Daily Archive: August 2, 2018

Good news: Indian Railways to introduce more than 200 new lines

Indian Railways will soon launch over 200 new lines across the country. Presently, the lines are in diffrent stage of execution. The information about the number of railway lines in each state was given by Minister of State of Railways, Rajen Gohain, in a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha on Thursday.

It has been revealed that the completion of Railway projects needs clearances from certain departments of State Government and Central Ministries like acquisition of land, statutory clearances like forestry and wildlife, shifting of utilities etc.The decision of introducing new lines were announced the budget on February 1, earlier this year.

Below is a list of statewise on-going project of Indian Railways:

Assam & North Eastern Region: 15

Andhra Pradesh: 18

Bihar: 34

Chhattisgarh: 8

Delhi: 1

Gujarat: 4

Haryana: 7

Himachal Pradesh: 4

Jammu & Kashmir: 1

Jharkhand: 14

Karnataka: 16

Kerala: 2

Madhya Pradesh: 8

Maharashtra: 12

Odisha: 10

Punjab: 6

Rajasthan: 10

Telangana: 9

Tamil Nadu: 8

Uttar Pradesh: 15

Uttarakhand: 3

West Bengal: 18

Meanwhile, The overhead equipment cables, which power the trains, have become a cause of concern for both the Central and Western Railways. As part of inspections of road over bridges (ROBs) passing over rail lines, it has come to fore that these cables are attached to bridges, rendering them risky. This was detected by engineers of the Indian Railways and the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, who have been assigned the task of inspecting 445 bridges across Mumbai and its metropolitan region.

These cables hang from the bottom of the ROBs. “We found that in some bridges, cables are attached to the cantilever, above which footpath exists. We will be shifting the cables onto the main girder in the coming days,” said a railway official on condition of anonymity.

These cantilever bridges are not directly a part of the main bridge – like the one in Andheri – and are prone to collapse. The OHE cables and their paraphernalia weigh at least 500 kgs or more and in case it snaps it would put more weight on the bridge below which it hangs.

UIDAI to introduce service to make Aadhaar address update easy

New Delhi: The UIDAI will start a new service from April next to help Aadhaar holders, who do not have valid proof of residence of their current location, to update their address easily by using a letter containing a secret PIN, according to the authority. The new service is proposed to start from April 1, according to a notification by the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI). “Residents who are not having acceptable proof of Address may submit their request for address verification through Aadhaar letter having a secret PIN. Once the letter is received by the resident, he/she can use the secret PIN to update his/her address in Aadhaar on the SSUP online portal,” the UIDAI said in a notification on Tuesday.

Often people staying in rented accommodation or migrant labour face problems in updating their address and face issues in availing services for which Aadhaar is required. Under the new system, that is proposed to start from April 1, an Aadhaar holder can opt for an Aadhaar letter having the secret PIN from the UIDAI website like banks and credit card companies provide letters with PINs for activating debit or credit cards.

The authority is expected to run a pilot before starting the new service, a UIDAI official said. “The pilot would be initiated from January 1, 2019 and the facility would be functional from April 1, 2019,” the official said. At present people are required to fill a form and submit any one of the 35 documents mentioned under the Aadhaar (Enrolment and Update) regulation which include passport, bank passbook, voter ID, driving licence, registered rent agreement, marriage certificate etc.


SC/ST Prevention of Atrocities ordinance should be brought soon: Congress’s Mallikarjun Kharge in Lok Sabha. Union Minister Rajnath Singh responds

SC/ST Prevention of Atrocities ordinance should be brought soon: Congress’s Mallikarjun Kharge in Lok Sabha. Union Minister Rajnath Singh responds, “The govt has already approved the bill yesterday. We want to pass it in this session of parliament.”