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Today (10:22) Soon, Delhi metro cards to have auto top-ups (
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NEW DELHI: Recharging your Delhi Metro smart cards is set to get easier.Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has signed an agreement with a private technology company, Anduril Technologies private Ltd, to provide the new smart cards, which would automatically get recharged. The new electronically-rechargeable cards get automatically updated when the commuter taps it at the entry gate. The facility will initially be available on the new set of cards, but will subsequently be added to the existing ones too.According to estimates, about 16-17 lakh daily commuters use the cards. Since its launch in 2002, Delhi Metro has sold over 1.5 crore cards till now.The new cards, ‘Autope’, are likely to be rolled out next month. The customers will first have to register themselves on its app or website, and the cards will then be home-delivered. Once the system stabilises, the facility will be extended to the existing card holders as well.“Waiting...
in a long queue is the biggest challenge a commuter faces at the stations. Although online recharges are prevalent, the card has to be presented to the add value machine (AVM) for top-ups. The new technology will allow auto recharge of smart card as and when the value falls below a threshold,” said Anurag Bajpai, founder, Anduril Technologies private Ltd. Though some banks issue cards that get automatically recharged, the new ones can be linked to any bank account. The company has already launched the new set for a closed user group. “The launch is scheduled in mid-July,” Bajpai said.Other than Delhi Metro, the feature will soon be rolled out in Mumbai and other metro networks. “The idea is to enable a seamless and hassle-free payment for recurring transactions,” Bajpai said.
Today (10:02) Direct trains to Chamarajanagar soon, separate rail line in limbo (
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SWR/South Western

News Entry# 384363  Blog Entry# 4344438   
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Jun 16 2019 (10:02)
Station Tag: Mysuru Junction (Mysore)/MYS added by 12649⭐️ KSK ⭐️12650^~/1203948

