Archive for August, 2011
With a view to providing better facilities to physically challenged and elderly people, the railways has taken a decision to ensure availability of battery-operated vehicles at all important stations of Indian Railways across the country. It has worked out the details in this connection.
According to a Railway Board official, the railways intends to provide four-seater vehicles to help the targeted people in boarding trains at important stations.
The board recently issued necessary guidelines to each zonal railways to introduce this system. The task to operate such vehicles will be outsourced to private agencies, he said adding railways would provide this facility free of cost. Under the plan, railways would provide free electricity to private service providers at stations for charging the batteries of these vehicles. But it would be the sole responsibility of the service providers to maintain battery-operated vehicles on their own, sources said.
According to sources, railways has already indentified service providers in different zones of the railways across the country. It is likely to enter into a deal with service providers as per railway terms and condition for at least one year. The deal could be renewed further depending on the performance of service providers, sources said.
According to ECR sources, railways has decided to introduce this facility at major stations like Patna Junction, Mughalsarai, Gaya, Muzaffarpur, Samastipur and Barauni to fulfil the needs of physically challenged and elderly persons. A final decision in this connection will be taken soon, sources said.
According to Divisional Railway Manager (DRM), Danapur, L M Jha, railways has now provided a special parking facility for physically challenged people in the circulating area of Patna Junction. The space has been provided at the west end of the station, near the Computerized Reservation Office, he said.
The DRM said that railways has set up an Air Conditioned (AC) mortuary at the RMS end of Patna Junction. The unclaimed bodies would no longer be thrown into the circulating area causing difficulty to people visiting Patna Junction or making an exit from there, he said.
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CM Nitish Kumar on Friday appealed to JD (U) legislators to plant 40,000 trees in every assembly constituency to make the state government’s Harit Bihar Abhiyan (Green Bihar campaign) a grand success. He also asked them to enrol 40,000 new members in every assembly seat.
The JD (U) had planned the party’s tree plantation programme in tandem with Bihar Harit Abhiyan. Nitish said the tree plantation drive had to be undertaken on a war footing to save environment. He said that every person joining JD (U) should first plant a tree.
Shrawan Kumar, the party’s chief whip in the state legislative assembly, said that at the JD (U) legislators meeting, specially convened to discuss the campaign to make Bihar green, all legislators took a pledge before the CM to participate wholeheartedly in the Harit Bihar Abhiyan. Nitish welcomed the two MLCs from LJP and one from Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM), who had recently joined the party.
He told party legislators to be personally present at the block level meetings in their respective constituencies during handing over of cheques to Indira Awas Yojna beneficiaries and keep a close watch on any incident of corruption in various welfare schemes of the government. They should also prevent middlemen in Indira Awas Yojna, which had affected many needy people. Stressing on state government’s bid to remove corruption from the state, Nitish said the legislators had a major role to play in fair distribution of money for different schemes to the beneficiaries.
Shrawan Kumar told TOI that the state government had already enacted a law to check corruption and for seizure of property of corrupt officials. He said that there was no question of the LJP legislator Naushad Alam, who had joined JD (U), going back to his old party.
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With an international accredited organic farming certification organization, International Panacea Ltd. (IPL), giving certification to litchi, Bihar government has made a headway in its efforts to extend organic farming in the state.
Nafed, a national cooperative marketing federation, collaborated with IPL to assess the organic farming potential of litchi in 1,000 hectare area in north Bihar. Nafed, in collaboration with IPL, will arrange export market for litchi to give more remunerative prices to farmers, said the agriculture specialist, project planning committee, state agriculture department, Anil Kumar Jha.
Organic farming certification of litchi followed the C1 certification given to organic vegetables produced in 500 acres in a vegetable cluster at Sohdih in Nalanda district. Under a vegetable initiative programme of the state government, organic farming is being done on 6,000 hectares of land at Sohdih. Organic farming will not only improve the soil for better productivity but also save the human beings from consuming harmful pesticide-laced farm products, he said. The process for organic farming certification of pulse crops on 16,000 hectares at Mokama tal and riverine (diara) areas in Patna district areas has been started by an accredited agency from Pune.
Certification of organic farming is necessary not only for good business of organic farm products, for which there is good national and international market, but has added another dimension to sustainable farming system. The crux of organic farming is recycling of organic matter in the form of agriculture wastes including shoots and roots that degenerate into the soil improving its fertility, use of vermi compost and bio-fertilizers and other methods to give strength to the soil by improving its fertility, he said.
The agriculture specialist added that under the organic farming programme, farmers are being given end-to-end solution for organic farming. Organic farming certification for quality of the farm products will fetch more remunerative prices in the national and international market. The government has arranged services of the agencies specializing in organic farming to provide training to the farmers. The agencies have also to arrange organic farming certification by accredited international agencies and then facilitate marketing of the organic farm products, he said.
