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Today (16:51) Church accused of ‘playing politics’ in Rail Development projects in Goa: says Town & Country Planning Minister (www.railnews.in)
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News Entry# 337919  Blog Entry# 3441980   
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May 22 2018 (16:51)
Station Tag: Velankanni/VLNK added by sreerup kol^~/1802590

May 22 2018 (16:51)
Station Tag: Hosapete Junction (Hospet)/HPT added by sreerup kol^~/1802590

May 22 2018 (16:51)
Station Tag: Vasco-da-Gama/VSG added by sreerup kol^~/1802590

May 22 2018 (16:51)
Station Tag: Madgaon Junction/MAO added by sreerup kol^~/1802590

May 22 2018 (16:51)
Station Tag: Kulem/QLM added by sreerup kol^~/1802590
22 May 2018
VASCO: Villagers in Goa state have started a hunger strike against environmental policies amid accusations that the Catholic Church supports such protests. They started the hunger strike on May 9 as part of their opposition to the Planning and Development Authority (PDA), which they claim is implementing a regional plan to take over farmland and water bodies in several villages to develop railways and tourism projects threatening the environment.
“Under the garb of the plan, officials help Railways, Tourism and other Departments to occupy private and public land such as
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beach fronts. The state government helps the tourism lobby take over village land and river fronts,” said Avertino Miranda, an environmental activist. On April 27, about 2,000 people marched through the state capital demanding the PDA scrap the plan. The state’s Town and Country Planning Ministry, which held a crucial meeting on May 16, developed the regional plan purportedly to rationalize use of land in the smallest state, which is facing a land crunch for infrastructure and housing projects, he said.
Villagers are demanding denotification of all villages listed by the PDA for land acquisition and an amendment to the Town and Country Planning Act restoring power to villagers in the planning process, said protest convener Arturo Dsouza who told that people’s opposition increased after government officers started taking over private and public lands for Railways, Industry and Tourism development.
As protests increased last month, two videos went viral on social media claiming that the Catholic Church in Goa has opposed all development projects including Railway schemes of national importance, such as Kulem-Margao Track Doubling undertaken by South Western Railway.
In the Detailed Project Report titled “Master Plan for Mormugao” prepared for the Central Ministry of Shipping, published in August 2016, the Railways had sanctioned grants for doubling the 300km track running from Vasco da Gama (Mormugao Port Trust MPT) to Hospet in Karnataka a few years ago. In order to initiate the process, land acquisitions are required. Known as Project Goa, it comes under the supervision of Rail Vikas Nigam Limited, a Government of India enterprise.
The railway doubling project, according to the report, is part of Mormugao Port Trust development plan, to increase its capacity of handling and carriage of cargo, a majority of which is coal. The 40-km railway stretch between Kulem and Margao passes through 11 villages. A mix of private and government land is required from these villages. As of November 24, 2017, they require a total of 23,888 sq mts of government land, and 64,799 sq mts of private land between Kulem and Margao.
Railway officials said while the land acquisitions are in different stages under the Land Acquisition Act 2013, out of the 11 villages, the strongest dissent is seen from the village of Sao Jose de Areal. They say if the Land Acquisition Act doesn’t work, they will apply Section 20A of Railways Act 1989 to acquire the required land. As of November 24, 2017, they have confirmed that they require 3338 sq mts plus 7183 sq mts of additional land in Sao Jose de Areal. On September 27, they came to the village to take measurements, but were sent back by the residents, who formed a violent crowd around the officers.
With the Railways having acquired 60 per cent of land required for doubling the tracks, the Hubli Division of South Western Railway has made good headway in Karnataka. In Goa, the acquisition is at different stages for the requirement of 10 hectares — spread like a strip alongside the existing track — along 64 km between Vasco and Kulem.
“We have started laying tracks at regions where we have acquired the land. We are looking at three years for the entire process and execution,” says a South Western Railway official, with a large rail map spread out on the official’s table, says, “For us, Goa is Vasco”.
“It’s all about scale,” says G P Rai, Deputy Chairman, Mormugao Port Trust. “They (Goans) have been thoroughly misguided. We are stressing on railway evacuation as it is the cleanest evacuation corridor.” At Seraulim, the church is on the other side of the railway crossing. Traffic has stopped for a passenger train, a cargo train will follow. The wagons divide a village, holding everything to ransom. Residents say that during Sunday mass, even a single train crossing can delay their church visit. That is five minutes of mass missed, they say, and with 30 trains a day, that is an entire mass gone. “The Church even stops the ceremony every few minutes as the trains pass. Nobody looks into these facts on the ground. These things are very important to us,” says Elvis Coutinho, 51.
Seraulim, which opposed the Konkan Railways project in 1992-1993, is also where the biggest resistance against the doubling of tracks for coal is taking shape. In 1993, the government issued a shoot-at-sight order against protesters. The Railways won.
Horticulturist Rodney Almeida, 67, whose house is 70 metres from the tracks, says “as a horticulturist, I am always surrounded with greenery” says Almeida. At the other end of the track is the house of retired banker Vincente Fernandes, 62, a veteran of the Konkan Railway agitation. “We will have to agitate again. We are not talking of one more train. The doubling of tracks means, 20-30 trains more. There is no access to our homes, no bridges to walk to the other side, no roads made friendly for us,” he says. With the South Western Railway team trying to survey his compound, Vincente is always on guard.
