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Two cops suspended over security breach during PM Modi’s Noida visit

Two policemen, who were in-charge of piloting Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s cavalcade during his visit to the city on December 25, have been suspended for taking the convoy on a wrong route and causing a security breach.SSP Love Kumar has suspended the two policemen for the security lapse. The suspended policemen are Sub Inspector Dilip Singh and police driver Jaipal. They were in the vehicle ahead to lead the prime minister’s motorcade, PRO in the SSP’s office Manish Saxena said.The two policemen took a wrong turn as a result of which the prime minister’s cavalcade was caught in traffic for two minutes near Mahamaya Flyover. Traffic policemen then rushed and cleared the route for smooth passage.Several rehearsals of the route were conducted before the visit. The route was through second cut and the first cut was barricaded.Also readPM Narendra Modi inaugurates much-awaited Magenta Line of Delhi MetroSenior IPS officer Nitin Tiwari was in charge of the traffic plan and subsequent arrangements for the prime minister s cavalcade and other VIP movement.Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath had sought explanation from the officials about the security breach and sought a detailed report of lapse and action.Also readDMRC’s Magenta line: New metro to cut off travel time to 45 minutes from Noida to South DelhiThe report has been sent to the ADG and the commissioner.The prime minister was in Noida on Christmas to inaugurate the Botanical Garden-Kalkaji line of the Metro.

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3 men create ruckus inside Metro, held

Three men, allegedly in an inebriated state, entered the Pul Bangash Metro Station on Tuesday night and manhandled officers from the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) after they tried to stop the trio from hurling abuses at co-passengers and creating a nuisance. The men, seeing the armed Quick Response Teams (QRT), which was called on the spot attempted to reach out to one of the officer’s weapon during the scuffle. All three have been arrested.According to the senior CISF officers, who guard the Delhi Metro, it was around 12.30 pm on Tuesday when the three men, later identified as Rahul (21), Sumit Sharma (28) and Gulshan Jacob (29), entered Pul Bangash Metro Station in an inebriated state and started hurling abuses at other passengers.”Hearing the ruckus, when the shift in-charge Head Constable Richh Pal Singh arrived at the spot, the trio got into an argument with him. On this, Singh called in the armed CISF personnel to take the trio to the station control room, but Rahul started a fist fight and even injured Singh. A Quick Reaction Team of the CISF commandos then had to be called in and the trio was detained. The Delhi Metro Rail Police (DMRP) was also informed that arrived on the spot,” a senior CISF officer said.However, the officer added that when the DMRP attempted to take the three men to Rithala Metro Police Station, Rahul could not be controlled as he turned violent.

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Mumbai Metro authorities don’t see the need to increase coaches despite commuter rise

The Reliance Infrastructure-led Mumbai Metro One Private Ltd (MMOPL) that connects Versova and Ghatkopar has seen a monthly increase in its commuters, which has resulted in a call for an increase in the number of coaches from four to six. However, MMOPL authorities have said that there is no need for the same, reasoning that the saturation point had not been reached as yet.Currently, there are 16 Metro trains that have four coaches that can be expanded to six coaches. In 2015, the average daily ridership was around 2.6 lakh, which increased to 3. lakh in 2016 on weekdays. However, this year, estimates show that the ridership is around 3.5 lakh on weekdays, with MMOPL announcing that November 2017 witnessed one crore commuters.An MMOPL, spokesperson, said, “”We are closely watching the ridership trends. At present, we are confident of meeting the increased demand and do not feel the need for additional coaches. We will increase the coaches when the need arises.”Also readMumbai Metro: Passengers take to social media to complain about ‘non-functional air-conditioning system’The spokesperson further stated that the need to increase coaches will begin only once Dahisar-DN Nagar Metro-2A and DN Nagar-Mankhurd Metro-2B will be operational.”The MMOPL’s expenditure to operate Metro-1 stood at about Rs 1,500 crore between June 2014 and June 2017. However, the latter could merely earn about Rs 640 crore in the form of ticketing and non-ticketing revenue in that period. The MMRDA owns 26% stakes in Metro-1 along with MMOPL that has 69% stake followed by Veolia that has a 5% stake.

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Yogi Adityanath announces Metro for Agra, Kanpur

Addressing his first public meeting on Monday, right after the inauguration of the Magenta Line of Metro in Noida, Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath announced new Metro projects for Agra and Kanpur in the state.During the inauguration, Adityanath said: “I thank the PM for giving UP the offering of this new Metro line. We are going to bring Metro to Kanpur and Agra. The inauguration of the Magenta Line will prove to be a milestone towards realising the dream of development for Noida and Greater Noida. The PM has given a new meaning to politics of this nation. He is always telling us one thing: We have to move ahead on the path of development. We should ensure no citizen is unhappy. There is no question of discriminating against anyone.”He further said that the work to set up an airport at Jewar has also been expedited, which will be a boom for the people and will bring development to the district.”We have been planning two major expressways in the state. It is an achievement to have the Prime Minister in the state. He has given a new direction to politics and till even a single individual remains unhappy, we should make efforts to solve his problems,” Adityanath said during the meeting.Attacking the previous governments in the state, Adityanath claimed that under their rule, Noida, Greater Noida, and Yamuna Expressway region were only meant to make money. “My government is taking public welfare projects on a priority basis. As per Modi’s directions, we are working on the principle of participation of all and development for all (sabka saath, sabka vikas),” Adityanath said.Referring to the issue of real estate developers leaving projects unfinished, much to the agony of homebuyers, the UP chief minister said that builders have promised to handover 80,000 apartments to consumers in the next six months.Aditynath further said that in the nine months of his rule, he has been taking decisions without any partisan attitude or self interest. “All decisions are in public interest,” he added.The UP CM referred to agriculture in the state and claimed that sugarcane farmers’ dues were being paid on time while the power supply, too, had improved. Adityanath further said that his government was tough on criminals as well.REALITY ISSUEReferring to the issue of real estate developers leaving projects unfinished, much to the agony of homebuyers, the UP chief minister said that builders have promised to handover 80,000 apartments to consumers in the next six months.

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Not inviting Arvind Kejriwal an insult to Delhiites

Delhi deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia said on Monday that not inviting Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal to the launch of Delhi Metro’s Magenta Line was an insult to the people. He said the Centre had fear that the CM might demand “rollback of Metro fare hike publicly”.The Delhi government was recently locked in a bitter battle with the Centre on the proposed Metro fare hike.Sisodia’s remarks came soon after PM Modi flagged off the 12.38 km stretch between Kalkaji and Botanical Garden Metro stations, along with UP chief minister Yogi Adityanath.”Not calling the Delhi CM at the inauguration of a Delhi Metro project is an insult of the people of Delhi. There’s only one reason behind not inviting the CM — the fear that he may urge the PM to roll back the fare hike,” Sisodia tweeted.Of the nine stations on the Magenta Line, seven are within the boundaries of Delhi, while the remaining two are in Noida.

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1,000 homebuyers stage protest, stopped from taking out march

Around 1,000 Noida homebuyers staged a silent protest against the Noida Authority and the UP government at Sector 18 on Monday, ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s arrival in Noida for inauguration of the Magenta Metro rail link.The homebuyers, who are yet to get the possession of their flats in projects such as Jaypee Wish Town Noida, Amrapali, Supertech, and Unitech, gathered near Sector 18 Metro station, from where they were to march towards the Botanical Garden Metro station and the Amity University in Sector 125. They were, however, stopped by the police at the Sector 18 Metro station. Some people still managed to reach the Amity ground in bits and pieces. “We have reached out to all officials and the state government but nothing has been done. So, we planned to communicate our plight to PM Modi. We were stopped by the police, which is a shame for us. As citizens, we cannot make our voices heard,” said Shweta Bharti, General Secretary of the Noida Extension Flat Owners Welfare Association (NEFOWA).Meanwhile, on Saturday, UP chief minister Yogi Adityanath had met the distressed homebuyers and pulled up the Noida Authority for lapses in handling of the matter. Adityanath had directed officials to hand over 40,000 flats by December 31, while another 40,000 have to be handed over by March.The UP CM also asked the Noida Authority to draw up a list of defaulter builders, categorising them as per their position — those who will be able to deliver the flats on time, those who would need help of co-developers to finish their projects, and those who won’t be able to complete their projects at all.The irked homebuyers, however, termed Adityanath’s promise of delivery of 80,000 homes in Noida, Greater Noida, and Yamuna Expressway areas by March-end an “eyewash” and demanded that the government come up with an action plan for projects.”We want the PM to intervene. The co-developer policy should be implemented. The units that have been delivered in Noida or are about to be delivered do not have the occupancy or completion certificates,” Bharti said.The protesters pointed out that despite several assurances and various announcements, nothing much has changed on the ground. It was also pointed out that despite a committee being set up to resolve the homebuyers’ issues, nothing has happened.Some other buyers alleged that even the much-touted RERA did not bring them any relief. “The Central government-notified RERA should be implemented in letter and in spirit, and no dilution should be done by the state government,” they said.According to members of the association, during the UP elections, the BJP candidates had promised flat buyers of GB Nagar that they would be given all possible support in securing possession of the homes. But after the BJP victory, the politicians forgot about the homebuyers, the protesters alleged.As many as 94 projects in Noida and nearly 190 projects in Greater Noida are stuck due to financial reasons. In a high-level meeting held in September this year, UP CM had ordered the officials to ensure that 50,000 homebuyers got their homes in Noida and Greater Noida.On December 4, a ministerial panel, during the course of a meeting with builders and officials of the Noida Authority, Greater Noida Authority, and Yamuna Expressway Industrial Development Authority (YEIDA), had declared that 32,500 flats would be delivered by the end of this month.

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Multi-layered security marks PM Modi’s visit

From lone wolf attacks to suicide bombers, in face of varied threat perceptions, the Noida police and the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) managed to secure the Prime Minister’s Monday visit to the “jinxed city” quite successfully.Heavy security arrangements with police dogs, bomb detectors, and snipers keeping a hawk-eye vigil, were ensured.Senior CISF officers and Delhi Metro guards said multi-layered security was ensured by the SPG, CISF, local police, and other related agencies. They said repeated sanitisation of the to-be-inaugurated Metro line was carried out with the help of dog squads and anti-sabotage teams.”Armed Quick Reaction Teams (QRTs) and commandos were deployed along the line for immediate reaction to any possible mishap. Spotters were also placed at critical locations and a tight vigil was maintained in cooperation with other agencies concerned. We were prepared for every suspected threat perception,” a senior officer said.Also, as many as 5,155 security personnel were on duty across Noida. The area was divided into 15 zones and additional security personnel were brought in from Meerut, Hapur, Ghaziabad, and other parts of the state.”The route, through which the PM’s convoy was scheduled to pass, had traffic restrictions from 7 am till evening. Additional traffic cops were deployed to regulate traffic for smooth flow. The contingent of forces included eight superintendents of police (SPs), 20 additional superintendents of police (ASPs), 65 deputy superintendents of police (DSPs), 140 inspectors, 440 sub-inspectors, 150 head constables, 1,750 constables, 17 traffic inspectors, 130 traffic sub-inspectors, 102 traffic head constables, and 333 traffic constables,” said Suniti, Superintendent of Police (Rural), Gautam Budh Nagar.Besides, 10 companies of the Uttar Pradesh Provincial Armed Constabulary (UP-PAC) and 10 companies of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) were also deployed, she said.DOG SQUADSenior CISF officers and Delhi Metro guards said multi-layered security was ensured by the SPG, CISF, local police, and other related agencies. They said repeated sanitisation of the to-be-inaugurated Metro line was carried out with the help of dog squads and anti-sabotage teams.

