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Jun 30 2015 (22:57)  DMK, Congress claim credit for Chennai Metro triumph (timesofindia.indiatimes.com)
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CHENNAI: Even before Chennaiites could get a ride on the much-awaited metro, political parties in Tamil Nadu lost no time claiming credit for the project.
While DMK treasurer MK Stalin said the project was initiated by the DMK government, TNCC chief EVKS Elangovan said it was only due to the foresight of the previous UPA government at the Centre that the city got a metro.
In a statement, Stalin said the inauguration of Chennai Metro "fills him with great joy". He said the services should be expanded to all regions of
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Chennai and other cities in the state and integrated with other modes of public transport like buses, suburban trains and MRTS.
"It was initiated by the DMK government to provide the city with a world-class mass rapid transport system. The sanction of Rs 14,600 crore for the metro project was approved by the DMK cabinet," he said. Stalin recalled his trip to Japan when he was the minister of local administration to seek loan for the project. He alleged the project was "unfortunately delayed extensively" due to petty politics even though it was launched in 2009.
Quoting a former mayor of Bogota (capital of Colombia), the DMK leader said an "advanced city is not one where the poor move about in cars [but] where even the rich use public transportation". With inauguration of the metro, Chennai is one step closer to that definition of an advanced city, he said. Jumping on the bandwagon, TNCC's Elangovan attributed the success of the project to the foresight of the UPA government at the Centre. He said the UPA government commissioned a project report and the state government sanctioned Rs 50 crore towards this.
Meanwhile, PMK's Ramadoss said "the inauguration was delayed only for Jayalalithaa to become chief minister". He said the public had to wait for eight months to enjoy the benefits of the metro.
Jun 30 2015 (06:35)  Congress claims credit for Chennai Metro Rail (timesofindia.indiatimes.com)
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CHENNAI: A few hours after Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa inaugurated Chennai Metro Rail, DMK and Congress on Monday claimed credit for the project.
READ ALSO: Jayalalithaa launches Chennai Metro Rail, Chennaiites flock to enjoy first day first ride
In a statement DMK treasurer M K Stalin said that the inauguration of Chennai Metro "fills him with great joy."
He demanded that the
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metro services be expanded to all regions of Chennai and other cities in the state, and integrate it with other modes of public transport -- like buses, sub-urban trains and MRTS.
"It was initiated by the DMK government to provide the city with a world class mass rapid transport system. The sanction of Rs 14,600 crore for the metro project was approved by the DMK cabinet on November 7," he said.
Stalin recalled his trip to Japan as the minister for local administration to seek a loan for the project.
He alleged that though the work on the project began in 2009, it had "unfortunately delayed extensively" due to petty politics.
Listing the benefits of rapid mass transport systems, the DMK ladear said decreasing commute times, improving air quality, reducing vehicular congestion and vehicular injuries and fatalities were some of the benefits. As cities expand, efficient and extensive rapid mass transport systems were essential, he added.
Quoting a former mayor of Bogota, the DMK leader said that an "advanced city is not one where the poor move about in cars [but] where even the rich use public transportation." With the inauguration of the metro, Chennai is one step closer to that definition of an advanced city.
Passengers take selfies in Chennai Metro train on Monday (TOI photo by Ramesh Shankar)
Meanwhile, Tamil Nadu Congress Committee chief E V K S Elangovan said that it was only due to the foresight of the previous UPA government at the Centre that that city has got a metro.
In a statement, Elangovan said as the Chennai population was on the rise, the then UPA government commissioned a project report and the state government sanctioned Rs 50 crore towards this.
Though Jayalalithaa has inaugurated the project through video conferencing, she had earlier opposed project and, instead, favoured a monorail system. "She had said technically monorail was more feasible than metro rail," said Elangovan.
"Though she announced monorail four years ago nothing has happened so far," he added.
Elangovan said the Chennai Metro Rail fare was very high. "It is shocking," he said.
In Delhi Metro, for a 17km trip from Adharsh Nagar to Yamuna River, only Rs 19 is collected.
"The fares will have to be reduced. If they are not reduced, the basic purpose of the project will not be served," he said.
Dec 08 2014 (07:20)  Ranji Trophy 2014-15 - Railways return to their cricketing citadel (www.gocricket.com)
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The Karnail Singh stadium, situated in the heart of the nation's capital, now boasts of a refurbished exterior. There is a greenish look to the pitch, supported by a lush outfield and a wide variety of infrastructure add-ons. A first visit to the stadium won't lead one to believe that there once existed an ash-coloured surface; a pitch so underprepared for hosting a cricket game that the BCCI imposed a ban on the stadium from hosting domestic fixtures anymore. But it did happen, forcing the Railways team to find a makeshift home in the form of the Jamia Millia Islamia Sports Complex.
