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Yesterday (15:00)  Financial Bids for Mumbai Metro Line-3 rolling-stock by Aug-end (www.railnews.in)
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MUMBAI: Having already received six pre- qualification bids for the rolling stocks, Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation (MMRC) is hopeful of opening financial bids for the same by the end of next month for the Line 3 that connects the city’s southern tip to the airport and beyond.
The Rs 23,136-crore, 33.5-km-long Line 3 connects Colaba in the southern tip of the island city with Bandra- Seepz in the north via the international airport and is the biggest infra project that the city has ever seen.
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will be the fifth largest underground metro in the world.
“We are hopeful of opening the financial bids for rolling stock for the Line 3 by the end of August. We’ve already received good pre-qualification bids from as many as six domestic and global consortia,” said MMRC managing director Ashwini Bhide.
The consortia are Alstom Transport India-Alstom Transport France; CRRC Nanjing-CRRC Changchun-CRRC International Corp of China, Kawasaki Heavy Industries of Japan; CAF of Spain, Hitachi from Japan, and a consortium of Bhel-Mitsubishi Corp, she said.
Of these, CAF, Hitachi and Mitsubishi are independent bids, Bhide.
After evaluating these bids, MMRC will invite financial tenders from shortlisted companies in consultation with the Japan International Cooperation Agency, which is funding 57.2 per cent of the project cost at a soft loan for 30 years.
Bhide said the winning consortium will have to manufacture 75 per cent of coaches locally though not necessarily in Maharashtra itself.
The state-of-the-art eight-coach cars will be driver- less trains, said MMRC director (projects) S K Gupta.
MMRC will procure 31 cars of eight coaches each, or 248 coaches in total, in the first phase. Each car will be 22.6-metre-long and 3.2-metre-wide with four gates per car.
The contract will include design, manufacture, supply, installation, testing and commissioning of the rolling stock.
Describing the Line 3 as the biggest infra project in the megapolis, Bhide said the thus far the biggest such venture here, the Bandra-Worli Sea Link – has cost only Rs 1,600 crore, while the Line 3 is 14 times larger.
The other key infra projects – the Eastern Freeway (Rs 1,200 crore) and monorail (Rs 2,600 crore) all pale in front of the Colaba-Seepz metro line. The 11.8-km Metro One (being operated by the Anil Ambani group) has cost only Rs 2,400 crore, she noted.
The Line 3, on completion by FY22, will reduce daily fuel demand by around 4 lakh liters, or close to 10,000 tonne of green house gas emissions per year, as it will take at least 4.5 lakh vehicles off road daily.
The city is building five more metro lines of which civil work on the Line 2A and Line 7 have already started.
These six line new metro lines will cost close to Rs 1 trillion and are being implemented by the nodal development agency MMRDA.
Executive director (planning) at MMRC R Ramana said the Line 3 will need 17 tunnel boring machines (TBMs) which will arrive by end-August and the tunnelling will start from October from the proposed Naya Nagar station in the Dharavi slum area in central Mumbai.
Gupta said the Line 3, which will have just one of the 27 stations on-ground, needs 78.67 hectares land, of which only 3.45 hectares are private land.
Of the total government land of 74.22 hectares, 64 hectares have already been acquired and of this 30 hectares are at the Arey Colony where the metro will have the casting yard and depot. Out of the 30, 5 hectares will be untouched and will remain a natural green cover, Bhide said.
She ruled out building commercial space at the stations, saying it isn’t commercially viable to build large space at the stations, though each of them may have some urgent utilities like ATM and snacks bars.
“Out of the total project cost of Rs 23,136 crore, over Rs 18,000 crore are only for tunnelling and stations.
Effectively, cost works out to be Rs 2 lakh per sq ft and we cannot charge so much from a tenant. Each station will have a built up space of 240-250 sq meter space only,” she said.
Asked whether the project is on time despite many legal hassles it had to face, Bhide said, “very much”.
