Updates : 25.10.2016
MoU signed for Kandla Port-Jaisalmer new Railway line
An MoU has been signed for laying a new railway line between Jaisalmer (Jodhpur Divison/NWR) and Kandla Port (Ahmedabad Division/WR) and hopefully the work will start in next six months, said Anil Singhal, General Manager, North Western Railway on Monday during his visit to Jaisalmer, a famous Online News paper reported
The Gujarat and Rajasthan State Governments will proportionately share the cost of the project with Indian Railways. Similarly, the first phase of railway dedicated freight corridor will get completed by 2018.
He said the project has been approved and the process of laying the railway line from Jaisalmer to Bhabhar has been started.
This line will prove useful in supplying necessary items to the defence. Singhal added that at leading railway stations, RO plants will be set up. A and B plus category stations of Jodhpur division are included in this.
The Railway Budget 2016 has allocated Rs.3,530 crore for various projects in the state raising allocation by 17% against the Rs.3,066 crore allocated in 2015-16. Eight flyovers and 36 underpasses across Gujarat have also been announced. The budget has also announced the electrification of Samakhiyali-Kandla-Mundra port and Rajkot-Sikka-Okha line in a joint venture. With the Rajkot-Okha stretch, electric trains would now be able to run right from Mumbai to Okha.
Apart from forming a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) for the ambitious bullet train between Ahmedabad-Mumbai, to be built with Japanese assistance, Prabhu announced that railways would enter into an agreement with the state government for Ahmedabad suburban trains. The SPV will be floated shortly.
Besides these long-term projects, Prabhu also announced survey for two lines including Valsad-Dharampur-Waghai and Delvada-Kodinar-Veraval routes.
A provision was also made for a new broad gauge line between Bhimnath and Dholera as well as conversion from meter gauge to broad gauge on Dhabhoi-Chandod extending up to Rajpipla and Chuchapura-Navsari-Tankhala route.
Updates : 20.10.2016
Ministry of Railways sign MoU with Ministry of Urban DevelopmentGovernment of Indian announced through a press release that, Railway stations and surrounding areas to be redeveloped under Smart City Plans. Station, adjoining area of 300 – 800 acres in each of Smart Cities and AMRUT cities to be redeveloped. Joint Venture for each redevelopment project for speedy implementation. Following are the details.
In a major initiative, railway stations and adjoining areas will be redeveloped on Smart City lines for enhancing passenger amenities, easy access to stations, enabling optimal utilization of land at railway stations, as a part of Smart City development.
A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed today in this regard by the Ministries of Urban Development and Railways in the presence of Shri M.Venkaiah Naidu and Shri Suresh Prabhu. Dr.Sameer Sharma, Mission Director, Smart City Mission and Shri Rajiv Chaudhary, Advisor, Ministry of Railways signed the MoU.
Both the Ministers lauded the joint initiative as a historic landmark that brings synergy in development of smart cities since there can’t be a smart city without a smart railway station. Shri M.Venkaiah Naidu said on the occasion that this convergence based city development will result in qualitative improvement in city life. He suggested involvement of local people in redevelopment plans.
Shri Naidu suggested that to begin with 10 cities could be taken up for the proposed redevelopment with the involvement of National Buildings Construction Corporation(NBCC) which has successfully executed redevelopment projects on self-financing basis. These cities are : Sarai Rohilla (Delhi), Bhubaneswwar, Lucknow, Varnasi, Jaipur, Kota, Thane, Margao(Goa), Tirupati and Puducherry. This was agreed to by Railway Minister.
Minister of Railways Shri Suresh Prabhu said that railway stations have been the core of city development and have become congested over time and their redevelopment offers immense opportunities for changing city landscape. Stating that redevelopment work of Habibganj railway station has already been awarded and plans for Anand Vihar (Delhi), Surat, Bijwasan and Gandhinagar are in advanced stage. He said that several countries like Germany, France, Japan, South Korea, UK and Belgium have showed interest in redevelopment and a Round Table of domestic and overseas bankers will be organized next week to discuss financing of these redevelopment projects.
