Urban Mass Transport Systems in India

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    Kolkata Metro

    Four Metro stations in Kolkata are 'manned' by women
    Four Metro stations in Kolkata are 'manned' by women

    KOLKATA: Quietly from the public glare, four women have stormed into this underground bastion to don a role that the men traditionally played. Four stations of India's first metro are manned by women. They are also giving their male counterparts a run for their money, literally. One of them outshone her male counterparts as the station managed by her bagged the best station last year.

    If you spot a blue sari clad woman in her fifties running about in the Maidan Metro station, do not just judge her capability by her petite frame. She is Indrani Mallick, the senior superintendent of the station. She took charge of the station in February 2010 and in just two years Mallick changed the station's status. It was voted the best metro station in 2012.

    "No doubt it is a challenging job. But then what is the fun of working if there are no challenges involved. It gives me immense job satisfaction," said Mallick.

    Infact Maidan is the most crucial of all the 23 stations because it has reversal facilities for truncated services. Whenever there is a service disruption due to problems like suicide, rake problem or crack in the track, trains are reversed from Maidan. Therefore the station superintendent has to oversee coordination with other stations and manage the crowd with the help of the security people.

    "Having a woman run a metro station has its own additional advantages. For example commuter profile has changed and volume has increased by leaps and bounds. As a result many women complain of harassment. These women feel free and confident when they find a woman manager to narrate their plight," said SP Beckmalachi, station head at Jatin Das Park Metro.

    From hauling up men who spit in the station premises, booking ticket-less commuters, detaining eve-teasers till police arrives or preventing suicide attempts, these women are on their toes all the time.

    "Even men do not dare to argue with us much as we deal with them with firmness in our own gentle ways. Recently a man was caught spitting. When asked to give the fine of Rs 500 he started pleading that he did not have enough cash. I then persuaded that he clean the spit marks," said Sabita Beckmalachi who manages Shaheed Khudiram station.

    "These women are very efficient and hard working. Some of them have even performed better than their men counterparts," said Protyush Ghosh DGM (G) Metro Railway.

    During times like Durga puja when special trains are run they are there till the last train leaves to ensure smooth services. They even make it a point to stay in the station from the previous night when there is a bandh/strike the next day. Belgachia station is also run by a woman manager.
     
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    Hyderabad Metro

    Hyderabad Metro Rail all fired up for smooth ride
    Hyderabad Metro Rail all fired up for smooth ride

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    They will be fully compliant with provisions of National Building Code and National Fire Protection Association

    The Hyderabad Metro Rail project’s stations and buildings under construction will be fully compliant with the provisions of the National Building Code (NBC) and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).

    Automatic fire detection and alarm systems, automatic sprinkler systems, portable fire extinguishers, gas separation systems etc., will be placed at strategic locations in all metro stations, depots and other buildings, informed officials of HMR and the concessionaire L&T Metro Rail Hyderabad on Monday.

    At a meeting held with Director General of Fire Services S.V. Ramana Murthy and senior fire department officials, the metro rail officials discussed fire safety arrangements with regard to protection, prevention, control and detection systems for the project. Smoke detectors and heat detectors which will automatically activate hooters and public announcement systems for early warning and evacuation in the event of fire will also be in place.

    Metro stations are being constructed as open stations to allow smoke and heat dissipation. Platforms, stations, staircases etc., are being designed for quick evacuation even under fully loaded and crowded conditions.

    Fare collection gates and other closed entries will automatically open up and will remain open in the event of fire, they said.

    Every station will have one lakh litres capacity water sumps and pump rooms with sophisticated gadgets for fire control. Fire suppression hydrants and hose reel systems will be located at both ends on each station.

    High quality and fire retardant building materials, insulation of electrical wiring and instruments, built-in safety mechanisms, etc., are also being undertaken.

    HMR Managing Director N.V.S. Reddy also agreed to facilitate construction of dedicated fire service stations at Uppal and Miyapur depots while Mr. Ramana Murthy said special teams would be constituted for quick examination and fire safety clearance of metro stations, depots and other commercial buildings.

    L&TMRHL Managing Director V. B. Gadgil, Director of Fire Services P. Venkateshwar Rao and other senior officers of the department were present.
     
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    Kochi Metro

    Metro Rail details to be framed on Friday

    Metro Rail details to be framed on Friday

    Key aspects of the proposed Kochi metro rail like coach capacity and dimensions, and the train formation are likely to be finalised on Friday at the director board meeting of Kochi Metro Rail Limited (KMRL).

