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Old September 12th, 2012, 06:43 PM   #621
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Some updates on the change in alignment of the Anji Khad Bridge:

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i Fresh tender for design and construction of Anji bridge has been floated by KRCL & was scheduled to be opened on 30/03/2012. Opening of the tender has been postponed to 09.08.2012 by KRCL in view of shifting of alignment of Anji bridge.
ii Geotechnical investigation work :- four nos of Bore Drilling Machines have been deployed at site and work is in progress on 4 bores viz BH2, BH4, BH5 and BH6 out of total 6 bores to be done.
iii Survey Works: survey work on approaches of new Anji Bridge Site has been completed. Plotting of contours and Geological Map has been completed and report submitted by GSI
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Anji Khad Bridge, Br. No. 35 ( KRCL)

a) Survey work on Modified Alignment

i Geotechnical investigation work :- four nos of Bore Drilling Machines have been deployed at site and work is in progress on 4 bores viz BH2, BH4, BH5 and BH6 out of total 6 bores to be done.
ii Survey Works: survey work on approaches of new Anji Bridge Site has been completed. Plotting of contours and Geological Map has been completed and report submitted by GSI.

b) Survey & Design:Old Alignment

i Geo-technical investigations in both the drifts have been completed. UDEC reports for slope stability of natural slopes & cut slope for both the banks has been submitted to Proof Consultant for approval.
ii LiDAR survey has been carried out to establish bridge alignment, spot levels for arch foundation and piers.
iii DBN of Anji bridge has been discussed with KRCL and finalized.
iv Blast load criteria for arch superstructure has been finalized.

c). Physical Progress: Old Alignment

i. Foundation, pier and pier cap of P-14, P15, P16, P-17 AND P-18 have been completed.
ii Earlier contract awarded by KRCL for design & built of this bridge has been determined on 09.08.2010. Fresh tender for design and construction of Anji bridge has been floated by KRCL & was scheduled to be opened on 30/03/2012. Opening of tender has now been postponed to 9/8/2012 in view of shifting of alignment.
Source (first quote from p. 4 and second quote from pp. 9-10 of the report)

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Old October 9th, 2012, 04:50 PM   #622
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pics of the kashmir railway DMUs

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Rake interiors. This one has a heating system with heating outlets at the bottom
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Old October 9th, 2012, 07:49 PM   #623
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Very nice and beuatiful pic Anuj
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Old October 9th, 2012, 07:56 PM   #624
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Very nice and beuatiful pic Anuj
The coaches look . Just check out Swiss, German, French train coach interiors. These look so shabby.
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Old October 9th, 2012, 08:05 PM   #625
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At least they are much better than standard IR coaches.
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Old October 9th, 2012, 08:15 PM   #626
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At least they are much better than standard IR coaches.
True. Beats me, when Delhi Metro can have world-class coaches, why not just rope in international players to make coaches for trains as well?
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Old October 9th, 2012, 09:13 PM   #627
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It's the money involved ! International world class coaches costs at least 5 times more than ICF coaches.
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Old October 9th, 2012, 09:54 PM   #628
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It's the money involved ! International world class coaches costs at least 5 times more than ICF coaches.
Technology transfer?
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Old October 10th, 2012, 06:29 PM   #629
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The coaches look . Just check out Swiss, German, French train coach interiors. These look so shabby.
Swiss, German, French trains wont allow you to travel 110 kms in 15 rs.
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Old October 11th, 2012, 06:16 AM   #630
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Technology transfer?
Lots of politics, trade unions, populism etc. make this very difficult.

Private companies won't just transfer technology. they'll need lucrative contracts. But IR is heavily politicized. So, 'Private' is a bad word.

Plus IR faces severe fund constraints. Populist measures have ensured that even basic amenities are not catered to. So, where is the money for researching and coming up with better designs.

It is a miracle that the trains are at least functional. With increasing accidents, even that'll be a question mark.

IR has lobbied hard in the past (continues to do it even now), to take up metro coach construction rather than giving those contracts to private players. since these metro projects were not executed by IR, some sanity has prevailed there.
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Old October 26th, 2012, 04:26 AM   #631
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Some more pics... by Sachin Suhas Buddhisagar











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Jhajjar khad bridge- tallest completed bridge of Indian Railways.


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The cost is marginally higher than standard IR passenger-train fares, since this train has a heating and cooling system.
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Old October 26th, 2012, 07:58 AM   #632
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Old November 7th, 2012, 01:32 PM   #633
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Any updates anybody on the opening of the Qazigund - Banihal stretch? Has the tunnel track laying work been completed?
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Old November 8th, 2012, 01:52 AM   #634
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Swiss, German, French trains wont allow you to travel 110 kms in 15 rs.
True. It's a boon and bane for us. The rates are cheaper. It's good for people who can't afford, but doesn't let us grow further.

Thanks for the pictures. All are nice.
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Old November 8th, 2012, 06:49 PM   #635
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True. It's a boon and bane for us. The rates are cheaper. It's good for people who can't afford, but doesn't let us grow further.

