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Old February 6th, 2016, 11:10 AM   #17981
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Agree Tejas, K J George is talking crap about modifying suburban rail that stops outside the city. If suburban rail has to succeed, it must run across the city, else there won't be anyone in them & then, they will discontinue like they keep doing.

He seems to be eyeing the mere 1,000 crore cost (as against Rs 9,000 crore), but Indian Railways will not operate trains that lose money - they are already in neck deep trouble.
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Old February 7th, 2016, 07:46 AM   #17982
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Modified Suburban Rail Service in the Offing for Bengaluru

A modified suburban rail outside the city that would augment the Metro rail network has been proposed by Bengaluru Development Minister K J George.

Speaking at an interactive session on ‘Transportation Challenges in Bangalore’, George said a review of the suburban rail project was held with Railway and Metro officials yesterday. “The proposal right now is to connect Tumakuru to Yeshwantpur, Whitefield to Byappanahalli and Mandya to Kengeri,” he said.

This would work out to Rs 1,000 crore and can be considered Phase-I of Suburban Rail.” The originally proposed suburban rail project worked out to Rs 9,000 crore, he said.

Yeshwantpur and Byappanahalli are presently covered by Metro Phase-I while Kengeri will be covered under Metro Phase-II.

The Railway Ministry has agreed to fund 50 per cent of the Rs 1,000-crore project while the state would fund 50 per cent of the cost, he added.

Later, Union Chemicals and Fertilisers Minister Ananth Kumar, said, “The Suburban Rail Project for the city has been spoken about since 1996. I am embarrassed to even speak about it. Many budgets have been passed after that.”

Speaking of a recent discussion with Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu about the project, the Minister said, “Bengaluru will get its suburban rail this time in the budget. We are going to have it.”

Ananth Kumar said that five radial train routes connect Bengaluru to Tumakuru, Yelahanka, Bangarpet, Hosur and Mandya. “They can be electrified and automatic signalling provided with platforms at various distances. We can have a Mumbai-like local rail service for Bengaluru.” According to officials, except Hosur, all the points have a double line while Hosur and Tumakuru do not have any electrification.

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good idea to keep commuter rail outside city limits.. anyway metro will extend further in those lines too.. thats saving taxpayer money too
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Old February 7th, 2016, 10:09 AM   #17983
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Agree Tejas, K J George is talking crap about modifying suburban rail that stops outside the city. If suburban rail has to succeed, it must run across the city, else there won't be anyone in them & then, they will discontinue like they keep doing.

He seems to be eyeing the mere 1,000 crore cost (as against Rs 9,000 crore), but Indian Railways will not operate trains that lose money - they are already in neck deep trouble.
Recently news on connectivity to airport came in, govt does not want high speed rail for airport and wants other modes of connectivity. what my point is why cant we take an example rom Kolkata suburban network.

Kolkata Circular Railway, locally known as "Chakra Rail", is a railway loop line operated by the Eastern Railway zone of Indian Railways, encircling the entire city of Kolkata. A 3.7 km-long line connecting Dum Dum Cantonment to the Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport became the first such suburban railway line in India which served an airport, and allowed extended Circular Railway operations from Dum Dum Junction.

Now we want same kind of connectivity , as we already have yelahanka devanahalli railway track running right under the loop connecting the airport from hyderabad highway. if this line is electrified and extended till airport building , we will have a great connectivity to airport.

This does not need high investment as land can be acquired by KIAB. All is needed a will to do it.

