Gujarat Railway News

Gujarat: 7 cops hurt in liquor den raid Surendranagar
Times of India | 21 hours ago | |
Times of India
21 hours ago | |

RAJKOT: Seven police personnel were injured when a raiding party was attacked by a mob during the arrest of a woman bootlegger in Surendranagar on Thursday night. The police booked 18 persons. According to a complaint filed at A Division police station in Surendranagar, the police raided the country-made liquor den of Fatima Jeda in the new railway station area of the town based on specific information. Police have been strictly instructed to shut down all liquor dens in view of the assembly election. During the raid, the police found three kilns for brewing of liquor and arrested Fatima. When the police team was taking her outside, she started screaming and asked people to gather and prevent the police personnel from taking her. Soon, a mob gathered there and she provoked people to attack the police team. The mob asked police to release Fatima. The police tried to convince them but they did not listen to police and attacked the personnel with sticks and pipes. The police also used sticks in their defence. In the process, seven police personnel received injuries and were hospitalized. The police booked 18 persons — Fatima Jeda, Rehman Jeda, Juned Jeda, Abu Jeda, Javed Jeda, Aamin Jeda, Nizam Jeda, Aarif Jeda, Anwar Samtani, Nurjaha Jeda, Aayesha Jeda, Rasik Jeda, Irfan Jeda, Firoz Jeda, Nasim Jeda, Mariyam Jeda, Faruk Jeda and Latif Jeda — under various sections of IPC.

Gujarat: 7 cops hurt in liquor den raid Surendranagar
Five firms submit bid to rebuild Gokhale Bridge
The Indian Express | 1 day ago | |
The Indian Express
1 day ago | |

Five companies have submitted bids to the BMC for reconstructing the Gopal Krishna Gokhale Bridge in Andheri, which has been shut since November 7 for both traffic and pedestrian movement.The civic body floated the tenders for reconstructing the bridge on November 12 at an estimated cost of Rs 84.72 crore. The deadline for submitting the bids for contractors and construction firms was open till Friday afternoon. Of the five firms, while three are from Mumbai and Thane, one each are from Gujarat and Hyderabad.With the tender stipulating a eight-month deadline, BMC officials said the reconstruction work will be taken up on war footing so that a portion of the bridge could be reopened before monsoon, next year. “Good response was received from bidders in such a short time. Five firms have submitted their bids. Now, we will evaluate the bids and issue work order in December,” P Velrasu, additional municipal commissioner (Projects), said.“Since the bridge will be a pre-fabricated structure, construction work could be started immediately. The structure will be constructed at a workshop, and will be brought to the site for final assembling and girder launch,” said an official.Earlier this week, the BMC had disbursed Rs 17 crore to the Railways to demolish the existing structure. Officials said demolition work needs to start soon because unless the existing structure is pulled down, the new structure can’t be put in place.Maintaining that the work order should be issued immediately to the contractor, Dhaval Shah, a local resident and founder of Lokhandwala Oshiwara Citizen’s Association, said: “Besides comparing the market price, the BMC should also check that which contractor will be able to finish the project at the lowest possible time.”

Five firms submit bid to rebuild Gokhale Bridge
Centre generates about 16 lakh jobs every month, Railway minister Vaishnaw
The Indian Express | 1 day ago | |
The Indian Express
1 day ago | |

Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw on Tuesday claimed that about 16 lakh jobs are being generated every month by the Central government.Vaishnaw was addressing a ‘Rozgar Mela’ (employment fair) programme organized in Ajmer by the Central Reserve Police Force.He said that about 16 lakh jobs are being created every month under this Central government and transparency is the key of the Narendra Modi government, according to an official statement.The railway minister said, “India has emerged as a source of energy with full of opportunities even in the situation of global economic crisis.” He said that today the life of every class of society has become easier due to the Centre’s schemes.Minister for Railways, Communications, Electronics & Information Technology, Sh. @AshwiniVaishnaw graced the #RozgarMela event at #CRPF Group Centre 2 Ajmer, Rajasthan and distributed appointment letters to the newly recruited appointees. pic.twitter.com/BFXcWBzKXq— 🇮🇳CRPF🇮🇳 (@crpfindia) November 22, 2022Calling upon the youth to adopt the mantra of ‘Nation First, Always First’, he said that only those people achieved success in life who always put the nation first in their duty.Referring to the challenges faced by the youth, Vaishnaw said, “If they remember only one thing, only one mantra, then there will never be any doubt in their mind. That mantra is ‘Nation First, Always First’.” On this occasion, he also distributed job appointment letters to several candidates.On Tuesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi handed out job appointment letters to more than 71,000 youngsters, saying similar campaigns have been held in NDA-ruled states and Union territories in the past one month.The prime minister distributed 71,056 appointment letters to recruits via video conferencing. Physical copies of appointment letters were handed over at 45 locations across the country, except Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh where the Model Code of Conduct is in force.

Centre generates about 16 lakh jobs every month, Railway minister Vaishnaw
With two sacks of Re 1 coins worth Rs 10,000, an Independent files nomination from Gandhinagar (North)
The Indian Express | 1 week ago | |
The Indian Express
1 week ago | |

Unhappy with his living conditions in Gujarat’s capital Gandhinagar, Mahendrabhai Patni, a labourer, 35, filed his nomination as an Independent from the Gandhinagar North seat. He had carried two sacks of Re 1 coins to file his nomination fee of Rs 10,000 at the Election Commission office.Asked why he collected the coins, Patni said: “I am a labourer without steady employment. We do not have a house, access to drinking water, or electricity. Families in my neighbourhood agreed to support me as I do not have enough resources to file a deposit. I spent three days collecting the coins from people who promised to vote for me.”Patni said his house was among the 521 huts that were demolished by the government to build The Leela, a five-star-hotel, and to revamp the Gandhinagar Railway Station in the city. “We continue to live in the slums without basic amenities, “ said Patni, claiming that no compensation has been given by the state government yet. He now stays in Gokulpura Vasahat located across the road from the security cabin of the hotel.After studying till the seventh standard at his native village in the Patan district, Patni moved to Gandhinagar in 1999.“We initially lived in the slums where the Salt Mound (Dandi Kutir) stands today. We then moved to the rear of the Gandhinagar Railway Station in 2010,” Patni said.The Gandhinagar Railway Station was reconstructed by the Gandhinagar Railway and Urban Development Corporation Limited (GARUD), a joint venture of the Government of Gujarat and the Indian Railway State Development Corporation. The Leela hotel construction was part of the project. Government officials told The Indian Express that “the hutments had to be removed as they stood on land belonging to the Indian Railways.”Patni is among the 28 candidates who have filed nominations from Gandhinagar North. The constituency polls in the second phase of the state elections to be held on December 5.Patni’s affidavit has zero assets and no bank account details. “I opened a zero-balance bank account with Bank of Baroda only on November 14 because it was necessary for election purposes,” he said.Patni lives with his parents, wife and two daughters in a modest kaccha house with few household items and a 12-volt battery that powers an LED bulb at night. He is a Below Poverty Line (BPL) card holder – one among the 31.56 lakh families in the category in the state as on August 2021.Patni, however, is not the only candidate to have filed his nomination using Rs one coins. An AAP candidate from the Sayaligunj seat in Vadodara, a wedding planner named Swejal Vyas, also took a sack full of coins to file his nomination.Vyas said: “When I stood as a candidate for polls, people began asking me what they can do for me. I asked them to give me Rs one as their blessing for deposit. I had collected most of the money through Google Pay and the response was overwhelming. The entire amount was collected in just three hours.” Vyas’s affidavit shows Rs 2.5 lakh in cash and a house worth Rs 55 lakh.

With two sacks of Re 1 coins worth Rs 10,000, an Independent files nomination from Gandhinagar (North)
Fact-checking: PIB counters Rahul Gandhi on ‘sale’ of railways, Congress ticks Amit Shah off over Ukraine war
Times of India | 1 week ago | |
Times of India
1 week ago | |

NEW DELHI: The Congress on Tuesday debunked Union home minister Amit Shah’s claim that the warring countries Russia and Ukraine had called a ceasefire for the safe exit of Indian students. This was a couple of days after the Centre’s Press Information Bureau (PIB) fact-checked Congress leader Rahul Gandhi’s allegation that railway properties were being privatised. On November 12, Rahul Gandhi posted a tweet asking Prime Minister Narendra Modi not to sell railway assets. He alleged that the railways was being sold and privatised. Rahul said, “Employment to 12 lakh people, daily service of 2.5 crore countrymen - Indian Railways connects the country. Prime Minister, railways is the property of the country, it needs empowerment, not privatisation. Don't sell!” 12 लाख लोगों को रोज़गार, 2.5 करोड़ देशवासियों की रोज़ सेवा - देश को जोड़ती है भारतीय रेल। प्रधानमंत्री जी, रेलवे… https://t.co/4CDbHH6D0Z— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) 1668249588000The PIB rejected Rahul’s allegations and said Indian Railways was not privatising any of its assets. In a social media post, it said, “A tweet is falsely claiming that 151 trains, railway properties, stations and hospitals of Indian Railways have been privatised. These claims are completely bogus and factless. @RailMinIndia is not privatising any of its assets." एक ट्वीट में फर्जी दावा किया जा रहा है कि भारतीय रेलवे की 151 ट्रेनों, रेलवे संपत्ति, स्टेशनों और अस्पतालों का निजी… https://t.co/ko7rTMb5cz— PIB Fact Check (@PIBFactCheck) 1668306385000Congress fact-checks Amit Shah’s claimIn a TV programme on Monday, Shah talked about the success of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s foreign outreach and India’s position in the comity of nations. He claimed that when the Russia-Ukraine war was at its peak, Modi spoke with the heads of the two nations to extricate Indian students stuck in Ukraine. Shah said the two nations called a ceasefire for 72 hours which helped Indian students leave Ukraine. The BJP posted a tweet and said, “It never happened before that 35,000 children were trapped in Ukraine and the prime minister of India talked to the heads of Russia and Ukraine. It stopped the war for 72 hours to bring the trapped children back to India. It is a matter of pride for every Indian.” The Congress countered Shah’s claims. In a post called ‘Fake news alert’, it said, “The ministry of external affairs (MEA) of the government of India has already denied such things. But this habit of lying does not go away. Earlier, (they claimed) the war was stopped for six hours, now (they claim) the war stopped for 72 hours. In future (they will) tell 72 days.” ⚠️ 𝙁𝘼𝙆𝙀 𝙉𝙀𝙒𝙎 𝘼𝙇𝙀𝙍𝙏भारत सरकार का विदेश मंत्रालय पहले ही ऐसी बातों को नकार चुका है।लेकिन झूठ बोलने की ऐसी आदत लगी… https://t.co/VytJuTqxGn— Congress (@INCIndia) 1668496494000

