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Hyderabad Metro | HMRL makes some special features for Differently-Abled commuters

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Hyderabad: The upcoming Hyderabad Metro Rail will set a benchmark amidst all other metros in the country for the consideration it has lent in setting up special facilities catering the differently-abled folks.
Sri. Kalvakuntla Taraka Rama Rao (KTR), Cabinet Minister of Telangana announces that the Chief Minister of Telangana, Sri KCR has invited the PM of India, Sri Narendra Modi to formally inaugurate the Hyderabad Metro Rail project on November 28, 2017. Sri. KTR expressed that it is a challenging endeavor to execute a project of scale like Hyderabad Metro Rail. The project started in the year 2012 and the first stretch of Nagole-Mettuguda involving 8 km was ready by 2016 but the government wanted to ensure end-to-end connectivity, and in this regard, the metro is now ready for operations from Nagole to Miyapur.
Hyderabad Metro : Beautiful interior coaches (Photo: Facebook)There are various facilities provided by Hyderabad metro for commuters, while the Secunderabad Metro Station is f…

Mumbai Metro | 30-35% transplanted trees nearly dead in Mumbai Metro 3 project

Mumbai: The inspection report submitted before the two-judge committee on Mumbai Metro 3, which was appointed by the Bombay High Court, said 30-35% of the transplanted trees are nearly dead, and that there are still 839 trees to be transplanted.
The report prepared by a junior committee consisting of two officers of the Maharashtra State Legal Services Authority, pointed out that 2,439 trees should have been planted till date, but not even a few hundred trees have been planted.
The petitioners have contended that the Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation Ltd (MMRCL) is taking proper care to prevent unnecessary hacking of trees, but the authorities are not taking enough care to transplant them as only 65-70% trees have shown sprouting of leaves.
Justice Shantanu Kemkar and Justice B.R. Gavai directed the MMRCL to give a detailed plan on where they propose to plant/transplant trees.
The judges also asked the petitioners to give details of other spaces where trees could be planted.
The judges directe…

Maha Metro | Pune Metro project to get funding of Euro 845mn by March 2018

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Pune: Funding for the Pune Metro Rail project is expected to be finalised by March 2018. The project is to be co-funded by European Investment Bank and  French development bank, AfD and they will together be providing €845 million for the project, Brijesh Dixit, MD, Maha Metro, said. The EIB team will visit in December-end to study the project. EIB will be putting in €600 million while AfD would be financing €245 million, Dixit said. This funding will account for around 58% of the Rs 11,420-crore cost of the 31.25-km Pune Metro project with the remaining coming in the form of equity from the Central government, Maharashtra state government and the civic bodies of Pune and Pimpri Chinchwad, Dixit said.

The 50:50 central and state government-owned joint venture, the Pune Metro project has the advantage of being backed by sovereign guarantee of the government of India which enables it to access funds at a lower interest rates and with better terms and conditions which reduce cost and impr…

Mumbai Metro One introduces mobile ticketing facility with PayTM

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Mumbai: Reliance Infrastructure-run Mumbai Metro One has launched a mobile ticketing facility called ‘Skiiip Q’ in association with digital payments player Paytm, that will help commuters book their tickets even from outside the metro stations.
Instead of using tokens or smart cards, commuters can travel using the QR code generated by mobile app on automated fare collection gates of the 11.4-km Versova-Andheri-Ghatkopar metro line.

The facility is available on the Paytm App and app of technology partner Ridlr and will soon be introduced on the Mumbai Metro App.
The tokens and smart cards will continue to be available at ticketing windows with the added option available. Cash Suvidha eyes Rs 100 cr loan book by Mar
Fintech company Cash Suvidha is eyeing a loan book of Rs 100 crore by March, of which it targets to disburse Rs 56 crore to small and micro businesses, the company said in a statement.
Cash Suvidha offers a range of financial solutions that includes unsecured funding amount up to…

IRSDC issues request for empanelment for providing architectural and engg services

New Delhi: Indian Railway Stations Development Corporation (IRSDC) seeks Application for Empanelment through this Request For Empanelment “RFE” for being pre-qualified and shortlisted under three (3) different categories as set out under clause 3.2 of this RFE for providing architectural planning and engineering services for preparation of master plan and concept plan including technical feasibility report for development of railway stations of Indian Railways.
IRSDC intends to invite Bids related to services for providing architectural planning and engineering services for preparation of master plan and concept plan including technical feasibility report for development of railway stations only from the successful Applicants who are shortlisted through this Empanelment process.
Applicants who score 90 and above marks in Technical Score shall be placed in highest category, i.e., Category A, 80 and above but below 90 in Category B and below 80 and upto 70 in Category C. Request for Propo…

Maha Metro | Pune Metro project to interlink four Indian Railways stations

Pune: The Maharashtra Metro Rail Corporation Limited (Maha-Metro) has decided to interlink various railway stations, including Pune, Shivajinagar, Khadki and Kasarwadi, with metro stations as it will help commuters to switch over from one mode of transport to another on the same platform. According to officials, Maha-Metro has planned to connect metro stations directly to railway platforms.
Speaking at a press conference on Thursday, Maha-Metro managing director Brijesh Dixit said that the company is working on a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Indian Railway, mainly Central Railways, for interlinking stations of both Pune Metro and railways at four points.
The Pune Metro’s rail route Pimpri–Chinchwad to Swargate will connect Kasarwadi, Khadki and Shivajinagar railway stations and the Vanaz to Ramwadi metro route will connect with the Pune station.
“The Shivajinagar Metro station has been planned underground. Hence, Maha-Metro will erect a subway to connect to the Shivajinagar…

Mumbai Metro | MMRC begins tunnelling work for Metro 3 project at Naya Nagar

Mumbai: Work on constructing the first-ever tunnel in Mumbai for the fully underground Metro 3 line began at the Naya Nagar site in Mahim on Friday, with two more tunnel boring machines (TBMs) lowered to dig towards Dadar.
Naya Nagar is one of the seven ‘launching shafts’ from where tunnelling operations will be conducted. The others are at Cuffe Parade, Azad Maidan, Worli, Kalina, Sahar Road and Marol Naka. Azad Maidan is the next site where tunnelling work will start, said Ashwini Bhide, Managing Director, Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation (MMRC).
“This phase of tunnelling will be completed by 2019,” said Ms. Bhide.
In all, 17 TBMs will be deployed to construct the two 33.5-km long tunnels. Five TBMs have arrived in the city, one of which is still at the Mumbai port. Of the rest, three have been lowered into the launching shaft and one has started tunnelling. “By November-end, all five machines will be operational,” Ms. Bhide said. The first boring machine was lowered in September, and nee…