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200 Rail Stations To Get “World-Class” Facilities In Major Facelift

As many as 200 railway stations across the country will get a facelift with modern amenities, Railways Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw said in Aurangabad on Monday.

He attended the foundation stone laying ceremony for a coach maintenance factory at the Aurangabad railway station in Maharashtra.

“Tendering process for 47 railway stations is completed while physical work has started at 32 stations,” he said.

He said the Railways is being transformed.

“The government has prepared a master plan to revamp 200 railway stations. Overhead spaces will be created on the stations which will have world-class facilities including waiting lounges and food courts, besides amusement facilities for children,” the minister said.

Mr Vaishnaw also said that railway stations will act as the “platform” for the sale of regional products.

Speaking on the contribution of the Marathwada region in Maharashtra in the making of Vande Bharat trains, the minister said, “the country will have 400 ‘Vande Bharat’ trains in the future and 100 of these trains will be manufactured in the coach factory at Latur in Marathwada. The necessary changes in the factory are already being made”.

Mr Vaishnaw said the government doesn’t give the reason regarding the ‘Rate of Return’ for sanctioning a project.

He said all parts of the country are now being connected either by highways or railways under the PM Gati Shakti scheme, and parts of Marathwada will also be connected.

The coach maintenance facility in Aurangabad has the capacity of 18 coaches but Maharashtra Leader of Opposition in the Legislative Council, Ambadas Danve, demanded that this capacity be expanded to cater to 24 coaches.

Mr Vaishnaw instructed officials to review Mr Danve’s demand and send a proposal in the next 15 days.

Speaking on the occasion, Minister of State for Railways and Jalna MP, Raosaheb Danve said the Central government has sanctioned  11,000 crore for Maharashtra, which was  1,100 crore earlier.

Union Minister of State for Finance Bhagwat Karad demanded to undertake high-speed railway projects along the newly undertaken Aurangabad-Pune Expressway.

Shah Rukh Khan Gets Relief By Supreme Court In 2017 Stampede Case

The Supreme Court on Monday granted relief to Shah Rukh Khan as it upheld Gujarat High Court which quashed the case against him related to the 2017 stampede in Vadodara Railway Station.

A bench of Justice Ajay Rastogi and Justice CT Ravikumar rejected the plea filed by a complainant against Shah Rukh Khan.

The complainant had challenged a Gujarat High Court order. The Supreme Court refused to interfere with the order passed by the High Court of Gujarat quashing the complaint filed by the complainant against the actor.

On April 27, 2022, Gujarat High Court ordered quashing the criminal case against Shah Rukh Khan for allegedly causing a stampede at Vadodara Railway Station while promoting his film Raees in 2017. The actor along with his production team was travelling from Mumbai to Delhi to promote their Hindi feature film ‘Raees’.

The complainant, Jitendra Madhubhai Solanki had filed a private complaint against Mr Khan before the Judicial Magistrate, First Class, Vadodara, alleging his presence at the Vadodara Railway Station coupled with him throwing T-shirts and smiley balls at the crowd assembled at the station led to the alleged stampede.

On an application preferred by Shah Rukh Khan seeking a quashing of the said complaint, the High Court of Gujarat had to vide order dated April 27, 2022, quashed the complaint filed against Mr Khan.

The Petitioner was represented by Senior advocate Vijay Kumar while Shah Rukh Khan was represented by Senior advocate Siddharth Luthra, briefed by a team from Karanjawala and Company Advocates led by Ruby Singh Ahuja and Sandeep Kapur, Senior Partners.

Howrah-Bhubaneswar Jan Shatabdi Express Derails In Odisha

Howrah-Bhubaneswar Jan Shatabdi Express on Saturday derailed at a level crossing near Odisha’s Bhadrak, an East Coast Railway official said.

The two front wheels of the guard-cum-luggage van located next to the engine derailed due to sudden application of brake despite which the train hit a bull, he said, adding no casualty of passengers was reported in the incident.

Officials have been sent to the spot for restoration work, and train services on the down line remained unaffected.

“It will take around 30 minutes to an hour to resume the train’s journey,” he said.

All the passenger coaches are on the tracks and the derailed coach is an SLR (sitting cum luggage rake) one.

“Since it is a double line, the derailment will not affect the railway traffic. There shouldn’t be any difficulty in carrying out restoration work,” he said.

A train has two SLR coaches – one next to the engine and another at the end of the train, the official added.

Railway Bridge Collapses Amid Heavy Rainfall In Himachal’s Kangra

The Chakki bridge in Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh collapsed today after one of its three pillars damaged completely as heavy rainfall continues in the state.

In visuals from the scene, part of the railway bridge that has been constructed on the Chakki river can be seen collapsing amid downpours.