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Travelling from Borivili to Churchgate in a Mumbai local has never been cooler

The silver-blue exterior of the country’s first AC local train was gleaming as it arrived at Borivili station’s platform 9 at around 10.10am on Monday. On the inside, it is furnished with the same blue and grey polycarbonate seats found in the second class compartments of a regular local which was disappointing considering I expected better after paying Rs 165 for a one-way journey. Fortunately, there was ample place to sit despite it being the maiden journey as the ticket collector asked travellers without a ticket to alight before the train finally departed right on time.This being the first AC local train, I was keen on walking down the vestibule coaches from end to end and experience the frenzy. While the Railways have provided separate coaches for women and reserved seats for physically challenged passengers and senior citizens, one tends to miss the difference as you walk into the coaches. The Western Railways may have to better demarcate the coaches reserved for women, like in the Metro.The luggage racks, although sturdy, are too low. Most importantly, the coaches of the AC local need CCTV cameras which the administration has promised to install soon.The air conditioning was pleasant and the fans complimented the cooling. However, the far ends of the coaches, particularly near the motor coach, it seemed a bit warm. Each coach is equipped with two fire extinguishers, a talk back system with instructions to ensure the safety of passengers, notices regarding pulling of chain, and a list of dos and don’ts.

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Faith is important but blind faith is not desirable: PM praises Yogi Adityanath for ignoring ‘Noida jinx’

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath today came in for praise from Prime Minister Narendra Modi for shrugging off a superstition that any chief minister who visits Noida does not assume the high office again.Those who entertain such superstitions have no right to be the chief minister, Modi said here. Adityanath visited Noida twice in three days rubbishing a widely believed myth in UP’s political and bureaucratic circles that a chief minister visiting Noida would face problems retaining his or her post.Also readDelhi Metro’s Magenta line a milestone in Noida’s development, says Yogi AdityanathIn the city to inaugurate the Metro’s Magenta line, Modi pointed to the saffron robed Adityanath and said that looking at his dress, the CM appeared to be superstitious, but had actually shown that he had the courage to break superstitions. A priest-turned-politician, Adityanath, could be seen smiling as Modi lavished praise. The prime minister said that Noida was not the only place to which superstitions had attached themselves.Recalling his days as the chief minister of Gujarat, Modi said there were 6 to 7 places in the state where no chief minister went out of the fear that whoever does so would lose his seat. “I ignored this and visited all such places,” Modi said and pointing that he remained Gujarat CM for nearly 20 years. In the modern scientific world there is no place for superstition, the prime minister asserted.Significantly, Adityanath’s chief ministerial visits to Noida came eight years after the last by the then CM Mayawati. In the ensuing election Mayawati’s BSP lost and her successor Akhilesh Yadav did not vist Noida.Several chief ministers in the past have not visited Noida, something attributed to the “jinx” about the city.

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Delhi Metro’s Magenta line a milestone in Noida’s development, says Yogi Adityanath

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Monday said the step to inaugurate a stretch of the new Magenta line of the Delhi Metro would prove to be a milestone towards development of Noida and Greater Noida.Speaking at the inaugural ceremony of the metro line in Noida, the chief minister said, “This step to inaugurate Metro’s magenta line will prove to be a milestone towards realising the dreams of development for the Noida and the Greater Noida region.”He added the Uttar Pradesh Government would soon bring new metro lines in Kanpur and Agra as well.Also readPM Narendra Modi inaugurates much-awaited Magenta Line of Delhi Metro”Today is Christmas and it is also the birth anniversary of former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. I thank Prime Minister Narendra Modi for giving Uttar Pradesh the offering of this new metro line on this occasion,” Adityanath further said.Prime Minister Modi on Monday inaugurated the new Magenta line of the Delhi Metro.The prime minister, along with Adityanath, also travelled on a patch of the new route – from Noida to the Okhla Bird Sanctuary station.Also readHere’s why Delhi Metro’s Magenta Line will set new trends: 5 things you should know The 12.64-km stretch runs between Kalkaji and Noida’s Botanical Garden and accounts for a travel time of 19 minutes, thus facilitating easy access for commuters from South Delhi to Noida, and vice versa.The coaches will reportedly have an LED display, power charging capacity and colourful seats, while the stations will portray themes of nature, yoga, and cultural landmarks.Further, driverless trains are to be introduced along with the Communication Based Train Control (CBTC) signalling technology, which would facilitate the movement of trains within a frequency of 90 to 100 seconds.The Magenta line also marks the usage of the first platform screen doors (PSDs), which are glass-made screens installed near the edge of platforms that open only when a train arrives and shut after it departs.

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PM Narendra Modi inaugurates much-awaited Magenta Line of Delhi Metro

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday inaugurated the much-awaited Magenta Line of the Delhi Metro. The Delhi Metro’s magenta line will cut down the travel time from south Delhi to Noida to just 45 minutes. At present the metro takes around 52 minutes to commute on the mentioned route. Magenta line, a mainstay of Delhi Metro’s Phase-3, runs 12.64km section from Kalkaji Mandir-Botanical Garden. However, with the time, more metro trains will be added to Janakpuri West on this line. Currently on the Blue Line (Dwarka Sector 21-Noida City Centre), the station will now perform as a junction between Yellow and the upcoming Magenta Line (Janakpuri West-Botanical Garden). According to Delhi Metro, the Botanical Garden station will bear an interchange load of 97,780 passengers per day from the Yellow and Magenta lines, which is projected to increase up to 123,020 by 2021.The Botanical Garden-Kalkaji section will comprise of nine stations. Apart from Kalkaji Mandir, all other stations will be elevated.Also readHere’s why Delhi Metro’s Magenta Line will set new trends: 5 things you should know Launching a 12-km stretch of Delhi Metro’s Magenta Line here, he said governments incur a lot of cost in creating infrastructure but when it is ready it benefits generations to come. Addressing a public meeting, Modi said by 2022, when India celebrates its 75 years of Independence, he wants to cut down on imported petroleum products. He said a multi-modal transportation system will ensure that use of fuel is cut down, which will help the common man save money and also be useful for the environment.On December 24, 2002 then prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee took a ride on the metro, Modi recalled. “It was a historic moment. Since then, the Metro network in NCR has expanded considerably,” he said. We live in an era in which connectivity is all important, the prime minister said. “Without connectivity, life comes to a standstill. This Metro… is not only for the present but also for future generations,” he said. There was need to change the mindset so that people prefer using public transport than their private vehicles. He said travelling on a metro should be a “prestige issue”.With agency inputs

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Delhi Metro’s Magenta Line to be inaugurated by PM Narendra Modi today

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday will inaugurate the Magenta Line of the Delhi Metro, which is expected to make commuting between South Delhi and Noida hassle-free.PM Modi will reportedly address the gathering at the Botanical Garden Metro Station after taking a ride along the new section of the transport network.The 12.64-km stretch runs between Kalkaji and Noida’s Botanical Garden and accounts for a travel time of 19 minutes, thus facilitating easy access for commuters from South Delhi to Noida, and vice versa.The coaches will reportedly have LED display, power charging capacity and colourful seats, while the stations will portray themes of nature, yoga, and cultural landmarks.Further, driverless trains are to be introduced along with the Communication Based Train Control (CBTC) signalling technology, which facilitate the movement of trains within a frequency of 90 to 100 seconds.Also readHere’s why Delhi Metro’s Magenta Line will set new trends: 5 things you should know The Magenta Line also marks the usage of the first platform screen doors (PSDs), which are glass-made screens installed near the edge of platforms that open only when a train arrives and shut after it departs.On a related note, a driverless metro train on Tuesday rammed into a nearby boundary wall during a trial run, due to alleged negligence by the maintenance officials.The accident, which occurred at the Kalindi Kunj Metro depot along the Magenta Line, reportedly happened when the train was being moved from the workshop without testing the brake system. As a result, when the train was moved up the ramp for washing, it rolled back and hit the adjacent boundary wall.However, no casualties were reported.

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On launch eve, PM Modi hails Metro extension

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Sunday that the newly built Magenta Line of the Delhi Metro is an example of how urban transport is being modernised. He said the project will make travel between Delhi and Noida faster and more convenient.PM Modi will inaugurate a segment of the Magenta Line on Monday. It connects Botanical Garden station in Noida with south Delhi’s Kalkaji Mandir station.”This new line is yet another example of how we are modernising urban transportation. I will also travel on the Metro tomorrow (Monday). This year, I have had the opportunity to inaugurate and travel in the Kochi as well as Hyderabad Metros,” Modi tweeted.In another tweet, he said: “Great news for friends in the NCR! Tomorrow, a stretch of the new Magenta Line will be inaugurated…”

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Fire breaks out at Preet Vihar hosp, 80 patients evacuated

More than 80 patients had to be evacuated when a major fire broke out at Metro Cancer and Heart institute in east Delhi’s Preet Vihar on Saturday evening. The fire led to a stampede-like situation during peak hours; however, no casualties were reported, officials said.According to senior officials of Delhi Fire Services, it was around 3:20 pm when the fire broke out, sparking panic among the patients and hospital authorities. Twelve fire tenders with Bronto Skylift were rushed to the spot to rescue the patients and workers trapped in the multi-storied building.”The fire had sparked from the second floor. Our teams rushed in immediately and 54 patients had to be rescued. Many of them were bed-ridden and stretchers were used to move them out of the building. Entire building was smoke logged and search for those trapped continued for long, however, the fire had successfully been contained by 4.50 pm,” said Atul Garg, chief fire officer, Delhi Fire Services.Garg further said, out of total 54 patients rescued by the fire fighters, four were brought down from second floor by ladder, while 3 of them had to be transported through Bronto skylift. Rest of the hospital staff and patients rushed down on their own. No casualties was reported till late Saturday evening, however, search was on till late, he added.As soon as the fire was reported, local police also rushed to the spot. Apart from fire tenders, 15 CATS ambulances, 15 Metro Hospital ambulances, one QRT from fire department, one traffic staff recovery van and one QRT from the Delhi Disaster Management Authority had also reached the spot to carry out rescue and transfer of patients.Police said, in all 84 patients were evacuated and were shifted to the Noida branch of Metro Hospital in Sector 11. DCP east Delhi, Ombir Singh Vishnoi, and Kulanand Joshi, DC (East) were also on the spot to supervise the rescue operations.THE INCIDENTAround 3:20 pm when the fire broke out, sparking panic among the patients and hospital authorities. Twelve fire tenders with Bronto Skylift were rushed to the spot.

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Trial run on Magenta Line held for media

A trial run for the media was held on Delhi Metro’s Magenta Line on Friday, after a driverless train rammed through a wall during the trial run three days ago. The corridor, which will reduce travel time between south Delhi and Noida to 19 minutes, will be using the Communication Based Train Control System (CBTC) for the first time, and will be thrown open to public at 5 pm on Monday, after inauguration by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.The 12.6 km line between Botanical Garden and Kalkaji Mandir, with nine stations en route, is being touted as an engineering marvel by the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC). Among the many firsts are glass gates and screen doors at all nine platforms, a feature used only on the Airport Line till now.The Magenta Line, which will run through stations such as Okhla Bird Sanctuary, Kalindi Kunj, Jasola Vihar, and Kalkaji Mandir, will also be the first ever interchange station in the National Capital Region outside Delhi. Trains chugging on the route will have backrests for those standing, with colourful seats adding to the decor. A departure from the drab grey in all trains, women’s coach on the Magenta Line trains will be bright pink while seats in general coaches will be painted orange and blue. Red is the colour for reserved seats in general coaches.Trains will run at a frequency of 5 minutes and 14 seconds. A total of 10 trains will be pressed into service and two more trains (one each at Kalkaji Mandir and Botanical Garden) will be kept on standby for peak hours’ traffic. One of the engineering challenges that the DMRC handled was the tunnel work between Kalkaji Mandir and Okhla NSIC, using the New Austrian Tunneling Method (NATM) .The tunnel between Kalkaji Mandir and NSIC Okhla passes below piers 135 and 136 of the Violet Line and the distance between the two piers is 28 metres, making it difficult to construct twin tunnels within such a short space. Hence, the DMRC decided to construct a single tube twin tunnel through which both tracks could pass using the NATM technology.MORE ON MAGENTAThe corridor will use the Communication based Train Control System for the first time. The line will reduce travel time between south Delhi and Noida to 19 minutes. It will open to public from 5 pm on Monday. It is a 12.6 km line between Botanical Garden and Kalkaji Mandir.