Jun 16 2019 (10:02)
Station Tag: Chamarajanagar/CMNR added by 12649⭐️ KSK ⭐️12650^~/1203948
Sunday, Jun 16, 2019 | Last Update : 10:00 AM IST
Bengaluru: The South Western Railways (SWR) has decided to extend some of the Bengaluru-Mysuru trains to Chamarajanagar to cater to the demands of those residing in these areas.
However, the proposal to build a separate Chamarajanagar-Bengaluru railway line via Kollegal, Malavalli and Kanakapura remains in cold storage.
order to facilitate easy movement of trains, platform number 5 and 6 of Mysuru Central Railways station will be linked to the Chamarajanagar line. SWR has cleared paper work and work is expected to begin in July. It was supposed to begin in 2016, but was later put on hold. Once it is over, trains coming from Bengaluru will be extended to Chamarajanagar .
Hemanth Kumar, a regular commuter, told Deccan Chronicle, “Extending some more trains to Chamarajanagar, which come from Bengaluru, will be helpful for the passengers. However, the people here want the work on Malavalli line to begin, as it would connect Chamarajanagar with Kanakapura and Kollegal. Hope SWR will take up this project at the earliest.”
The proposed railway line got approval during the UPA government, however, it has remained on paper. A survey for the line was done in 2006 and the estimated cost back then was Rs 1,382 crore. However, in the last budget it got a meagre funding of Rs 10 crore.
"This project has entered the railway department’s ‘Pink Book’. Once the Rail Budget is passed, 'Pink Book' becomes the authority to start preliminary works related to the project. But the allocation of expenditure on various heads of accounts for the project has been delayed. The main reason is because the state government has not shown much interest. The new move to extend some trains to Chamarajanagar will be helpful to passengers," said Yogendra, railway activist.
A railways source told Deccan Chronicle that though the state government had agreed to provide land free of cost and bear 50 per cent of the expenditure, they have not shown any interest to develop the project. Taking into account cost escalation, Rs 2,500 crore will be required to complete the project.
Today (10:00) Centre expedites big-ticket rail infra projects (
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Railway Minister Piyush Goyal wants railway modernisation work to be carried out on a priority basis.
New Delhi: Faced with the 2022 deadline, the Narendra Modi government has expedited big-ticket rail infrastructure projects, prominent among them being the dedicated freight corridor (DFC) and the Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train project. The government has set the August 2022 deadline for the bullet train projects, while the dedicated freight corridor, which has already missed several deadlines, is likely to be commissioned in phases by this year-end.
a high-level review meeting, Railway Minister Piyush Goyal also instructed his ministry to carry out the rail modernisation works, tracks renewal and electrification works on a priority basis. The Ministry of Railways has set a target to complete electrification of the railway network across the country. Also, by this year, all rail tracks have to be converted into broad gauge.
A senior ministry official said: “It has been decided to open the Bhaupur and Khurja sections of the DFC by November this year. This will ease train movement on the super saturated rail corridor between Kanpur and New Delhi by shifting of goods train to the dedicated freight corridor.” Officials said the DFC will not only help run passenger trains with improved punctuality, but also give additional time for track and other asset maintenance required for train safety.
DFC is a UPA-era project that was envisaged to reduce travel time for both passenger and goods trains on the country’s most congested routes—Delhi-Mumbai and Delhi-Kolkata. The project missed several deadlines and was to be made operational by 2019. The Rs 81,459 crore project had received approval from the Union Cabinet in 2006, but progress continued at a snail’s pace owing to multiple hurdles, including land acquisition rows in several states.
Last year on 30 December, the Ministry of Railways had begun a trial run on the 306-km-long section, from Madar in Rajasthan to Kishangarh Balawas in Haryana, of the Western Dedicated Freight Corridor. The section is equipped for heavy haul train operations with a 25-tonne axle load for the first time in India (currently practised only in the US, Canada, Brazil, Australia, China, Russia, South Africa and Sweden-Norway).
While the Eastern DFC covers a distance of 1,856 km from Ludhiana in Punjab to Dankuni, near Kolkata, passing through UP, Bihar, Haryana, and Jharkhand, the Western DFC will cover 1,504 km from Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust near Navi Mumbai to Dadri in UP, passing through Vadodara, Ahmedabad, Palanpur, Phulera and Rewari.
These projects had also found mention in the BJP’s manifesto for the 2019 Lok Sabha polls where the party had also categorised the projects to be completed by 2022. The BJP has promised spending Rs 100 lakh crore on infrastructure projects by 2024.
Similarly, the Ministry of Railways has instructed the National High Speed Rail Corporation Corridor Limited to expedite work on the country’s first bullet train project which is also stuck in land acquisition rows in Maharashtra. The 508-km corridor will pass through  Gujarat and Maharashtra and the Union Territory of Dadra & Nagar Haveli. While in Gujarat, 60% land acquisition is complete, in Maharashtra, the project had in the past seen protests.
In Maharashtra, the train will pass through the twin districts of Palghar and Thane before entering Mumbai. The corridor starts from the Bandra-Kurla Complex in Mumbai and ends in Ahmedabad, and the journey is expected to take a little over two hours.
Sources said work may further get stalled as Maharashtra will go to the polls this yearend and the model code of conduct will come into force in three or four months from now.
“As of now, joint measurement surveys (JMS) are underway,” said an official with the National High Speed Rail Corporation Limited (NHSRCL), which is implementing the project. The governments at the Centre and Maharashtra intend to complete the land acquisition before elections are announced.
Nearly 73 villages in Palghar and 22 villages in Thane are to be acquired. This accounts for over 350 hectares of land. Once the JMS is completed, the NHSRCL will undertake further steps, official sources said.
Today (09:58) 2nd platform at Una railway station soon (
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Jun 16 2019 (09:59)
Station Tag: Una Himachal/UHL added by 12649⭐️ KSK ⭐️12650^~/1203948
Stations:  Una Himachal/UHL  
Rajesh Sharma
Una, June 15
The Una railway station is being provided with a second platform with a foot overbridge, which will help connect both first and second platforms at a cost of Rs 5.9 crore. For the same, the Railways has completed the tendering process. Another sum of Rs 1.5 crore has been sanctioned for the construction of passenger waiting hall, help counter, deluxe toilets, automatic public address system and special routes for differently abled.
Divisional Railways Manager (ADRM), Ambala Division, PK Gupta visited the station along with other officials on Friday to take a first-hand account of the prevailing facilities for passengers and the proposed works.
The railway station is one of the two stations in Himachal Pradesh and among the 1,253 stations countrywide to be included in the ‘Adarsh Station Scheme’ of the Indian Railways for upgrading passenger facilities.
Today (09:58) Railways arrange buses for passengers (
IR Affairs
SWR/South Western

News Entry# 384360  Blog Entry# 4344433   
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Jun 16 2019 (09:58)
Station Tag: Pandavapura/PANP added by 12649⭐️ KSK ⭐️12650^~/1203948

Jun 16 2019 (09:58)
Station Tag: Mysuru Junction (Mysore)/MYS added by 12649⭐️ KSK ⭐️12650^~/1203948
In view of the ongoing yard works in Mysuru station, Train No.12786/85 Mysuru-Kacheguda-Mysuru Expresses and T.No.12610/09 Mysuru-Chennai Central-Mysuru Expresses have been partially cancelled between Mysuru-Pandavapura-Mysuru from June 16 to 23.
The South Western Railway, Mysuru Division, has made arrangements for transportation of reserved passengers in the above trains by buses from Mysuru-Pandavapura and Pandavapura-Mysuru.
The buses for the reserved passengers of Train No.12610 Mysuru-Chennai Express will depart from Mysuru Railway station at 4 p.m. and buses for reserved passengers of Train No.12786 Mysuru-Kacheguda Express will leave Mysuru Railway station at 1:45 pm.

Similarly, reserved passengers of the pairing trains in the return direction will be brought to Mysuru from Pandavapura upon arrival of the trains at Pandavapura.
In view of this, the Division has requested the reserved passengers in these trains to reach Mysuru Railway station well in advance to board the buses bound for Pandavapura for their onward journey by rail.
The following numbers may be contacted for further information/clarification: 9731667979, 9731667962, 9731667964 or 0821-2865330, a release from the Railways stated.
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