Mega plan to link Delhi ring rail, Metro net­work

Hindustan Times (Delhi) - - METRO - Ra­jesh Ahuja of Hin­dus­tan Times con­trib­uted to this story.

Ac­cord­ing to a se­nior rail­way of­fi­cial, a fea­si­bil­ity study has been com­mis­sioned to look at the best plan suited for Delhi.

“The study will sug­gest whether we need to build new lines or link­ages to con­nect the Metro and ring rail sys­tems with each other. We are most prob­a­bly look­ing at link­ages and in­ter­changes with the Metro sys­tem,” said the of­fi­cial, who asked not to be named.

The min­is­ter and the of­fi­cial did not give de­tails of the es­ti­mated cost of the project.

The ring rail sys­tem was con­structed in 1975 for car­ry­ing goods, and started run­ning pas­sen­ger trains dur­ing the 1982 Asian Games.

The study will also fo­cus on ex­ist­ing and pro­posed Mas­ter Plans and land-use plan­ning along the ring rail routes. “For the re­vival of ring rail­way, we need to as­sess the re­quire­ment for ad­di­tional land for tracks and sta­tions, ap­proach roads and in­te­gra­tion fa­cil­i­ties,” an­other rail­way of­fi­cer added.

“A sub­ur­ban rail net­work is im­por­tant for any city as the av­er­age speed is faster than the Metro sys­tem. When the ring rail sys­tem was built in Delhi, it was ex­pected to carry a bulk of com­muters. But sta­tions have not been prop­erly in­te­grated with the road and the Metro net­works. If re­vived, it will sup­ple­ment the Delhi Metro and new lines can be built de­pend­ing on the re­quire­ment,” said CB Rao, for­mer di­rec­tor (projects) of the Delhi Metro who has also worked with the In­dian Rail­ways as its chief track en­gi­neer.

Ex­perts say proper in­te­gra­tion with other modes of trans­port and aware­ness about the ser­vice will be key to ring rail’s re­vival. “The sys­tem is there wait­ing to be utilised. Delhi’s Metro sta­tions are land­marks in them­selves but no one knows about ring rail sta­tions as they are not vis­i­ble. If th­ese things are done, it will give a much-needed boost to not only ring rail but to the en­tire Delhi trans­port sys­tem,” said Ryan Christo­pher Se­queira, deputy man­ager of trans­port plan­ning at the Delhi In­te­grated Multi-modal Tran­sit Sys­tem. an­tees had not been is­sued by it but by delin­quent em­ploy­ees.

“At the end of the day, the lenders should have done the due dili­gence,” this per­son added, on con­di­tion of anonymity.

But other lenders blame PNB. They say that they re­leased money to Modi’s com­pa­nies on the ba­sis of the guar­an­tees is­sued by PNB.

“Al­la­habad Bank has raised claims of two tranches of $26 mil­lion each from Pun­jab Na­tional Bank for un­der­writ­ing the let­ter of credit. Th­ese were due on Jan­uary 25 and Fe­bru­ary 6. We want the bank to pay up as the ex­po­sure is on PNB,” said Usha Anan­tha­sub­ra­ma­nian, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor, Al­la­habad Bank.

SBI and Union Bank of In­dia have also raised sim­i­lar claims.

In its state­ment to stock ex­changes, PNB said its li­a­bil­ity will be de­ter­mined af­ter tak­ing a closer look at the trans­ac­tions.

In the first case against Modi, last week, CBI booked him, and sev­eral mem­bers of his fam­ily and said they used the firms Di­a­mond R Us, So­lar Ex­ports and Stel­lar Di­a­monds to con­spire with bank of­fi­cials to cause PNB “wrong­ful loss”.

In a reg­u­la­tory fil­ing last week, Gi­tan­jali Gems said that its man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Me­hul Choksi, who was named by CBI, had no deal­ings with two of the com­pa­nies men­tioned and had re­tired from a third in 1999.

JN Gupta, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor at Stake­hold­ers Em­pow­er­ment Ser­vices, a proxy ad­vi­sory, said: “How can an en­tire sys­tem be by­passed? How did it es­cape the au­di­tors and in­ves­ti­ga­tors? Ob­vi­ously more than one per­son seems to be in­volved.”

“Khan had per­son­ally planted ex­plo­sives in the M-block mar­ket in south Delhi’s Greater Kailash. Apart from GK, blasts oc­curred in Con­naught Place and Karol Bagh. Un­ex­ploded bombs were re­cov­ered from CP, In­dia Gate and Par­lia­ment Street. Thirty per­sons were killed and 100 in­jured in those blasts in the city,” said the of­fi­cer.

Six days later, Khan and his four as­so­ciates were al­legedly hid­ing in Batla House in south Delhi’s Okhla area when the po­lice cor­nered them. Two sus­pects and an in­spec­tor were killed in the ex­change of fire.

The com­pen­sa­tion is lim­ited to two hectares.

Last year, an­gry protests from farm­ers forced the Bharatiya Janata Party gov­ern­ment in the state to an­nounce a waiver of their loans.

Farm­ers in Marath­wada and Vi­darbha are among the most vul­ner­a­ble since the re­gion of­ten sees a drought.

The most-af­fected dis­tricts in this week’s bad weather were Jalna (Marath­wada), Buld­hana and Am­ra­vati (Vi­darbha), where crop dam­age was cal­cu­lated as 32,000 hectares, 32,700 hectares and 26,598 hectares re­spec­tively, ac­cord­ing to the pre­lim­i­nary es­ti­mates.

To give an es­ti­mate, a hectare is a lit­tle smaller than an av­er­age cricket field.

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