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4 Railway Cops Injured As Gun Goes Off While Cleaning In Madhya Pradesh

Four jawans of the Railway Protection Special Force (RPSF) were injured on Sunday when an automatic gun accidentally went off while it was being cleaned in Madhya Pradesh’s Itarsi town, an official said.

The incident occurred in the guard running room of the railway station at Itarsi, about 95 kilometres from the state capital, Archana Sharma, Deputy Superintendent of Police (Railway), Itarsi, told PTI over phone.

“In an accidental firing during the cleaning of an automatic gun, four RPSF jawans were injured by shrapnel on Sunday afternoon. They were admitted in Hoshangabad’s Narmada Hospital,” she said.

Narmada Hospital’s media in-charge Manoj Saran said the condition of jawan Tinku Dharmpal was serious, while his colleagues Jagmohan Gurjar, Sumit Kumar and Raju did not suffer any serious injuries.

Western Railways To Use Surveillance Drones In A Bid To Boost Security

In a bid to tighten security, Western Railways is planning to use surveillance drones to keep a bird’s eye watch on railway assets, disaster management, and crowd management, said Sumit Thakur, chief public relations officer (CPRO), Western Railways.

“Western Railway is planning to use a new method for the bird’s eye watch of certain locations. For that, we are using unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to keep an eye on yards and tracks,” said the CPRO.

Mr Thakur said the use of drones will help us in reducing the response time in case of any emergency.

“We will use the technology for crowd management and disaster management. We are procuring two drone cameras for now and we are training our staff to operate them,” he said.

They can cover a radius of 2 kilometres. The drone camera can be in flight for 25 minutes. The cameras also have modern GPS based technology and can be switched to autopilot mode. They can return to their base station in case of any emergency,” he said.

CommentsFor last-mile connectivity, Mr Thakur said the work of certification and permission for the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) is underway. “Soon the cameras will be in our service,” he added.

During Raid On Mumbai-Varanasi Train, Cops Find ₹ 3.2 Crore In 3 Trolley Bags

Unaccounted cash worth  3.2 crore was seized from two persons in Madhya Pradesh’s Khandwa district while they were travelling in a train from Mumbai to Varanasi, police said today.

After the cash seizure on Sunday night, the two persons were detained, the police said.

Following a tip-off, officials of the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) with the help of the Government Railway Police (GRP) and Railway Protection Force searched two coaches of the Mahanagari Express.

They seized currency notes worth 3.2 crore from two passengers, who were carrying the money in the denomination of  2,000 in three trolley bags, Khandwa’s GRP in-charge Babita Katheria said.

The Directorate of Revenue Intelligence officials took the two persons along with them to Indore for questioning and further probe into the case, she added.

323 Trees To Be Cut, 210 Transplanted To Redevelop Safdarjung Station

The Delhi Forest Department has given permission to fell 323 trees and transplant another 210 for the redevelopment of the Safdarjung Railway Station, according to a government notification.

The department has asked the user agency, Rail Land Development Authority (RLDA), to deposit  3.03 crore for creation and maintenance of compensatory plantation for a period of seven years.

A total of 5,330 saplings of Neem, Amaltas, Peepal, Pilkhan, Gular, Bargad, Desi Kikkar and Arjun will be planted as compensatory plantation at the Narela Railway Station and the Sawan Park Railway land area.

“The transplantation of 210 trees standing on the site shall be done by user agency at the Narela Railway Station and the Sawan Park Railway land area with their own funds. The proposal satisfies conditions of the Tree Transplantation Policy,” the notification read.

The Forest Department has asked the RLDA to submit a detailed plan for site preparation and plantation before initiating tree felling and transplantation.

The transplantation of trees has to be initiated immediately after permission is issued and should be completed in three months, after which a completion report has to be submitted to the tree officer.

Union Minister Reviews Progress Of Rail Project In Jammu And Kashmir

Union Minister of State for Railways Raosaheb Patil Danve on Sunday reviewed the progress of the 272-km-long Udhampur-Srinagar-Baramulla Railway Line (USBRL) project and said it should be completed by 2023.

Mr Danve, who is on a two-day visit to Ramban district as part of the central government’s public outreach programme, chaired a high-level meeting at Patnitop where he took stock of issues hindering the progress of the project, an official spokesperson said.

Reviewing the availability of construction materials for executing agencies, the minister directed the district administration to issue short-term permits so that the Railways could procure essential construction material.

Enquiring about causes of delay, he also sought a detailed report on the project’s cost escalation from chief engineers.