If i remember automatic signalling between Bangalore city to whitefield was approved long back but never saw the daylight of it. We could have trains leaving within a gap of 3 minutes from Blore city ( Krantivira Sangolli Rayanna' railway station ) to Blore Cantt rather than it being 10 minutes for now as its a block section. This never needed land for quadrupling or huge amount of money either. But than even today trains have to wait for good time at Cantt for the next train to reach Byappanhalli. At times if its a passenger train or DEMU it has to stop at Blore EAST too , which again makes the up and down trains to wait at both Cantt and Byappanhalli.
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Old February 8th, 2016, 03:40 PM   #17985
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ಹುಬ್ಬಳ್ಳಿ ರೈಲು ನಿಲ್ದಾಣದಲ್ಲಿ ಕಟ್ಟಡ ಕುಸಿತ; ನಾಲ್ವರ ದುರ್ಮರಣ

ಹುಬ್ಬಳ್ಳಿ: ನಗರದ ಕೇಂದ್ರೀಯ ರೈಲು ನಿಲ್ದಾಣದಲ್ಲಿ ಸಾಮಗ್ರಿಗಳನ್ನು ಸಂಗ್ರಹಿಸುವ ಕಟ್ಟಡ ಕುಸಿದು ಬಿದ್ದಿದ್ದು, ಅವಶೇಷಗಳಡಿ 6 ಜನ ಸಿಲುಕಿದ್ದಾರೆ. ಸುಮಾರು 50 ವರ್ಷಕ್ಕೂ ಹಳೆಯ ಕಟ್ಟಡವಾಗಿದ್ದು, ದುರಸ್ಥಿ ಕಾರ್ಯ ಸಾಗುತ್ತಿತ್ತು. ಈ ಸಂದರ್ಭದಲ್ಲಿ ಅವಘಡ ಸಂಭವಿಸಿದೆ ಎಂದು ಸ್ಥಳೀಯರು ತಿಳಿಸಿದ್ದಾರೆ.

ಕಟ್ಟಡ ತೆರವು ಗೊಳಿಸುವಂತೆ ಈ ಹಿಂದೆಯೇ ಅಧಿಕಾರಿಗಳು ಆದೇಶಿಸಿದ್ದರು, ಆದರೆ ರೈಲ್ವೇ ಅಧಿಕಾರಿಗಳ ಬೇಜವಾಬ್ದಾರಿಯಿಂದ ಅಲ್ಲಿಯೇ ಕಾರ್ಯನಿರ್ವಹಣೆ ಮಾಡಲಾಗುತ್ತಿತ್ತು.

ಇಂದು ಮಧ್ಯಾಹ್ನ 2.30ರ ವೇಳೆಗೆ ಹಳೆಯ ಕಟ್ಟಡದ ಗೋಡೆ ಒಡೆಯುವ ಸಂದರ್ಭದಲ್ಲಿ ಕಟ್ಟಡವು ಕುಸಿದು ಬಿದ್ದಿದ್ದು, ಪರಿಣಾಮ ಮೂವರು ಮಹಿಳಾ ರೈಲ್ವೇ ಸಿಬ್ಬಂದಿ ಹಾಗು ಮೂರು ಜನ ಪಾರ್ಸೆಲ್ ಸಿಬ್ಬಂದಿಗಳು ಸಿಲುಕಿದ್ದು, ಕಾರ್ಮಿಕ ರೆಹಮಾನ್ ಎಂಬಾತನನ್ನು ರಕ್ಷಿಸಲಾಗಿದೆ ಎಂದು ಪೊಲೀಸರು ತಿಳಿಸಿದ್ದಾರೆ.

ಅಗ್ನಿ ಶಾಮಕ ಸಿಬ್ಬಂದಿ ಸ್ಥಳಕ್ಕೆ ಭೇಟಿ ನೀಡಿ ಅವಶೇಷಗಳ ಅಡಿ ಸಿಲುಕಿದವರ ರಕ್ಷಣೆಯಲ್ಲಿ ತೊಡಗಿದ್ದಾರೆ.

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ಕಟ್ಟಡದಡಿಯಲ್ಲಿ ಸಿಲುಕಿದ್ದ ಏಳು ಮಂದಿಯಲ್ಲಿ ನಾಲ್ವರು ಸಾವನ್ನಪ್ಪಿದ್ದಾರೆ, ಹಾಗೂ 11ಕ್ಕೂ ಅಧಿಕ ಮಂದಿ ಗಾಯಗೊಂಡಿದ್ದಾರೆ ಎಂದು ಇತ್ತೀಚಿನ ಮಾಹಿತಿಯಿಂದ ತಿಳಿದು ಬಂದಿದೆ.