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DTC bus runs over woman in Kalindi Kunj

The deceased was identified as Ruby. She used to live in Madanpur Khadar slums. According to the police, the incident took place around 10 pm when she was trying to cross a road, but a speeding DTC bus ran over her. Even though the locals rushed her to a nearby hospital but she was declared dead on arrival. Her family members were informed and the body was sent for post-mortem.”

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Metro’s technical audit is good news for Blue Line

The technical audit of Delhi Metro has spelt good news for Blue Line which sees maximum commuter traffic amongst all the other lines. Technical glitches in its Over Head wire (OHE) will not affect running of trains on this line as the Delhi Metro has invited tenders to install equipment to prevent break down of trains in case over head wire gives way.The installation will incur of a cost of around Rs three crore, with the DMRC looking forward to participation from countries other than India as well since the tenders are being invited on international platform. In the past one year, Blue Line which carries more than seven lakh commuters every day between Dwarka to Noida City and Vaishali in Ghaziabad, suffered technical break downs at least four times. Since most part of the 51 kilometre line is elevated, its OHE experiences glitches often. On September 20, services were affected for more than an hour when contact wire between Dwarka and Dwarka Mor broke down. The incident took place during evening peak hours, adding to woes of passengers,The snag prone Blue Line broke down again exactly a month later on October 21 when a pantograph of a train got entangled in the OHE between Rajiv Chowk and RK Ashram section on down line (from Dwarka towards Noida).Metro stations witnessed complete chaos since passenger rush was at its peak because of festival of Bhai Duj and the services remained either suspended or ran on single line for as much as 45 minutes.In June this year too, trains did not run for three hours when an OHE between Indraprastha and Yamuna Bank snapped after being hit by a bird.The Blue Line ferries maximum passengers.

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Metro work damages water pipeline in Gorai

Water supply was affected for three to four hours in Gorai area after the ongoing work on Metro-2A corridor damaged a pipeline on Tuesday afternoon. The rail project will provide a new transport link between Dahisar West and D N Nagar in Andheri.According to officials from the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation, supply was immediately stopped after they were alerted about the rupture. “There was no wastage of water due to damage in pipeline. It was repaired and water supply was restored by evening,” said S A Waghmare, assistant engineer (water supply) of R Central ward.A spokesperson from MMRDA, the Metro project implementing authority, said officials of contractor J Kumar and the BMC wasted no time visiting the damage spot. “The pipeline was repaired by 6.15 pm,” said the spokesperson.

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‘Absurd’ to suggest Delhiites bought expensive cars after Metro fare hike, says Union minister Hardeep Puri

Union minister Hardeep Singh Puri today dubbed as “absurd” the suggestions that Delhiites shifted to other modes of transport like cab services or started buying expensive cars due to the recent metro fare hike.The comments come in the backdrop of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal having written a letter to Puri, seeking a review of the hike and reiterating his offer to partially bear the cost of the proposed “claw back”.”Desire to create false narrative on #MetroFare taking an amusing turn. It s being suggested those who weren t able to afford India s cheapest metro can actually afford to buy & run expensive cars or use cabs. You don t have to be an economist to see absurdity of this argument,” the Union minister said on Twitter.Hitting out at the AAP-led Delhi government, the housing and urban affairs minister said if the metro had become an “expensive luxury liner”, the city government should increase the number of Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) buses.He also claimed that there was a 35 per cent dip in the DTC ridership.”If #Metro is an expensive luxury liner then #DTC should immediately buy more buses to make up for shortfall of 7000 buses & drastic 35% drop in ridership. Who s responsible for this? Surely Delhi citizens deserve both – an efficient & reliable DTC & much better arguments!,” Puri said in another tweet.In response to Kejriwal’s letter, the Union minister had said neither the Centre nor the Delhi government has powers to rollback the fares fixed by the fixation committee headed by a retired judge, and claimed that metro ridership on three different days in October this year were higher than the last year.However, an RTI query, revealed last month that the Delhi Metro lost over three lakh commuters a day after the steep fare hike came into effect on October 10.Puri had said that the dip in ridership could not be linked to the fare hike, which, the metro said, was necessary for maintaining “efficiency”.The metro fare hike has led to a rise of around Rs 10 for nearly every distance slab. The decision had come barely five months after the previous hike of up to 100 per cent.

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BSES employee held for theft

A BSES contractual supervisor was arrested for stealing cable wire worth Rs 10 lakh from Jamia Milia University Metro Station using a crane. Police recovered the entire stolen cable wire from him.”The accused, Ashwani Kumar alias Bablu, 37, was arrested on the basis of evidence from the CCTV footage. He was earlier in jail for four years in a murder and robbery case in Gurgaon,” said Chinmoy Biswas, Deputy Commissioner of Police, South-East.According to the police, on December 5, a complaint was received from BSES contractor Karan Sharma, who said that someone had stolen a wooden drum containing cables. He informed the police that the wire was 492 metre-long and weighed around 4,400 kg. The wire worth Rs 10 lakh was stolen from the under-construction Jamia Milia University Metro Station site,” said the officer.Police scanned the list of previous cases where the modus operandi was the same. Cops scanned relevant CCTV footage from various BSES godowns and under-construction metro sites. In one such footage, a crane and a tempo were seen passing in front of a hospital at night. The crane owner was traced down and he informed that a BSES employee had hired him for lifting the cable wire roll.Police further traced the BSES contractual labour supervisor Kumar who confessed to the crime. Kumar earlier worked as a cab driver and had been working for BSES for the past one year as a labour supervisor. In 2006, he was arrested in a murder-cum-robbery case in Gurugram and was lodged at Bhondsi Jail till 2010.Kumar was looking for scrap dealers in Okhla and Badarpur areas to sell off the wire. He even tried to fix a deal with around four dealers, but most refused to buy the wire because it was government property. He was also looking for dealers outside Delhi to dispose the cable. He told the police that he had dumped the cable roll behind Batra Hospital in the jungle area from where the wire was recovered. He was previously involved in a case of attacking a public servant.

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MMRDA writes to state govt over fare hike of Metro-1

The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) has written to the state government to ask the Central government to form a new fare fixation committee (FFC) to decide on the proposal of increasing fares for the Versova-Andheri-Ghatkopar Metro-1 corridor.Reliance Infrastructure-led Mumbai Metro One Private Limited (MMOPL), had proposed to increase fare for Metro-1. The FFC formed earlier too had also suggested an increase in the fare. However, a week ago, the Bombay high court had quashed the recommendation of the FFC along with the proposal of MMOPL. The court had also directed the formation a new FFC to decide on the fare structure for Metro-1.Currently, the fare slab is Rs 10,20,30,40 for the 11.4-km-long route, the MMOPL had proposed the fare slab of Rs 10,20,25,35 and 45. The fare fixation committee (FFC) had recommended the fare to be between Rs 10 and 110.”We have written to the state government, who will ask the Centre to form a new FFC in order to decide the fare structure of Metro-1. The high court has asked to form a new FFC in one month, and decide on the fare structure in the next three months,” UPS Madan, Metropolitan Commissioner, MMRDA, told DNA.The MMOPL has been citing losses and has appealed for an increase in fare rates. However, the MMRDA had challenged the MMOPL’s proposal to increase fare citing that the concession agreement signed between MMRDA and MMOPL says that Metro-1 fare should be between Rs 9-13.

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Put in place a plan to tackle defacement: Delhi High Court to AAP

Delhi HC has expressed its displeasure on the failure of the AAP government to comply with its order by setting up a concrete action plan to deal with the issue of defacement of properties in the city.A bench of Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice C Hari Shankar pulled up the Delhi government thereby expresssing concern on the inability of the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) and Delhi University to conduct awareness programmes to teach people.The court’s observation while hearing a plea filed by advocate Prashant Manchanda that had sought a complete ban on the alleged defacement of public properties by the candidates for the DUSU polls.Earlier, the bench had told the Delhi University to frame comprehensive guidelines and the authorities to launch a large scale public awareness campaign to deal with the alleged mess of defacement which was ignored by the concerned.Terming the actions of the authorities as ‘appalling’, the court asked the about the ground work they have carried out to clear the mess across Delhi. However, since so satisfactory answer was given by the authorities concerned, they had to face the ire of the court.”We see only meetings but no fruitful results. It is hopeless,” the bench observed and pulled up the Delhi government for not setting out a comprehensive solution to deal with the issue.NO WRITINGS ON WALLBench had earlier told DU to frame guidelines and authorities to launch large scale public awar-eness campaign to deal with mess of defacement. Court asked about the ground work they had done to clear mess.

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DNA EXCLUSIVE: Flooding may affect underground Metro

After claiming that underground Metro corridors are more prone to terrorist attacks, the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) has now claimed that the underground Metro is more likely to get affected during heavy flooding in the city, as compared to the elevated Metro corridors.The MMRDA made this claim while justifying its decision to build the DN Nagar-Mandale Metro-2B as an elevated corridor instead of an underground one. However, this has given rise to another debate as the Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation (MMRC) executing the Colaba-Bandra-Seepz Metro-3 underground Metro has claimed Metro-3 to be a water-tight project, where seepage or clogging of water is impossible.In a letter written to the Guzdar Scheme Residents’ Trust in Khar, who have objected Metro-2B being constructed as an elevated corridor, MMRDA, said, “It should be noted that in the case of heavy rains when the city’s roads get flooded, all at grade systems and underground systems get severely affected. During the heavy flooding in Mumbai a few days back, it was only the elevated metro and monorail which continued functioning without any interruption. Underground metro, in such heavy floods, would be likely to get affected despite all necessary precautions.”However, the MMRC has earlier claimed that the Metro-3 corridor runs at least 25 meters below the surface and is a water-tight project where seepage or clogging of water is impossible.”The underground Metro-3 system is embedded in the ground at a substantial depth. To protect against flooding, the level of all station entrances or shafts will remain sufficiently above the recorded high flood levels of respective areas along with good margins. Our tunnels are also water-tight,” MMRC had said earlier.

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Mumbai Metro One admin warns against eating inside coaches, platforms

Administration from Mumbai Metro service operating between Versova and Ghatkopar via Andheri have appealed to commuters to not eat on platforms or inside the trains.In a tweet, Mumbai Metro One Private Limited (MMOPL) asked people to report about commuters eating food inside Metro to its staff. “You are requested to inform the metro staff at the station or on platform accordingly.A MMOPL spokesperson, had previously in a statement said, “Eating and drinking inside Metro trains is a punishable offence in all the Metro systems in India as it creates nuisance for fellow commuters. A penalty up to Rs 500 can be levied on the offenders. We have displayed messages inside the trains and have also carried out many awareness campaigns.”Around 3.5 lakh commuters take the metro every day on weekdays and the 11.4 km corridor is the eighth densest metro corridor in the world.

