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Yesterday (23:30)  

srinivasvasanthi   3626 blog posts   13 correct pred (50% accurate)
Entry# 2176107            Tags   Past Edits
Congrats to the Maharashtra CM for the thumping victory in Maharashtra. Requested to expedite Pune Metro Railway and Nagpur Metro Railway works .
Rail News
IR AffairsSWR/South Western  -  
Feb 21 2017 (13:02)   Going to Mars was way, way cheaper

Hareesh Mangalam*^~   1172 news posts
Entry# 2173132   News Entry# 294443         Tags   Past Edits
Bengaluru-Hassan rail line took 21 years to be completed and cost almost Rs 1,300 crore, three times the cost of launching ISRO's Mars mission
One must congratulate all the Railways ministers of India and the governments of Karnataka between 1996 and 2017 for the completion of the Hassan-Bengaluru broad gauge line via Shravanabelagola.
However, it took almost 21 years to complete and cost of the project was four times the initial sanctioned amount due to delay in implementation. The safety inspection was conducted recently, and commercial operations may begin soon.
website of the South Western Railways pegs the total cost of 167-km line at Rs 1,289.92 of crore, three times the cost of India's Mars Orbiter Mission (Rs 450 crore).
The railway line was the dream project of former prime minister HD Devegowda, who represents the Hassan Lok Sabha constituency.
The line was sanctioned during his stint as prime minister in 1996-97 with an initial estimated cost of Rs 295 crore, as per the original sanctioned pink book cost.
However, the final cost went up as much as four times of that estimation.
According to the pink book, 8 km of tracks was to be constructed per year with each kilometer costing Rs7.72 crore.
Of the total 167 km of the total project length, the 44 km track between Hassan and Shravanabelagola was commissioned in 2006 during Mahamastakabhishekha of Bahubali, and work between Nelamangala and Chikkabanavara (off Bengaluru) of 14 km was completed in 2013 (a total of 58 km for both work) and took 17 years.
On calculation, it comes out that a shocking 0.30 km of work per year was done in these two stretches.
Railways sources told BM that the commissioner for railway safety has conducted a statutory inspection of the section from Nelamangala to Shravanabelagola between February 6 and 10, including speed run trial which shows a possible 120 km per hour speed.
The sections from Krantiveera Sangolli Rayanna Station (KSR), Bengaluru and Nelamangala on the one end, and Hassan and Shravanabelagola on the other end have already been commissioned for passenger traffic.
The remaining stretch from Nelamangala to Shravanabelagola will be started after authorisation by the commissioner for railway safety, probably by the end of this month.
Speaking on the delay,rail expert Sanjeev V Dyamannanavar said, “The cost got escalated due to Karnataka government's failure to acquire land in required time. Another reason for the delay was the alignment issues. Initially, the railway line was to pass through Vijay Mallya owned stud farm. However, following objections, Railways decided to go for re-alignment to save the stud farm. However, the farmers who were about to lose the land due to the re-alignment then approached court which ruled in their favour and directed the court to go for the alignment over Kunigal stud farm. At least five years was lost in this.Now, to recover the huge investment, the Railways have to convert Hassan into a railway hub by running trains from different parts of the state, otherwise it would become a non-profitable line like the Chikkamagaluru-Kadur or ChikkaballapurKolar lines. Even the freight traffic should be routed to Mangaluru port using Hassan railway line.“
It may also be recalled as to how Hassan-Shravanabelagola train service was operational in 2007 itself and there was a night train from Shravanabelogala to Bengaluru via Hassan and Arasikere. The train would leave Shravanabelagola in the night and reach Bengaluru in the morning (while the road route would take a couple of hours) and subsequently the train was discontinued.
Tunnel thrill
Adding to the glory of the track between Bengaluru and Mangaluru, the line will have a tunnel constructed at Marur village in Biskur forest area between Nelamangala and Kunigal. The passengers will be enthralled to travel in tunnel that is almost 30 metres below the ground level. The tunnel will be one kilometer long in an area where the forest is not so dense. It will be the closest rail tunnel to Bengaluru.
Distance and journey time reduced
The take-off point for the new line is Chikbanavar on Bengaluru-Tumakuru BG line. Chikbanavar is 13 kms from KSR Bengaluru City Railway station.The distance from Chikbanavar to Nelamangala is 14 km. Two pairs of trains are currently running between KSR Bengaluru City and Nelamangala.
The much awaited line will reduce the distance between Bengaluru and Hassan by 50 km via Arsikere and about 87 km via Mysuru. With distance being reduced, the journey time between these two junctions will be reduced by one hour. The passengers commuting to Mangaluru will also enjoy the benefit of distance being reduced by 50 km via Arsikere and 107 km via Mysuru.
This is a cost sharing project between the government of Karnataka and Ministry of Railways.
Blame game on for Whitefield-Kolar railway line project
The Whitefield-Kolar railway line is all set to take the route of Hassan-Bengaluru railway line via Shravanabelagola, as it seems it is going to take a long time to be completed and the initial estimate costs might go through the roof.
The railway line of 52 km between Whitefield and Kolar was sanctioned in the 2011-12 Railways budget for Rs 343 crore, with a cost sharing system between Indian Railways and the government of Karnataka.
The project is likely to take decades to finish as the physical progress of the project is shown as `Nil' on the Railways website.
Speaking to Bangalore Mirror, Ashok Gupta, chief administrative officer (construction), Bangalore Railway Division said, “There has not been any progress as the state government still has not allotted the required land of 831 acres.“
Ministers at the helm
During the railway budget years between 1996 and 2017, Railways got 15 ministers, with Mamata Banerjee and Nitish Kumar taking charge twice
Two ministers from Karnataka, Mallikarjuna Kharge and DV Sadananda Gowda, have also taken charge as Railways ministers during this period

