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Come Jan, more rakes to chug on city’s local lines

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Newer trains can be expected by Mumbaikars starting January next year. Orders have been placed for getting more trains that would ply both on Central and Western Railways. This was one of the subjects which were discussed at the meeting between Union Railway Minister Piyush Goyal and railway officers when he visited Mumbai on November 27.To begin with, the Central Railway (CR) will get 20 new Bombardier rakes in phases, which is already being manufactured. “Orders have already been placed and we shall start getting them from January 2018. Once they arrive, they will be available for plying and would replace the existing old lot of rakes that are part of our fleet,” said a senior CR official. They are getting the new rakes for the purpose of operating on the Rs 1,700 crore Seawoods-Uran rail line.The CR has 14 old rakes of BHEL make which are always a cause of concern for the authorities as these incur technical failures frequently.

New safety concern crops up at Currey Road FOB

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>While the Indian Railways, Army and Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) are struggling to acquire 180 sq metres of land for constructing a foot overbridge (FOB) at Currey Road station, there is a bigger safety problem that the Central Railway (CR) is grappling with. The problem came to notice on Monday when Union Railway Minister Piyush Goyal visited Currey Road station to inspect the work on the FOB.Over the past few months, the CR authorities began constructing the second FOB at Currey Road station and in the past few weeks they have built the staircases on both sides of the platform. The work on the elevated portion of the FOB that extends on the east till the platform, too has been started. They painted this structure in silver, but put granite tiles on the stairs just a couple of days before Goyal was to visit the station.There are two landings — one towards Dadar and the other towards Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus — where the staircases are there. However, there is an issue with the landing of the staircase towards the CSMT-end as they end straight on to a cemented and tiled seat. This has a metal pole holding the roof and people often sit there while waiting for the train. The gap is barely of 3-4 feet, which is insufficient considering the huge number of commuters.”We have examined this and it is an additional landing. We are finding out solutions keeping in view the requirement of cover over platforms for the passengers,” said SK Jain, Divisional Railway Manager (Mumbai), Central Railway.Railway Minister Piyush Goyal has stressed on ensuring safety of commuters at railway stations and its premises. Even the multi-disciplinary audit team in its report has stated the need to remove all obstructions near the landing of FOBs across the suburban stations in Mumbai.MINISTER’S WORDOn Monday, Railway Minister Piyush Goyal visited Currey Road station to inspect the progress. He later agreed that there are some issues with the availability of land that is being sorted out.

Army begins preliminary work for Elphinstone Road station FOB

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Western Railway (WR) on Thursday said that the Indian Army has started preliminary works for the construction of a foot overbridge (FOB) at Elphinstone Road railway station connecting Parel. Jawans have started works like earmarking and soil testing.According to WR, the actual construction work will start only after getting a nod from the Commissioner of Railway Safety (CRS). “We are still awaiting CRS clearance, and it is only after that the Army will start the actual work,” said Ravindar Bhakar, Chief Public Relation Officer, WR.”What we see today is just the preliminary works like soil testing and other activities that are to be conducted before starting the actual work,” he added.On September 29, at least 23 people were killed and over 30 others injured following a stampede on a foot overbridge (FOB) linking Elphinstone Road and Parel railway stations.After the accident, the parliamentary panel had summoned top railway officials, and the WR conducted a detailed audit of all the stations in the Mumbai suburban section. The audit detected loopholes in the system and development works at each and every station was proposed.However, in the last week of October, the Indian Army was roped in to build a foot overbridge at the Elphinstone Road station. Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis along with Union Railway Minister Piyush Goyal and Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman visited the station and Fadnavis announced that the new FOB would be completed by January 31 next year.THE STORY SO FAROn September 29, at least 23 people were killed and over 30 others injured following a stampede on an FOB at Elphinstone Road In October, the Indian Army was roped in to build a foot overbridge

Modi govt will continue on path of good governance: Piyush Goyal after Moody’s rating upgrade

