Project report on rail corridor soon

E. Sreedharan, principal adviser, Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC), has said that the project report on the Rs.1-lakh-crore Thiruvananthapuram-Kasaragod high-speed rail corridor will be submitted to the Union government soon for approval.

Talking to presspersons at the Government Victoria College (his alma mater) here, where he was given a reception on Wednesday, Mr. Sreedharan said a train could run at a speed of 350 km per hour on the 560-km-long railway line.

‘‘It could be completed in a period of seven years. Later, the line could be extended to Mangalore,’’ he said.

Mr. Sreedharan said ‘‘the railway line could be constructed without evicting people except in extreme cases. There will be 11 railway stations, which will be constructed on vacant land, already identified by the DMRC, which is preparing the project report.’’

The project report requires sanction from the Central government and Railways, he said adding the problem with the ambitious project is only the funds and not land, technology, or viability.

He said that Kochi Metro Rail Limited (KMRL) would go for loan from the French financial institution Agence Francaise de Development (AFD) as it was ready to give the money immediately so that the work could be started soon. The proposed funding from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) can wait as it will take one year to release the money.

http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/tp-kerala/project-report-on-rail-corridor-soon/article4532292.ece

Two women’s coaches on longer trains

Two compartments of each eight-coach Metro train may soon be reserved for women. Demands for more reserved space for women passengers were raised after the December 16 gangrape and murder of a 23-year-old woman on a bus. Even the Delhi government made a similar request to the managing director of the Delhi Metro.

“We received a letter from the chief minister’s office on January 21, asking us to introduce two women’s compartments in eight-coach trains,” Sharat Sharma, director (operations), Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC), said.

The Delhi Metro will conduct a study to ascertain the number of women commuters on Line Two (Gurgaon-Jahangirpuri) and Line Three (Noida-Dwarka), the two routes on which around 70 eight-coach trains will be introduced by early next year.

“After analysing the rush of women commuters, we may introduce two women’s compartments in eight-coach trains,” said Mangu Singh, managing director, DMRC.

According to sources in the DMRC, two women coaches will be introduced if at least 25% of the commuters on these lines are women.

The Delhi Metro had introduced the first eight-coach train on the busy Gurgaon-Jahangirpuri corridor a month ago and so far increased the number to five.

It will, however, not introduce eight-coach trains on the Dwarka-Noida line in the next eight months.

Earlier, the DMRC had proposed the introduction of eight-coach trains on the two busiest lines by 2012 end in a bid to take on the growing rush of commuters.

Men travelling in coaches reserved for women in Metro trains has become one of the prime areas of concern for the Delhi Metro.

Women coaches in metro trains were introduced in October 2010. In two years, the Delhi Metro had realised a staggering R32 lakh from men travelling in women’s coaches, said officials.

http://www.hindustantimes.com/India-news/NewDelhi/Two-women-s-coaches-on-longer-trains/Article1-1004190.aspx

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Waterless urinals at all Metro stations soon

Delhi Metro has come up with a way that allows passengers to answer nature’s call and also keep the stations odourless. Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) is installing waterless urinals at its stations which will not only help in conserving water but also ensure that the stations remain clean and
hygienic.

DMRC has started installing these new urinals at 19 stations on three different lines.

“We already have toilets in all the stations that are part of Phase II and more are being fitted in the Phase I stations,” said a DMRC spokeswoman.

“We are upgrading the system by installing waterless urinals. All stations will have such urinals very soon,” she said.

Passengers will have to pay R1 to use these toilets.

On an average, about 2.5 litres of water is used during flushing but with waterless urinals, DMRC will be able to save up to 1,000 litres of water every day.

“These urinals use flap technology that stops the backward migration of odour without using any chemicals or cartridges,” said spokeswoman for AG Aqua Solutions, which has supplied the urinals to DMRC.

http://www.hindustantimes.com/Waterless-urinals-at-all-Metro-stations-soon/Article1-632891.aspx

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DMRC to launch Cycle Feeder Service at stations

Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has announced to start Cycle Feeder Service at its stations to promote the usage of non-polluting vehicles.

”Cycle Feeder Service will be launched from the Rohini East metro station later this month as it is an eco-friendly mode of transport,” the DMRC said in a statement issued here today on the occasion of World Environment Day. Apart from a cycle stand at the metro station, four cycle sub-stations will be set up in the nearby localities of Rohini East. Commuters will be able to take the cycles from the sub-station near their residence and reach the metro stations.

”They can register for the service with a refundable deposit of Rs 300,” the statement added. For a time slot of 15 minutes Rs three will be charged.

— (UNI) — 05DI14.xml

http://news.webindia123.com/news/ar_showdetails.asp?id=1006050093&cat=&n_date=20100605

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Bombardier Movia Metro Cars In Delhi

The first vehicle in the new high-technology fleet of BOMBARDIER MOVIA metro cars, ordered by the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) for its Phase II expansion, has arrived in the capital of India. In order to meet the challenging project deadlines, the first vehicle was built in an extremely short 18-month period. It was transported directly from Germany to India in an Antonov aircraft, where it was received by DMRC, Bombardier Transportation representatives and the media at Delhi International Airport.