According to Chapter 4 – Notification and Acquisition of the Land Acquisition Act 2013, “Whenever, it appears to the appropriate Government that land in any area is required or likely to be required for any public purpose, a notification (hereinafter referred to as preliminary notification) to that effect along with details of the land to be acquired in rural and urban areas and shall also be published in the newspapers.
In an interview on October 15, the village Sarpanch Perrys D’Costa stated that the Collectorate officials did not come through the Panchayat for consent. “They got someone to help them to identify the houses and just went in and asked people to sign the forms. They should not have done that,” he said. “We are totally opposing all kinds of work on the railways,” says Fidelis Fredy Travasso, 45. Fondly known as Fredy, he is a native of the village and member of the Village Development Committee of the Village Panchayat. “We have two railway lines crossing through our village the South West Railway and the Konkan Railway. None of these have been of any real benefit to us,” he said.
However he doesn’t realise the fact that national long distance railway tracks passes through various villages in different states and Government is has de-jure powers to intimate and acquire lands for the development of largest parts of the nation, not just a village.
Apart from double tracking, a railway by-link connecting Konkan Railway to South Western, a railway platform and a railway yard construction is also under consideration in the village. “The South West Railway was never supposed to pass through our village anyway. It was supposed to go through Navelim, according to the Regional Plan of 2001. But politicians had their way,” he said. “We did not have much knowledge then. Things are very different now,” he said.
It is also alleged that the church of striking a secret deal with the Congress party to destabilize the state government run by Bharatiya Janata Party. Town and Country Planning Minister Vijay Sardesai told media that protesters were making “anarchic demands.” He also accused the church of “playing politics to destabilize the government today, led by the BJP.” In a country where Railways run Special Trains for christian festivals in different parts of various states of India, it is unfortunate that Church is playing such politics, said the Minister. The South Central Railway runs some 50 Special Trains for Mary Matha festival in Andhra Pradesh, and more than 100 Special Trains are run by South Central, Southern and South Western Railways for passengers proceeding to the Velankanni church in Tamil Nadu for the festival.” he said, adding that it is ridiculous to witness that Church is directly involving now in thwarting the Railway development projects in Goa. A lot of trains also run between Vasco-da-Gama and Velankanni during the festival season, and we are really hard to digest that such a place of religious importance in involving in such low politics. “India is not a country for religious institutions either directly or indirectly involving in politics and dictate terms at their whims and fancies”, he said.
JSW responds: ‘High standards of environmental compliance’
JSW does not undertake road transportation for its cargo. All cargo moves by covered rakes only. As a measure to control pollution, we innovated a unique feature to cover these rakes as the cargo is loaded from the silo.
JSW maintains high standards of environmental compliance. We were the first company in India to implement fully-covered operations with a giant shed of 105m x 450 m x 52 m at our port in Jaigarh. We are in the process of establishing a 125 m x 275 m covered shed at our berths in Mormugao Port, Goa, as an additional pollution control measure. The shed is currently awaiting necessary regulatory approvals.
Adani responds: ‘We take utmost care to preserve environment, comply with rules’
About 80 per cent of cargo is transported through mechanised wagon loading systems and the rakes are covered prior to departure from port thereby ensuring full-fledged check on pollution while the rake is enroute to its destination.
About 20 per cent of the cargo is dispatched by road through mechanised truck loading system, each truck is covered and thoroughly washed after loading, and even the undercarriage is washed to ensure a clean dispatch by road.
Furthermore, regular patrols are carried out by the port team to check for any spillage on road during transportation and react in real time thereby ensuring negligible spillage incidents.
We take utmost care to preserve the environment and comply with all the applicable rules and regulations.
Our cargo yards have all round retaining walls and cargo is stored in covered condition, with regular automatic yard sprinkler system to ensure dust suppression, firefighting system for emergency usage, dry fog system at all cargo transfer points for dust free cargo transfer, automatic truck and wheel washing system, a portable mist canon system, water tanker with road sprinkler, tractor mounted road sweeping machine, windscreens and green belt around the yards and jetty gate.
These systems are benchmark technologies that we have in the entire Adani Ports and Special Economic Zone Ltd portfolio.
VEDANTA responds: ‘Not using port for coal handling’
Vedanta is not using the Mormugao Port berth for any coal handling. We are importing 0.75 Mt per annum for our in-house consumption and not for sale. We are not handling coal at MPT land, so no question of creating any dust pollution. It is directly unloaded from mother ship to barges mid sea and the same are being unloaded at the plant. Moreover, the moisture in coal is 10%, which doesn’t allow any dust generation. As a responsible organisation, we abide by all norms and regulatory compliance.
  