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Metro One losses not to go away soon

While the Bombay High Court on Monday denied allowing any fare hike for Versova-Andheri-Ghatkopar Metro-1 corridor, it also means that the Reliance Infrastructure-led Mumbai Metro One Private Limited (MMOPL) will continue to operate it incurring huge losses.According to data, MMOPL has not been able to meet even half of the expenses required to operate Metro through the income generated from ticketing and non-ticketing revenue.The expenditure for operating stood at around Rs 1,500 crore between the period of June 2014 and June 2017; at the same time, the income from its ticketing and non-ticketing revenue stood at around Rs 640 crore in the same period.This also means that the more than 120 per cent of the operational cost is being borne by the operator from his pocket.To mitigate its losses, the MMOPL in 2015 had proposed to increase fare but it was challenged by Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) that has 26 per cent of stakes in Metro-1.Currently, the fare slab is Rs 10,20,30,40 for the 11.4-km-long route, the MMOPL had in 2015 proposed the fare slabs of Rs 10,20,25,35 and 45. Meanwhile, the fare fixation committee (FFC) had recommended the fare to be between Rs 10 and 110.However, after the MMRDA challenged it in high court, the MMOPL has been asked to have status quo on the current fare structure.The ridership of Metro-1 has been around 3-3.40 lakh passengers on an average during weekdays. The Metro-1 corridor is the eighth densest Metro corridor in the world with 12 Metro stations.TUNNELING BEGINSThe MMRC has announced that it has started tunnelling work between CSMT Metro, Kalbadevi, Girgaon and Grant Road stations. The tunnelling started from Azad Maidan on Monday. The MMRC said that the tunnel boring machine will be used to construct 4.5 km-long route.
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Bombay High Court strikes down plea to hike Metro fare

The Bombay High Court, in a major relief to Mumbaikars, on Monday restrained the Reliance Infrastructure-led Mumbai Metro One Private Limited (MMOPL) from hiking the fares for the Versova-Ghatkopar Metro route.The bench headed by Chief Justice Manjula Chellur refused to approve a 2015 recommendation of the Metro Fare Fixation Committee, which proposed a hike of up to Rs 110. The Mumbai Metro Regional Development Authority (MMRDA), which has stakes in the project, had challenged the proposed hike. The court asked the Union government to form a fresh committee within one month, which would decide on the issue in the next three months.A spokesperson from the company said “We are studying the detailed order and will take the appropriate legal course.”The first elevated metro operations of the city began in June 2014 and the introductory fare was Rs 10 for a one-way journey along the 11.4-km stretch. It was subsequently increased to Rs 40, the entire distance one side. In July 2015, the fare fixation committee suggested a new fare range of Rs 10-110, instead of the existing Rs10 to 40. Citing heavy losses, the MMOPL had later announced that starting December 1, 2015, the fares would be increased by Rs 5.The MMOPL had argued for the increase, claiming that it was not able to meet the operation costs. On December 17, 2015, in an interim order, the HC had stayed the proposed fare hike.The MMOPL had moved the Supreme Court against the high court’s order, but the apex court refused to interfere. The fare fixation committee led by a retired SC judge, had recommended increasing the fare up to Rs110.
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Delhi police failed to solve 66% cases

The Delhi police’s average crime solving percentage across all its administrative districts till November 19 this is as low as 33.37%. This is when the National Crime Records Bureau has ranked the city as the worst in increasing crime cases.Confidential police documents accessed by DNA show that the force has been struggling to clear case backlogs. This is when the Commissioner of Police recently told the media that the number of crimes is high in the city because more cases are being registered.The New Delhi district headed by DCP BK Singh is the worst despite having the biggest police deployment. It managed to solve only 23% of the 3,120 cases. Then comes Rohini that could solve 26% of the total 18,046 cases.The North district achieved a rate of only 29%. It registered 9,513 cases. It is followed by the Southeast that could solve 30% of the 20,549 cases. The East district scored 31%. It registered 15,659 cases. The outer district managed to solve 33% of the 14,961 cases.The Northwest also clocked 33%. It recorded 19,400 cases.The police in West, Southwest and Northeast districts have solved 36% of the 16,105, 14,474 and 15,613 cases, respectively.The Central district recorded 9,564 cases and solved a 37% of them.The Shahadra district performed better and scored 41%. It recorded 12,798 cases. The South district has fared the best. It solved 44% of the 19,786 cases.The IGI airport police, which does not usually witness heinous crimes at it falls in a sensitive zone and has round-the-clock security by the CISF, solved 56% of the 577 cases that included only one murder and a rape as heinous crimes.Railways and Delhi Metro, however, were the worst in non-major police pockets. Both solved 21% and 22% cases, respectively. The Railways recorded 3,683 cases, while the Metro saw 11,872.
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Metro ferried record 1 crore commuters this November

The Mumbai Metro One Private Limited (MMOPL) operating the Versova-Andheri-Ghatkopar Metro-1 corridor on Thursday announced that it carried more than 1 crore commuters in November, the highest till now in a calendar month.The MMOPL operated 10,606 train trips in November 2017 with 99.9 per cent punctuality performance. In November 2015, the ridership was 70,67,775 whereas the in November 2016 the ridership had increased by 84, 92,650,” MMOPL said in a statement on Thursday.The MMOPL, added, “Train availability has been increased in comparison to last year too. In November 2016 the total trip in a typical weekday was 370 which have been increased to 378 trips. The trips were increased after strategic realignment of trains in both platforms of Ghatkopar Metro station.”The MMOPL spokesperson attributed the achievement due to near flawless service, best-in-class commuter experience and a slew of passenger-friendly marketing initiatives helping them with a ridership of 1,02,57,057 commuters in a calendar month.
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India’s 3-year solar, wind energy roadmap to surpass 2022 renewable energy target

A few hiccups notwithstanding, India’s renewable energy sector seems poised for massive growth in the next four years. India is confident it will exceed its renewable energy target of 175 GW by 2022 as it plans to award 100 GW of solar and wind contracts by 2020 and surpass 200 GW by 2022 according to the power ministry. The government also aims to promote domestic solar manufacturing and help increase wind turbine export.Consider the roadmap: 16GW of solar tenders by March 31 (2018), 30GW each in 2019, 2020 and nearly 10GW of floating solar capacity to be built on reservoirs. Solar equipment manufacturers to establish local units to supply domestic market. 4GW wind energy targets this year, 10GW each in 2019 and 2020, 5GW in off-shore projects and EXIM bank to help manufacturers boost wind turbine export. The government also plans to encourage farmers to generate 20GW of solar power.The power minister RK Singh said the government plans to establish domestic manufacturing facilities for up to 20GW which will be set up through global bids. The government has not considered incentivising domestic manufacturers as the tender itself will create demand for solar equipment in the country. The ministry expects to resolve the issue of GST rates on solar panels in the next 7-10 days.The power ministry has also complained to the finance ministry that customs officials are wrongfully demanding 7.5% duty on imported solar equipment, which has led to ports getting jammed with shipments.He also warned of penalties for solar power firms that are using foreign equipment in projects awarded on the basis that they would only use locally made solar panels and cells. It will be mandatory for developers to disclose the radio-frequency identification (RFID) information of the panels and share the RFID list of rejected panels.Meanwhile India has scored a diplomatic ’victory’ at Bonn when China announced its decision to join the International Solar Alliance (ISA) – which is initiated by India. Analysts say its China’s way to corner the solar energy market and a wake-up call for India which now needs to step up with affordable solutions.Nagpur Metro has decided to go for captive solar power generation and will get it at Rs 4.50/kWh, while it will use more expensive (@Rs. 7.5/kWh) conventional power in the evening.Also Goa will introduce solar powered boats to revive river commutes. Residents can now get a calm, smoke-free cruise. India’s first solar ferry for public transport has been launched in Kerala by NavAlt, a Kochi-based company, earlier this year. The firm’s officials may visit Goa to study local conditions.
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IIT-Vikhroli Metro stretch work to worsen traffic snarls

Expect more traffic snarls if you are driving via Powai lake, as the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has initiated the bidding process for construction of the Metro corridor between IIT, Bombay and Vikhroli on behalf of the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA).The DMRC said on Wednesday that it floated a bid worth Rs 339.27 crore for the project on Tuesday, partially between IIT, Bombay and Vikhroli, and the rest of the project will be tendered separately. The development has come after a month of the Maharashtra cabinet approving the particular Metro line.”Work on the IIT, Bombay-Vikhroli line can start by April 2018 and the remaining corridor between Lokhandwala and IIT will be tendered separately as the Metro-6 designs will have to be planned considering the design of one of the flyover being constructed by the BMC. We are currently studying to accommodate both the designs,” said a DMRC official.The 14.47-km route will link Lokhandwala at Andheri in western suburbs with Vikhroli in the eastern suburbs along with major arterial roads like the Jogeshwari-Vikhroli Link Road (JVLR), Western Express Highway (WEH), Powai Lake road, and the Eastern Express Highway (EEH).The Metro-6 project will connect commercial areas like SEEPZ, Powai through an elevated line. It will be also linked with the 18.6-km Metro 2-A route which is from Dahisar (East) to DN Nagar, Andheri.PROJECT DETAILSTotal project cost: 6,672 crore Total 13 Metro stations namely: Lokhandwala (Swami Samarth Nagar)), Adarsh Nagar, Momin Nagar, JVLR, Shyam Nagar, Maha Kali Caves, SEEPZ Village, Saki Vihar Road, Ram Baug, Powai Lake, IIT Bombay, Kanjurmarg (W), Vikhroli-EEH. Number of coaches: 6 Daily ridership: The expected daily ridership is anticipated to be 6.5 lakh in 2021 and 7.69 lakh in 2031.
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Hyderabad Metro Rail opens to public; passengers elated

The Hyderabad Metro Rail opened for public today with the passengers describing their first-time travel by it as a “convenient, comfortable and awesome experience”.The metro rail commenced its operations between Miyapur and Nagole, having a total distance of 30 kms and 24 stations, the concessionaire, L&T Metro Rail (Hyderabad) Ltd, said in a statement.Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday inaugurated the first phase of the 72-km elevated Hyderabad Metro Rail project at the Miyapur station.After launching the 30-km stretch between Miyapur and Nagole, Modi took a ride on the train on its inaugural run.Also readWatch: PM Modi inaugurates Hyderabad Metro, takes first rideThe trains would run from 6 am to 10 pm initially which would be rescheduled to 5:30 am to 11 pm depending on the traffic and demand, Telangana’s Information Technology Minister K T Rama Rao earlier said.A mobile app named ‘T Savari’ for metro passengers was launched by Modi, who was also given a power-point presentation on the project at Miyapur station.The L&T Metro Rail (Hyderabad) Ltd has fixed a minimum of Rs 10 for a distance of up to two kilometres and the maximum fare is Rs 60 for a distance of more than 26 kms.An elderly couple, who took the ride, said they were very excited to travel in the metro for the first time and hoped that the cleanliness will be maintained at the stations with cooperation from public.A woman software professional said, “It is amazing. It will help us in avoiding the traffic snarls and in saving travel time. It is very a convenient mode of transport and a comfortable ride.”Also read3 lakh passengers ditched Metro after fare hike: RTIA city-based businessman said it normally took him 45 minutes to travel between Miyapur and Ameerpet by other modes of transport, but now with metro he reached his destination in barely 20 minutes. “It’s an awesome experience,” he said.The passengers also congratulated the Hyderabad Metro Rail Ltd (HMRL), and the Telangana and Central governments for providing them with them metro rail.”Every project has its own share of challenges and Hyderabad Metro Rail Limited has had its fair share, but despite all those we have built a world-class, consumer- friendly metro service that will be a benchmark for other metro rails in the country,” L&T Metro Rail (Hyderabad) Ltd’s Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer Shivanand Nimbargi said.”This is the biggest public private partnership (PPP) in the world and we are proud to be a part of such an initiative,” he said.The Hyderabad Metro Rail project is the first ‘transit-oriented development’ (TOD) project that will exploit the real estate and earn revenue by leasing out commercial and office spaces inside and outside the metro stations across the city, an official statement said.The rapid transit project has been planned with two components – stations along the elevated metro rail system and TOD branded ‘Hyderabad Next’.Depending on the city’s appetite, ‘Hyderabad Next’ will be developed with various assets like office and retail spaces, hospitality, healthcare, and mixed use facilities, the statement said.As many as 546 security personnel from private security service agencies will man the metro stations on the Miyapur-Nagole stretch, and they will be working under three uniformed police officials per station in each shift, it added.PTI
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Watch: PM Modi inaugurates Hyderabad Metro, takes first ride

