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Gas Tanker In Maharashtra Suffers Tyre Burst, Veers Off On Railway Tracks; Major Tragedy Averted

An empty gas truck veered off from the Mumbai-Nashik national highway in Maharashtra after suffering a tyre burst and came on the parallel railway tracks on Monday evening, forcing suspension of traffic on the Kasara-Kalyan section which resulted into holding up of some long-distance and suburban trains for almost two hours, officials said.

Fortunately, no train was passing when the incident occurred near Atgaon station, around 95 kms from Mumbai, they said, adding trains on both Up and Down tracks were just a station behind.

Central railway said the incident occurred between Asangaon and Atgaon stations around 7.30 pm.

“A gas tanker truck from the road entered on the tracks between Atgaon-Asangaon section. For safety reasons the Up and Down lines in the north east section have been suspended for traffic from 7.40 pm onwards,” said Shivaji Sutar, chief public relations officer, Central railway.

Mr Sutar said the help of the Maharashtra Disaster Control was sought for removal of the gas tanker from the tracks, apart from sending railway’s relief cranes and vehicles to the spot.

“Road cranes and other relief trains/vehicles have been moved to clear the section as soon as possible,” Mr Sutar said.

The tanker was removed from the tracks with the help of cranes.

“Down line traffic (trains going towards Kasara side) resumed at 9.10 pm and Up line at 9.30pm,” Mr Sutar said, adding over half a dozen long distance trains and some suburban locals were detained owing to the incident.

According to railway officials, the gas tanker was empty and hence they did not face much difficulty in removing it from the tracks.

Railways Announce NTPC Exam Dates, Admit Card Details

Railway Recruitment Boards will conduct the seventh phase of the first stage recruitment examinations for the ongoing computer-based test for selection to railways’ non-technical popular category (NTPC) posts in July. In a notification released recently, after the candidates protested online, the RRBs or Railway Recruitment Boards, one of the official recruitment arms of Indian Railways, said the examinations will be held on July 23, 24, 26 and 31.

The examinations will be held across the country for approximately 2.78 lakh candidates, the RRB NTPC notification released last week said.

The RRB NTPC notification has also said the the link for viewing the exam city and date and downloading of free travelling authority for SC and ST candidates will be made available on all RRB websites ten days before the exam.

As usual, the downloading of RRB NTPC admit cards will start four days prior to the exam date mentioned in exam city and date information link.

The RRBs has also asked the candidates to strictly follow COVID-related guidelines issued along with the admit card.

“Use of Face Mask is mandatory. Candidates will be allowed entry only if wearing a Face Mask and the Face mask shall be worn at all times. (except at the time of capturing photograph),” the notification said.

A total of 1.26 crore candidates have registered for the RRB NTPC exam which is being held to fill 35,208 vacancies in various NTPC posts of Indian Railways which are Junior Clerk cum Typist, Junior Time Keeper, Accounts Clerk cum Typist, Senior Clerk cum Typist, Junior Account Assistant cum Typist, Senior Time Keeper and other posts.

Indian Railways Sets Up “Selfie Points” To Garner Support For Indian Athletes

Indian Railways is organising a ‘Cheer4India’ campaign for the Olympic-bound athletes across the country and has urged people to come out in support of the sportspersons, who will be competing at the Tokyo Games beginning July 23. Indian Railways has set up Olympic selfie points at various railway stations over different divisions across the country for people to show their support and to encourage the Indian contingent which is participating in the Tokyo Olympics.

Rahul Agarwal, Divisional Railway Manager, Mysuru, has urged the rail users to click selfies at Selfie Points installed across Indian railway stations and share them widely to encourage the participating athletes, and for creating a fit India.

Earlier last month, while announcing the ‘Cheer Up’ Campaign across the country, the Union Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju had said over 6,000 selfie points will be set up in the country where people can show their support. “I have spoken to Railway Minister Piyush Goyal and he immediately deployed space across 6,000 railway stations across the country where Olympics Selfie Points have been set up. The Chief Minister of Haryana has also clicked a selfie photograph with the symbol to encourage others to join the campaign and encourage the Tokyo-bound players.”

“I wanted the Olympics movement and the importance of Olympics to be understood by everyone spread across the length and breadth of India. Sports is the biggest soft power of a nation,” he added.

The number of Indian athletes participating in the Summer Olympics and Paralympic Games has seen a steady rise in the past three editions. Over 100 athletes have already made the cut so far and many more are expected to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics.

With the Tokyo Games round the corner, the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) is likely to declare the name of flag bearers for the opening ceremony of the showpiece event by July 5. “IOA is planning to declare the names on the 5th of July. We have some names which we are sorting out but as of now, majorly it is on PV Sindhu and Bajrang Punia but again it’s not official. Final names will be declared by July 5,” sources in the know of developments told ANI.