ಕುಸಿದು ಬಿದ್ದ ಕಟ್ಟಡದ ಅವಶೇಷಗಳಡಿ ಇನ್ನೂ ಮೂವರು ಸಿಲುಕಿದ್ದು ವಿಪತ್ತು ನಿರ್ವಹಣಾ ತಂಡದಿಂದ ರಕ್ಷಣಾ ಕಾರ್ಯ ಮುಂದುವರಿದಿದೆ.

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Old February 8th, 2016, 08:55 PM   #17986
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Is there a plan to conduct Talgo trial in south india?
say between bangalore-chennai or bangalore-hyderabad?

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Old February 9th, 2016, 08:42 AM   #17987
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ಹುಬ್ಬಳ್ಳಿ: ನಗರದ ಕೇಂದ್ರೀಯ ರೈಲು ನಿಲ್ದಾಣದಲ್ಲಿ ಸಾಮಗ್ರಿಗಳನ್ನು ಸಂಗ್ರಹಿಸುವ ಕಟ್ಟಡ ಕುಸಿದು ಬಿದ್ದಿದ್ದು, ಅವಶೇಷಗಳಡಿ 6 ಜನ ಸಿಲುಕಿದ್ದಾರೆ. ಸುಮಾರು 50 ವರ್ಷಕ್ಕೂ ಹಳೆಯ ಕಟ್ಟಡವಾಗಿದ್ದು, ದುರಸ್ಥಿ ಕಾರ್ಯ ಸಾಗುತ್ತಿತ್ತು. ಈ ಸಂದರ್ಭದಲ್ಲಿ ಅವಘಡ ಸಂಭವಿಸಿದೆ ಎಂದು ಸ್ಥಳೀಯರು ತಿಳಿಸಿದ್ದಾರೆ.

ಕಟ್ಟಡ ತೆರವು ಗೊಳಿಸುವಂತೆ ಈ ಹಿಂದೆಯೇ ಅಧಿಕಾರಿಗಳು ಆದೇಶಿಸಿದ್ದರು, ಆದರೆ ರೈಲ್ವೇ ಅಧಿಕಾರಿಗಳ ಬೇಜವಾಬ್ದಾರಿಯಿಂದ ಅಲ್ಲಿಯೇ ಕಾರ್ಯನಿರ್ವಹಣೆ ಮಾಡಲಾಗುತ್ತಿತ್ತು.

ಇಂದು ಮಧ್ಯಾಹ್ನ 2.30ರ ವೇಳೆಗೆ ಹಳೆಯ ಕಟ್ಟಡದ ಗೋಡೆ ಒಡೆಯುವ ಸಂದರ್ಭದಲ್ಲಿ ಕಟ್ಟಡವು ಕುಸಿದು ಬಿದ್ದಿದ್ದು, ಪರಿಣಾಮ ಮೂವರು ಮಹಿಳಾ ರೈಲ್ವೇ ಸಿಬ್ಬಂದಿ ಹಾಗು ಮೂರು ಜನ ಪಾರ್ಸೆಲ್ ಸಿಬ್ಬಂದಿಗಳು ಸಿಲುಕಿದ್ದು, ಕಾರ್ಮಿಕ ರೆಹಮಾನ್ ಎಂಬಾತನನ್ನು ರಕ್ಷಿಸಲಾಗಿದೆ ಎಂದು ಪೊಲೀಸರು ತಿಳಿಸಿದ್ದಾರೆ.

ಅಗ್ನಿ ಶಾಮಕ ಸಿಬ್ಬಂದಿ ಸ್ಥಳಕ್ಕೆ ಭೇಟಿ ನೀಡಿ ಅವಶೇಷಗಳ ಅಡಿ ಸಿಲುಕಿದವರ ರಕ್ಷಣೆಯಲ್ಲಿ ತೊಡಗಿದ್ದಾರೆ.