    The meeting is also expected to approve names for the 22 stations proposed for the metro rail. This is the 12th KMRL director board meeting.

    “The board of directors are expected to finalise a funding strategy for availing of a mix of domestic and foreign loans for the funding of KMRL. The board would approve the budget of Kochi Metro for 2013-14 and also approve the tripartite memorandum of understanding to be signed between Union and state governments and KMRL,â€￾ said a KMRL official spokesperson.

    The construction work of the metro rail will begin on June 7.Last month, a team from French financial institution Agence Française de Développement (AFD) had agreed to give funding for Kochi Metro Rail Project by December.

    AFD representatives are expected to visit Kochi by September and will offer a loan of up to Rs 1,035 crore at 2 per cent interest rate for Kochi Metro Rail.

    The total external borrowing requirement of the Kochi Metro Rail is about Rs 2,170 crore and for the remaining 50 per cent of the external borrowing for the project, KMRL is pinning its hopes on the Japan International Co-operation Agency (JICA).

    Friday’s board meeting will also make a detailed evaluation of the timeline and schedule for project execution by the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC).

    It will approve the appointment of Ved Mani Tiwari as director (systems) who will be responsible for rolling stock and signalling-related aspects.

    Two new directors will be inducted to the board on Friday. S D Sharma will be the DMRC representative to Kochi Metro Board, while newly-posted Chief Secretary Bharat Bhushan is the other member.
     
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    Jaipur Metro Coaches Arrived:yahoo::BVICTORY::toast_sign:

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    Jaipur Metro Coaches Arrived

    Some Interesting points :-


    • The cost of one coach is Rs 9 crore. The coach which has the driver cabin has a capacity of 315 passengers.


    • The people of Jaipur may be able to take Metro rides in their city as early as August this year, as the first lot of four coaches arrived from Bangalore. The coaches have been manufactured at Bharat Earth Movers Ltd's factory in Bangalore.


    • The total capacity of train would be of 1,314 passengers. A coach of this train can carry the passengers of around six buses. File photo of Jaipur Metro and the time of foundation laying


    • The process of necessary checks and trial runs will take around one-and-a-half month, after which the train of four coaches will be ready for public.

      Ten train sets of four coaches each are to be commissioned and all the trains will arrive from Bangalore by October.


    • Jaipur Metro Rail Corporation (JMRC) chief managing director, NC Goel claimed that this is the first time when coaches for a metro train are being indigenously manufactured. In the past, Metro coaches have been manufactured with foreign collaboration.


    • One rake (line of wagons) of Metro train will be tested at the stabling yard, which is under construction. The rake will undergo several safety tests by technical experts to ensure the system is foolproof.

      In case the driver fails to respond to warnings, the system will apply brakes on its own. The system is reliable as the display time is fixed in the control room of different trains. If one train gets delayed, the time in another automatically gets adjusted.


    • The estimated cost to construct the line from Mansarovar to Chandpole is Rs 2,000 crore. If it is extended to Badi Chaupar, the cost will go up to around Rs 3,149 crore. In pic: Metro coach at Mansarovar metro depot


    • After the Mansarovar-Chandpole section, the Chandpole-Badi Chaupar is the next section in the corridor and will be taken up at the second stage.


    • Officials said the 2.4 km corridor from Badi Chaupar to Chandpole will be constructed underground in the Walled City area. Under Phase-I (B) of the project, an underground tunnel would be dug from Chandpole to Badi Chaupar through the congested areas of the old city. File photo of Jaipur Metro and the time of foundation laying


    • The total length of the East-West corridor (from Mansarovar to Badi Chaupar) is 12.06 km and the length of the Mansarovar-Chandpole section is 9.5 km.
     
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    World Bank, Hyderabad Metro focus on transit-oriented development
    World Bank, Hyderabad Metro focus on transit-oriented development

    HYDERABAD, MAY 23:
    A team from World Bank and Hyderabad Metro Rail Ltd today highlighted the importance of harnessing the potential of land value in transit oriented development of the metro rail project.

    Outlining global examples of Hong Kong, Tokyo and many other cities, Hiroaki Suzuki, Lead Urban Specialist of the World Bank said how these cities achieved enormous prosperity and development apart from addressing their traffic problems through TOD approach.

    He highlighted the need to integrate town and railway network planning. It is a common approach to cross-subsidise loss- making Metro projects through revenues from property development in and around metro stations.

