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Sep 02 (08:14) CRly opens train bookings for travel within state (
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Nagpur: Now passengers in Maharashtra can travel in trains within the state. Earlier, though passengers were allowed to board a train outside the state, bookings within the state were not allowed.
The decision was taken by Central Railway after the Maharashtra government issued Unlock-4 guidelines on August 31 allowing inter-district movement of people. Based on this, Central Railway issued a circular on September 1.
passenger traffic manager (CPTM) DY Naik has issued a circular informing its decision to restart ticket bookings to state’s chief secretary Sanjay Kumar and state secretary for relief and rehabilitation Kishore Raje Nimbalkar and transport secretary AK Singh.
“With effect from September 2, inter-district movement of passengers by trains within Maharashtra is being enabled in passenger reservation system (PRS) and passengers would be able to book reserved tickets for stations within Maharashtra,” officials said.
On June 1, Indian Railways had started over 230 trains to different destinations to the country. But, owing to Covid-19 restrictions, a passenger was not allowed to travel to Nagpur, Akola, Gondia etc from Mumbai or Ahmedabad.
Of the eight trains that passed through Nagpur, Ahmedabad-Howrah-Ahmedabad (02833-02834) and Mumbai-Howrah-Mumbai Mail (02809-02810) used to operate daily but due to restrictions by the Bengal government these trains are running once a week.
The Ahmedabad-Howrah arrives in Nagpur on Monday at 5.35 pm, while Mumbai-Howrah arrives on Saturday at 10.55 am. Passengers keen on travelling in the state can benefit from these two trains. The frequency of these trains will increase soon.
“In the meanwhile, with restrictions eased, the Central Railway is also gearing up to start trains to Pune and Mumbai. These will include express trains like Sewagram, Vidarbha, Nagpur-Pune, Garib Rath among others. However, for this, a separate circular will be issued by the Railway Board,” sources said.
The state’s biggest public transporter Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC) is already operating long distance buses to Pune and Aurangabad and private bus operators have also been allowed.
Aug 19 (08:55) Rail tracks in Tadoba ESZ sound death knell for wildlife (
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Nagpur: Even as wild animals continue to die due to frequent train hits on the Gondia-Ballarshah section, the South East Central Railway (SECR) has failed to take any wildlife mitigation measures, especially the track that falls in the eco-sensitive zone (ESZ) of Tadaoba-Andhari Tiger Reserve (TATR).
According to the official data, since over a decade, more than 50 wild animals have died in train hits. These deaths include 5 tigers, 3 sloth bears, 2 leopards, 4 hyenas, 4 gaurs, over 20 wild boars, several nilgais and a deer. In June, when the lockdown was in force, 13 wild boars died in train hit.
these deaths have occurred between Ballarshah-Junona-Sindewahi-Talodi-Nagbhid-Brahmapuri section. The death toll may be even high if the section near Navegaon National Park is taken into consideration. Several wild animal deaths also go unrecorded.
Last month, one of the biggest tigers in the country nicknamed named Waghdoh, chronicled as T-38, missed death by a whisker while crossing the tracks near Junona. The issue once again surfaced with the death of a sloth bear after a freight train hit the animal near Talodhi railway station on Monday (August 17).
“After the death of 3 tiger cubs on November 15, 2018, in Junona area by a speeding train, outgoing Chandrapur chief conservator of forests (CCF) SV Ramarao had ordered a survey on mitigation steps to be suggested to SECR and accordingly has recommended a five-pronged strategy. We identified at least 19 railway poles where trains should run with a caution of 40 kmph. These patches fall under Junona, Mamla, Babupeth, Lohara, Mindala, and Brahmapuri,” said state wildlife board member Bandu Dhotre, who was part of the survey.
Ramarao had suggested new underpasses in most vulnerable forested ranges of Mamla, Junona, Sindewahi, Chichpalli, Talodhi, Balapur and Nagbhid ranges in Brahmapuri and Chandrapur divisions.
“However, none of the measures are being followed and no mitigation steps like underpasses are being taken,” Dhotre added. The Gondia-Chandrapur-Ballarshah section has 60km of the railway line passing through dense forest patches inhabited by wild animals and more importantly, it is a corridor used by tigers. Forest officials have been writing to the railways since 2012 but till now, no efforts have been taken to mitigate the damage.
SECR’s chief public relation officer (CPRO) Saket Ranjan, Bilaspur, said, “We have already issued instructions to train drivers to restrict speed on tracks around Tadoba landscape. They have also been told to blow the whistle continuously and blink lights on forest stretches so that animals are alerted. Though there is no special plan for physical mitigation measures as such. We are ready to discuss with the forest department.”
Chandrapur chief conservator of forests (CCF) NR Praveen said, “Frequent deaths of wild animals in train accidents are a cause for concern. I will take the follow up of the report submitted by my predecessor Ramarao. Most of the tracks around Tadoba landscape fall in the ESZ and hence, strong mitigation measures by railways are the need of hour.”
Suresh Chopne, regional empowered committee (REC) member of MoEFCC, said, “This was for the first time that the survey was done after the Gondia-Ballarshah broad gauge was fully commissioned in 1999. In th years to come, the number of trains will increase and apparently will affect more animals.”
Dhotre said this is one of main reasons why greens are opposing upgradation of the railway line through the Melghat Tiger Reserve in Amravati. During maintenance and construction works along the tracks, railway contractors have made some small pits in the area near tracks.
“These unwanted water-filled pits attract animals who get killed by speeding trains. During the survey, many unwanted pits were found between Bramhapuri-Sindewahi-Chandrapur. Besides, animals also get attracted to waste food thrown by passengers near the tracks,” he stated.
Jun 27 (08:59) State clears Rs280 crore of its share for Itwari-Nagbhid rly project (
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Nagpur: The state cabinet on Thursday cleared its share of Rs280 crore for gauge conversion of the 116.15km Itwari-Nagbhid rail line project to be implemented by Maharashtra Rail Infrastructure Development Corporation Limited (Maharail).
MahaRail is a joint venture of the government of Maharashtra and the ministry of railways on a 50:50 basis with an objective to provide a boost to the rail infrastructure projects in the state by providing critical connectivity and capacity enhancement.
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has started work on the narrow gauge conversion between Itwari-Nagbhid after the line was closed for traffic on November 25, last year. The corporation has also planned to provide a chord line to WCL coalfields in Umrer.
The Railway Board sanctioned the Nagpur-(Itwari)–Nagbhid gauge conversion project with an estimated cost of Rs1,400 crores on October 30, 2019.
Sixty per cent (Rs840 crore) will be raised through loan and Rs560 crore will be shared equally by the railways and state government. Besides, 50% (Rs420 crore) of the loan amount will be shared by the state and the Centre.
Out of the 628km narrow gauge network under Nagpur division of South East Central Railway (SECR), Itwari- Nagbhid is the last remaining line pending for conversion.
After the cabinet decision, Maharail aims to expedite the construction work and complete the project in less than 21 months. However, 7 months have already passed after closure of the line.
“The line will help overcome Nagpur–Wardha and Nagpur-Gondia routes that are saturated and over-utilized. A chord line to WCL coalfields near Umrer will allow economical and safer coal movement to various thermal plants in this region,” said Maharail officials.
“The main aim of this project is to expedite coal movement from mines and reduce congestion on the existing route. Itwari-Nagbhid will be directly linked with the existing railway network via Umrer to Wardha and Gondia,” they said.
“Latest technology will be implemented for track installation to expedite the work. New stations buildings in this project are also planned to be designed as per latest specifications,” said Rajesh Kumar Jaiswal, managing director of Maharail.
On the significance of the project, Jaiswal said, “The broad gauge line will be operational for goods as well as passenger trains with lot of financial benefit. It will reduce the coal rake movement and facilitate decongestion at Nagpur, Kalamna, Itwari, Ajni and Wardha yards and facilitate operation of shuttle trains in and around Nagpur.”
The movement of the coal rake from captive mines of Mahagenco at Chandrapur to Koradi and Khaperkheda will also be facilitated by reduction in travel time. The proposed project will be of immense benefit to Mahagenco in procurement of coal from WCL mines in Umred and Chandrapur district and also help Adani’s power plant at Tiroda and NTPC at Mauda.
Jun 20 (18:37) When trains thundered into India’s forests in the 1800s, they set behemoth and beast on a collision course (