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday inaugurated the Hyderabad Metro Rail and took a ride along with Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao in its maiden run.The first phase of the metro rail project covers a 30-km stretch between Miyapur and Nagole, having 24 stations.The train was driven by a woman driver covering four stations. The trains would run from 6 am to 10 pm initially.Prime Minister Modi was accompanied by Governor of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana ESL Narasimhan, Union Minister for Housing and Urban Affairs Hardeep Singh Puri, Telangana’s IT Minister KT Rama Rao and state BJP chief K Laxman. ALSO READ Delhi metro fares among the lowest in the world: Union Minister Hardeep Singh Puri ALSO READ 3 lakh passengers ditched Metro after fare hike: RTIBefore the inauguration, Modi said: “We believe in cooperative federalism. There is no question of discriminating against states where we are not in power. We are committed to the overall development of our country.”

L&T seeks additional funds from Telangana govt for delay in Hyderabad metro

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Larsen and Toubro has sought “additional financial support” from Telangana to cover cost overruns in the Rs 16,000-crore metro rail project that stemmed from delays in its implementation, sources privy to the development said.Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to inaugurate the first phase of the 72-km project on Tuesday, touted to be the world’s largest such project on public-private partnership in the sector.L&T Metro Rail (Hyderabad) Ltd, the developer of the project, has sought “additional financial support” from the Telangana government to cover the cost overruns due to delays in projects, leading to extension of time, the sources said.The cost overruns work out to over Rs 3,000 crore, the sources added.”The company is also learnt to have sought extension of period by two years,” an industry source said, adding that any decision is likely after consultation with the Centre as the urban development ministry is also part of the project.The project, which was originally slated to go on stream in July this year, was extended till November 2018 and Telangana minister K T Rama Rao recently confirmed it.Conceived in 2009, the 72-km project has overcome many hurdles such as default by first concessionaire Maytas Infra- led consortium and now, the present developer and subsequent developments, crucial land acquisition by the state government and logjam for sometime over route alignment, among others.L&T, however, did not respond to the queries in this regard.A senior state government official said, “There would be cost escalations as the project got delayed.” He, however, said the government issues will be settled in accordance with the concession agreement.The project has got stuck in delays as L&T Metro Rail (Hyderabad) had over three years ago written a letter to the Telangana government offering to quit the Rs 16,000-plus crore project as the last resort if “issues” were not resolved.When asked if L&T offered to hand over the project to the government, the then chief executive and MD V B Gadgil had replied: “In case, the issues do not get settled.” “That (to quit) is one solution we have told them in case both of us are not able to resolve,” he had said after a meeting with the chief minister and the chief secretary in 2014.L&T has also written a letter to the state government on the matter.L&T Metro Rail (Hyderabad) is an L&T subsidiary, which is developing the metro at a total cost is Rs 16,375 crore — Rs 14,132 crore for the metro rail system and another Rs 2,243 crore for the real estate development.According to available data, the concession agreement for the project totalling 72 km metro lines with 66 stations was executed in September 2010 while financial closure was achieved in April 2011.The first phase comprises 30 kms and 24 stations while the second phase of the remaining corridor barring a 6-km stretch — near Charminar — is expected to be commissioned by November 2018.

PM Modi to flag-off Hyderabad Metro Rail tomorrow, commercial operations to begin Wednesday

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Prime Minister Narendra Modi will on Tuesday inaugurate the much-awaited Hyderabad Metro Rail, which will start its commercial operations on November 29.The Hyderabad Metro Rail, which faced many delays over the years, is touted as the world’s largest public-private partnership (PPP) in the sector.The first phase of the Hyderabad Metro between Miyapur and Nagole would be launched by the Prime Minister at 2.15 pm at Miyapur station.Modi, joined by Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao, will travel by the metro from Miyapur to Kukatpally, and back.Initially, the trains would run from 6 am to 10 pm and the timings would be rescheduled to 5.30 am to 11 pm, depending on the traffic and demand, Telangana’s Information Technology Minister K T Rama Rao informed on Saturday.Here are some of the features of the Hyderabad Metro Rail: 1- The 30-km-long first phase of the Hyderabad Metro has 24 stations between Miyapur and Nagole2- Each train would initially have three coaches and 330 people can travel in each coach. The number of coaches can be increased to six depending on the traffic.3- The concessionaire, L&T Metro Rail (Hyderabad) Ltd, has fixed a minimum fare of Rs 10 for a distance of up to two kilometres and the maximum fare is Rs 60 for a distance of more than 26 kms.4- A smart card was launched on Saturday for metro rail passengers, which would be used for multiple modes of transport in future5- The Telangana State Road Transport Corporation (TSRTC) would also start feeder services for the metro4- A mobile app (named T Savari) would also be launched for the benefit of passengers6- Under the project, sky-walks will be also be built connecting the stations directly to commercial complexes, stadiums and offices7- As many as 546 security personnel from private agencies will man the stations on the Miyapur-Nagole stretch. They will be working under three police officials per station in each shift9- The project, which started in July 2012, was initially scheduled to be completed by June this year but delays like land acquisition and other issues resulted in it overshooting the deadline. 10- The project has overcome many hurdles such as default by the first concessionaire Maytas Infra-led consortium and subsequent developments, crucial land acquisition by the state government and logjam for sometime over route alignment, among others.

Delhi Metro fares likely to be hiked again

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Commuters, brace yourselves. The Metro fares are likely to be hiked once again, in January, 2019, if the recommendations of a Centre-appointed committee authorised to fix the mass rapid transit’s tariff are accepted.The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) had worked on a two-phase fare hike system, which had led to an increase in rates in May and October this year. The proposed tariff was recommended by the same committee, which was chaired by Justice (retd) M L Mehta, and had Delhi chief secretary and additional secretary from the Ministry of Urban Development at its helm.The Fare Fixation Committee (FFC) had also suggested an “automatic annual fare revision”, as per which the fare will be increased by up to seven per cent. This measure will remain effective till the next FFC, authorised to fix fares under the Delhi Metro Act, is constituted.According to FFC recommendations, the DMRC will revise its tariff on a yearly basis, depending on factors such as increase in cost of staff, maintenance, energy, and the Consumer Price Index, or seven per cent per annum (in each fare slab), whichever is lower.It has also listed a number of stipulations to go with it, including the need for revised fares to be implemented on January 1, every year. It was after seven years that the DMRC increased the fare twice in 2017. “All fares should be rounded off to the next rupee. This automatic fare revision will come in effect from January, 1, 2019, and every year thereafter till the recommendations of the next FFC come into effect,” the committee stated in the report.It may be recalled that the Delhi government and the Centre were at loggerheads when the latter refused to intervene into the FFC recommendations. The Union Minister of Housing and Urban Affairs, Hardeep Singh Puri, had claimed that the Centre was in no position to tamper with the FFC recommendations as doing so was “legally untenable”. Subsequently, fares were hiked by up to 100 per cent across multiple distance slabs.7% RISEThe Fare Fixation Committee (FFC) had also suggested an “automatic annual fare revision”, as per which the fare will be increased by up to seven per cent.

Delhi metro fares among the lowest in the world: Union Minister Hardeep Singh Puri

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A day after an RTI revealed that the Metro lost over three lakh commuters a day due to the fare increase, Union Minister of State Hardeep Singh Puri claimed that the dip in ridership cannot be linked to the fare hike effected in October.”The fare hike has not led to a decline in Metro ridership. For example, in 2016, there was a ridership dip by 1.3 lakh from September to October when there was no change in fares,” he said.The Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Housing and Urban Affairs further explained that despite the increase, the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation’s (DMRC) fares were among the “lowest in the world” and the “lowest in India”.His comments came hours after Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, who has been opposing the fare hike, tweeted against it.”This steep hike in metro fare will kill Delhi Metro. If people stop using it, then what purpose does it serve”,” Kejriwal tweeted.According to the RTI query, the Metro’s daily average ridership came down to 24.2 lakh in October from 27.4 lakh in September, a fall of around 11 per cent.The Blue Line, considered the Metro’s busiest, lost over 30 lakh commuters, according to data shared by the DMRC in response to an RTI query. The 50-km corridor connects Dwarka to Noida and the Metro currently has a 218-km network across Delhi-NCR.On October 10, the DMRC effected the fare hike, leading to a rise of around Rs 10 for nearly every distance slab. This came barely five months of another hike of up to 100 per cent.Puri said that every year, there are a few months that see an increase in ridership and a decline is observed in others. “On previous occasions of fare increase, there were at times a temporary dip in ridership which recovered shortly. Ridership in November has shown a rising trend,” the union minister said.However, according to the DMRC’s records, the fall in October was the steepest ever. The Metro has been logging a daily average ridership between 27 lakh and 28 lakh over the recent years, with minor variations.Seeking to defend the fare hike, Puri said that Metro fares are neither fixed by the Centre or the Delhi government, both of which hold equal stakes in the DMRC, and pointed out that it was after a gap of eight years that the fares had been hiked.”When the new fixation committee was formed, they decided that since the fares were not hiked during the last eight years, the increase would happen in two segments, one in May and the other in October,” Puri said.He also said that the Metro is a capital intensive project and if it has to be run efficiently, it’s “long-term liabilities in terms of loan repayment” need to be discharged timely”.”DMRC has a loan of Rs 28,268 crore from JICA. So far, they have only paid Rs 1,507 crore. For the current year, they have to pay Rs 890 crore towards principal and interest liability,” he said.

