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RailTel provides WiFi facility at 6,045 railway stations


RailTel, a Public Sector Undertaking of the Ministry of Railways, has so far provided Wi-Fi facility at 6,045 railway stations.

This information was given by the Minister of Railways, Communications and Electronic and Information Technology, Ashwini Vaishnaw in a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha today.

Indian Railways has decided to provide Wi-Fi facility at all stations except halt stations.

Provision of Wi-Fi at balance stations is in progress and is dependent upon the availability of Infrastructure like Optical Fibre Cable at these stations. Out of these, 55 stations are targeted for completion in this financial year.

Zone-wise detail of Railway Stations where Wi-Fi is commissioned is as below:

Zonal Railway - Total Stations

Eastern - 350

East Central - 400

East Coast - 254

Northeast Frontier - 380

South Eastern - 248

South East Central - 202

Metro Kolkata - 33

Northern - 572

North Eastern - 294

North Central - 286

North Western - 418

South Central - 587

Southern - 542

South Western - 308

Central - 373

West Central - 271

Western - 468

Konkan (KRCL) - 59

Total - 6045


NHAI Makes Drone Survey Mandatory for All National Highways Projects


In order to enhance transparency, uniformity and leverage the latest technology, the National Highways Authority of India has made mandatory use of drones for monthly video recording of National Highway projects during all stages of development, construction, operation and maintenance.

Contractors and Concessionaires shall carry out the drone video recording in presence of Team Leader of the Supervision Consultant and upload comparative project videos of the current and last month on NHAI's portal 'Data Lake', capturing various project-related developments during the month. Supervision Consultants shall analyse these videos and will provide their comments on the digital monthly progress reports covering various aspects of the project development. These videos will also be used by NHAI officials during the physical inspection of the projects to check the discrepancies and rectifications made basis the earlier observations.

Additionally, Project Directors of NHAI shall undertake monthly drone survey from the date of signing of the contract agreement till the start of construction of the project at site and also on completion of the project. NHAI will also undertake monthly drone survey in all developed projects where NHAI is responsible for operation and maintenance.

Since these videos will be permanently stored on the 'Data Lake', they can also be used as evidence during the dispute resolution process before Arbitral Tribunals and Courts.


Cabinet approves Bangalore Metro Rail Project Phase 2A, Phase 2B


The Union Cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, today approved Bangalore Metro Rail Project Phase 2A and Phase 2B.

Phase 2A (Central Silk Board Junction to K.R. Puram) and Phase 2B (K.R. Puram to Airport via Hebbal Junction) together constitute a total length of 58.19 km. The total completion cost of the project is Rs 14,788.101 crore. 

The project aims to provide the much needed additional public transport infrastructure to Bangalore. 


- The project will streamline the urban transportation system in Bengaluru, which is stressed due to intensive developments, an increase in the number of private vehicles and heavy construction in the city putting stress on travel infrastructure and industrial activities. It aims to provide the people with a safe, secure, reliable and comfortable public transport.          

- The Metro Project in itself is an innovation over the conventional system of urban transport. The project involves integration with other urban transport systems in an efficient and effective manner which is possible only by adopting innovative methods of designing, technology and institutional management.

#BengaluruMetro #Bengaluru

Water taxis, ROPAX Ferries will be part of Mumbai's transportation soon


In a bid to promote eco-friendly waterways transportation and reduce the traffic load of crowded Mumbai city roads, 4 new routes for ROPAXferry services and 12 new routes of Water Taxi are planned to be operational by December 2021.

Minister of State (I/C) for Ports, Shipping and Waterways Manuskh Mandaviya today chaired a meeting to review the Urban Water Transportation projects for Mumbai, Maharashtra. Senior Officials of the Ministry, Chairperson of Mumbai Port and officials of Maharashtra Maritime Board and other stakeholders participated in the meeting.

Currently, ROPAX ((roll-on/roll-off passenger) service from Bhaucha Dhakka (Ferry Wharf) to Mandwa (Alibag) is successfully operating by reducing the road journey of 110 km to about 18 km by using waterways, thereby reducing travel time of daily commuters from about 3-4 hours to merely one hour. Following the success of this ferry service, similar services are planned to be operational at various other routes in Mumbai. 