Today (16:51) आनंद विहार तक जाएगी नीलांचल एक्सप्रेस (m.livehindustan.com)
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News Entry# 337918  Blog Entry# 3441976   
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May 22 2018 (16:51)
Station Tag: Tatanagar Junction/TATA added by Aaditya^~/1421836
Stations:  Tatanagar Junction/TATA  
टाटानगर होकर चल रही पुरी नई दिल्ली की नीलांचल एक्सप्रेस आनंद विहार स्टेशन से अब अप-डाउन करेगी। 21 मई सोमवार से यह आदेश लागू हो गया है। रेलवे ने दिल्ली से चलने वाली कई ट्रेन के परिचालन क्षेत्र में कटौती किया है। दिल्ली स्टेशन से यात्रियों की भीड़ कम करने के लिए यह आदेश हुआ है। टाटा से गुजरने वाली साप्ताहिक भुनेश्वर दिल्ली संपर्क क्रांति एक्सप्रेस को इसी योजना से अब आनंद विहार स्टेशन से चलाया जा रहा है। ट्रेनों के दिल्ली न जाने से यात्रियों को आवागमन में दिक्क्क्त होगी। 25 को नीलांचल आनंद विहार स्टेशन से ही खुलेगी।
  
Today (16:49) रेलवे क्रॉसिंग पर चला जागरूकता अभियान (m.livehindustan.com)
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SER/South Eastern
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News Entry# 337917  Blog Entry# 3441964   
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May 22 2018 (16:49)
Station Tag: Chakradharpur/CKP added by Aaditya^~/1421836

May 22 2018 (16:49)
Station Tag: Tatanagar Junction/TATA added by Aaditya^~/1421836
टाटानगर व चक्रधरपुर मंडल के रेलवे क्रॉसिंग पर सुरक्षा प्रावधान के तहत 16 जून तक जागरूकता अभियान चलेगा। 25 मानवरहित क्रॉसिंग समेत बेरियरयुक्त क्रॉसिंग पर काम करने का तरीका गेटमैन को भी बताया जाएगा।दक्षिण पूर्व जोन में सुरक्षित ट्रेन परिचालन व यात्री सुरक्षा के मद्देनजर 15 मई से अभियान शुरू है। राहगीरों के बीच पर्चा बांटने व नुक्कड़ नाटक करने की योजना है। ताकि, रेलवे प्रावधान की जानकारी लोगों को जाएगी। रेललाइन किनारे सिथत गांवों में सेमिनार का आयोजन पंचायत प्रतिनिधियों की मदद से की जाएगी। रेलवे अभियान में सिविल डिफेंस व स्काउट एंड गाइड के दर्जनों सदस्य सेफ्टी अधिकारियों के साथ शामिल होंगे।
  
