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BRO restores connectivity to 13 border villages of Uttarakhand in record time


A 200-feet Bailey Bridge, built by Border Roads Organisation (BRO) in Reini Village on Joshimat – Malari road, across the Rishiganga River was thrown open for the public on 3rd March 2021. With this, BRO has restored connectivity, in a record time of 26 days, to the 13 border villages of Uttarakhand’s Chamoli district that were cut off due flash floods on 7th February 2021. 

DG BRO Lt Gen Rajeev Chaudhry lauded the efforts of the personnel of 21 Border Roads Task Force (BRTF) of Project Shivalik and the Chief Engineer Project, Shivalik and his team of Karma Yogis who worked round-the-clock to achieve this feat. He said BRO has named that bridge 'The Bridge of Compassion' as a tribute to the fallen Karma Yogis of Renie Power Plant & NTPC Power Plant. He thanked the state government for providing support and assistance to BRO in completing this difficult task. 

On the 7th of February, the Glacial lake outburst flood (GLOF) in Rishiganga River had washed away a 90-metre RCC Bridge near Reini Village on Joshimat – Malari road. The bridge was the only link to Niti Border in Chamoli district. The GLOF had also washed away a hydro-electric plant located at the same site. More than 200 workers of the hydro-electric plant were trapped. 

The BRO swung into action by deploying 20 small teams consisting of 200 personnel of 21 BRTF under Project Shivalik in the affected area for relief and rehabilitation work. More than 100 vehicles/equipment and plants that included 15 Heavy Earth Moving equipment/machinery like Hydraulic Excavators, Dozers, JCBs and Wheel Loaders etc were pressed into service. BRO also inducted critical equipment with the help of the Indian Air Force. 

The task was very challenging due to the steep cliff on far bank and 25-30 metres debris/muck on the home bank and the non-availability of working space on either side.

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Present increase in platform ticket prices at some stations is Temporary, says Railways


The Ministry of Railways today issued a statement on some reports in the media regarding the price of platform tickets.

The statement said that the hike in price of platform ticket is a temporary measure and is a field activity undertaken by the railway administration in the interest of the safety of passengers and to prevent overcrowding at stations. It stated that deterring more persons to visit the station, the platform ticket charges are increased from time to time after assessing the ground situation.

"This is in practice for many years and is used occasionally as a SHORT TERM crowd control measure. There is NOTHING new about it," the statement said.

Considering the upsurge of COVID in a few states, the Indian Railway is discouraging people from unnecessary crowding at the platforms. Rush at the platforms during the pandemic situation also needs to be regulated. The exercise is in the Public interest only, the statement informed.

In March 2020, many divisions in Railways enhanced the platform ticket price at various stations to avoid crowding. Later, this was revoked over a period of time for example Central Zone, ECR to name a few. During festivals like Chathh, Diwali or Melas etc as well in different zones it is often temporarily increased and later on rolled back.

Regulation and controlling of the crowd at stations is the responsibility of DRMs. Powers are delegated to DRMs since 2015 to raise platform ticket to regulate rush at platforms during specific requirements like mela, rally etc. The power to change charges of platform ticket has been delegated to DRM s due to field management requirement, the statement added.


Chennai Metro Rail takes another people friendly step


After witnessing a spike in the number of commuters post COVID-19 unlock and reducing the fares to further increase patronage, Chennai Metro rail has gone a step ahead in making travel easier and faster for the people of Chennai.

It has introduced a one-day tourist card which comes with unlimited rides for Rs 150. This includes Rs 50 which will be refunded once the card is given back to CMRL.

This will be very useful to those who travel across the city for various purposes within a given day as normal charges cost Rs 50 one way from Airport to Wimco Nagar.

#Chennai #ChennaiMetroRail

Highest number of domestic flights witnessed since resumption


The number of domestic passengers on 28th February 2021 rose to 3,13,668 on 2,353 flights, Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep S Puri said. He further stated that this is the highest since the resumption of domestic flights on 25th May 2020.

Total flight movements on 28th February 2021 were 4,699. The total number of footfalls in airports was 6,17,824.

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, domestic flight operations were ceased with effect from midnight (11:59 pm) of 24th March 2020. The operation resumed after two months on 25th May 2020.

#COVID19 #HardeepSinghPuri

Indian Railways to reactivate facility of UTS ON MOBILE App in zones where unreserved train services are reintroduced


To decongest ticket booking counters and to ensure smooth compliance with social distancing norms, the facility to book unreserved tickets through UTS ON MOBILE app is being reactivated by Indian Railways, a release issued by the Ministry of Railways stated.

On Indian Railways, unreserved train services are being introduced in a phased manner. In order to avoid any inconvenience to passengers in booking unreserved tickets and to ensure norms of social distancing at booking counters while purchasing the tickets, it has been decided that in addition to UTS ON MOBILE App facility available on suburban sections, this facility may also be reintroduced on non-suburban sections of zonal Railways.