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Sometime in the late 1800s, a British-Indian Railway Company headquarters received a curious telegram: ‘Tiger jumping about platform, men will not work; please arrange’, it said. Then in 1892, an artist turned this little note into a sketch and published it in The Graphic, a popular British weekly illustrated newspaper. It was captioned, ‘An Awkward Visitor at an Upcountry Railway Station in India’. The cartoon immediately catapulted this incident into popular imagination and it became a Victorian pop-culture legend. Dozens of authors have since speculated on the precise location of this ‘upcountry’ railway station: one strong candidate was ‘Khundwa’ railway station (Khandwa, now in Madhya Pradesh). According to Val C. Prinsep’s book Imperial India, 1879: An Artist’s Journals, the said tiger was shot the next day, proving that the telegram was not a bluff.
Somewhere in Bengal, also in the late 19th century, a similar incident was reported, albeit probably with some embellishments. ‘The native station master of an out-of-the-way Indian railway station was suddenly pounced upon by a man-eating tiger. The startled assistant, remembering the orders given in the cases of an attack being made by robbers, or the like, immediately rushed to the telegraph office, and wired to the European official at the next place on the line — ‘Tiger on platform eating our respected stationmaster; please wire instructions’.’ The report says that by the time help could be sent, the tiger had not only ‘wolfed the master,’ but also ‘got away with ‘our respected assistant’.

