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Today (17:15)  Maha-Metro challenges NGT’s jurisdiction (timesofindia.indiatimes.com)
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PUNE: The Maharashtra Metro Rail Corporation (Maha-Metro) has challenged the jurisdiction of the city's National Green Tribunal (NGT) bench to hear an application against the proposed Pune metro route alignment passing through a 1.7km stretch of the Mutha river bed.
The much-anticipated final arguments on the application, filed in May last year by architect Sarang Yadvadkar, industrialist Anu Aga and others, began before the NGT bench comprising Justice U D Salvi and expert member Nagin Nanda on Monday.
Maha-Metro's lawyer S K Mishra cited provisions under the Metro Railways (Construction of Works) Act
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of 1978 and submitted that the enactment allows the project executioner to go ahead with the construction works without any legal hindrance. He submitted that the enactment enables appropriate steps including diversion of river or nullahs for executing a project that is in public interest. It further provides for a remedy against any grievance only before a committee set up under the Act and later on, before the Supreme Court, he submitted.Mishra also argued that the application against the metro route alignment did not raise any substantial issue related to environment.
The hearing will continue on Tuesday when lawyer Asim Sarode, appearing for the applicants, will make his submissions on the point of jurisdiction. "Arguments over the merits of the application will begin after the NGT settles the jurisdiction issue," Yadvadkar told TOI.
The applicants have challenged the proposed Pune Metro rail route alignment passing through the Mutha river bed on the grounds that the same would destroy the eco-system of the river.
The green tribunal had ordered an interim stay on January 2 restraining construction works on the river bed stretch. Hoswever, the Supreme Court had directed a stay on the NGT's order on January 20 and the process of final argument was held up till the apex court clarified in April that there was no bar on the NGT proceeding with the case hearing.
  
Today (17:14)  JMRC's rooftop solar plant project hits roadblock (timesofindia.indiatimes.com)
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JAIPUR: The Jaipur Metro Rail Corporation's (JMRC) plans to make its station energy self-sufficient by installing rooftop solar plant has hit a roadblock.
Under the Central government's scheme, JMRC has requested the Centre to install 2,500 KWP rooftop solar power plant at Metro stations. The approval for installation was received by the Centre. However, the proposal failed to take off as permission was not received from the state government.
"As per the clause, the permission of state government was mandatory. The Centre had given March deadline to submit final proposal. But permission was
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not given. Now, the JMRC will invite tenders on its own to install rooftop plants," said a JMRC official.
If the project was implemented, this would have been the biggest solar plant, installed on any of the government building in the state.
An official said, Centre has set a target for installation of one lakh megawatt (MW) solar power plants by 2022. Out of this, about 40,000 MW has to come from grid connected solar rooftops systems. Centre wanted Rajasthan to play an active role in installing solar rooftops systems.
The power generated by 2,500 KWP rooftop solar power plant was planned to meet all the requirements at the stations in daytime, in order to reduce its dependence on non-renewable sources.
"For all Metro operations, approximately 11 lakh units are required. If the plant had been installed, it would have produced 2.5 lakh units which could meet all the requirement of the stations in daytime," added official
Sources claimed, it was cost-effective model for Metro as power was purchased at much cheaper rates.
  
Today (17:14)  हवाई टिकट की तरह बढ़ेगा-घटेगा रेल का किराया: रिपोर्ट (hindi.firstpost.com)
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Posted by: Jayashree ❖ Amita  37009 news posts
रेलगाड़ियों के टिकट के दाम भी अब हवाई टिकट की तरह ऊपर-नीचे होंगे. हिंदुस्तान की खबर के मुताबिक, रेल मंत्रालय लंबी दूरी की ट्रेनों के साथ उपनगरीय सेवा का किराया भी व्यस्त (पीक) और सामान्य (ऑफ पीक) सीजन के आधार पर तय करने की योजना बना रहा है. सस्ती हवाई सेवा और सड़क परिवहन से मुकाबला करने के लिए कुछ रूट पर किराया कम भी हो सकता है. कुछ रूट और उपनगरीय ट्रेनों का किराया 30 फीसदी तक बढ़ सकता है.
अखबार के मुताबिक, किराया ढांचे में बदलाव के लिए बनी टॉस्क फोर्स ने अपनी रिपोर्ट में ऐसी सिफारिश की है. अगर टास्क फोर्स की सिफारिश मान ली जाती है तो अधिकतम तीन माह के अंदर यह नियम लागू हो सकता है.
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रिपोर्ट में मेल-एक्सप्रेस, सुपरफास्ट ट्रेनों का किराया पीक और ऑफ पीक सीजन के आधार पर तय करने की सिफारिश की गई है. वहीं, उपनगरीय ट्रेनों में पीक ऑवर्स के आधार पर किराया तय किया जाएगा.
रिपोर्ट के मुताबिक, टास्क फोर्स ने सिफारिश की है कि ट्रेनों का किराया तय करने का अधिकार डीआरएम और जीएम को दिया जाना चाहिए. इससे स्थानीय मांग के मुताबिक, व्यस्त और सामान्य समय में रेल किराये में बदलाव किया जा सकेगा.