Raj Thackeray-led MNS to fight illegal hawkers around stations through Whatsapp

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Raj Thackeray-led MNS has a new weapon in its fight against illegal hawking around Railway stations, religious places, hospitals and educational institutions.MNS functionaries across Mumbai have created helplines and WhatsApp groups for citizens to complain about such illegal vendors. These complaints are then forwarded to the police and BMC for action. In case these agencies drag their feet, activists of the party take “appropriate action.”Yashwant Killedar, who heads the MNS unit in the Mahim assembly segment, said they had created a WhatsApp helpline for citizens to complain against illegal hawking in these no-go areas in the constituency. “If people see any hawking here, they can click photosand send them to the helpline. We get many complaints at the rate of around 15 to 20 per day… The purpose is to create awareness in the people,” added Killedar.The Mahim assembly seat covers Railway stations like Dadar, Mahim and Matunga.Akhil Chitre, MNS leader from Santacruz, said the party unit had started “Feriwale Hatao” (Drive hawkers away) WhatsApp groups which consisted of both, MNS office bearers and local residents who were not affiliated to any political party.”This covers an area of 150 meters around Railway stations, hospitals, and educational institutions and foot over bridges in Bandra, Santacruz and Khar,” added Chitre, stating that citizens could send photos of any illegal vending in these areas instead of taking “individual action.”The photos are then sent to the police and BMC for action. In case these agencies drag their feet, MNS leaders said their activists visited the spots to chase the encroachers away. “Each WhatsApp group sees around five to six complaints daily, mostly in the morning or evening,” said Chitre.The Bombay High Court had said hawking would be permitted only in 221 designated hawking zones and disallowed near schools, hospitals, religious places, railway stations and on foot overbridges (FOBs).After the stampede at the Elphinstone Road Railway station on September 29 which killed 23 people, Raj, who had organised a morcha on the Western Railway headquarters at Churchgate from the Metro Cinema had given the Railways a 15-day deadline to remove hawkers at stations, foot over bridges and premises. This would make stationssafer and easier to access for commuters.

Metro 1 says won’t take card payments

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Mumbai Metro One Private Limited (MMOPL), operating the Versova-Andheri-Ghatkopar Metro-1, has said that it cannot accept debit or credit cards at ticket windows of Metro stations as transactions through cards take more time compared to cash transactions and could result longer waiting time for commuters in queues.However, commuters have been expressing their displeasure over the Metro operator not accepting cards to purchase tokens or recharge their smart cards at ticket windows. But the MMOPL maintains that commuters can do cashless transactions online.Abhay Kumar Mishra, CEO, MMOPL, told DNA, “There is no difficulty as such in accepting cards at Metro ticket windows. But that could increase the waiting time for commuters standing in queues. Our aim is to ensure that no commuter spends more than two minutes waiting to purchase a token or recharge their smart cards,” adding that commuters can use several online platforms to make cashless transactions. “Also commuters can now use our mobile ticket facility,” he added.Meanwhile, several commuters have expressed their displeasure on Twitter over MMOPL not accepting cards at Metro stations ticket windows.Replying to one of the tweets, MMOPL, said, “We wish to inform you that passengers can use debit/credit card online to recharge their store value pass. Passengers can also use ICICI or SBI co-branded card with an auto top-up facility or utilise digital wallet Paytm.”CUTTING DOWNOn Thursday, MMOPL launched a mobile ticketing facility allowing commuters to book tickets using PayTm, Ridlr and Mumbai Metro app. After booking their tickets, a QR code generated can be scanned at fare collections gates to gain entry into the Metro.

Mumbaikars can soon use one card for any mode of transport

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The first step towards a single travel card for all modes of transport, starting with the lifeline, — the local trains of Mumbai — has been taken. In the first phase, railways will issue smart cards, which can operate in local trains and BEST buses, to at least 49 lakh season pass holders in the city. Around 75 lakh commuters use the Mumbai suburban system daily.This is the second attempt of the government to provide single smart cards for all modes of transport; it was first conceived in 2006 and implemented in 2007 as ‘Go Mumbai’ card. But the scheme was scrapped in 2010.At a November 14 meeting to discuss the modalities of the project, with the World Bank sought the details of the Integrated Transport System from the Mumbai Railway Vikas Corporation (MRVC). “We are also having a series of meeting with the Railway Board as well. If they approve it, we shall call for tenders within two months,” said an MRVC official, on condition of anonymity.The series of meetings are important for the approval of the new form of ticketing that will cover all modes of public transport catering to over 1.25 crore Mumbaikars everyday. These are the people who use local trains, BEST buses, Metro and Monorails and mobile aggregator taxis. Those travelling by suburban trains will be the first to adapt to this new system.On August 2, DNA had reported about the plan. Senior railway officials said that they were looking at linking these Smart Cards with Aadhar card so that all details of the person using it were in place. This will also link these Smart Cards to bank accounts via Aadhar.”We are thinking of levying a refundable security deposit of Rs 50 against each card. There will not be any charge for the card,” said another official.At the same time, authorities also intend to target 10 lakh commuters who form around 15 per cent of the total lot who buy daily tickets. Initially, the ticket checking staff – close to 700 TCs on both Western and Central Railways – will be given hand-held devices to check the validity of smart cards. The checking system will be the same, but unlike checking physical printed season pass now, they will check the validity on the device.If a user wants to use the same card on routes that are not part of the Season passes, then more money needs to be added to the card. This way, not only can a commuter use it to travel on other routes on the suburban system but also use it on Metro rail and BEST buses. At present, there are ATVM smart cards that people use to get a physical copy of railway ticket from machines, while bus conductors inside BEST tap the smart card to check the balance available inside it. On the Metro rail, a passenger is allowed to travel on negative balance the first time, but before starting the next journey, money needs to be added into the card.Meanwhile, in the second phase, card-tapping devices shall be placed at the stations, which will taken almost 8-10 years for it to come. Gradually by then, they will also want daily users to switch over to this Integrated Transport System. “Around the same time, we will begin gating the entrance and exit points at stations,” said the official.This system will be such that people need to tap on the card reading machine at the entrance and move forward. The entry and exit points will be bifurcated for each platform. When a commuter enters the station premises, he simply needs to tap the Smart Card. The gate shall remain open all the while and shall close only if there is insufficient balance in the card or has been wrongly swiped. The railways wants to ensure that every gate that leads to the platform is thoroughly covered and there is single entry and exit points that will be used.TRAVEL SMARTMumbai Rail Vikas Corporation is taking the single card project forward along with MMRDA and BEST.
In the first phase, MRVC will target 65% season pass holders of suburban trains.

CISF, cops to replan Metro’s security structure

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>After the molestation of a journalist at ITO metro station subway sparked a row over women’s safety, Director General of CISF, the force that secures metro stations, and Delhi Police commissioner Amulya Patnaik, on Friday, discussed a review of the present security system of Delhi Metro.It was on Tuesday night when the journalist who was entering the metro station was attacked by a man who attempted to grope the woman. CCTV footage of the incident which went viral on social media also shows that when the woman was confronted and raised an alarm, the man tried to escape but was chased by the journalist. A day later he was arrested by the Delhi Police and was identified as a 25-year-old tea stall worker.Following the incident, while the DG CISF, OP Singh, has directed his DIG DMRC unit to review the security setup in Delhi Metro, Patnaik also ordered a Special Commissioner to look into the security structure that the Delhi Metro Rail Police (DMRP)follows. Soon the Delhi Police and CISF are expected to replan their security set up in Delhi Metro.The incident took place in the subway that connects the main road to ITO metro station. When DNA looked into the security set up of a metro station, it was found that various areas are divided according to jurisdiction of the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) and Delhi Police’s DMRP.However, Singh pointed out that the force is always the first responder to any incident inside or even in the proximity to any metro station. “For us, security and safety of passengers come first and we have always responded with our best. Such incidents are addressed with utmost priority and no laxity will be tolerated,” Singh said.Talking to DNA, a senior CISF officer said, “Technically the areas that fall under CISF’s are start from frisking gates to the platform. The tracks, electrical installations over the tracks and areas beyond frisking areas, like the entry staircase or subways connecting the metro station to main roads are to be technically guarded by the DMRP. However, since the DMRP is drastically short staffed, our QRTs keep patrolling these areas also.”Even on Tuesday, the CISF was the first responder when the journalist was attacked at ITO, the DG claimed. Pankaj Singh, DCP Metro, said that they have requested for increased manpower.SOLUTIONS NEEDEDDMRP – metro train track tunnel, electrical installations over the track, subways connecting metro stations to main roads, staircase at entrance of metro stations
CISF – from the frisking gates to the platforms
Problem: Every metro station in the Capital is divided into different areas to be taken care of by the CISF and DMRP separately. This creates confusion over jurisdiction in such cases leading to delayed action

CCTV footage: Brave woman journalist fights back molester at Delhi metro station

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A CCTV footage released on Thursday showed a woman reporter being molested at Delhi Metro station. A 25-year-old female journalist was molested inside Delhi Metro’s ITO station on November 13, according to an ANI report.”At first I thought he touched me by mistake but then he groped me again, after that it took me few seconds to gather myself and there were no security personnel around, otherwise I would’ve caught him there,” the victim told ANI.The journalist was groped by a man as she was walking up towards the stairs inside the station. Soon, she retaliated and fought back and chased down the criminal.The metro station was empty and there was no security personnel present during the incident.The accused has been arrested by the police.

Mumbai: More wait for commuters as Metro 4 project delayed

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>There has been a delay in commencement of construction work for the proposed Metro route that will connect Wadala and Thane, which means commuters will have to wait for a longer period to reduce their time spent on commute.The MMRDA that is executing Metro 4, also known as Wadala-Thane-Kasarvadavli Metro is yet to award contracts for construction, despite the state government’s approval for the project in 2016.The 32.32-km long proposed route will have 32 stations with six-coach trains and an estimated daily 8.7 lakh commuters in 2021-22.MMRDA officials say that the reason behind delay was due to the development authority scrapping civil construction bids it had floated earlier this year. “We had floated bids earlier this year but the contractor’s quoted around 25% more than what was estimated by MMRDA. Hence, we had to scrap the bids,” said a MMRDA official.The MMRDA now plans to float fresh bids for the Rs 14,549 crore project. A MMRDA official said, “We plan to float fresh bids and award work for the same by January 2018.”

DN Nagar-BKC Metro work to kick off by Feb ’18

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Amid protests by residents of Andheri, Vile Parle, Khar and Juhu demanding construction of DN Nagar-Mandale Metro-2B be underground instead of elevated, Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) on Monday said civil construction of first phase between DN Nagar and Bandra Kurla Complex (BKC) will start by February 2018.Few residents had also approached the Bombay High Court, citing that Metro-2B should be made underground instead of elevated.However, the MMRDA on Monday opened the financial bids for the construction of Metro-2B wherein Simplex Infrastructure was found to be the lowest bidder. Simplex had quoted Rs 1,080 crore against an estimation of Rs 998 crore by MMRDA.This includes construction of 11 elevated stations from ESIC Nagar, Prem Nagar, Indira Nagar, Old Airport, Khira Nagar, Saraswat Nagar, National College, Bandra (W), MMRDA Office, Income Tax Office and BKC.”We have given nod to Simplex Infrastructures Limited, the lowest bidder at rupees one thousand eighty crores,” MMRDA said in a statement issued on Monday.”This is another important step towards developing metro network in the city which is the need of the hour. The contract will be awarded to the contractor after the Executive Committee accords its approval”, said UPS Madan, Metropolitan Commissioner, MMRDA.However, the residents who have challenged MMRDA, cited that an elevated Metro corridor over the major arterial SV Road will lead to traffic congestion and it would also close all doors for the future expansion of Metro.Expected daily ridership on the Metro-2B is over 8 lakh commuters. The 23.5-km-long Metro corridor is a part of the Metro 2 (Dahisar-Charkop—Bandra-Mandale), which was earlier planned underground, but later turned into an elevated corridor.The line was also divided into two parts: Dahisar-DN Nagar Metro-2A and DN Nagar-Mandale Metro-2B, which is being constructed in two phases between DN Nagar- BKC and BKC-Mandale.Meanwhile, tenders of remaining stations from MTNL Metro, SG Barve Marg, Kurla Terminal, Kurla-E, EEH, Chembur, Diamond Garden, Shivaji Chowk, BSNL Metro, Mankhurd, Mandala (Depot) will be floated separately.CITIZENS’ GRUDGESResidents, who have challenged MMRDA, said an elevated Metro corridor over the major arterial SV Road will lead to traffic congestion and close all doors for future expansion of Metro.

