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MRVC Submits RRTS Feasibility Study Report

 Mumbai Railway Vikas Corporation (MRVC), the agency appointed by the government of Kerala has submitted the Feasibility Study report on the proposed Rapid Rail Transit System (RRTS) from Thiruvananthapuram to Chengannur. The existing system on this 125.65 double line railway stretch has 25 kv AC Traction, Broad Gauge and Multi Aspect Color Light Signaling (MACLS).  

                The tentative project cost of the proposed RRTS has been put at Rs 3330.78 crores and the funding for the same is expected to come from State, Multilateral Funding, Ministry of Urban Development, Infrastructure / Tax-free Bonds, Borrowing from Indian Railway Finance Corporation Ltd. and Loan from Bank and Financial Institutions.

                As per the report, the daily average expense for journeys in the proposed RRTS will be Rs 87.77 compared to Rs 60.54 by bus and Rs 237.91 by car; based on journeys on 25 days a month. The minimum fare recommended is Rs 10 with a price range of Rs 0.80 to Rs 2 per kilometer.

                RRTS has been mooted to realize unhindered and enhanced mobility requirement owing to the presence of State government offices on the Thiruvananthapuram-Chengannur stretch and due to traffic congestion on the national highways; limited scope of road widening; high incidence of road casualties and inability to introduce additional train services with the existing infrastructure.

                The survey conducted as part of the Feasibility Study shows that Thiruvananthapuram has a daily boarding of 43,472 passengers and daily alighting of 43,122 with Kollam 17,069 and 16,017 and Chengannur 2626 and 2210.

                The present commuter profile includes students, government employees, Technopark professionals and daily wage labourers. The existing factors in favour of RRTS on the Thiruvananthapuram-Chengannur railway route are the 27 stations, including major ones like Thiruvananthapuram Central, Kollam Jn, Kayamkulam Jn and Chengannur; average inter-station distance of 4.65 km; bi-directional peak trips and a line leading to Ernakulam via Alappuzha (single line) and another line leading to Ernakulam via Chengannur.

                Further, the Feasibility Study points to the cost effective side of RRTS. It requires only the upgrading of existing railway network and does not recommend construction of a new rail corridor. Besides cost, other benefits of RRTS are that the corridor will develop a continuous urban segment, paving way for the emergence of service industries and development of integrated townships, accelerated regional development and job creation through improved connectivity.

                The report has also identified certain existing challenges in the form of large number of level crossing gates (78); gradient of 1:100 posing a challenge to automatic signaling system; crowding during peak morning and evening hours; land acquisition / resettlement and rehabilitation; non-uniform platform heights and trespassing, especially at major stations.

                As part of the project, the Feasibility Study has recommended augmentation of railway stations at Thiruvananthapuram and Kollam and also yard modifications at Thiruvananthapuram, Kochuveli, Kollam and Mavelikara. It has also been recommended to raise the level of 20 platforms to the standard height of 840 mm. And the proposed signaling system will be Automatic Block Signaling (ABS) with Train Protection and Warning System for enhanced safety. RRTS will have the railway line divided into series of sections or blocks of 1 km and the average speed would be 57 km/h.

                The proposed organizational models pertaining to Strategy for Institutional Structure for Creation / Augmentation of Infrastructure are: 1. Implementation of Project by existing Railway PSU 2. Formation of joint SPV between GoK and India Railway and 3. Implementation of project by Indian Railway through Southern Railway. And the proposed organizational models relating to Strategy for Institutional Structure for Operations and Maintenance are: 1. Operation and Maintenance by Indian Railways and 2. Formation of Special Purpose Vehicle by Government of Kerala.              

                MRVC made its initial presentation to the Chief Minister of Kerala in September 2013 and the government signed a contract with Mumbai Rail Vikas Corporation (MRVC) to undertake the Feasibility Study for RRTs on 28-12-2013.


