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Three trains to operate with the coaches daily
Southern Railway’s Palakkad Division on Friday introduced the sixth Utkrisht rake in the rake links maintained at Mangaluru Central.
With the introduction of the new rake, the services of Train 16603/16604 Mangaluru Central - Thiruvananthapuram Maveli Express; Train 12602 Mangaluru Central – Chennai Central Mail, and Train 22637 Chennai Central- Mangaluru Central Express will operate with Utkrisht coaches daily, said an official release here.
the introduction of two more rakes of Utkrisht coaches by September, the services of Train 22638 Mangaluru Central - Chennai Central West Coast Express; Train 12601 Chennai Central - Mangaluru Central Mail, and Train 16630/16629 Mangaluru Central - Thiruvananthapruam Central-Mangaluru Central Malabar Express will run with the these upgraded Utkrisht coaches.
Utkrisht coaches comprise several state-of-the-art passenger-friendly facilities, including polyurethane (PU) painting with a new colour scheme with apricot on the main body and red at the ends; epoxy flooring in toilets to avoid water stagnation and improved cleanliness; hydrophobic coating in wash basins; double acting doors inside AC coaches; LED lighting; toilet occupation indication board in AC coaches; auto janitors; health faucet in toilets; digital clock in AC coaches; coach indicators inside coaches; quality coach indication boards; improved belly boards on luggage-cum-brake van coaches; Standard Braille Signage; provision of fire extinguishers in reserved coaches, and bio-toilets in all coaches.
At present, four rakes are being used to maintain the link of the Maveli Express. Conversion of other three rakes will be completed in a phased manner. Refurbishing of coaches to Utkrisht standard was carried out at Southern Railway work shops - Carriage Works, Perambur and in Golden Rock Workshop, Ponmalai, Tiruchchirpapalli.
Aug 17 (13:47) Meet on bullet train project on Monday (
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State Advocate General, Ashutosh Kumbhakoni, told the Bombay High Court on Friday that a meeting of stakeholders of the Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train project will be held on Monday.
A Division Bench of Justices A.A. Sayed and Prakash Nailk was hearing a petition filed by Godrej and Boyce Manufacturing Company Limited. In the last hearing, Godrej’s counsel had informed the court that the company was willing to give a 10-acre plot for ₹572 crore to the National High Speed Rail Corporation for a project of national importance, but the State had stalled it. The dispute dates back to 1973 and the suit is at the stage of evidence now.
court had directed Mr. Kumbhakoni and additional solicitor general Anil Singh to be present. The court has adjourned the matter to August 22.
Aug 17 (13:44) Footboard travel: a menace that just won’t go away (
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Young rail commuters pay little heed to advice, threats
School and college students hanging from the footboards of speeding suburban trains are a common sight in the city. The menace is more prevalent along the Velachery-Chennai Beach MRTS stretch, where students, and even some young office-goers, are seen hanging out of running trains, not just risking their lives, but also making others standing close by vulnerable to mishaps. Despite efforts to create awareness on the dangers of travelling on footboards, the meance continues, say railway police.
M. Velayutham, a former Chennai Corporation councillor
and a commuter in the section, said: “I am pained at seeing these young boys hang out of coaches precariously while the train is on the move. Even if we advise them, they do not pay heed. On a couple of occasions, I caught a few of them and handed them over to police. But the menace remains unchecked.”
Potential risk
Even if seats are available, the boys prefer to travel on the footboard from boarding point till destination. “They will detrain at every station when the train stops. When the train begins to move, they seem to enjoy running along with it for a while, holding on to the window grill and then boarding,” he said.
Revathi from Mylapore said, “These are kids of school-going age who deliberately scratch their shoes on the platform as the train moves. It may be fun for them, but there is a potential risk involved. Some of them just take the train at any station, travel 2-3 stations and come back.” Archana, a law student, said the boys often indulged in the “adventurous” acts to impress others.
“I am a regular witness to boys in school uniform not only travelling on footboards but resorting to some kind of skating with both feet screeching on the platform. They do this in stations where RPF personnel are not on duty,” said Sriram from Nanganallur.
Two years ago, a video showing college students travelling dangerously with billhooks on a running train went viral. The railway police swung into action and brought the menace under control by deploying more men on escort or patrolling duty. Government Railway Police officials said the strength of personnel is inadequate to handle such issues. Moreover, nabbing the miscreants who indulge in such acts is not easy. “We have to ensure that they don’t get hurt. In most cases, we warn them and let them go,” a police official said.
Many commuters opine that installation of a CCTV network and follow-up action by the police will be an effective solution to the menace.
Aug 17 (13:43) Passengers take free rides in Chennai Metro due to technical glitches (
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Thanks to glitches in the Automatic Fare Collection (AFC) gates in the Chennai Metro Rail stations, people travelled for free on Saturday morning. AFC gates are the ones that check passengers’ smartcards and let them in.
Train services though were not disrupted and were running on schedule.
Around 6 a.m. onwards, in all 32 stations of the Chennai Metro Rail network, the problem started and the gates did not let passengers in or allow them to exit.
soon as this problem occurred, the staff began issuing paper tickets for the first time, sources said. But this was soon stopped and passengers were allowed to travel for free till nearly 11 a.m., officials said.
For several months now, the AFC gates have had some minor problems in many stations, sources added.
Aug 17 (13:41) Fadnavis unveils Aqua Line (
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Alstom India to build 31 trains with eight Metro coaches each
Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Friday unveiled Aqua Line, the rolling stock model of Metro 3.
The Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation (MMRC) has awarded the contract to design and manufacture Aqua Line to Alstom Transport India Limited, a manufacturing company in the sector of rail transport.
Officials said that Aqua Line will have
features like air conditioning, humidity control, safe and advanced air suspension, and LCD screens to display information, advertisements and entertainment programmes.
MMRC officials said Aqua Line will have other features such as a programmable digital route map indicator, passenger announcement systems, anti-slip and non-skid floors, CCTV surveillance cameras, fire and smoke detectors, fire extinguishers in each coach, and voice communication facility for passengers and controllers to stay in touch in cases of emergency.
Ashwini Bhide, managing director of MMRC, said, “The manufacturing of trains would begin in November at Alstom Transport India’s Sri City factory in Andhra Pradesh. The first train is expected to arrive within a year.”
MMRC officials said 31 trains with eight Metro coaches each will be acquired from Alstom India. The trains will be equipped with a grade of automation that enables driverless operation.
Officials said the Aqua Line would be in consonance with the Metro’s beige and aqua green colour scheme. Longitudinal seating arrangement with lumbar support, grab poles and rails for passengers who are standing will also be fitted in all eight coaches
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