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Buoyed by India’s rating upgrade by Moody’s, Railway and Coal Minister Piyush Goyal today said the government will stay on the path of good governance and focus on effective delivery to people.He said the rating upgrade, and improvement in ease of doing business ranking, culminate into bringing confidence into India growth story.The US-based Moody’s has upgraded India’s sovereign rating after a gap of 13 years to Baa2 with a stable outlook.The rating action implies India is investment grade with moderate credit risk, which is two notches above the junk grade.”Our dharma is to stay on path of good governance and effective delivery to people of India. Endorsements, rating upgrade, certification, surveys, election results are incidental. We are working for people of India and people have endorsed us,” Goyal said.He said the number of BJP-supported government went up from six in 2014, to 18 today. “By next month they will be 19.and we are fast transitioning to a corruption free and Congress free India in the years to come,” he said.Goyal said the election results in Himachal Pradesh and Gujarat will be phenomenal.”In Himachal Pradesh, there are some people who are predicting as high as 58-60 seats for BJP. In Gujarat, people have seen the delivery of good governance for 22 years and I wouldn’t be at all hesitant to predict a 150 plus tally for BJP in Gujarat,” he said.Assembly elections in Gujarat are due next month.

Multi-agency teams to begin rly stn inspection today

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Around 150 officials across various government agencies will decide on an ideal ‘safe’ railway station in the next seven to 10 days. Starting from Tuesday, at least nine to 10 teams comprising around seven officials representing different departments and organisations will inspect all the railway stations on the Central and Western Railways line.On September 30, following the tragic stampede on a narrow foot-overbridge (FOB) at Elphinstone Road station, Union Railway Minister Piyush Goyal had announced that multi-agency teams would be formulated, who would inspect railway stations in detail.Sources said that on Monday, these teams conducted a dry run and some stations were checked. “These teams will visit the railway stations during morning and evening peak hours,” said a senior railway official on condition of anonymity.There are 136 railway stations on the Mumbai Suburban system, but these teams will inspect those on the Churchgate-Virar section of WR, and CSMT-Panvel, CSMT-Kalyan sections of CR, which bear the major load of commuters. The Kalyan-Karjat/Kasara route is also heavily crowded, but authorities will inspect selective stations here, where the commuter load is high.Sources said that there are four members from railways in each team, one each from commercial, engineering, Railway Police Force and construction, and the other members are from the Mumbai Police, Government Railway Police, Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA), and the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation. The teams will also include members from the respective corporations of Vasai Virar, Mira Bhayander, Kalyan Dombivali and Navi Mumbai in case of stations beyond Mumbai limits.There will be a videographer accompanying each team, who would document every location of a railway station. The teams will study all the FOBs, entry and exit points, ticket booking counters, platforms and food stalls where commuters are seen. The video and photo evidence will be used to identify the issues at each location of a station and will be used to come up with solutions accordingly.The officials will try to identify the problem areas or places where there are disturbances in smooth movement and engineering issues in terms of width and breadth. This process is expected to go on for a week or 10 days, after which a report will be submitted. In the last week of October, the first monthly meeting of the different government agencies will be chaired by state Education Minister Vinod Tawde.Senior railway officials said that they are planning to get a comprehensive report ready in time to be presented at this meeting. Once the report is submitted, the heads of departments from different agencies will come forward and chalk out solutions to the problems documented by these teams.

Day after Elphinstone stampede, Railway Minister Piyush Goyal says spend whatever is necessary on safety

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A day after Elphinstone train station stampede, Union Railways Minister Piyush Goyal on Saturday held a high-level meeting on railway safety in Mumbai.In a series of tweets, Goyal said that ‘We are turning a 150-year-old convention on its head’ making foot over bridge mandatory.He also said that within 15 months, CCTVs would be installed in Mumbai local trains.Meanwhile, the death toll in the stampede has gone up to 23 with a critically injured person succumbing at the KEM hospital on Saturday.The dean of the hospital, Avinash Supe, said the victim has been identified as Satyendra Kumar Kanojia who was in his late forties.”The patient was put on ventilator as soon as he was admitted to the hospital. We tried to save him but he succumbed to internal injuries,” the dean said.