Fact-checking: PIB counters Rahul Gandhi on ‘sale’ of railways, Congress ticks Amit Shah off over Ukraine war
"Will Send Back Empty EVMs": Gujarat Villages Demand Train For Votes
Ndtv | 1 week ago | |
Ndtv
1 week ago | |

The villages have threatened to boycott elections if their demands are not met. (Representational)Navsari: Ahead of Assembly elections in Gujarat, the residents of Ancheli and 17 other villages of Navsari Assembly constituency have hung banners to boycott the polls and ban political leaders from entering the villages to campaign.The villages have decided to boycott the election until their demand for stopping local trains at the Ancheli railway station is not met.The banners near the Ancheli Railway station and in the areas of the villages say, "Train nahi to vote nahi (no train, no votes). The BJP or other political parties should not come here for election campaigns. Till our demands are not met, we are boycotting the elections.""People of at least 18 villages have boycotted this election. They demand the train stop at the local station like it used to before the pandemic. Regular passengers are forced to take private vehicles and spend almost Rs 300 per day to catch the train," Hitesh Nayak, a resident told ANI.A college student Prachi Patel said that she was facing problems getting to her lectures in the morning.Member of the Zonal Railway Users Consultative Committee (ZRUCC) Chhotubhai Patil said that no officials have responded to the issues. "A local passenger train used to stop here since 1966 but it was stopped due to the Covid pandemic. After it restarted, it does not stop at our station. People from at least 19 villages use that train to go to and from their jobs," said Chhotubhai Patil."They are facing issues. We are not demanding a new train or sttaion. We just want the same train to stop at this station, but still, the local administrators are not responding to our requests," he said.Chhotubhai Patil said that the villagers have decided to send the Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) with no votes till their demand is met. "We have decided to boycott this Assembly election and we will send the EVMs back all empty," he added.The elections will be held in two phases on December 1 and 5. The counting of votes will take place on December 8.PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.comFeatured Video Of The DayExclusive - "Sorry For Them": Nalini Sriharan, Rajiv Gandhi Case Convict, To Gandhis

"Will Send Back Empty EVMs": Gujarat Villages Demand Train For Votes
Pre-bid meet held for revamp of Ahmedabad, New Delhi rly stations
The Indian Express | 2 weeks ago | |
The Indian Express
2 weeks ago | |

The Rail Land Development Authority (RLDA) Thursday successfully concluded the first pre-bid conference for the re-development of New Delhi and Ahmedabad Railway stations and construction of associated infrastructure. The conference was attended by all prospective bidders, vendors as well as officials of RLDA.The pre-bid meetings were attended by a number of prominent construction houses such as L&T construction, NCC Limited, Tata Projects Limited, Shapoorji & Pallonji Constructions, Adani Reality and GMR Group.These stations will be redeveloped using an EPC (Engineering, Procurement, and Construction) model. Another round of pre-bid conferences is planned on December 7 for New Delhi and on December 8 for Ahmedabad stations. The bidding process shall be a single-stage two packet one. The last date for submission of bids will be January 24, 2023 for both the railway stations.“The upgradation of these key stations aims to provide iconic identities to Delhi, the national capital and Ahmedabad, the business hub of Gujarat and create a worthy representative of New India. The redevelopment of these stations is amongst the government’s flagship projects that will boost tourism prospects and usher in a socio-economic transformation of the region,” said Ved Parkash Dudeja, vice-chairman, RLDA.“One of the main objectives of these upgradations is to provide commuters with a world-class travel experience. With the pre-bid meetings, we are one step closer to the redevelopment of these iconic stations,” he added. The redeveloped stations will have a spacious roof plaza with all passenger amenities at one place along with spaces for retail, cafeterias, recreational facilities. Facilities like food court, waiting lounge, playing area for children and place for local products, will be available. To make the stations navigable, proper illumination, way finding or signages, acoustics, lifts, escalators, travellators shall be provided.

Pre-bid meet held for revamp of Ahmedabad, New Delhi rly stations
Deccan Odyssey may restart ops: Here are the other luxury trains you can travel in
The Indian Express | 2 weeks ago | |
The Indian Express
2 weeks ago | |

Deccan Odyssey, a luxury train launched to promote Maharashtra tourism, may start ferrying tourists again next year. The luxury train had halted operations for over 30 months due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Deccan Odyssey, which is operated by the Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC), takes visitors on seven night-eight day trips across Maharashtra.Here’s a list of the major luxury trains in India:The train’s royal origins give it its name ‘Palace on Wheels’.  Its carriages once seated the rulers of princely states of Rajputana, Gujarat, the Nizam of Hyderabad and the Viceroy of British India. These luxurious coaches lay abandoned post Independence till 1981-82, when the Rajasthan Tourism Development Corporation and Indian Railways launched a special heritage train for tourists visiting Rajasthan.Modifications and infrastructural changes were made to the coaches without losing the royal aesthetics and keeping the interiors intact.A Broad Guage version of the Palace On Wheels was introduced in 1996, where all the cabins had private attached bathrooms.In September 2017, new spacious train carriages were hitched to the Palace on Wheels giving travellers the option to book either Deluxe or Super Deluxe Cabins.This luxury train was introduced by the Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC). The first proposal to launch a deluxe train tour in Maharashtra was made in 2001 and, accordingly, the MTDC and Indian Railways signed an MoU in the same year to turn this proposal into a reality.In 2003, the ‘Blue Limousine On Wheels’, as it is named, was ready. On January 19, 2004, the inaugural journey of the train set off from CST Mumbai.The Taj Group of Hotels collaborated with Deccan Odyssey to offer a 5-star hotel facility onboard to guests. Each of the 21 coaches of Deccan Odyssey are designed to give the traveller a taste of the elegant travelling style of the Maharajas of the bygone era.* Maharashtra Splendor: Mumbai (CST) – Nashik – Aurangabad (Ellora Caves) – Ajanta Caves – Kolhapur – Goa – Sindhudurg – Mumbai* Indian Odyssey: Delhi – Sawai Madhopur – Ranthambore National Park – Agra – Jaipur – Udaipur – Vadodara – Aurangabad – Ellora Caves – Mumbai* Jewels Of The Deccan: Mumbai (CST) – Bijapur – Aihole – Pattadakal – Hampi – Hyderabad – Ellora Caves – Ajanta Caves – Mumbai* Maharashtra Wild Trail: Mumbai (CST) – Aurangabad (Ellora Caves) – Pench (Ramtek) – Tadoba – Ajanta – Nashik – Mumbai)* Indian Sojourn: Mumbai (CST) – Vadodara – Udaipur – Jodhpur – Agra – Sawai Madhopur (Ranthambore) – Jaipur – Delhi* Hidden Treasures of Gujarat: Mumbai (CST) – Vadodara – Palitana – Sasan Gir & Somnath – Little Rann of Kutch – Modhera & Patan – Nashik – MumbaiAn MoU signed between the Karnataka State Tourism and Development Corporation (KSTDC) and Indian Railways in 2002 resulted in the Golden Chariot, south India’s first luxury train. The luxury train was named after the famous stone chariot in Hampi.Then president Pratibha Patil on February 2, 2008 gave a ceremonial presidential flag-off to the Golden Chariot at Yeshwanthpur Railway Station. On March 10, 2008, Golden Chariot chugged on its maiden voyage from Bengaluru to Goa, making its way through the picturesque destinations of Karnataka.The Maple Group was at the helm of hospitality services on board.It took almost 900 layouts by engineers to finalise the design of the train, and 200 carpenters to bring to fruition their ideas for the train to reflect the aesthetics of Dravidian cultural. “Purple and gold were chosen owing to their respective significance. While deep purple symbolises elegance and refinement, gold represents the golden jubilee celebrations of the state,” reads a description on the Golden Chariot official website.* Pride of Karnataka (6 nights, 7 days): Bengaluru – Bandipur – Mysore – Halebidu – Chikmagalur – Hampi – Badami – Goa – Bengaluru* Jewels of South: Bengaluru – Mysore – Hampi – Mahabalipuram – Thanjavur, and Chettinad Kumarakom – Cochin – Bengaluru* Glimpses of Karnataka (3 nights, 4 days): Bengaluru – Bandipur – Mysore – Hampi – Bengaluru* Majestic Karnataka (2 nights, 3 days): Bangalore – Mysuru – Hampi – Goa* Sojourn of India (3 nights 4 days)The Maharajas Express made its maiden voyage called ‘Gems of India’ on October 17, 2012. The train draws inspiration from the private saloons of the erstwhile Maharajas’ of India. The three-night-four-day journey, touring the ‘Golden Triangle’ covering Delhi, Agra and Jaipur, first began at New Delhi’s Safdarjung Railway Station. The itinerary later expanded to include seven nights and eight days.The routes also now include The Indian Panorama, The Indian Splendour, The Heritage of India and Treasures of India (details below).* Indian Splendour (6 nights, 7 days): Delhi – Agra – Ranthambore – Jaipur – Bikaner – Jodhpur – Udaipur – Mumbai* Heritage of India (6 nights, 7 days): Mumbai – Udaipur – Jodhpur – Bikaner – Jaipur – Ranthambore and Fatehpur Sikri – Agra – Delhi* Indian Panorama (6 nights/7 days): Delhi – Jaipur – Ranthambore and Fatehpur Sikri – Agra – Orchha and Khajuraho – Varanasi – Delhi* Treasures of India (3 nights, 4 days): Delhi – Agra – Ranthambore – Jaipur – Delhi

Deccan Odyssey may restart ops: Here are the other luxury trains you can travel in
Vikram Patel writes: What the Vande Bharat train says about the lopsided priorities of Indian modernity
The Indian Express | 2 weeks ago | |
The Indian Express
2 weeks ago | |

