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Ghaziabad Metro | State Cabinet approves revised DPR and funding pattern for metro project

Lucknow: The Uttar Pradesh cabinet, headed by chief minister Yogi Adityanath, approved the revised detailed project report and the funding pattern, which is to be shared by different UP agencies, for the 9.41 kilometre Ghaziabad metro project.
The decision was taken in a cabinet meeting held in Lucknow and the revised detailed project report (DPR), estimating the cost of the project Rs2,210 crore, was approved, the official spokesperson for the UP government said. The previous cost of the project was Rs1,770 crore (as estimated in 2012) and was revised by the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) in 2014.
The approval of the revised DPR was pending since the tenure of the previous government, under then chief minister Akhilesh Yadav. A proposal was sent in January 2016 by then vice-chairman of the Ghaziabad Development Authority to the UP government for clearance.
The approval of the revised DPR will now pave the way for a grant of Rs402.4 crore from the Government of India. The DMRC will provide Rs328 crore for the project, officials said.
Further, the cabinet also approved the funding pattern and funds sharing for the project. The funding pattern was already decided at the state level and state agencies were to share the cost of the project.
As per the approval, the Ghaziabad Development Authority (GDA) will pitch in Rs695.8 crore and the Ghaziabad municipal corporation will contribute Rs 246.35 crore. Of the two Ghaziabad agencies, GDA has already paid its share.
Besides the two agencies, UP Avas Vikas Parishad and UP state industrial development corporation are expected to contribute Rs 440.45 crore and Rs 97 crore, respectively.
In a state-level meeting held last week in Lucknow, officials had asked the agencies to provide funds for the metro project. Officials said that the issue was pending for long and the agencies had reservations about their contribution.
UP principal secretary Mukul Singhal had also visited Ghaziabad on August 25 and said that the approval of the revised cost, DPR and the funding pattern was pending since. Following the visit, an appraisal of the project was taken up and sent for clearance to DMRC.
The 9.41km metro extension is coming up on an elevated corridor from Dilshad Garden in Delhi to New Bus Stand in Ghaziabad. In Ghaziabad, the officials have decided to construct eight stations — at Shaheed Nagar, Raj Bagh, Rajendra Nagar, Shyam Park, Mohan Nagar, Arthala, river Hindon and New Bus Stand.


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Delhi Metro | DMRC to upgrade ticketing technology to provide seamless journey to commuters

New Delhi: In a bid to provide seamless journey to the commuters, the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) is going to upgrade the ticketing technology and has invited the expression of interest for implementation of EMV (Europay, MasterCard, and Visa) and RuPay based open loop ticketing in DMRC including comprehensive maintenance of automatic fare collection (AFC) system of Phase 1, 2, and 3 stations.
The Delhi Metro envisages upgrading the existing AFC system to enable the EMV, a technical standard for smart cards, EMV, and RuPay based open loop ticketing following the National Common Mobility Card (NCMC) model.
The NCMC model is specified by the ministry of housing and urban affairs for interoperability with other operators by use of non-proprietary standards so that the interface is scalable to other networks such as transit operator, retail outlets, parking, etc. in Delhi-NCR.
“The existing AFC technology and infrastructure (hardware and software including Back Office and external interfaces) needs to be updated accordingly,” said sources.
This facility will be launched in the coming months with the aim of providing an open loop card payment system that would enable multi-model transport ticketing. A commuter will be able to travel on various modes of transport using a single ticket. The advanced card, which will look like an ATM card, can be swiped at the machines installed at the Metro rail stations to begin the journey on Delhi Metro.
This facility will enable a passenger to order commodities while travelling in Delhi Metro and collect the goods from a particular Metro rail station.
The Delhi Metro is a rail system serving Delhi and its satellite cities of Faridabad, Gurgaon, Noida, and Ghaziabad in the National Capital Region in India.
Globally, there is no nationwide common card, except in Singapore, wherein interoperability is confined to the city only.


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Agra Metro | Centre rejects detailed project report of metro rail in City

Agra: Central government has rejected detailed project report (DPR) of Agra metro rail development project. Now, Agra Development Authority (ADA) will have to prepare new DPR in accordance with the norms of the metro rail policy 2017 laid down by the ministry of urban development. For this, initial survey will start soon.
Yogendra Kumar, officer on special duty, ADA said, “Detailed guidelines regarding Agra metro rail development project are awaited. Following which initial survey will be initiated. DPR will be prepared afresh based on latest metro rail policy laid down by ministry.”
ADA sources said around Rs 2.5 crore was spent on preparing the DPR.


