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  • CMRL announced that it has been conferred with Award of Commendable Initiative in the category of Best Urban Mass Transit Project at the award function held under 12th Urban Mobility India Conference at Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh from 15-17th Nov, 2019 organised by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, Govt. Of India. The award was presented by Dr. Dinesh Sharma, Dy. Chief Minister, Uttar Pradesh in the presence of Shri Ashutosh Tandon, Minister of Urban Development, Uttar Pradesh, Shri A K Saseendran , Transport Minister, Kerala, Shri Durga Shankar Mishra, [...]
  • Nagpur:  A 2-member team of Commissioner of Metro Rail Safety (CMRS) conducted inspection of MahaMetro Nagpur’s Orange & Aqua Line project. The inspection went on for the whole day and the team conducted inspection at Stations and other major project locations. More Information: The team was led by Janak Kumar Garg, Commissioner of Metro Rail Safety (CMRS), Maha Metro officials led by Managing Director Dr Brijesh Dixit briefed the team about the project. The two-member team was given a detail presentation on the overall progress achieved by the Nagpur Metro [...]
  • Union Minister of State of Railways Shri Suresh Angadi, on Nov 15 2019, inspected the soon-to-be-commissioned Tunda-Khurja section of the Eastern Dedicated Freight Corridor (EDFC), which will stretch from Punjab’s Ludhiana to Howrah in Bengal and be completed by December 2021. More Informatiion: He said, in the coming days, India will become the “manufacturing hub of the world”. The 194-km long fully electrified rail route between New Bhadan and Khurja in Uttar Pradesh, part of the Eastern DFC, will carry mostly iron and coal to Mughal Sarai, Tatanagar and Chakradharpur [...]
  • Ahmedabad: Construction for the phase-2 of the Metro rail project between Motera in Ahmedabad and Mahatma Mandir in Gandhinagar, covering a distance of 28.2-km, is expected to begin in June 2020 and completed by 2024, officials said. More Information: In February, the Union Cabinet had approved phase-2 of the project connecting the twin cities of Ahmedabad and Gandhinagar. Chief Minister Vijay Rupani, on Nov 17 2019, chaired a meeting to know the progress of the metro rail project. During the meeting, Mr. SS Rathod, Managing Director, Gujarat Metro Rail Corporation [...]
  • Kanpur: The priority section of the Metro rail project from IIT-Kanpur to Moti Jheel is expected to be completed by December 2021. Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Shri Yogi Adityanath launched the civil construction work for the Kanpur Metro”s priority section on 15th November, 2019. More Information: Addressing the gathering, he said metro trains will soon run in Kanpur too, adding that he has instructed the authorities to complete the first phase of the work at the earliest. Preparations have been made to build the pillar of the metro overbridge from [...]
  • The MMRDA desires to appoint Consultants / Non-governmental Organizations (NGOs) to carry out a Social Impact Assessment and conduct social management planning/resettlement planning for Multi-Modal Corridor (Navghar to Balavali) project, being undertaken for implementation in four different packages with the proposed financial assistance from Multi-lateral / bilateral agencies. The period of engagement will be for 6 months for the assignment. Detailed Request for Proposal (RFP) document including terms of reference and other requirements are provided on https://mmrda.maharashtra.gov.in Consultants / NGOs interested in providing the above services and satisfying the following [...]
  • Alstom will supply ten electric locomotives to Indian Railways in FY 2019-20. Alstom has delivered prototype locomotive in March 2018. Based on the test results, Alstom has redesigned the complete locomotive including bogies. The new design of locomotive has been inspected by RDSO at Madhepura factory and cleared for dispatch from factory. More Information: After test and trials Alstom will accelerate the delivery schedule and supply 10 locomotives in FY 2019-20 and 90 locomotives in FY 2020-21 and 100 locomotives per year beyond March 2021 as per their recovery plan. [...]
  • Mumbai: Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) on Friday announced a USD 500-million loan to help build rail and road infrastructure in the megapolis. With this, the developmental bank’s overall commitment to the country has gone up to nearly USD 3 billion, making it the largest borrower with a 30% share. More Information: India is the second largest shareholder after China, and has already committed USD 2.9 billion in capital already. The USD 500-million loan for the Mumbai Urban Transport Project-3 (MUTP-3) will be for 35 years and local authorities will [...]
  • Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Shri Yogi Adityanath launched the civil construction work for the Kanpur Metro‘s priority section, from IIT-Kanpur to Moti Jheel, on Friday. The chief minister launched the project after a “Bhoomi Pujan” at the main gate of IIT-K. More Information: Addressing the gathering, he said metro trains will soon run in Kanpur too, adding that he has instructed the authorities to complete the first phase of the work at the earliest. Union Minister for Housing and Urban Affairs Hardeep Singh Puri also attended the inauguration programme. Preparations [...]
  • An ECoR (East Coast Railways) official said, the Railways is targetting to complete the electrification of the 56-km long Lanjigarh Road-Junagarh and 90-km long Naupada-Gunupur lines in Odisha by the end of 2019. More Information: He said, the work in the Lanjigarh Road-Junagarh branch line of the Vizianagaram-Titilagarh-Raipur route and Naupada-Gunupur branch line of Howrah-Chennai route is being done on a war footing. The official said, the electrification of the Lanjigarh Road-Junagarh line will cost Rs 62 crore, while the Naupada-Gunupur line will cost Rs 105 crore. He said, electrification [...]

Additional Insights

  • As growth stagnated around the world in the latter part of this decade, India was often the country bucking the trend. With projected growth of 8% per year from 2016, the belief was that India would go from strength to strength, improving exponentially as its competitors hit the wall. Yet growth has slowed in the past two years, and currently rests at 6.8%. While this is by no means bad [...]
  • Author : Mr. Manu Srivastava ( Managing Partner ) HLS Global in India, Indian Railways PracticeAfter decades of negative headlines, Indian Railways (IR) are enjoying some positive news. Rail companies from foreign countries are keen to invest in IR projects and see opportunities in the sector for the next 10-20 years. India is poised to be one of the largest markets for companies operating in the railway industry After decades [...]
  • European Train Control System (ETCS): Introduction: European Railway Traffic Management System (ERTMS) is evolved to harmonize cross-border rail connections for seamless operations across European nations. ERTMS is stated to be the most per formant train control system which brings significant advantages in terms of safety, reliability, punctuality and traffic capacity. ERTMS is evolving as a global standard. Many countries outside Europe – US, China, Taiwan, South Korea and Saudi Arabia [...]
  • Introduction: Indian Railways is planning to upgrade its entire rail network with modern signals and anti-train collision system. Right now the signaling system on the vast Indian Railways network does not have the modern signaling system but Indian railways are in the process of upgrading the entire signaling system in the next few years with the Anti-collision technology. With newer technologies being utilized, The cabinet cleared the plan to upgrade the [...]
  • INTRODUCTION: Indian Railways Locomotive drivers, while driving the train, rely purely on visual clues and visual images besides the aspect of Signal to look out for obstruction on track ahead to prevent collision or mishap. This defines the development of TRI-NETRA on Indian Railway locomotives and any other self propelled vehicles .  WHAT IS TRI-NETRA TECHNOLOGY: The TRI-NETRA is the abbreviation for Terrain Imaging for Drivers Infrared, Enhanced, and Optical [...]

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