    He said financing and development of multi-billion dollar metro rail projects in Hong Kong, Singapore and Tokyo made them global centres of economic activity.

    Barjor E. Mehta, Country Head of World Bank in India, said the Hyderabad model is a very promising and that World Bank will support its plans and activities to transform Hyderabad as an eco-friendly global city.

    B. Sam Bob, State Principal Secretary, Urban Development, emphasised the need to finance urban infrastructure projects by capturing enhanced land values in urban areas.

    N.V.S. Reddy, Managing Director of Hyderabad Metro Rail project, said the features of “Transit +” model of the project have been designed to decongest the city busy hubs.

    The planned densification along metro corridors and development of areas around metro stations through land pooling helps create value, they felt.
     
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    Single piers to hold Hyderabad Metro in dense corridors
    Single piers to hold Hyderabad Metro in dense corridors
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    Hard rock all through the alignment also makes digging tough, especially with there being a ban on the use of explosives. - Photo: Nagara Gopal

    Single piers (pillars) will be predominant along the entire 72-km stretch on which the elevated Metro will be constructed across three of most dense traffic corridors of the city.

    Work has also begun on the old Gandhi Hospital land, which was taken over by the Metro rail authorities a few days ago. Rail crossing work at Bharatnagar is likely to start in July, while work is progressing on six other stretches. They are Jubilee Hills check post, Road No.5, Begumpet-Rasoolpura (2 km), L.B. Nagar-Moosarambagh (7 km), Miyapur-S.R. Nagar (11 km) and Nagole-Mettuguda (8 km).

    “Constructing piers when the Metro line is passing right beside a flyover is another engineering challenge due to the complexities involved in getting the foundation work right,” says Hyderabad Metro Rail (HMR) Managing Director N.V.S. Reddy. One half of the flyover will be closed during the foundation work for piers as a precautionary measure.

    They hold the viaduct, which serves as a platform for rails to be laid, and this is formed by stringing and sticking the segments together.

    Owing to curvy paths, the viaduct has to take to cross over obstacles in the form of flyovers and on ground railway lines, two other kinds of piers – cantilever and portal or inverted ‘U’ shape are also going to be laid at various locations depending on the topography.

    If single piers form 80 per cent, these two constitute the other 20 per cent with a few other peculiar shaped piers too proposed at select sites like the hammer head pier. What citizens are witnessing currently on the six stretches where work on piers is on is the construction of single piers. Other shapes are likely to surface in the coming days.

    Considering that the precise mapping of utilities pipelines like telecom, power and water is not available with the departments concerned, the Metro rail engineers will have to plan for the piers foundation stage only after carefully digging around.

    “We have to either take the power lines underground or overground depending on the Metro line alignment. Where we can’t shift the cables or pipelines, we are going for an open foundation or ‘pile’ foundation where concrete is poured around,” says Reddy.

    Sheer hard rock all through the alignment also makes digging tough, especially with a ban on using explosives. Digging machines, too, have turned ineffective thanks to the hardness of rock, so the concessionaire, L&T Metro Rail, Hyderabad, is forced to do manual chiselling.
     
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    Delhi Metro

    Delhi Metro stations to be under increased intelligence surveillance cover
    Delhi Metro stations to be under increased intelligence surveillance cover

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    NEW DELHI: Security agencies have decided to bring Delhi metro stations under increased surveillance cover and share intelligence in case of any untoward activity to the facilities in the wake of recent incidents of firing and people organising protests on rail tracks.

    During a meeting of top Delhi, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh police, CISF, central security agencies and Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) officials, it was decided to exchange more "intelligence" on suspicious movements towards Delhi Metro stations and ensure quick deployment of "unarmed" security personnel at the entry of these facilities.

    The agencies were taken off-guard when a group of Sikh protestors had swooped down at the Subhash Nagar Metro station on May 1 and they protested on the rail track by climbing onto the train engine.

    Also, a few months back a man killed his wife and injured his father-in-law when he fired outside the Karkardooma metro station.

    The Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), which is the nodal security agency for Delhi Metro, has also asked the Union Home Ministry to sanction it an additional 3,805 personnel for duties at the public transport facility.

    It now has a total strength of 4,869 personnel (men and women) deployed on the network which runs in the national capital region including Gurgaon (Haryana), Ghaziabad and Noida (Uttar Pradesh).

