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Kolhapur station revamp plan sent to Railway Board

The Pune division of the Central Railway has sent a proposal for remodelling Kolhapur railway station to the Indian Railway board. The Chhatrapati Shahu Maharaj Terminus here has been included in the Indian Railways plan for redevelopment of station buildings where a private party will develop the station with modern facilities.

B K Dadabhoy, divisional railway manager from Pune, visited Kolhapur station on Wednesday morning and inspected the facilities. Dadabhoy was accompanied by senior divisional operations manager Ashok Kumar Tiwari, Chhatrapati Shahu Maharaj Terminus station manager Sugreev Meena.

“The remodelling proposal has been sent to the Railway Board for final approval. Once it is cleared, interested parties can be invited to send their ideas for developing the station. Three more railway tracks will come up on the Gemstones building side. This proposal is likely to be accepted and cleared in the next financial year and is a major development for Kolhapur station,” said Tiwari.

Shivnath Biyani, member of the zonal railway users consultative committee, said, “The Kolhapur railway station building is almost 100 year old. There is shortage of space and this is proving to be a major hurdle in providing modern facilities to passengers. The entire building can undergo redevelopment as it is not a part of a heritage structure.”

A proposal to redevelop about 400 railways stations in metros and major cities was cleared by the union government in July this year. The Central Railway decided to redevelop 33 stations in its zone with the help of private parties.

Under this model, interested parties coming through open bids would develop the stations with their designs and business ideas while commercial development of real estate would be allowed by the zonal railways. These parties will also get some freedom for commercial utilisation of the space to recover the amount they had invested in redeveloping the stations.

The Central Railway has already invited private parties for redeveloping 33 stations under its jurisdiction including Dadar, Kalyan, Nagpur, Pune and Kolhapur. It has stated that private party will get all necessary support for undertaking the work.Most of these stations are not only large in its size but also overcrowded. Most of its facilities for passengers are failing short to accommodate growing movements. The redevelopment proposal is aimed at addressing all the problems in one go so that facilities such as proper gates, waiting rooms, facilities for officers and handling of new machinery can be handled properly and effectively.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/kolhapur/Kolhapur-station-revamp-plan-sent-to-Railway-Board/articleshow/49666266.cms

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Posted by on November 5, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

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Deputy director of health saves railway official’s life aboard train

On Thursday, deputy director of health Dr Sanjay Jaiswal turned out to be a Good Samartian when he saved the life of Central Railway divisional engineer (DEN), headquarters, aboard Mumbai-Nagpur Duronto Express.

According to sources, DEN KA Farooqui started feeling dizzy in the wee hours while travelling in A1 coach of the train. He was sweating and vomiting. His pulse rate also slowed down.

At around 5.30am near Pulgaon station, the TTE concerned woke up Dr Jaiswal, who was travelling in the same coach. When Dr Jaiswal examined Farooqui, he suggested admission in Wardha. “The official looked pale and it was an emergency case,” said Dr Jaiswal.

Dr Jaiswal called up regional manager Dr Uke of Maharashtra Emergency Medical Services (MEMS), a project of the state government under the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM), who immediately arranged for an ambulance at Wardha station.

When the train reached Wardha, the ambulance was ready and Farooqui was immediately shifted to ICU in Sevagram Hospital.

Central Railway PRO PD Patil confirmed that Farooqui had taken ill but his condition is reported to be stable and he has reached Nagpur.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/nagpur/Deputy-director-of-health-saves-railway-officials-life-aboard-train/articleshow/49588648.cms?

 
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Posted by on November 1, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

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Pune railway station set for Rs 100cr revamp

Pvt Players To Give Facelift To Dadar, Kalyan, Nagpur As Well
The Central Railway has invited private parties for redevelopment of 33 stations in its jurisdiction, including Pune, Kolhapur, Dadar, Kalyan and Nagpur.The railways would support the private party to get the clearance for undertaking construction works at stations. For redevelopment of each station, around Rs 100 crore expenditure is expected. Once the private party invests the amount, it would be allowed to recover the investment through commercial utilisation of some railway space.

The contract between the railway and the developing party could be for 45 years. Most of these stations, hich are not only large in size which are not only large in size but also overcrowded, lacks in facilities for passengers. The redevelopment proposal is aimed at addressing all the problems in one go so that amenities such as proper gates, waiting rooms, facilities for officers and handling of new machinery are available.

