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    7th PHD Gloobal Rail Convention-2020

    The PHD Convention will focus on the creation of an Ecosystem of Innovations & Partnerships to address the myriad challenges in both Passenger & Freight, to ensure optimal utilization of its existing resource base while adopting and deploying new technology solutions from around the globe. Representatives from Related Ministries; Railway [...]
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    Semi-high speed train to connect Pune and Nashik

    The Central Railway has recently given approval to the revised Detailed Project Report (DPR) for the Pune-Nashik Green Field Semi High Speed Double Line between Pune and Nashik. This semi-high speed train will complete the journey within 2 hours. Salient features of the project: Length: 235 Km Speed Potential: Semi [...]
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    Three Metro lines in Pune to be operational by 2022

    Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting Prakash Javdekar recently expressed confidence that three lines of Pune Metro will be operational in the year 2022. He was speaking in Pune at a press conference held following the ‘Disha’ meeting of the District Development Coordination and Monitoring Committee. More Information: The work [...]
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    Rs 3,100 crore allocated for Chennai Metro’s Phase-2 project

    Chennai: In the state budget for the FY 2020-21, the Tamil Nadu government has allocated sum of Rs 3,100 crore for the second phase of Chennai Metro Rail project as share capital assistance, subordinate debt and pass through loan assistance. More Information: The second phase of the Chennai Metro Rail [...]

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  • The PHD Convention will focus on the creation of an Ecosystem of Innovations & Partnerships to address the myriad challenges in both Passenger & Freight, to ensure optimal utilization of its existing resource base while adopting and deploying new technology solutions from around the globe. Representatives from Related Ministries; Railway Organizations-RDSO; ICF; MCF; RCF , IRCTC & Other relevant Railway organizations-Siemens,Wabtec,Alstom and more ; Industry Captains & Experts, Relevant Industry Stakeholders (national & international) and many more stakeholders from the allied industries will also be joining us and addressing the [...]
  • The Central Railway has recently given approval to the revised Detailed Project Report (DPR) for the Pune-Nashik Green Field Semi High Speed Double Line between Pune and Nashik. This semi-high speed train will complete the journey within 2 hours. Salient features of the project: Length: 235 Km Speed Potential: Semi high speed with 200 KMPH Travel time from Pune to Nashik: 2:00 hrs Stations proposed: 24 Tunnels: 20 Project Cost: Approx. 16039 Crores (Including Taxes) Completion period: 1200 Days from financial closure More Information: The revised DPR was submitted by [...]
  • Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting Prakash Javdekar recently expressed confidence that three lines of Pune Metro will be operational in the year 2022. He was speaking in Pune at a press conference held following the ‘Disha’ meeting of the District Development Coordination and Monitoring Committee. More Information: The work has been completed from Phugewadi to Sant Tukaram Nagar and Anand Nagar to Garware College Metro line, the Minister informed. It will be operational by the end of March this year, he said. The initial process for the Hinjewadi Metro [...]
  • Chennai: In the state budget for the FY 2020-21, the Tamil Nadu government has allocated sum of Rs 3,100 crore for the second phase of Chennai Metro Rail project as share capital assistance, subordinate debt and pass through loan assistance. More Information: The second phase of the Chennai Metro Rail project will cover a total length of 118.9 km. The state government has also requested the Union Government to provide around 50% equity share capital, in line with the phase one of the Chennai metro project. In last year’s budget, [...]
  • Kochi Metro Rail Limited (KMRL) is set to extend metro rail service from Thykoodam to Petta. First trial run on the Kochi Metro‘s new stretch from Thykoodam to Petta was completed on Feb 15. With this phase-1 of metro rail is nearing completion. More Information: The inauguration of Thykoodam to Petta route will be held March last or April first week. During the trial run which commenced from Thykoodam, the officials reviewed the tracks and the functioning of the third rail which generates power. At 8.20 in the morning, the [...]
  •  Alstom announces on 17 February 2020 that it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Bombardier Inc. and Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (“CDPQ”) in view of the acquisition of Bombardier Transportation. Post-transaction, Alstom will have a backlog of around €75bn and revenues around €15.5bn[1]. The price for the acquisition of 100% of Bombardier Transportation shares will be €5.8bn to €6.2bn[2] which will be paid via a mix of cash and new Alstom shares. CDPQ will reinvest c.€2bn corresponding to 100% of cash proceeds to be received from the sale [...]
  • The Indian Railways has launched its third IRCTC operated train named Kashi Mahakal Express from Varanasi to Indore. Prime Minister Narendra Modi on February 16 flagged off the Kashi Mahakal Express via video conferencing from Varanasi. More Information: The Kashi Mahakal Express will connect three places — Jyotirlinga-Omkareshwar (near Indore), Mahakaleshwar (Ujjain) and Kashi Vishwanath (at Varanasi). Also connecting the industrial and educational hub of Indore, with Bhopal. The train will begin its commercial run from February 20. The Kashi Mahakal Express will operate three days a week. It will [...]
  • The National High Speed Rail Corporation of India (NHSRCL) has invited bids for carrying out preliminary route development (alignment and aerial design) for Chennai-Bengaluru-Mysuru high speed rail corridor, according to reports. More Information: Meanwhile, the Chennai-Bengaluru-Mysuru route is among 6 sections for high speed and semi-high speed corridors for which the tenders for route development have been called. Earlier, a German expert delegation had carried out a technical feasibility study for running trains at high speeds of 300 kmph, it said. “The work on preliminary route alignment, likely to be [...]
  • The Union Minister Shri Prakash Javadekar, on 14 Feb 2020, reviewed the progress of Pune Metro Rail Project. The Minister announced that the 12-km long stretch of first and second phases of the Pune Metro Rail Project will be completed by March 2020. More Information: He did this, as Chairperson of the District Development Coordination and Monitoring Committee (DISHA), at the DISHA meeting held in Pune on 14 Feb 2020. He informed that the foundation stone for the Hinjewadi Line will also be laid by next month. The Union Minister [...]
  • The cabinet secretary along with the chairman, railway board, secretary in the department of personnel and training as well as the department of expenditure will form the ‘Committee of Secretaries‘ to oversee the restructuring of railways, sources said. More Information: Such a committee will assist the Group of Ministers to form the final contours of the restructured railways which will consist of a pruned railway board and a single cadre management system. Officials said that the process being called an ‘alternate mechanism’ will take a year. Earlier, the cabinet had [...]