The first MOVIA train-set will commence track tests in March while the service introduction is scheduled for the second week in June. The first 36 vehicles for DMRC will be built in Goerlitz, Germany and the following 388 cars in Savli, India, where Bombardier has recently inaugurated a modern railway vehicle manufacturing facility. With an investment valued at 33 million euros, this greenfield facility will directly employ 750 people and indirectly generate approximately 3,000 jobs in the region.

The arrival of the first MOVIA car is a significant milestone for two major reasons; first, DMRC has ambitious targets to expand its metro service in time for the 2010 Commonwealth Games, where the environmentally friendly fleet of 424 state-of-the-art MOVIA vehicles ordered to date will play a vital role in increasing sustainable mobility; second, the project is to be carried out in the new large-scale manufacturing plant in India, the first of its type wholly owned by a private company in the country. Present at the airport was Dr. E. Sreedharan, Managing Director, DMRC as well as Stephane Rambaud-Measson, President, Passengers Division, Kristian Mikkelsen, President, Asia, Passengers Division, and Rajeev Jyoti, President and Managing Director, India, all from Bombardier Transportation.

During the arrival of the new MOVIA vehicle, Stephane Rambaud-Measson declared, “We, at Bombardier, are very proud of delivering our high quality vehicles to Dehli Metro. I would like to congratulate the Bombardier employees located here in India as well as those from other engineering and manufacturing sites in Europe, like Goerlitz in Germany and Västerås in Sweden for their amazing performance and dedicated participation in this project.”

For many of them, it will be their first trip away from home and a life-changing experience where they will be learning new skills as well as adapting to a completely different culture.

Ensuring that its world-class standards and practices are maintained across the board, the workforce being recruited by Bombardier in India is receiving training and support both in Savli and in Goerlitz. In following the production line process of the first 36 vehicles in Germany, the newly recruited staff in India will be able to acquire all the necessary skills to duplicate the process at the Savli site where they will be involved in training their co-workers in India. For many of them, it will be their first trip away from home and a life-changing experience where they will be learning new skills as well as adapting to a completely different culture.

Rajeev Jyoti also present said, “This moment is a truly historic one for Bombardier in India. It represents the success of our efforts here over the last 35 years, and is a sign of how much more we can achieve together with the Indian railway operators in terms of sustainable, eco-friendly mobility in the future. We are honored to have among us today our partners in this current endeavor and representatives from the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation to share this momentous occasion with us.”

Bombardier products supporting the sustainable mobility of an expanding city

To counter the dramatic rise of Delhi’s population from 0.6 million to 14 million people over the last years, the first line of New Delhi’s Metro network opened in December 2002. Phase I consisted of 3 lines totaling 65 km with Phase II, now under construction, representing an additional 125 km. In phase II of the expansion of Delhi Metro, the modern MOVIA high-capacity vehicles will transport an impressive 4 million passengers every day.

The high capacity MOVIA vehicles will form an integral element of these expansion plans to meet the anticipated increase in passengers and are designed to comfortably accommodate some 1,480 passengers per four car train unit. Air conditioning is included for the comfort of the passengers and driver. CCTV and open gangways ensure security and visibility throughout the train. In addition, emergency speaker units, installed on the vehicles, will provide passengers with the opportunity to communicate directly with the driver. The safety egress door via the driver’s cab also allows for easy passenger evacuation in the event of an emergency.

The vehicles incorporate BOMBARDIER MITRAC Propulsion and Control system, featuring IP technology, a sophisticated passenger information system that includes predefined messages and notification of upcoming stations as well as a digital route map highlighting journey progress. A vital differentiator is the fact that the vehicles are designed and constructed for optimum environmental operation, entailing solutions that are part of the innovative BOMBARDIER ECO4 portfolio of technologies launched by the global rail leader last year. Such outcomes are lower energy consumption, minimal noise emissions and recyclability levels of up to 90%. Overall, the new ECO4 portfolio offers energy and cost-efficient solutions for total train performance with the possibility of saving up to 50 percent energy.

Concluding on his remarks, Rajeev Jyoti also declared, “The touchdown of the Antonov in New Delhi heralds a new era of progress for the Indian railway industry, of which Bombardier is proud to be a part..”

http://living.oneindia.in/automobiles/auto-news/2009/bombardier-movia-170409.html

DMRC trains commuters for better travel experience

The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) is continuing with its efforts to improve the Metro travel experience by involving regular commuters.

The DMRC has imparted training to the second batch of the Metro Citizens Forum to act as volunteers to instill better behavior, etiquette and discipline among fellow passengers.

Delhi Metro spokesman Anuj Dayal today told UNI the training-cum-orientation programme called ‘Sahyog’ was recently conducted at the DMRC Corporate Headquarters, during which the volunteers were given information about various important aspects of Metro operations such as customer orientation, etiquettes, co-operation with passengers, vacating seats for the elderly and ladies, ticketing procedures, boarding and de-boarding from trains, security mechanism, disaster management and cleanliness. About 100 volunteers attended the programme and were later handed over Citizens Forum badges.