When the Prime Minister inaugurated the latest edition of the Vande Bharat train recently, India made a huge leap into the future of mass transportation. A senior railway official proudly detailed the “superior” features of the train, which would provide passengers with an “aircraft-like travelling experience” (albeit, even quieter than an aircraft, as testified by the Prime Minister), including reclining seats, automatic fire sensors, CCTV cameras, Wi-fi with on-demand content and more. Indeed, as one commentator noted breathlessly, the Vande Bharat Express was a “new-age train”.But, to the embarrassment of our railway officials, this new-age train slammed head-on into the “old-age” country on at least two occasions in its very first week. In literal terms, the train crashed into a herd of cows, damaging the aircraft-like nose of the driver coach car, and sending her (the car, not the cows) back to the workshop. While we can breathe a sigh of relief that there were no human casualties, it seems that at least one cow died and there is limited information about the well-being of the others. What I found surprising was not the fact that cows could bring our passage into modernity to a screeching halt, but that the railways had not been prepared for this eventuality given that every Indian has had the experience, at least once in their lives, of swerving their car, scooter or bicycle to avert a head-on collision with a bovine.On reflection, perhaps it is not at all surprising that the railways built a new-age train but forgot to construct fencing along the tracks to prevent bovine collisions, nor did they hold various local governments accountable for failing to corral the cows, as required by law (and, in doing so, preventing many accidents on our roads too). After all, readers will be well aware of the countless other occasions when the aspirations of our political and elite classes to propel India to her glorious destiny have been rudely interrupted by the “real” India. For those who may not be as aware, here is a list of just some of these inconvenient truths.We are a country which can simultaneously boast of being home to medical facilities which are so sophisticated that people from other countries troop to them, while most of our primary care clinics don’t have enough doctors and we have amongst the worst health indicators of any country.We are a country which can be proud of producing more vaccines than any other and yet be home to the largest number of unvaccinated children in the world.We are a country which can boast of having so much food stored in our granaries that some of it is feasted upon by vermin while tens of millions of our children go hungry and are stunted.We are a country which boasts the world’s most prestigious engineering institutions which offer a guaranteed visa to serve the US’s university and technology corporations, while half our children are unable to read and write at the minimum level expected for their age.We are a country where all cars must have seat-belts when even the most basic rules of road-safety such as breaking a red light, driving over the speed limit or down the wrong side of an expressway are not enforced.We are a country which boasts the richest sports leagues in the world while we perform dismally at most global sporting competitions.We are a country where we are pioneering the use of technology in every aspect of daily life even though most of our children do not have the digital devices or access to the internet which they needed during the school closures in the pandemic, leading to a historic learning loss.We are a country where we build beautiful walled residential colonies, complete with faux-European names and swimming pools, right next to a crumbling road overflowing with raw sewage, mounds of garbage and packs of stray dogs.We are a country that builds ultra-modern infrastructure on the banks of our holiest rivers even while the waters themselves are slowly dying from the most toxic pollution on the planet.We are a country which boasts that our economic “development” has lifted millions out of poverty while the World Bank recently estimated that the number of people living in abject poverty increased by 5.6 crore in 2020, making up a staggering 80 per cent of the people from around the world who were pushed into poverty that year.“We are like that only” — thus, goes the saying that some observers deploy to offer some insight into this disorienting gap between fact and fantasy, this bottomless ability some of us have to delink aspirations about our country from reality. In my reckoning, the heart of the problem is the tension between two competing ideas of India as an uber-modern country: On the one hand is the idea of modernity reflected in glamorous tokens and grandiose pronouncements to impress the faithful and the wealthy while, on the other hand, is the idea reflected in achieving universal access to humdrum things like clean toilets, decent housing, drinking water, nutritious food, clinics with doctors and schools with teachers. Proponents of the former idea see no dissonance at all in the fact that our railway tracks must simultaneously host both super-fast trains and lumbering cows, while proponents of the latter, who point out the absurdness of these fantasies, are readily smeared as cynics who are anti-national, in the pay of the CIA, or most likely Pakistani agents.But, as one of those cynics, I feel compelled to point out that other countries, in particular those we often look up to as paragons of modernity, have realised the journey to development very differently. While those countries invest in high-quality primary health care and primary education, we invest in ivory towers of “super-specialty” hospitals and IITs. While those countries invest in pedestrian and bicycle-friendly cities, we invest in car-friendly cities, which don’t even have footpaths. While those countries invest in comprehensive sanitation infrastructure, we rely on high-profile campaigns to exhort our people to use non-existent or broken toilets. While those countries invest in scientifically informed clean-air policies, we pray for wind and rain to clear the poisonous air enveloping much of the country. While those countries invest in effective enforcement of road traffic rules, our police spend their time rounding up potheads or opposition politicians. While those countries invest in high-quality public transportation, we invest in aircraft carriers and rockets.But what ordinary Indians need and want is not rocket science, which is really unfortunate because we are great at rocket science. What we’re not so good at are the things that are so simple and basic that we overlook them.The writer is The Pershing Square Professor of Global Health at Harvard Medical School

Vikram Patel writes: What the Vande Bharat train says about the lopsided priorities of Indian modernity
After cattle hits, Vande Bharat Express train runs over woman in Gujarat
Times of India | 2 weeks ago | |
Times of India
2 weeks ago | |

VADODARA/ ANAND: A middle-aged woman from Ahmedabad died after being run over by the Vande Bharat Express train near Anand railway station on Tuesday. The victim, identified as Beatrice Archibald Peter, was crossing the railway track when the accident took place at 3.45 pm, railway police said. The Ahmedabad resident was visiting a relative in Anand. She was crossing a stretch of the track where platform number four, ends. Sources said that locals often try to cross the railway track near Bhalej railway crossing to take a shorter route towards the nearby residential society. The deceased was a resident of Bhavdeep Apartment adjacent to Laxminarayan bus stand in Ahmedabad’s Maninagar area. She was run over when the train which does not have a halt at Anand was on its way to Mumbai Central from Gandhinagar. Anand railway police have registered a case of accidental death while further investigation is underway. The police have sent the body of the deceased for postmortem. Prime Minister Narendra Modi flagged off the semi high-speed train from Gandhinagar on September 30. After the inaugural run, there have been at least three incidents of the train hitting cattle on the track. On October 6, the train had rammed into a herd of buffaloes between Vatva and Maninagar stations. The fibre-reinforced plastic of the nose of the train was damaged due to the incident. A day later, it hit a cow in the Kanjari-Boriyavi-Anand stretch of Anand district which caused a minor dent on the nose. Earlier, railway minister Ashwini Vaishnavhad told students of a private engineering college that collision with cattle on the railway tracks was unavoidable.

After cattle hits, Vande Bharat Express train runs over woman in Gujarat
  • Woman run over by Vande Bharat train near Anand in Gujarat
  • The Indian Express

    A 54-year-old woman died after being run over by the Mumbai-bound semi high-speed Vande Bharat Express train near Anand railway station in Gujarat on Tuesday, Railway Police said.The victim, identified as Beatrice Archibald Peter, was crossing the track when the accident took place at 4.37 pm, said an official.Peter, a resident of Ahmedabad, was apparently visiting a relative in Anand, he added.The train was on its way to Mumbai Central from Gandhinagar Capital station. It does not have a halt at Anand.Further investigation was underway, the official said.Prime Minister Narendra Modi had on September 30 flagged off the inaugural run of the train. There have been at least three incidents of cattle dying on the track after being hit by the train in the last one month.

  • Mumbai-Bound Vande Bharat Express Train Runs Over Woman In Gujarat
  • Ndtv

    The train was on its way to Mumbai Central from Gandhinagar Capital station. (File)Anand: A 54-year-old woman died after being hit by the semi high-speed Vande Bharat Express train near Anand in Gujarat on Tuesday afternoon, Railway Police said.The victim, identified as Beatrice Archibald Peter, was crossing the track near Anand railway station when the accident took place at 4.37 pm, said a police official here.Beatrice Archibald Peter, a resident of Ahmedabad, was reportedly visiting a relative at Anand, he said.The train was on its way from Gandhinagar Capital to Mumbai Central. It does not halt at Anand railway station.Prime Minister Narendra Modi had on September 30 flagged off the inaugural run of the train from Gandhinagar Capital station.In the last one month, the train has suffered damage on three occasions due to collision with cattle on the tracks.On October 6, its front panel was damaged when it hit a herd of four buffaloes between Vatva and Maninagar railway stations.The next day (October 7), the train hit a cow near Anand.In another incident, the train hit a bull near Atul railway station in Gujarat.PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.comThe indigenously designed and manufactured semi-high speed train is the third under the Vande Bharat series.(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)Featured Video Of The DayRajasthan Teacher Changes Gender To Marry: "Everything's Fair In Love"

"Modi-ji, What's Happening?" A Owaisi Party Alleges Stones Thrown At Train
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AIMIM claimed stones were thrown at Vande Bharat train in which Asaduddin Owaisi was travellingSurat, Gujarat: A spokesperson of the All-India Majlis-E-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) has alleged that stones were thrown at the Vande Bharat train in which party president Asaduddin Owaisi was travelling in poll-bound Gujarat.Police, however, denied the claim and said a probe was on into the incident which took place on Monday.AIMIM national spokesperson Waris Pathan said the incident took place before the train reached Surat on Monday evening where Mr Owaisi, the Lok Sabha member from Hyderabad, was scheduled to attend a public rally as part of his election campaigning in the state, where the Assembly polls are scheduled on December 1 and 5.Mr Pathan also said he has some photographs to prove his claim."Asaduddin Owaisi Saheb, Sabir Kabliwala sir, me and the team of AIMIM were traveling in the Vande Bharat Express train from Ahmedabad to Surat when some unidentified persons pelted stones at the train and broke its glass," he claimed.However, Superintendent of Police, Western Railway, Rajesh Parmar on Tuesday said some "grit" hit the train's glass window due to engineering work underway on the track near Ankleshwar in Bharuch district where the alleged incident took place."It was not a case of stone-pelting," the official said, adding that Mr Owaisi was sitting away from the window.The cracked window was changed, and an officer of the level of deputy superintendent of police (DySP) was conducting a probe into the incident, he said.At the rally in Surat on Monday night, Mr Pathan claimed two stones were thrown one after the other. The stones were heavy enough to break the glass window glass where Mr Owaisi was sitting along with his team members, he said."(Prime Minister) Modiji, what is happening? Sometimes animals are run over by the Vande Bharat. When we were 22-25 km away from Surat, I can say this on the basis of a display put in the train, a stone hit?? the train window. Owaisi was sitting there when the stone cracked the window glass," the AIMIM leader said addressing the gathering."It was a heavy stone that cracked the window glass. In another 10-15 seconds, another stone landed. Do whatever, throw a stone, spray fire, but the voice of right will not stop," he said, adding that he has the proof of the incident in the form of photographs.Mr Pathan also shared on his Twitter handle the photographs of the broken glass window and Mr Owaisi and other members of the AIMIM sitting in the train.However, SP Parmar said it was not a case of stone-pelting."The window was damaged due to something hitting it as engineering work was going on the track at Ankleshwar in Bharuch where the incident took place. The damaged window was changed," he said.Six jawans of the Railway Protection Force (RPF) and three of the Government Railway Police (GRP) were present at all the four doors of the coach in which Mr Owaisi was travelling, the official said."The train was running slow as engineering work was underway there. The window developed a crack as something hit it, although it was not a case of stone-pelting," he said.PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.com"The engineering department said some grit flew and hit the window glass. The window was changed. A DySP-level officer is investigating the incident," Mr Parmar added. (Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)Featured Video Of The DayBattle For Gujarat: BJP And AAP High Voltage Campaigning, Congress Low Key?