झारखंड दिशोम पार्टी (झादिपा) और आदिवासी सेंगेल अभियान ने सरना, लिंगायत और गोंडी धर्म को सरकारी मान्यता देने समेत कई मांगों को लेकर सोमवार को आंशिक भारत बंद का आह्वान किया था।कोल्हान में बंद समर्थकों ने हावड़ा-मुंबई मार्ग पर सुबह ट्रेनों का आवागमन ठप कर दिया। इससे रेलवे ने छह जोड़ी ट्रेनें रद्द कर दी। वहीं, चार ट्रेनों का मार्ग लाइन जाम के कारण बदला गया।तीनों राज्यों झारखंड, ओडिशा और पश्चिम बंगाल में दर्जनों ट्रेनें रोक दी गईं। गालूडीह में झाड़ग्राम-धनबाद पैसेंजर एक घंटे तक खड़ी रही। वहीं, चांडिल एवं पुरुलिया स्टेशन के बीच रेलवे लाइन पर सैकड़ों बंद समर्थक बैठ गए। वहीं, कई स्टेशनों पर रेल लाइन को भी बंद समर्थकों ने छह घंटे तक जाम रखा। इससे आद्रा और टाटानगर होकर दिल्ली, मुंबई और बिहार से आवागमन करने वाली दर्जन भर ट्रेनों को भी अलग-अलग स्टेशनों पर रोका गया था। पूर्वी सिंहभूम में 137 समर्थकों को हिरासत में लिया...
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गया।छह जोड़ी ट्रेनें रद्द, चार का मार्ग बदला : बंद के कारण आसनसोल-टाटा पैसेंजर को रद्द कर दिया गया। इससे टाटानगर से भी ट्रेन नहीं गई। दक्षिण पूर्व जोन ने छह जोड़ी ट्रेनों का परिचालन रद्द कर दिया। टाटानगर से गुजरी ओडिशा पुरी दिल्ली पुरुषोत्तम एवं राजेंद्रनगर-दुर्ग साउथ बिहार एक्सप्रेस को बदले मार्ग (सीनी होकर) पर चलाया गया। इससे चांडिल व पुरुलिया मार्ग के सैकड़ों ट्रेन यात्रियों को गतंव्य तक आवागमन में दिक्कत हुई। ट्रेनें रोके जाने से 20 हजार से ज्यादा यात्री परेशान हुए।ये ट्रेनें हुईं रद्द : पुरुलिया-झाड़ग्राम, चक्रधरपुर-टाटा पैसेंजर, सुवर्णरेखा एक्सप्रेस, टाटा-चक्रधरपुर पैसेंजर, आसनसोल-टाटा मेमू , दानापुर-टाटा-दानापुर, हटिया-टाटा-हटिया पैसेंजर।लंबी दूरी की बसें भी नहीं चलीं : बंद से कोल्हान में कई जगहों से लंबी दूरी की बसें नहीं चलीं। टाटा से ओडिशा जाने वाली बसें तो एकदम नहीं चलीं। वहां से भी बसें नहीं आईं।करनडीह चौक पर रोड जाम : करनडीह चौक पर पार्टी के कार्यकर्ताओं ने रोड जाम कर दिया। इससे टाटा-हाता मुख्य मार्ग जाम हो गया। मौके पर पुलिस पहुंची और बंद समर्थकों को हिरासत में लिया।चाईबासा में सौ बंद समर्थक हिरासत में : बंद के दौरान चाईबासा के मालुका स्टेशन पर लाइन जाम कर बंद समर्थकों ने ट्रेन रोक दी। इसके अलावा जगह-जगह टायर जलाकर विरोध जताया गया। चाईबासा में सौ समर्थकों को हिरासत में लिया गया। बंद का पोड़ाहाट में असर नहीं दिखा। बाजार में दुकानें खुली रहीं।इनके नेतृत्व में हुआ बंद : झारखंड दिशोम पार्टी के केंद्रीय उपाध्यक्ष सोनाराम सोरेन, आदिवासी सेंगेल अभियान के प्रदेश संयोजक बिरसा मुर्मू और बिमोह मुर्मू के नेतृत्व में बंद किया गया।
  
