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Indian Railways may invest INR 44,000 crore on West Bengal-Andhra Pradesh freight corridor


In June, Railway Minister Piyush Goyal had proclaimed an objective of multiplying the national transporter’s income to Rs 4 lakh crore by 2025. One of the manners in which he would like to accomplish that is by improving cargo limit since it as of now represents 65 for each penny of its aggregate incomes.

Truth be told, the buzz is that the Indian Railways needs to expand its offer of aggregate cargo development from 33 for every penny to 45 for every penny. No big surprise it is presently looking past the 3,300-km long eastern and western cargo passages as of now being developed.

As per The Economic Times, the Indian Railways wants to contribute Rs 44,000 crore to construct a 1,100-km greenfield cargo passageway along the nation’s east drift to interface Kharagpur in West Bengal with Vijaywada in Andhra Pradesh. As it were, this proposed hall – prone to be reported in the spending proposition for 2019-20 – will interface up the mineral-rich regions of the nation with enterprises in the south and is required to convey around 200 million tons of cargo for each annum.

“There is substantial movement on this course. The work on the proposition is as of now going on,” Anurag Sachan, overseeing chief at Dedicated Freight Corridor Corporation (DFCC), told the every day, including, “We will propose subsidizing from multilateral organizations alongside some value from Indian Railways for the task.”

Be that as it may, before the DFCC directs its concentration toward this passageway, it needs to convey the eastern and the western hallways, which have missed a few due dates. To remind you, the eastern one keeps running from Ludhiana, Punjab, to West Bengal’s Dankuni, totalling 1,856 km. In the interim, the western passageway joins Dadri, close Delhi, to Jawahar Lal Nehru Port, Mumbai (1,504 km).

A source in the railroad service had told PTI after a survey meeting in May that the whole undertaking, being built at the cost of an astounding Rs 81,000 crore, would be finished by March 31, 2020. Unexpectedly, this is India’s first super railroad venture since Independence.

The report included that the main period of the two passages – 432 km of the western hallway and 343 km of the eastern one – is probably going to be operational before the finish of the current financial itself.

The western passageway is being subsidized by Japan International Corporation Agency while the eastern hall from is as a rule mostly supported by the World Bank.

Whenever prepared, these committed halls would facilitate the weight of the current railroad arrange and reinforce the financial spine of the nation. Cargo prepares on these passages will keep running at 100 kmph as against the present greatest speed of 75 kmph on Indian railroad tracks. The normal speed of cargo trains will likewise increment from existing 26 kmph to 70 kmph. This won’t just altogether decrease the movement time amongst Delhi and Mumbai and Delhi-Howrah, the nation’s most congested rail courses, yet in addition enable the Railways to run more prepares.

What’s more, obviously, cargo limit will shoot up. The every day reports that once operational, these halls will build the national transporter cargo conveying ability to more than 2,000 million tons, up around 66% from the current 1,200 million tons.

“It will likewise prompt lessening in cost of cargo transportation,” included Sachan. All things considered, as the Railways includes greater limit, its cargo rates will descend and that, thus, will build volumes.

With PTI inputs

Austria buys Siemens trains for up to 1.5 billion euros


Siemens will supply Austrian railway operator OeBB with trains worth up to 1.5 billion euros ($1.71 billion) in a timely boost ahead of a merger of the German group’s trains business with French rival Alstom.

OeBB and Siemens have signed a framework agreement for delivery of up to 700 trains over the next five years, the companies said on Friday, with an initial 375 million euro order of 21 long-distance trains for delivery by 2022.
The trains can be used in Austria, Germany, Switzerland and Italy and can be adjusted for use in countries including Slovenia, Croatia, Hungary and Poland, Siemens said.

Production will start in April next year.
Austrian order comes three weeks after Alstom secured a 2.7 billion euro order from France’s SNCF [SNCF.UL] for a new version of the high-speed TGV train.

Siemens and Alstom agreed in September to merge their rail operations with combined sales of about 15 billion euros in a move aimed at reducing their vulnerability to the global expansion drive of Chinese rivals.

However, the companies, both strong in high-speed intercity trains, have to wait until November to see whether the European Union approves the plan after regulators investigate whether competition and travelers would be disadvantaged.

