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India’s first 8-lane sea bridge in Mumbai to open Tuesday

 

India’s first 8-lane sea bridge in Mumbai to open Tuesday

MUMBAI – The Rs.1,600 crore (Rs.16 billion), 5.6-km Bandra-Worli Sea Link (BWSL), India’s first open 8-lane, cable-supported sea bridge that will reduce traffic congestion in this metro, will be inaugurated by Congress chief Sonia Gandhi Tuesday, an official said.
The BWSL inauguration will be held at the northern end of the sea bridge which joins Worli in south Mumbai with Bandra in north Mumbai, the official told IANS here Sunday.
A galaxy of leaders, including Maharashtra Chief Minister Ashok Chavan, Deputy Chief Minister Chhagan Bhujbal, central ministers Sharad Pawar, Vilasrao Deshmukh, Sushilkumar Shinde, Praful Patel, state ministers, legislators and parliamentarians shall attend the inaugural.
In construction for over 10 years, the new link between the southern island city and the northwest suburbs will be an alternative to the existing Mahim Causeway.
Currently, a daily traffic volume of over 1.4 million vehicles causes massive traffic snarls, especially during the morning-evening peak hours.
The distance of 8 km between Bandra and Worli currently takes 60-90 minutes to cover during the morning-evening peak hours.
“After BWSL becomes operational Tuesday, this travel time will reduce to barely six-eight minutes. It will also entail savings in vehicular operating costs (VOC) of over Rs.1 billion a year,” an official of the Maharashtra State Roads Development Corporation (MSRDC) said.
The chief attraction of the magnificent structure would be the two cable-stayed bridges, one 500 metres long (northern side) and another 350 metres long (southern side), for the passage of fishing boats.
The bridge rests on two towers, each 126 metres tall or equivalent to a 43-storeyed building.
MSRDC has plans to provide a viewers’ gallery at the top of the towers which would offer a bird’s eye glimpse of the entire city.
There is a modern, automated, 16-lane toll plaza at the southern end, and the bridge has been equipped with sophisticated security and monitoring systems.
Executed by Hindustan Construction Company over a period of more than 10 years, the MSRDC’s project suffered a long delay of five years owing to various hiccups. The company will also maintain the bridge for the next five years.
The public sector giant, Steel Authority of India Ltd (SAIL), has provided almost two-thirds of the steel used in building the link.
The BWSL has gobbled up a total of nearly 22,235 tonnes of steel of which SAIL’s share is pegged at over 13,780 tonnes, according to a senior SAIL official.
“The steel is of the best quality and has come from our integrated plants. All the steel rods, if laid in a straight row, would measure almost 3,000 kilometres or the breadth of India,” the SAIL official said.
Although the bridge is designed for speeding at 100 km per hour, initially the MSRDC plans to impose a 50 km per hour speed limit to enable motorists to get used to the bridge and prevent accidents. Two lanes are proposed to be reserved exclusively for buses and heavy vehicles.

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http://blog.taragana.com/n/indias-first-8-lane-sea-bridge-in-mumbai-to-open-tuesday-94019/

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…But, dear, dear, where is Mamata?

…But, dear, dear, where is Mamata?

After the Aila devastation, she was the first to rush to the cyclone affected areas pre-empting any relief action by the state government. After she had gained centre stage and made the Left Front ministers look like lame ducks who shied away from cyclone waters, and used all her powers and resources to execute a perfect relief operation on a war-footing, Mamata Banerjee, who would have us believe that Bengal is first and last on her agenda, is now nowhere to be seen.

She is, you see, railways minister and she has a Budget at hand. In other words, she is too busy for Bengal now though she may be in Kolkata and mouthing the usual vitriol against the CPI (M).  But, is this the time for all this politics; that the CPI (M) is to be blamed for the rise of the Maoists and that the Trinamool is not in any way connected to what is happening out there? Is this the time to drive the last nail when the chief minister’s coffin is anyway sealed and ready? Is this the politics that she talks of which has a ‘human face’?

And so what if Lalgarh reminds us of those terror days when we were kids and the Naxalites organised killing fields throughout the state in the early Seventies? And what about all those six ministers who were despatched all over the Aila areas in the wake of the storm? They are in Delhi too, may be helping Didi make up her mind on the Budget. Which ticket to cost how much, whether we should have biryani on the Howrah-Delhi Rajdhani or may be, it’s time we thought of a new train to the Sunderbans where if you showed an Aila card, you could travel for free. Something, anything which will make the big Bengali papers and TV channels sing Khaled’s chartbuster "Didi, Didi", may be, even invite Usha Utthup for a charity show with this song as the theme. Oh, Didi loves Usha-di, you must know!

