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Thursday , 30 June 2022

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MMRDA establishes monsoon control room

The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) has set up a control room to minimise inconvenience to vehicles and pedestrians during the monsoon at construction sites of its various projects. The control room, which will be managed by 41 officials in three shifts and monitored by five MMRDA nodal officers, can be contacted by commuters, motorists and the general public ...

Centre relaxes highway project norms

In a major step to expedite national highway projects and remove hurdles, the Cabinet Committee on Investment (CCI) has relaxed forest clearance norms for the projects. It has also de-linked environmental clearance from forest clearance. It has also raised the ceiling for four-laning of roads under the National Highways Development Project (NHDP) phase-IV from 4,000km to 8,000km. This will be ...

Turbo Consultancy wins LTI award

Laser Technology Inc (LTI) recently hosted its annual International Traffic Safety Dealer Conference at its world headquarters in Centennial, Colorado, USA. LTI manufactures laser-based products used in law enforcement and other industries around the world. Forty five international guests representing dealerships from thirty countries attended the three-day conference. Representing LTI?s products in India, Iqbal Singh Jagdeva, Managing Director and Jagpal ...

Railways to introduce fireproof coaches

Mail and express trains in the country will soon have fire-proof coaches. The new, stainless steel, superfine coaches are being manufactured at the Rail Coach Factory at Kapurthala in Punjab on a trial basis. Technical experts have already approved the design and other safety measures on the coaches. The curtains and other fittings inside the coaches will also be resistant ...

Exclusive pedestrian zones for Chennai

The Chennai Municipal Corporation is planning to make exclusive pedestrian and cycling zones in crowded areas of Chennai with cycles forming a feeder transport to the mass rapid transport system. The city will get bicycle-sharing programme on the lines of the ones in cities such as London and Paris. There will be bicycle stands at bus stops, railway stations and ...

Charge New York? to install 360 charging stations

The state of New York has unveiled ?Charge New York?, an initiative under which about 360 new electric vehicle (EV) charging stations for electric and hybrid vehicles will be installed across the state in the first phase. The initiative plans to take this number up to 3,000 public and workplace charging stations throughout New York over a period of five ...

Highways may double as solar energy generators

Scientists at the Gujarat Energy Research and Management Institute (GERMI) have proposed to use major roads in the country as solar power generators. A paper published by Tirumalachetty Harinarayana, director of GERMI and Pragya Sharma, a co-worker, in the International Journal of Energy, Environment and Engineering, outlines the concept of generating solar power by laying a roof of photovoltaic panels ...

Wooden bicycle

Yojiro Oshima, a design student at the Craft & Industrial Department at Musashino Art University in Tokyo, has designed a completely hand-crafted wooden bicycle. The wooden bike features a sculptural wooden frame that softens the ride while retaining an optimal level of stiffness. Yojiro used hollowed-out 6-12mm sections and bonded them together to create a network of rims and spokes. ...

Alstom to make Bangalore centre a global hub

Alstom Transport, part of the Paris-based Alstom Group, is planning to transform its engineering facility at Bangalore into a global research and development hub. The facility which employs at present about 300 personnel, developing applications and products for its rail signalling projects in Asia and Europe, will be expanded to include a team focused on research, engineering and development of ...

Second UN Global Road Safety Week

The United Nations observed the Second UN Global Safety Week from May 6-12, 2013. The Safety Week was focussed on the urgent need to protect pedestrians worldwide in a better manner and contribute to achieving the goal of the Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020 ? saving five million lives. Dr. Etienne Krug, Director, Department of Violence and Injury ...