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Today (08:50)  Two decades after, quadrupling of railway line from Bengaluru to Whitefield okayed (
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Nearly 4 lakh people, a majority of whom are IT professionals who commute from the City to Whitefield daily can look forward to a comfortable travel to their workplace two to three years down the line. Two decades after the move to improve rail transport towards the Whitefield area was first proposed by the Bengaluru Railway Division, the Railway Board gave the green signal for it on Tuesday (March 20).
Two railway lines running to 18.95-km each between Bengaluru Cantonment and Whitefield have been approved at a cost of Rs 492.87 crore. The lines will come up on either side of the existing two lines, said an official railway release. There are four railway stations between these terminating points: Bengaluru East, Baiyappanahalli,
Krishnarajapuram and Hoodi.“This will benefit 62,000 daily commuters in this section and make commuting within Bengaluru easy and fast,” the release said.
The original route proposed in 1997-1998 was between KSR station (Bengaluru City) and Whitefield. It was even sanctioned in the Railway budget. “However, land could not be acquired in the prime portion between KSR and Cantonment stations as residential houses and multi-storeyed buildings figured enroute and the acquisition costs were enormous,” said a railway official.
The state government had also appealed to the Ministry of Urban Development to share the costs but the ministry turned it down as the Metro could cover it. Hence, the project was shelved in 2013 but later revived in 2017 with the shift of the line from KSR to Cantonment station. Of the 240 trains that depart from Bengaluru (146 trains from KSR and 94 trains from Yesvantpur), 122 trains are suburban in nature with many running between Bengaluru and Whitefield, the release said.As many as 26 suburban services have been introduced, including four services between Bengaluru and Baiyappanahalli.

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Today (08:49)  Most of the line will be built on 100 acres of railway land’ (
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BENGALURU: Out the Rs 492.87 crore sanctioned by the Railway Board for the third and fourth lines of the Cantonment-Krishnarajapuram-Whitefield route, a sum of Rs 361.62 crore has been allocated for civil works only. TNIE has gained access to a copy of the letter issued by the Railway Board on Tuesday (March 20) to the General Manager, South Western Railway in Hubballi. The break-up allocated for costs other than civil works runs as follows: Rs 99.94 crore for signalling and telecommunication, D2.79 crore for electrical (ground level) and Rs 28.22 crore for electrical (overhead).
With funding already approved by the Railway Board, land acquisition would also not be an issue between Cantonment and Whitefield, say top railway officials. “We have 100 acres
of railway land presently on the route. The two railway lines presently running pass only through our land,” said a senior railway official.
There will be just one acre of additional land that requires to be acquired from private parties, another official specified. “We do not perceive any major problems on that front,” he said.
The land aspect was taken into account before the route was decided in 2017 since the huge problems with land only ensured that the route between Bengaluru City and Whitefield could not be taken up, he added.
The work on the line can start immediately, the official said. While the official release hinted it could be even ready within two years, the official mentioned, “It will take us a minimum of three years to complete the line.”
It will definitely help the Division to run more suburban services and long distance trains when completed thereby decongesting Yesvantpur and Krantivira Sangolli Rayanna railway stations to some extent.
“It will become part of the dedicated corridor of the first phase of suburban railway when the 142 kms network is ready,” he added.
Mar 20 2018 (16:11)  What Indian Railways is doing to provide better quality food in trains and on stations (
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Big news for passengers as Indian Railways looks to improve quality of food! In a bid to provide better quality, healthier food to railway passengers, last year, a new catering policy was issued by Railway Ministry. As per the catering policy 2017, Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation Limited (IRCTC) has been mandated to carry out unbundling by forming a distinction between preparation of food and distribution of food across all trains. According to Railway Ministry, IRCTC will now come up with newly built kitchens and will also upgrade the existing kitchens in order to improve the quality of food for railway passengers.
In order to examine each and every catering unit (mobile and static) including base kitchens, cell kitchens across all
railway divisions, the national transporter has issued guidelines to all railway divisions for conducting joint inspections by medical, commercial and concerned infrastructure maintenance departments. Also, Food Safety Officers, Designated Officers and Joint Food Safety Commissioners will conduct regular and surprise inspections to maintain the quality of food items. In addition to these, surprise checks will be carried out by a joint team of TTE staff and RPF or GRP staff, to prevent unauthorized vending across trains and railway stations. According to Railway Ministry, Indian Railways has also requested General Managers of all railway divisions to personally keep a track of such drives.
Under Food Safety and Standard Act, food samples collected by Food Safety Officers across railways and are sent for analysis and testing. Therefore, for such analysis and testing, food samples are sent to the nominated accredited laboratories. Further to this, in case any unsatisfactory food sample is detected, then under Food Safety and Standard Rule 2011, penalties are imposed and prosecutions are carried out.
