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NH 67, Kathadimattam, Ooty, 643001
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Sep 16 2017 (15:22)  India's rail counter to China's border game is likely to be ready in a few years' time (economictimes.indiatimes.com)
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LEH: At Upshi, 50 km south of Leh, a tiny hillock poses a big challenge to a team of railway survey men. A 16-member squad, comprising experienced railway engineers, geologists, bridge specialists and avalanche experts, tosses various options to negotiate the roadblock —from engineering a deep vertical cut to pushing the track towards the existing motor road. A senior geologist in the team is blunt: there’s no way we can have a tunnel below this heap of withered granite. There’s one more problem, points out another expert. The hillock is too short for a tunnel. So, what’s the way out? After some discord, a consensus is arrived at: let the project consultant RITES, whose survey experts did six recces of the terrain in the past, come up with two alternative solutions and freeze the matter, for good.
the Government of India has its way, a railway line up to Leh — a district in Ladakh sandwiched between Pakistan occupied Kashmir in the west and China in the north and east — will be a reality in the next few years. The survey for a 498-km-long strategic railway line from Bilaspur (Himachal Pradesh) to Manali (HP) to Leh ( J&K) began in September last year. The Ministry of Defence has earmarked Rs 158 crore to the Indian Railways for the survey, with Rs 40 crore released in 2016-17.
Depending on the gradients and the alignment, the route length could go up to 650 km, almost the same as the distance by road. But the big picture is this: strategically important Leh — just 250 km from the China border — will finally be connected to Delhi by an all-weather, 1,100-km-long rail route. Though defence requirements are the basic rationale for conceiving a railway line passing through a difficult terrain and high passes — 17,480-ft-high Taglang La is one of the four passes on the way ..
The cost? The survey men are tight-lipped; a tentative cost will be known by the end of next year when the second phase of the three-phase survey is completed. “Don’t be surprised if the project cost is Rs 1 lakh crore,” exclaims one of the survey men, with a disclaimer that he does not have all the requisite statistics — route length, total size of the tunnels and bridges and the like to do a back-of-the-envelope calculation.
Last week ET Magazine joined this team of survey men for a stretch of 70 km from Leh to Lato, both in the Ladakh region of Jammu and Kashmir.
Strategic Line
The entire survey is expected to take at least two more years. When it’s time for the government to take a call on its implementation, the recent tensions with China and the eventuality of future skirmishes may well determine whether it’s executed or not.
After all, the Bilaspur-Manali-Leh line will go Last week ET Magazine joined this team of up to 250 km from the India-China border. It will also be the most challenging project the Railways has ever embarked upon since it involves constructions in huge mountains and avalanche-prone sections.
And it’s not the only line that’s planned near this critical India-China boundary. Final location surveys are also being conducted on the eastern front for three other stretches — a 378-km Missamari (Assam)-Tenga (Arunachal Pradesh)-Tawang (Arunachal) track, a 227-km-long track from Pasighat (Arunachal) to Tezu (Arunachal) to Rupai (Assam) and a 249-km route from North Lakhimpur (Assam) to Bame (in Along, Arunachal) to Silapathar (Assam).
This information was in a written reply by MoS for Railways Rajen Gohain to Parliament in November last year. He added that Rs 345 crore was earmarked for surveys for the four lines, with the ministry of defence releasing Rs 87.18 crore for 2016-17.
These blueprints are on the drawing board at a time when China is aggressively pushing its railway network deep into Tibet; the Indian government was jolted in 2006 when the 1,142-km-long Qinghai-Tibet Railway (QTR) became operational, bringing the railway track up to Lhasa, some 1,500 km from India.
The Lhasa-Shigatse railway line was subsequently constructed, and will soon be extended to Dromo near Sikkim and Nyingtri (Nyingchi in Chinese) in north Arunachal Pradesh, the Indian state often claimed by China as its own.
In fact, Dromo is close to Doklam, where India and China have just managed to end a 73-day-long standoff triggered by the intrusion of Chinese soldiers into Bhutanese territory for constructing a road project (Bhutan is a protected state of India).
Despite mounting pressure from China, India did manage to hold its ground till both the countries agreed that its troops would step back by 150 m on each side.