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Yesterday (14:49)
srinivasvasanthi   3626 blog posts   13 correct pred (50% accurate)
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National Highways faces mostly no land problems and completed their works in time .

Yesterday (14:53)
A good day ahead~   2326 blog posts
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Roads typically do not have any problem with sharp curves, gradients etc. So they are quite flexible and land acquisition is usually not a problem for them as they can have any random alignment. Railways have very stringent requirement on curves, gradients, soil quality etc. So, land acquisition is a very big problem for them as the alignment cannot change much from the design.

Yesterday (14:57)
जब जागो तभी सवेरा~   7767 blog posts   118 correct pred (73% accurate)
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Aisa nahi hai Bhai.

Yesterday (15:56)
deepakyerr~   777 blog posts
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NH too face land acquisitions like railways and are not completed in time. They too take 1-2 yrs for land acquisitions and project competition takes 36-48 months though the stipulated time is 30months after handing over land. Total project will take 60 months and cost overruns.

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Yesterday (16:44)
Foamer~   1230 blog posts
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In this 20 years you talk of, 5 years NDA 1 was in power, 2.5 years this govt. And in KA too they were in power for more than 5 years.
Yes let's see if this govt. completes the GC of remaining stretches in TN. And after GC how many trains they will ply?
was during this govt. GC of Pollachi-Palakkad was completed and we have seen how many trains ply now.....

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General Travel
Yesterday (14:52)  

srinivasvasanthi   3626 blog posts   13 correct pred (50% accurate)
Entry# 2175517            Tags   Past Edits
Requested that Tamilnadu government shall be formed Tamilnadu Railway Infrastructure Company Ltd to execute the essential Railway lines for the benefits of Tamilnadu people.
General Travel
Feb 17 2017 (15:31)  

srinivasvasanthi   3626 blog posts   13 correct pred (50% accurate)
Entry# 2168074            Tags   Past Edits
Mumbai CSTM platform number 10 to 13 extension works have to be taken up.
Major trains such as,
Mumbai expresses, Mumbai Mail and Dadar Expresses are all operated with a meagre 18 coaches between these two Metros.
Requested Central Railway that these train operation have to be shifted to Mumbai LTT so as all these can be operated
with 24 coach trains in between the two Metros.