In last three years, till October 31, 2017, Indian Railways received 9,804 complaints over quality of food in Rajdhani and Shatabdi trains. Rajen Gohain, Minister of State for Railways said that in the last three years, 3,486 caterers have been fined, 3,624 caterers were warned, contracts were terminated for 10 caterers and 1,134 caterers were suitably advised. Also, 467 complaints over food quality were remained unsubstantiated, while 44 complaints saw disciplinary action, he added
Mar 20 2018 (15:08)  Phase-III completion to take metro span to over 350 km, ridership to 40 lakh: Survey (
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The total operational span of the Delhi Metro network will expand to over 350 km after completion of its Phase-III project, which would also enhance the daily average ridership of the mass rapid transit system to nearly 40 lakh, according to the latest economic survey of the city released today.
The estimated cost of Phase-III is Rs 39,784.56 crore. The Delhi government has released Rs 1,333.77 crore (Rs 323.27 crore equity; Rs 39.50 crore against subordinate debt for land acquisition, Rs 300.00 crore has been released as subordinate debt towards sales tax and Rs 671 crore as subordinate debt for central taxes) to the DMRC during 2016-17 towards the Phase-III, the survey states.
the opening of the Pink Line's Majlis Park-Durgabai Deshmukh South Campus corridor of the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) last week, the current operational length stands at over 252 km.
"At present, the average ridership of Delhi metro is 28 lakh per day which is further expected to increase up to 40 lakh per day after completion of DMRC's Phase-III," stated the Economic Survey of Delhi 2017-18.
The total existing network of Phase-I and Phase-II is 190.03 km (including the National Capital Region). The work for Phase-III was approved for 160.586 km and is likely to be completed by December 2018, it said.
"The total network will be approximately 350.616 km (including NCR) after completion of the Phase-III work. The average daily ridership increased from 26 lakh during 2015-16 to 28 lakh during 2016-17, which will further be enhanced to 40 lakh after completion of the Phase-III. The work on Phase-IV is under consideration and is likely to start soon," it said.
Also, out of the nearly 160 km network approved by the cabinet for the Delhi-NCR, work on extension of Green Line from Mundka to Tikri Border is expected to be completed by May this year. The Dwarka-Najafgarh corridor spanning nearly 4.3 km is projected to be finished by December.
"Phase-III and additional corridors of 160.586 km route length with 109 stations (including 42.192 km of route length with 30 stations of NCR) are planned to be completed by December 2018 (except Extension to Dhansa Bus Stand, targeted to be completed by 2020). Phase IV is under consideration of the government," it said.
On feeder bus services, run by the DMRC to facilitate commuters to reach or depart from several metro stations, the survey said, at present, 517 mini buses on 93 metro feeder routes are to be inducted out of which 291 buses are operating on 43 routes. All buses are fitted with GPS navigators, according to the survey.
Mar 20 2018 (15:07)  India hands over high-end diesel locos to Myanmar ahead of schedule (
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India today handed over the 18th and the last diesel railway locomotive engine to Myanmar, thus executing a key project ahead of time as part of efforts to boost ties with the neighbour.
These 18 locomotives are fitted with microprocessor control-based system, attaining a maximum speed of 100 km per hour and are customised for Myanmar Railways.
The locos have been built by the Diesel Locomotive Works in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh.
are extremely fuel efficient and equipped with the latest features. Most of these supplies in the railway sector have been carried out under Indian Line of Credit. As per the agreement schedule, all locomotives were to be delivered by September, 2018. They have been delivered six months ahead of the schedule," said a Railway Ministry official.
Minister of State for Railways Rajen Gohain has congratulated the railways on completion of the project. He also thanked the Indian Embassy in Myanmar for its full coordination and assistance with the Myanmar authorities in easy facilitation of the project.
Minister of Transport of the Russian Federation Maxim Sokolov today met Railway Minister Piyush Goyal along with a delegation, during which they discussed the progress of the feasibility study of raising the speed limit between Nagpur and Secunderabad to over 160 kmph being jointly carried out between the two countries.
Goyal in particular was keen on adoption of innovative technology to carrying out the upgradation work without disturbing the traffic, the official said.
Russia, which boasts of one of the largest rail networks, run trains in excess of 200 kmph from Moscow to St Petersburg. It also successfully hauls heavy load freight trains, and the Minister was keen to know more about them.
A protocol for undertaking feasibility study of raising speed between the Nagpur-Secunderabad section was signed on October 15, 2016, between Indian and Russian Railways in Goa during the bilateral between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Russian President Vladimir Putin.
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