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UP Govt to set up Uttar Pradesh Metro Rail Corporation for new metro projects

Lucknow: With the centre insisting on a unified metro rail authority in states for overseeing all future metro projects, the Uttar Pradesh Government is ready with the draft blueprint of a dedicated regulatory body.
Chief minister Yogi Adityanath set the ball rolling on September 5 when he announced the setting up of UP Metro Rail Corporation (UPMRC). “We have submitted the proposal for the corporation and it is now being vetted by the law department,” confirmed a housing department official, adding that the regulatory body would be modelled on the lines of Maha-Metro Rail Corporation of Maharashtra. UP had nine metro rail projects in various stages under its belt and so there was an urgent need for such an umbrella body to supervise them, he said.
Union Home Minister Sh Raj Nath Singh and CM Sh Yogi Aditya Nath flagged off the first metro train for commercial run
“Ours is the only state in the country which has so many metro rail projects going on in various cities at the same time. Since these are major capital intensive projects and require a lot of coordination with other departments for power, land and other infrastructure facilities, a separate body to supervise and manage these ventures was required,” he said.
Like the Urban Mass Transit Company (UMTC), a consultancy partner of the Union Ministry of Urban Development (MoUD), this authority too would have metro rail, transport experts, planning and engineering professionals as members. The authority, besides ensuring execution of metro rail projects, would also advise the state government on various other urban transport and mobility solutions.
The organisation’s head would be the chief secretary or an officer equal in rank. The authority would be under the administrative control of the UP Housing Town and Country Planning Department, whose principle secretary would be its member secretary.
Metro rail projects are presently underway in Ghaziabad, Lucknow, Noida and Greater Noida. While the foundation stone for Kanpur metro has already been laid, RITES (Rail India Technical and Engineering Services) is preparing the DPRs of Agra, Meerut and Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s parliamentary constituency, Varanasi. Work to draft the metro rail blueprint is also on in UP CM’s constituency Gorakhpur and Allahabad.
The UP government has already appointed ‘Metro Man’ E Sreedharan as its principal advisor for all metro rail ventures in the State. Till this full-fledged body takes a formal shape, the state government has appointed Lucknow Metro Rail Corporation – a special purpose vehicle overseeing the implementation of Lucknow Metro Rail project – as the nodal agency for the proposed Gorakhpur, Agra, Varanasi, Kanpur and Meerut metro rail projects.
“The LMRC is dominated by ex- DMRC experts and is hard pressed to monitor other projects with its skeleton work force. It has just initiated the process of hiring more staff to take care of its own day-to-day affairs and operations,” said an LMRC official.


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CM Yogi announces new metro rail projects for three more cities of the state

Lucknow: Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Tuesday announced the State government will soon introduce metro rail services in Meerut, Kanpur and Varanasi. Addressing the media at a press conference marking six months of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government in the state, the Chief Minister also said the government will soon bring in new industrial policies in the state.
CM Adityanath also said the government has successfully formed an anti-land mafia force to tackle the menace. Adityanath said, “We’re launching systematic drive which will help the Government retrieve 1000 hectares of land which have been in grips of land mafia since years.”  From newer uniforms in primary schools to law and order situation, here are things the Uttar Pradesh CM said at the press conference:
Lucknow Metro flagged off for commercial run




It was priority to rid UP of jungle raj. Happy that hard work by ministers has instilled sense of confidence in people
It is the responsibility of the Government to answer the public
Casteism and dynasty rule has ruined Uttar Pradesh until now, but in the BJP, there is no space for them
For the farmers, the BJP has worked largely for the welfare of the farmers
Has waived the loans of 86 lakh farmers
The Government brought 35 lakh metric tonnes of wheat directly from the farmers
For welfare of farmers, we started the system to provide them tube wells & solar pumps
The Government aims to provide employment to 10 lakh youth within the state
Skill development programmes will also largely help in employing the youth
Government is also working to link E-Office
Anti-Land Mafia Task Force has been created to check the menace
Systematic drive to help the Government retrieve 1000 hectares of land which have been in grips of land mafia is being planned
Government identified more than 35 lakh ration cards as fake, out of which over 30 lakh cards have been cancelled
The Government is also making efforts to make roads in Uttar Pradesh free of potholes and has successfully made more than 80,000 kilometer roads pothole-free
The ‘School Chalo’ Programme has been successful in Basic education
Following changes in curriculum, enrollment into schools will increase
The government will also provide sweaters to children during the winters
Major parts of the state lacked access to electricity, with more than one crore families with no electricity connection
The BJP government has provided free electricity connection to more than 16 lakh families in just six months
Free education for girl students will be initiated soon
Will promote LED lights across the state to save electricity

CM Yogi also emphasised that the Government provided relief to the more than 30 lakh people affected by the recent floods. He said the government supplied ration packets as relief to more than seven lakh families.
Following recent incidents of death in the state due to encephalitis, he said the government has also made arrangements for treatment of encephalitis.
In terms of infrastructure, the government is also working on to construct the Bundelkhand Expressway. The CM said work for the Purvanchal Expressway will also be initiated and Uttar Pradesh government is corresponding with the Central government in this matter.