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Cabinet Decisions 23-04-2014

 Decision on backlog files to be expedited

The Cabinet has decided to clear up the backlog files in the Secretariat and at the offices of Heads of Departments in a time-bound manner, said Minister KC Joseph while briefing the Cabinet decisions here today. The study conducted by the government has revealed that only 25 % of files in the Secretariat have been disposed till February 2014. Out of the 2,30,711 files received decision was taken only on 56,878 files with  1,73,833 files pending decision.

At the offices of the Heads of Departments only 16% of files have been cleared. Out of the 2,55,862 files received only 41,225 have been disposed with 2,14,637 pending clearance.

Based on the study and the details collected on pending files, the Cabinet has decided to take appropriate decisions within the framework of existing rules on files that are pending for over three years within 100 days. An intensive drive will be carried out to clear the files. Chief Secretary would give directions regarding the same.

Kerala to stress for relaxation in CRZ

Regarding the new Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) rules as part of the notification of the Centre, Government of Kerala has decided to ask for relaxation on the same, taking into account the unique situation in Kerala. The State would ask for necessary changes to be made in the same, which otherwise would adversely affect sections of people including fishermen in the coastal area. In the next Cabinet meeting, discussions would be held with officials concerned regarding the modifications that need to be made.

Suburban rail: Feasibility Study report submitted

The Mumbai Railway Vikas Corporation has submitted its Feasibility Study report on the Rapid Rail Transit System in Kerala. The CMD of Mumbai Rail Vikas Corporation presented the preliminary study report before the Cabinet. The report will be considered after some modifications as suggested by the Cabinet. The first phase of the proposed project would be from Thiruvananthapuram Central to Chengannur. The expected cost for the first phase is Rs 3330 crores. As Railways is not in a position to fund the project, alternative source for resource mobilization is required.

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Kasturiragan Report: Hartal politically motivated

cabThiruvananthapuram 22-04-2014: The hartal called by LDF and High Range Protection Committee in connection with Kasturirangan report is politically motivated, said the CM while speaking to the media after the special cabinet that was convened today.

CM said that there is no basis for the allegation that enough time was not given to submit the cadastral maps by the panchyaths. The time to submit the cadastral map by the panchayaths was fixed as 21 April but due to overload of works the date was extended to April 30 which was informed to all the panchayaths in a timely manner, and if needed it can be extended further said the CM.

Of the 123 panchayaths 121 has submitted the cadastral maps. The survey numbers will be included in the map by the committee at panchayath level. The cadastral map with the survey numbers in it will be screened by a state level committee and the same will be checked by respective DFOs for registering objections if any. The final map will be sent to Delhi to get final sanction. Government is determined to get clearance from Delhi at the earliest.

CM reiterated that the Government has done whatever it could in this matter but the LDF is trying to create problems.

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Progress of higher education sector, the main aim: CM

cliffThiruvananthapuram 15-04-2014: CM has said that Kerala needs to progress in the field of higher education and pointed out that the progress made by the state in the school- college level could not be achieved by the higher IT education sectors.

He was interacting with the students who visited him at cliff house in connection with personality development programme organized by Junior Chamber International. Timely changes need to be brought in the syllabus of higher education sector. CM also said that changes needs to be brought that are beneficial to the posterity. CM reminded that the immediate beneficiaries of development are us but the posterity would only get benefited by developments which protect nature also.  

CM said that Mahatma Gandhi is his role model and added that he wishes to work for the people of Kerala. He said that his inspiration is Rajeev Gandhi who did more than what he could in just five years.

CM gave Vishu Kaineetam to all students who visited him. 

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Dinamalar -21-04-2014

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Cabinet decisions, April 16, 2014

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Government to undertake renovation of temple ponds

It has been decided to give approval in principle for undertaking the cleansing works of Padmatheertham and Mitranandapuram ponds, associated with the Sree Padmanabha Swamy temple in Thiruvananthapuram. The government will provide one-time financial aid for the cleansing works of the Padmatheertham pond with additional expenses to be met by the temple authorities. The revised estimate for cleansing the Padmatheertham pond is around Rs 65 lakhs. The government will take the initiative for cleansing the Mitranandapuram pond the works of which will be assigned through the Kerala Water Authority. Rs 5.65 crores will be spend for the purpose. Owing to the prevailing administrative set-up, the works pertaining to both the ponds will be brought to the attention of the Supreme Count. 