A cloudburst also took place in Dharmshala today resulting in landslides in the area. A flash flood occurred in the Mandi district of the state in the early hours of this morning, causing water to enter houses and shops, trapping residents and damaging vehicles parked on the road. The incident affected places at Balh, Sadar, Thunag, Mandi and Lamathach in the district.

Due to heavy rainfall, schools have been closed in Kangra, Kullu and Mandi districts.

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted heavy rainfall in isolated places today in Himachal Pradesh in the districts of Kangra, Chamba, Bilaspur, Sirmaur, and Mandi districts.

Locals and tourists have been advised to avoid going near the rivers and streams in bad weather.

CommentsThe Himachal Pradesh’s disaster management department has issued a warning for landslide due to heavy rains predicted in the state till August 25.

5 Points On India’s Longest Train With 295 Wagons

The Indian Railways tested India’s longest and heaviest freight train called ‘Super Vasuki’ on Independence Day and its video is now going viral. The train was operated as part of central government’s Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav celebrations.

Here are five points about the ‘Super Vasuki’ train:

  1. It is a 3.5-km-long freight train with 295 loaded wagons carried over 27,000 tonnes of coal between Korba in Chhattisgarh and Rajnandgao in Nagpur on August 15.
  2. The train has been formed by amalgamating five rakes of goods trains as one unit.
  3. According to Indian Railways, this is the longest and heaviest freight train ever run by them. It said that the train takes about four minutes to cross a station.
  4. The amount of coal carried by Super Vasuki is enough to fire 3000 MW of power plant for one full day. This is three times the capacity of existing railway rakes (90 cars with 100 tonnes in each) which carries about 9,000 tonnes of coal in one journey.
  5. The Railways plans to use trains like these more frequently, especially to transport coal in peak demand season to prevent fuel shortages of power stations, according to news agency PTI.

UP Lawyer Went To Court Against Railways Over Rs 20

A lawyer from Mathura waged and won a legal battle in the consumer forum after a 22-year fight against Indian Railways for overcharging him  20 in 1999.

After more than two decades of fighting in court, the Consumer Forum has ruled in favour of the lawyer.

The matter dates back to December 25, 1999 when Advocate Tungnath Chaturvedi, resident of Gali Pirpanch of Mathura, reached Mathura Cantt station to take a train to Moradabad. He asked for two tickets for Moradabad at the ticket counter where the booking clerk charged him  90 instead of  70.

At  35 per person ticket, two tickets would have cost him  70.

Advocate Chaturvedi asked for the return of  20 but the booking clerk refused. Meanwhile, as his train had arrived at the station, Mr Chaturvedi boarded and departed for Moradabad.

He later filed a case in the Consumer Forum against Indian Railways for overcharging him. The General Manager of North Eastern Railway Gorakhpur and the window booking clerk of Mathura Cantonment railway station were made parties.

After 21 years, the Consumer Forum gave a verdict in favour of Advocate Chaturvedi and ordered Railways to pay a refund of 20 rupees, plus interest at 12 percent a year, and compensation of 15,000 rupees.

The Consumer Forum has ordered the Railways to pay the amount within 30 days.

“It took time to get justice. But I am satisfied that the decision against the illegal thing has finally come,” said Mr Chaturvedi.

He said that his family members and neighbours had several times insisted that he let go of the matter but he continued his fight for justice.

Mr Chaturvedi’s family and neighbours have expressed their happiness that the Forum had favoured him in its decision.

One of his neighbours said that one should always raise their voice against injustice.

CBI Arrests Lalu Yadav’s Close Aide In Land-For-Jobs Scam In Railways

The CBI has arrested Bihar’s former Chief Minister Lalu Prasad Yadav’s aide Bhola Yadav in connection with the “land-for-jobs” scam in the railways when Lalu Yadav was the Railway Minister in the UPA government, officials said today.
The Central Bureau of Investigation or CBI also conducted searches today at four premises – two each in Darbhanga and Patna – belonging to Bhola Yadav, who was the officer on special duty (OSD) to the then railway minister Prasad between 2005 and 2009, they said.

Bhola Yadav, fondly referred to as “Hanuman” or the “shadow” of Lalu Prasad among Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) supporters, was questioned by the CBI in connection with the scam, in which land measuring over one lakh square feet belonging to job aspirants’ families in Patna was allegedly purchased or transferred to Lalu Prasad’s family members in return for group-D jobs in the railways.

The CBI suspects that Bhola Yadav had played a crucial role in facilitating the jobs and later, the transfer of land to Lalu Prasad’s family.

Considered to be Lalu Prasad Yadav’s “man Friday”, Bhola Yadav had taken a plunge in electoral politics and won the Bahadurpur seat in Darbhanga in the 2015 Bihar Assembly polls on an RJD ticket.

He decided to change the seat in 2020 to Hayaghat in the same district, a decision that proved to be costly as he lost the polls.