Metro services will be introduced in Kanpur and Agra soon.
The CM also boasted how after March 2017, there has not been a single incident of riot. Aditynath said, “Prior to that, we had seen cases of riots taking place in the state.”


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BHEL may make rolling stock for high speed bullet train in India

New Delhi: Bharat Heavy Electrical Limited (BHEL) has moved higher by 10% to Rs 146 in intraday trade on the back of heavy volumes after Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe on Thursday laid foundation stone for India’s first bullet train between Ahmedabad and Mumbai.
The stock settled the trade 3.6% higher at Rs 137 on the BSE.
On June 29, 2017 the state-owned BHEL had entered into a technology collaboration agreement with Kawasaki Heavy Industries, (KHI), Japan for the manufacture of stainless steel coaches for metros.
KHI is a manufacturer of heavy equipment and its rolling stock company has supplied EMU trainsets to various countries like the US, Singapore, Taiwan and Hong Kong, alongside Japan, the statement said. KHI is also the manufacturer and supplier of the Shinkansen High Speed Bullet Trains, proposed to be introduced in India on the Mumbai-Ahmedabad High Speed Rail Corridor. The pact will enable BHEL to produce stainless steel coaches indigenously, it added.
The Technology Collaboration Agreement covers establishing a state-of-the-art design, engineering and manufacturing facilities at BHEL, India using Japanese technology, a company statement said.
The pact will also entitle BHEL for all technology advances and upgrades. BHEL has been supplying the Indian Railways both electric and diesel locomotives, EMUs, and propulsion system sets and drives for the same. Kolkata Metro, the first metro project in India, is equipped with BHEL made propulsion system.
Meanwhile, in past four trading sessions, the stock rallied 14% after the BHEL has fixed September 30, 2017 as the record date for the purpose of issuance of bonus shares of the company in the ratio of 1 (One) new equity bonus share Rs 2 each for every 2 (Two) existing equity shares of Rs 2 each.


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10 mind-blowing facts about Mumbai-Ahmedabad High Speed Bullet Train project

India’s first bullet train – a dream project for the country – is set to see the light of the day this week. Not just that, if Indian Railways has its way, you may get to travel on the Ahmedabad-Mumbai bullet train in less than 5 years time! The Narendra Modi government has set an ambitious deadline of starting the bullet train on August 15, 2022 – the day that India marks its 75th year of Independence. On September 14, Japanese PM Shinzo Abe along with PM Narendra Modi will lay the foundation stone for this historic and gigantic infrastructure project that is going to cost India approximately Rs 1,10,000 crore.
The bullet train or high-speed train project was originally scheduled to be completed in 2023, but Railway Minister Piyush Goyal has been quoted as saying that PM Modi is confident that Indian engineers will achieve the feat in lesser time. The bullet train project, which has been in works for some years now, was given the clearance by Modi government in 2015.


(Narendra Modi and Japanese PM Shinzo Abe in Gujarat)

