In the return direction, leave Ramanagaram at 7 am and KSR at 8.40 am.

Jan 10 2017 (10:08)
Mangaluru deserves to be division~   4047 blog posts   294 correct pred (67% accurate)
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After much if's and but's, finally a ray of light.

Jan 10 2017 (13:04)
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At last a relief for passengers
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