Meanwhile, the Sports Authority of India (SAI) and IOA has continued their efforts to sensitise the Tokyo-bound athletes to help them understand the Japanese culture and address the possible barriers besides being ideal ambassadors of the country.

RITES Bags Orders From Railways; Stock Registers Marginal Gains

RITES (Rail India Technical and Economic Services) has bagged two major railway electrification orders from Ministry of Railways and a consultancy assignment from Metro Express Mauritius, the company said in separate regulatory filings to the stock exchanges.

RITES will be undertaking railway electrification work on the Mysore – Hassan – Mangalore railway route, amounting to ₹ 461.23 crore. It will also be executing work between Lumding and Badarpur, worth ₹ 288.44 crore.

And Metro Express, Mauritius has awarded RITES additional consultancy services work for extension of the mainline from Rose Hill to Reduit through Ebene for a fee of MUR 250 million or ₹ 45 crore approximately.

RITES is a Miniratna public sector enterprise and a leading player in the transport consultancy and engineering sector in the country.

Comments At 11:00 am, RITES shares were trading higher by 0.5 per cent at ₹ 278 on the BSE as against a 0.3 per cent decline in the benchmark indices.

Eastern Railway Launches Mobile Covid Vaccination Centre

A mobile Covid vaccination centre on tracks was started for the first time by the Eastern Railway on Monday for inoculation and medical check-up of its employees and their families at far off stations under its Sealdah division, an official said here.

The railway mobile unit ”Aarogya” is an air- conditioned EMU coach with separate compartments for patient waiting, doctors” room, observation area, dressing room/minor OT, with oxygen cylinder and basic resuscitative equipment, he said.

“This special medical coach is intended for health check-up and vaccination of railway employees posted at far- off stations under Sealdah division of Eastern Railway and their families,” Divisional Railway Manager S P Singh said.

With its inaugural run to Ranaghat, Rail Mobile COVID Vaccination Centre is introduced for the first time in Eastern Railway, Dr Rudrendu Bhattacharya, Chief Medical Director, ER, said.

The mobile health unit, to be manned by doctors and paramedical staff, will be moved independently in any direction to any railway station or shed within the jurisdiction of Sealdah division, covering Kolkata, North 24 Parganas, South 24 Parganas, Nadia and Murshidabad districts, the official said.

The West Bengal state health authorities have given approval to run ”Aarogya” as mobile COVID vaccination centre to wayside stations and vaccinating railway beneficiaries for three categories frontline workers, dependents of employees aged more than 45 years and retired employees.

UP Man, On The Run With Girl, Jumps From Train In Maharashtra, Dies

A 19-year-old man from Badoi in Uttar Pradesh who was facing a case for allegedly kidnapping a girl jumped from a speeding train in Thane district of Maharashtra and died four days later, the railway police said on Friday.

The man, badly injured and unconscious, was found on the tracks between Kopar and Diva stations on the night of June 19 and died at Sion hospital in Mumbai on June 23, said senior inspector of Dombivli Railway Police Satish Pawar.

As the man never regained consciousness, police could not get information from him. By calling people in the contact list of his mobile phone, police identified him as Sahil Hashmi of Durgaganj in Badoi in UP, he said.

Probe revealed that Mr Hashmi had run away with a girl aged around 16 on June 15 and was heading for Mumbai.

The family members of the girl registered a kidnapping case at the Durgaganj police station against the boy and alerted the girl’s brother in Mumbai. The brother found them on the train, and when Mr Hashmi saw him, he allegedly jumped out of the train, the police officer said.

The girl and her brother have since returned to UP, he added.

The victim had no signs of assault on his body and therefore no foul play was suspected, Mr Pawar said, adding that further probe was on

BS Yediyurappa Takes A Ride On Bengaluru Suburban Railway. What He Said

As Bengaluru opens up after COVID-19 lockdown restrictions, the city is reminded of one of its major challenges: mobility. For years, activists have pushed for a good suburban rail network which would help in cutting down the number of vehicles on the road and also reduce commute time for those using the railways.

The long- pending  15,767 crore Bengaluru suburban railway project is aimed at doing just that. The project is being executed by K-RIDE, a joint venture of the Karnataka government and the Ministry of Railways.

Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa inspected the progress of the project on Thursday, travelling from the Bengaluru cantonment station to Heelalige railway station.

“If the Bengaluru suburban rail project is completed swiftly, traffic congestion in Karnataka’s capital will be reduced drastically. People will be able to commute easily in the suburban areas and to the Kempegowda International Airport,” Mr Yediyurappa said.

The project will include 4 corridors with a total route length of 148 km. These corridors are: KSR Bangalore City to Devanahalli and Bengaluru International Airport (41.40 km), Baiyyapanahalli to Chikkabanavara (25 km), Kengeri to Whitefield (35.52 km) and Heelalige (Chandapura) to Rajankunte (46.24 km).