To be implemented first in the 100 cities included in the Smart City Mission, redevelopment of railway stations will be undertaken in AMRUT (Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation) and HRIDAY (Heritage Infrastructure Development and Augmentation Yojana) cities extending the scope of the MoU to over 500 cities.
Railway station and the adjoining area in each of these cities will be redeveloped on the lines of Area Based Development provided in the Smart City Mission Guidelines. Average cost of redevelopment of identified area of about 500 acres in the Smart City Plans of 60 cities approved so far comes to about Rs.1,500 cr. The proposed redevelopment involving railway stations envisages improving passenger amenities, easy access to stations, integrated public transport hub, waiting halls and other amenities for passengers, development of residential and commercial spaces etc.
The joint initiative of the Ministries of Urban Development and Railways widens the smart city development to one more area in each of the mission cities with each city required to select one area under respective Smart City Plans in the first phase.
The MoU proposes two Joint Venture options for speedy redevelopment of railway station centred areas. The first being between the Railways and the Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) formed for execution of Smart City Plans, with equal share in equity. In the second model, National Buildings Construction Corporation (NBCC) can be roped in with equal share among the three. NBCC can design, develop and execute the redevelopment plans on self-financing basis.
While the Ministry of Railways takes the responsibility of forming Joint Ventures, the Ministry of Urban Development will work with the States and Urban Local Bodies for integrating railway station redevelopment as part of smart city development plans.
MoU states that ‘Both railway station redevelopment and Smart City concepts are part of holistic development of respective city. Redevelopment of railway station and its suburbs as part of Smart City Plans leads to an integrated public transport hub around railway station and encourage Transit Oriented Development.”
The validity of the MoU is five years to begin with and can be extended with the consent of both the Ministries.
Smart City Plans of some cities have already included area based development surrounding railway stations. These include; Bhubaneswar, Thane and Solapur (Maharashtra), Kakinada (Andhra Pradesh), Ahmedabad, Ajmer, Hubli-Dharwad (Karnataka).
Smart City Plans of some other cities may potentially impact city railway station and allied services. These include; Jaipur, Kochi, Jabalpur, Visakhapatnam, Indore, Pune, Bhopal, Chennai etc.
Updates : 19.10.2016
Indian Railway sign Protocol for Undertaking with Russian Railway
Protocol for Undertaking Feasibility Study of Speed Raising of Nagpur-Secundrabad Railway Corridor Signed Between Indian Railways and Russian Railways
Indian Railway announced through a press release that in an important bilateral cooperation in railway sector, a Protocol for feasibility study of speed raising of Nagpur - Secundrabad Railway Corridor was signed between Indian Railways and Russian Railways on 15.10.2016 at Goa during the bilateral meeting of Shri Narender Modi, Prime Minister of India with Russian President Mr. Vladimir Putin. The Protocol covers technical and execution study for upgradation of the speed of passenger trains in Nagpur- Secundrabad section upto 200 kmph. This project will be jointly financed by Indian Railways and Russian Railways with 50% cost share of each party. The Protocol was signed by Mr. Naveen Kumar Shukla, Adviser/Mobility/Railway Board from Indian side and Mr. O V Belozerov, President, Russian Railways from Russian side.
- During December, 2015 an MoU was signed between Ministry of Railways and Russian Railways on Technical Cooperation in Railway Sector. The following cooperation areas were identified in the MoU:
- High Speed Rail (HSR) in India;
- Modernization of existing lines of the Indian railways in order to raise train speeds up to 160-200 kmph;
- Modern Control and Safety related Systems based on satellite navigation and digital communication means;
- Satellite and geo-information technologies;
- Transportation safety and cyber security;
- Rolling stock;
- Heavy haul transportation;
- Organization of Human Resources training for the Indian railways: secondary and higher vocational education of students and advanced training of staff members including managers;
- Station redevelopment;
- Dedicated freight rail corridors;
- Modernization, reconstruction and construction of track superstructure, civil engineering works, including bridges and tunnels; and Slab tracks.