"Modi-ji, What's Happening?" A Owaisi Party Alleges Stones Thrown At Train
  • Stones Thrown At Train Asaduddin Owaisi Was In, Alleges His Party's Leader
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    AIMIM leader claimed that 2 stones were pelted at the coach where Asaduddin Owaisi was sitting.Surat: The window glass of the Vande Bharat Express in Gujarat was broken by some unidentified persons, with AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi on board, claimed party leader Waris Pathan on Monday.Mr Pathan claimed that the AIMIM chief along with the party's Gujarat state president Sabir Kabliwala and other party leaders were travelling in the 'Vande Bharat Express' from Ahmedabad to Surat when the incident took place with nearly 25 km to go to reach the destination.The AIMIM leader shared the pictures of the damaged window glass and tweeted, "This evening when we @asadowaisi, SabirKabliwala sahab and @aimim_national team were traveling in 'Vande Bharat Express' train from Ahmedabad to Surat, some unidentified people broke the glass by pelting stones on the train!"Addressing a public meeting in Gujarat, Mr Pathan could be heard in a video as claiming that two stones were pelted back to back at the coach where Asaduddin Owaisi was sitting."We travelled in Vande Bharat Express from Ahmedabad to Surat today. A stone was pelted when we were 20 to 25 km away from the destination, which damaged the window pane. Mr Owaisi was sitting in the coach. Someone pelted two stones back to back. You may pelt stones or rain fires, but our voice for our rights will never stop," the AIMIM leader claimed.Prime Minister Narendra Modi had flagged off the Gandhinagar-Mumbai Central Vande Bharat Express train at Gandhinagar on September 30 this year.PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.comAssembly elections are scheduled to be held in the state on December 1 and 5, and the counting of votes will take place on December 8.(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)Featured Video Of The DayRajasthan Teacher Changes Gender To Marry: "Everything's Fair In Love"

‘Gujarat Queen’ suicide: A year on, SIT yet to make any arrest
The Indian Express | 3 weeks ago | |
The Indian Express
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A year after a 19-year-old girl was found hanging inside the Gujarat Queen train in Valsad, the Special Investigation Team (SIT) is yet to nab the unidentified accused of the alleged gang-rape about which the victim narrated in a personal diary after the suicide on November 4, 2021. Railway police officials said no decision has been taken to close the probe and the SIT was not time-bound to file a charge-sheet in the court as per the CrPC procedures.In her diary entry, the victim had described that the sexual assault had taken place at the Vaccine Institute Ground of Vadodara on October 29. Based on the account, an FIR of abetment to suicide and gang rape was registered on November 14.Inspector General of Police (CID-Crime and Railways), Subhash Trivedi, who heads the SIT, told The Indian Express the investigation is “ongoing”. “We have used electronic intelligence, human intelligence and even Internet Protocol Detail Record to gather clues but so far, we have not been able to nab any culprits… The case is still open.”In the past year, most of the police personnel from Vadodara and also the Railway police who were part of the original SIT, including Parikshita Rathod, the then Superintendent of Western Railways, and BS Jadav, Investigating Officer Railways DySP, were transferred.The victim’s parents, who had sought to expedite the probe, said their attempts to seek an update from the investigators were unsuccessful. “It was about six months ago when we last had a conversation with the then investigating officer who told us that the culprits have not been found… Thereafter, since all the officials were transferred, we have not been able to get any updates in the case,” the victim’s mother told The Indian Express over a call.SIT officials say the inconclusive medical report as well as the absence of direct eye witnesses worked against the probe. Several teams had, from November 2021 to January, conducted an exhaustive search of people who were present in the vicinity of the alleged sexual assault of October 29 as described by the victim.However, according to the post-mortem report, there was no conclusive sexual assault on the victim. “The deceased person died due to asphyxial death but a final cause of death can be given after the FSL and histopathology report,” the report states although it mentions the presence of “old wound abrasions” on her right thigh, left upper arm and right inguinal region—“all black in colour”. The report adds that there was “no evidence of injury or fracture” on the victim’s skull, contradicting the victim’s account of her being dragged over a stone path causing injuries on her head. The SIT also received little support from the victim’s forensic and histopathology reports, later corroborated by Railways DySP Jadav, that have also remained inconclusive about the alleged sexual assault.In December 2021, the SIT interrogated two persons, including a security guard from whose possession the victim’s cycle was allegedly found in a damaged condition. They were, however, given a clean chit in the gang-rape.The investigators, who have been trying to match the available witness accounts with the incident described in the diary, have been left baffled by the time sequence. “The narration of the incident in her diary and the corresponding time on the CCTV footage where she was last spotted and then found on the ground is just 27 minutes… We have tried to reconstruct the sequence of events as described by her from a relatively less frequented lane of the otherwise busy junction… There are a lot of loopholes that we have not been able to close. Similarly, the last messages sent from her phone from the train, where she was found hanging, do not match with the circumstantial evidence,” said a top official of the SIT.The victim had claimed in her diary that the accused wanted to kill her but decided to rape her prior to it. Several auto drivers, food delivery agents and vendors across the city have been questioned to match the description of the accused as narrated by the victim.The victim’s mother, meanwhile, cited the family’s financial constraints as a major impediment in their fight for justice. “We do not have any complaints with the attempts made by the Gujarat police but we do not have the means to seek a CBI inquiry as we would like to… with my husband earning a daily livelihood from odd painting jobs, we do not have the resources to hire lawyers. After the initial meeting with top officials and ministers, we do not know whom to approach now”, she said maintaining that the family do not believe that the victim died by suicide.

‘Gujarat Queen’ suicide: A year on, SIT yet to make any arrest
Cases of Vande Bharat Express hitting cattle: RPF asks sarpanches to check cattle menace, warns owners of penal action
The Indian Express | 3 weeks ago | |
The Indian Express
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After a spate of incidents in which stray cattle were hit by the Vande Bharat Express which operates between Mumbai and Gandhinagar, the Mumbai Division of Railway Protection Force (RPF) has written to sarpanches of a large number of villages along the corridor to ensure stray cattle are controlled and not allowed to roam unattended around the railway line. It has also warned of penal action against cattle owners if they do not take care of their animals.The Indian Express has a copy of the notice issued by Palghar RPF to villages adjoining the railway line in the district. The letter dated October 28 states that several stray cattle are found loitering along the railway track with instances of cattle being run over by trains. The sarpanches of these areas have been asked to ensure all stray cattle are sent to a cow shelter.Senior Divisional Security Commissioner (Western Railway) Vineet Kharb said they are creating awareness among villagers by sending notices to sarpanches and district collectors to prevent cattle from coming or roaming near railway tracks.“From Palghar in Maharashtra till Udhna in Surat there are several small villages with a substantial number of cattle. In view of the recent incidents where cattle have come in the way of trains we have issued notices to the sarpanches of these villages to ensure these animals are controlled and not allowed to come near the railway line. These accidents not only damage the locomotive but also put the lives of passengers at risk,” Kharb said.According to RPF’s Mumbai Division, over 1,000 notices have been issued from January this year till date and more than 50 awareness campaigns have been held in crowded areas such as junctions and chowks of these villages cautioning villagers to take care of their cattle.A series of fresh notices were sent after three incidents were reported in October in which cattle were hit by the Vande Bharat Express. All these incidents occurred in Gujarat.The Vande Bharat Express is a semi-high speed train, with 16 coaches and self-propelled — it doesn’t require an engine.The RPF has also sent a request to all gram panchayats to allow its officers to be part of their monthly meetings so that the officers can create awareness and directly communicate with the villagers about the menace. “We have asked sarpanches to allow us to be part of their monthly meetings where the RPF can create awareness and directly communicate with the villagers about increasing death of cattles while crossing tracks.” Palghar RPF Inspector Basant Rai said.

Cases of Vande Bharat Express hitting cattle: RPF asks sarpanches to check cattle menace, warns owners of penal action
  • Third hit in nearly two months: Mumbai-Gandhinagar Vande Bharat Express hits cattle, passengers unhurt
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    MUMBAI: The Mumbai-Gandhinagar Vande Bharat Superfast Express rammed into cattle near Atul railway station in Gujarat on Saturday morning which damaged its front panel, an official said. This was the third such incident since the Vande Bharat train service started on this route from September 30. The train halted for 15 minutes after hitting a bull that had strayed on the track around 8.20am but all the passengers were safe, said Sumit Thakur, chief public relations officer of Western Railway. “There is no damage to the train, except to the Nose Cone Cover of the front coach, that is the driver's coach. The train is running smoothly,” Thakur added. The damaged panel will be replaced once the train reaches Mumbai, he said. On October 6, the train ran over four buffaloes between Vatva and Maninagar stations in Gujarat. The next day, (October 7), the train hit a cow near Anand in Gujarat while on its way to Mumbai.

  • Vande Bharat train hits bull in Valsad district of Gujarat
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    The third incident of cattle hit by a Vande Bharat Express train in Gujarat took place in Valsad district near the Atul Railway station Saturday morning at 8.17 am, said railway officials.The cone-shaped structure below the driver’s cabin was damaged due to the impact, the officials said and added that after a 26-minute halt for the repairing works, the train was allowed to continue its journey towards Ahmedabad.Sources in the Western Railway said the Vande Bharat express train started its journey from Mumbai Central Saturday morning around 6.10 am. On the way, near the Atul railway station, the semi-high-speed train hit a bull. The driver immediately put the train to a halt and intimated the Western Railway control room and Valsad railway authorities.The engineering staff from Valsad railway station, along with the RPF and the GRP officials, rushed to the spot. With the help of local youths, the carcass of the bull was removed from the tracks and placed on the sideway.RPF police inspector of Valsad Railway station Gracious Fernandes said, “The incident took place at the end of Atul Railway station at level crossing gate number 94. Gateman Eknath Chaudhary spotted the bull walking on the tracks just a minute before the train arrived and he tried his level best to get it out of the tracks and was successful too but the bull returned to the tracks which led to the incident.”Sources in the railway department of Valsad present on the spot told The Indian Express that the train was made to halt for around 26 minutes for repair works. The carcass of the bull was later buried. The officials also examined the railway tracks and later found it to be okay.Sources said that this is the third incident of cattle being hit by the Vande Bharat train. The first incident took place on October 6, when a Vande Bharat train rammed into a herd of buffaloes in Ahmedabad and the second took place on October 7 near Anand in Central Gujarat when a train hit a cow.The railway authorities of Valsad said cattle roam freely for grazing in the bushy areas near the railway tracks. While grazing, they walk on the tracks which lead to the accidents. Officials said if a cattle is hit by a train and nobody comes and claims the carcass, it is buried with the help of local youths.On October 9, a total of 19 cattle died on the spot after being run over by an Ajmer Mysore Express train at Joravasan village near the Dungri railway station in Valsad district.