    The CISF, in the face of approaching protestors or any security threat, has also decided to quickly deploy additional manpower at vulnerable Metro stations to cover the city-side of the facility which is far from the frisking area where the troops are stationed for checking passengers and their luggage.

    "More timely intelligence by all stakeholders deployed for Delhi metro security, like police and intelligence agencies, will now be shared with the force. Also, additional manpower will be deployed on the outer fringes of metro stations in case of need," a senior official said.

    New mechanisms for exchange of information between security agencies have been put in place, the official added.

    Delhi metro authorities will also enhance the CCTV coverage area and CISF will establish more control rooms at the metro stations, the official said.

    The CISF has also enhanced the number of its uniformed personnel patrolling the stations area and coaches after 9pm in order to ensure security to women passengers and other commuters.
     
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    Kochi Metro

    Will try to complete 1st phase of Kochi Metro project in 4 year: Mangu Singh
    Will try to complete 1st phase of Kochi Metro project in 4 year: Mangu Singh

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    NEW DELHI: The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation will try to complete the first phase of Kochi Metro project from Aluva to Pettah within four years, its Managing Director Mangu Singh said today.

    The DMRC has in mind a period of four years to execute the project though it would try to accomplish the task even earlier, Singh told reporters after signing an agreement with Kochi Metro Rail Ltd.

    Officials said the agreement attempts to balance the roles and responsibilities of Kochi Metro Rail Limited (KMRL) as the project owner and client, while DMRC will be the executing agency.

    KMRL Managing Director Elias George said though DMRC would execute the works, 30 percent of the project execution team would be recruited by Kochi Metro so that it can also develop its own capability.

    The agreement was signed in the presence of Urban Development Secretary Sudhir Krishna, who also happens to be the Chairman of DMRC as well KMRL.

    Krishna told reporters that KMRL was considering the option of seeking assistance from Agence Francaise de Development (AFD) for funding of the project.

    While a lot of projects had got funds from Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), other sources were also being considered, he said. The Housing and Urban Development Corporation Ltd was also willing to fund Metro projects.

    To a question related to the action taken by the Ministry on the report of the two-member panel which had been constituted to fix responsibility for the closing down of the Airport Express Metro line, Krishna said the report was still being considered.

    Later in a statement released here, the Urban Development Ministry said that for the Kochi Metro project, KMRL shall exercise appropriate financial and technical oversight over project execution.

    Independent safety and quality auditors will be appointed by KMRL for ensuring quality and safety in project execution, the statement said.

    It said tender acceptance will be done by a committee comprising DMRC and KMRL nominees.

    A system would also be evolved for DMRC and KMRL to undertake real-time monitoring of the work progress, the statement said.
     
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    Pune Metro:partay::yahoo::shablon_03:

    Ministry examines metro rail project report
    Ministry examines metro rail project report

    PUNE: The Union ministry of urban development is looking into the detailed project report of the proposed metro rail in Pune. The report has also been forwarded to other ministries for their appraisal and response.

    The process for releasing the Central government's share for the metro rail between Vanaz and Ramwadi would be initiated once the report's scrutiny has been completed.

    Responding to a letter sent by city MP Suresh Kalmadi to the ministry about the need for the Centre's share for the metro rail project, the ministry said the Maharashtra government, last June, submitted the detailed project report for two corridors for 31.5 km length. The first corridor is between Pimpri Chinchwad and Swargate, and the second one is between Vanaz and Ramwadi. The total estimated cost of the two corridors is Rs 7,984 crore.

    The state government has requested the Centre for equity of 20% of the project cost, which is about Rs 518.6 crore, along the lines of the Delhi metro. The government has also urged for exemption from the central taxes, which would form a major component of the project cost.

    Though Kalmadi has urged the ministry to include monorail in the Pune metro rail project, the ministry stated that the state government has not submitted any proposal for monorail option as a feeder to the metro project.
     
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    Thiruvananthapuram Monorail:tup:

    Monorail project set to get rolling
    Monorail project set to get rolling

    The monorail project in the capital is likely to get administrative sanction in the next Cabinet meeting. Once the project gets a go-ahead from the Cabinet, the Kerala Monorail Corporation Limited (KMCL) will ink an MoU with the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) for consultancy services.

    The DMRC had earlier asked the KMCL to provide the consultancy fees at the time of signing the MoU. The KMCL director board which approved the demand also made necessary modifications in the draft agreement. The consultancy fees had been fixed at the 3.25 per cent of the total project cost, now pegged at Rs 3,590 crore.

