Daily Archive: July 19, 2017

Cabinet clears pay hike for CPSE employees

New Delhi, Jul 19 (PTI) The Cabinet today cleared a 15 per cent hike in salaries for public sector company employees.

The Cabinet headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi approved implementation of the recommendations of the 3rd Pay Commission for central public sector enterprises’ (CPSE) employees, an official said here.

The commission had recommended a 15 per cent increase in emoluments, the lowest so far. Higher wages are effective from January 1, 2017.

The previous commission had given a 37.2 per cent rise in 2007 and the first commission had given between 24 per cent and 30 per cent increase.

New Railway Projects

Zone-wise details of Preliminary Engineering cum Traffic Surveys (PETS) conducted during the Five Year Plan Period 2012-17 for new line projects are as tabulated below:-

Railways No. of new line surveys conducted between 2012-17
Central 12
East Coast 18
East Central 5
Eastern 2
North Central 14
North Eastern 5
Northeast Frontier 16
Northern 39
North Western 24
South Central 14
South East Central 27
South Eastern 6
Southern 29
South Western 13
West Central 7
Western 13

 

Out of the above, 3 Nos. new line projects have been sanctioned.

Reconnaissance / Preliminary Engineering cum Traffic Survey is pre-requisite for consideration of any new investment proposal for new projects to assess the likely investment, traffic potential and return from the same. Based on the outcome of Reconnaissance / Preliminary Engineering cum Traffic Survey, projects are sanctioned / included in Budget Document(Pink Book) on the basis of remunerativeness, last mile connectivity, missing links and alternate routes, augmentation of congested/saturated lines, socio-economic considerations etc. depending upon throwforward of ongoing project, overall availability of funds and competing demands. Zone-wise details of new line surveys shelved after examination are given below.

Railways No. of new line surveys conducted between 2012-17
Central 5
East Coast 4
East Central 0
Eastern 1
North Central 6
North Eastern 2
Northeast Frontier 3
Northern 19
North Western 13
South Central 8
South East Central 12
South Eastern 3
Southern 22
South Western 8
West Central 1
Western 5

 

These projects could not be taken forward due to their unremunerative nature and large shelf of ongoing projects. An expenditure of ` 68.84 cr has been incurred on these surveys.

This Press Release is based on the information given by the Minister of State for Railways Shri Rajen Gohain in a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha on 19.07.2017 (Wednesday).

 

Re-Development of Stations

Indian Railways has advertised its plan to offer ‘A-1’ and ‘A’ category stations on ‘as is where is’ basis for redevelopment by inviting proposals from interested parties with their designs and business ideas. The entire cost of station redevelopment is to be met by leveraging commercial development of land and air space in and around the station.

A large number of Foreign Railways have shown keen interest in the stations redevelopment program and an agreement has been signed with the French Railway (SNCF) for joint study on Renovation Concept Design of Ambala and Ludhiana stations. Korean railway has also expressed interest in the redevelopment of New Delhi Station. Governments of Belgium, Germany, China and UK have also expressed interest in the program of station redevelopment.

No, Madam. Since Railways is taking up Station Redevelopment in a big way (about 400 ‘A-1’ & ‘A’ category stations), cooperation with foreign countries/companies does not pose any problem to indigenous companies/firms. The companies/firms can also partner with foreign companies for adapting best International practices and technology transfer. All the station redevelopment is through open bidding process only.

The facilities proposed in a redeveloped station include congestion-free non-conflicting entry/exit to the station premises, segregation of arrival/departure of passengers, adequate concourse without overcrowding, integration of both sides of the city wherever feasible, integration with other modes of transport systems e.g. Bus, Metro, etc., user friendly international signage, well illuminated circulating area and sufficient provision for drop off, pick up and parking etc.

The cost of station redevelopment is to be met by leveraging commercial development of vacant land/air space in and around the station. Therefore, railway funds are not required for station redevelopment projects. Such projects shall generally be cost neutral to Railways.

This Press Release is based on the information given by the Minister of State for Railways Shri Rajen Gohain in a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha on 19.07.2017 (Wednesday).

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Yatri Ticket Suvidha Kendras

As on date, approximately 188 Yatri Ticket Suvidha Kendras (YTSK) are functioning in Indian Railways.
With a view to expanding the facilities for issue of tickets (both reserved and unreserved), Ministry of Railways have allowed public private partnership in establishment and operation of computerised Passenger Reservation System(PRS)-cum Unreserved Ticketing System(UTS) terminals at centres which are called Yatri Ticket Suvidha Kendra (YTSK). As per this scheme, all the authorized ticketing agents, who have worked for at least five years in providing Railway ticketing (reserved/ unreserved) services for passengers of Indian Railways are eligible to become YTSK licensee. Applications are called for allotment of YTSKs by the Zonal Railways through advertisements in leading newspapers.
Instructions have been issued to Zonal Railways to upload the details of YTSKs on Zonal Railways’ website.
This Press Release is based on the information given by the Minister of State for Railways Shri Rajen Gohain in a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha on 19.07.2017 (Wednesday).

Reunify three municipal bodies of Delhi: #BJP MP in LS

 Jul 19  Contending that the national capital was suffering due to three separate municipal bodies, a Lok Sabha member today demanded their reunification.

Raising the issue during the Zero Hour, Maheish Girri, BJP MP from East Delhi, said while the MCD cleaned the sewers before the monsoon, but those managed by the Delhi government were yet to be cleaned. This has resulted in flooding of several areas, he alleged.

Girri also demanded imposition of President’s Rule in the national capital over the issue.

“The Delhi is on the path of destruction. The MCD cleans the gutters, but the main nallas are not being cleaned,” Girri alleged.

He claimed that unlike other MCDs, East Delhi was largely unorganised which also hurt the overall revenue generation.

This, he noted, also led to constant strikes by the MCD workers, leading to Delhi becoming a “house of garbage”.

“All the three MCDs should be again reunified,” Girri demanded.

The MCD in Delhi was trifurcated in 2012 by the then Congress government under Sheila Dixit into East, North and South zones. All the three MCDs are ruled by the BJP.