No there is no uncertainty over the project. The metro will be a reality on time, and that is by 2022, she concluded.
  
Jul 24 2017 (10:12)  రాబడి మార్గంలో వెనుకంజ (www.eenadu.net)
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నాలుగేళ్లుగా ఆదాయపరంగా దూసుకెళ్తున్న దక్షిణమధ్యరైల్వే 2016-17లో ప్రతికూల పరిస్థితిని ఎదుర్కొంది. ఏకంగా రూ. వెయ్యి కోట్ల ఆదాయాన్ని కోల్పోయింది. 2015-16లో రూ. 13,212 కోట్ల రాబడి సాధించగా.. 2016-17లో రూ. 12,410 కోట్లకే పరిమితమైంది. ఆదాయ వనరుల్లో కీలకమైన సరుకురవాణా భారీగా తగ్గిపోవడం జోన్‌ ఆదాయంపై ప్రభావం చూపింది. ప్రతి ఏటా 106 మిలియన్‌ టన్నులకు పైగా చేసే సరుకురవాణా ఈసారి 96.84 మిలియన్‌ రవాణాకు పడిపోయింది. గతేడాదితో పోలిస్తే ప్రయాణికుల సంఖ్య కొంత పెరిగినా.. నాలుగైదేళ్లక్రితంతో పోలిస్తే మాత్రం వృద్ధి లేదు.
తరిగిపోతున్న లాభాలు..
ఆరు డివిజన్లు, ఆరు రాష్ట్రాల్లో విస్తరించిన దక్షిణమధ్య రైల్వే 6,028 కిలోమీటర్ల పరిధిలో ఉంది. నిత్యం 736 రైళ్లు నడుపుతుంది. ఆదాయపరంగా ఇతర జోన్ల కంటే మంచి రికార్డు ఉంది. ప్రయాణికుల టికెట్ల నుంచి, సరుకు రవాణా నుంచి భారీగా ఆదాయం వస్తుంది.
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ఆదాయం రూపాయి వస్తే.. ఖర్చు 79 పైసలు ఉండేది. ఖర్చు ఇప్పుడు 86 పైసలు దాటింది. ప్రస్తుత ఏడాదిలో ఆ ఖర్చు 100 పైసల ఆదాయం వస్తే ఖర్చు 108 పైసలకు (ఏప్రిల్‌ ఫలితాల ఆధారంగా) పెరుగుతుందన్న అంచనాలు నమోదవుతున్నాయి. అదే జరిగితే దక్షిణమధ్య రైల్వే లాభాల నుంచి నష్టాల్లోకి వెళ్లే ప్రమాదముంది. కొత్త రైళ్లలో చాలావరకు సువిధ, ప్రీమియం పేర్లతో ప్రవేశపెట్టడం, వాటిలో అధికరేట్లు నిర్ణయించడం, కొన్నింట్లో అయితే విమానఛార్జీలకంటే అధికంగా ఉండటంతో ప్రయాణికులు ప్రత్యామ్నాయ రవాణా వైపు వెళ్తున్నారని నిపుణులు అభిప్రాయపడుతున్నారు.మరోవైపు సరుకు ఆదాయం తగ్గడంతో దక్షిణమధ్యరైల్వే దిద్దుబాటు చర్యలకు శ్రీకారం చుట్టింది. సిమెంటు కంపెనీల యజమానులతో జనరల్‌ మేనేజర్‌ ఇటీవల సమావేశమయ్యారు. సిమెంటు రవాణాకు సంబంధించి రైల్వేశాఖ పరంగా సహకారం అందిస్తామని హామీ ఇస్తూనే సరుకురవాణాలో తాము అందించే రాయితీలను ఉపయోగించుకోవాలని కోరారు.
  
Jul 22 2017 (18:58)  NITI Aayog approves Rs.18000 Crore investment for Railways (www.railnews.in)
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NEW DELHI: NITI Aayog on Friday approved investments worth Rs. 18,000 crore for high-speed rail projects for major routes of Delhi-Mumbai and Delhi-Kolkata, Union Minister for Railways Suresh Prabhu said at an ASSOCHAM event here today.
