Mega plan to link Delhi ring rail, Metro network
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.