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Enters into an agreement with UltraTech Cement in Ariyalur
At long last the Golden Rock Railway Workshop here has found a way for safe disposal of hundreds of tonnes of non-hazardous zero-value waste that had got piled up within the sprawling establishment over the years.

Having laid a thrust on green initiatives by putting in place a scientific organic waste management system, the over 75-year-old workshop has now taken the next step of disposing non-hazardous zero value waste generated within its premises.

This premier railway workshop has entered into an agreement with UltraTech Cement Ltd in Ariyalur for co-processing of accumulated zero-value non-hazardous waste that got accumulated over the years while carrying out periodic overhauling of passenger coaches.

Nearly 700 tonnes of non-hazardous zero value waste in the form of cushion, mattress and other materials had been dumped within the vast workshop premises at the periphery for over a decade now.

Of this, the workshop has planned to dispose around 400 tonnes of accumulated zero-value waste over a period of three to six months time - thanks to the agreement entered upon with the cement major late last month.

The accumulated waste would be transported to the cement factory in goods carriers where it would be used in the cement kilns after shredding.

The workshop had already obtained the go-ahead from the Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board in this regard, a senior workshop official told The Hindu.

The huge benefit for the railway workshop engaged in a myriad of activities including periodic overhauling of diesel locomotives and passenger coaches is the safe disposal of the accumulated zero waste for which there were no takers due to its zero-value, said the official adding that plans were afoot to develop the spot post disposal of waste into a green belt.

“It is a win-win situation for both organisations as the zero-waste would serve as an alternative fuel in the cement kiln”, said the official.

The Golden Rock workshop is a nodal establishment among railway workshops across the country engaged in a myriad of activities such as periodic overhauling of diesel locomotives, passenger coaches and manufacture of container wagons for the Container Corporation of India besides wagons for railway use.

The co-processing of accumulated waste would be another milestone for the workshop which is spreading green initiatives put in place by it to officials attached in other railway divisions, said the official.

The zero-waste which would be burnt at 1,400 degree centigrade in the cement kilns leaving behind no residue.

The co-processing of waste would eventually bring down the fossil fuel requirements of the cement factory by acting as an alternative fuel thereby reducing cost besides meeting the statutory requirements of using alternative fuel, said the railway official.

The railway workshop sells scrap including iron and non-ferrous metals besides plastic items that generated during overhauling of locomotives and passenger coaches.


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Soon, electric locomotives on Tiruchi-Karur-Erode section

Electrification works on the broad gauge section nearing completion

With electrification works on the Tiruchi–Erode broad gauge section via Karur reaching the final stages, diesal engines may soon have to give way to electric locomotives.

The Central Organisation for Railway Electrification (CORE) under the Ministry of Railways, which is executing the overhead electrification works on the 140-km stretch, has targeted to complete the entire works and commissioning by January-end.

The electrification project, which gained momentum in the beginning of this month, is poised for completion in a year’s time — the fastest with respect to completion of OHE works in Southern Railway zone, CORE officials say.

Ahead of commissioning, CORE has planned to carry out trial runs on the newly electrified stretch with an electric locomotive before inviting the Commissioner of Railway Safety to carry out the mandatory inspection.

As part of the electrification project, which has been executed at a cost of nearly Rs. 130 crore, CORE has installed 210 portals and some 3,500 masts along the whole stretch.

Three sub-stations have also been established at Velliyanai, Pugalur and Pettavaithalai as part of the project that kick-started in November 2016. The sub-stations works are in the final stage of completion.

Although the target for completion is set for March, CORE expedited the project and advanced it for completion and commissioning before January. “The electrification project is in the final stage, and permission for charging the line has been given. The entire works are targeted to be completed and commissioned by January last week”, said a senior CORE official.

Upon carrying out trial runs using a light electric locomotive, CORE has planned to invite the Commissioner of Railway Safety to carry out the statutory inspection along the entire stretch from Tiruchi to Erode, the official added.

Once the sanction from the Commissioner of Railway Safety comes through, electric locomotives will be introduced. At present, all passenger and freight trains operated on this section are being hauled by diesel locomotives.

The Tiruchi–Erode section via Karur will become another electrified stretch after the Chennai–Tiruchi–Madurai segment. Electrification will enable faster acceleration of trains and pave the way for operation of Mainline Electric Multiple Unit trains instead of diesel ones. Electrification works are also simultaneously underway in the Tiruchi–Thanjavur–Tiruvarur–Karaikal and Karur–Salem–Dindigul sections by CORE.

http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp ... 371141.ece


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Absence of coach indication boards irks passengers

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Absence of coach indication boards on platform 2 and 3 where long distance trains such as the Chennai-bound Guruvayur Express halt forces passengers to rush towards their coaches upon arrival of the train.