Today (16:12) भोपाल-निशातपुरा तीसरी लाइन पर दो माह बाद दौड़ पाएंगी ट्रेनें (naidunia.jagran.com)
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पाल। नवदुनिया प्रतिनिधि भोपाल से निशातपुरा के बीच बिछाई जा रही डेढ़ किलोमीटर लंबी तीसरी रेल लाइन का काम पूरा होने में दो माह का समय और लगेगा। यानि अगले दो महीने तक तीसरी लाइन में ट्रेनें नहीं दौड़ पाएंगी। इस बीच भोपाल से निशातपुरा के बीच ट्रेनों का दबाव कम नहीं होगा। बता दें कि रेलवे ने तीसरी लाइन का काम बारिश के पहले हर हाल में
भोपाल। नवदुनिया प्रतिनिधि
भोपाल से निशातपुरा के बीच बिछाई जा रही डेढ़ किलोमीटर लंबी तीसरी रेल लाइन का काम पूरा होने में दो माह का
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समय और लगेगा। यानि अगले दो महीने तक तीसरी लाइन में ट्रेनें नहीं दौड़ पाएंगी। इस बीच भोपाल से निशातपुरा के बीच ट्रेनों का दबाव कम नहीं होगा। बता दें कि रेलवे ने तीसरी लाइन का काम बारिश के पहले हर हाल में पूरा करने का लक्ष्य तय किया था। क्योंकि भोपाल से निशातपुरा के बीच ट्रेनों का दबाव लगातार बढ़ा है। कई बार ट्रेनों को आउटर पर घंटो रोकना पड़ता है। इसी को देखते हुए तीसरी लाइन को जल्द पूरा करने की मशक्कत चल रही है। दो महीने पहले जबलपुर जोन के जीएम गिरीश पिल्लई ने लाइन का निरीक्षण कर ओएचई लाइन के काम को तय समय में पूरा करने के निर्देश दिए थे, लेकिन ये काम अब तक पूरा नहीं हुआ है।
उल्लेखनीय है कि बीना से इटारसी तक तीसरी रेल लाइन का काम चल रहा है। यह काम अलग-अलग सेक्शन में किया जा रहा है। बीना से निशातपुरा के बीच सभी सेक्शनों में काम पूरा हो चुका है। लाइन पर ट्रेनें भी दौड़ रही हैं। केवल भोपाल-निशातपुरा सेक्शन में लाइन का काम बाकी है। दूसरी तरफ भोपाल से इटारसी के बीच भी तीसरी लाइन का काम चल रहा है। इसमें कई साल लगेंगे। अभी सबसे जरूरी भोपाल-निशातपुरा तीसरी लाइन का काम है। यह भले ही सबसे छोटा सेक्शन है, लेकिन यहां ट्रेनों का दबाव अधिक है। शनिवार से लाइन का काम तेज कर दिया गया है। निशातपुरा डी-कैबिन के पास करीब 100 मीटर ट्रैक का 40 फीसदी काम ही हुआ है। भोपाल स्टेशन के बीना आउटर पर दो मुख्य पाइंटों का काम बचा है। रेलवे के मैदानी अधिकारियों का कहना है कि इन सभी कामों को पूरा करने में दो महीने से अधिक समय लगेगा।

  
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Re# 3441817-1            Tags   Past Edits
commissioning Target of June 18 seems tough now.Habibganj Bhopal is also Pending.
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