Thanks for the pictures. All are nice.
Sorry Madurai, it may not be good for the people in the long run. This is what is happening to IR. No big improvement compared to other railways in the world.
Is there any progress on chenab bridge ?. Did the alignment change effected its construction ?.
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Old November 8th, 2012, 08:58 PM   #636
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Sorry Madurai, it may not be good for the people in the long run. This is what is happening to IR. No big improvement compared to other railways in the world.
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Sure, I also tried to convey the same. It is working out for people who can't afford. But, at the same time, it is forcing everyone to have that same situation without much improvement.

The SL fares haven't been increased for years. At least, the previous RM tried to do it, but due to cheap political stunts he lost the job and the fare hike didn't materialize. It is only leading to further stagnation.
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Old November 9th, 2012, 07:36 AM   #637
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Oh my goodness, absolutely shabby. Couldn't they have come with a better design which allows proper cleaning. They could have used the same design/technology used for heating as in colder countries.
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Old November 29th, 2012, 12:19 PM   #638
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Katra railway station to be commissioned by March
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Jammu: The Katra railway station would be operational by March next year helping connect the base camp of Mata Vaishno Devi shrine in Trikuta hills to other parts of the state.

"Railway station Katra would be made operational by March 2013", Naresh Chand Goyal, Divisional Railway Manager, Firozpur Division Northern Railway informed in a meeting.

Around 14 passenger trains would run on the Udhampur-Katra route which is expected to meet the heavy influx of passengers, he added.

Goyal informed that the Ground Floor at Railway Station Katra would include current reservation, IInd Class booking, enquiry section, pilgrim guide tourist assistance, VIP lounge, Cloak Room, waiting hall, book stall, tea stall, toilet blocks and catering area and the first floor would accommodate 8 retiring rooms and a cafeteria.

Taking stock of the services at Railway Station Katra for a smooth and comfortable journey, various issues were discussed, which included shifting of bus stand of Katra, parking of vehicles and other facilities.

The Divisional Commissioner, Jammu, Pradeep Gupta directed the Deputy Commissioner, Reasi, to ensure that no illegal construction and encroachment would erupt nearby Katra Railway Station and construction would be executed strictly according to Katra Master Plan.

He stressed on the traffic authorities to prepare a decongestion plan for smooth regulation of traffic in Katra.

Issues of proper parking facilities at Railway Station Katra, regular water and power supply matters were also discussed in the meeting.
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Rail trial run on cards
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Banihal, Nov 25: As work on the ambitious railway link between Banihal and Qazigund has entered into final stage, the railway authorities are expecting to start the trial run on this track by December end.

“The work on this section of the project is expected to be completed by next year. However, we are planning to start the trial run of the railway engine on this track by December end”, Executive Director of IRCON, Anand Parkash, told Greater Kashmir.

Parkash, who arrived here to review the ongoing construction work, said that the final decision would be taken after a proper inspection by a high level team of IRCON and Railways. “We will conduct a detailed survey of the Railway Station, track and tunnels before starting the trial run”, he said.

The project was scheduled for completion this year but the technical difficulties, mostly realignment of the tunnels, caused the delay.

The Banihal-Qazigund line is part of the larger project of linking Kashmir Valley with the country’s rail network. Though it won’t be before 2017 that the first train from Baramulla travels downhill to the plains of Jammu, the Banihal-Qazigund line is a key step towards that larger dream—the 345-km-long Jammu-Udhampur-Srinagar-Baramulla railway line.

This particular railway line would connect Kashmir region with Jammu through country’s longest tunnel at 11 km — connecting Qazigund with Banihal. The tunnel, one of the world's largest and deepest, will pierce through the Pir Panjal range below snowline, which stands like a wall between the Valley and Jammu.

The engineering marvel, named T-80, is strategically important since the only road link via the Jawahar Tunnel, which connects both the regions in the border state, is often blocked due to heavy snowfall.

Another official of IRCON, which is executing the project, said work has been completed at 10.40 km. The distance between Banihal and Qazigund will be reduced to only 16 km once the tunnel becomes operational.

Railways is also building an eight-feet wide service road along the T-80 for any exigency. The Banihal-Qazigund project is part of the Katra-Qazigund (129 km) venture, passing through hostile terrain of Himalayas that are routinely posing geological surprises to the engineers.

The inhospitable terrain has forced IRCON to construct 67.5 km of access road to reach the project site, which has also helped in providing connectivity to around 35 villages.

Railways is using state-of-the-art Austrian tunnelling method to construct T-80 that involves integration of surrounding soil formations into a ring-like support structure.

In 2002, then NDA government had announced a 345-km Jammu-Udhampur-Katra-Qazigund-Baramulla railway line, the biggest mountain rail project since the Independence.

The 53-km Jammu-Udhampur section was opened to the public in 2005, and the 119-km Qazigund-Baramulla route has been operational since 2009.
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Old November 29th, 2012, 04:31 PM   #640
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Oh my goodness, absolutely shabby. Couldn't they have come with a better design which allows proper cleaning. They could have used the same design/technology used for heating as in colder countries.
WHY do you people BLAME BLAME and just BLAME.... kuch acha ho rha hai wo dekho na... for the first time heating system has been enabled on PASSENGER trains and u can sit in a heating unit and travel 110 km in 15 Rs. Which other mode anywhere else in the world will make u do that?

and is the shabbyness more important, or whether they are working or not is more imp.

Atleast they have done correctly that the units are placed BELOW THE SEATS so hot air can come from below and traverse upwards (since it is lighter). They cant install heating units in the top.
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