Parsis criticise high priest for changing stand

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A section of the Parsi community on Friday criticised high priest, Dasturji Dr Firoze Kotwal, for his “turnaround” and opposed the Metro 3 route even after assurance from the chief minister.Some members of the community even protested at the Wadiaji Atash Behram on Princess Street close to Marine Lines station. The Metro 3 route (Colaba-Bandra-SEEPZ) affects three structures related to the Parsi community. Among the others that are affected are Anjuman Atash Behram close to Wadiaji Atash Behram and Bhikha Behram well near Cross Maidan.”It is a shameful thing. He had written a letter and also taken a stand in a Parsi paper that the route should not go under the Atash Behrams,” said Pervez Cooper, a member of the Parsi community.When DNA contacted Kotwal, he said, “After meeting the CM, I am satisfied with his assurance. The structures will not get affected nor will the well water inside Atash Behram. It is not right to say that I have changed statements. One may change one’s own approach and be wiser today than yesterday. I was earlier misled. It is my duty to amend the mistakes and I think it is courageous to amend my mistake.”MMRCL’s replyMMRCL on Friday issued a written statement assuring the community that there will be no damage to their structures or the wells. The Metro route will not pass below the sanctum sanctorum.

Piling rig tilts near Maratha Mandir at Metro 3 work site

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A month after an incident where a bunch of iron rods tilted towards the ground at a Metro construction site on Western Express Highway (WEH), another such incident took place on the construction site of Colaba-Bandra-Seepz Metro-3 underground corridor on Thursday near Maratha Mandir Theatre. Here, a piling rig tilted towards one side.The spot where the incident took place is where construction of Mumbai Central Metro station is on. However, there was no casualty or damage due to the accident. This is the third incident on Metro construction sites this year being carried out by two different agencies.A piling rig is a construction machine used for piling in foundation engineering. It is used for drill in sandy soil, clay, silty clay, etc.A Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation (MMRC) executive, the Metro-3 corridor, said, “During the construction activity near Mumbai Central station, one rig tilted on one side due to localised filled up ground.”The MMRC in a statement added: “Prompt action was taken by the contractors ensured that the incident didn’t cause any damage to the Maratha Mandir building.”Prior to this, accidents occurred in June and October 2016 on Metro sites.

Two Parsi priests meet Fadanavis over Metro 3 route

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Two high priests from the Parsi community – Khurshed Dastur and Dastur Firoze Kotwal on Thursday met with chief minister over the Metro 3 route. In the meeting were also present Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation Limited (MMRCL) officials who are completing the Metro 3 project.The meeting came even as not just the members of the community, but also most high priests of the community had written to the prime minister and chief minister against the Metro 3 route. Dastur Firoze Kotwal was one of the priests who was against the route and had written a letter against its route to the prime minister and chief minister.The Metro 3 route (Colaba-Bandra-SEEPZ) has three Parsi community structures that has got the community protesting. These Ajnuman Atash Behram and Wadiaji Atash Behram near Marine Lines station and the Bhikha Behram Well near Cross Maidan.There has been much consternation and debate in the community ever since it is has been stated that the route also passed beneath the sanctum sanctorum, and could affect wells inside Atash Behrams.While the two priests refused to comment on the issue, a person in the meeting said, “We are not speaking because the chief minister office will be coming out with a statement assuring us on the Metro 3 work that it will not affect the structure of the fire temples nor the wells in both the fire temples. The MMRCL too will be giving an assurance and from time to time they will be taking care of that. The route is not passing below the sanctum sanctorum is what we were informed.”

Odd-even 3.0: Delhi brings back car-rationing drive from Monday, here’s all you must know

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The ‘pollution emergency’ in the Delhi-NCR forced the Arvind Kejriwal government to reintroduce the odd-even scheme from next week.With the toxic haze showing no sign of any reduction, the car-rationing is seen as part of graded action plan by the Kejriwal government to combat the situation.Here’s all you need to know about the odd-even scheme starting Monday:1: The third phase of the odd-even scheme will come into force from November 13. So far, the government has decided to roll it out for limited period and will end on November 172: All cars will be allowed on the roads based on whether their number plates are odd or even.3: The scheme will be implemented from 8 am to 8 pm. Those who will be exempted from the plan include the women drivers and all two-wheelers.4: Making the announcement, Delhi traffic minister Kailsha Gehlot said that all arrangements are in place and people must not panic.5: Before this, the odd-even scheme was implemented in Delhi twice in April and January last year for 15 days.6: The government-run DTC has been asked to hire 500 more buses for the period. Delhi Metro has also been directed to run 100 more trains.7: The CNG vehicles will be also exempted from the odd-even scheme but they will need to have stickers. These stickers will be available at the 22 IGL stations across Delhi from 2 pm tomorrow.8: In other measures, commercial trucks have been banned from the city unless they are carrying essential commodities, all construction has been stopped and car parking charges raised four times to force residents to use public transport. Schools have been shut for the week.9: The smog hung over the city for third consecutive day is causing lots of health issues for people. Most of the complaints include headaches, coughs and itchy eyes.10: The readings continue to show situation is severe. A US embassy measure of tiny particulate matter PM 2.5 showed a reading of 608 at 10 a.m. when the safe limit is 50.(With agencies input)

As temp drops, city to see hazy days

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>While Mumbaikars are beginning to worry about the air quality in days to come, air quality experts say that their worst fears might come true once temperatures begin to dip.According to experts, high temperatures being witnessed by the city the during the day helps keep the air quality in the ‘Good’ category but once maximum temperatures begin to reduce, the air quality will only worsen and smog and haze could become a regular feature.Gufran Baig, Project Director, System of Air Quality Weather Forecasting and Research (SAFAR) explained that the particulate matter (PM) levels of Mumbai are relatively higher between 3 am to 7 am currently due to the temperatures reducing slightly, and this resulted in smog and haze early in the morning.”However, since the temperatures begin rising during the day, the air quality has improved but we can expect this trend to change in days to come when the temperatures begin dropping in the city,” Baig said adding that in last two days, interestingly the air quality has been quite good.An air quality expert working with a government organisation based in Mumbai said that this year, the city might face heavy smog gives the fact that a lot of construction work including that of the Metro rail is ongoing across Mumbai.”The levels of PM 2.5 which include extremely fine dust particles is already quite high. Once the mercury drops, it is bound to get attached to water molecules in the air and form layers of smog which is not only known to adversely impact those suffering from respiratory illnesses but also cause allergies and illness amongst others,” said the official, adding that Mumbai’s rising vehicular population has also been aiding air pollution.WINTER IS COMINGExperts say that high temperatures being witnessed during the day help keep the air quality in the ‘Good’ category. However, once temperatures begin to drop, the quality will only worsen, making smog and haze a regular feature.

EPCA tells states to impose fines, hike parking fees

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>On Tuesday, Delhi’s skies resembled a vast plume of dust as smoke emitted from farm fires across Uttar Pradesh and Punjab, and moisture-laden winds enveloped the city in a thick layer of smog. The air quality of the Capital breached the ‘severe’ category, making it hazardous and unhealthy for even those without any respiratory ailments.The situation saw the Supreme Court-empowered Environment Pollution (Prevention and Control) Authority (EPCA) go into a huddle. The members have now directed Delhi and other NCR states to immediately roll out measures from the Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP). Apart from Delhi, authorities across Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, and Rajasthan were also issued these directions.Chief among the directions were an increase in public transport services, including Delhi Metro, addition of more coaches in Metro, and a reduction in fares during off-peak hours, as long as the air quality was in the ‘severe’ category.To control the rampant dust pollution, the EPCA has directed all state pollution control boards to immediately impose fines on all road construction agencies found wanting in dust control. While discussing the quantum of fines, officials from CPCB and EPCA chief Bhure Lal said that using provisions of the Construction and Demolition Rules, a penalty of up to Rs 5 lakh can be imposed.”The EPCA is directing for a fine of Rs,50,000 to be imposed as penalty, per day, for inadequate road dust control,” EPCA member Sunita Narain said during the meeting.Meteorological conditions played a significant role in worsening Delhi-NCR air-quality, Central Pollution Control Board Member Secretary A.Sudhakar informed EPCA on Tuesday.”It is in the severe category primarily due to weather conditions. The Western Disturbance-influenced winds are bringing pollutants from Punjab and winds from eastern side are bringing in moisture,” A Sudhakar said.

Fire dept moves HC over removal of barricades to ease traffic in SoBo

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The fire department on Thursday submitted an affidavit in the Bombay High Court stating that after inspections in areas in Cuffe Parade, it has requested the Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation (MMRC) to remove temporary barricades installed for constructing the Metro-3 line, to aid better movement of emergency vehicles.Advocate Trupti Puranik, appearing for the corporation, filed the affidavit while hearing the plea of Cuffe Parade resident Robin Jaisinghani, who has claimed that the roads are blocked outside his house, leading to danger in case of emergencies such as fire.The court had earlier asked the fire department to conduct a survey of the area, following which it submitted the report. As per the survey conducted outside Vivanta by Taj President, Venus, Jupiter buildings and Dalamal House in Cuffe Parade on October 31, the fire department found that the entrance roads to the buildings were accessible.The fire department has, however, requested the MMRC to remove barricades for easy manoeuvrability of fire appliances in case of emergencies.

MMRC to film a documentary on Metro 3

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation (MMRC) on Thursday said that it will prepare a documentary on the ongoing work of Colaba-Bandra-Seepz Metro-3 underground corridor by appointing a private agency.The MMRC’s aim is to telecast the documentary globally to create awareness about the project implementation and its benefits.In the past, the MMRC had appointed private agencies to handle its social media presence, and PR agencies to carry out its communication.The MMRC has been facing flak over the rehabilitation of residents in the Girgaon and Kalbadevi area construction of Metro car depot inside Aarey Milk Colony, felling of trees for the construction of Metro-3. Also, a few citizens from South Mumbai have moved the Bombay High Court over the vibrations due to the tunnelling work of Metro-3 and MMRC’s alleged violation of noise pollution rules at the Metro construction site.An MMRC official, said, “The documentary exercise is merely for the record and to educate.” However, the MMRC official also said that they are not aware of the total cost for the making of the documentary and have called for expression of interest (EOI) floated dated November 2, 2017.The EOI floated by the MMRC on Thursday, reads, “The MMRC invites Expression of Interest from interested agencies working in the field of multimedia and film production for the work preparing high-definition documentary (audio-visual) on the implementation of Mumbai Metro Line 3 covering special events and activities for the entire project development phase.”ABOUT THE ROUTEThe Metro-3 corridor that will have 27 underground stations will be a crucial north-south link for commuters across the city.
The metro corridor will connect major Central Business Districts (CBD) such as Nariman Point, Bandra-Kurla Complex (BKC) and Seepz in Andheri.