Zonal Railways have been instructed that whenever unreserved train services are introduced on any zonal Railway, the zonal Railway concerned may accordingly enable UTS ON MOBILE app for issuing unreserved tickets.


Rs 3,05,984 Crore scheme to be launched for Revamped Reforms in Power Distribution Sector


Expressing serious concern over the viability of power distribution companies, Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman in her budget speech of 2021-22, proposed an outlay of Rs 3,05,984 crore over 5 years for a revamped reforms-based result-linked power distribution sector Scheme.

The Scheme will provide assistance to DISCOMS for infrastructure creation, including pre-paid smart metering and feeder separation, upgradation of systems, etc. tied to financial improvements.

During her budget speech, Ms Sitharaman also pointed towards the monopolies of distribution companies across the country and proposed to put in place a competitive framework to give consumers alternatives to choose from among more than one distribution companies.

"The past 6 years have seen a number of reforms and achievements in the power sector, we have added 139 Giga watts of installed capacity, connected an additional 2.8 crore households and added 1.41 lakh circuit km of transmission lines," Ms Sitharaman stated.

For a green and sustainable future, the Finance Minister also proposed to launch a comprehensive National Hydrogen Energy Mission in 2021-22 for generating Hydrogen from green power sources fulfilling the announcement made by Prime Minister in November 2020.


UTS Mobile App to be enabled in Chennai Suburban Network


In a bid to increase the convenience of suburban passengers, booking of Unreserved tickets through Mobile Unreserved Ticketing System (UTS - on - Mobile Application) will be re-introduced and enabled from 1st of February 2021 in the Suburban area of Chennai.

Tickets in suburban train services can be booked through UTS Mobile app only in Suburban sections of Chennai Suburban Terminus - Tiruvallur, Royapuram - Gummidipoondi, Chennai Beach - Chengalpattu and Chennai Beach - Velachery (MRTS).

In view of the ongoing COVID pandemic, mobile ticketing facility will be available round the clock except during the hours from 06.30 hrs to 09.30 hrs and 16.00 hrs to 19.00 hrs.

UTS Mobile App can be downloaded from Google Play store and Apple store.

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Mah CM unveils first Metro Rail for Line 7 and 2A


Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray today unveiled the First Metro Rail for the Metro Line 7 and 2A, Branding Manual and Travel Card.

He also inaugurated the Operation Control Centre, Charkop Metro Depot and Receiving Sub Station.

Maharashtra Cabinet Ministers Eknath Shinde, Nawab Malik, Aditya Uddhav Thackeray and Mumbai Mayor Kishori Pednekar.

#UddhavThackeray #MumbaiMetro

Maharashtra Government asks Railways to allow Mumbai local trains for all categories

Maharashtra Government has written a letter to Western and Central Railway requesting them that local train services be allowed to all categories of the public.

The Government has requested for the service to be allowed in the following manner:

1. Local Train Services be allowed from the start of services for the day to 7 am and then again from 12 pm to 4 pm in the afternoon and from 9 pm to closure of local train services for the day with effect from 1st February 2021.

2. The local train services will be restricted to the essential services staff only as is being permitted currently from7 am to 12 pm and from 4 pm to 9 pm.

3. The State Government has also directed that:

- Shops will be allowed to operate till 2300 hrs

- Restaurants will be allowed to operate till 1 am

- But, 30 per cent limit for staff will continue to be in force and above establishments to operate as per the SOPs issued for the daily operations of the same by various departments of the State Government.

The letter also mentioned that the State Government authorities will also be requesting all the above establishments to stagger their work schedule in a manner wherein the staff will be able to avail the services of the local trains in the timings mentioned above.

#MumbaiLocalTrains #Maharashtra

Western Railway to run additional 99 special suburban services

In a step towards maintaining social distancing and to avoid overcrowding, Western Railway has taken the decision of increasing the number of daily Special Suburban services from 1201 to 1300 with effect from Friday, 29th January 2021, with the addition of 99 additional services.

Presently, 1201 special suburban services are being operated by Western Railway for essential services staff and other categories as notified by Government of Maharashtra.

According to a press release issued by Sumit Thakur – Chief Public Relations Officer of Western Railway, out of the increased 99 services, 28 services have been increased during morning peak hours and 35 services during evening peak hours for the convenience of commuters.

Mr Thakur stated that out of the total 99 services increased:

  1. 29 services have been increased in Churchgate - Borivali sector,
  2. 28 services increased in Churchgate - Goregaon sector,
  3. 13 services increased in Churchgate – Andheri sector,
  4. 9 services increased in Churchgate – Bandra sector,
  5. 7 services increased in Dadar - Virar sector,
  6. 3 services each increased in Andheri - Virar sector and Mahalaxmi – Borivali sector,
  7. 2 services each increased in Borivali - Virar sector, Borivali – Vasai Road sector, Borivali – Nalasopara sector and Bandra – Borivali sector and
  8. 1 service each have been increased in Bandra – Nalasopara, Churchgate – Bhayander, Borivali – Bhayander & Mumbai Central – Borivali sectors.

#Mumbai #WesternRailway