Feb 17 2017 (15:46)
Dipanshu   1294 blog posts   81 correct pred (64% accurate)
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Even if CSTM's platforms are extended, Dadar Express cannot be made 24-coacher because it departs from Dadar (DR) station which has no space for any PF extension.

Feb 18 2017 (09:57)
srinivasvasanthi   3626 blog posts   13 correct pred (50% accurate)
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Dadar express also has to be shifted to LTT to attach 24 coach train.

Feb 22 2017 (14:33)
No more DLS or ELS Hereafter only a Locoshed*^~   9567 blog posts   497 correct pred (73% accurate)
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Not needed , its a legendary train .
Let it be with dadar
Rail News
New Facilities/TechnologyCR/Central  -  
Feb 22 2017 (10:41)   Isolux Corsan wins Indian rail electrification projects

karbang   46 news posts
Entry# 2174184   News Entry# 294516         Tags   Past Edits
Isolux Corsan has been awarded work to electrify two sections of the main rail route connecting the cities of Mumbai and Chennai in southern India.
The contracts have a budget of €45m (£37m) and have an execution period of three years.
The first section, which has a length of 160km, is located in the state of Maharashtra and connects the cities of Bhigwan and Solapur. The 113km second section connects Solapur (in Maharashtra) and Gulbarga (in Karnataka).
scope of the work includes the design, supply, erection, testing and commissioning of 25kV, 50Hz single-phase traction overhead equipment, switching stations and other associated works. Signalling and telecoms and the civil engineering works needed for the electrification are also included.

Feb 22 2017 (13:46)
srinivasvasanthi   3626 blog posts   13 correct pred (50% accurate)
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Mumbai Metro to Chennai Metro Rail route in the Golden Quadrilateral route is over delayed in BG Doubling and Electrification.
At least now both CR and SCR expedite this Electrification works early.

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General Travel
Feb 21 2017 (17:04)  

srinivasvasanthi   3626 blog posts   13 correct pred (50% accurate)
Entry# 2173175            Tags   Past Edits
Congrats to the Present Kerala state government who are executing several Railway projects for the benefits of Kerala people under joint ventures company formed with the Indian Railway.
Similarly we requested our present Tamilnadu state government under Hon.Palaniswami CM that Tamilnadu Railway company have to be formed and execute various Tamilnadu Railway Line projects .Present CM may be formed Tamilnadu 51 % + Indian Railway 49% joint ventures company of Tamilnadu Railway Company Ltd early and set a new trend in Tamilnadu Railway infrastructure development s.
Rail News
Feb 21 2017 (09:11)   NITI Aayog nudges Railways to bring all Districts under IR Network