    The much-awaited monorail project is planned to be executed in two phases in the capital. The National Transportation Planning and Research Centre (NATPAC), which prepared the detailed project report, says the 22.2-km Mangalapuram-Thampanoor stretch will be completed in the first phase and the 19.6-km Thampamoor-Neyyatinkara stretch in the second phase. KMCL officials said efforts to find a credit agency for the project will begin after the MoU is inked with DMRC.

    Kozhikode Monorail:tup:

    Monorail work will start soon: Muneer
    Monorail work will start soon: Muneer

    The construction works of the Kozhikode Monorail will be commenced soon, Minister for Social Welfare and Panchayats M K Muneer has said. Briefing the media on the developmental works being carried out at Kozhikode South Assembly Constituency here on Sunday, Minister added that the preliminary works for the projects have already begun under the supervision of the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation Limited (DMRC). “The DMRC will take over the construction of Panniyankara over bridge as part of the project,” said Muneer.

    Declaring a slew of projects, the minister said that the Sweet Meat (SM) Street, the oldest commercial market in Kozhikode, would get a facelift after the Tourism Department will take over the project at a cost of Rs 5 crore.“The inauguration of the beautification project of South Beach will be held next month. The three ponds, Kuttichira, Idiyangara and Tali, will be renovated soon under Sahasra Sarovaram project,” he added.
     
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    Indore BRTS

    Now, ibus to run for 11 hours
    Now, ibus to run for 11 hours

    INDORE: Overwhelmed by the good response of people, AtalIndore City Transport Service Ltd (AICTSL) has increased the operational hours of trial run of ' ibus' on BRTS corridor. Now 'ibus' will be operational on corridor for 11 hours.

    Trial run was started on May 10 with three buses and buses were operational only for four hours. Now AICTSL operates 10 buses and operational hours of buses have gone up to 11 hours in a day. People can avail free run on air-conditioned 'ibus' from 7 am to 10 am, 12 noon to 5 pm and from 7 pm to 10 pm.

    AICTSL CEO Sandeep Soni said the number of passengers is increasing with each passing day and hence the number of buses hade to be increased.

    "Now, everyday 8,000 people are using 'ibus' and the number is expected to go up to 10,000 in coming days," said Soni adding gradually other public transport vehicles like magic and city buses will go off the corridors and only 'ibus' will run on the designated stretch. The move will create enough space for vehicles in motor vehicle lane. Trial run, during which people are given free ride, will continue for sometime and commercial run will start only with the fleet of around 20 to 25 buses. They are also going to install close circuit cameras on bus stops. "Every bus stop will have four CCTVs and it will be installed in few days," said Soni.

    After the starting of trial run, doors of bus stops have been damaged by the miscreants and now to deal with them, CCTVs are being installed. Works on installation of signals have already started and it is expected to complete by June.

    IMC has also got approval for a loan of Rs 34 crore from state government and it will push the work on installation of intelligence transport system on corridor which will have element like automatic fare collection and pedestrian crossing systems. The tender for the work will be floated in first week of June.
     
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    Ahmedabad BRTS

    Ahmedabad BRTS wins silver rating from globally renowned experts
    Ahmedabad BRTS wins silver rating from globally renowned experts

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    Ahmedabad BRTS, known as Janmarg has added yet another feather in its cap. It has received the Silver Rating from a technical committee comprising of world renowned experts in the field of BRT. This Technical Committee certifies corridors and recommends revisions to the BRT Standard annually. The benefit of certifying a BRT corridor as gold, silver, bronze, or basic is that it sets an internationally recognized standard for the current best practice for BRT. The Committee in 2013, gave Silver rating for Ahmedabad Janmarg. The BRT Standard Technical Committee members include people of eminence representing well-known international organisations. They are:

    » Manfred Breithaupt, GIZ

    » Wagner Colombini Martins, LogitConsultoria

    » Paulo Custodio, Consultant

    » Walter Hook, ITDP

    » Colleen McCaul, Consultant

    » Gerhard Menckhoff, World Bank (retired)

    » Carlos Felipe Pardo, Slow Research

    » Scott Rutherford, University of Washington

    » Pedro Szasz, Consultant

    » Lloyd Wright, Asian Development Bank

    Ahmedabad started its BRT system in 2009. Since its inauguration in October 2009, Janmarg has been accepted as the first ‘complete’ BRTS in India and has influenced planning and design choices in other cities – in India and abroad. The trans-vision of Ahmedabad is captioned as ‘Accessible Ahmedabad’. As part of this vision, the Ahmedabad BRTS is officially called ‘Janmarg’ – the people’s way.