“We are working on Gatiman Express which is India?s fastest train at 180 km per hour and trying for Mumbai-Delhi and Delhi-Kolkata which are major routes with a speed of maximum 200 km per hour (kmph) and that will be an investment of Rs. 18,000 crore which has already been approved by the NITI Aayog,” said Prabhu while inaugurating an ASSOCHAM International Conference RAILTECH 2017.
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we proposed it, they were apprehensive but now everybody realises importance of it as it is a least-cost option, so we are trying to do that, you can imagine the trains can go at that speed from Delhi to Mumbai and how much travel time will be reduced,” added Prabhu.
He also said that Railways Ministry is working with many countries to increase the speed of operations, including France.
“There are a lot of studies which are going on and they are in a very advanced stage, so we will start implementing that in the next few months” time,? added the minister.
He added that the Government is working towards introducing cutting-edge technology of future in all aspects of railways with it not only being imported but being co-developed in India.
“We already had about six to eight months ago, a programme in which we called all the major technology developers who had not yet fully developed, commercialized the technology which can take the speed of railways to more than 600 kmph and we are already working with them, companies like Hyperloop,” added Prabhu.
Talking about the use of high-end technology on safety front, he said that self-propelled detection of tracks together with use of ultrasonic machines and geo-spatial technology to alert about unmanned railway crossings are underway.
On laying of railway tracks, he said that automatic track laying machines which are already being used on Dedicated Freight Corridor will now be tried all over the country.
“This has already resulted in increasing the speed of putting the track which was only three kms. per day to almost eight kms. per day and the target is to take it to 20 kms per day in the next three years and definitely we are on track for doing that,” added Prabhu.
He said considering that capital expenditure needed for optimal technology has gone from Rs. 30,000 crore a year to almost Rs. 2,75,000 crore in the last 2.5 years shows the commitment of the Government.
On the rolling stock, he said that two major locomotives are already in use with one from French transport giant Alstom. “It is going to bring in the best cutting edge technology, environment friendly, speed will be good, least fuel consumption and that will available in the next month?s time and that is going to be manufactured in India.”
He said that another locomotive factory would be set up in West Bengal, “We are yet to finalise the bid, but it will already be happening. That again will begin the best technology in fact, all the top global players are vying for it.”
Highlighting that the Government is taking all these steps in a very transparent manner, the Union Minister said that companies like Siemens have made a consortium in this regard. “So you can imagine how serious they are because otherwise they would have come on their own.”
Prabhu also informed that Railway Ministry has started working on revamping, refurbishing and retrofitting of 40,000 outdated coaches.
?We have already stopped manufacturing non-LHB coaches from April 1, next year and all the LHB coaches will be manufactured, so you can imagine the technological up-gradation that is happening at all levels,? he said.
He said that Railway Ministry has also completely revamped the ticket-booking mobile application with many services being made available on one single application. “This is going to bring in a completely different experience for the traveller because he can book it completely on his palm literally, not only booking but anything to do with railways.”
Talking about the recently held huge roundtable conference on technology, he said that Railway Ministry was engaging with all the top global players that had participated in the same.
?I think we have already taken very serious steps, to modernise and optimise the capacity of railway operations and the biggest other technology tool that we will be using and we have already started work on is rail cloud,? said Prabhu.
He said that Railway Ministry has also started working on enterprise resource planning (ERP) which has the potential to save up to Rs. 70,000 crore.
?We are also using technology for each and every aspect of railways, including managerial practices which includes our internal processes to ensure that efficiency is allowed and in fact we will try to plug every possible area where there is a leakage, hoodwinking possible and the system will be made foolproof,? said the Union Railway Minister.