Live: At least 3 killed, 25 injured in stampede at Elphinstone railway station in Mumbai

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>At least three people were killed and 25 others injured in a stampede at Elphinstone railway station in Mumbai on Friday.The incident took place at around 10:30 am due to a heavy crowd at the foot over bridge. The incident comes on the day when Railway Minister Piyush Goyal is in Mumbai. He was scheduled to board a local train at 1:00 pm at Vile Parle station.The injured have been rushed to KEM hospital.(More details are awaited)

CR’s main line new services will not start till November

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>On September 29, Union Railways Minister Piyush Goyal was to flag off new suburban train services on both Central Railway and Western Railway. However, the inauguration is riddled with problems as the Central Railway (CR) has decided to postpone running 16 additional services on its Main line from October to November.The CR is supposed to operate 14 more services on Trans-harbour line, 14 more services on Harbour and 16 services on Main line starting October. Senior officials from CR said that they have revised the schedule and 28 services on Harbour and Trans-harbour will be operational from October. “We have postponed 16 services on Main line to November,” said a senior CR official.Sources said the minister wants CR to run more train services on the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus-Thane section. But the authorities are resisting this as they claim that there is no space to add more services on this route.

CBI raids: Today is the day of accountability for the corrupt, says Piyush Goyal

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>On a day it was voted to power three years ago, the BJP on Tuesday, said this was the day of accountability for the corrupt after government agencies searched Congress leader P Chidambaram’s premises and properties allegedly linked to RJD chief Lalu Prasad.Union Minister Piyush Goyal rejected Chidambaram’s charge that he was being targeted for his columns critical of the government and claimed that the issue was why beneficiaries of the Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) gave “money to firms owned by his son”.”The former Union finance minister’s columns did not exactly set the Yamuna on fire,” Goyal told. The CBI carried out searches at several places linked to former Union minister Chidambaram and his son Karti over alleged favours granted in foreign investment clearance to a firm, INX Media, in 2007.
ALSO READ CBI raids: Chidambaram says govt wants to silence him; son Karti cries ‘political vendetta’Also, the Income Tax department conducted raids on at least 22 locations in Delhi and adjoining areas on charges of alleged benami deals worth Rs 1,000 crore linked to RJD chief Lalu Prasad and others. Goyal also said in its three years in power, the BJP has given an honest, scam-free government, a decisive leader and pro-poor thrust on governance.Goyal also claimed that for the first time ever, India “is the fastest growing large economy” in the world.

Remaining 4141 villages to be electrified by 2018- Goyal

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Inaugurating a state power ministers? conference here on Wednesday, Union Power Minister Piyush Goyal said, ?Power is the fulcrum around which an ecosystem can be created to give better quality of life to every citizen of India?. Delivering the inaugural address at the two-day event, Goyal said the objective of the conference is to review the work done in the sectors of power, coal, renewable energy and mining by state governments/union territories in last six months. Further, the conference intends to forge new policies for achieving the goal of providing 24×7 quality and affordable power for all in the stipulated time, upholding Prime Minister Narendra Modi?s vision of ?New India?, Goyal added. He stressed that this conference is an ?outcome focussed gathering? while reiterating the resolution taken in last state power ministers? conference in Vadodara to provide electricity to every household in the country by December 2018. He also noted that the challenges in achieving 24×7 power for all are not over yet and in the next three to four months, a final push is needed to electrify remaining 4141 un-electrified villages in the country. Talking about the transparency and accountability that a number of mobile apps and web portals have brought in the energy sector in India, Goyal said that transparency has been a hallmark of this government. The minister encouraged the esteemed gathering to put forward a collective, collaborative and cooperative approach of State and Central Government which will help in creating a corruption free power sector in the country. The conference was attended by ministers and senior government officers from 23 State/UT governments. Also present on the occasion were P.K. Pujari, Secretary, Power, Arun Kumar, Secretary, Mines, Rajeev Kapoor, Secretary, New and Renewable Energy along with senior officials of the Ministries and the CPSUs under them.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Clarify stand on Digvijaya’s comments: Dattatreya to Congress