On Thursday, China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi at a press conference in Beijing said that while the Doklam standoff with India had “not derailed” ties, they were “damaged and affected” during those 73 days.
While addressing a gathering at a seminar organised by Centre for Land Warfare Studies in New Delhi on Wednesday, the general cited how China “flexes its muscles” to take over “territory in a very gradual manner”.
On the same day, two of India’s former foreign secretaries — Shivshankar Menon and Shyam Saran — had an hour-long conversation at a book launch. Both diplomats spent some quality time to address one question:
Why is China in a tearing hurry to exert its military influence in the region? They suspect it to be the fallout of China’s perception that the US under Donald Trump is on the decline, thereby giving a window of opportunity for China to gain more power.
Clearly, there’s little room for India to slack off and if China is making tracks into Tibet, and towards the border, India too should be getting its act together to create similar infrastructure in the region. It won’t be easy, though.
Toughest Track
Railway officers point out that if the track to Leh gets the green signal, it will be more ambitious and grandiose than the engineering marvel that is the Udhampur-Srinagar-Baramulla rail link, with 11.2-km-long Pir Panjal railway tunnel.
Only a part of that project is operational now. “The Bilaspur-Leh line will pass through four high passes, the most challenging being Taglang La (17,480 ft). The temperature variation from minus 30 degree Celsius to plus 30 degree Celsius is a big challenge. Then, there are avalanche-prone areas on the way. The proposed line falls in Seismic Zones 4 and 5.
In fact, 11% of our proposed track falls in Zone 5 (the most vulnerable to earthquakes)” says Desh Ratan Gupta, the chief engineer in-charge of construction and survey for Northern Railways. “Also, the sub-zero conditions of this magnitude do not exist in the Udhampur-Baramulla project.”
Sunil Bharadwaj from the Snow and Avalanche Study Establishment (SASE) pinpoints the challenges. “Between Kothi and Sissu (both in Himachal Pradesh), the line will pass through some of the most avalanche-prone pockets.
That 70-km stretch will be a big challenge,” he says. SASE is a laboratory under the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) that forecasts avalanches, apart from undertaking their mitigation measures —both temporary (like artificial triggering) and permanent (like constructing snow galleries).
For New Delhi, junking the Bilaspur-Manali-Leh project because of the rough terrain may not be an option. From 1947, the Railways has been shying away from constructing new hill rail tracks — the toy trains of Darjeeling, Shimla and Ooty were built in the British era.
The only headway made in the recent past has been the construction of rail tracks to connect seven capital cities of the northeastern states (barring Sikkim) and then the Udhampur-Baramulla rail line in Kashmir; both are incomplete.
In Leh, people are not perturbed by the recent military standoff between India and China in Doklam near Sikkim and in Pangong in Ladakh.
Sonam Angchuk, 61, a personal assistant to Shey monastery’s chief monk, is hopeful that the rail line to Ladakh will become a reality. “Can you imagine that a dozen bananas cost Rs 100 in Leh? It’s all because of transportation costs.
Many commodities are bought either from Srinagar or Himachal Pradesh. The rail line will be a game-changer,” he says. Skal Zang Dolma, a former school teacher, spells out the downside.
If the railways come here, prices of goods will come down, but we don’t want Leh to turn into a dirty, low-budget tourist spot,” says Dolma, a resident of Stok, a village where Leh’s royal family resides.

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Sep 17 2017 (15:14)
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Only Survey may be completed-In few years time-
In few decades time the construction may be completed if construction is actually taken up and sufficient funds are allotted!
Jun 15 2017 (11:51)  ஐசிஎப் தொழிற்சாலையில் நீலகிரி மலை ரயிலுக்கு விரைவில் பிரத்யேக பெட்டி (tnrailfans.blogspot.in)
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சென்னை பெரம்பூரில் உள்ள ரயில் இணைப்புப் பெட்டி தொழிற் சாலையில் (ஐசிஎப்) முதல் முறையாக நீலகிரி மலை சுற்றுலா ரயிலுக்கு பல்வேறு சிறப்பு வசதியுடன் பிரத்யேகப் பெட்டி விரைவில் தயாரிக்கப்படவுள்ளது.