Source: Reuters

First Citadis LRV for Kaohsiung shipped by Alstom


On 25th July, Alstom sent first Citadis 305 LRV for Kaohsiung from Alstom’s plant in La Rochelle, France.

However, The vehicle got shipped on 3rd August from the Belgian port of Antwerp. This vehicle is supposed to arrive at the Keelung port in the north of Taiwan in early next  month. From keelung port, it will be transport to Kaohsiung via road.

Alstom received a contract to supply 15 numbers of Citadis LRVs from China Steel Corporation in January 2017 for the 13.4km Kaohsiung Circular Line Stage 2.

These are five-section bidirectional LRVs and are equipped with permanent magnet motors and Alstom’s Citadis Ecopack onboard storage system for catenary-free operation, which draws current from the catenary via the pantograph in a 20-second charging cycle during stops at stations.

It is said by Kaohsiung Mass Rapid Transit that Stage 2 was 38% complete at the end of July this year. Its is also said that Installation of electromechanical systems gets completed on the section from the Stage 1 terminus at Hamasen to Singlong Road. Testing for the said stretch is expected to begin in next month.

Source: IRJ

Chennai Metro starts systems installation on Anna Salai Route


To start the trial run in September, Chennai Metro has started installation of railway systems equipments like signalling systems on the Anna Salai Route. Civil and Track works at stations are mostly completed.

Metro Section from Washermenpet to AG-DMS which is neary 10km is expected to start its COD by end of this year or early 2019.

Signalling Systems are very important to run the train in automatic mode and also for platform screen door at stations.

A CMRL official said “We have completed installation of signalling systems between Washermenpet and Central Metro”. ” Work is now progressing from Central to AG-DMS. We have yet to fix a date in September for trial runs.”

Washermenpet to AG-DMS section is the only remaining part to be completed  in the 45km of phase-1. This stretch from Washermenpet to AG-DMS includes total 8 underground stations.

After getting this line operational, passengers can reach Chennai Airport in 45 minutes via Anna Salai Route.

DEWA commissions 2MWp Solar Carport Project at its headquarters


Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) commissioned the 2MWp Solar Carport Project, at its headquarters and at the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment (MOCCAE) building. DEWA launched the project last year as part of the Shams Dubai initiative, to increase reliance on clean energy, support the Smart Dubai initiative and achieve its vision of becoming a sustainable innovative world-class utility.

This project covers a total of 885 parking spaces in the two locations, using 6,700 locally manufactured solar modules, spanning an area of 13,200 square metres with a total production capacity of 2,000 kW. This is equivalent to a reduction of about 1,500 tons of carbon emissions annually.

“The Solar Carport project in DEWA’s headquarters and at MOCCAE is part of our efforts to encourage the public to benefit from DEWA’s Shams Dubai initiative. This project supports the Smart Dubai initiative, launched by HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to make Dubai the smartest and happiest city in the world. It also achieves the objectives of the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050 to make Dubai a global hub for clean energy and green economy by providing 7% of its total energy from clean energy sources by 2020, 25% by 2030 and 75% by 2050,” said HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of DEWA.

“Through this project, we intend to enhance the happiness of our stakeholders, promote the concept of green and sustainable buildings, and instil a sustainable culture of energy consumption. We also aim to reduce the reliance on traditional energy sources, by helping Dubai’s Governmental entities meet the target set by the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy to cut 20% of energy consumption in all government buildings by 2020. This is aligned with the UAE Vision 2021 to create a sustainable environment, and the Dubai Plan 2021 to make Dubai a smart and sustainable city with clean, healthy and sustainable environmental elements,” added Al Tayer.

Al Tayer stated that the Shams Dubai initiative, launched by DEWA in 2015 has been very successful. The initiative encourages homeowners to install photovoltaic solar systems on the rooftops of their buildings and connect them to DEWA’s network. Through Shams Dubai, a total of 1,145 buildings have been connected to DEWA’s network, with a total capacity of 49.9 MW, and additional requests of more than 323.83 MW in capacity. DEWA is also working to increase this number to reach all buildings in Dubai by 2030.



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