In short, the chief Opposition party is nowhere to be seen when they were most wanted. Bengal is crying for help now. We are tired of terror. Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharya is grasping at any straw that he can manage to catch sight of. Even his detractors in the party and Front are with him in this hour of acute crisis. Now, when all political parties are required to sit and chalk out a plan to finish these Maoists to the last man, Didi has not even made a single conciliatory gesture, let alone visiting the Lalgarh area or sending her ministers.

We understand that no legitimate body rules Lalgarh any longer, let alone the Trinamool, which was never a force there. But surely, if the Aila was important enough for her to take oath in Kolkata instead of Delhi, surely Lalgarh, which may result in worst calamity in the long run, deserved at a least a dekho by Didi.

But she is content in Delhi and forgets now that she had promised that she would spend five days of a working week in Kolkata and look after our problems in this wretched city of dreadful nights. But the dreadful nights are already taking shape again. Aila was made by nature; nobody except some other power could resolve the problem.

Here, the Maoists are men, some even boys, and they are holding a state to ransom. The Railways Budget could have been handled by her babus for just a day. Mamata, we all expected, would call Chhatradhar Mahato’s bluff and being the lady of fire that she is portrayed to be, we hoped that she, along with her six ministers, would tour the ravaged forests and Lalgarh town bargaining for peace or meet fire with her brand of fire, now added with power.

But no, Aila brings tears; Maoists, contrarily, are harbingers of revolution. There are no drowning men and women, no bricks as pillows on embankments, no tides threatening to wash everything away. The hungry tides of the Sunderbans beckons politicians for more reason than mere whetting the appetites of the poor; the Maoists have just the opposite effect.

They give good reason to be perfect pawns in a larger game of Opposition non-participation and staying busy so that Buddhadeb suffers that extra more. And may be, given just one more round of police firing after the tragedy of Nandigram in 2007, be forced to resign. Act V, Scene V. Applause from the Trinamool benches. Encore, please.

There are more things in heaven and earth than our politics can dream of, our Didi should be told.

Today, we heard Home Minister P. Chidambaram take a pot-shot at Buddhadeb and tell newsmen, not without a smirk, that there seemed to be a division within the state government over the operation in Lalgarh and its timing. Yes, in Kolkata, we know there is.

Buddhadeb is not exactly a man who is loved by everybody in his own team but what is worse is that here, he has proven yet again that he is a weaker man, a man who compares shoddily with his predecessor, Jyoti Basu. He cannot take a decision if that means asking the CRPF to open fire. And fire they have to anyway because the Maoists out there are not exactly readying and arming themselves to the teeth wondering how to play a game of thieves and robbers. It’s a crucial decision, a decision which boys cannot take but men just have to.

But everybody knows one thing for sure. If there is single round of firing in Lalgarh and one man dies as a result, all hell will break loose and Mamata Banerjee will be the first person along with her six-man entourage to rush to Lalgarh sympathising with the mother, wife and sister of the victim and asking for Buddhadeb’s head. And the CM will then have to resign. He just does not have any epilogue option left in this novel or drama, depending on which sort of genre you fashion Lalgarh as.

But, dear Didi, politics is not always expediency. It is also a time when all parties, irrespective of the fact that you want to gouge the other man’s eyes out during the talks across the table, have to meet and thrash out a solution. Bengal is in danger. Forget the chief minister. Visit Lalgarh with your team.  Make those men with bows and arrows see reason. Show the world that you do not have politics in mind when innocent women and children are being used as shields. And, finally, go out there before the chief minister does so and yet again prove that you are the girl who has grown up to be woman. You have a voice now which is pan-Indian. All of us applauded when you played supermom after Aila.

Now we want you to play Terminator. And please don’t say you don’t have the dates.

SOURCE: http://indiatoday.intoday.in/index.php?option=com_myblog&show=…But-dear-dear-where-is-Mamata-.html&Itemid=&main_category=Double

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तणावमुक्तीचा मार्ग उलगडला!

तणावमुक्तीचा मार्ग उलगडला!

 

‘मानसिक एकाग्रता आणि तणावाचे निर्मुलन या विषयावर शेखर कुंटे यांचे व्याखान शुक्रवारी दादर येथील शारदाश्रम विद्यामंदीर मध्ये होते. यावेळी दाखविलेल्या मनशांतीच्या विविध क्रिया. व नागरिकांचा उत्स्फुतर् सहभाग (प्रशांत चव्हाण सकाळ छायाचित्र सेवा)