A few years earlier, this time near Jaipur, a Bengali station master working in a lonely wayside railway station surrounded by forests had been waylaid by a wandering tiger. The rude interruption forced him to telegraph an urgent missive to his British superior at Jaipur: ‘Tiger in charge, I on roof, please arrange’. The story goes that the British officer immediately went to the station, shot the tiger, and the station master descended from his perch and resumed ‘charge’ of the station.
All the many variations of this story hark back to a time in India when two great forces crossed paths for the first time — the modernising force of the Great Indian Railways and the ancient ways of great Indian jungles. The first railway lines ploughed through forests and hills, rivers and swamps. The natural world pushed back. Disease and accidents killed hundreds of labourers and engineers, and so did wild animals. The creatures of the forests, especially tigers, fought against this strange intrusion into their turf. Attacks on railway labourers and staff during the construction of the lines and immediately after were very common. In 1889, a tigress that inhabited the area around the railway tunnel close to the newly constructed Darekasa railway station, now in Gondia district of Maharashtra, was reported to have killed around 40 railway employees.
Artists of the late 19th and early 20th centuries often interpreted such incidents of conflict as a clash between two opposing worlds: the ‘wild’ and the ‘modern’, the ‘old’ and the ‘new’; the Indian ‘wild’ pushing back against British ‘civilising’. This produced an array of very interesting artworks. There are sketches of a tiger chasing a pointsman up the semaphore signal at the end of a platform as he comes to signal an oncoming train; two fleet-footed sub-adult tigers are running off a railway line, somewhere between ‘Sutna’ (Satna, Madhya Pradesh) and Manikpur, startled by a train; an engineer inspecting a line on a trolley is spooked out of his wits as he nearly bumps into a family of four tigers including two cubs.
There were encounters with other wildlife too. A sketch published in a French journal in 1907 depicted a herd of blackbuck running helter-skelter off a line with an approaching train engine in the background. It was titled ‘Un défi à la Civilisation’ (A challenge to civilisation). Was the artist referring to the ‘civilisation’ of humans depicted by railways or was he alluding to the ‘civilisation’ of the wild animals being challenged by human enterprise? Artists also used the imagery of wildlife and railways for satire, to mostly reinforce imperial positions and stereotypes.
However, the most enduring imagery of this brewing conflict between the ‘old’ and the ‘new’ was that of the forest’s behemoth, the Indian elephant, gallantly facing off against the mechanical behemoth. In January 1869, a little more than 15 years after the inauguration of the first passenger train in India, the first elephant collision was reported in The Penny Illustrated Newspaper. ‘A… very serious accident… perhaps unheard of since the establishment of railways, not only in India, but throughout the world, happened.... between Sahebgunge and Mirzapore, about two miles from the latter station. At that time the No. 5 down goods’ train was approaching a mangoe tope [grove], in which some seventy elephants [evidently these were domesticated elephants] were stationed. The red lights glaring in the distance, and the noise and smoke of the engine, would seem to have caused an awful consternation among the poor brutes… One large male, however, the strongest and most courageous of the lot, became so infuriated that he broke his chain and rushed forward to intercept and encounter the supposed enemy… He encountered it [train] with head and tusks; but animal strength proved no match for steam and machinery — the poor brute was knocked down and killed on the spot, and the engine, rebounding, ran off the line, and it and eleven carriages were capsized into a ditch. The fireman luckily managed to jump off in time, and the guard did the same; but the poor driver, named Smith, remained in his place, and received injuries from which it is not expected he will recover’.
Such incidents were not limited to India. Near the little town of Tapah in Malaysia, an old tusker defended his herd by charging at an oncoming train and died in the process. So moved were railway officials by this elephant’s bravery that a memorial sign, which still survives, was erected at the spot he fell with the inscription “There is buried here a wild elephant who in defence of his herd charged and derailed a train on the 17th day of September, 1894”.
As the railways penetrated further into the forests and hinterlands, they also brought with them a new breed of British men and women to these ‘upcountry stations’, in the form of railway employees and travellers. This gave birth to a new genre of literature — stories, poems and non-fiction writings set at the intersection of railway lines and the forest and its denizens. These writers ranged from big names like Rudyard Kipling to lesser-known ones such as J.W. Best, an Indian Forest Service officer. Railway magazines of the time (each railway company in British India usually had its own illustrated monthly magazine) were also replete with accounts of shikar along railway lines or fiction set in some quaint ‘jungli’ station. A little known book of 1934, The Wheels of Ind by John W. Mitchell, a senior officer of the Bengal-Nagpur Railway Company (which would become South-Eastern Railway zone after Independence), was about his adventures along the ‘jungli’ railway stations and lines around Bilaspur. Writers such as Ruskin Bond have expertly carried forward this genre, often drawing upon the imagery of quaint railway stations set amidst jungles and wildlife.
Today, more than a century later, the railways of the Raj, which were an amalgamation of more than half a dozen British railway companies, have become the monolithic Indian Railways. Most of those old forests that once posed such a formidable challenge to the fledgling railways have now bowed out, and with them have been edged out those thousands of tigers and leopards and elephants that once protested the intrusion of men, iron and machines into their world. There are more lines, more trains. The huffing and puffing steam engines of yore have been replaced with electrified beasts. The ‘war of civilisation’ has been decidedly won by men and their machines.