Additional Insights

  • Evolution is essence of continuous rapid metamorphosis of the universe. And Science, application of awareness & knowledge to make human life comfortable, is enabler of all breakthrough and disruption innovations. Humankind being experiencing the revolutionized growth as that is evident from various industrialization which started 150 years back from Industry 1.0 to currently on verge of Industry 4.0. This not only made possible to connect global population through breakthrough information [...]
  • The construction work for Delhi Metro’s Phase 4 was formally started today at Haiderpur Badli Mor in the presence of DMRC’s Managing Director, Dr. Mangu Singh and other senior officials. Piling work was commenced at Haiderpur Badli Mor as part of the Phase 4’s first civil contract which was awarded last month for the construction of a portion of the Janakpuri West – R. K Ashram Marg Corridor (Extension of Line – [...]
  • In the Union Budget 2019-20, it was estimated that an investment of Rs 50 lakh crores would be needed for railway infrastructure between 2018-2030. Railway projects are not conceived/executed on State/Union Territory basis. Investment in Railways is mobilized  from a mix of sources including budgetary and extra budgetary resources through institutional finance and Public Private Partnership (PPP). A part of investment in the area of completion of tracks, rolling stock [...]
  • Introduction: Nowadays with the rising concern over the viability of the cost of metro rail projects, especially in smaller cities, the Central government of India is planning to promote Light Rail Transit System as an alternative mass rapid transport system in urban areas.  Light rail transit (LRT) is a form of urban rail transit using rolling stock similar to a tramway, but operating at a higher capacity, and often on [...]
  • 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 [...]

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