Kochi Metro | Some unknown things you must know first about metro rail project

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is set to inaugurate the Rs5,181-crore Kochi Metro on Saturday. The 13-km metro service, the eighth metro service to be made operational in India, is unique in many ways.

With its doors opening to the music of Chenda—Kerala’s traditional percussion instrument—to having the longest first phase metro operation in the country and offering free Wi-Fi, the Kochi Metro has many firsts to its credit.

Apart from improving a city’s urban mobility quotient, a metro service is highly desirable for its development. While India has metro rail services in the cities of Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai, Jaipur, Gurgaon, Bengaluru and Chennai, having a total route length of 326km, new projects totaling 546km are under construction in 11 cities. Also, 13 cities are considering the symbol of modern mobility involving a route length of 903km.

Here are the five things to watch out for in Kochi Metro:

Shortest commissioning schedule: It has


Hyderabad Metro | HMRL’s metro project enters Limca Book of records

Hyderabad: Adding three feats to its name in the Limca Book of Records, the L&T Metro Rail (Hyderabad) Limited is the first Metro Rail Project to get featured in the Limca Records.

In the latest edition of the Limca book of records 2017 released recently, the three records are mentioned –

Train Wrap advertisement during the pre-commissioning stage when three coaches of the first train of HMR during its trail run between Nagole and Mettuguda stations featured the footwear brand Centro for three months from August 7 to November 11, 2014.

L&T Metro Rail signed the agreement with Hindustan Coca-Cola Beverages Pvt Ltd (Coke) for pouring rights of all 64 stations on HMR for the first seven years.

The agreement with Shreyas Broadcasting Pvt Ltd was signed during the early construction phase of the project giving TV5 the exclusive right to be played at the metro stations.


Namma Metro | The biggest challenge in Metro Phase-I was underground tunnelling

Having taken over the stewardship of the Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited in August 2013 when just one Reach of Metro services had been commissioned between M G Road and Baiyappanahalli, Pradeep Singh Kharola is now on the verge of steering the complete 42.3 km Phase-I to fruition.His technical expertise and the ability to get things done are said to have played a crucial role in the completion of this complicated project.

Promoted as Secretary to the Government of India in May, the State government had made a special request for his retention as the Managing Director of BMRCL up to December 2017 until Phase-I stabilises. With the inaugural day of the stretch slated for Saturday,  Express caught up with namma ‘Metro man’.

Excerpts from the conversation:

  • The first phase is finally going to be commissioned. Did you feel at any time that the project may not materialise?

I always had the confidence that I will see through Phase-I. But yes, in mi


Kochi Metro | Prime Minister Modi to flag off Kochi Metro on June 17

Kochi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will flag off the commercial operations of the Kochi Metro in the 13 km-long Aluva-Palarivattom section at a function to be held at the Kaloor Jawaharlal Nehru stadium at 11 am on June 17.

PM Modi will also board the train from Palarivattom and travel till Pathadipalam and back along with other dignitaries. “The ride will be taken before the official launch at 11 am,” a metro spokesperson said.

PM Modi will fly down to the Naval airport at Willingdon Island on Saturday morning and then proceed to the stadium. Nearly 3,500 invited guests are expected to take part in the inauguration event.

A fool-proof security will be deployed at the venue and the route and a high level meet of security agencies is scheduled at Thiruvananthapuram on Tuesday to finalise the security plan.


Delhi Metro | Snag in Blue Line leaves thousands passenger stranded

New Delhi: The Delhi Metro’s Blue Line services came to a halt today due to a technical snag near Indraprastha station, stranding thousands of commuters, officials said. The Blue Line connects Dwarka Sector 21 with Noida City Centre and Vaishali.

“Some strands of overhead equipment wire (OHE) reportedly sagged between Indraprastha and Yamuna Bank section on the line going towards Noida-Vaishali at 4.55 pm,” a Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) official said.

“The OHE team is taking remedial measures and train movement is being regulated on this section for the time being,” he said.

The snag forced people to wait for a long time at the stations, commuters said.

“I waited for the train at Dwarka station for 40 minutes. But when it didn’t turn up, I took the Airport Line, which is still a fair bet to reach ITO,” a commuter said.

It took another commuter more than an hour to reach Rajiv Chowk from Noida’s Sector 16 Metro station. “The train halted for a


Indian Railways all set to launch Bullet Trains with World-Class facilities

New Delhi: Indian Railways is doing good work these days, isn’t it? It has been gradually developing in serving the passengers with comfort, best infrastructure, and facilities. Our Railway Minister, Suresh Prabhu has been doing a great job in serving the passengers with best facilities and taking part in developing and modernizing the Indian Railways.

As a step forward in the modernization of Indian Railways, the central government went ahead recently and are now all set to introduce first ever Bullet Trains in the country soon.

As per reports, the first bullet train of E5 Shinkansen series will run on the Mumbai-Ahmedabad high-speed corridor and it will be a completely new experience for the passengers as these coaches will be having changing rooms for the babies too with low sinks for hand washing, tables for disposing of diaper and toilet seats designed for babies.

The bullet trains will be equipped with an entirely new kind of toilet system – uri


Alstom plans to manufacture 800 “super high-power” locomotives in India

New Delhi: Endorsing Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Make In India vision, French conglomerate Alstom plans to manufacture 800 “super high-power” locomotives in India over a decade, its Managing Director for India and South Asia Bharat Salhotra said. Salhotra said in an interview that the company was also planning to export rail solutions from India to Australia, Central Asia and SouthEast Asia.

Awarded a contract to manufacture 800 electric locomotives for Indian Railways, Alstom, a world leader in rail transport business, has decided to produce them in India — at a factory in Madhepura in Bihar. “The factory will produce 800 locomotives of 12,000 horsepower each. The first phase of the factory should get over in September and the first locomotive will roll out from that plant in February 2018,” Salhotra told IANS.

He added that almost 85 per cent of the supply chain for all those locomotives would be based in India. “Eight hundred locomotives would be made in India