A) Bullet Train: Mumbai-Ahmedabad High-Speed Rail (MAHSR) corridor project
The 508Km long Mumbai-Ahmedabad High-Speed Rail (MAHSR) is the most coveted project of Indian Railways. Shri Narendra Modi and Japanese PM Shinjo Abe had laid the foundation for this ambitious project in the year 2017. However, the work progress slowed due to land acquisition issues.
Now the project has been fast-tracked and tenders have been floated for 28 steel Bridges in the 88 Km section of Vadodara-Ahmedabad. The Bullet Train project was slated for completion in the year 2023. However the real progress can be checked from next 3-4 months, said Shri VK Yadav, Chairman Railway Board.
B) Indian Railway’s New Delhi railway station to be world-class
Rail Land Development Authority (RLDA) of Indian Railways held the first pre-bid meeting for the redevelopment of the New Delhi railway station. As many as 20 national and international firms companies such as Socié té Nationale des Chemins de Fer (SNCF), Anchorage Infrastructure, Arabian Construction Company, GMR, Adani, JKB Infra, etc., participated in the meeting. RLDA is a statutory Authority, under the Ministry of Railways.
According to RLDA, the project’s objective is to project NDLS as a multi-model hub through up-gradation of facilities and state-of art facilities as elevated concourse, multi-level parking, rest rooms, theaters, lounges, Foods, advertisements etc.
The New Delhi railway station redevelopment project would be developed on a Design-Build-Finance-Operate-Transfer, also known as the DBFOT model for 60 years’ concession period. The project, which is slated to be completed in four years is expected to incur capital expenditure of around Rs 6,500 crore.
C) For the first time, Indian Railways carries Industrial Salt
For the first time in the history of Indian railways, 3882 Tonnes of industrial salt in bulk were transported from Wavaniya railway station near Maliya in Morbi district to Renukut, 1588 kilometres away. Wavaniya Railway station lies under Rajkot Division, Western railway. The HQ of Western Railway is Churchgate, Mumbai.
D) Mumbai’s CSMT is all set for a new makeover
IRSDC (Indian Railway Stations Development Corporation) is inviting Request For Qualification (RFQ) for the redevelopment of Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT) station through the PPP model. After the CSMT station redevelopment, commercial space of 2.5 lakh sq m is set to be generated. Following items will be developed at CSMT station under the new model:-
1) The CSMT station redevelopment project, worth Rs 1,642 crore, will be handed over to a private party, who will have to finance and undertake the revamp work.
3) The redeveloped CSMT railway station will have new commercial spaces — including malls, eateries and shops. All these spaces will be monetized by the operator.
4) Besides, new restaurants, commercials shops as well as coffee shops will also come up.
5) As per the proposed plan of the station redevelopment project, around 10 restaurants will come up on CSMT premises.
6) Also, some existing buildings in the CSMT premises will be demolished and some railway offices will be shifted to Byculla and other stations.
7) Moreover, the divisional general office of the CSMT railway station will be shifted to Byculla as well.
8) The Harbour line, which links the southern part of the financial capital with western suburbs as well as Navi Mumbai, will be shifted to the P D’mello Road side on the main line station’s east direction, on an elevated level.
9) The revamped CSMT station will have an access control system.
10) Also, railway passengers will have to pay a user fee, which will be decided by the Railway Board.
E) Junior railway minister Suresh Angadi dies of Covid
Minister of State for Railways and Karnataka BJP MP Suresh Angadi passed away on Wednesday, days after he tested positive for COVID-19.
The 65-year-old passed away at around 8 pm at the AIIMS trauma centre which has been converted into a dedicated COVID-19 facility, sources at the hospital said.
F) Visakhapatnam railway station third in the country to get a green rating
Visakhapatnam railway station has been awarded the platinum rating by the Indian Green Building Council (IGBC) for adopting green concepts thereby reducing the adverse environmental impact. Visakhapatnam is the third railway station to get this distinction after Secunderabad and Jaipur stations. Vizag secured 82 out of 100 points in six environmental categories.