Anurag WAPAHOLIC~   837 news posts
Entry# 2172767   News Entry# 294434         Tags   Past Edits
NEW DELHI: Government think-tank NITI Aayog wants the Railways to prepare a plan similar to Pradhan Mantri Gramin Sadak Yojana (PMGSY) and National Highways Development Programme (NHDP) to link districts which are not on rail map.
“We need schemes like NHDP, PMGSY in Railways also. Even today, some parts of North East and Odisha are not connected by rail network,” a senior government official said. Officials said that NITI Aayog is expected to suggest separating the task of laying railway tracks and connecting remote habitations through the rail network as an entirely different programme outside the current allocations. This would be done in order to give the initiative added focus and to ensure completion of these projects, many of which have been
languishing for years for want of added attention.
“NITI Aayog will be suggesting to Railways to come up with a project report on the lines of PMGSY and NHDP. We would like to make this a national priority. All the districts of India should be on railway map,” he added.
The official said that the NITI Aayog is in favour of segregating the tasks of laying railway tracks and connecting districts which are not on the rail map as an entirely different programme outside the current allocations.
The official also suggested that the Railways should work on increasing passenger traffic and compete with airlines to offer comfortable journeys to high value passengers at competitive rates.
He said that the railways’ passenger growth has remained stagnant which doesn’t augur well for the organisation.
PMGSY was envisaged during the Atal Bihari Vajpayee-led NDA government in 2000.
NHDP, on the other hand, is the Road Ministry’s flagship road building programme.
Terming railways, roads and rivers as the “lifeline” of the country, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, while presenting the Budget, had said, “Total allocation for infrastructure stands at a record level of Rs 3,96,135 crore in 2017-18.”
In the 2004-05 Budget presented during the tenure of current Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, the Ministry of Railways had announced a similar programme called the “Remote Area Rail Sampark Yojana” with an additional outlay of Rs 20,000 crore.
The scheme was to get operationalised from 2005-06 and was aimed at completing all pending projects in remote and unconnected areas and also undertake new initiatives.
The ministry had then estimated that once opened for traffic, these lines would also require about 18,000 persons per year for normal maintenance and operations, on incremental basis. Apart from this, it was expected that there would be scope for indirect employment of nearly 55,000 persons per year.
However, in a written reply to a standing committee of Parliament in 2008-09, the ministry said that the scheme could not take off as state governments didn’t show any interest in contributing their share of the funds — around two per cent of resources were to come from funds collected by states on stamp duty on property transactions.
Officials said that the new programme, modelled on the lines of the PMGSY or the National Highways Development Programme (NHDP), would also help in attracting dedicated funds for connecting remote areas and improving investments in these sectors.
Launched in 2000, the Centre had constructed over 400,000 kilometres of roads, mostly in rural and unconnected habitations, so far under the PMGSY.
In the 2017-18 Union Budget, the Centre has allocated Rs 19,000 crore for the programme; which, along with the state’s share, will take the total funding for the programme in the financial year to over Rs 27,000 crore.
Under the NHDP, also launched during the previous NDA government, the Centre, along with the NHAI, plans to upgrade, rehabilitate and widen the existing network of highways along with building new ones. The project is to be completed in phases.

Feb 21 2017 (10:37)
srinivasvasanthi   3626 blog posts   13 correct pred (50% accurate)
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Good decision by the Niti Aayok after formation.
.In Tamilnadu under Southern Railway the district HQs of Perambalur,Krishnagiri and Theni have to be linked to the Indian Railway map early.

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New/Special TrainsSWR/South Western  -  
Feb 20 2017 (07:59)   Additional seating for short-distance passengers in select trains

rdb*^   126004 news posts
Entry# 2171463   News Entry# 294337         Tags   Past Edits
A few sleeper coaches of trains plying in Mysuru, Bengaluru and Hubballi divisions have been unreserved for the benefit of short-distance travellers between a few identified sections.
According to a release, this has been done to provide a comfortable travel experience for such passengers, who can now buy unreserved journey tickets for commute in these coaches in the notified sections. Passengers travelling in the other coaches will have to pay the difference in fare of the two classes and a penalty, the release said.
The coaches now earmarked as unreserved include four sleeper
class coaches (S-6 to S-9) of Train. No. 16591/2 Hubballi-Mysuru Hampi Express (from Hubballi to Hospete, and vice-versa) and two coaches (S-8 and S-9) of the same train between Bengaluru and Mysuru.
Four sleeper class coaches (from S-4 to S-7) of Train No. 17308 Bagalkot-Mysuru Basava Express have been declared unreserved between Bagalkot and Solapur, while three (S-5 to S-7) will be unreserved on Train No. 17307 Mysuru-Bagalkot Basava Express between Mysuru and Bengaluru.
Coaches S-6 to S-9 of Train. No.16535 Mysuru-Solapur Gol Gumbaz Express will be unreserved between Bagalkot and Solapur, and between Mysuru and Bengaluru.
Two sleeper class coaches (S-5 and S-6) of Train No. 17226 Hubballi-Vijayawada Amaravati Express have been declared as unreserved for travel between Hubballi and Hosapete, as have coaches S-7 to S-10 of Train No.16589 Krantivira Sangolli Rayanna Bengaluru-Kolhapur Rani Chennamma Express between Belagavi and Kolhapur, the release said.