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Union minister and BJP leader Bandaru Dattatreya today asked the Congress to clarify its stand on its general secretary Digvijaya Singh’s controversial comments on the Telangana Police. The Congress veteran, in a twitter post yesterday, alleged the Telangana Police have set up a “bogus” ISIS website to radicalise Muslim youth and encourage them to join the terrorist outfit. The TRS government denied the charge. “Why is the Congress party silent on Digvijaya’s comments? It should make its stand clear on the issue. A responsible leader like him (Singh) should not have made such comments,” Dattatreya said. “Many police personnel have lost their lives while discharging their duties. I request the Telangana government to act suitably (in the case),” he told reporters here. Following the comments two complaints were filed against the former Madhya Pradesh chief minister. Meanwhile, Dattatreya said the Telangana government has sought over Rs 2,300 crore fund from the Centre for bifurcating agricultural and non-agricultural power feeder lines. Dattatreya, the Lok Sabha MP from Secunderabad, said he will discuss the issue with Union Power Minister Piyush Goyal soon.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Power connections to be issued in one week in Haryana: Goyal

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Union Power Minister Piyush Goyal today said that from July 1 onwards, electricity connections would be issued within one week in Haryana. “All documents related to power connection would have to be submitted at the common service centres set up in villages,” Goyal said while speaking at a meeting held here today to review the functioning of the state power utilities. Goyal said both central and state governments were working in tandem in the field of energy saving. “The cost of LED bulb has been reduced by 88 per cent, and is now provided to people at Rs 65 only. The Union Power Ministry would provide 30 lakh LED bulbs to Haryana every month,” he said, according to an official release. Stating that there was no shortage of power, he directed the officers of power utilities to encourage people to pay their electricity bills so that 24-hour power could be supplied to them. Some good schemes are being implemented in the power sector in the state, he said. Under the Mhara Gaon-Jagmag Gaon scheme, 24-hour power is being supplied to villages where electricity meters have been installed outside houses and people are regularly paying their bills. Goyal directed the officers to work honestly and said the government would incentivise them. For the first time in the history of the country, electricity rates have been slashed by up to Rs 1.5 per unit. Power consumers should avail themselves of schemes of the government to get 24-hour power supply, he added. He urged the youth and students to connect with the honest system and encourage people to pay electricity bills and save energy. “Corruption would not be tolerated and if anyone is found guilty at any level strict action would be initiated against him,” he said. Electricity related complaints could be got registered at toll free number 1912, he added. Goyal said that ‘Urja Mitra’ App had been launched where data of every consumer had been uploaded. Through this application, consumers would be provided information about power supply in their areas through SMS.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

‘SP govt discriminating in power supply on religious grounds’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Union Power Minister Piyush Goyal today accused the Samajwadi Party government of discrimination in power supply on religious grounds in Uttar Pradesh. Goyal said only big houses in SP patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav’s Saifai village were getting 24-hour power supply whereas rest of the state was reeling under power cuts. He said UP Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav and senior SP leader Azam Khan have admitted their government does not act against those who had taken illegal power connection (locally called as ‘Katiya’) in Uttar Pradesh. Goyal warned those with illegal power connections to mend their ways, saying, “If BJP comes to power in UP it will not spare such dishonest people “and added that “we will not let such people enjoy illegal electricity in their houses on the hard earned money of honest men who pay their electricity bills on time and on whose money the entire state gets uninterrupted power supply”. Goyal also accused the Akhilesh-led UP government of discriminating in power supply on religious grounds. He alleged there are some areas in the state with large Muslim population that were getting power supply on priority basis. “Its really a serious issue that the UP government is discriminating in providing power connections to people,” he said. “Only big houses lined in Saifai village enjoy 24X7 uninterrupted power supply and rest of the state faces power cuts,” he said. Taking jibes at Akhilesh, Goyal said “Akhilesh does not need to take ‘Ganga Maiyya Ki Saugandh'”, saying the UP CM can check all the data regarding electricity supply on union government’s ‘Urja’ and ‘Garv’ apps. He said the state government’s electricity department stopped giving details regarding the amount of power supply to the union power ministry’s app on power supply fearing the truth would be discovered. Goyal exuded confidence that BJP was going to form the next government in Uttar Pradesh, after which it will bring an end to ‘Goondaraj’ in the state and free UP from corruption and work for its development. He said “BJP had promised in its UP assembly elections manifesto of providing not just soil health card to farmers but also energy efficient pumps for irrigating their farm lands,” adding “these pumps will function through their mobile phones via SMS and the next BJP-led state government here will even bear the charges of upkeep for next five years”.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

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