In recent years, the most visible casualty of the Railways has been that old adversary of the railways, the elephant. As railway lines continue expanding and intruding into their habitats, more than 60 elephants have been mowed down by trains over the past four years, around 300 in the past three decades. West Bengal, Assam and Odisha are the worst affected. Between 2010 and 2019, as many as 51 elephants were killed on the tracks in West Bengal, 44 in Assam and 24 in Orissa. Many such accidents happen when elephants come to the rescue of a herd member stuck on the lines, and die in vain trying to stop the engine just like their forefathers did more than a century ago.
Besides elephants, in the past four years alone, nearly a dozen tigers, more than half a dozen lions, and scores of leopards have died on the tracks.
The Railways and forest authorities have tried a number of different approaches to mitigate this conflict. Some are fairly straightforward, such as reducing train speeds when passing through wildlife habitats; keeping the sides of the tracks clear of vegetation and food waste that might attract elephants and other wild animals; and sensitisation programmes for railway staff. But there have been some novel efforts as well, such as ‘Plan Bee’, the brainchild of the Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR), the area where a majority of elephant-train collisions occur. This involves installing an audio device with a range of 600 metres, which produces the buzzing sound of a swarm of bees, a sound that spooks elephants and keeps them off the tracks. NFR has also constructed underpasses, overpasses and ramps to facilitate elephant crossings and fenced off vulnerable stretches. But these efforts haven’t put an end to the killings, and stories of train-animal collisions continue to come in.

Yet, despite all these conflicts, a slice of the gentler side of the railways, one that inspired writers and artists, did survive into the new millennium. These are the last remnants of several small gauge lines that once cut across the forests of peninsular and northern India. Many of those lines, such as the Satpura narrow gauge lines, which once served the tribal hinterlands of southern Madhya Pradesh and eastern Maharashtra, have now been decommissioned under Project Unigauge. Some still survive. It is on these lines that you can still spot a pointsman precariously walking towards the edge of the platform to light the oil lamp on the semaphore tower as the evening shadows of the towering sal trees begin to lengthen. And here tigers and leopards still sometimes decide to play the part of the ‘awkward visitor’. The trains move slowly, the lines don’t bulldoze through the landscape but quietly snake through forest and hill, meandering like a forest stream. Deer trust the trains enough to graze beside the lines and the clinking wheels of the train are almost a part of forest sounds. These may be the last remnants of a forgotten world where the railways and the wild are not adversaries. Where the two exist in amity. Where the clash of the behemoth and the beast finally ends.
The writer is a Jharkhand-based conservationist and an avid collector of antiquarian books on natural history.

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VIJAY~   479 blog posts
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It took me to golden past.

Jun 21 (00:09)
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Beautiful article

Jun 21 (09:27)
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Thanks to The Hindu team.

Jun 21 (15:58)
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Ya Saw in todays cover story . Good article :)
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डिजिटल डेस्क, गोंदिया। लॉकडाउन होने से परिवहन व्यवस्था पूरी तरह से बंद है। जिस वजह से हैदराबाद कमाने के सिलसिले में गए बालाघाट जिले के 20 मजदूर चंद्रपुर-गोंदिया रेलवे मार्ग से गोंदिया की ओर आ रहे थे कि इसी दौरान रेलवे ईंजन के चपेट में आ गए। इस घटना में एक की घटनास्थल पर ही मौत हो गई। वहीं दूसरा व्यक्ति गंभीर रूप से घायल हो गया। घटना 7 अप्रैल की दोपहर के दौरान सड़क अर्जुनी तहसील के राका-पिपरी रेलवे पुलिया पर घटित हुई है। मृतक का नाम मध्यप्रदेश राज्य के बालाघाट जिला अंतर्गत आनेवाले किरनापुर क्षेत्र के निवासी डोमेश तुलसीदास पाचे (19) बताया गया है। वहीं गंभीर मजदूर का नाम सूरज द्विपत सत्यकर
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