Updates : 17.10.2016
Discussion with Germany by Indian Railway
Minister of Railways Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu hold discussions with the visiting German Federal Minister of Transport and Digital Infrastructure Mr. Alexander Dobrindt at Rail Bhavan, the Headquarters of Indian Ministry of Railways on 14.10.2016. Mr. Alexander Dobrindt was on an official visit to India from 12-14 October, 2016 especially on an invitation from the Indian Railway Minister. The two sides were accompanied by their respective delegations during the bilateral talks, Railway announced through the press release.
The visit of the German Minister was a follow up visit to the visit of Shri Suresh Prabhu to Germany in April, 2016 whereat a Protocol with German Federal Minister of Transport and Digital Infrastructure Mr. Alexander Dobrindt was signed to intensify the cooperation in rail sector between two countries.
The two sides held wide ranging discussions on many specific areas of mutual interest in rail sector. The areas include speed raising, capacity increase of passenger and goods transport lines, safety, energy efficient rail operations, education and training, high speed rail, standards and norms and station development.
On the suggestion of Indian Railway Minister, it was decided that a joint working group of Indian Railways and German Railways will be formed to work on safety in rail operations with a view to help in the “Zero Accident Mission” of Indian Railways. The Working Group would look into the training, technology and processes for improving the safety. This Working Group on Safety would be a deliverable on Inter-Government Consultations tentatively planned in Berlin in May, 2017. The German Minister also extended invite to Indian Railway officials to visit Germany to see their technology and safety systems.
In a significant suggestion, the Indian Railway Minister requested the German side for extending their proposal of high speed(300 kmph +) rail study of Mysore -Bangalore –Chennai Corridor to Vijayawada city of the important State of Andhra Pradesh also. It was pointed out that High Speed Rail Connectivity through Mysore -Banglore –Chennai-Vijayawada Corridor will give boost to the regional development and will link the important States of Southern India. The German Minister acknowledged this request of extending scope of study to include Vijayawada and assured to look into this positively. The study which is fully funded by German Government is likely to start from January, 2017.
The Indian Railway Minister emphasized on Station Redevelopment Programme of Indian Railways along with development of Smart Cities in India. The German Minister welcomed this idea and offered German cooperation on this matter.
The German side expressed willingness to undertake feasibility study on speed upgradation on the existing Indian Railway network. The two sides decided to discuss this issue further and finalize the Railway Corridor for this kind of study.
The Chairman, Indian Railway Board Shri A.K. Mital mentioned for cooperation in improving staff productivity on Indian Railways.
The two sides also agreed that Indian Railways and DB Engineering and Consultancy (wholly owned subsidiary of Deutsche Bahn-DB, the German Railway) together will focus on the following areas of cooperation.
- Freight operations (including cross-border transport, automotive transport and logistics)
- Passenger operations (including high-speed and cross-border traffic)
- Infrastructure building and management (including dedicated freight corridors and development of passenger stations)
- Development of a modern, competitive railway organization (including the improvement of organizational structures)
- IT solutions for railway operations, marketing and sales as well as administrative purposes
- Any other area which may be mutually agreed in writing between the two parties.
- On 5th October, 2015, a Joint Declaration of Intent (JDI) was signed on the Development of the Cooperation in the Field of Railways between the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure of the Federal Republic of Germany and the Ministry of Railways, India during the visit of German Chancellor to India. In this JDI, German side has shown willingness to conduct a study on the feasibility of High Speed Rail in India.
- In April 2016, Minister for Railways, Shri Suresh Prabhu visited Germany and signed a Protocol with German Federal Minister of Transport and Digital Infrastructure Mr. Alexander Dobrindt, to intensify the cooperation in rail sector between two countries.