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Chief minister Nitish Kumar on Tuesday inaugurated the much awaited Bailey Road road over bridge (ROB) located at Rukunpura near new Pataliputra station. Though he made no public speech on the occasion, he expressed satisfaction over the completion of the ROB at a time when the Bailey Road has been coping with enormous rush of traffic from Saguna Mor in Danapur to Dak Bungalow in Patna. Road construction department (RCD) minister Nand Kishore Yadav presided over the function.
With the inauguration of this ROB, Patna has become a state capital having the maximum number of road over bridges (ROBs). There are altogether seven ROBs, including two old ones functioning in the state capital, to cope with the huge rush of traffic in the town.
According to sources, this is the first major ROB on the Bailey Road which is likely to give much relief to people after commissioning of new Pataliputra station and the rail-cum-road bridge over the Ganga at Digha in December 2012. Work on this ROB has been completed at a cost of Rs 80 crore. The Pataliputra station and the ROB are part of the mega Ganga bridge project. The present ROB has been constructed with the latest technology by the railways, sources said.
According to an ECR official, this ROB has four-lane facilities providing connectivity to people from both east and west ends of the town. Its length is about one km, including the alignment portion of the bridge. The highlight of this ROB is that it has architectural beauty with full quality control over materials used for the construction work. Special care has been taken as it crosses over the old canal located on the Bailey Road, he said.
Keeping in mind the fact that railway tracks are being laid connecting to Pataliputra station right from Phulwari FCI godown, this ROB would now provide uninterrupted traffic flow over the bridge while passenger trains would run on the tracks just underneath the ROB towards both east (Phulwari) and west (Danapur) ends. Danapur station will thus gain the status of junction station after connecting it directly to Pataliputra station, an ECR official said.
The railways has provided enough space for the expansion of the bridge, particularly lane over it. It is a strongly built bridge with all facilities available on it, including lights and better alignments for smooth traffic flow. As the ROB is connecting NH-91, the railways has taken all possible care to give it shape and design to cope with huge traffic rush in future, an ECR official said, adding it would be a rare sight to watch beauty of the ROB during night.
ECR GM K K Srivastava, who was present on the occasion, said that the ROB would prove to be a boon for the people living in Danapur and Jagdeopath area. The railways has finally handed over the ROB to the state government, he said. RCD principal secretary Pratyaya Amrit, Patna commissioner K P Ramaiah and officials of ECR, Hajipur, were also present.
Later, the CM along with officials went to see the Bihar Centenary Column at Saguna More and gave directions to make it more attractive.
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Looking to hit back at competitors with the new version of its premium hatchback Swift, Maruti Suzuki India today said it will drastically cut exports of diesel engines to Hungary to concentrate on the Indian market.
The company, which has seen increased competition from new entrants likes Ford Figo, Toyota Liva and Volkswagen Polo, said it will increase production of the Swift to up to 18,000 units a month to reduce waiting period. Honda’s upcoming Brio is also expected to add to the competition.
“We are reducing on export of diesel engines significantly to cater to the domestic demand. Currently we export about 35,000 to 45,000 units every year to Hungary. We will reduce it to almost negligible levels in the next six months,” Maruti Suzuki India (MSI), Managing Executive officer (Marketing and Sales) Mayank Pareek told PTI.
The company’s diesel engine plant at Manesar currently produces 2.8 lakh engines per annum but it needs about four lakh units for the Indian market, he said.
“The additional engine that we get (after cutting exports) will go for the Swift in India,” Pareek said.
With petrol prices going up, demand for diesel engine cars have soared. Most of the companies, which offer petrol and diesel variants of a car model are now witnessing demand ratio of 70:30 in favour of diesel cars.
MSI has invested over Rs 550 crore on the development of the new Swift. It will be manufactured on an all-new platform.
“Production of Swift will be increased to about 17,000-18,000 units per month, from an earlier 10,000-11,000 unit. Thus the waiting period will come down to 2-3 months from 3-4 months earlier,” he said.
On the expected sales, Pareek said, it will be around 18,000 per month “but we will try to push for 20,000 per month”. Current sales of the Swift are around 12,000 units a month.
So far, the company has received bookings for over 30,000 units, he said, adding since its launch in 2005, Swift has clocked over 6 lakh units.
The new Swift will be powered by 1.2 litre petrol engines and 1.3 litre diesel engines.
Pareek did not disclose the price saying it will be announced at the formal launch on August 17, but sources said it will be about Rs 30,000 more than the existing ones, which starts at Rs 4.09 lakh and goes up to Rs 5.38 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi).
The car will be produced at MSI’s Manesar plant, where unit B will start operations in September with the production of the new Swift
Source:The times of india
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