மலைப்பிரதேச சுற்றுலாவுக்கு ஐஆர்சிடிசி சார்பில் இயக்கப்படும் ரயில்களுக்கு கண்ணாடி ரயில் பெட்டிகளை தயாரிக்க பெரம்பூர் ஐசிஎப்-க்கு ஏற்கெனவே, ரயில்வே வாரியம் உத்தரவிட்டுள்ளது. சுற்றுலாப் பயணிகளை கவரும் வகையில் ரயில் பெட்டியின் மேற்கூரையில் கண்ணாடி, நவீன பொழுதுபோக்கு அம்சங்கள், வை-ஃபை வசதி உள்ளிட்டவை இருக்கும்.
இந்நிலையில், நீலகிரி மலை சுற்றுலா ரயிலுக்கு பல்வேறு சிறப்பு வசதிகளுடன் பிரத்யேகப் பெட்டியை சுமார் ரூ.3 கோடி செலவில் தயாரிக்க ஐசிஎப்-க்கு ரயில்வே வாரியம் தற்போது உத்தரவிட்டுள்ளது.
தொடர்பாக ஐசிஎப் அதிகாரிகள் ‘தி இந்து’விடம் கூறியதாவது: ஊட்டி மலை ரயில் இந்தியாவில் இருக்கும் மிகச் சிறப் பான 4 மலை ரயில்களில் ஒன்றாகும். 109 ஆண்டுகளுக்கு முன்பு உருவாக்கப்பட்ட நீலகிரி மலை ரயில், இன்றும் தொடர்ந்து சிறப்பானப் பயணத்தைத் தந்து கொண்டிருக்கிறது. இந்த ரயில் பயணிக்கும் 45.8 கிலோ மீட்டர் தூரத்துக்குள் 16 சுரங்கங்களையும், 250 பாலங்களையும் கடக்கிறது. இந்தியாவிலேயே பல் சக்கரம் கொண்ட ஒரே ரயில் பாதை இங்கு மட்டும்தான் இருக்கிறது.
இந்நிலையில், நீலகிரி மலை சுற்றுலா ரயிலில் சுற்றுலாப் பயணிகளை கவரும் வகையிலான புதிய ரயில் பெட்டியை ஐசிஎப்-ல் தயாரிக்க முடிவு செய்யப்பட்டுள்ளது. இந்தப் பெட்டி உள்பகுதி மரத்தால் அலங்கரிக்கப்பட்டு இருக்கும்.
சுழலும் சொகுசு இருக்கைகள், பாதுகாப்பு குறிப்புகளை தெரிவிப் பதற்காக எல்இடி திரைகள், வை-ஃபை வசதி, தேனீர், காபி வழங்கும் தானியங்கி இயந்திரங் கள், கண்காணிப்பு கேமராக்கள் உள்ளிட்ட வசதிகள் இதில் இடம் பெறும். ஒரு பெட்டியை தயாரிக்க சுமார் ரூ.3 கோடி வரை செலவாகும். இயற்கை அழகை ரசிக்கும் வகையில் இந்த ரயில் பெட்டி அமையும். இந்தப் புதிய ரயில் பெட்டியின் வரைபடங்கள் தயாரிக்கப்பட்டு ஒப்புதல் பெறப் பட்டுள்ளது. எனவே, நடப்பு நிதியாண்டுக்குள் இந்த சுற்றுலா ரயில் பெட்டி தயாரிக்கப்படும்.
இவ்வாறு அவர்கள் கூறினர்.
News courtesy - Tamil The Hindu
Mar 29 2017 (12:25)  குன்னூர் மலை ரயிலில் நிரம்பி வழியும் மக்கள் கூட்டம்: கூடுதல் ரயில் இயக்க சுற்றுலா பயணிகள் கோரிக்கை (www.dinakaran.com)
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இந்தியாகல்விதமிழகம்அரசியல்குற்றம்உலகம்அறிவியல்சென்னைவர்த்தகம்விளையாட்டுதொழில்நுட்பம்தமிழகம் முகப்பு > செய்திகள் > தமிழகம் குன்னூர் மலை ரயிலில் நிரம்பி வழியும் மக்கள் கூட்டம்: கூடுதல் ரயில் இயக்க சுற்றுலா பயணிகள் கோரிக்கை
2017-03-29@ 10:52:52
குன்னூர்: குன்னூர் மலை ரயிலில் பயணிக்க, சுற்றுலா பயணிகள் அதிகளவில் ஆர்வம் காட்டுவதால் கூடுதல் ரயில் இயக்க வேண்டும் என்ற கோரி்ககை எழுந்துள்ளது. சீசன் தொடங்கியுள்ள நிலையில் மேட்டுப்பாளையத்தில் இருந்து குன்னூர் வழியாக உதகமண்டலம் செல்லும் மலை ரயிலுக்கு, ஜூன் 15 வரை முன் பதிவும் முடிந்து விட்டது.