The total length of the USBRL is 272 km, of which 161 km has already been commissioned, while work is in progress on the 111-km-long Katra-Banihal stretch, the spokesman said.

He said the Katra-Banihal stretch comprises 27 main tunnels and eight escape tunnels.

The entire project is estimated to cost  27,949 crores, the spokesman said

The meeting was informed that more than 200 km of approach roads, including a tunnel and 320 bridges, have been constructed to reach the working sites, the official said.

1CommentsThe 136-km-long railway line from Banihal to Baramulla has already been commissioned, and its electrification work is in progress, he said, adding that it is expected to be completed by March 2022.

Railways Freight Loading Saw 3.6% Jump in September

Indian Railways’ freight loading witnessed a 3.6 per cent increase in September 2021 as it stood at 106 million tonnes against 102.3 million tonnes of the corresponding period last year.

Also Railways earned  10,815 crores from freight loading in September 2021, which was 9 per cent more than the freight loading earning recorded during the corresponding period of last year, when it had stood at  9,905 crore.

It was followed by iron ore (11 million tonnes), food grains (6.4 million tonnes), cement (6.1 million tonnes), fertilisers (4.1 million tonnes) and 3.6 million tonnes of mineral oils.

Stunning Pics Of New Pamban Bridge, India’s 1st Vertical Lift Sea Bridge

Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw today shared a set of pictures of the new Pamban bridge in Rameswaram, Tamil Nadu. This is India’s first vertical lift railway sea bridge, which is expected to be ready for use by March next year.

The new 2-km-long bridge, linking the island of Rameswaram in the Arabian Sea to the mainland, will replace the existing 104-year-old structure. The bridge will have a 63-metre stretch, which will lift up vertically to allow passage to small ships. In the images shared by Mr Vaishnaw, we can see workers and machinery deployed at the site under a clear, blue sky.

Earlier, the Ministry of Railways had shared some snapshots of the new Pamban bridge via a Twitter post. Calling it an engineering marvel, the ministry said, “This dual-track state-of-the-art bridge will be the country’s first vertical lift railway sea bridge and is expected to be completed by March 2022.”

The bridge has 101 piers and it will be 3-metre higher than the existing one, providing more navigational air clearance for vessels to pass.

The existing Pamban bridge was India’s first sea bridge and became operational in 1914. Its construction was completed in three years and it had the distinction of being India’s longest sea bridge until the opening of the Bandra-Worli Sea Link in Mumbai, Maharashtra, in 2010

PM Modi Likely To Inaugurate Redeveloped Habibganj Railway Station Next Month

Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has invited Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the inauguration of the redeveloped Habibganj railway station in the state capital scheduled to be held on November 15, an official said on Friday.

PM Modi is likely to attend the ceremony and dedicate to the nation this world-class facility, the state public relations department official said.

“It was during a recent meeting in New Delhi, Shivraj Singh Chouhan invited PM Modi for the inauguration of the railway station,” the official said.

Habibganj is said to be the country’s first railway station that has been re-developed through the public-private partnership (PPP) mode by Bansal Pathway, a Bansal Group company, and will handle daily passenger footfall of nearly 35,000 to 40,000.

Union Cabinet Clears Doubling Of Nimach-Ratlam Railway Line Costing ₹ 1,095 Crore

Union Cabinet on Wednesday informed that it has approved the doubling of the Nimach-Ratlam railway line in Madhya Pradesh during the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

While addressing a press conference in New Delhi, Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting Anurag Thakur said that the total estimated cost of the project will be  1,095.88 crore.

“The total length of doubling the line is 132.92 km and the project will be completed in four years. The line capacity utilization of the Nimach-Ratlam section is up to 145.6 per cent with maintenance blocks,” Mr Thakur added further.

The project will increase the capacity of the section, hence, more goods and passenger trains can be introduced to the system. “It will provide easy connectivity as well as boost tourism in the area as many historical sites including Fort of Unchagarh are situated here,” he said.

25 Trains Affected Due To Bharat Bandh: Railways

About 25 trains have been affected due to the Bharat Bandh called by farm unions on Monday, officials said.

“More than 20 locations are being blocked in Delhi, Ambala, and Firozepur divisions. About 25 trains are affected due to this,” a spokesperson for the Northern Railway said.

Officials said the Delhi-Amritsar Shan-e-Punjab, New Delhi-Moga Express, Old Delhi-Payhajot Express, Vande Bharat Express from New Delhi to Katra, and Amritsar Shatabdi are some of the trains that have been affected.

To mark one year since they were passed, farmer organisations have called a Bharat Bandh on Monday against the three contentious farm laws.