ಇತ್ತೀಚಿನ ಮಾಹಿತಿ:

ಕಟ್ಟಡದಡಿಯಲ್ಲಿ ಸಿಲುಕಿದ್ದ ಏಳು ಮಂದಿಯಲ್ಲಿ ನಾಲ್ವರು ಸಾವನ್ನಪ್ಪಿದ್ದಾರೆ, ಹಾಗೂ 11ಕ್ಕೂ ಅಧಿಕ ಮಂದಿ ಗಾಯಗೊಂಡಿದ್ದಾರೆ ಎಂದು ಇತ್ತೀಚಿನ ಮಾಹಿತಿಯಿಂದ ತಿಳಿದು ಬಂದಿದೆ.

ಕುಸಿದು ಬಿದ್ದ ಕಟ್ಟಡದ ಅವಶೇಷಗಳಡಿ ಇನ್ನೂ ಮೂವರು ಸಿಲುಕಿದ್ದು ವಿಪತ್ತು ನಿರ್ವಹಣಾ ತಂಡದಿಂದ ರಕ್ಷಣಾ ಕಾರ್ಯ ಮುಂದುವರಿದಿದೆ.

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OMG!! Feel so sad. Our hearts go out to the kith and kin of the people who died.

SWR is so lethargic. The officials concerned should be dismissed
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Old February 9th, 2016, 10:09 AM   #17988
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Railway gets new loco simulator

JODHPUR, Feb. 9 -- An advanced locomotive simulator with advanced features was inaugurated at the North Western Railway's training centre at Bhagat ki Kothi on Monday.

Bought from Australia at a cost of ' 8 crore, the simulator is way ahead of the previous simulator set up at Hubli, Karnataka in 2005.

Eleven such simulators will be set up at various railway training centres across the country. A special feature of the simulator is that it allows instructor to watch the loco pilot 'drive' a locomotive. It also has an observer station for six trainees.

The simulator's launch is seen as a big step towards the modernisation of loco pilot training. This type of facility was earlier available only for training in air force and army, railway of...

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Diesel Loco Shed (DLS) Hubli which is country's only such facility where the WDG Locomotives are maintained has training centre with simulators since 2005.
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Old February 9th, 2016, 01:43 PM   #17989
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Indian Railways to unveil 200 kmph coaches with sliding doors

Gearing up to run trains at higher speed, railways will this month unveil modern coaches equipped with automatic sliding doors and electro-pneumatically assisted brake system to assist in operating at 200 kmph speed.

Manufactured at the Rail Coach Factory (RCF) in Kapurthala, the first consignment of four high speed coaches - two AC chair cars and two Executive Class - are being readied to travel to the capital before March, said a senior Railway Ministry official.

Each coach is estimated to cost about Rs 3.25 cr as against the Rs 2.5 cr for the normal coach.

The official said the coaches are equipped with latest technology like stainless steel brake disc, sintered pads and electro-pneumatically assisted brake system to run at a higher speed.

Besides, the entrance will have automatically sliding doors like Metro coaches and better dust, sound and heat insulation system.

He said the third major modification in these coaches involves improved and wider inter-car vestibule area between the coaches, which will help reduce dirt and water ingress besides reducing noise level.

A total of 20 coaches will be manufactured at RCF out of which four are almost ready and the rest will be delivered in June this year as announced by Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu in his last budget.

The new initiative involves manufacturing a rake of 20 coaches which comprises 14 AC chair cars, 3 Executive Chair cars and 3 Power cars.

Other features which are incorporated in these 200 kmph coaches include improved passenger safety and comfort. The coaches will have aesthetically pleasant interiors with spacious and ergonomically designed seats.

There will be provision of personal infotainment system in coaches also.

Each coach will emphasize on safety, and will have fire retardant furnishing besides fire and smoke detection alarms.

The lavatories of these coaches will have redesigned interior and equipped with vacuum evacuation assisted toilets.

The plush interiors will have touchless fittings in taps, hand dryers and soap dispensers besides marble finish and anti graffiti coating on walls.