In July , the Union governemnt cleared a proposal to redevelop about 400 railway stations in metros and major cities, besides pilgrim centres and tourist spots. Taking it further, the Central Railway decided to redevelop 33 stations in its jurisdiction. Under the plan, private parties coming through open bids would develop stations with their designs and business ide as, while commercial develop ment of real estate would be al lowed by the zonal railways These parties would also get so me freedom for commercial ut ilisation of the space to recover the amount they invest in redeveloping the stations.

“The `as is where is’ model would entail a much simpler process for faster redevelopment, with more focus on vertical expansion. The ` A A-1′ and ` category stations (about 400) would be offered for redevelop ment by inviting open bids from interested parties,“ said A K Singh, senior public relations officer of Central Railway .

“These stations would be developed by leveraging real estate development of land and air space in and around the stations,“ another senior official said, adding that the model would also encourage innovative ideas from interested parties “at no cost to the railways“.

The entire expenses would be borne by the developing authority so that the company co uld complete the works fast.

The `as is where is’ model was floated by the railways to redevelop a large number of stations as the Indian Stations Development Corporation could undertake redevelopment of only a few identified stations. Earlier, moves to redevelop stations and transforming them into world-class facilities had met with little success.

“Railway minister Suresh Prabhu had said that the existing processes for redevelopment are time-consuming as there are several stages invol ved. During a meeting in Kolha pur in January , Prabhu had proposed local cooperative or ganisations to come forward to create corpus for redevelop ment of railway stations. The city-based Chhatrapati Shahu Maharaj Terminus is comple ting 125 years. Hence, it will be a great gift to the citizens as well,“ said Mohan Shete, former station manager of the terminus.

The concept include `inception and pre-feasibility report’ appointment of architect, tech nical consultants, financial and legal consultants, in-principle approval of local authorities request for qualification, short listing of bidders, and request for technical proposals.

 
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Posted by on October 27, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

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CST TO GET A JET BATH

The Central Railway has begun cleaning and repairing several sections of the CST heritage building in the new phase of restoration that will be completed by March next year.

Officials are not using any chemicals, which could ruin the look of the UNESCO world heritage site, and are instead relying on brushes and a high pressure water jet to clean the darkened exterior.

Four spiral staircases are being repaired along with the handrail of the central dome balcony and the stone parapet on the first and second floors. The stained glass windows, one of the most striking features of CST, are also being fixed.

Defaced gargoyles and damaged original flooring are being restored, and a new 1,000-sq ft garden is being constructed on the eastern side of the building.

The Rs 1.5-crore project is being executed by a private firm. “The work should be completed in three to four months,” said CR general manager Sunil Kumar Sood.

http://www.mumbaimirror.com/mumbai/others/CST-to-get-a-jet-bath/articleshow/49512111.cms

 
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Posted by on October 24, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

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CR starts emergency med rooms at Thane, Panvel stns on PPP model

The first Emergency Medical Rooms (EMR) through public private partnership to provide treatment within the Golden Hour — the time immediately after an injury is sustained — to railway accident victims were inaugurated at Thane and Panvel stations on Thursday.

The first EMR, funded entirely from railway resources, is operational at Dadar station after an HC order, on a PIL, on such medical facilities at stations. The EMRs are to be set up at all station on the Western, Central and Harbour lines where more than 100 deaths have occurred in a year.

At Thane, the EMR, to be handled by Aarogyam, was inaugurated on platform no. 1 near the station manager’s cabin by MP Rajan Vichare. At Panvel, the facility will be handled by Lifeline hospital.

However, Central Railway authorities were unaware of the inauguration. “It reflects badly on the CR administration as such a life-saving initiative has not been publicized. People should have been told in advance about such an important facility. CR should inform commuters about the location of EMRs and their contact numbers,” said divisional rail users’ consultative committee member Jitesh Matalia.

Western Railway has decided to appoint doctors and paramedics at its EMRs from its own funds and will not allow them to attend to patients other than railway accident victims. CR, on the other hand, has decided that its emergency rooms can be run by private doctors as clinics.

Whether qualified doctors use them as clinics or they function as chemist shops with trained paramedics, they will have to give priority to rail mishap victims and ensure treatment within the Golden Hour. The EMR service provider will have to ensure that emergency patients are rushed to hospital by ambulance or by other safe means as soon as they are brought by co-passengers or GRP/RPF.