இதனால் நாள்தோறும் முன்பதிவு செய்யப்படாத பெட்டிகளில் பயணிக்க
சுற்றுலா பயணிகள் கூட்டம் அலைமோதுகிறது. ரயிலில் இடம் கிடைக்காமல் ஏராளமான சுற்றுலா பயணிகள் ஏமாற்றத்துடன் பேருந்து நிலையங்களுக்கு திரும்புகின்றனர். மேட்டுப்பாளையத்தில் இருந்து உதகமண்டலத்திற்கு ஒரு முறையும், குன்னூர்-உதகமண்டலம் இடையே 3 முறையும் மலை ரயில் இயக்கப்படுகிறது. சீசன் தொடங்கியுள்ளதால் மேட்டுப்பாளையத்தில் இருந்து கூடுதலாக ஒரு ரயில் இயக்க வேண்டும் என சுற்றுலா பயணிகள் கோரிக்கை விடுத்துள்ளனர்.

Mar 29 2017 (13:11)
Udaipur Mysore HumSafar superfast^~   88531 blog posts   5328 correct pred (78% accurate)
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This news is affecting site format I think.
Feb 13 2017 (15:58)  Free wi-fi at Udhagamandalam, Coonoor railway stations (www.thehindu.com)
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Feb 13 2017 (15:58)
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The Udhagamandalam, Coonoor and Mettupalayam Railway Stations along the Nilgiri Mountain Railway (NMR) route, now have wi-fi connectivity, bringing cheer to tourists visiting the hill station.
Kundan, station master at the Udhagamandalam Railway Station, said that the high-speed internet service, which had been in operation for the last couple of months, had been extremely useful for both foreign as well as domestic tourists who visited the Nilgiris.
It helped them get information about the places to visit right at the railway station itself.
free wi-fi is being provided to railway stations across India as well as the stations along the NMR route by Google.
Many local youths have also begun taking advantage of service at the railway station, and are seen at the Udhagamandalam Station often streaming movies and downloading mobile apps.
K. Natarajan, founder of the Heritage Steam Chariot Trust, said that the initiative was extremely helpful in promoting the NMR among foreign tourists, as first-time visitors can communicate better with their families back home once they reached Udhagamandalam.
“The service is also convenient for spontaneous travellers who come to the Nilgiris and have to find places to stay, and the service will help them book services online,” said Mr. Natarajan.
Dec 30 2016 (05:01)  After arriving at 100th railway station in India, Google’s WiFi is set to hit another 100 in 2017 (techcrunch.com)
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Last September, Google CEO Sundar Pichai announced a fairly ambition plan to bring free WiFi to 400 railway stations across India, a goal that would cover 10 million passengers a day, by the company’s count, making a small but meaningful impact on the estimated one billion-plus people in the country who aren’t connected to the internet.
In January, the roll out started, bringing high speed wireless to Mumbai Central station. Last week, the company announced that it had hit the 100 station milestone in under a year, an honor that belongs to the Udhagamandalam (Ooty) station, putting the plan at a quarter of its originally goal.
an interview this week, Indian Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu announced that the partnership would double the amount of stations with WiFi in 2017, a comment that appears to have been misinterpreted by a number of local outlets to mean that Google would be bringing WiFi to an additional 200 stations next year, bringing the total up to 300 by year’s end.
While Google has yet to announce an official goal for 2017, someone at the company has since confirmed with us the source of the confusion. So, the additional 100 stations added to the list would bring the total up to 200 by year’s end. An admirable goal nonetheless.
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