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    India: DFCs poised to unlock IR freight reforms


    Completion of the first two Dedicated Freight Corridors will provide much-needed capacity, but Raghu Dayal believes they will also enable Indian Railways to transform its freight operations and marketing strategies.

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    Indian Railways to test fuel cell trains


    INDIA: Indian Railways’ Organisation of Alternative Fuels has invited bids to supply fuel cells and refuelling equipment for the conversion of two diesel-electric multiple units to hydrogen power. Last year Indian Railways completed the design of a 140 km/h fuel cell and battery hybrid trainset ...

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    India: National Rail Plan aims to drive modal shift


    Infrastructure investment and policy initiatives outlined in the Ministry of Railways’ draft National Rail Plan are expected to increase Indian Railways’ market share from 26% to 45% over the next 30 years. Raghu Dayal investigates.

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    Delhi Metro’s missing link opens


    INDIA: A 1·5 km section of the Delhi Metro’s Pink Line between Mayur Vihar Pocket 1 and Trilokpuri Sanjay Lake opened on August 6, connecting what were previously two separate sections of the line to create a single 59 km route from Majlis Park to Shiv ...

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    India: Building towards a high speed network


    With construction of the Mumbai – Ahmedabad high speed line starting to ramp up, National HSR Corp is finalising detailed project plans for another seven corridors, as outgoing Managing Director Achal Khare* explains to Chris Jackson.

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    Bangladesh – India cross-border freight services revived


    ASIA: Regular freight services on the 10 km cross-border line between Haldibari in India and Chilahati in Bangladesh restarted on August 1 after a hiatus of 56 years. Indian Railways dispatched a train loaded with aggregates from Damdim on the Northeast Frontier Railway for export ...

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    Production of Delhi – Meerut RRTS trains begins


    INDIA: Alstom has begun production of the electric multiple-units ordered for the 82 km Delhi – Ghaziabad – Meerut Regional Rapid Transport System commuter line. The Rs25·77bn rolling stock contract awarded by National Capital Region Transport Corp in May 2020 covers 30 six-car 25 kV ...

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    Cross-acceptance accord to boost Nepalese rail freight


    NEPAL: Rail freight movements between India and Nepal are set to increase following the signing of a cross-acceptance agreement as part of India’s ‘Neighbourhood First’ policy to enhance regional connectivity. The two countries have agreed to permit the international operation of wagons authorised by the ...

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    Traction: On course to Mission 100%


    India’s ambitious national railway electrification programme is moving forward rapidly as IR seeks to complete the wiring of its broad gauge network by the end of 2023 and reach net zero carbon emissions within the next decade.

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    Metro Report International

    Street theatre to raise vaccine awareness at metro construction sites


    INDIA: Delhi Metro Rail Corp has organised street theatre performances at construction sites to raise awareness of the benefits of Covid-19 vaccination. The shows performed by film, television and web actors use the rural dialects and folk songs of many of the construction workers. ...

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    Metro Report International

    Double-deck viaduct included in Chennai metro expansion contracts


    INDIA: Chennai Metro Rail Corp has awarded major contracts for Phase II construction works. L T Construction has been awarded two packages, which it said it won against stiff competition from domestic and international construction companies. The first covers the construction of 12 km ...

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    Wabtec awarded Delhi – Meerut RRTS train subsystems contract


    INDIA: Wabtec Corp has been awarded a US$15m contract to provide braking systems, pantographs, roof disconnector switches and passenger information systems for the 40 electric multiple-units which Alstom is to build for the 82 km Delhi – Meerut Regional Rapid Transport System. Wabtec said its ...

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    India: Budget sets ambitious targets


    The government has promised record capital investment in India’s rail network as part of its 2021-22 budget, citing the National Rail Plan now in development. However, IR needs to improve its productivity and get its finances back on an even keel, believes Raghu Dayal.

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    Bengaluru metro phases 2A and 2B approved


    INDIA: The cabinet has approved the next two phases of Bengaluru’s Namma Metro project, which will run along the Outer Ring Road and National Highway 44. Phase 2A will run 19·8 km from Central Silk Board Junction to KR Puram with 13 stations, and Phase ...

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    World’s highest railway bridge takes shape


    INDIA: A key milestone has been reached in the construction of the world’s highest railway bridge, with the completion of the main arch of the Chenab Bridge. Intended to carry the rail link to Kashmir across the Chenab river gorge through ...

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    Indian Railways sets another electrification record


    INDIA: Despite the constraints imposed by the coronavirus pandemic, Indian Railways has been pushing ahead to meet the government’s target of electrifying the country’s entire broad gauge network by December 2023.

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    Mumbai Metro Line 4 trainsets ordered


    INDIA: Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority has formally awarded Alstom a contract to supply 234 metro cars for the future Line 4 and the Line 4A extension. The contract announced on March 30 is worth Rs18·54bn, including staff training. It has been awarded to Alstom ...

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    Indian Railways updates its premium sleeping car fleet


    INDIA: A fleet of 500 sleeping cars is to be rolled out to refresh Indian Railways’ premium long distance trains during the 2021-22 financial year starting on April 1. According to the Ministry of Railways, the Tejas Sleepers will offer ‘a paradigm shift in the ...

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    Indian high speed line track design MoU signed


    INDIA: National High Speed Rail Corp Ltd and Japan Railway Track Consultants Co have signed a memorandum of understanding covering track design for the 237 km Vadodara – Vapi package T2 section of the planned Mumbai – Ahmedabad high speed rail corridor. JRTC is to ...

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    Indian designed and built locomotives for Mozambique


    MOZAMBIQUE: Indian Railways’ Banaras Locomotive Works in Varanasi has rolled out the first two of six 1 067 mm gauge diesel locomotives ordered by Caminhos de Ferro de Moçambique along with 90 stainless steel coaches. The 3 000 hp ‘Designed in ...