  • In third such incident, Vande Bharat Express collides with bull; nose cone damaged
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    A Vande Bharat Express train en route to Gandhinagar collided with a bull near Atul railway station on Saturday, the third such incident to occur in October. Following the incident, the train was detained for about 15 minutes, according to a statement released by Indian Railways. The nose cone of the train was damaged on impact.The semi-high speed train was headed to Gujarat’s Gandhinagar from Mumbai-Central on Saturday morning when the incident occurred. “There is no damage to the train, except damage on nose cone cover of front coach,” Indian Railways said.This is the third such incident involving the Vande Bharat Express to take place this month.Previously, a herd of buffaloes was hit by a Mumbai-Gandhinagar Vande Bharat Express in the Punitnagar area near Vatva railway station on the outskirts of Ahmedabad city. Officials had said that four buffaloes were killed. The front portion of the train was damaged in the incident, after which the Railway Protection Force (RPF) in Gujarat registered a case against the owners of buffaloes.On the subsequent day, another Vande Bharat Express train collided with a cow at the Kanjari Boriyavi station in Kheda district of Gujarat. Railway officials said the cow that collided with the train Friday died but no human casualty was reported.

  • Semi-High Speed Train Vande Bharat Hits Bull, 3rd Such Incident In A Month
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    The latest collision took place at 8.17 am near Atul railway station.New Delhi: The Vande Bharat Express on the Gandhinagar-Mumbai route hit a bull in Gujarat this morning, the third such incident in a month.The semi-high-speed train was halted for around 15 minutes after the collision which resulted in damage to the nose cone cover of the driver coach.Earlier this month, the newly launched train hit a cow near Anand station in Gujarat, a day after it had hit four buffaloes.The latest collision took place at 8.17 am near Atul railway station.Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw recently said such collisions with cattle are unavoidable and "this has been kept in mind while designing the train".PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.comThe train, the third service under the Vande Bharat series, was flagged off last month by Prime Minister Narendra Modi who also travelled in it from Gandhinagar to Kalupur railway station in Ahmedabad.The train reaches 160 km per hour in just over two minutes, and has better riding comfort than other trains, according to the railways.Featured Video Of The Day

  • Vande Bharat Express rams into cattle near Atul station in Gujarat, third incident this month
  • Times of India

    MUMBAI: In yet another incident, the Mumbai-Gandhinagar Vande Bharat Express rammed into cattle near Atul station in Gujarat on Saturday morning. This is the third such incident involving this semi-high speed train so far this month. A cattle runover incident occurred around 8.17 am. Following the incident, the train was detained for about 15 minutes. Read AlsoVapi station halt added in Mumbai Central-Gandhinagar Vande Bharat ExpressThe Western Railway has provided an additional halt to the Mumbai Central-Gandhinagar Vande Bharat Express."There is no damage to the train, except damage on nose cone cover of front coach i.e Driver coach. The train is running smoothly. This will be attended to at the earliest," ANI quoting Indian Railways as saying. Sumit Thakur, chief public relations officer of Western Railway said that the train did not suffer any operational damage. "It resumed further journey in 20 minutes. All the passengers onboard the train were safe." On October 6, four buffaloes were killed after being hit by this train on its way to Gandhinagar from Mumbai between Vatva and Maninagar railway stations in Gujarat. Its nose panel had to be replaced overnight due to the damage. Read AlsoGandhinagar-Mumbai Vande Bharat Express hits cow near Anand; second such incident in two days"The collision took place at around 3.55 pm when a cow hit the train on the Kanjrai-Boriyavi-Anand railway stretch. It was a minor incident and has not resulted into any major damage," said Pradeep Sharma, public relations officer of Vadodara railway division.The second such incident took place on October 7 when the train had hit a cow near Anand in Gujarat while on its way to Mumbai. - With inputs from PTI Watch Vande Bharat Express rams into cattle again, third incident this month

Contribution of tribals in freedom struggle excluded from history, says Modi
The Indian Express | 3 weeks ago | |
The Indian Express
3 weeks ago | |

Prime Minister Narendra Modi Tuesday urged the governments of Gujarat, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, and Maharashtra to “join with the central government” to develop Mangarh Dham — the Govind Guru memorial located on the Gujarat-Rajasthan border— into a global tourist spot.Modi, who was speaking at Banswada in Rajasthan where he inaugurated the Mangarh Dham, was flanked by Chief Ministers Ashok Gehlot of Rajasthan, Shivraj Singh Chauhan of Madhya Pradesh and Bhupendra Patel of Gujarat. The PM paid tribute to 1,500 tribals, led by Govind Guru, who were massacred by the British at Mangarh Dham on November 17, 1913 .Addressing an audience comprising Bhil tribals from Gujarat, MP and Rajasthan, Modi said that the incident was an “example of the brutality of the British” that carried the “mindset of oppressive slavery”.“The November 17, 1913 massacre that happened here was an example of the brutality of the British… On the one hand, there were innocent tribals, who believed in the concept of freedom and on the other hand, there were British, with the mindset of oppressive slavery across the world,” the Prime Minister said. He added that India is “correcting the mistake” of excluding the contributions of tribals from the history of the country’s freedom struggle. “Unfortunately, the place that the tribals could have got in the pages of history was not given, In the 75th year of India’s Independence, the country is correcting its mistake and filling that gap. India’s past, history, present, and future without the tribal community is incomplete… Even before the 1857 revolt, the tribals had, in 1780, in Santhal started the first fight against the British,” Modi added.He said, “There has been a discussion on expanding tourism in Mangarh. The four states of MP, Gujarat, Rajasthan and Maharashtra have to work together. It is my request to all four governments to discuss at length the development of Mangarh and to create a roadmap so that this memorial of Govind Guru becomes a world tourist spot…” On the occasion, Modi heaped praises on Govind Guru and said that the current governments were working to build museums to showcase the tribal legacy so that youth and future generations draw inspiration from unsung heroes. Urging the Chief Ministers of the four states to work together for tribal development, Modi said, “ The contribution of tribals is so huge that we have to work together, dedicated to serving the diverse tribal communities in Gujarat, Rajasthan, and Madhya Pradesh…” Modi also said that the inauguration of the 300-kilometre broad gauge railway line connecting Asarva to Udaipur would benefit “tourism and industrial development” in tribal areas of Rajasthan. On the occasion, Shivraj Singh Chauhan said that India had faltered in “teaching the correct history” after independence. “The correct freedom history was not taught after independence but now, Modiji has also decided to celebrate the Janjatiya Gaurav divas on November 15, and in MP, we will do so by implementing the PESA Act in tribal areas,” he said.Speaking at the event, Gehlot urged PM Modi to intervene in a “suspended” railway project connecting Banswada to Gujarat and MP, in order to boost tourism to the Mangarh memorial. Stating that Modi was “receiving respect” across the world as he was representing the land of India, Gehlot said, “The history of Mangarh is written in golden letters in India’s freedom struggle. It is a matter of pride for us that Mangarh has been turned into a memorial… When Modiji travels to the world, he gets so much respect. Why? It is because he comes from the land of India, where there was Gandhiji, where there is strong democracy which has survived even after 70 years.”While the event was on, the Press Information Bureau (PIB) tweeted that the PM has declared the dham a national monument. Later in the day, the tweet was removed. Ashok Gehlot and Bhupendra Patel, had been demanding this status for the dham.Speaking at the event, Gujarat CM Bhupendra Patel also offered condolences to the victims of the Morbi suspension bridge tragedy. Patel said: “I offer condolences to those who have passed away in the tragic accident in Morbi two days ago. I pray for the souls of the departed persons to be granted rest. We are grateful to Prime Minister Narendra Modi for staying with us in this hard time and guiding us to lead Gujarat out of this grief.”