The Environment Directorate of Indian Railways, with the support of the IGBC, has developed the Green Railway Station rating system. It addresses national priorities such as water conservation, handling of waste, energy efficiency, reduced use of fossil fuel, lesser dependence on usage of virgin materials and health and well-being of occupants.
Vizag railway station performed well in categories such as sustainable station facility, health, hygiene, energy and water efficiency, smart green initiatives, innovation and development.
G) Sikkim to be connected through Indian railways
The state of Sikkim will get Indian Railways connectivity. The state is expected to get connected to the Indian Railways network with 44.96 km long Sivok-Rangpo new line project, which was included in the Budget in 2008-09. The line’s 41.55 km lies in the state of West Bengal, while 3.41 km lies in Sikkim. Railway Minister Piyush Goyal recently stated that the anticipated cost of the Sevoke-Rangpo Railway project is Rs 4,085 crore. Up to March 2020, Rs 682 crore expenditure has been incurred and Rs 607 crore outlay has been provided for the fiscal year 2020-21.
Out of a total of 14 tunnels (around 39 kilometres long), works have been taken up on 12 tunnels and so far, progress of around 2.50 kilometres length has already been achieved.
H) IRCON floats tenders for construction of Chhattisgarh East West Railway
IRCON, the construction arm of Indian Railways, has floated tenders for the construction of Coal India’s 135-km east-west rail corridor Chhattisgarh East-West Railway Limited (CEWRL), at an estimated cost of ₹4,970 crore.
I) Indian Railways invites tenders for Delhi-Jaipur-Udaipur-Ahmedabad high-speed corridor
The National High-Speed Rail Corporation Limited (NHSRCL) on Tuesday invited its first set of tenders for the 886 km long Delhi-Jaipur-Udaipur-Ahmedabad high-speed corridor. The detail project report will be prepared through this tender.
This corridor is among the eight high-speed networks that the Railways is planning across the country, one of which — the Mumbai-Ahmedabad high-speed rail (HSR) — is under construction.
Apart from the Mumbai-Ahmedabad corridor, the other seven are the Delhi-Noida-Agra-Lucknow-Varanasi (865 km), the Delhi-Jaipur-Udaipur-Ahmedabad (886 km) sections, Mumbai-Nashik-Nagpur (753 km), Mumbai-Pune-Hyderabad (711 km), Chennai-Bangalore-Mysore (435 km), and the Delhi-Chandigarh-Ludhiana-Jalandhar-Amritsar (459 km) sections.
J) Cabinet approves Haryana Orbital Rail Corridor to decongest Delhi
The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs has approved proposals for the Haryana Orbital Rail Corridor, a 122 km double-track line running around the west of Delhi from Palwal in the south to Harsana Kalan in the north.
The orbital route would connect with existing radial lines at Patli on the Delhi – Rewari line, Sultanpur on the Garhi Harsaru – Farukhnagar line and Asaudha on the Delhi – Rohtak line. It would also connect to the Western Dedicated Freight Corridor at Prithala.
The orbital line would enable freight trains to be routed around Delhi, helping to decongest the National Capital Region and supporting the development of multimodal logistics hubs.
K) Now travel by plane if you don’t get a confirmed railway seat
Railofy, a Mumbai-based start-up, has launched India’s first ‘Waitlist and RAC Protection’ service, aimed towards tackling the problems faced by the passengers travelling by trains after being put on the waiting list.
However, by using the Railofy app, or by visiting its website, a passenger can enter the PNR number of their ticket. The traveller also needs to pay a fee, which is determined according to each trip.
After this, Railofy keeps tracking the passenger’s waiting list tickets. If the passenger’s ticket is not confirmed until the last minute, the app provides a flight ticket to the passenger, at the similar price as that of the train’s.
Railofy will make the long-distance journey easier. On some routes, It is also providing the bus connectivity options.
Question No-1:- The HQ of Western Railways is
b) Churchgate Mumbai