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Karnataka makes negative RT-PCR report, vaccine certificate mandatory for travellers from Kerala

The Karnataka government on Thursday (July 1, 2021) announced that passengers coming from Kerala by flight, bus, train or taxi will have to show a negative RT-PCR certificate, not older than 72 hours for entering the state. The Karnataka government’s order said that the airlines should issue boarding passes only to the passengers carrying RT-PCR negative reports not older than 72 hours. In case of trains, railway authorities shall be responsible for ensuring that all passengers travelling by trains carry negative RT-PCR report.

The state government on Friday (July 2, 2021) added that passengers from Kerala who have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine will be exempted from this rule as long as they can provide the certificate for the same.

The order issued by the state government is in regard to special surveillance measures. The order also added that in case of emergencies, like the death of a family member, the passengers shall be allowed even without these requirements after collecting their swabs along with details of identity.

Important aspects of the order:

– The airlines should issue boarding passes only to the passengers carrying RT-PCR negative reports not older than 72 hours.

– For trains, railway authorities shall be responsible for ensuring that all passengers travelling by trains carry negative RT-PCR report.

– For buses, the bus conductor will have to ensure that all the passengers possess negative RT-PCR report not older than 72 hours.

– Students or businessmen, who are visiting Karnataka on daily basis need to undergo RT-PCR test once in 15 days and possess a negative test report.

The order also directed the Deputy Commissioners of the Districts bordering Kerala State, i.e., Dakshina Kannada, Kodagu, Mysuru and Chamarajanagara to make necessary arrangements to ensure proper implementation of the order.

Meanwhile, Karnataka on Thursday reported 3,203 new cases of COVID-19 and 94 deaths, pushing the infection count to 28,47,013 and toll to 35,134, the health department said. Thursday also saw 14,302 discharges, taking the total recoveries to 27,46,544.

Indian Railways To Lease 7 Land Parcels In Chennai For Commercial Development

Indian Railways statutory body Rail Land Development Authority (RLDA) is in the process of inviting online bids for leasing seven land parcels for commercial development in Chennai, as the city has emerged as a realty hub with the growth of the IT sector in the past few years. Apart from inviting bids for the land parcels, a request for proposal (RFP) for the redevelopment of the Egmore railway colony will also be invited soon, according to Rail Land Development Authority.

Out of the seven identified land parcels, three parcels are situated at the Ayanavaram site and the bid opening date for those three is set as August 24, 2021. The fourth land parcel is at the Waltax road site which spans across an area of 1,116.67 square metre and the reserve price of the site is kept at ₹ 4.19 crore for a lease period of 45 years. The last date of e-bid submission for the Waltax road site land parcel is set as August 12, 2021.

The fifth land parcel is at the Pulianthope site which spans 2.09 acres and the reserve price for which is kept at ₹ 11.60 crore to be leased for a period of 45 years. Another land parcel is located at the  Victoria Crescent site, which is surrounded by high-end institutional and residential establishments. This site is located in the CBD region of the city. The reserve price for this parcel is kept at ₹ 41 crore and will be leased out for a period of 99 years. The bids for this site have been invited and will be opened on September 2, 2021.

Comments The Egmore Railway colony site is a promising location for commercial development as it is situated in the heart of the capital city of Tamil Nadu. The parcel will be available for lease for a period of 45 years, according to Rail Land Development Authority.

This Indian Railway Zone Registered Highest Ever Freight Revenue In June Quarter

The North Central Railway zone registered the highest ever growth in freight loading and collection of revenue through freight operations in the April-June quarter of the financial year 2021-22. Headquartered the Allahabad, the railway zone recorded the best ever freight loading in the first quarter of any fiscal year, said VK Tripathi, General Manager of the North Central zone in a recent press conference.

During the first quarter of the current fiscal year, the originating freight loading stood at 4.32 million tonnes, compared to 3.24 million tonnes in the corresponding period of last year, marking a growth of 33.3 per cent year-on-year for the north-central zone.

During the three months, the originating good earnings stood at ₹ 437.57 crore, compared to ₹ 352.33 crore in the same period last year, recording a growth of 24.19 per cent year-on-year. The railway zone witnessed a significant increase in the loading of cement, containers, fly ash, among others.

The national transporter recently announced its freight loading figures for June 21, registering an increase of 20.37 per cent year-on-year to 112.65 million tonnes. Its’ freight loading for the same month last year stood at 93.59 million tonnes. Moreover, in June 2021, the sector registered its highest-ever freight loading in 10 months – between September 2020 – June 2021.

Comments Indian Railways earned ₹ 1,11,86.81 crore from freight loading last month – 26.7 per cent higher, compared to the corresponding month last year, when it earned ₹ 8,829.68 crore. In the financial year 2020-21, Indian Railways registered double-digit growth in freight traffic and a 10 per cent increase in freight loading, compared to the previous fiscal 2019-20.

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.