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Today (00:21) Indian rail fastening factory opened (
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INDIA: The Pandrol Rahee Technologies joint venture of rail fastening supplier Pandrol and infrastructure contractor Rahee Group has opened a fastening manufacturing plant in Hyderabad.
The 3 500 m2 facility has includes an automated clip forming line with an advanced coating technology process. It is expected to produce 4 million clips per year, mainly for the Indian market.
‘We have made a very significant investment in our manufacturing capabilities in India, which we see as a key market growth sector over the next decade’, said Pradeep Khaitan of Pandrol Rahee Technologies. ‘Investing in a
new manufacturing facility will mean we are best placed to service customers and capitalise on this growth. It will also give us greater capacity to respond to market requirements while creating new employment in the region. This will be a world class facility for rail fastening manufacture, fully supporting the Make in India policy of the Indian government.’
Pandrol also has a facility in Raipur which manufactures aluminothermic welding equipment and light track machines.
Today (00:15) Calcutta crosses the last Metro hurdle (
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Rail gate to ease access to Noapara-Dakshineswar site
A temporary level crossing has been set up to speed up the Noapara-Dakshineswar Metro project at a site from which encroachments had been removed about a year ago but access remained a challenge because of rail tracks encircling it.
The 350m stretch is like an island amidst parallel tracks of Eastern Railway’s Sealdah Main and Sealdah-Dankuni sections on either side.
Metro site under Kamarhati Municipality used to have 352 illegal hutments collectively known as Rajiv Nagar Colony. The hutments were removed in 2017 when the state government agreed, after years of stonewalling, to help the railways reclaim its land.
Rail Vikas Nigam Ltd (RVNL), the implementing agency for the Noapara-Dakshineswar Metro line, had barely rejoiced at the encroachments being removed when a new challenge presented itself.
Since the Sealdah Main section is a busy route with long-distance trains passing by through the night, accessibility to the site was a perennial hiccup. The only side from which the site could be reached has two tracks, one for Sealdah-bound trains and another leading to the car shed.
“We had to put sandbags on the tracks to allow heavy vehicles like transit mixers with readymix concrete to reach the construction site,” a railway official said.
Once the vehicles had passed, the sandbags would be removed for trains to cross that stretch. “Rail traffic could be blocked for a maximum of three to four hours at night, which was inadequate given our requirements,” an engineer said.
Now that the pillars have been constructed, heavier vehicles and cranes with a load of 75 to 100 tonnes would be required to move and place the girders. Railway officials said the strategy of putting sandbags on the tracks for these vehicles to cross over wasn’t feasible.
“This is the reason why a temporary level crossing has been built. The level crossing will be there for six months. After construction is complete, the gate will be dismantled. The guard room will be used for railway infrastructure,” a senior railway official said on Monday.
The level crossing became operational last Saturday and the cranes and other heavy vehicles will start arriving in a week.
Till the land deadlock was broken, the Rajiv Nagar Colony site had been the one critical stretch of the Noapara-Dakshineswar Metro that could potentially derail the entire project. Railway officials said they expected to make the route operational in 2019-20. The site is barely a kilometre and a half from Dakshineswar and less than a kilometre from the Noapara Metro station.
RVNL has built a 600-metre stretch of road off Belghoria Expressway to ferry construction materials to the site.
Today (00:14) Rail roko at Dadar on Ola, Uber issue (
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MUMBAI: A group of 20-25 person protesting for Ola and Uber driver stages a rail roko at Dadar station this morning.The rail roko was for seven minutes while police took away the protesters. Train services were restored back to normalcy subsequently.The Maharashtra Rajya Rashtriya Kamgar Sangh which had called a strike of Ola and Uber Drivers lately said they had nothing to do with the WR agitation on tracks. The union had called off the strike yesterday after meeting chief minister Devendra Fadnavis.
Today (00:12) Punjab: 7 farmer leaders booked for disrupting railway traffic (
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For blocking a railway track for 30 hours and disrupting services of 44 trains, the Railway Protection Force ( RPF) booked seven farmers’ leaders by name and 150 unidentified persons. Farmers had disrupted rail traffic on the busy Jalandhar-Jammu rail route from Saturday afternoon till Sunday evening.
Meanwhile, farmers met the cane commissioner of Punjab, Jaswant Singh, on Monday. No private miller turned up, barring Dasuya Sugar Mill officials. Also, cane commissioner ensured the release of Rs 25 crore to farmers Monday on the behalf of cooperative mills and assured the remaining in the next 10 days.
of Rs 450 crore, Rs 217 crore is pending towards nine Cooperative mills and remaining Rs 233 crore is pending against the seven private mills. About private mills’ dues, he assured to get the amount released before the start of the crushing season at the end of this month.
The farmers’ leaders who were booked included Manjit Singh Rai of Purhiran village, president of BKU Doaba, Sukhpal Singh, Balwinder Singh Aulkh, Hardev Singh, Jaswant Singh Happy, Gurpreet Singh, Baldev Singh Shekhawat.
A tractor was also mentioned in the FIR. “We have booked one tractor which was parked on the railway track as we have booked it by its registration number and its owner will be found soon,” said RPF officials adding that more name would be added after identifying them.
Today (00:10) Inquiry into Amritsar train tragedy complete (
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Chandigarh: The magisterial probe into the Amritsar train tragedy, in which 61 lives were lost on Dussehra last month, is over and Jalandhar divisional commissioner B Purushartha would submit his report to the state government on Tuesday. The incident had taken political overtones with SAD seeking a police case against cabinet minister Navjot Singh Sidhu's wife, Navjot Kaur, as she was the chief guest at the function where accident happened.Sources said the report runs into about 100 pages along with 200 pages of annextures that look into various aspects of the accident and the role of agencies, including the district administration, the organizers and the railways staff deputed at the crossing. The statements of the witnesses are apart from the main report.Sources said though the one-month deadline set for the inquiry expired on Monday, the report could not be submitted due to unavailability of the official concerned in the home department....
Even though Navjot Kaur, ex-MLA from the area, had appeared before the commission, her minister husband had excused himself with a note to the commission, saying he was not present in the state when the accident took place. The commission had on October 31 summoned the couple to appear before it. Akalis had demanded Sidhu's sacking, besides action against the organizers for not taking due precautions.The inquiry was ordered by chief minister Amarinder Singh after the October 19 train tragedy on Dussehra festival that had a speeding train run over people standing on rail tracks near Joda Phatak of Amritsar to watch the effigy of Ravana go up in smoke.When contacted, Purushartha confirmed that the inquiry was complete and the report was ready.
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