The EMRs will handle medical emergencies arising due to commuters falling from train, run over cases, etc, free of cost. In between, they can be used to offer consultancy to other patients. The space for the EMR and water and electricity will be provided by the railways.

At Thane, CR will earn a licence fee of Rs 2.4 lakh per annum. At Panvel, the space will be leased out at Rs 25,000 per year. The operators have permission to run the EMRs for three years.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/mumbai/CR-starts-emergency-med-rooms-at-Thane-Panvel-stns-on-PPP-model/articleshow/49497404.cms

 
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Posted by on October 23, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

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29 CR, 11 WR stations adopted to ensure cleanliness

With an aim to keep Indian Railways stations neat and clean, 29 and 11 stations of Central and Western Railway respectively have been adopted by different social, non-governmental organisations and charitable institutes.
The move by the organisations is aimed at meeting the target of ‘Swachh Bharat Abhiyan’ launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi last year.

The adoption of station by charitable institutions, social organisations and NGOs is a new concept initiated under ‘Swachh Rail u2013 Swachh Bharat Abhiyan’ of Indian Railways initiated by Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu, the Railways said in a statement.
“To get the ‘Swachh rail’ actualised, prominent charitable Institutions, social organisations and NGOs were contacted by Central and Western Railways regarding adoption of stations and support in taking forward the campaign with active participation of its volunteers/social workers.

“Matunga station has been adopted by Welinkgar Institute, Vadala Road station by Vidyalankar Institute and Dadar station by Nerolac Paints. Apart from this, cleaning drive has already been started at GTB Nagar, Nahur, Chembur, Kanjurmarg, Vidyavihar, Kings Circle, Bhandup and Ghatkopar stations with the initiative by various institutes and organisations,” it said.
Rotary International has come forward by accepting the challenge to fulfil the social cause by adopting various stations of Central and Western Railway (WR).

Yesterday, Rotary International District 3140 adopted eight stations – Thane, Dombivali, Govandi and Mankhurd of Central Railway (CR) and Borivali, Kandivali, Bandra and Khar Road of Western Railway.

“Rotary is involved in series of humanitarian efforts and it is in sync with various initiatives proposed by PM Narendra Modi,” a volunteer with the organisation said.

“Through these proactive efforts of the Central and Western Railway authorities and the Rotary, we expect a face-lift of the stations, cleaner and healthier toilet blocks, awareness to the travelling public on various health and safety issues and a high sense of belonging to the commuters towards the public property,” a senior officer of the Central Railways said.

http://www.financialexpress.com/article/economy/indian-railways-29-cr-11-wr-stations-adopted-to-ensure-cleanliness/151305/

 
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Posted by on October 17, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

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CR to relay real-time updates for commuters

Announcements to include incidents like snapping of overhead cables, rail fractures, point failures and derailments; updates to be provided in Siemens rakes only

After being jeered at, booed and cursed for years, the Central Railway (CR) seems to have finally decoded the reason for commuters’ ire.

Workers repair a snapped overhead cable near Byculla station. With the upgraded system, commuters will receive timely announcements about untoward incidents. File pic for representation

It has been learnt that the CR has commenced the process of upgrading the existing announcement system inside Siemens rakes to provide commuters with real time updates about untoward incidents.

Of the total 121 rakes, the system has been upgraded inside 59 rakes. Sources said CR has 64 Siemens rakes, of which five were recently received from the Western Railway (WR), the rest are retrofitted rakes. They added the administration is phasing out the old rakes systematically, and has retired around 11 rakes in the last three months.

“Other retrofitted rakes don’t have the announcement system. So we are improving the ones present in Siemens rakes, by trying to provide as much real time information as possible,” said a CR official. The official added that the railways have started relaying ‘mind the gap between platform and train’ message inside local trains. Earlier, the announcement was restricted to ‘not to travel on rooftop’.

Prevailing issues
Earlier, no announcements were made in case of untoward incidents like a technical glitch, snapping of overhead cables, rail fractures, point failures or even derailments, which left the commuters clueless and fuming.

Time and again, passengers’ associations have registered complaints about commuters receiving no or minimal information in case of a technical failure on the suburban system. Commuters claimed that such announcements are only made at railway stations and that too once in a while.

– See more at: http://www.mid-day.com/articles/mumbai-cr-to-relay-real-time-updates-for-commuters/16584165#sthash.7wdqVzFe.BVYjbnt3.dpuf

 
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Posted by on October 5, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

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