Delhi Cold Train

Delhi: 22 Trains Running Late Due To Fog

At least 22 trains are running late in Delhi due to fog, resulting in low visibility in the region on Sunday morning, Railway officials said.

According to Indian Railways, Ajmer-Katra Pooja Express, Jammutawi Ajmer Express and Ferozpur-Seoni are running late by almost 6.30 hours while Khajuarao-Kurukshetra Express and Seoni-Ferozpur are running late by about 4 hours.

About 11 trains are delayed by about 1-1.30 hours including Puri-New Delhi Purushottam Express, Kanpur-New Delhi Shramshakti, Dibrugarh-New Delhi Rajdhani, Banglore-Nizamuddin, Rajendranagar-New Delhi Rajdhani and Saharsa-New Delhi Vaishali Express.

As per the Railways, three trains, including Muzaffarpur-Anand Vihar Express, Chennai-New Delhi GT and Jammutawi-New Delhi Rajdhani, are running late by 2 hours.

However, the maximum temperatures recorded at various stations displayed a significant departure from the normal range for this time of year.

According to the India Meteorological Department, cold to severe cold conditions are likely to continue over Delhi, Punjab, Haryana, and Rajasthan during the next day and a significant decrease thereafter.

Maximum temperatures are in the range of 9-12 degrees over many parts of Punjab and Haryana; and in the range of 13-16 degrees over north Rajasthan, Delhi, northwest Madhya Pradesh and some parts of Uttar Pradesh. It is below normal by 4-9 degrees over these areas.

Minimum temperatures are in the range of 6-15 degrees over Rajasthan, Punjab, Haryana-Chandigarh-Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, northwest Madhya Pradesh, Bihar and Jharkhand. Today, the lowest minimum temperature of 2 degrees was reported at Sikar (East Rajasthan).

As per IMD, Northwest and Central India are likely to receive a fresh spell of rainfall with thunderstorms/hailstorms from January 8-10. (ANI)

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Regional Rapid Transit System ( RRTS )

PM Launches India’s 1st Regional Rapid Transit System Corridor

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday inaugurated the priority section of the Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut Regional Rapid Transit System (RRTS) Corridor at Uttar Pradesh’s Sahibabad RapidX station– a state-of-the-art regional mobility solution aimed to transform regional connectivity in the country through construction of new world class transport infrastructure.

The Prime Minister also flagged off the RapidX train connecting Sahibabad to Duhai depot, marking the launch of RRTS in India. This is India’s first RapidX train which will be known as “Namo Bharat”.

The 17 km priority section of Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut RRTS Corridor will connect Sahibabad to Duhai depot with stations at Ghaziabad, Guldhar and Duhai on the way. The foundation stone for Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut corridor was laid by the Prime Minister on March 8, 2019. With the train service operational, the travel time between Sahibabad and Duhai Depot will be 12 minutes, which would usually take around 30-35 minutes by road.

The RRTS project is developed in line with the Prime Minister’s vision to transform regional connectivity in the country through construction of new world class transport infrastructure. The RRTS is a new rail-based, semi-high-speed, high-frequency commuter transit system.

With a design speed of 180 kmph, RRTS is a transformational, regional development initiative, which is designed to provide high-speed trains for intercity commuting every 15 minutes, which can go up to a frequency of every 5 minutes as per requirement.

A total of eight RRTS corridors have been identified to be to be developed in the National Capital Region (NCR), out of which three corridors have been prioritised to be implemented in Phase-I including Delhi – Ghaziabad – Meerut Corridor; Delhi – Gurugram – SNB – Alwar Corridor; and Delhi – Panipat Corridor.

The Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut RRTS being developed at a cost of more than Rs 30,000 crore, and will connect Delhi to Meerut in less than an hour of travel time going through the urban centres of Ghaziabad, Muradnagar, and Modinagar. The 82-km Delhi-Meerut section is likely to be completed by 2025.

RRTS, being developed in the country, is a state-of-the-art regional mobility solution, and is comparable to the best in the world. It will provide safe, reliable and modern intercity commuting solutions in the country.

In line with PM GatiShakti National Master Plan, the RRTS network will have extensive multi-modal-integration with Railway stations, Metro stations and Bus services. Such transformative regional mobility solutions will boost economic activity in the region; provide improved access to employment, education and healthcare opportunities; and help in significant reduction of vehicular congestion and air pollution.

This new dedicated, high-speed, high-capacity, commuter service, the RRTS is different from both conventional railways as well as Metros.

It is better than conventional railways as it provides reliable, high-frequency, point-to-point regional travel.

It is different from Metros as it caters to passengers who are looking to travel a comparatively longer distance with fewer stops and at a higher speed.

Offering comfortable seats and air conditioning, the priority section of RRTS is going to uplift travel in Ghaziabad.

Otherwise, the options so far for the commuters were public autorickshaws and buses, or private buses or taxis, amid the hot and humid weather clubbed with traffic.

The Sahibabad RRTS station from where the Prime Minister flagged off India’s first RapidX train is just 4 km away from the Vaishali Metro Station situated on the Blue line of the Delhi Metro. (ANI)

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House Collapses In Lucknow

Five Of A Family Killed After House Collapses In Lucknow

At least five people belonging to a family died after a house collapsed in the Anand Naga area of Uttar Pradesh’s Lucknow, said the police on Saturday. 

According to the police, the incident took place in a Railway colony under the Alambagh police station in Lucknow. 

“We got the information that five people were injured in the house collapse that occurred in the railway colony of the Anand Nagar area under the Alambagh police station area in Lucknow. Later, they were taken to a hospital where they were declared dead by the doctors”, said Upendra Kumar Aggarwal, Joint DCP, Law and Order, Lucknow. 

“The incident took place this morning. The house belonged to a former railway employee who was living with her family”, added the Joint DCP. 

Speaking further, the joint DCP said that the colony was abondoned by the Railways Department and the railway had given the notice to vacate the house. 

However, the reasons behind the collapse have not been ascertained yet.

Meanwhile, the Lucknow District Magistrate also reached the spot and took stock of the situation. 

“The incident is saddening. There were five peopl belonging to a family who were sleeping in the house located in the Railways Colony.  Suddenly, the house collapsed and they died. The officials are present at the spot. We are discussing this with the Railways officials and inspecting the nearby houses too”, said Surpal Gangwar, District Magistrate (DM), Lucknow. 

Further, the DM added that UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has also taken cognizance of the situation and asked the officials to provide all possible help to the locals. 

“CM Yogi Adityanath took cognizance of the situation and asked the officials to reach the spot and provide all possible help to the locals. Along with this, we are giving notice to the locals to vacate all the damaged houses in the colony”, DM Gangwar added.  

Further details are awaited. (ANI)

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