The CBI had filed the FIR on May 18 against Lalu Prasad, his wife Rabri Devi, daughters Misa Bharti and Hema Yadav, in addition to 12 people who were given jobs in the railway zones of Mumbai, Jabalpur, Kolkata, Jaipur and Hajipur, the officials said.
The agency has alleged that land measuring about 1.05 lakh square feet in Patna was acquired by Lalu Prasad’s family members by making payments to the sellers in cash.

“The current value of the above said seven parcels of land, including the land acquired through gift deeds, as per the existing circle rate is about ₹ 4.39 crore… Enquiry has revealed that the parcel of land, which was directly purchased by the family members of Lalu Prasad Yadav from the sellers, was purchased at lower rates than the prevailing circle rates,” the FIR has alleged.

It said people were appointed in the railways without any advertisement or public notice issued for the purpose on the basis of forged documents.

The agency had also carried out searches at Lalu Prasad Yadav’s residence in Patna and other locations on May 20.

“We reiterate that the latest CBI case and the raids conducted across the country in connection with the same are sponsored by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which rules at the Centre,” the RJD had alleged after the searches.

Woman Gang-Raped At New Delhi Station, 4 Railway Staff Arrested

Four railway employees have been arrested in connection with the gang-rape of a 30-year-old woman on a platform at New Delhi railway station, police said.

Police said all the four accused are employees of the Railways’ Electrical Department. The gang-rape, police said, took place inside a train lighting hut on the platform late on Thursday night. While two of the accused allegedly raped the woman, the others stood guard outside.

The accused are 35-year-old Satish Kumar, 38-year-old Vinod Kumar, 33-year-old Mangal Chand and 37-year-old Jagdish Chand.

According to DCP Railway Harendra Singh, the woman called the police station around 3.27 am and informed them of the incident. Police immediately rushed to the station and rescued her.

The woman has told police that she lives in Haryana’s Faridabad. She had separated from her husband about two years ago and had been looking for work. She had met Satish, one of the accused, through a friend and he had promised to get her a job in the Railways, the woman has told police.

On Thursday, Satish called her and invited her for his son’s birthday party at their new home. Around 10.30 pm, the woman met Satish at Kirti Nagar metro station. He then took her to the New Delhi railway station where the three other accused met them, she has told police. She was then gang-raped inside the train lighting hut, she has said.

The police arrested the four accused within two hours of the woman’s distress call and have registered a case. They were produced before a local court which sent them to judicial custody, the Railways said.

indian Railways to Use Google Maps to Allot Exam Test Centres Within 300 Km Radius to Cut Travel Time

In a first, the Railways will now use Google Maps to link the location of candidates appearing for its exams to test centres within a 300km radius in order to cut their travel time. For decades, candidates appearing for the Railway Recruitment Board (RRB) exams have complained about test centres being far away from their domicile, resulting in not only long-distance travel but also expenses on account of lodging and food which they have to bear.

“With this, we are linking the pin codes of each candidate to an exam centre within 300 km of their residences through Google Maps. Also, we are ensuring that the centres have easy access to different modes of transport like buses and trains. If this works, we will be able to solve one of the most frequent and perennial complaints of candidates,” a senior official said.

The process will be rolled out in the Level 6 and Level 4 computer-based tests to be held on July 30. Around 60,000 candidates will be appearing for the test at approximately 90 centres for 7,026 posts.

The officials said candidates would get centres within the range, but it could be in a neighbouring state with good connectivity.

However, in north-eastern states, the Railways is finding it difficult to accommodate candidates within the 300-km range as there are only a few test centres, they said.

After 70 Days, Passenger Train Services To Resume In Parts Of North-East

After nearly 70 days, the Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) will resume passenger train services in Lumding-Badarpur section in Assam on July 22. Both passenger and freight train services were cancelled due to heavy rain and unprecedented landslides on May 14.

This section will connect Tripura, Mizoram, Manipur and the southern part of Assam with the rest of the country, officials said on Sunday.

NFR’s spokesperson Sabyasachi De said freight train services started on July 12 in Lumding-Badarpur section via Dima Hasao mountainous district, which is the only rail route to connect Tripura, Mizoram, Manipur and southern Assam with the other parts of the country.

“Railway officials, engineers, workers worked day and night to bring back the national transporter on track in these affected areas so that scarcity of essential items in states like Manipur, Tripura, Mizoram and Barak Valley (southern Assam) areas could be avoided,” the spokesperson said.

Due to unprecedented landslides triggered by heavy rain since May 13, massive damage has been caused to stations and railway tracks at over 61 locations in NFR’s Lumding-Badarpur single line railway route.

In many places, due to heavy rain, the soil from the railway tracks got washed away and huge landslides covered the tracks and other railway assets.

CommentsIn view of the snapping of the railway services, Tripura and Mizoram had earlier approached the External Affairs Ministry to bring essential supplies and fuel via Bangladesh.