Mr Mansukh Mandaviya, Minister of State (I/C) for Ports, Shipping and Waterways stated that operationalization of new waterways routes is a big step towards Prime Minister Narendra Modi's vision of harnessing waterways and integrating them with the economic development of the country. It will open up new opportunities and avenues to create an ecosystem and network of such ROPAX services and Water Taxi services at numerous other routes in all coastal states.

#Ropax #Mumbai #WaterTaxi

MoRTH Achieves Record breaking Milestone of Constructing 37 kilometres per day of Highways


The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has achieved a record-breaking feat of constructing 37 kilometres of highways per day in the year 2020-21.

The Minister for Road Transport and Highways and MSME Nitin Gadkari last evening felicitated the officials of M/o RTH and presented them with letters of appreciation. The Minister said that this would not have been possible without the dedication and teamwork of the officials and other stakeholders. He said that these achievements are unprecedented and have no parallel in any other country in the world.

Salient features of the M/o RTH:-

  1. Over the last 7 years, the length of National Highways has gone up by 50 per cent from 91,287 km (as of April 2014) to 1,37,625 km (as on 20 March 2021);
  2. Total budgetary outlay increased by 5.5 times, from INR 33,414 Cr in Financial Year 2015 to INR 1,83,101 Cr in Financial Year 2022;
  3. The sanctioned amount has increased by 126 per cent in Financial Year 2021 over Financial Year 2020 despite COVID-19 related impact. Sanctioned length in kilometres has also increased by 9 per cent in Financial Year 2021 over Financial Year 2020;
  4. Average annual project award (annual average award length) during Financial Year 2015 to Financial Year 2021 has increased by 85 per cent compared to FY10 to FY14
  5. Average annual construction (average annual construction length) during FY2015 to FY2021 has increased by 83 per cent compared to FY2010 to FY2014
  6. The cumulative cost of ongoing project works has increased by 54 per cent at the end of Financial Year 2021 compared to Financial Year 2020 (as on March 31st)


22 new routes operationalised in last three days under UDAN scheme


As many as 22 new routes have been operationalised in the last three days under the UDAN scheme out of which 6 new routes have been operationalised in North-East India. 

The first direct flight from Shillong (Meghalaya) to Agartala (Tripura) under the UDAN scheme was flagged off today after the successful commencement of the flight operations on Shillong (Meghalaya)- Silchar (Assam) route yesterday.

On 28th March 2021, 18 new routes were flagged off under the UDAN scheme. The routes that commenced operations were Gorakhpur (Uttar Pradesh) to Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh) which is a state-supported UDAN route, Kurnool (Andhra Pradesh) to Bangalore (Karnataka), Vishakhapatnam (Andhra Pradesh), and Chennai (Tamil Nadu), from Agra (Uttar Pradesh) to Bangalore (Karnataka) and Bhopal (Madhya Pradesh), from Prayagraj (Uttar Pradesh) to Bhubaneswar (Odisha) and Bhopal (Madhya Pradesh). In addition to these routes, new flight connectivity was established from Dibrugarh (Assam) to Dimapur (Nagaland).


Kurnool Airport inaugurated


Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri inaugurated the Kurnool Airport, Orvakal, Andhra Pradesh in a virtual ceremony today.

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y S Jaganmohan Reddy attended the inauguration at Kurnool airport along with senior officials and other important stakeholders. Senior officials of the Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA) and Airport Authority of India (AAI) also attended the event virtually. Kurnool is the 6th airport in Andhra Pradesh to become functional after Kadapa, Visakhapatnam, Tirupati, Rajahmundry and Vijayawada.

The flight operations at Kurnool airport will commence on 28th March 2021 under the Regional Connectivity Scheme – Ude Desh Ka Aam Nagrik (RCS-UDAN). Direct flight operations to Bangalore, Vishakhapatnam and Chennai will bring the region closer to the major hubs in South India. These routes were approved by the MoCA under the UDAN 4 bid process last year. The Government of India and the Government of Andhra Pradesh will jointly share the VGF towards the operations on an 80:20 basis. As many as 56 unserved and underserved airports (including 5 heliports+ 2 water aerodrome) with 325 routes have been operationalised under UDAN across the length and breadth of India until now.