    Janmarg is designed as a strategic intervention, to attract latent transit demand, improve air quality and help the city remain compact. The guiding principles for the selection of the network corridors are the ability to reach a larger segment of people. Also considered was the corridor’s ability to accommodate BRTS, integrate well within the existing infrastructure, contribute to ease the traffic problems in a significant way, provide opportunities for improvements in land use, be implemented quickly, inexpensively and provide potential for cost-recovery.

    Today, Janmarg operates over a network of 63 km and has a daily ridership of 1.4 lakh people. 127 buses operate everyday with headway of 2 minutes in peak hour. Almost 20 per cent of the commutes on Janmarg today have shifted from their two-wheelers. By May 2013, the system would be operating 6-7 routes, and carrying an estimated 3 lakh passengers daily. Plans have been finalised now to extend the network by another 50 kilometres taking the corridor length to 135 kilometres by the end of 2015.

    Buoyed by the successful implementation of BRTS, Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi also announced setting up a Multi-Modal Affordable Transport Authority (MATA) for integrated transport management, coordinating travel on all the three horizons – sky, land and water routes. The fast-growing urban population worldwide with corresponding rise in vehicles, mobility and incidence of accidents and the fast depleting fossil fuels along with rising pollution are major problems today. Initiatives like the BRTS address all these problems in one go.

    It is ironic that while Ahmedabad BRTS has leveraged itself as a model, nationally and internationally, the Delhi BRTS, located in India’s capital has been given the consolatory basic rating and occupies the bottom of the table. This reconfirms the success of the Gujarat Model and further highlights the necessity of will power and proper planning in implementing a project successfully.(Narendra Modi :yahoo::BVICTORY:) The Delhi BRTS also sums up the state of affairs in our nation illustrating the ill effects of political negligence and a weak administration.(Sheila Dikshit & CONgress :hitwall::hitwall::facepalm:)

    The Ahmedabad BRTS has won numerous national and international awards in the past too. The Prime Minister adjudged the BRTS as the best Mass Rapid Transport System in the country. It also won the ‘Best New Innovation Project’ award under Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) for excellence in Urban Transport. It won the Sustainable Urban Transport Award (2010) in Washington. The Central Government again lauded it when it won the National Award for ‘Best Intelligent Transport System – 2011’ at the 4th Annual Urban Mobility Conference, New Delhi. Ahmedabad BRTS was the Joint Runners up for the award for Outstanding Innovation in Public Transport, 2010 at International Transport forum, Innovators meet, Germany. It received yet another award from United Nations Climate Change Secretariat for Momentum of change light house activity, December 2012, at Doha, Qatar.
     
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    The Kochi Metro Rail Limited (KMRL)

    The Kochi Metro Rail Limited (KMRL) on Thursday entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) for the execution of the Kochi Metro project.

    In the first phase, the metro infrastructure would be laid on 25.25-kilometre route from Aluva to Pettah.

    KMRL managing director Elias George and DMRC counterpart Mangu Singh signed the agreement in the presence of Union Urban Development secretary Sudhir Krishna.

    George said the KMRL is the project owner as well as the client, while the DMRC is the executing agency.

    The pact is in line with the conditions of sanction of the project by the Centre. The DMRC shall be responsible to execute the works of the Kochi Metro Rail project.

    But according to the responsibilities delineated in the Centre’s project sanction order, the KMRL shall exercise appropriate financial and technical oversight over the project execution.

    “The project will be completed in four years from the date of signing of MoU, though we will make all efforts to see it completed earlier,” George said.

    As the executing agency, the DMRC shall invite tenders on behalf of KMRL and tender documents for works costing over Rs 10 crore will be finalised by the DMRC in consultation with KMRL. Tender acceptance will be done by a committee comprising DMRC and KMRL nominees, George said.

    “The cost of the project is estimated at Rs 5,182 crore, of which the Centre will fund Rs 1,008 crore. The remaining funds will be raised by the KMRL from Japan International Cooperation Agency, Agence Française de Development (AFD), a French financial institution that provides developing assistance to developing countries and agencies like HUDCO.”

    George said that the KMRL is also in talks with a consortium of banks for raising funds.

    Under the terms and conditions of agreement, any significant deviation from the technical specification or norms prescribed by the KMRL shall be effected by the DMRC only with prior concurrence.
     
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