Established five years after India's independence in 1947, the stadium is situated in one of the oldest areas of Delhi
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- Paharganj - which as usual continues to be flocked by tourists - and is a mere three kilometres from the Feroz Shah Kotla. It's hard to imagine the existence of a first-class ground so perilously close to the ever-bustling New Delhi Railway Station. As a matter of fact, it shares one of its walls with it. The venue is an all-sports complex; quite big but equally serene with trees all over. But as it was evident from the ground-staff and authorities, their primary focus this year remained cricket.
While Railways were busy playing at the Jamia, preparations were under way inside a week's time after the BCCI's verdict two years ago. For the stadium to resurrect itself, the first and foremost priority was the under-fire pitch, for which an experienced curator was the need of the hour. Sanjeev Aggarwal, a veteran of eight one-day internationals was selected for injecting life into a track which had absolutely nothing in it.
"I was allotted the responsibility for improving the pitch conditions in June 2012," Aggarwal told gocricket. "When I saw the pitch, it was in tatters. There was no clay content, the soil used was very average and there were no elements to bind the pitch together. So I knew we had to lay a surface from scratch and dig the entire thing out," he said.
At first glance, to differentiate the pitches from the outfield is a head scratcher. But on closer inspection, one can vividly see four brand new tracks being laid out, three of which will conduct two games each and one that has been used for a few practice matches as part of the Ranji Trophy warm-ups. Describing the surface, Aggarwal gives weightage to the type of soil that was used for their preparation.
"It's a three-layer wicket. After entirely digging out the previous track, we've used sandy loam soil, which is in today's day and age, a key ingredient in forming a cricket pitch. The first layer is four inches of core sand, the second is another four inches of sandy loam and then there is a third layer of black soil that goes eight inches deep.
"The wicket has been relayed keeping the standard BCCI pitches in mind. The clay content has been increased by 50 per cent, and although there is equal amount of grass on all three wickets, the moisture content in all three is different."
The administrative incharge of the stadium, Randhir Singh, has been another crucial figure in Railways' homecoming. Being the topmost authority for 11 years, Randhir was left devastated when the ban was imposed on the 50-year-old venue. "I felt extremely bad and embarrassed to some extent when we were asked to no longer stage Ranji matches," he told gocricket. I felt worse for the players, who had to assign themselves a different venue in order to host home matches. But gradually, I realised a few things on which we needed to work on.
"I remember Railways were playing Saurashtra during the 2011-12 season and the pitch curator, in order to please both teams, ended up preparing a horrible wicket. There was absolutely no bounce and the ball mostly carried to the keeper after bouncing twice. Since both Railways and Saurashtra needed a win to top their group, the curator messed up the preparation. However, that wasn't the only issue. Even in terms of infrastructure, the stadium lagged behind, including the players' pavilion, which wasn't up to the standard of other domestic venues in India."
Being a former India Kabaddi captain, a two-time Asiad gold medallist and an Arjuna awardee, Randhir did everything possible solely due to his love for the game of cricket. The stadium now has all the necessary accessories, including the latest state-of-the-art facilities such as rollers and super-soppers. Despite not being a cricketer himself, Randhir asserts that it is his passion for the game that motivated him to bring cricket back to the Karnail Singh stadium.
"I love this game, and I love our players more. For the last decade, cricketers like Sanjay Bangar, Harvinder Singh and Murali Kartik, who are considered the face of Railways cricket by many, have played here at Karnail Singh. I couldn't let that legacy die. Hence, I took it upon myself to ensure that Railways came back home," he said.
"Apart from the newly-laid pitch, we have brought in camera stands and increased the size of the pavilion with an added construction at the back. The entire outfield has been redeveloped, following which the BCCI came and inspected the stadium on five different occasions before finally giving us the green light. Now that the stadium is back where it belongs and doing what it does best, I'm sure we'll continue the good work."
Not just the staff, even the players said it was difficult to shift to a new 'home'. Anureet Singh, Mahesh Rawat and Nitin Bhille all started their careers at Karnail Singh, who are today a prominent part of the team. "I started playing for Railways during the 2008-09 season here in this stadium, so there obviously was an emotional connection," Anureet said. "Although adapting to Jamia felt odd, we performed well there over the last two seasons. [But] this is our real home, and it feels great to be back where our foundations were laid."
Despite all the positives, the stadium is still marred by the popularity of other sports, which in the long run has the potential to once again ruin the ground, but the authorities this time have decided to ban more physical sports like track and field and kho-kho from the ground. Instead, they might conduct them in some other stadium.
If one is to compare the stadium to what it was two years ago, the improvements are many. Vestiges of its past - wooden numbers adorned the old green scoreboard, hanged next to the names of players denoting scores and bowling figures - are gone. The new scoreboard is larger, a yellow wooden surface with blue digits. Garlands and bouquets were brought in numbers as the invited dignitaries, including former India wicketkeeper Saba Karim, sat with a cup of tea on a chilly Delhi morning, and with the first ball bowled - it carried through to the wicketkeeper with ease - witnessed the reincarnation of one of India's historic cricketing venues.
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