The first such training programme had been held in January, when over a hundred volunteers joined the Metro Citizens Forum.

Since then, the number of volunteers has swelled to about 250 now.

Members of the Citizens Forum cut across all age and social groups such as students, doctors, retired Army officers, teachers, businessmen and elderly citizens.

The Citizens Forum initiative came as a follow up of Delhi Metro’s plans to start the Value Guide Programme in association with the Foundation for Restoration of National Values (FRNV), a non-governmental social service organization. The DMRC plans to enroll more passengers as citizen volunteers in the future as about 20 lakh commuters are expected to use the Metro system by the end of 2010.

http://news.webindia123.com/news/ar_showdetails.asp?id=904090661&cat=&n_date=20090409

Delhi Metro to run through mall

Delhi Metro line cutting through the centre of a state-of-the-art building complete with office space, shopping outlets with a roof-top cafeteria. And that too it being a `green’ building. Sounds too good to be true?

Soon, this will shape into reality as the last station of the Gurgaon Metro line at Huda City Center is going to be developed like this. The construction of the building, spanning across 30,000 square metres, has already begun and will be ready before the line gets operational in January next year.

The seven-storeyed station building will have a parking for over 1,000 cars in the basement, shopping area on the ground floor and half the first floor, which will also double up as the concourse for the Metro station. The second floor will house the platform for the elevated Metro line. Three floors over that will be let out for offices and about 429 sq metres of space on the roof top is being converted into a cafe, which will provide a scintillating view of the millennium city.

The building, which is being constructed by Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC), is eco-friendly and the architectural and engineering details have been finalized in consultation with TATA Energy Research Institute. To make it a green building, it’s being constructed with 100% natural clay tiles which are high on thermal insulation. There is optimum use of natural light inside to minimise power consumption and the noise levels have been designed to conform to BIS levels.

There will be provision for recycling of waste water and rain water harvesting too. The building has been designed in a manner that there is optimum utilisation of climatic factors like wind loads, use of solar energy and air movement patterns to save energy. The new building is modelled on the lines of DMRC’s IT Parks in Shastri Park.

This is the first time a Metro station is being built in the middle of a building, which has a retail area and offices also housed in it. The idea is to utilize the land for property development, to add some extra money to DMRC’s coffers. And for those working or shopping in the space, they will have the convenience of a Metro station in the same premises.

The look of the building is “international”, in keeping with the character of new Gurgaon. The design is such that the running trains will be visible even from outside the building.

This is the last station of the Central Secretariat-Gurgaon line.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/Cities/Now-Delhi-metro-to-run-through-a-mall/articleshow/4297710.cms

Bombardier delivers first MOVIA car for Delhi Metro

Bombardier Transportation has delivered the first vehicle in the new high-technology fleet of `Bombardier MOVIA’ metro cars, ordered by the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) for its phase II expansion.

The first vehicle was built in an 18-month period and was transported directly from Germany to India in an Antonov aircraft.

The MOVIA train-set will commence track tests in March while the service introduction is scheduled for the second week in June. The first 36 vehicles for DMRC will be built in Goerlitz, Germany and the following 388 cars in Savli, India, where Bombardier has recently inaugurated a modern railway vehicle manufacturing facility, Bombardier said in a release.

With an investment valued at 33 million euros, this greenfield facility will directly employ 750 people and indirectly generate approximately 3,000 jobs in the region, the release said.

DMRC has ambitious targets to expand its metro service in time for the 2010 Commonwealth Games, where the environmentally friendly fleet of 424 state-of-the-art MOVIA vehicles will play a vital role.

Also, the project is to be carried out in the new large-scale manufacturing plant in India, the first wholly private company of its type in the country.

E Sreedharan, managing director, DMRC as well as Stéphane Rambaud-Measson, president, passengers division, Kristian Mikkelsen, president, Asia, passengers division, and Rajeev Jyoti, president and managing director, India from Bombardier Transportation were present at the airport.

”We, at Bombardier, are very proud of delivering our high quality vehicles to Delhi Metro. I would like to congratulate the Bombardier employees located here in India as well as those from other engineering and manufacturing sites in Europe, like Goerlitz in Germany and Västerås in Sweden for their amazing performance and dedicated participation in this project,” Stéphane Rambaud-Measson said.

Bombardier employees in India are receiving training and support both in Savli and in Goerlitz.

The first line of New Delhi’s Metro network opened in December 2002. Phase I consisted of 3 lines totaling 65 km with Phase II, now under construction, representing an additional 125 km. In phase II of the expansion of Delhi Metro, the modern MOVIA high-capacity vehicles are expected to transport 4 million passengers every day.

The high capacity MOVIA vehicles will accommodate some 1,480 passengers per four car train unit. The air conditioned train units have CCTV and open gangways, emergency speaker units and safety egress door via the driver’s cab for emergency evacuation.

http://www.domain-b.com/economy/infrastructure/railways/20090228_delhi_metro.html