‘सकाळ’च्या उपक्रमाला उदंड प्रतिसाद
मुंबई – जगण्याच्या प्रत्येक टप्प्यावर क्षणोक्षणी जाणवणाऱ्या स्पर्धेत सगळेच पार गुरफटून गेले आहेत. त्यामुळे तणाव नसलेली व्यक्ती मिळणे विरळाच. या ताणातून मुक्ती मिळू शकेल काय, हाच आजच्या पिढीचा प्रश्‍न आहे. या प्रश्‍नावर तोडगा देऊन जनसामान्यांचे जीवन सुसह्य करण्यासाठी "सकाळ’ आणि "विद्या संस्कार संस्थे’ने शुक्रवारी (ता. 26) प्रसिद्ध संमोहनतज्ज्ञ प्रा. शेखर कुंटे यांचे "मानसिक एकाग्रता आणि तणावाचे निर्मूलन’ या विषयावर व्याख्यान आयोजित केले होते. मुंबईतीलच नव्हे तर मुंबईबाहेरूनही अनेक पालक-पाल्यांनी या कार्यक्रमाला उपस्थिती लावून तणावमुक्तीचा आनंद घेतला.
मुळात तणाव हा नसतोच, तो आपण निर्माण करीत असतो. आपणच आपले मन नकाराच्या अवस्थेत नेत असतो. सगळ्यांचे मन एकाच प्रकारचे असते. त्यामुळे ते एकाच प्रकारच्या ताणतणावांना सामोरे जाते. म्हणून तणावांवरचे उपायही समानच असतात, अशी सुरुवात करून प्रा. शेखर कुंटे यांनी उपस्थितांना प्रयोगाद्वारे ताण नसलेल्या अवस्थेत नेले. प्रयोगाशिवाय ताण मुळात का येतो व आलाच तर त्यावर तातडीने कशी मात करता येते, हेही त्यांनी सांगितले. तणावाचा आणि ऍण्ड्रालिनीन स्रावाचा जवळचा संबंध असतो. म्हणून ऍण्ड्रालिनीन कमी करणे म्हणजे तणावरहित होणे. ज्या वेळी ताण येतो, त्या वेळी मेंदूला ऑक्‍सिजनची अधिक गरज असते. अशा वेळी ऍण्ड्रालिनीनचा प्रवाह कसा कमी करता येईल, याचे प्रयत्न केले पाहिजेत. त्यासाठी त्यांनी उपस्थितांना काही सोपे मार्ग सांगितले. पाच ते आठ वर्षे वयातील मुले आनंदमयी कोषात असतात. हा लहानपणाचा आनंद मनाच्या सुप्त कोशात अडकलेला असतो. तणावाचे दुसरे टोक म्हणजे आनंद असतो. म्हणून आपण कल्पनेने त्या सुंदर वयाच्या काळातील प्रसन्न घटनांच्या आठवणीत गेलो आणि त्याला संगीताची जोड मिळाली की आनंदासह तणावमुक्तीचा कसा सुखद अनुभव घेता येतो, याचे प्रात्यक्षिकही प्रत्येक उपस्थिताने केले. काही काळ गतायुष्यातील रम्य वातावरणात संगीताच्या साथीने रमल्यावर मन कसे हलकेफुलके आणि प्रसन्न होते, याचा प्रत्यय प्रत्येकाला आला. याशिवाय, मनाची एकाग्रता कशी विकसित करता येते, याचाही अनुभव उपस्थितांनी घेतला. मुलांच्या शाळा-कॉलेजांतील परीक्षेच्या वेळी या प्रयोगांचा आम्हाला चांगला फायदा होईल, असा विश्‍वासही उपस्थित पालकांनी या शिबिरानंतर व्यक्त केला.

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Railways gear up to take on water crisis

Railways gear up to take on water crisis

Worried about water shortage due to deficient rainfall, the Railway Board has asked all zonal railways to submit their contingency plans.
The Railway Board’s Land and Amenities Directorate, which deals with the supply of water to stations, trains and railway colonies, has written a letter to all zonal headquarters, asking them to furnish details of their plans to ensure smooth supply of water in their respective areas.
“We don’t organise supply of water directly from New Delhi. It is done by the zonal offices. But, as we are getting reports about delayed monsoon, we are worried about supply of water in trains and other places. So, we have asked our zonal offices to let us know about their contingency plans,” said a directorate official.
There are 8,241 railway stations in the country as of March 2008. But, Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee and railway brass are worried, because out of these, 962 stations belong to Northern Railway and fall in areas where delayed monsoon has already translated into water crisis.
According to the railways’ estimate, a 22-coach long-distance passenger train requires 40,000 litres of water during its average journey time of 18 hours. New Delhi station alone requires more than 6 million litres of water for daily consumption.
Apart from the trains, the railways also maintain more than 65,000 staff quarters all over India. The supply there is also managed by the directorate.
Rail Bhawan, the ministry’s headquarters, has got reports about water scarcity in key North Indian stations like Varanasi Cantonment and Allahabad. In New Delhi, the railways have three rain-fed wells. But it depends on the Delhi Jal Board (DJB) for almost 60 per cent of its water needs in stations and other establishments. In Varanasi, the total demand is 300,000 litres for the Cantonment station, 200,000 litres for railway colonies and 50,000 litre for other attached stations.