The unprecedented scale of the infrastructure projects assumes special significance given the fact that it comes under ‘Make in India’. Not only that, Piyush Goyal is confident that once India absorbs the technology of making bullet trains, it will be able to export to the world as well! That’s just one amazing fact about the project, though! From a 7 kilometre long under-sea tunnel to a maximum speed of 350 kmph – we take a look at 10 mind-blowing facts about India’s first bullet train project:
1. Cheaper than flights? The government, in its own words, aims to keep the bullet train ride “affordable for all”. Railways officials, quoted by PTI, have said that the fare would be comparable to that of Rajdhani Express AC-2 tier.
2. Seating capacity and frequency: Japan’s Shinkansen E5 series of bullet trains have been identified for the project. The bullet train – with executive and economy-class seats – will have 10 coaches that will be able to seat as many as 750 passengers. Later, Indian Railways proposes to add 6 more coaches to take the seating capacity to 1,250 passengers. Initially, 35 bullet trains will be operated. By 2053 this number is likely to go up to 105. The bullet trains are expected to do 70 Ahmedabad-Mumbai sorties in a day. While 24 bullet trains will be imported from Japan, the rest will be manufactured in India, reported IANS.
3. Train features: Earlier in the year, PTI had reported that Shinkansen bullet train for India will have two extra-spacious toilets for wheelchair-bound passengers, multi- purpose room for breast feeding and sick passengers, wall-mounted type urinals, baby toilet seats and western style toilets.
4. Stations: Covering a distance of 508 kilometres, the bullet train between the two business hubs of Ahmedabad and Mumbai will cover a total of 12 stations; Mumbai, Thane, Virar, Boisar, Vapi, Bilimora, Surat, Bharuch, Vadodara, Anand, Ahmedabad and Sabarmati.
5. Travel duration and speed: Two trip options will be offered by Indian Railways. With stops at limited stations – Surat and Vadodara – the train will take 2 hours 7 minutes to travel between Mumbai and Ahmedabad. However, the train that will stop at all stations will take 2 hours and 58 minutes. The bullet train will run at an operating speed of 320 kmph and a maximum speed of 350 kmph!
6. Under-sea tunnel: Passengers will get to travel in a 21-km long tunnel while riding the bullet train – 7km of which would be under the sea!
7. Peter not paying for Paul? That’s what Indian Railways claims. The bullet train project is being made at a cost of Rs 1,10,000 crore. Out of this, the Japanese government is providing a loan of Rs 88,000 crore at a “miniscule” interest rate of 0.1%. The loan can be repaid over a time span of 50 years, with the repayment beginning 15 years after disbursement. The loan interest ranges between Rs 7-8 crore a month and the government claims it will not put any strain on existing financial resources. “Clearly Peter is not paying for Paul,” the government claims.
8. Make in India & Transfer of Technology objectives: One of the biggest benefits of the bullet train project will come from the fact that Indian engineers and labour will gain knowledge and skills to ‘Make in India’ the parts and rolling stock. This, in turn, would be beneficial for future high-speed rail projects that are being planned for other routes in the country – and as Railway Minister Piyush Goyal said – we may even start exporting!
9. Jobs and Skill India: According to the Modi government, the project is likely to generate employment for about 20,000 workers during the construction phase. These workers will be trained specially to take up construction of such projects in India. “Some of the new areas where construction skills would be developed are ballast-less track, under sea tunnel etc,” says the government, adding that a dedicated High-Speed Rail Training Institute is being developed at Vadodara.
10. Safety: The train delay record of Shinkansen is less than a minute with zero fatality, says Japan. Not only that, the technology for disaster predictions and preventions will also be acquired. This would make sure safety is maintained in case of any natural calamity such as an earthquake etc. Modi government hopes that with this technology, India will leapfrog to the cutting edge of latest train developments.


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Metro Rail News | Article Writing Contest - September 2017

The Metro Rail News editorial team is proud to announce its worldwide project of connecting working and non-working professionals, journalists, railway & public transport engineers, research associates, freelance writers and engineering / management students on an intellectual platform. This platform also encourage youngsters to improve their editorial / writing skills and learn about benefits of green metro systems, smart public transport, their role in global climate change, smart cities, chronicle development in technology and involved strategies & policies.
Topic of the Month (September 2017):

Future of Hyperloop Technology in Indian Cities.
Need of High Speed Bullet Trains in India in view of recent operational failures of Indian Railways.
Modi – Abe Meet: Future of technology transformation between two countries.
New Metro Rail Policy 2017: Will new policy change the the smart transportation system in India?
Lucknow Metro: Impact on life of City of Nawabs
Future of Metrino projects in India
Smart Cities: How smart public transportation will make citizens smart?
Driverless (UTO) Metro Train: Advantage and disadvantage in context of increasing commuters in metropolitan cities.

Article length: Article should be greater than 2000 words in English only.
Last date of submission: 30th day September 2017
Result Announcement: 5th day of October 2017 at www.metrorailnews.in
Mode of submission: In MS-Word format via e-mail to editor@metrorailnews.in
Who can participate: Open to all. (Participant should not be an active member of editorial team of any print magazine/newspaper)
Prize / Cash Award for best entries: Once the article is submitted our editorial team will review it thoroughly. 5 best entries will be selected by our Editorial Board for publication in our Metro Rail News (Monthly) Magazine as well as on our news portal www.metrorailnews.in
The writers of first 3 selected entries will be honored with Cash award + Appreciation certificate by the Symbroj Media Pvt. Ltd. and its associates (including sponsors):-

1st Rank: ₹2500.00 (or equivalent currency)
2nd Rank: ₹1500.00 (or equivalent currency)
3rd Rank: ₹1000.00 (or equivalent currency)