  
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Today (17:12)  Will Nagpur Metro meet Jaipur’s fate? (timesofindia.indiatimes.com)
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Jaipur: The Jaipur Metro, which was launched with great fanfare in June 2015, seems to have turned into a white elephant with the operational losses as high as Rs 7.5 lakh per day. Recovering the project cost is at present a distant dream.
The Metro is surviving on the cesses levied by the Rajasthan government on registration of new passenger vehicles and on property deals.
In terms of ridership, the average of the last 25 months is just 22,000 per day against an estimate of 1.25 lakh. The figure has now come down
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to 19,000.
Jaipur Metro was the first to be launched in a tier-2 city of the country. Its performance raises a question whether Nagpur Metro will meet the same fate. Jaipur's population, according to the 2011 census, was 30.5 lakh against 26.5 lakh of Nagpur. Mahametro's managing director Brijesh Dixit is, however, confident that his project will be successful.
Jaipur Metro seems to have been launched in a hurry. The length of the corridor at present is only 9.4km with nine stations. It is being extended another 2.6km to take the length to 12km. The phase-II, which is 24km-long and will cost Rs10,000 crore, is another five years away.
At present, the Metro does not connect the airport and the interstate bus terminal. Two main industrial areas of the city are also not connected. There is, however, a Metro station near the main railway station.
Jaipur Metro Rail Corporation Limited (JMRCL), the project agency, did not bother to go for property development before the project became operational. It will take another year before 8,000 sq m commercial space in the Metro stations will be leased out. The development of 19-hectare open land in the city given to JMRCL is further ahead. The Rajasthan government has not gone for transit oriented development (TOD) of Jaipur for the Metro.
JMRCL director (operations) Ashwini Saxena admitted that the Metro was in a bad shape but expressed confidence that ridership would double once the extension of the present corridor is complete. "The extension will cover the main commercial district of the city," he told mediapersons from Nagpur.
Saxena further said that at present, the Metro did not cover the entire city and this would be achieved only when phase-II is completed.The JMRCL official is not downcast due to low ridership of the Metro. "When the first stretch of 8km was started by Delhi Metro, its ridership was just 25,000. The figure for Bengaluru and Chennai Metros was lower than Jaipur. Metro ridership only increases when large parts of the city are covered," he said.
Dixit concurs with Saxena on this point. "Nagpur's corridor length is 39km against 9.4km of Jaipur. If we consider the feeder service, large parts of the city will be covered. The Metro will connect the airport, city bus stand and the two main railway stations with rest of the city. Feeder service will connect the Ganeshpeth bus terminal. Our project will provide major connectivity to industrial areas, health hubs and most educational institutes. This will ensure sufficient ridership. When phase-II is completed, ridership will increase further," he told TOI.The MD further said that JMRCL had not provided enough parking space at the Metro stations, which Mahametro would. "We will introduce a common mobility card right from the beginning. Jaipur Metro is completely dependent on grid power while 65% of our power will come from solar, which is cheaper," he added.
Dixit also said that JMRCL had delayed execution of phase-II. "We are already preparing the detailed project report (DPR) of our second phase," he added.
  
Today (17:11)  Diversion of traffic for Metro work from today (timesofindia.indiatimes.com)
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PIMPRI CHINCHWAD: The traffic diversion for the Metro rail construction between Pimpri and Swargate along the Mumbai-Pune highway on two stretches in the Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation limits would be in effect from Tuesday.
The central lanes on these stretches towards Mumbai, from Harris Bridge to MM Chowk (near Dapodi flyover) and Nashik Phata to Kharalwadi, would be closed. Traffic would be diverted to service roads.
The diversion plan is likely to cause congestion on these stretches. To avoid bottleneck, the BRTS lanes on the stretch would be open for two-wheelers. Motorists going
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towards Nashik Phata from MM Chowk can use the central lanes as well as the service road.
There will be no traffic diversions on the route from Pimpri to Pune. Pune-bound traffic from Kharalwadi to Nashik Phata can use the central lanes as well as the service road. Only one lane on the central road is closed near Nashik Phata because of the ongoing the construction work.
Mahametro will execute the Metro rail project. The total distance of the Pimpri-Swargate route is 16.59km. Of it, a total of 7km stretch will be in the PCMC limits with six Metro stations.
Mahametro has appointed College of Engineering Pune (CoEP) as the traffic management consultant for the project. Besides the Pimpri-Swargate route, another corridor between Vanaz and Ramwadi would come up in the first phase of the Metro project. The construction work on the Vanaz-Ramwadi route would begin this month, said Brijesh Dixit, the managing director of Mahametro.
The construction of the first pillar on the median near Nashik Phata is in progress from May. Mahametro is set to begin work near College of Military Engineering, Dapodi. The Metro alignment is on the median, except at Pimpri Chowk and Nashik Phata (Kasarwadi railway station).
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