  
Jul 22 2017 (18:53)  Anticipated cost of Imphal-Jiribam Rail line pegged at Rs.9658 Crores (www.railnews.in)
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IMPHAL/NEW DELHI: Minister of State for Railways Rajen Gohain informed the Rajya Sabha yesterday that the Imphal-Jiribam rail line has been taken up at the anticipated cost of Rs 9658 crore while an expenditure of Rs 5278 crore has been incurred till March this year.
An outlay of Rs 1400 crore has been provided for 2017-2018 for the project, said Gohain and added that Imphal to Jiribam railway line is part of the Trans-Asian railway network.
Replying to questions raised by Rajya Sabha MP K Bhabananda, Gohain further said that the completion of
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the project depends on many factors such as land acquisition, forestry and wild life clearances, shifting of services, construction of road over and under bridges, law and order etc.
The proposed railway stations that will come up along the new line are Jiribam, Vangaichingpo, Kaimai, Kambiron Thingao, Khonsang, Awangkhul, Noney, Tupul, Haochong and Imphal, informed the Minister.
To other posers raised by K Bhabananda, MoS for Electronics and Information Technology, PP Chaudhury said that the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology is implementing Digital India programme to transform India to a digitally empowered society and knowledge economy and added that State Wide Area Networks (SWANs), State Date Centres (SDCs), Common Service Centres (CSCs), State Service Delivery Gateways (SSDGs), e-District Mission Mode Project (MMP) have been implemented to help the Government Departments in the States and Centre.
  
Jul 13 2017 (17:08)  यात्रीगण कृप्या ध्यान दें, सितम्बर में बढ़ सकता है ट्रेन का किराया (www.punjabkesari.in)
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नई दिल्लीः अगर आप सितम्बर में कहीं घूमने का प्लान बना रहे है तो, ये खबर आपको झटका दे सकती है। इंडियन रेलवे अपने पैरों पर खड़े होने के लिए लगातार कदम उठा रहा है। इसीलिए उसने अपनी आय बढ़ाने के लिए नई योजनाएं बनाई है। माना जा रहा है कि इस कड़ी में सबसे पहले रेलवे सितंबर से धीरे-धीरे यात्री किराया बढ़ा सकता हैं, साथ ही, रेलवे ने हाल में आय बढ़ाने के लिए कई नई कंपनियों से माल-ढुलाई के लिए करार किए है।
प्रधानमंत्री कार्यालय रेलवे को यात्री किराए में बढ़ोतरी के लिए मंजूरी दे चुका है। इसीलिए माना जा रहा है सितंबर में रेलवे इस पर फैसला ले सकता है। जानकारी के मुताबिक, रेलवे ने दो बड़ी सीमेंट मैन्युफैक्चरिंग
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कंपनियों के साथ करार किया है, साथ ही, 10 कंपनियों के साथ जल्द कॉन्ट्रैक्ट पर साइन हो सकते है।
रेलवे टिकट पर देता है बड़ी सब्सिडी
रेलवे को पैसेंजर किराए में घाटा होता है और इस पर तकरीबन 43 फीसदी सब्सिडी दी जाती है। इसका सीधा सा मतलब यह हुआ रेलवे को किसी भी टिकट पर सौ रुपए के खर्च पर सिर्फ 57 रुपए की कमाई होती है, इस वजह से रेलवे पर लगातार आर्थिक दबाव बना रहता है इससे छुटकारा पाने के लिए रेलवे लगातार कोशिश कर रहा है।रेलवे को होता है सालाना 3500 करोड़ का घाटा
यात्री किराया में मिलने वाली सब्सिडी से रेलवे को सालाना लगभग 3500 करोड़ रुपए का घाटा होता है. घाटे की दूसरी वजह बुजुर्गो, महिलाओं, सैनिकों, विकलांगों, खिलाड़ियों आदि को मिलने वाली रियायत है। इसे समाप्त करना भी आसान नहीं है। सबसे ज्यादा 1375 करोड़ रुपए सिर्फ वरिष्ठ नागरिकों को दी जाने वाली सब्सिडी का सालाना बोझ उठाना पड़ता है।
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