Relaxation in Model Code of Conduct

In order to ensure normal day-to-day functioning of the government, the Cabinet has decided to request the State's Chief Electoral Officer to make required relaxation in the Model Code of Conduct (MCC). Briefing the media on Cabinet decisions, the Chief Minister said that in the post-poll scenario in Kerala, the prevailing Model Code of Conduct (MCC) till the day of election results will create difficulties for the people.

Other decisions

There will be a special Cabinet meeting on 22nd April and routine one on the 23rd of April.



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EFL Map published: Private lands to be evaded

The map demarcating populated areas, agriculture lands and plantations as per the recommendations of Dr Oommen V Oommen has been published in the website (keralabiodiversity.org) of Kerala Bio Diversity Board. The map demarcates 3115 sq km from the 13,108 sq km EFL as per Kasturirangan report.
Two types of maps have been published in the website. In the first map green colour is given to the EFL and yellow colour to the rest while in the second Yellow colour is given to agriculture land, red for houses and towns, green for forest , maroon for rocky areas and barren land and blue for water bodies.
CM said that the approach of the Government is that not even an inch of private land should come under EFL and added that there is no scope for worries. CM said that if there are any changes in the mapping the same will be corrected.

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Italian mariners not to be freed without trial even if UN interferes

CM has written to the PM demanding that the Italian Mariners under trial for killing fishermen should not be sent back without trial and that India should not yield to the pressure of Italy to involve UN for the release of the mariners.
CM has sent the letter in the backdrop of the news that President of the UN general assembly John Ashe has arrived in India to intervene in the case as per the request of Italy.
The Italian mariners shot dead fishermen in a most brutal manner without any provocation. The people of Kerala are keen to know each step of the trial. CM pointed out that if the mariners are released due to the intervention of UN or any other Nation that would be a black mark to the law and order of the country and would be totally prejudistic.
It was on February 15, 2012 that the Italian mariners Massimiliano Latorre and Salvatore Girone on board Enrica Lexie shot dead two fishermen off the Kerala cost. Neendakara police registered murder case against them.
The accused approached Supreme Court since the High court approved the actions taken by the Police and the SC transferred the case to NIA. NIA reinvestigated the case and charge sheet was filed before NIA special court, the trial of which is continuing.

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April 2014

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23-04-2014

MRVC Submits RRTS Feasibility Study Report

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15.04.2014

CM on Higher Education studies

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CM  on cbi enquiry

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08-04-2014

CM about BJP nomination

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EFL Map published: Private lands to be evaded

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EFL Map published: Private lands to be evaded

Thiruvananthapuram 21-03-2014: The map demarcating populated areas, agriculture lands and plantations as per the recommendations of Dr Oommen V Oommen has been published in the website (keralabiodiversity.org) of Kerala Bio Diversity Board. The map demarcates 3115 sq km from the 13,108 sq km EFL as per Kasturirangan report. 

Two types of maps have been published in the website. In the first map green colour is given to the EFL and yellow colour to the rest while in the second Yellow colour is given to agriculture land, red for houses and towns, green for forest , maroon for rocky areas and barren land and blue for water bodies.

CM said that the approach of the Government is that not even an inch of private land should come under EFL and added that there is no scope for worries. CM said that if there are any changes in the mapping the same will be corrected.

The EFL in the villages were demarcated on the basis of the scrutiny carried out by committees in the panchayath level. The map now published will be checked by the committee using land use map with the village officer based on the survey number. People can approach this committee. The final map will be published only after checking the map given by the committee at the Panchayath level by the state level committee. 

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Malayalam Version of Kasturi Rangan Report

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