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Agree Tejas, K J George is talking crap about modifying suburban rail that stops outside the city. If suburban rail has to succeed, it must run across the city, else there won't be anyone in them & then, they will discontinue like they keep doing.

He seems to be eyeing the mere 1,000 crore cost (as against Rs 9,000 crore), but Indian Railways will not operate trains that lose money - they are already in neck deep trouble.
least railways can do is put automatic signals on already electrified sections and start MEMU trains as EMU trains need raising of platforms. Infact bangalore city - Bangarpet can even get EMU trains as its already has infrastructure in place.
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Fund allocation in railway budget sought for completing pending projects in Shivamogga

Members of the Shivamogga Nagarika Hitarakshana Vedikegala Okkoota staged a protest on the premises of Vidya Nagar suburban railway station here on Wednesday demanding allocation of funds in the 2016-17 railway budget for completing the pending railway projects in the district and upgrading amenities for passengers at the Vidya Nagar suburban railway station.
Addressing the protest meet, K.V. Vasanth Kumar, secretary of the okkoota said that the technical survey on Shivamogga-Harihar railway line had been completed and administrative approval had also been given for the project.
The Ministry of Railways should set aside funds for the work in the budget of 2016-17. Commissioning of this project would provide easy access to people of Malnad region to north Karnataka and Mumbai. Similarly, funds should be earmarked for the work on linking Talaguppa with Konkan railway, he said.
When the gates were closed at the railway level-crossing along the National Highway 13, near Thunga bridge, the vehicular movement along the stretch was getting paralysed. It was essential to construct an underpass there to ensure hassle-free vehicular movement along the stretch.
There was a need to introduce a direct train service between Shivamogga and Chennai and Tirupati. An additional express train should be introduced between Shivamogga and Bengaluru and a direct train service between Shivamogga and Mysuru during night, he said.
Mr. Kumar expressed displeasure over the alleged poor maintenance of the suburban railway station at Vidya Nagar.
This railway station lacked basic amenities like seating arrangements, drinking water and canteen facility. It was up to the Department of Railways to provide suitable security to passengers there and open a ticket booking counter, he said.
Mr. Kumar warned that the okkoota would launch a signature campaign to put pressure on Union Minister for Railways Suresh Prabhu for fulfilment of these demands. It had been planned to collect signatures of at least 10,000 citizens, he said. Functionaries of the okkoota Satish Kumar Shetty, Ashok Yadav and S.B. Ashok Kumar took part in the protest.

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Special train to Mumbai to clear extra passenger rush

Southern Railway will operate a special train from Chennai Central to Mumbai (Lokmanya Tilak Terminus) on Saturday to clear the extra rush of passengers. Train (no. 06203), with nine sleeper and three general second class compartments, will leave the station at 1.15 p.m. and reach Mumbai at 4.20 p.m. on Sunday. The train will have stops at Arakkonam, Renigunta, Cuddapah, Yerraguntla, Gooty, Guntakal, Adoni, Mantralayam Road, Raichur, Yadgir, Wadi, Gulbarga, Solapur, Pune and Kalyan, a press release said, adding that advance reservations were open.

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Udayavani, Davanagere edition.
There goes one more of the strange decisions of the SWR. Atleast half of this amount would have been enough to kickstart the TMK-DVG line.
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Notification in today's TOI dt 12/02/2016. How this is possible I have no idea because even though the wiring is going on in full swing, at Mysore station the work is yet to start. the pole erection has come near MNGT.

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Suburban rail: Flaws in new plan

A modified, diluted, Metro-linked commuter rail system is a shortcut that will severely dent viability of the network

The government’s proposal for a modified, diluted, Metro-linked suburban rail system for Bengaluru is a shortcut that will severely dent the viability of the network, warn seasoned campaigners for a full-fledged commuter rail service.

Fixated with the hugely expensive, much-delayed Namma Metro, the government has now proposed a diluted Suburban rail system for the City. But why deny commuters a full-fledged commuter rail network, when its huge potential to dramatically decongest our streets has been proven beyond doubt?

