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Today (07:44) Six injured in train attack (timesofindia.indiatimes.com)

News Entry# 359169  Blog Entry# 3823139   
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Sep 20 2018 (07:44)
Station Tag: Sodpur/SEP added by a2z~/1674352
Stations:  Sodpur/SEP  
KOLKATA: Passengers blocked the tracks at Sodepur station on Wednesday afternoon, disrupting Sealdah-Ranaghat train services, to protest against violence inside a running train’s compartment. As many as nine locals were cancelled due to the protest.
According to passengers, at least six people — including two women — were wounded in the Up Barrackpore local when they protested against some youths boarding the compartments with swords. “Around 10-12 armed youths boarded the train soon after it left Dum Dum station. They created a ruckus in the crowded compartment and said the swords were not meant for violence. They attacked us when we asked them to get off at Belgharia station,” a passenger said.
large police contingent reached the spot to control the situation. Cops launched a hunt for the suspects.
Today (07:43) Diamond-shaped bullet train terminal at Surat (timesofindia.indiatimes.com)
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BULT/Bullet Train

News Entry# 359168  Blog Entry# 3823136   
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Sep 20 2018 (07:43)
Station Tag: Surat/ST added by a2z~/1674352
Stations:  Surat/ST  
Vadodara: The terminal hub for the Ahmedabad-Mumbai bullet train project in Surat will be designed on the theme of ‘diamond,’ gelling with the city’s identity of being world’s largest diamond manufacturing and polishing hub.
On the southern end of Gujarat, the bullet terminal hub for the industrial town – Vapi – will be themed around ‘flowing river’ reflecting the gushing waters of Daman Ganga. After Sabarmati and Vadodara, the National High Speed Rail Corporation Limited (NHSRCL) which is implementing the Ahmedabad-Mumbai high speed rail corridor project has finalized the designs of terminal hubs of Surat and Vapi. NHSRCL is close to finalizing design of Bilimora station which is likely to be themed around mangroves.
Surat is known as India’s diamond hub, the entire terminal building will be themed around diamond. The exteriors of the terminal building will look like multiple diamonds kept in a row while the aerial view of the building will also reflect shape of a diamond. Not just the exterior portion or façade of the building, even the interiors will have creatives and caricatures as well as tiles in diamond shape,” said Dhananjay Kumar, NHSRCL’s spokesperson.
The bullet train station for Surtis will come up at Antroli village, nine km away from the existing railway station. Interestingly, the terminal building for Surat will be an elevated structure as national highway (NH-48) will pass below it. The station for Vapi will be constructed at Dungra village, located near the state highway and roughly 5.5 km away from NH-48. Of the total 12 terminal hubs to be constructed for the bullet train on the 508-km high-speed corridor, four will be in Maharashtra including the Bandra-Kurla Complex (BKC), Thane, Virar and Boisar while eight including that at Vapi, Bilimora, Surat, Bharuch, Vadodara, Anand, Ahmedabad and Sabarmati will come up in Gujarat. “The designs of the stations except BKC will be finalized within next 30 days,” he said.
“Except BKC, Ahmedabad and Vadodara, all nine other stations will have different designs but will follow same pattern. All the terminal stations will be three-layered with ground floor acting as entrance points, first floor as concourse and the second floor will have station and platforms,” said Kumar. The concourse on the first floor of the terminals will have utilities, booking counters besides food courts and shops.
Joint measurement surveys completed in Anand-Kheda
Vadodara: Joint measurement surveys, which is an important process for land acquisition, has been completed in two districts - Anand and Kheda.
According NHSRCL officials, the surveys were completed with the participation of land owners and revenue officers.
“Of the eight districts where we need to acquire land, 80 % of joint measurement survey has been finished in Ahmedabad and Vadodara,” said Pradeep Ahirkar, chief project manager of NHSRCL.
“Similarly, nearly 60 % of joint measurement survey has got over in Bharuch and Valsad, while that in Navsari and Surat has started,” he said.
Officials said they will start getting land October onwards. “We believe that we will receive major parts of land for the project by December,” he said.
Today (07:41) 3 commuters fall from local trains, 1 dies (timesofindia.indiatimes.com)
ML/Mumbai Local