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Ministry of Railways Clarifies on withdrawal of temporary stoppages of certain trains in East Central Railway

 

PIB Press Release
On 1st June, 2009, around 300-400 agitators gathered at Khusropur station between Fatuha-Patna section on Danapur Division of East Central Railway(ECR) and torched an empty AC Chair Car coach attached to Train No. 3226 Dn there after detraining the passengers. The agitators were protesting against the cancellation of stoppage of 2391/2392 Shramjivi Express at Khusropur. The mob later set on fire the empty coaches of 543 passengers running between Rajgir and Danapur in a similar fashion. No casualty or injury was reported in the incident.
In this connection, it is clarified that 33 temporary stoppages were earlier given by the local Zonal Railway administration of East Central Railway (ECR), Hajipur at different stations in response to public request and the stoppage at Khusropur is one of these. On 26th May, 2009 a Notification was issued by ECR to the effect that these stoppage, which were of temporary and experimental nature, were being withdrawn by the Zonal Railway because these stoppages were not found to be commercially justified.
It is clarified that the decision of withdrawal of temporary stoppages was taken by the Zonal Railway without the approval of the Ministry of Railways. No directives for withdrawal of these stoppages were given by the Minister of Railways. In view of the public sentiments, the Minister of Railways has however, directed that these temporary stoppages which were withdrawn by ECR, be restored with immediate effect.

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http://pib.nic.in/release/release.asp?relid=48989

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Railway Board has to cancel four tests : UP police

Railway Board asked to cancel four tests by UP police

The Hindu News Update Service
Lucknow (PTI) The Railway Board has been asked by Uttar Pradesh police to cancel four of its tests held recently in different parts of the country following a series of arrests in connection with leakage of question papers.
"Based on the report of the Special Task Force, which busted the paper leak racket, the state police had sent a letter a member of the Railway Board A K Goel with a recommendation to cancel four examinations held earlier this year," Additional Director General of Police, UP, Brij Lal told PTI on Thursday.
The examinations were conducted on December 16, January 18, February 8 and February 15.
He said the UP police had concrete evidence that the question papers of all the four examination, including one conducted by Ajmer Railway Recruitment Board in February, were leaked.
"We sent a detailed report to the railway board on April 8, which included a CD containing conversation between the members of the racket based in Bihar," he said.
On February 15, as many as 109 persons including 15 gang members, were arrested from different places in Bhopal and Jaipur on a tip off from the UP Police.
The written test for the post of assistant station master by the RRB Ajmer was to be held on the same day.

A lot of defect need to be removed from railway system and action from Railway Board New Delhi Required.

Article Source:

http://www.hindu.com/thehindu/holnus/002200906041715.htm

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Railways suffers huge loss due to misuse of free passes

Railways suffers huge loss due to misuse of free passes

PATNA: Gallantry award winners, MPs and freedom fighters enjoy facilities of free railway passes. They are entitled to travel in AC-2 and AC-3 classes with one attendant each in any train. Since the number of journeys is not limited for them, they can avail themselves of free journey as many times as they wish in one calendar year on free railway passes.
Detection of misuse of free railway passes allegedly by many of them has, however, put the railways in a very tight spot. Cases of passengers impersonating as freedom fighters or gallantry award winners came to light during an intensive ticket checking drive undertaken recently by the Railway Board vigilance sleuths across the country.
According to sources, a former MP booked his ticket on three different trains for the same destination on the same day. An IPS officer serving with the railways booked two berths from two successive stations for the same destination on his privileged free railway pass with a view to getting a coupe for himself. A fake freedom fighter was found travelling in the AC-2 class in a premier train from Patna Junction, sources said.
These are the glaring instances of gross misuse of free railway passes by these privileged persons. During a massive ticket checking drive conducted recently across the country, it was found that gallantry pass holders alone accounted for travelling worth Rs 1.5 crore every day in the country. Needless to say about freedom fighters undertaking journey by trains almost every day, said a Railway Board official, adding this malaise has been more prevalent in UP and Bihar.
A ticket checking squad was recently stunned to find several police officials travelling as attendants along with their constables on the free passes issued to gallantry award winners. “The squad reported the matter to the vigilance wing of the board, a senior official of the board said.
According to Railway Board sources, the board cancelled about two dozen free railway passes of freedom fighters following complaints against them regarding alleged misuse of free passes.
According to railway vigilance reports, several freedom fighters or gallantry award winners are reportedly carrying fake attendants on free railway passes. “Unless the railways initiates stern steps to check fraudulent misuse of free passes by these people, it would continue to suffer a huge revenue loss every year,” a board official said.

A lot of defect need to be removed from railway system and action from Railway Board New Delhi Required.

Article Source:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/Patna/Rlys-suffer-huge-loss-due-to-misuse-of-free-passes/articleshow/4707593.cms

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