Contribution of tribals in freedom struggle excluded from history, says Modi
PM Modi declares Mangarh Dham in Rajasthan national monument, urges states to work for welfare of tribals
The Indian Express | 3 weeks ago | |
The Indian Express
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi Tuesday declared Mangarh Dham in Rajasthan’s Banswara district a national monument and urged the governments of Rajasthan, Gujarat Madhya Pradesh, and Maharashtra to “join the central government” to develop the memorial dedicated to Govind Guru into a world tourist spot. He also asked the governments to “pledge to work together” for the welfare of tribal communities in the four states.Sharing the stage with Ashok Gehlot, Shivraj Singh Chouhan and Bhupendra Patel — chief ministers of Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat respectively — Modi paid tributes to the 1,500 tribals, led by Govind Guru, who were massacred by the British at Mangarh Dham on November 17, 1913. Addressing an audience comprising Bhil tribals from the three states, Modi said the incident was an “example of the brutality of the British” that carried the “mindset of oppressive slavery”. He said India is “correcting the mistake” of excluding the contributions of tribals from the history of the country’s freedom struggle.“The November 17, 1913, massacre that happened here was an example of the brutality of the British… On the one hand, there were innocent tribals who believed in the concept of freedom and on the other hand, there were the British with the mindset of oppressive slavery across the world. They ambushed more than 1,500 tribals, including women, aged and children, and put them to death in cold blood. It was a sin. Unfortunately, the place that the tribals could have got in the pages of history was not given,” Modi said.“Today, in the 75th year of India’s Independence, the country is correcting its mistakes and filling that gap. India’s past, history, present, and future without the tribal community are incomplete. Even our freedom struggle has pages filled with sacrifice and tribal courage… Even before the 1857 revolt, the tribals in Santhal started the first fight against the British in 1780. In 1832, Budhu Bhagat led the Kol and Larka Andolan and in 1855, the fire was ignited across other tribal areas. Birsa Munda, who lost his life very young, left behind his energy and courage for other tribal fighters… There is no chapter in the history of India’s freedom where tribals did not hold the torch in the struggle,” said Modi.Modi remembered Alluri Sitarama Raju, who started the armed revolution against the British In Andhra Pradesh, as well as other tribal leaders of Rajasthan, crediting them for fighting the British along with Maharana Pratap, and said, “we are indebted to the tribal sacrifices right from freedom struggle to the environment to culture. Tribals have nurtured and preserved India. This is a moment to thank the tribal community.”“There has been a discussion on expanding tourism in Mangarh in Banswara. The four states of Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Rajasthan and Maharashtra have to work together. It is my request to all four governments to discuss at length the development of Mangarh and to create a roadmap so that this memorial of Govind Guru becomes a world tourist spot. This memorial will be an inspiration for the young and future generations. I assure you that we will, as soon as we can, develop this into a more organised tourist spot, led by the Union government working with the four state governments. I request everyone to take a pledge to participate in the development of the tribal community,” said Modi.Modi heaped praises on Govind Guru and said that the governments were working to build museums to showcase the tribal legacy so that youth and future generations draw inspiration from unsung heroes. “It was Govind Guru’s death anniversary on October 30… As CM of Gujarat, I had been honoured to be able to serve the area of Mangarh which is under Gujarat. Govind Guru spent his last days there. Earlier this entire stretch was barren… Today, you have turned it into a forest with so much greenery here. I want to thank all the people of this place for accepting my request for afforestation in 2012.”“Govind Guru was a representative of the values and culture of India. He was not the king of any land but he was the leader of lakhs of tribals. Despite losing his family, he did not lose courage. He turned every weak, poor tribal Indian into his own family. If Govind guru blew the bugle against British oppression, he also fought against the social evils of his own community. He was a social reformer, spiritual leader, seer, public figure, and educationist. He was a thinker and his learnings are visible in Mangarh. The inspiration we can draw from his courage and wisdom is present in the earth of Mangarh. The ideals of unity he has left behind continue to lead us towards brotherhood, belonging and love,” Modi said.“Education, water, health, and employment in tribal areas are our priorities. Tribal communities are also being connected to digital India… So that the tribal youth get equal opportunities, universities are being made,” he added.Modi said that the inauguration of the 300-kilometre broad-gauge railway line connecting Asarva to Udaipur would benefit tourism and industrial development in the tribal areas of Rajasthan.Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan said India had faltered in “teaching the correct history” after Independence. The correct history of freedom struggle was not taught after Independence but now, Modiji has also decided to celebrate the Janjatiya Gaurav divas on November 15, and in MP, we will do so by implementing the PESA Act in tribal areas.”Ashok Gehlot urges PM Modi to intervene in inter-state railway projectSpeaking at the event, Congress Chief Minister of Rajasthan Ashok Gehlot urged PM Modi to intervene in a ‘suspended’ railway project connecting Banswada to Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh to boost tourism to the Mangarh memorial.Stating that Modi was “receiving respect” across the world as he was representing the land of India, Gehlot said, “I am glad that PM Narendra Modi has arrived in Mangarh Dham… The history of Mangarh is written in golden letters in India’s freedom struggle. It is a matter of pride for us that Mangarh has been turned into a memorial. We had requested the PM that Mangarh should also be given prominence in the country’s narrative of the freedom struggle, under the leadership of Gandhiji. There were so many leaders — Sardar Patel, Maulana Azad… How we were under slavery earlier… Today India has reached heights in the world. When Modiji travels the world, he gets so much respect. Why? It is because he comes from the land of India, where there was Gandhiji, where there is strong democracy which has survived even after 70 years.”Urging Modi to study the ‘Chiranjeevi Yojana’ of the Rajasthan government to model health services across the country, Gehlot said, “we, in Rajasthan, have worked hard for tribal development. Our universities are flourishing in tribal areas. We have the Chiranjeevi yojana model of universal health services. It is my request to you (Modi) to take a look at the scheme as it can be implemented across the country… On this occasion, I would also like to draw your attention to the fact that Banswada is not connected by rail. The project has already been approved and commenced after we allotted the land, but it is now suspended. If you can push this project with the Ministry of Railways to be completed. It will help connect Banswara to Dungarpur and Ahmedabad and allow tourists to come to Banswada… I know you have gathered a lot of information about Mangarh before coming here. I request that you declare this as a national memorial.”Gujarat CM Bhupendra Patel offers condolences to Morbi victims’ familiesGujarat Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel offered condolences to the families of the victims of the Morbi suspension bridge tragedy. “I offer condolences to the dear ones of those who passed away in the tragic accident in Morbi two days ago. I pray for the souls of the departed persons to be granted rest. We are grateful to Prime Minister Narendra Modi for staying with us in this hard time and guiding us to lead Gujarat out of this grief. The Army, NRDF and defence forces have lent a big helping hand in the rescue operations in Morbi,” Patel said.

PM Modi declares Mangarh Dham in Rajasthan national monument, urges states to work for welfare of tribals
PM Narendra Modi: Double-engine govt accelerated gati, shakti of railways in Gujarat
Times of India | 3 weeks ago | |
Times of India
3 weeks ago | |

AHMEDABAD: Dedicating two railway projects worth Rs 2,900 crore in Ahmedabad on Monday evening, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the double-engine BJP governments at the Centre and Gujarat have resulted in the accelerated growth of railways in the state. "When the government of double-engine works, its effect is manifold. Here one and one together assume the power of 11. With the double-engine government, the pace of work in Gujarat has not only increased, but it also got the strength to expand it," the PM remarked at a function in Ahmedabad. Speaking on the occasion, railway minister Ashwini Vaishnaw said that piers for the bullet train project between Ahmedabad and Mumbai have been constructed over a distance of 100km and pile has been cast over a length of 193km. "From a budgetary allocation of Rs 580 crore for Gujarat eight years ago, this year, the allocation is Rs 4,745 crore. If the the bullet and freight corridor projects are included, the allocation for Gujarat stands at Rs 1.25 lakh crore," the minister said. Modi dedicated two railway projects worth over Rs 2,900 crore which include the Ahmedabad-Himmatnagar-Udaipur gauge converted line and Lunidhar-Jetalsar gauge converted line. The PM also flagged off new trains between Bhavnagar-Jetalsar and Asarwa-Udaipur. "When the meter gauge line on a route is changed to broad gauge, it brings with it many new possibilities," the PM remarked. With conversion of the 300km rail line from Asarwa to Udaipur into broad gauge, the tribal areas of Gujarat and Rajasthan will be connected to Delhi and North India. The conversion of this railway line to broad gauge has also made another route available for Ahmedabad and Delhi. Also, direct rail connectivity has been established between the tourist places of Kutch and Udaipur. The PM remarked that with the conversion of Lunidhar-Jetalsar rail line to broad gauge, the Dhasa-Jetalsar section is now fully converted into broad gauge. This rail line passes through Botad, Amreli and Rajkot districts which till now have had limited rail connectivity. The PM said that 12 Gati Shakti Cargo Terminals have also been planned to give a new dimension to the development of Western Railway. "The first Gati Shakti Multimodal Cargo Terminal has been commissioned in Vadodara circle. Soon the rest of the terminals will also be ready to provide their services", he added.

PM Narendra Modi: Double-engine govt accelerated gati, shakti of railways in Gujarat
  • Double-engine govt has accelerated ‘Gati’ and ‘Shakti’ of railways in Gujarat: PM Narendra Modi
  • Times of India

    AHMEDABAD: Dedicating two railway projects worth Rs 2,900 crore in Ahmedabad on Monday evening, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the double-engine BJP governments at the Centre and Gujarat have resulted in accelerated growth of railways in the state. “When the government of double-engine works, its effect is manifold. Here one and one together assume the power of 11. With the double-engine government, the pace of work in Gujarat has not only increased, but it also got the strength to expand it,” the PM remarked at a function in Ahmedabad. Meanwhile, union minister Ashwini Vaishnaw informed that piers for the bullet train project between Ahmedabad and Mumbai have been constructed over a distance of 100 km and pile has been cast over a length of 193 km. “From a budgetary allocation of Rs 580 crore for Gujarat 8 years ago, this year, the allocation is 4,745 crore. If allocation for the bullet and freight corridor projects is included, the allocation for Gujarat stands at Rs 1,25 lakh crore,” the minister said. Modi dedicated two railway projects worth over Rs 2,900 crore which include the Ahmedabad-Himmatnagar-Udaipur gauge converted line and Lunidhar-Jetalsar gauge converted line. The PM also flagged off new trains between Bhavnagar-Jetalsar and Asarva-Udaipur. “When the meter gauge line on a route is changed to broad gauge, it brings with it many new possibilities,” the PM remarked. With conversion of the 300 km long rail line from Asarwa to Udaipur into broad gauge, tribal areas of Gujarat and Rajasthan will be connected to Delhi and North India. The conversion of this railway line to broad gauge has also made an alternate route available for Ahmedabad and Delhi. Also, direct rail connectivity has been established between the tourist places of Kutch and the tourist places of Udaipur. The PM also remarked that with the conversion of Lunidhar-Jetalsar rail line to broad gauge, the Dhasa-Jetalsar section is now fully converted into broad gauge as well. This rail line passes through Botad, Amreli and Rajkot districts which till now have had limited rail connectivity. The Prime Minister informed that 12 Gati Shakti Cargo Terminals have also been planned to give a new dimension to the development of Western Railway. “The first Gati Shakti Multimodal Cargo Terminal has been commissioned in Vadodara circle. Soon the rest of the terminals will also be ready to provide their services”, he added.

