Disruption to Rail Traffic at Itarsi Railway Station Due to Fire

Disruption to Rail Traffic at Itarsi Railway Station Due to Fire

On 17.06.2015, at about 0600 hours in the morning a fire broke out in the Route Relay Interlocking (RRI) room at Itarsi Railway Junction in Madhya Pradesh. The fire was extinguished by use of Fire Tenders by 0900 hours. Inspection of the Signalling Relay Room, after the fire was extinguished, has indicated extensive damage to Operation Panel, Indication Panel and all wiring. A considerable number of relays have also been badly damaged.

Signalling Relay Room system is a system by which all the signals and the points/crossings which are used for changing of routes at junction station are operated centrally from a cabin through electrical devices. As a result, complete train operation at Itarsi Station has been disrupted leading to severe detention to trains passing across Itarsi Station.

Itarsi Station is the critical junction station on Bombay-Bhopal, Bhopal-Nagpur and Bombay-Jabalpur-Allahabad route. This junction station deals with about 75 pairs of Mail/Express passenger trains every day and about 25 goods trains each way.

Divisional Officers have already reached site and General Manager of the Railway is also proceeding. Member Traffic/Railway Board, along with senior signalling, and Operating officials are also proceeding for site.

Whereas full extent of the damage is being assessed, detentions to trains would take place as all the operations are now being done manually instead of through electrical devices. The trains on the section are being cleared one-by-one. Certain number of trains have been diverted through alternate routes and certain trains may have to be cancelled for next one or two days. Passengers are being advised to check status of trains before start of the journey. Refunds are being arranged for passengers of cancelled/diverted trains.

Four laning of Amravati-Chikhli, Chikhli-Fagne and Fagne-Gujarat/Maharashtra border section on national highway NH-6 in Maharashtra
The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, has given its approval for development of the four laning of the 'Amravati-Chikhli, Chikhli-Fagne and Fagne-Gujarat/Maharashtra border' section of National Highway NH-6 in Maharashtra.  This is under the National Highways Development Project (NHDP) Phase IV in BOT (Toll) mode on Design, Build, Finance, Operate and Transfer (BOT/DBFOT) basis. The total project cost (TPC) estimated of the project for implementation under DBFOT pattern will be as follows:-


Project Name

Length (in Km)

Cost (Excluding LA, R&R   and   pre-construction) (Rs. in Crore)

Approximate Cost of    LA,     R&R and           pre-construction (Rs. in Crore)

Total Cost (Rs.       in Crore)


Four Ianing of Amravati-Chikhli from km. 166 to km. 360 section of NH-6 in Maharashtra





Four Ianing of Chikhli-Fagne from km. 360  to   km.   510   section   of NH-6   in   Maharashtra






Four          Ianing           of     Fagne - Gujarat/ Maharashtra Border from km. 510 to  km. 650 section of NH-6   in   Maharashtra










The project is covered in the region of Amravati-Chikhli-Fagne-Gujarat/ Maharashtra border in Maharashtra.
The main object of the project is to expedite the improvement of infrastructure in the state of Maharashtra and also in reducing the time and cost of travel for traffic, particularly heavy traffic, plying between Amravati-Chikhli-Fagne-Gujarat/ Maharashtra border section of National Highway NH-6 in Maharashtra. Development of this stretch will also help uplift the socio-economic condition of this region of the State. It will also increase employment potential for the local labourers for project activities.
Earlier, the Public Private Partnership Appraisal Committee (PPPAC) in its meeting held on 09.03.2012 approved the four laning of two proposals i.e. (i) Amravati-Jalgaon and (ii) Jalgaon-Gujarat/Maharashtra border section of NH-6 on DBFOT basis in BOT (Toll) mode. This was approved by the erstwhile Cabinet Committee on Infrastructure (CCI) in its meeting held on 23.03.2012. Both projects were awarded to M/s L&T Infrastructure at the quoted premium of Rs. 131.04 crore and Rs. 145.08 crore respectively. The Concessionaire had fulfilled majority of its conditions precedent, but NHAI could not procure 80 percent of land after 380 days of signing of the Concession Agreement. Due to increase in cost, the Concessionaire expressed inability to continue the projects. Accordingly, the projects were terminated on mutual consent with forfeiture of bids security equivalent to one percent of Total Project Cost (TPC). Subsequently, it was decided to implement both projects by converting them into three packages which are as follows:-
i.       Amravati-Chikhli                                   -           194 km
ii.      Chikhli-Fagne                                        -           150 km
iii.      Fagne-Gujarat/Maharashtra border       -           140 km

PPPAC in its  meeting held on 10.04.2015 then approved the four laning of these three packages section of NH-6 in Maharashtra under NHDP Phase IV on DBFOT basis in BOT (Toll) mode.

NITI Aayog holds Consultations on Innovation and Entrepreneurship
NITI Aayog held a high level consultation on innovation and entrepreneurship with the Secretaries of the relevant government Departments/Ministries today. The meeting under the chairmanship of Vice Chairman of the NITI Aayog discussed initiatives to promote innovation &/ entrepreneurship. It was attended by Vice Chairman, NITI Aayog Dr Arvind Panagariya, Member NITI Aayog Dr V.K. Saraswat, CEO NITI Aayog Mrs. Sindhushree Khullar, and other Members of the Expert Committee. On innovation / entrepreneurship.

The meeting took place in the backdrop of announcement of establishment of Atal Innovation Mission (AIM) and Self-Employment and Talent Utilization (SETU) under the NITI Aayog by the Finance Minister in his Budget Speech for 2015-16. In order to take these initiatives forward, the NITI Aayog set up an Expert Committee, Chaired by Professor Tarun Khanna, Director, South Asia Institute, Harvard University and Jorge Paulo Lemann Professor, Harvard Business School on 21st April, 2015. In the first meeting of the Expert Committee on 1st May, 2015, a decision was taken to hold discussions with selected ministries, departments and other stakeholders who have taken initiatives to promote innovation/ entrepreneurship.

This will be followed by a broader consultation process with the stakeholders in the innovation and entrepreneurship space by the NITI Aayog tomorrow on 18th June, 2015. The veterans, industry leaders and heads of prominent incubators, representatives of Industry associations, sector specific experts, service sector representatives, venture funding agencies, educational institutions and representatives of States will join the consultation process. It is expected that the deliberations will give a fillip to the initiatives to promote innovation/ entrepreneurship across the country. 

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