Link Metro with local trains at three terminals as part of Suburban Rail Phase 1. That’s the quick-fix solution articulated by City Development Minister K J George. Let Tumakuru side commuters hop onto Metro at Yeshwantpur, Whitefield passengers shift at Baiyappanahalli and Mandya commuters link up at Kengeri. But is this a recipe for seamless inter-modal commute?

It is an emphatic “No” from well-informed urban commute analysts and seasoned campaigners for a far cheaper, practical suburban rail service for Bengaluru. “The dilution is neither feasible nor desirable,” says V Ravichander, a view unanimously echoed by most experts. A suburban rail system that could be built by upgrading the existing Indian Railway infrastructure at a fraction of the Namma Metro cost deserves more.

Self-contained CRSHere’s why a truncated CRS-Metro network is hugely problematic: “The Commuter Rail Service (CRS) / suburban rail should be a self-contained system, a comprehensive network that works end to end. Mixing Metro with CRS will negate the viability of CRS itself,” Ravichander explains.

The modified system seems to have emerged out of a desperation to kickstart CRS in some form before the railway budget scheduled for February 25. Consultancy group RITES worked out the first phase plan with an estimated cost of about Rs 1,000 crore. The thinking was this: This might get green signalled as the original cost of the full-fledged network was earlier estimated at Rs 9,000 crore.

But practical issues abound with the new plan. Suppose a commuter from Whitefield is headed to Yeswanthpur by the proposed system. He takes a local train till Baiyappanahalli, hops onto Metro, alights at Majestic and takes another Metro to Yeswanthpur. This would clearly be much more time-consuming than a CRS trip to Yeswantpur through City railway station.

As long-time CRS campaigner, Sathinder Pal Chopra contends, commuters will be reluctant to shift from one mode to another. Changing platforms is clearly easier than walking 200 to 500 metres to a different station. This practical difficulty will surely be pronounced at Majestic, where even a basic access plan between Metro and Railways is nowhere in sight.

Capacity mismatchThere is another glaring glitch: A mismatch in the capacity of a Metro and a CRS train. The 2012 RITES final report on CRS had worked out that the Metro cannot run beyond a maximum of six coaches, while a conventional CRS train can have 15 coaches. This makes the capacity of CRS 2.5 times that of a Metro train. How will this huge excess passenger load from CRS shift to the Metro?

Increasing the frequency of Metro trains is not possible. As the RITES report states, a typical metro system is designed to achieve a peak frequency of 20 trains an hour. If both the CRS and Metro run at the same frequency, the excess passenger build-up would be unmanageably huge.

One critical factor cited for the diluted plan is the congestion at the City Railway Station and lack of adequate space for a capacity upgrade. Extending pit-lines and stabling lines (for parking trains) on the Binny Mill land could ideally decongest the station, freeing up platforms for CRS. But South Western Railway officials contend that the land is not long enough to accommodate trains.

Clearing Binny Mill landThe problem, as urban rail analyst Sanjeev Dyamannavar points out, is this: There is no seamless connection linking the 3.4-acre Binny Mill land with the railway land housing the City station lines.

The Cottonpet main road cuts across the two plots. Dyamannavar suggests a four-lane underpass at this point, a BBMP-railway joint project.

The entire stretch could then be remodelled by shifting the maintenance and goods loading yards. Citing the RITES report, Chopra reminds that the Binny Mill land is a natural extension of the City station. The government, he argues, is not keen to give up the land fully to the Railways for a comprehensive upgrade of the station. The modified plan talks about linking Metro with the Kengeri, Yeshwantpur and Baiyappanahalli stations.

But visits to these stations clearly indicate that they are incapable of handling the huge passenger flow. Upgrading these stations by adding stabling lines, automating signals and platform extensions could take years. The quickfix solution apparently is not so quick after all.

http://www.deccanherald.com/content/...laws-plan.html
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Old February 14th, 2016, 07:17 AM   #17998
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A simple solution is to stop intercity trains outside the city and allow only CRS trains to move within city.

Stop incoming trains at Nelmangla , Malur , Kengeri and passengers can shift to commuter trains to go anywhere in the city. Its more efficient.

