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May 02 (09:18) Container train service to ease foreign trade via Biratnagar (www.myrepublica.com)
INT/International

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May 02 2018 (09:18)
Station Tag: Jogbani/JBN added by karbang~/50057
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Container train service was used for the first time to bring Nepal's third-country consignments for eastern Nepal from Kolkata port of India.
A freighter train carrying 58 rakes arrived at Bathnaha, which lies five kilometer away from bordering Indian town of Jogbani, making Biratnagar second city in the country directly receiving containers from India's Kolkata port after Birgunj.
Before this, trucks were the only means of transport to carry third-country consignments to Nepal from Indian ports like Kolkata and Haldia. Traders say use of railway container will cut down their transport cost by
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up to 40 percent. This means third-country goods coming to Nepal will be cheaper.
The new facility became possible following the launch of a bilateral pilot project named 'Electronic Cargo Tracking System (ECTS)'.
Traders say the transportation cost will come down further after once the under-construction railway line connecting Bathnaha of Indian to Integrated Check Post (ICP) of Biratganar-18 comes into operation.
Abinash Bohra, a member of Federation of Nepalese Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FNCCI), said that the transport costs will come down by 40 percent.
The cost to transport goods to Kolkata from Biratnagar is Rs 6 per kilometer. The new transport cost using railway will come around Rs 3.6 per kilometer.
Bohra also emphasized the need to expedite construction work of Biratnagar ICP as well as the railway line between Bathnaha and Katahari of Morang via the ICP.
Traders and industrialists of Province 1 also say that transport of goods via railway will be faster as well as safer and that they no longer have to worry about security of the consignments.
“Export and import via railway container will also help in trade promotion in entire province,” Rajendra Raut, FNCCI's vice president for Province 1, said.
Traders also say that the new transport facility ends unwanted hassles of paying different charges on the way while importing goods. Also, containers will no longer lie stranded on the way in case trucks break down.
“Similar arrangement will be made for import of goods via Bhairahawa and Rupaidiya trade in the near future,” Commerce Secretary Chandra Ghimire told Republica.
  
May 02 (09:03) As earnings increase, Tiruvallur pleads for more express train halts (timesofindia.indiatimes.com)
Commentary/Human Interest
SR/Southern

News Entry# 335752   
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May 02 2018 (09:04)
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Stations:  Tiruvallur/TRL  
Every time P Munusamy, a resident of Tiruninravur, has to catch a train to Coimbatore or Bengaluru, the very thought tires him out.
The 40-year-old has to go to Chennai Central, 34km away, to board the Bengaluru Mail or Cheran Express as these two are among many of such express trains that do not have a stoppage at Tiruvallur station, less than 15km from Tiruninravur
Munusamy’s predicament is shared by thousands from areas in the vicinity of Tiruvallur town, like Sriperumbudur, Poonamallee and Pattabiram.
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the 50-odd trains bound for Mumbai, Bengaluru, Coimbatore and Kerala, only 10 stop at Tiruvallur, the headquarters of Tiruvallur district. Rest have a stop only at Arakkonam, 37km from Tiruvallur station.
However, in the southern direction, all express trains stop at Tambaram and Chengalpet after starting from Chennai. This is despite the two stations being at a distance of only
25km and 50km from Chennai. None of two are district headquarters but have been given the privilege following the urban expansion in that direction.
Currently, Southern Railway is carrying out a yard modification work at Arakkonam, diverting express trains via Tiruthani and stopping some suburban services at intermediate Tiruvalangadu station. Despite that no temporary stoppage has been created at Tiruvallur.
Sources say a recent proposal by the Chennai division to have Tiruvallur as a temporary stoppage was shot down by the SR headquarters, the final authority as far as allocating new stoppages are concerned.
Factors like operational efficiency, earnings and footfalls from the station are considered for adding stoppages, officials said.
Factors like operational efficiency, earnings and footfalls from the station are considered for adding stoppages, officials said.
Data show that yearly earnings from Tiruvallur have increased from ?7.05 crore in 2012-13 to ?12.43 crore in 2016-17. Chengalpet, where all express trains stop, earned ?12.49 crore in 16-17.
Tiruvallur is also the fourth most populated district in the state and the population is likely to increase given the migration from Chennai due to cheap accommodations.
An official said there has to be at least 40-50 reserved tickets booked for a distance of 500km for a period of few months to be considered as a stoppage for majority of trains. Official data show there is not much of a difference in the earnings from reserved ticket sales at Tiruvallur and Chengalpet.
While accepting that the demand is genuine, railway officials say it is unlikely to be entertained as it would increase the running time of the trains.
“A stoppage of two minutes would impact the running time by at least 10 minutes. Currently, trains speed up to Arakkonam,” an officer said. However, a few years ago, express trains were given stoppages at stations like Wallajah Road when R Velu, who was from the area, was the MoS, railways.
“All stoppages should be reviewed and some trains can be stopped at deserving stations like Tiruvallur,” the officer said. Abraham Jacob, who was chief operations manager, Southern Railway till 2011, said Tiruvallur has emerged as a metropolis and it was a genuine requirement.
“Railways should do a survey to find out which trains are frequently used by Tiruvallur residents and give stoppage accordingly,” he said, adding a similar decision for Avadi took 20 years to implement.
  