In Gujarat, PM stresses on unity, targets Congress for ‘insulting’ Sardar Patel
The Indian Express | 3 weeks ago | |
The Indian Express
3 weeks ago | |

Urging everyone to keep “divisive forces at bay”, Prime Minister Narendra Modi Monday said the value of unity is “ingrained in the nature” of India. He also attacked the Congress, which he said issues newspaper advertisements but refrains from talking about Sardar Patel.“Ekta Divas is not just a date but a mega festival of India’s culture and unity… For India, unity has never been an obligation but it has been India’s speciality. The value of Unity is so ingrained in our nature,” he said at the Rashtriya Ekta Divas event in Ekta Nagar, Kevadia.“Enemies of India envy our unity. Since the times of colonial slavery, our unity has always pinched the enemies… we have to be very alert… There are (enemy) forces that still want to break us like in the past… They make narratives to make us fight over castes, regions and languages… But we have to give them an answer like the children of Bharat Maa, like Hindustanis. We have to remain united and one. We have to reply to the poison of division with the amrut of unity,” he said.Stating that his government at the Centre had been following the “teachings of Sardar Patel” to have equal opportunities and benefits for all classes of the society, Modi said, “We are working for all people and ensuring that policies reach everyone… If AIIMS is in Delhi, it is also in other parts. If TN is getting a defence corridor, it is also coming up in Uttar Pradesh… we have to reach the last standing person and bring the person into the stream of development. For decades, people have waited for the most basic needs… Today, there is housing for all, digital connectivity for all, and clean cooking for all…”Referring to an advertisement published in Gujarati newspapers Monday on behalf of the Congress government in Rajasthan that had “neither the name nor the photo of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel on his birth anniversary”, the Prime Minister asked if the grand old party was failing to connect itself with the leader.“A full page advertisement of the Congress in two newspapers but not a single word on Sardar saheb… Sardar Patel was a senior Congress leader, the home minister in the Nehru government, and on his birth anniversary, you release an advertisement in Gujarat but no photo and Sardar Patel’s name. (If) the Congress cannot connect Sardar Patel with itself, what else can it connect?” asked Modi as he addressed public events in Banaskantha’s Tharad as well as in East Ahmedabad.Modi termed it “an insult to Sardar Patel”. “It is an insult to the country. He was not from BJP, he was from Congress. But he lived for the country and departed while giving something to the country. We feel satisfied by making the world’s tallest statue (of Sardar Patel). We (BJP) feel proud. And they (Congress) are not ready to even take his name. Gujarat never forgives such things. And the country also does not forgive it,” he said in East Ahmedabad where he inaugurated a gauge conversion project of two railway lines—one connecting Asarva of Ahmedabad with Udaipur in Rajasthan and the other from Lunidhar station to Jetalsar in the Saurashtra region of Gujarat. He also flagged off two trains on the two routes at the East Ahmedabad event. The gauge conversion project is nearly worth Rs 3,000 crore.“A railway line without broad gauge is like an isolated island. Trains on these routes cannot go to other parts of the country. Similarly, trains from other states also cannot come here. From today, this entire route has been rejuvenated,” he said, highlighting how the conversion will bring in new opportunities of industrial growth and tourism.Earlier in the day, PM Modi also laid the foundation stone of water projects worth Rs 8,034 crore in Tharad, Banaskantha. He said the water projects will benefit nearly six districts, including Meshana, Patan and Banaskantha, more than 1,000 villages and more than 2 lakh hectare land will be irrigated.To end the confusion of farmers confused over the disparity of fertiliser prices, the PM said there will be only one fertiliser under the name ‘Bharat’. “A bag of fertiliser the government imports costs more than Rs 2,000. Today, it is very expensive due to Covid and the (Russia-Ukraine) war, (yet) we give it to the farmers for only Rs 260 so that farmers get good produce,” Modi said during his second visit to Banaskantha within a month.Stating that Banaskantha is writing a new story of development, he asserted that water from the Narmada river will be delivered to areas of high altitude, including Vav, Suigam and Kankrej, and reservoirs like Mukteshwar Dam and Karamawat were filled so that the water problem of these areas is solved permanently.In Kevadia, Modi also urged the countrymen to learn about the contributions of the tribal communities in the freedom struggle. “In the past eight years, the country has given importance to all those communities that have been oppressed for many years… Tomorrow, I will go to Mangarh and Jambughoda. It is my request to people of India to learn about the story of Mangarh and Jambughoda that suffered massacres from foreigners. We will then be able to value our freedom,” Modi said.The PM, who inaugurated a Miyawaki forest in Ekta Nagar Sunday evening, said the town would be a “model” in many ways in the years to come. He also announced that a museum for the princely states of India would be built near the Statue of Unity to “showcase the sacrifice” of India’s royalty in uniting the nation. “For several years since independence, the royal families have faced neglect. Now, their efforts will be recognised and showcased as an example of valour in a museum dedicated to the princely states of India…”

In Gujarat, PM stresses on unity, targets Congress for ‘insulting’ Sardar Patel
PM, CM Patel cancel, defer events after Morbi mishap
The Indian Express | 3 weeks ago | |
The Indian Express
3 weeks ago | |

Gujarat Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel cancelled all his remaining programmes for the day and rushed to Morbi following the Jhulto Pool (shaking bridge) collapse that left more than 60 dead Sunday evening. In addition, at least two programmes of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is in Gujarat on a three-day tour, were also deferred or cancelled following the mishap.“Canceling all my next programmes for today, I am leaving to reach Morbi. Reaching the spot in person, I will do direct monitoring of the situation and necessary coordination with administration,” CM Patel tweeted soon after the news of the bridge collapse.The PM was scheduled to virtually address the page committee members of Gujarat BJP from Mahatma Mandir in Gandhinagar on the occasion of Diwali on November 1. However, a party statement stated that the programme–which was to be held at all 182 assembly constituencies of the state–has been postponed.Similarly, the PM was to carry out a roadshow in the Asarva area of Ahmedabad before inaugurating some projects of Indian Railways Monday. A party release stated that the roadshow has been cancelled and the PM will only attend the function to inaugurate the projects. “The inauguration function will also be held in a simple manner without any garlanding, etc. It is possible that the PM may not deliver any public speech there owing to the Morbi tragedy,” stated a party office bearer.

PM, CM Patel cancel, defer events after Morbi mishap
PM Narendra Modi to flag off trains on Asarva-Udaipur, Lunidhar-Jetalsar tracks
Times of India | 3 weeks ago | |
Times of India
3 weeks ago | |

AHMEDABAD: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will also flag off the inaugural run of Asarva - Udaipur Express, and virtually flag off Udaipur-Asarva, Lunidhar - Jetalsar & Jetalsar – Lunidhar Passenger trains from Asarva railway station. According to a release the western Railway has completed the Gauge Conversion work of Asarva – Himmatnagar – Udaipur and Lunidhar – Jetalsar sections which will be inaugurated at a function to be held in Asarva on Monday. Modi will also flag off the inaugural run of Asarva - Udaipur Express, as well as virtually flag off the inaugural run of Udaipur – Asarva Express, Lunidhar - Jetalsar and Jetalsar – Lunidhar Passenger trains from Asarva railway station. Railway officials said that these newly Gauge Converted railway sections will open up myriad of opportunities for both passenger traffic as well as freight movement and bring about rapid changes in the near future. It will go a long way in enhancing connectivity and uplifting the socio – economic development of the region. The opening of the entire stretch of Ahmedabad (Asarva) – Himmatnagar – Udaipur section which is 299 km has been completed at a cost of Rs 2482.38 crore. The major stations on this section are Ahmedabad, Shamlaji Road, Himmatnagar, Nandol Dahegam, Dungarpur, Prantij and Udaipur. This section will be a great relief to the local people residing in these areas in terms of connectivity to rest of the country. It will also be beneficial to tourists, traders as well as the manufacturing units and industries around this region. The tiles & ceramics industries in Himmatnagar can reap the benefit of this rail project as they can transport their wares by rail to customers across the country due to seamless connectivity. This in turn will aid industrialization in the region with better connectivity to National Capital (Delhi) as well as to financial capital (Mumbai). It will further help to create additional employment opportunities. It will also be an alternate route for Ahmedabad & Delhi and will ensure faster, economical as well as eco-friendly option. The newly Gauge Converted Lunidhar – Jetalsar Broad Gauge converted section of 58 km has been completed at a cost of Rs 452 crore. Lunidhar – Jetalsar section is part of the Dhasa – Jetalsar Gauge Conversion project, out of which the Dhasa – Lunidhar section (48 km) was dedicated by Modi in the month of June, 2022. With the completion of this project, it will now provide a shorter route for Pipavav Port and Bhavnagar from Veraval and Porbandar. Also, this section has facilitated an alternate route for Ahmedabad and other parts of the nation from Veraval and Porbandar area. Further, this project will smoothen the movement of trains and enhance the freight carrying capacity on this section, thus decongesting the busy Kanalus - Rajkot - Viramgam route. Additionally, it will now facilitate seamless connectivity to Gir sanctuary, Somnath temple, Diu and Girnar hills. The section will play a pivotal role in uplifting the social and economic development of Amreli, Rajkot, Junagadh, Gir Somnath and Porbandar Districts of Gujarat State, said officials. Modi will also flag off the inaugural run of Asarva - Udaipur Express, as well as virtually flag off the inaugural run of Udaipur – Asarva Express, Lunidhar - Jetalsar and Jetalsar – Lunidhar Passenger trains from Asarva railway station. In its regular run from Tuesdauy Lunidhar - Jetalsar and Jetalsar – Lunidhar Passenger trains will run from Bhavnagar to Jetalsar and vice versa. In addition to the newly introduced trains, the existing Train No. 09566/65 Bhavnagar – Lunidhar Passenger has been extended upto Jetalsar.

PM Narendra Modi to flag off trains on Asarva-Udaipur, Lunidhar-Jetalsar tracks
Gujarat govt reshuffles 17 IPS officers
The Indian Express | 1 month ago | |
The Indian Express
1 month ago | |

The Gujarat Government Monday transferred 15 IPS officers, and appointed two officers awaiting postings ahead of the upcoming Assembly elections.Additional Director General of Police S Pandia Rajkumar, who was in charge of Surat range, has been transferred as ADGP (railways) and will hold additional charge as executive director of Gujarat Urja Vikas Nigam Limited (GUVNL), the state-run power discom.Rajkumar will relieve Anupam Singh Gahlaut of the additional charge.DIG CID (Crime) Gandhinagar Saurabh Tolumbia has been appointed as ACP (administration, traffic, and crime) in Rajkot city, and Khursheed Ahmed, who was special commissioner of police (administration, traffic, and crime) in Rajkot city, has been transferred and appointed as ADGP (planning and modernisation) in Gandhinagar. Piyush Patel will take charge as IGP of Surat range following his transfer from the post of IGP (armed units) in Gandhinagar. Ajay Chaudhary, joint commissioner of police (administration) in Ahmedabad city, will now take up the position of JCP (special branch) in Ahmedabad city. Sandeep Singh has been transferred from his position as Rajkot range IG to Vadodara range IG.RV Asari, ACP of Sector-1 in Ahmedabad city, will take up the currently vacant cadre post of DIG (intelligence-2) in Gandhinagar, while Asari’s earlier position will be taken up by Neeraj Badgujar. DIG CID (crime IV) in Gandhinagar, KN Damor, will take charge as ACP Sector-2 in Surat city. Ahmedabad City JCP (traffic) MA Chavada was transferred to the vacant post of inspector general of police, Junagadh range, while IGP (Bhavnagar range) Ashok Yadav was appointed as IGP Rajkot range, following the transfer of incumbent officer Sandeep Singh, who was appointed as IGP (Vadodara range). Ahmedabad City JCP (Sector 2) Gautam Parmar was transferred as IGP (Bhavnagar range) following Ashok Yadav’s transfer. Deputy Inspector General of Police (Panchmahal-Godhra range) MS Bharada has been appointed in his place.IGP (Motor Transport) DH Parmar was transferred to the vacant post of JCP (traffic) Surat city, and the post of additional CP (crime and traffic) was redesignated as addl CP (crime).Chirag Koradia, additional commissioner of police (crime and traffic) Vadodara city, was appointed in Bharada’s place as range DIG (Panchmahal-Godhra) and his place in Vadodara will be taken by an appointee who was waiting for a posting. DIG (Railways) Ahmedabad AG Chauhan was appointed as addl CP (traffic), Ahmedabad city following Chavada’s transfer. DIG CID (Crime-V) KN Damor was transferred as addl CP sector-2, Surat city.Neerajkumar Badgujar, who was waiting for a posting, was promoted to the DIG rank and appointed as addl CP sector-1, Ahmedabad city, following Asari’s transfer.