The cost of the project will be shared on 20:20:60 basis between the Government of Karnataka, the Ministry of Railways and external funding.

In addition to the project, work on doubling the single rail line between Yeshvantpur- Channasandra and Baiyyappanahalli- Hosur had also been sanctioned in 2018-2019. These projects will also be executed by K-RIDE and the cost of the projects will be shared on 50: 50 basis between the Government of Karnataka and the Ministry of Railways.

The 22 km long Yeshvanthpur- Channasandra railway doubling project has an estimated cost of  315 crore with the state’s share being  157 crore. The work on the project started in October 2020 and is estimated to be completed by December 2023.

3CommentsThe 48 km long Baiyappanahalli- Hosur railway doubling project, which began in October 2020 and is expected to be completed by December 2023, is being implemented at an estimated cost of  499 crore. In 2020-21, the state government released  65 crore for this project.

How One Of India’s Oldest Railway Stations Is Becoming A Developing Hub For Freight Traffic

The Ranipettai railway station, constructed in 1858 – one of the Indian Railways’ oldest on the network, is set to become a developing hub for freight traffic, according to the Southern railway zone. After a gap of 25 years, the station which was suspended due to operational reasons in 1995, became functional for freight movement on January 20, 2021. The station – now a goods terminal for Ranipettai in Tamil Nadu, comes under the administration of the Chennai division of the Southern railway zone.

  • The first loading transported 1,300 tonnes of fertilizers to Tadepalligudam and Dwarapudi in Andhra Pradesh as a two-point rake, which fetched a revenue of Rs.15.32 lakhs for the railway authorities, according to the Chennai division of Southern railways.
  • The second rake was operated to Siliyari, in Chattisgarh on March 3, 2021, which carried 1,326 tonnes of fertilizers, fetching a sum of ₹ 25.88 lakhs as revenue for Indian Railways.
  • The third rake transported 1,329 tonnes of fertilizers to Tadepalligudam and Eluru in Andhra Pradesh as a two point rake on March 16, 2021, which fetched a revenue of Rs.13.72 lakhs for the railway authorities.
  • For the current financial year 2021-2022, the first loading of goods from the Ranipettai station started on June 15, 2021. It was operated as a two-point rake from Ranipettai, where 11 wagons were loaded to Tadepalligudam (701 tonnes) and 10 wagons to the Krishna Canal junction (637 tonnes) in Andhra Pradesh.
  • This resulted in transporting a total of 1338 tonnes of chemical manure or single super phosphate for M/s Coromandel International Limited, Ranipettai. This generated a revenue of ₹ 11,69,790, according to Southern railways.

The next rake is likely to be operated on June 23, 2021, from Ranipettai to Andhra Pradesh. Meanwhile, Indian Railways’ total freight loading in fiscal 2021 stood at 203.88 million tonnes, compared to 184.88 million tonnes in the financial year 2020, marking a 10 per cent growth year-on-year.

All Railway Stations In Kashmir Valley Are Now Wi Fi-Enabled, Says Government

All 15 railway stations in the Kashmir valley have been integrated with 6,021 other stations across the country under the wireless fidelity or Wi-Fi network of Indian Railways.

Public Wi-Fi, provided under the brand name of RailWire, is available at all the 15 stations namely Baramula, Budgam, Srinagar, Pampore, Avantipura, Bijbehara and Anantnag among others, which are spread out in four districts headquarters of the Union Territory of Kashmir, the Railway Ministry has said.

Wi-fi service is already available at 15 stations in the Union Territory of Jammu, official sources said.

The telecommunication arm of the Ministry of Railways, RailTel was mandated to provide public Wi-Fi at all the railway stations and it is now available in more than 6,000 stations across the country.

Comments The Wi-Fi facility service at railway stations will be available to any user who has a smartphone with working mobile connection for know your customer (KYC) considerations.

Civil Defence Personnel, Posing As Delhi Police Sub Inspector, Arrested

A Civil Defence personnel was apprehended on Sunday for posing as Delhi Police Assistant Sub Inspector (ASI) at the Old Delhi Railway station.

According to the police, the man, identified as Kishan Yadav, wore the uniform of an ASI Delhi Police to travel “hassle-free” to his native Azamgarh in Uttar Pradesh by Farakka Express train with his brothers, Jay Singh Yadav and Himanshu, as they had only two confirmed tickets.

The police stated that Sunday at 7:38 pm, a PCR call was received at Old Delhi Railway Station regarding a person standing in uniform of ASI of Delhi Police, who claimed to be appointed in 2019, and seemed to be an imposter.

As per a statement issued by the police, Mr Yadav was spotted by caller Constable Yogesh Kumar posted in 7th Battalion, who pointed out towards a young person who was wearing the police uniform.

The, caller being in Delhi Police, spotted this person because he found him very young and on asking how he got promoted at such a young age to the rank of ASI, the imposter could not give a satisfactory reply, said the police.

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