Apr 25 (11:44) Rail coach refurbishing, rehabilitation factory to come up at Ganaur: Khattar (www.india.com)
Commentary/Human Interest
NR/Northern

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Apr 25 2018 (11:44)
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Stations:  Ganaur/GNU  
Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar today said that the state government has made concerted efforts for setting up of proposed rail coach refurbishing and rehabilitation factory at Barhi of Ganaur in Sonepat district.
The factory would be set up at a cost of about Rs 600 crore, he said.
Khattar said that the setting up of this factory would provide direct and indirect employment to thousands of youth, and opportunities of skill development.
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project would accelerate the pace of development and would benefit setting up of various subsidiary units, small and medium enterprises, he said, according to an official release here today.
The Haryana State Industrial and Infrastructure Development Corporation (HSIIDC) has cleared all technical barriers for setting up of this factory.
The HSIIDC would give 161.48 acres of land to the Railways on lease of 99 years where about 500-700 rail coaches would be refurbished and rehabilitated, the release said.
Both the HSIIDC and the railways have agreed on all necessary points of the project and the process of land transfer. The possession of this land of the HSIIDC would soon be given to the Railways.
After tje transfer of land to the Railways, the construction work would be started within five years.
All buildings under this project would be constructed as per Haryana Building Code and to meet water requirement and tubewells would be constructed as per the government’s policy, it said.
  
Apr 25 (11:38) Trial run begins on Pink Line section (timesofindia.indiatimes.com)
IR Affairs
DMRC/Delhi Metro

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Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) on Tuesday started test runs on its 8.10km Pink Line stretch between Lajpat Nagar and Sir Vishweshwaraiah Moti Bagh stations. The line is expected to open in June and will connect four major markets in the city — Sarojini Nagar, INA, South Extension and Lajpat Nagar.
The first section of the 59km Majlis Park-Shiv Vihar corridor between Majlis Park and Durgabai Deshmukh South Campus stations was opened in March. Two more sections — South Campus to Lajpat Nagar and Shiv Vihar to Trilokpuri — are expected to open by June. The test run was flagged off by DMRC managing director Mangu Singh.
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these test runs, the interface of the train will be checked to ensure there is no physical infringement with civil infrastructure during the movement on the track and also various subsystems of coaches will be tested,” a DMRC spokesperson said.
The new signalling technology, Communication Based Train Control (CBTC), that allows driverless train operations will also undergo rigorous testing in stages.
  
Apr 25 (11:34) Exclusive! Indian Railways first train-set will run from October, says Ashwani Lohani (www.zeebiz.com)
IR Affairs

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Ashwani Lohani, Chairman of the Indian Railway Board, in an exclusive interview with Zee Business's Sameer Dixit said that a train set is a new concept and the country's first one will be running by October, 2018. The train is designed and is being built at ICF factory in Chennai. He also added, "We are working to increase the speed of existing trains but it can be achieved only by improving the and expanding the available Indian Railways infrastructure.
Here are the edited excerpts of the interview:
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related to the statement outside your office that visitors should not bring a bouquet. In addition, in recent past, you also asked Railways officers to address juniors as 'aap' not 'tu' or 'tum'. What do you expect from all of this?
A: See, cultural reforms are needed to bring a sustainable improvement in any organisation as this helps in changing the mindset of people and the way they work. This change means a change in organisational setup, which would bring other changes along with it.
Q: Sir, there is a new concept of Train Set. What is the current status and from when will we see them ply on the tracks? How is it going to benefit the passengers?
A: There is a basic difference between the existing normal trains and the train sets and that is related to engine or locomotive. Normal trains run with the support of locomotives, while the train-sets are self-propelled on electric traction and don't require a locomotive to pull it. They carry motors within the cars which helps it in pulling electricity. These trains can accelerate quickly, helping to cut the travel time. They are capable of returning back from any station without any delay. The Indian Railways-owned Integral Coach Factory in Chennai is manufacturing two train sets at present. The first train set will be out for test run in June 2018 and will be plying on tracks for passengers by October or November 2018.These trains, which provide comfortable train journey to passengers, are globally available.
Later, train-sets equipped with latest foreign technology will also be brought to India. Their trains will be developed within India under the Make in India initiative.
Q: You must be receiving complaints on daily basis about the quality of food being served or the catering facility available in Indian Railways. By when will better food be served to passengers?
A: It is a big issue and an important topic, at least, when it comes to Indian Railways, which caters to about 10-12 lakh passengers on a daily basis. For this purpose, we need to implement the concept of mini-meals that is available on airlines as well as e-catering facilities, under which food can reach a person just on a phone call.
Q: Do you think, the two schemes, mini-meal and e-catering, being suggested by you can address the problem?
A: See, the Indian Railways is moving well in the direction of e-catering. But there is a problem and mini-meals is an answer to it. Secondly, when it comes to basic improvement we are doing good and a centralised kitchen, which is being developed, is an example of it.
Q: What about punctuality of Indian Railways trains? Every passenger who buys a ticket has a wish that may his/her train reach the destination without any delay but it seems an impossible task.
A: See, it is not impossible and, at present, 65-70% trains are reaching their destinations on time, which is a big thing in itself. For more improvement, we will have to work on different fronts like the improvement of infrastructure and maintenance. But our primary focus is on safety and we don't wish that the train reaches its destination in unsafe conditions. The steps being taken on this front will have a long-term impact including punctuality of trains.
Q: Let's talk about the fare, which is an important aspect and is being criticised since a long. There is a different fare mechanism for different kinds of trains like Humsafar has a different mechanism, while Rajdhani, Shatabdi and Duranto have a completely different mechanism of pricing. Similarly, different pricing mechanism is implemented in case of express trains. Why don't you simplify the mathematics of pricing so that a common man feels no pain while booking the ticket?
A: See, the Indian Railways tariffs are quite low. In fact, it is the lowest among all modes of transportation. The fare is charged while booking the Railways tickets and these are reasonable enough. There must not be any tension or doubt in the minds of people when it comes to fare being charged by the Indian Railways.
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