Gujarat govt reshuffles 17 IPS officers
  • 17 IPS Officers Reshuffled In Top Level Changes Ahead Of Gujarat Polls
  • Ndtv

    17 IPS Officers Reshuffled In Top Level Changes Ahead Of Gujarat Polls. (Representational)Ahmedabad: The Gujarat government on Monday transferred 15 Indian Police Service (IPS) officers and allotted postings to two other senior cops waiting for new assignments, a top level reshuffle carried out ahead of Assembly elections due in the next few months.The state home department transferred 15 IPS officers and promoted officer Neeraj Badgujar, who was waiting for a new posting, and appointed him Additional Commissioner of Police (ACP) (sector-1), Ahmedabad city, as per a notification.Manoj Ninama, another officer waiting for a new assignment, was appointed ACP (crime and traffic), Vadodara city, it said.Additional Director General of Police (ADGP) (Surat range) Rajkumar Pandian was transferred to Ahmedabad as ADGP (Railways), said the notification.He will also hold the additional charge of Executive Director of Gujarat Urja Vikas Nigam Ltd (GUVNL), a state-run power company, in Vadodara. IPS officer Anupamsinh Gehlot earlier held the additional charge at GUVNL.Among other changes, Special Commissioner of Police of Rajkit Khursheed Ahmed was transferred as ADGP (planning and modernisation) and posted at Gandhinagar.As per the notification, Inspector General of Police (IGP) (Armed units), Gandhinagar, Piyush Patel was transferred as IGP (Surat range). IGP (Bhavnagar range) Ashok Yadav was transferred as IGP (Rajkot range) and IGP (Rajkot range) Sandeep SIngh was transferred as IGP (Vadodara range).Joint Commissioner of Police (JCP) (Adminstration), Ahmedabad city, Ajay Chaudhary was transferred and named JCP (special branch), Ahmedabad city. JCP (traffic), Ahmedabad city MA Chavada will now be the IGP of Junagadh range.The home department named JCP (sector-2), Ahmedabad city, Gautam Parmar as the new IGP of Bhavnagar range.IGP (Gandhinagar range) DH Parmar was transferred and posted as JCP (traffic), Surat city. DIG (Panchmahal range) MS Bharada was transferred as ACP (sector-2) Ahmedabad, while ACP (crime and traffic), Vadodara, Chirag Koradia, will take over as the new DIG of Panchmahal range.DIGP (Railways), Ahmedabad, AG Chauhan was transferred as ACP (traffic), Ahmedabad, while ACP (sector-1), Ahmedabad, RV Asari was named the new DIG (intelligence-2) at Gandhinagar.PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.comDIGP (CID crime), Saurabh Tolumbia was transferred and posted as ACP (admin, traffic and crime) of Rajkot city, according to the notification.(This story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

Nadiad railway station to be revamped as world-class facility, says Vaishnaw
The Indian Express | 1 month ago | |
The Indian Express
1 month ago | |

Union Minister for Railways, Communications, Electronics & Information Technology Ashwini Vaishnaw Thursday announced the Central government has decided to develop Nadiad Railway Station as a world-class facility in the league of other cities such as Ahmedabad, Vadodara, Surat and Rajkot. Vaishnaw added that the decision was taken within two hours after some residents from the region made a demand to him Thursday.The minister made the announcement while addressing a public gathering at Fagvel in Kheda organised to mark the conclusion of a leg of Gujarat Gaurav Yatra that started from Unai in Navsari on October 13.Asking people to vote BJP back to power in Gujarat, Vaishnaw elaborated on the benefits of having a “double-engine” government—BJP governments both at the Centre and state—in Gujarat. “Let me give you an example of how fast decisions can be taken when there is a double-engine government (in the state). Today, some time back, some friends demanded that Nadiad, too, should be put in the class of cities like Ahmedabad, Vadodara, Surat and Rajkot in terms of world-class railway stations. Within two hours, a sanction order to redevelop Nadiad (railway station) and to make it world-class came from Delhi,” he said.Declaring the conclusion of the yatra leg, Gujarat BJP general secretary Bhargav Bhatt said it covered 960 kilometres and passed through 12 districts and 38 assembly seats.

Nadiad railway station to be revamped as world-class facility, says Vaishnaw
Politics on tracks: The launch of Vande Bharat train routes and India’s busy election calendar
The Indian Express | 1 month ago | |
The Indian Express
1 month ago | |

The Prime Minister inaugurated the latest Vande Bharat Express, the fourth one, from New Delhi to Amb Andaura in Himachal Pradesh, via Una.Notably, the commercial operations of the train will start next Wednesday. But with the schedule for Himachal’s state elections expected to be announced any day—it was revealed today as scheduled for November 12, with results due on December 8—bringing in force the Model Code of Conduct, such inaugurations would have effectively got adjourned till after the polls.This was the second Vande Bharat train the PM launched within a fortnight, the previous one being from Ahmedabad to Mumbai. Gujarat, too, is due to go to polls later this year. A fifth Vande Bharat is scheduled to be launched on the Chennai-Bengaluru-Mysuru route on November 10, with Karnataka also set to go for elections soon after that.In Gujarat, the PM travelled in the Vande Bharat while inspecting its various new features. In Himachal, he boarded the train at Una and interacted with passengers.The premium and super-fast Vande Bharat trains are supposed to have few stoppages. The new one touches the major Sikh pilgrimage of Anandpur Sahib in Punjab on the way to Amb Andaura, the station that serves the town of Amb, known for the Hindu deity Amba in nearby Chintpurni.The optics of launching shiny new trains, billed as latest technological wonders in India’s archaic rail sector—in two poll-bound states—is not lost on anyone.Prior to the 2019 General Elections, the first Vande Bharat, an earlier iteration with fewer features, was launched by the PM from New Delhi to his constituency in Varanasi. The second one was rolled out from Delhi to Katra, aimed at pilgrims bound for the Mata Vaishno Devi shrine in Jammu, another BJP stronghold.In Railway scheme of things, launching any new train on a route requires either commercial justification—that the train will find adequate patronage to make commercial sense, or a socio-economic one—that the region needs to be connected as a mark of development, irrespective of patron numbers. The New Delhi-Amb Andaura route already has one mail/express train, the daily Himachal Express. There is also the Nanded Superfast that runs once a week.Often, the reason for few trains between stations is explained by poor patronage, i.e., low demand. If establishing connectivity is socially desirable, it is usually fulfilled by the introduction of a low-key, passenger train, not the expensive Vande Bharat or even a Rajdhani.But there is a third reason behind the launch of trains in India—one that is rarely acknowledged officially—politics. Yet, it’s such a big factor that it often overrides the other two.Trains have always been a vehicle of politics for governments of the day. Railway ministers in previous regimes have launched trains at will through their Rail Budgets, mostly keeping an eye on their “home” states or constituencies—be it Mamata Banerjee for West Bengal or Lalu Prasad Yadav for Bihar.This practice was so entrenched that during the presentation of one Rail Budget by the then Railways Minister Mamata Banerjee, when Opposition benches protested that most new trains were being launched for West Bengal, a fiery Banerjee shot back: “The trains are going from Bengal to other states. Are they not trains for the people of those states?”Further back in history, the Congress’s A.B.A. Ghani Khan Chowdhury is still remembered as the Railways minister who extended Railways-related sops to Bengal, and especially his constituency Malda.As Railways Minister, Ram Vilas Paswan in 1996 oversaw the creation of a new railway zone—East Central—carving out portions of the mammoth Eastern Railway and North Eastern Railway. The headquarters of this new zone was chosen as Paswan’s home constituency Hajipur in Bihar.Even after trains are launched, getting them to stop at their constituencies, if only for a few seconds, is a perennial demand made by politicians to the Railways.Notably, the Shatabdi Express was also no less a political project when it was launched by the Congress government.The name Shatabdi or “century” was to mark the birth centenary of Jawaharlal Nehru in 1988. The then Railways Minister Madhavrao Scindia launched the first Shatabdi from Delhi to Jhansi. It was later extended to Bhopal.While Rajdhanis by nomenclature followed the logic that all state capitals were to be connected with the nation’s capital, the Shatabdis were bereft of any such justification. They were basically premium day trains for short distances between two big cities.“If you see, several Shatabdis have been rolled out over the past decades that don’t fetch great numbers. Obviously, there is an element of political demand. But yes, on paper, the bureaucracy always finds justification for traffic, demand, etc.,” a former Principal Chief Operations Manager of the Northern Railway told The Indian Express.Unsurprisingly, it is hard to imagine that the launch of the Vande Bharats are immune from politics. The fourth and latest Vande Bharat is one of 75 such trains the government has decided to roll out by Independence Day next year.The all-seater Vande Bharats are meant to be an upgrade from the all-seater Shatabdi Express trains, which have served—and still do—as comfortable, premium day-journey trains in India.The Vande Bharats of the future, with sleeper berths, are aimed as an upgrade on the Rajdhanis and similar premium long-distance trains.The government has a tentative list of routes where the 75 Vande Bharats may run. But at the same time, several big and small states are going to polls between now and the 2024 General Elections.In other words, the Vande Bharats’ pilgrimage across India may have just begun.

Politics on tracks: The launch of Vande Bharat train routes and India’s busy election calendar