Senior citizens, pregnant women and those carrying kids are badly affected as the train halts only for a minute.

Lack of shelter in substantial portion is also causing hardship to passengers. Though there is a shelter, it covers some portion of the equally lengthy platform 2 and 3 where trains with over 20 coaches are accommodated. Lack of shelter in the remaining portion forces passengers to take refuge under the existing ones.

The stone benches installed on the uncovered portion of the platform remains unused as passengers have to sit under the scorching sun.

At present, platform 1 at the station where major trains including the Pallavan and the Rockfort superfast trains are accommodated has coach indication boards.

Passengers feel that Guruyavur Express which reaches Srirangam in the afternoon could be accommodated on platform 1 like other long distance trains keeping in mind the lack of coach indication boards on platform 2.

Coach indication boards make it easier for passengers to take position ahead of the arrival of the train at the specified spot instead of having to virtually gallop along with their belongings after arrival of the train.

Classified as ‘D’ category, Srirangam station where halt is given for some trains during Vaikunta Ekadasi festival in view of huge flow of devotees requires basic facilities like coach indication boards covering platforms 2 and 3 and shelter in the uncovered portion, say passengers.

“Srirangam station could be taken up as a special case for providing coach indication boards and shelter in the uncovered areas in platforms 2 and 3,” says C.S. Ananthakrishnan, a resident of Srirangam.

Since a lot of senior citizens board from Srirangam station, provision of these facilities would help them, says Mr. Ananthakrishnan who travels to Chennai and Tirupathi often.

Railways should not restrict in augmenting facilities at Srirangam citing the ‘D’ category status with provision of minimum amenities, feel passengers.

http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp ... 355815.ece


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Bikshandarkovil-Namakkal railway line mooted

‘It will reduce the journey time to Bengaluru’
The Consumer Protection Council, Tamil Nadu, has reiterated its plea to the railways to consider the possibility of laying a line between Bikshandarkovil near Tiruchi and Namakkal as this will reduce the journey time to Bengaluru by about two-and-a-half hours.

In a representation submitted to the Divisional Railway Manager, Uday Kumar Reddy, at its recent meeting, the council also urged the Railways to re-designate the Rockfort Superfast Express as an Express train and change its schedule of operation to suit the convenience of passengers. The council called upon the divisional authorities to check the ballast stability between Mayiladudurai and Villupuram and increase the speed on this sector.

The council wanted the Divisional Railway manager to drop any move to construct a foot over bridge across the seven platforms at the Tiruchi Railway Junction and instead install escalators at platforms 4 and 5. A multi-level parking lot should be constructed at the junction as demand has increased, it said.

Referring to the traffic system in front of the junction, the council suggested that the traffic flow should be completely altered by doing away with the current system of allowing VIP vehicles up to the main entrance. Priority should be given for passengers coming in with baggage as they are now being forced to walk from the barricades placed far away. “The VIP culture should be abolished,” the representation read out by S.Pushpavanam, secretary of the council, said.

The representation also drew the attention of the DRM to motorists being over charged for parking. “Since there are no boards announcing the parking fees, the contractor regularly charges Rs. 20 for parking cars even for half an hour. The amount is the fee stipulated for more than two hours,” Mr.Pushpavanam said.

The council also sought, among other things, reintroduction of “half tickets, which got subsumed in the minimum fare for express trains,”; publication of Railway time-table on time; introduction of more chair cars and revival of Kambarasampettai station.

Responding to the demands, Mr.Reddy, while referring to the plea on changing the timings of Rockfort Express, said passengers wanted fast trains to run at convenient timings but synchronising both was difficult.

However, he promised to take up the demand with the Railway Board.

Mr.Reddy said the plans were afoot to provide escalators at platform 4 and 5 and a foot overbridge which will have an escalator with an entrance to the rear of the parcel office.

He also assured to take action against the contractor, if motorists were over charged.

On the demand for operating another train to Bengaluru, Mr.Reddy observed that there was heavy congestion at the capital of Karnataka.

C. T. Selvakumar President of the Council, said the organisation has planned to arrange a series of interactive meetings with the officials of various public utilities.

Mohamed Isaque, treasurer of the council, and Ghouse Baig, spoke.

http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp ... 349344.ece


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