Besides the above, the article garnering maximum page previews / readership will be selected for our “Quarterly Award Programme”. A cash prize of ₹5000.00 or equivalent currency will be given to writer of highest readership earning article.  Writers will get a period of one month to promote their articles on social media to get more readership.
Rules, terms & conditions:-

Articles should be accomplished with brief bio of writer, a passport size photograph along with link of his/her LinkedIn profile.
A person can send one article in each topic. Multiple article on same topic will not be allowed.
Only the original works will be published. Any attempt to publish copied content will be discarded, and the defaulter will be banned from participating in the next contest.
All communication will be made either through our news portal or e-mail to the winners.
Metro Rail News reserved it rights to publish selected articles on one or more websites. However, due credits will be given to author.
Decision of Metro Rail News Editorial Team will be final and binding.



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Japan Railways appoints Sanjeev Sinha as Advisor Ahmadabad-Mumbai Bullet Train project

New Delhi: Japan Railways had appointed IIT Kanpur alumni Sanjeev Sinha as advisor for project of Ahmadabad-Mumbai high speed bullet train.
In a conversation with Economic Times, Sinha said, “I will be the interface between the two governments. This is a prestigious project but extremely complex. Converting the political will into actual execution will take a lot of effort.”Sinha had earlier worked with Goldman Sachs, Mizuho Securities, UBS Investment Bank and as Chief Country Representative in Japan for Tata Asset Management and Tata Realty and Infrastructure, a private equity fund.
The ambitious Mumbai-Ahmedabad High Speed Rail Project said to be cost around Rs 1 crore and would be backed by Japan’s low cost financing.
The much-awaited bullet train project would be based on Japnese technology.
The groundbreaking ceremony for the bullet train project, would be performed in Ahmedabad on September 14 by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe.
Both the leaders are expected to stay here for three days, starting from September 13.
“Japanese PM Shinzo Abe and our PM would arrive in Gujarat on September 13 afternoon. The next morning, they would attend the groundbreaking ceremony of the high speed rail project at the Sabarmati railway station. Both of them are expected to leave on September 15 morning,” the official earlier told reporters.
Apart from this project, various MoUs related to investments and tie-ups would also be signed in the presence of these leaders, the official said, adding that bilateral talks will also be held between the two here. The high speed railway line between Ahmedabad and Mumbai is expected to cover 508 kilometers in about two hours with an operating speed of around 320 kmph. It is expected to become operational by 2023.
Sanjeev Sinha appointed as Advisor for Ahmedabad-Mumbai bullet train project
Sanjeev Sinha, hailing from Barmer Rajasthan in relative proximity to Ahmedabad, is a graduate of IIT Kanpur. He is a prominent Indian resident of Japan for 21 years. He has worked with Goldman Sachs, Mizuho Securities, UBS Investment Bank and as Chief Country Representative in Japan for Tata Asset Management and Tata Realty and Infrastructure, a private equity fund.


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Download full Metro Rail Policy 2017 approved by Govt. of India

On 16th August 2017, the Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has approved a new Metro Rail Policy that seeks to enable realization of growing metro rail aspirations of a large number of cities but in a responsible manner.
Indian cities are growing rapidly. There is a need to direct growth in a planned manner with adequate attention to the transport system at early stages in their development. Cities are witnessing fast growth in the number of personal motor vehicles, with severe congestion and pollution being the most visible manifestation of the growth in the number of motor vehicles. Efforts at remedying the situation will need to focus on improving the public transport system. In several cities this would require implementation of Mass Transit systems such as metro rail, bus rapid transit, light rail, etc.
Urban Rail, popularly referred to as Metro Rail, has seen substantial growth in India in the recent years. More cities are experiencing the need for metro rail to meet their day-today mobility requirements. Most of the metro rail projects have been financed by the central government in partnership with the state governments, while some have been funded by the state governments either on their own or with private partnership. Metro rail projects provide high capacity public transit and are capital intensive. However, considering the rapid urbanization and the imminent need for enhancing mobility in cities through metro rail, it is imperative to explore alternative and innovative sources of funds to supplement the budgetary resources. At the same time, it is also important to ensure that the proposals are prepared and appraised in a comprehensive manner to enhance urban mobility as well as the speed and quality of implementation of metro projects. It is in this context that the need for a policy on metro rail has been felt necessary to ensure that such systems are decided upon and implemented in the most sustainable manner from the social, economic and environmental perspectives.
Now Metro Rail News providing you complete Metro Rail Policy 2017 approved by Government of India for standardization and expanding the metro network across various cities in India.
Click here to download NEW METRO RAIL POLICY 2017
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