- On 31st May, 2016, during meeting in Rail Bhavan, between Chairman Railway Board and visiting State Secretary, Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure, Germany, Mr. Michael, it was decided that Germany will conduct feasibility study for High Speed Rail of Chennai – Bangalore - Mysore section.
- On 13th October, 2016, a meeting of the Working Group of both the countries has been conducted at Rail Bhavan to discuss these matters.
- On 14th October, 2016, Indian Railway Minister Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu held discussions with visiting German Federal Minister of Transport and Digital Infrastructure Mr. Alexander Dobrindt in Rail Bhavan.
Updates : 10.10.2016
Ministry of Railway signs MoU with Government of Odisha
Ministry of Railways signs MoU with Government of Odisha For Cost Sharing of Two New Railway Line Projects in Odisha, Indian Railway announced through the Press Release. Following are the details.
Railways signed MoU with Government of Odisha For Cost Sharing of Two New Railway Line Projects in Odisha. This was signed in the presence of Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu, Union Minister for Railways and Shri Naveen Patnaik, Chief Minister of Odisha. The MoU was signed for sharing cost of laying two new lines in Odisha viz. Jeypore - Malkangiri and Jeypore - Nabarangpur. The two new line projects viz. Jeypore- Nabarangpur and Jeypore- Malkangiri was included by Indian Railways in the Railway budget 2016-17 subject to requisite approvals from the Odisha government. Government of Odisha has agreed to partly bear the cost of these projects as detailed below.
- JEYPORE – MALKANGIRI (130 Km)- 25% of total cost
- JEYPORE – NABARANGPUR (38 Km)- entire land cost and 50% cost of construction.
Salient features of new BG line between Jeypore – Malkangiri (130 km)
The proposed new railway line between Jeypore – Malkangiri will serve the remote areas of Koraput and Malkangiri districts of Western Odisha, which have no railway connectivity. Entire line will be passing through hilly terrain and thick forests. The important towns en-route are Boipariguda, Tanginiguda, Maithili, Pandripani Road. The total Route Km of the proposed new line is 130 Km connecting district headquarters of Koraput and Malkangiri. Out of 130 Km of this route, 45 Km falls in Koraput District and 85 Km in Malkangiri District. The alignment passes through 12 stations including three passenger halts at Tanginiguda, Govindapalli & Maithili. The line is proposed with overhead electrification, standard-III interlocking, Multi Aspect Color Light Signaling (MACLS) and Optic fiber communication.Construction of new line involves about 4,00 lakh cum of earth work in formation, 98 bridges (22 major, 61 minor and 15 RUBs). Level crossings have been eliminated by proposing all road crossings with Limited height subways (7 Nos), ROBs (15 Nos) and RUBs. There are four nos. of Tunnels comprising a total length of 2600m approximately at location of very deep cuttings.
Salient Features Of New BG Line Between Jeypore – Nabarangpur (38 Km)
The area from Jeypore to Nabarangpur is well irrigated by canals. The important town en route is Boriguma, approximately 18 Km from Jeypore, i.e. almost half way to Nabarangpur. There are five railway stations including two passenger halts at Ambaguda Road and Kaliaguda.
Construction of new line involve about 98 lakh cum of earth work in formation, 60 bridges (9 major, 40 minor and 11 RUBs). Level crossing have been eliminated by proposing all road crossings with Limited height subways and RUBs.
NEW PROJECTS AND SEPARATE DIRECTORATE TO INCREASE TRAINS SPEED
|Indian Railway : New Projects|
Eight New Rail Projects
- Ahmedabad - Mehsana gauge conversion with electrification,
- Mehsana - Taranga Hill gauge conversion,
- Vatva - Ahmedabad third line,
- Modasa - Shamlaji new line,
- Bhuj - Naliya gauge conversion,
- Somnath - Kodinar new line,
- Miyagam - Samlaya gauge conversion
- Surendranagar - Rajkot line doubling.