If Mumbai passengers gets off at Nelmangla and uses CRS then he can get down in yelhanka , byappanahally , whitefield without need to go to central station and that will decongest central station.

And passengers from AP , chennai need not come to city center to go to outskirts like
yeswanthpur, yelhanka or north Bangalore.

If mysore passengers get off kengeri , they can go via central station to yewanthpur , BIAL or whitefield much faster .

And Build a railway line from south Bangalore PRR to Malur station , so ppl can go to south Bangalore without going through city traffic, de-congesting roads and reducing pollution.
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Old February 14th, 2016, 07:52 AM   #17999
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NGT clears decks for Hubli-Ankola railway line in Karnataka

Decks have been cleared for the controversial Hubli-Ankola railway line, cutting across the eco-sensitive Western Ghats in Karnataka, with the National Green Tribunal giving its nod to Railways to approach the state government.

The order assumes significance as Supreme Court-appointed Central Empowered Committee (CEC) last year had disapproved the 168-km rail link project, conceived in 1998 primarily to transport iron ore from the Bellary-Hospet mines, and said that it would have "huge and irreparable" ecological impact on the forests, wildlife and biodiversity of the Western Ghats.

The controversy in the present case relates to conversion of forest land to a non-forest activity (construction of broad gauge railway line) for which total land of 965 hectares falling in Dharwad, Yellapur and Karwar forest divisions in Karnataka was required.

The green panel said that to apply for conversion of forest land to a non-forest activity was a right available to the project proponent and the state government which has to be dealt with in accordance with law.

"Under the provision of Section 2 of Forest (Conservation) Act, 1980 the State Government has to issue an order permitting such conversion with prior approval of the Central Government that is MoEF. We do not think that CEC even intended to allow or deny such right to the Project Proponent (Railways) but has expressed its view for non grant of such permission in terms of Section 2 of the Forest (Conservation) Act, 1980.

"The principal apprehension was the environmental and ecological damage to the Western Ghats. In the circumstances, we dispose of this application with liberty to the project proponent to move the state government by submitting an appropriate proposal for diversion of land for this project," a bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar said.

In 2006, two Karnataka-based NGOs -- Parisara Sanmrakshana Kendra and Wilderness Club -- filed a petition in Supreme Court against the diversion of forest land for this project. Later, the apex court halted the construction.

The apex court on October 5 last year transferred bunch of cases involving forest clearances and the CEC's views on it to the green panel while asking it to decide them expeditiously.
The Environment Ministry, represented by advocate Balendu Shekhar, had argued that challenge to the diversion of forest land for this project was premature at this stage as neither the ministry nor the state government had taken a final view on the issue.

The tribunal further said that if such an application is moved the state government shall deal with it expeditiously and they would seek prior approval of the Environment Ministry in accordance with law.

"They would seek prior approval of MoEF in accordance with law and then depending on the approval granted by MoEF the State Government in its own right would issue an appropriate order under Section 2 of the Forest (Conservation) Act, 1980. The order so passed by the State Government shall operate for period of four weeks and shall immediately be put on the website of in accordance with Rules.

"We make it clear that if there is a challenge to the order granting permission for diversion of forest for non-forest activity in favour of the project proponent, the record of this file shall be tagged to that application," the bench said.

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Old February 14th, 2016, 09:14 AM   #18000
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Good news ..... NGT clears the hurdles for Hubli Ankola line.

Now state government should expedite the process to clear the forest land from Kirawatti to Ankola and handover the same to Railways as this project is halted for more than two decades.

Further state governments plan to develop Tadri Port and a ship building unit with Japanese assistance will help this part of coastal belt to convert into an industrial hub.

It will help the major steel industries of Koppal-Hospet-Bellary and JSW in particular to export their finished products from Tadri n Belekeri n Karwar.

It will form an alternative route to connect Konkan Railways ( Mumbai-TVM ) from Hubli.

It will boost the tourism activities of this region.

Hope to see this project completed as early as possible.
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