#HardeepSinghPuri #Kurnool

NHAI to develop over 600 Wayside Amenities along National Highways


In a bid to improve commuters' experience on National Highways, the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) is planning to develop world-class 'Wayside Amenities' at more than 600 locations across 22 states along the National Highways in the next five years.

Out of these, 130 are targeted for development in 2021-22 and NHAI has already invited bids to develop 120 such wayside amenities. As per the plan, wayside amenities will be developed every 30-50 km along the current and upcoming Highways and Expressways.

The amenities will include numerous facilities for passengers such as Fuel Station, Electric Charging Facilities, Food Court, Retail Shops, ATM, Toilets with shower facility, Children Playing Area, Clinic, Village Haat for local handicrafts etc.

Keeping in view the specific requirements of truckers, separate 'Truckers Blocks' will be developed at large amenities that will include Truck and Trailer Parking, Auto Workshop, Truckers Dormitory, Cooking and Washing area, Toilets with shower, Clinic, Eateries, Retail shops etc.

The facilities such as electric charging stations will help in promoting the use of electric vehicles, thus, reducing pollution. The amenities will also promote the local economy by generating employment opportunities and help local people to market their unique produce/ handicrafts etc. at village haats developed at the amenities.

NHAI will develop these wayside amenities across the country with a combined area of over 3,000 hectares. All upcoming greenfield/brownfield National Highway projects will be provisioned to have wayside amenities and logistic parks.


CCTV cameras provided at 686 Railway Stations


Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) cameras have been provided at 686 stations by the Indian Railways for surveillance and monitoring. This information was given by the Minister of Railways Piyush Goyal in a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha today.

Online monitoring through Close Circuit Television (CCTV) cameras is done at Passenger Reservation centre as well as other areas of major railway stations. If any unlawful/suspicious activity is observed, immediate action is taken.

Presently prevention of entry of persons is not done by using CCTV monitoring. However, surveillance on persons indulging in suspicious /objectionable activities is maintained and intervention is made as and when the need arises, the reply stated.


Indian Railways launches massive drive against smoking and carriage of inflammable material


In view of incidents of fire resulting in loss of property and danger to life in various Zonal Railways, Indian Railways has launched a massive drive against smoking and carriage of inflammable material through Railways.

The above drive was launched on 22nd March 2021 with legal action from 31st March 2021. The drive may continue till 30th April 2021.

Indian Railways has instructed all Zonal Railways to take the following measures in mission mode:

1. Intensive Awareness Drive: An intensive awareness drive of 7 days may be launched to educate all the stakeholders i.e. railway users and railway/non-railway employees working at stations and in trains such as parcel staff, leaseholders and their staff, parcel porters, catering staff, staff engaged through outsourcing among others about precautions to be taken against fire incidents like enforcing "No Smoking", preventing carriage of inflammable material through rail, checking SLRs/VPUs/Leased parcels against the transportation of inflammable material etc by direct interaction, distribution of leaflets, pamphlets, pasting of stickers, conducting Nukkad Nataks, announcement through PA System at stations, advertisement in print, electronic media and social media etc.

2. Post the massive awareness drive, an intensive and sustained drive should be launched for the following:

a. Intensive drive may be conducted against smoking in trains and railway premises and violators may be booked under relevant provisions of Railways Act or Tobacco Act. An officer not below the rank of ticket collector of the commercial department or an officer of equivalent rank of operating department or an officer not below the rank of ASI in RPF has been notified as competent to act under the provisions of Cigarette and Other Tobacco Products Act 2003.

b. Regular checks may be done in trains against carriage of inflammable and explosive goods, including pantry cars (for carriage of LPG cylinders) and violators may be booked under relevant sections of Railways Act.

c. Regular checks may be undertaken in platforms, yards, washing/sick lines, stables coaches to check cases of lighting fire, using sigri for cooking food, collection of inflammable debris among others. The fueling points may also be covered under these checks. Legal action may be taken against the culprits.

d. Checking of parcels booked through Parcel offices/leaseholders may be done to curb chances of booking of inflammable and explosives material.

e. Action against authorized/unauthorized vendors using sigri/stoves in train and at platforms may also be taken.