News Entry# 359166  Blog Entry# 3823131   
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MUMBAI: One commuter was killed and two others suffered fractures when they fell off trains between Sion and Kurla stations in the span of one hour on Tuesday night.
The two survivors, who were in different coaches of the same slow train heading towards Kurla, told the railway police that they were travelling on the footboard when lost their balance and fell on the tracks.
Both said that their coaches were not overcrowded, but they were not sure how they fell off the train.
deceased was identified as Chembur resident Laxman Morya (36), who worked as an electrician in Parel. He fell from a Central Railway train heading towards Kurla at 9.05pm, and died on the spot.
The injured—Bipin Gupta (23) from Parel and Nooruddin Khan (24)— suffered fractures after falling from another train heading in the same direction at 10.05pm.
“All three commuters was found at least 2km away from Kurla station, towards the Sion end,” said senior inspector Mahesh Balwantrao of the Kurla railway police. He added that the two injured men are recuperating at Sion hospital.
A relative of Morya told TOI: “He would travel by train to reach his Parel workplace and return home.” Morya’s employer said on Tuesday, he dropped him at Dadar station at 7.30pm, but he had no clue why he took a train after more than an hour.
In the last five years, railway accidents, including trespassing on tracks and falling from trains, have claimed 17,405 lives. According to data provided by the railway police, this year, till August, 244 people have died in railway accidents between Sion and Kurla stations, of which 218 were men and 26 women, and 161 others—133 men and 28 women—suffered injuries. Last year, 331 people—297 men and 34 women—died in railway accidents on this stretch and 228 others—184 men and 44 women—suffered injuries.
Today (07:40) Rail line through Maharashtra tiger reserve stirs hornets’ nest (timesofindia.indiatimes.com)
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News Entry# 359165  Blog Entry# 3823129   
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Sep 20 2018 (07:40)
Station Tag: Nagpur Junction/NGP added by a2z~/1674352
Stations:  Nagpur Junction/NGP  
NAGPUR: Even as protests against upgrade of the railway line through Melghat Tiger Reserve (MTR) are yet to die down, the Central Railway (CR) has approved a proposal for a new 77km line between Katol and Wardha. If constructed without any mitigation measures, the line will cut Bor Tiger Reserve (BTR) into two parts.
With 139sqkm core area, Bor is the country’s smallest tiger reserve with presence of seven tigers and over 200 bird species, and hundreds of herbivores. The tiger reserve’s buffer comes to 670sqkm and the railway line, if allowed without any mitigation measures, would spell doom for wildlife and ecology, and shatter source population of big cats.
corridors connecting Bor to other forests have already been cut by four-laning of roads in corridor patches of Bazargaon-Kondhali-Talegaon (NH6), Nagpur-Chandrapur (NH7) and Butibori-Wardha and Hingni-Selu state highways.
“Now, Nagpur-Mumbai Samruddhi Expressway is in the pipeline, where MSRDC has shown commitment for wildlife mitigation measures while others (agencies) are blatantly violating guidelines. The new line will isolate tigers and wildlife, and man-animal conflict will flare up,” said Bor officials.
The Rs 1,200-crore (old cost) Katol-Wardha line project was announced in 2009-10 railway budget, and the survey was done in 2011. Since then the proposal had been pending. “The plan was discussed at length at a meeting in Mumbai on September 5 and approved by general manager DK Sharma. The revised Rs 1,428-crore plan will be submitted to the railway board for inclusion in the next budget,” senior railway officials told TOI.
As the plan has been prepared by the headquarters, there is no information whether wildlife mitigation measures have been included in the project. Nagpur DRM Somesh Kumar was not available for comments. Chief public relations officer Sunil Udasi could not come up with an immediate response on the issue.
The new line will be part of the Golden Quadrilateral Freight Corridor (GQFC), which has six dedicated freight corridors (DFCs). The new line falls in the North-South DFC (2,173km) from Delhi to Chennai, which was approved in 2018.
“The need for a new line is being felt now due to new passenger and freight trains. There is huge congestion between Nagpur and Wardha (79km). The Nagpur CR handles at least 220 mail/ express and freight trains, and carrying capacity of tracks has exceeded 180% now,” said railway officials.
The railway distance between Katol and Wardha is 139km. If the 77km new line is laid, the railways will save on time and money for 62km and there will be faster train movement as freight trains will bypass Nagpur and land straight at Sevagram before heading towards south.This will also pave the way for smooth train movement between Itarsi and Wardha via Nagpur.
Today (07:32) Panel formed to study traffic near Metro stations in Ghaziabad (www.hindustantimes.com)
IR Affairs
DMRC/Delhi Metro

News Entry# 359160  Blog Entry# 3823117   
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GDA officials said the committee will comprise officials from GDA, the district administration, the traffic police and the DMRC.
The Ghaziabad Development Authority (GDA) has constituted a committee of officials to find out possible traffic bottlenecks at the eight stations of the upcoming Metro stretch. This committee will also suggest alternative routes and means to accommodate passengers when the 9.41km Metro route becomes operational by November.
A meeting in this regard was held with officials of the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) on Wednesday.
officials said the committee will comprise officials from GDA, the district administration, the traffic police and the DMRC.
“The committee will submit its report in the first week of October and suggest ways to decongest the road outside the eight stations as we do not have parking facilities. We may go in for construction of extra bays for streamlining road transport modes such as autos, e-rickshaws and even the buses. The routes of the buses will also be studied for this purpose,” Kanchan Verma, GDA vice-chairperson, said.
She said the other issue discussed with the DMRC was parking problems that will arise, causing bottlenecks outside the eight stations on the elevated section on both sides of the GT Road.
“The issue is of parking which will begin when passengers start using the eight Metro stations on the 9.41km Metro line. During the meeting, the DMRC assured us that commencement of operations on the route will not be delayed beyond November under no circumstance,” Verma said.
She added that experts from the Central Road Research Institute can also be roped in to the committee as it is already preparing a ‘comprehensive mobility plan’ for streamlining traffic in Ghaziabad.
The issue for the authority is that it has parking at only two stations, one at the New bus stand and the other at the Hindon river.
Except at these two Metro stations, the authority has no parking space available for accommodating road transport vehicles.
The construction work for the route is complete and the DMRC has already begun trials. The stretch has stations at Shaheed Nagar, Raj Bagh, Rajendra Nagar, Shyam Park, Mohan Nagar, Arthala, Hindon river and the New bus stand. The project is pegged at ₹2,210 crore as per the revised detailed project report.
Sources said the 2012-13 detailed project report of the route had estimated a ridership of nearly one lakh passengers on a daily basis but the figure is expected to rise. “This is the only route in the metro network where the platforms have been constructed on the central verge of the GT Road with exits on both sides of the road at each station,” a DMRC source said.
Traffic congestion outside the eight upcoming Metro stations will be a major issue for commuters.
“The Vaishali Metro station has ample parking facilities available besides a multilevel parking lot constructed by the GDA. Still, vehicles line up on the main road. If a similar situation comes up outside stations on the GT Road, it would become a major traffic mess,” Vikrant Sharma, a resident of Raj Nagar Extension, said.
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