Nobel Memorial Wall inaugurated

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Delhiites will have a week-long opportunity to know about the Indian Nobel laureates with the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) inaugurating the Nobel Memorial Wall at the Rajiv Chowk Metro Station.On November 7, the wall, initiated in association with the Embassy of Sweden, will exhibit the contribution of these laureates to the society.The one-of-its-kind wall will exhibit paintings by students from fine art colleges in Delhi-NCR. Portraits of Rabindranath Tagore, CV Raman, Hargobind Khorana, Mother Teresa, Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar, Amartya Sen, Venkatraman Ramakrishnan and Kailash Satyarthi were selected to be showcased through a painting competition conducted by the embassy.The wall was unveiled by Anna Ekström, Minister for Upper Secondary School and Adult Education and Training, Government of Sweden and Dr Mangu Singh, Managing Director, DMRC.Speaking on the occasion, Ekström said,”I feel honoured to inaugurate the Nobel Memorial Wall. From the first non-European Nobel laureate, Tagore, as well as the first non-European science laureate CV Raman, to a modern-day fighter for children’s rights, Satyarthi, the remarkable contributions of Indian Nobel laureates have inspired many across the world.”Also speaking on the occasion, Dr Mangu Singh, said: “The inauguration of the Nobel Memorial Wall at Rajiv Chowk Metro station has become a tradition to mark the beginning of the Sweden India Nobel Memorial Week. This is the seventh year in a row that the wall is displayed at the Rajiv Chowk station.ONE OF ITS KINDThe one-of-its-kind wall will exhibit paintings by students from fine art colleges in Delhi-NCR. Portraits of Rabindranath Tagore, CV Raman, Hargobind Khorana, Mother Teresa, etc, were selected to be showcased through a painting competition conducted by the embassy.

Delhi High Court: Ensure city buses are disabled-friendly

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Delhi High Court (HC) on Wednesday directed the Delhi government to ensure that every mode of public transport in the national Capital was easily accessible to the disabled.The observation was made by Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice C Harishankar while hearing a public interest litigation (PIL), which challenged the proposed purchase of 2,000 standard-floor buses for the city.While issuing the notice, the bench also enquired whether the government could put the procurement process of these buses on hold. The court then directed the AAP-led government to give a status report in this regard, fixing the next date of hearing on November 14.”Delhi should be a path-breaker. Ensure every mode of public transport is disabled-friendly. You buy 30,000 buses if you want to, but let them be disabled-friendly. You need to be more progressive,” the bench said, adding” “Why not put on hold the acquisition process.”Appearing for the Delhi government, its counsel Sanjoy Ghosh requested the court to not pass such an order as the need for more buses was felt in the wake of Metro fare hike, which has affected thousands of commuters.The PIL was moved by Nipun Malhotra, a person suffering from locomotor disability. He challenged the Delhi government’s move to procure 2,000 standard-floor buses at a cost of Rs 300 crore. The plea contended that the standard-floor buses have higher steps and are not equipped for wheelchair access and thus, would “directly and substantially affect” nearly 2.34 lakh disabled persons in the national Capital.It added that the government had shown “insensitivity” towards the disabled persons as they were not consulted prior to taking the decision to procure the buses.BACKGROUNDThe PIL was moved by Nipun Malhotra, a person suffering from locomotor disability He challenged the Delhi government’s move to procure 2,000 standard-floor buses at a cost of Rs 300 crore. The plea contended that the standard-floor buses have higher steps and are not equipped for wheelchair access

DMRC to revamp 15 metro stations to combat rush

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Around 15 metro stations will soon be remodelled by the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) to combat the rising rush of commuters by each passing day. Based on different surveys done by the DMRC over the years, the strategic planning includes a slew of measures like shifting of ticket counters to constructing ramps and stairways.The Metro, which is a lifeline for the Delhi National Capital Region (NCR), is used by around 28 lakh passengers every day. The stations are being worked upon depending on the number of commuters that each of them experiences during the day.The DMRC has been conducting regular studies on travellers’ rush to further their development model to ease pressure on the facility and make travelling more convenient for people.The metro stations that would undergo changes include Rithala, Uttam Nagar, Dwarka Sector 21, Dilshad Garden, Kashmere Gate, Pragati Maidan. Dilshad Garden, Jahangirpuri, Noida City Centre, Noida Sector 16, Sikanderpur, Tilak Nagar, Laxmi Nagar, Karol Bagh, Hauz Khas, GTB Nagar among others. Similar work is already being done in 17 stations while the DMRC redeveloped five stations — Rajiv Chowk, New Delhi, Vaishali, Huda City Centre and Chandni Chowk in the recent past.According to a senior DMRC official, the security checkpoint in Laxmi Nagar will soon be shifted since the station witnesses a heavy rush of commuters every day.The official further shared that the security check and the ticket counter in Vaishali metro station were on the first floor which led to long queues during peak hours. Hence, they started selling tickets at the ground floor, while the security remained on the concourse. The metro which chugs on a system as long as 213 kilometres, recently found itself in the thick of controversy after its fares were increased for the second time in less than six months.METRO MENACEDelhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal called it a “conspiracy” to help radio cabs like Ola and Uber do business even as the common man suffered because of the fare hike. The metro recently found itself in the thick of controversy after its fares were increased for the second time in less than six months.

Solar panels to cost Metro 1.5 cr less

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>After completing the installation of solar panels on all 12 Metro stations along the Versova-Andheri-Ghatkopar Metro-1 corridor, the Reliance Infrastructure-led Mumbai Metro One Private Limited (MMOPL), operator of Metro has said that this initiative will save them Rs 1.5 crore every year. The Metro-1 corridor is already running in huge losses, and installation of solar panels will save carbon emissions of approximately 2,700 tonnes every year.The total quantity of solar panels installed along with the supporting and cable work is 6,987. The electricity generated from the solar panels will be utilised for operations of various Metro station equipment like lighting, lifts, escalators, pumps etc. The solar plants were set up on the renewable energy service company model wherein power purchase agreement has been signed.According to the MMOPL, currently, the Metro’s auxiliary power requirement for non-traction use is 6.9 megawatts, 30 per cent or 2.30 megawatts of which will be met with the installations of these solar panels.“The team made sure that in spite of hindrances like sloppy roofs, and the exceptional height of stations,” an MMOPL spokesperson said.

A week on, no report on Metro construction site accident

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>More than a week after the accident at Metro construction site of Andheri East- Dahisar East Metro-7 corridor, the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) has not yet been able to prepare any report on the accident wherein bunch of iron rods had come down tilting towards the ground at Western Express Highway (WEH) near Aarey Colony.According to MMRDA, it had issued a show-cause notice to both the contractor and general consultant for the Metro project asking for a reply to a report on the accident. However, the general consultant has not submitted the report yet.A senior MMRDA official, not wishing to be named, said, “We have not got the report by our general consultant yet and we are told the general consultant has received the reply of J Kumar Infrastructure, contractor for the project. We expect the general consultant to prepare and submit the report to MMRDA within next two days.”MMRDA had last week claimed, that the accident took place due to a crane touching the iron rods while work was in progress on a pier. No police complaint or case has been registered against the contractor by MMRDA in the accident that occurred a week ago.Meanwhile, this is the second time such an incident has taken place on the construction site of Metro-7. In June 2017, a pier reinforcement – colloquially, a bunch of iron rods came down crashing at WEH in Jogeshwari. At the time, MMRDA had held heavy rains and wind as the culprit.Metro-7 is 16.475 km long elevated corridor with 13 Metro stations from Andheri (E) to Dahisar (E). It will be made operational in 2019 and the corridor is expected to see the commuter traffic of 4.79 lakh people daily.

MMRC begins process of pvt land acquisition

1,442 square meters required for the construction of Metro-3 in areas like Grant Road, Marine Lines, Girgaum and Bhuleshwar <!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation (MMRC) executing the Colaba-Bandra-SEEPZ Metro-3 underground corridor has initiated the process of acquiring privately-owned land measuring 1,442 square meters required for the construction of Metro-3 in areas like Grant Road, Marine Lines, Girgaum and Bhuleshwar.Apart from south Mumbai, acquisition of another 4,852 square meters in south central Mumbai and western suburbs will also be taken for temporary and permanent periods. The MMRC requires around 78 hectares of land for Metro-3, of which 13.57 hectares will be acquired permanently and 65.10 hectares temporarily. Of the total, MMRC has almost completed the acquisition of land owned by the government which is around 75 hectares. The remaining three hectares is privately-owned, for which the acquisition has begun.An official from MMRC said, “For privately-owned land parcels we have given 15 days to the general public for any suggestions or objections for the acquisition. The public notice was issued on Sunday and starting Monday we have given 15 days to the private parties who are going to be affected.”

Cops look out for man who flashed at woman in Andheri

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A day after the 28-year-old woman complained that an unknown man flashed her at on the Airport Road Metro Station on Thursday evening, the Andheri police has now registered a case of sexual harassment and on the lookout of the accused.According to the police, they have retrieved a CCTV footage and are on the lookout for the accused. The incident is said to have taken place somewhere near the entry/exit of Airport Metro Station which generally doesn’t witness much footfall. The incident came to light when the woman took to twitter sharing the incident. The MMOPL acknowledged the tweet and responded, “We have taken note of your complaint and are in the process of implementing various measures to ensure that such incidents are not repeated. We request you to file police complaint, in order to take this to a logical conclusion.”The woman then filed an FIR under section 354 A against unknown accused in Andheri police station.

MMRDA issues notice to Metro 7 consultant

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) on Monday said that it has issued notice to the general consultant of Dahisar East-Andheri East Metro-7 corridor after a bunch of iron rods tilted towards the ground near Aarey Colony at Western Express Highway (WEH) on Saturday afternoon.A notice issued by MMRDA dated October 23, 2017, to M/s. AICA Consortium, general consultant for Metro-7, reads, “Accident was occurred at Pier no 5 near Aarey station on Saturday. It was found that the pier reinforcement was bent towards the Service road resulting the closing of service road.”The notice further adds, “You are requested to examine the causes of the accident and submit your report and re-commendation to avoid such incidents in future within 7 days from issue of this letter.”Praveen Darade, Additional Metropolitan Commissioner, MMRDA, said, “We will issue show cause notice to contractor J Kumar Infrastructure also by today (Monday).”An email query sent to J Kumar Infrastructure on Monday did not get any response. J Kumar Infrastructure had said on Saturday: “we shall take best possible efforts to avoid such instances in future”.

Commuters stranded due to snag on Metro’s Blue Line

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Delhi Metro’s Blue Line —Dwarka to Noida City Centre — became a nightmare for commuters on Saturday, when the services remained affected for over 40 minutes due to a technical glitch. The snag occurred at the time when the stations were witnessing a festive rush on the occasion of Bhai Dooj.The technical snag occurred at 9.20 am, at a time when metro stations usually witness heavy footfall.Afterwards, train services were suspended with commuters complaining that no prior announcement was made about it.”There was a massive crowd at the Rajiv Chowk metro station, which created a stampede-like situation. Entry to the stations was stopped and those inside were not allowed to go out,” said Sanjay Tyagi, a commuter.Commuters also faced hardship at other busy metro stations, including Yamuna Bank, Mayur Vihar Phase-1, Noida Sector 16 and 18, among others.According to the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC), the snag occurred when the pantograph, which supplies power from the overhead wire to the train, got entangled in overhead equipment (OHE) of a train between Rajiv Chowk and R K Ashram section. This happened while the metro was approaching Rajiv Chowk station.”As a result, train services were regulated on Line-3 between 9.20 to 10.05 am in the short loop between Yamuna Bank and Noida/Vaishali, between Karol Bagh and Dwarka Sector 21 and in single line between Karol Bagh and Yamuna Bank section,” the DMRC said in a statement.The DMRC informed the OHE team who then undertook the restoration work at the affected section on the downline and the train was removed from service at 10.05 am, after which the train movement was restored.”Till then, the crowd at the metro station swelled up. The first metro that came at around 10.08 am was heavily overcrowded,” said Ritwik Singh, a student.BREAKDOWNAccording to the DMRC, the snag occurred when the pantograph, which supplies power from the overhead wire to the train, got entangled in overhead equipment of a train between Rajiv Chowk and RK Ashram section.

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