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Saturday , 29 January 2022

National

Railways launch solar powered gate signals

Implementing the resolution in the 2013-14 Railway budget, the Thiruvananthapuram railway division moved closer to running about 384 level crossing gates on solar power. The initiative is part of the railways’ plan to use renewable energy sources and environment-friendly energy conservation measures. The plan aims to eventually run 1,000 level crossings on solar power and would give the railways tax ...

Railways to develop land for revenue

The Railways plans to commercially develop land owned by it in Mumbai to augment its revenue. Revenue has been under considerable strain on the one hand due to constant increase in diesel prices, increase in staff salaries, the need to run more trains, and on the other hand due to the constraints in increasing passenger fares. The Mumbai Vikas Corporation ...

Expressway Authority to be launched

The Central government is in the process of setting up an Expressway Authority of India to oversee the development of a high speed road network across the country. The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways will very soon send a proposal to the Union Cabinet for its approval. A separate Expressway Authority has been necessitated by the fact that the ...

PPP projects to become more flexible

The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways is considering giving more powers to lenders to revive interest among investors in public-private partnership (PPP) based road and highway projects. An example of this is the proposal to modify the Model Concession Agreement (MCA) for the road sector such that lenders can petition replacement of a concessionaire if it fails to meet ...

Thane gets India?s first RFID based ETC system

India?s first interoperable RFID (Radio Frequency Identification Device) based electronic toll collection system has been launched in Thane, Maharashtra on the Mumbai-Ahmedabad highway. The electronic toll collection (ETC) system enables payment without the need for vehicles to stop for the toll collection, and also allows traffic monitoring. Motorists can create a pre-paid toll account online and are given RFID tags ...

Mumbai may get air-conditioned trains

Mumbai may soon get air-conditioned trains on the suburban section. The Railways has been holding discussions with Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL), Dutch technical consulting firm Structon Rail and the Research Design and Standards Organisation (RDSO) on the matter. Surveys conducted by the Mumbai Rail Vikas Corporation have shown commuters favouring the introduction of air-conditioned trains. BHEL is expected to ...

MoRTH uses Google hangout

The Minister for Road Transport & Highways Dr C P Joshi recently interacted with people via Google hangout. The minister answered queries on a wide variety of topics, ranging from road safety and toll collection to traffic management. Some of the questions were on the measures the ministry was taking to prepare a comprehensive database, like the ones in the ...

Hyderabad Metro gets rail for tracks

Hyderabad Metro has received its first set of rails – about 5,000 tonnes of rails from Tata Steel, France, which is one of the largest suppliers of rails to major rail projects around the world. The project needs about 22,500 tonnes of rails which will be procured in six lots. Each rail is 18m long and weighs about 1100kg. Since ...

Wi-Fi facility launched on Rajdhani Express

The Railways has launched Wi-fi facility on the Howrah Rajdhani Express as a pilot project. The facility is being offered free of cost currently. The technology uses a satellite communication link to provide internet access to the train and wi-if connectivity to different coaches. The satellite communication link has been arranged through a satellite hub facility set up by Indian ...

Urban Transport and the role of Metro Rail

Dr. Sudhir Krishna, Secretary, Union Ministry of Urban Development (MoUD) delivered the keynote address at the Metro Rail India-2013 conference organised by the ITP Publishing Group at Hotel ITC Chola, Chennai in February. He said that the choice of Metro Rail has to be based on a Comprehensive Mobility Plan and Alternatives Analysis with networked connectivity in the region as ...