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Feb 20 2017 (22:35)
srinivasvasanthi   3626 blog posts   13 correct pred (50% accurate)
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Good and welcomes these moves by SWR, in Karnataka region.
Similarly, I requested our SR ,Chennai to allot more and more Sleeper coaches to the unreserved in the last leg of the journey .And moreover the day train operated by the available Sleeper coaches at least 80 % of the sleeper coaches have to be operated as 2S - reserved sitting class coaches.
Example in SR,::
the South bound trains beyond Madurai ,some of the Sleeper class coaches in the front and back have to be permitted to ST holders and the short distance passenger.
2) In the main line trains after Mayiladuthurai some of the Sleeper class coaches have to be dereserved for the general passengers / ST holders.
3) Cholan expresses 50% of the sleeper coaches have to be operated as 2S - Reserved sitting class coaches .
4) Moreover S/F status of some of the trains have to be withdrawn in the last leg of the journey .All the south bound trains have to be operated as expresses beyond Madurai.Main line trains are operated as expresses beyond Mayiladuthurai ,so as the short distance express passenger have not be imposed additional SF surcharges.

So the short distance passengers patronages shall be improved a lot and empty coaches operation are avoided.
Rail News
Feb 20 2017 (11:14)   Committee to examine how to minimise tree-cutting for Mumbai Metro-3

Anurag WAPAHOLIC~   837 news posts
Entry# 2171706   News Entry# 294359         Tags   Past Edits
MUMBAI: Maharashtra’s chief minister, Devendra Fadnavis, has asked the Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation to set up a committee of government officers and citizens, which would give suggestions on how to minimise the number of trees that would need to be cut for phase 3 of the project, an official in the chief minister’s office revealed, on February 14, 2017.
A group of citizens, including petitioners in the Bombay High Court against the felling of trees for the Metro, Ashish Paul, Pervin Jehangir, Sanjay Asher and Zoru Bhathena, met Fadnavis to discuss the issue. “The CM assured us that he is pro-environment and the government will take all possible steps, to save the maximum number of trees. We told him that more trees
are going to be chopped down than required, which is a major environmental destruction throughout the city,” Bhathena said.
“The CM told us that the metro is just one step to reduce the carbon footprint. We assured him that we are not anti-metro and in fact, we believe that the metro will be a boon for Mumbai,” Bhathena said.
According to initial estimates, more than 5,000 trees are required to be cut for the current proposed route between Colaba and Seepz in Andheri, under phase 3 of the Mumbai Metro.

Feb 20 2017 (13:07)
srinivasvasanthi   3626 blog posts   13 correct pred (50% accurate)
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Replanting have to be done by the Forest department under the Mumbai Metro funds instead of cutting the trees.
So the project works can be executed early.
General Travel
Feb 18 2017 (14:57)  

srinivasvasanthi   3626 blog posts   13 correct pred (50% accurate)
Entry# 2169326            Tags   Past Edits
Royapuram Electric Loco shed could not be shifted to nearby stations and so Royapuram Proposed Terminal is highly impossible to execute
.So a new terminal station of Thondaiyarpettai / Thiruvottiyur area has to be formed in the North Chennai.North Chennai people needs a Terminal station for some south bound trains.So many Kk district, Tirunelveli, Thoothukkudi and Virudhunagar district peoples are living in the North Chennai area..
All the North Indian trains have no commercial or halt ( like Mambalam- Tnagar station )stoppages in the Thiruvallur district .At least
a stoppages station has to be provided for all the North / North east bound trains in the Tamilnadu station after Chennai central/ Egmore.
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