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Delhi Metro completes Kashmere Gate-Red Fort tunnel

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New Delhi: The Delhi Metro on Monday completed the 1,351 metre tunneling between Kashmere Gate and Red Fort.

Constructed under the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation’s (DMRC) Phase – 3, the stretch of tunnel on the 9.37 km long Central Secretariat – Kashmere Gate corridor passed beneath the existing Kashmere Gate elevated metro station.

“The tunnel boring machine emerged at (Red Fort) Lal Qila metro station site after making a 1,351 metre-long tunnel from Kashmere Gate. The initial drive of the tunnel which is 16 metres below the surface began on December 26, 2014,” the DMRC said.

“The tunnel passed under the historical Dara Shikoh Library, Lothian Bridge (Delhi – Shahdara Northern Railway Line), and Ambedkar University,” it added.

(IANS)

 

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‘Delhi Metro Cruelly Killed my ‘Achhe Din” : Here is why Passengers are dumping the popular mode of travel

The author shares her take on shifting to Delhi from Kolkata and her experience with the Delhi Metro

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Delhi Metro. Wikimedia

– By Somrita Ghosh

New Delhi, November 5, 2017 : Delhi Metro cruelly killed my “acche din”.

Metro fares have been doubled in just four months, forcing me to give up my favorite mode of transport and take to crowded DTC buses.

Besides putting the new fares beyond my budget, I have also been stripped off the safety of travelling in the Metro. And I am not the only one.

My biggest shock came two days after the latest Metro fare hike. I commute daily between Green Park in south Delhi and Noida Sector 16 where I work.

As I punched my smart card while leaving the Sector 16 station, my heart skipped a beat — Rs 37 had been deducted from my card.

By the time I reached my office, the mental calculation was already done. I realized every month I would have to spend double of what I was shelling out only five months ago if I wanted to use the Delhi Metro.

When the year began, I was spending Rs 18 on my Metro ride — one way. The Metro then hiked the fares and my one-way cost shot up to Rs 27. The latest hike had taken it to Rs 37!

This was hard for me to digest. The sudden hike of almost Rs 20, that too one way, was surely going to painfully pinch my wallet.

When I landed in Delhi five years ago, my friends advised me to avail the Metro, not just because it is safe for women but comfortable too, never mind the crushing rush during peak hours.

Most important, as I realized very soon, the Metro was affordable. It was so cheap that while an auto-rickshaw would charge me a minimum of Rs 25 from my home to the nearest Metro station, the Metro charged me only Rs 18 all the way from south Delhi to Noida in Uttar Pradesh. This was too good to be true.

Since I came from Kolkata, where the minimum Metro fare was only Rs 4 and the maximum Rs 12, Delhi Metro initially seemed costly.

But I realized the full story in no time once I started using the Delhi Metro. The infrastructure, service and overall facilities provided by Delhi Metro were far better compared to Kolkata.

Delhi Metro offers free WiFi, its stations have coffee shops and the bigger ones even host fast food chains. Travel is hassle-free despite the odd technical snags that hit the Blue Line that I use.

But suddenly charging a salaried person like me Rs 40 more, or Rs 1,200 a month, just because the Metro needs to finance itself better is something I cannot appreciate.

Like numerous others, I have changed my mode of transport. It is now the DTC buses. The DTC’s frequency may not match the Metro’s and DTC rides can be bumpy too, not to talk of unending traffic jams. But do I have a choice?

(Editorial note : This article has been written by Somrita Ghosh of IANS. She can be contacted at somrita.g@ians.in)

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On India’s 71st Independence Day Google celebrated it with an Artistic Doodle

Google’s tricolor doodle on I-Day

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Google Doodle
  • The colorful doodle includes a motif of – The Indian Parliament, a symbolic wheel for the Ashok Chakra and India’s national bird peacock
  • The special doodle has been designed and created by Mumbai-based artist Sabeena Karnik
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the nation from the Red Fort today

New Delhi, Aug 15, 2017:  To honor the  71st Independence Day of India today, the search engine giant Google displayed an artistic doodle.

The colorful doodle includes a motif of – The Indian Parliament, a symbolic wheel for the Ashok Chakra and India’s national bird peacock, all submerged in shades of saffron, green, white and blue. A brilliant interpretation of India’s Independence Day. The word ‘Google’ is displayed across the Parliament House, made out of ribbons of the Indian tricolor- saffron, white and green.

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According to PTI report, Google said in a statement “A unique paper-cut art style has been used to create a Doodle fit for the bold and colorful celebration of today’s events. The Parliament House depicted commemorates this day, this movement, and this triumph of independence.” The special doodle has been designed and created by Mumbai-based artist Sabeena Karnik.

On previous Independence Day, Google dedicated a doodle to the historic “Tryst with Destiny” speech of the country’s first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru.  Google’s way of showing respect for Independence Day with doodles for India in the past was done with the help of the Red Fort, various versions of the Indian flag, Mahatma Gandhi’s Dandi March and Indian postage stamps among others.

On 15 August 1947, Jawaharlal Nehru raised the Indian National Flag above the Lahori Gate of the Red Fort in Delhi. On each Independence Day since then, the prime minister customarily raises the flag and gives a speech to the nation. Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the nation from the Red Fort today.

The Independence Day holiday is observed throughout India with flag-hoisting ceremonies, parades, and cultural events. There is a national holiday on this occasion, and schools and government offices distribute sweets, but no official work is done today.


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World’s First Green Metro: Delhi Metro bags Green Certificate at 2nd National Conference on Green Metro systems

Delhi Metro’s persistent efforts towards eco-friendly and sustainable practices has led to winning a green certificate

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  • Delhi Metro bagged a green certificate for eco- friendly initiatives-all its major buildings and installations.
  • For following green building norm, Delhi Metro’s newly-opened Jahangirpuri-Samaypur Badli section and the Receiving Sub-Station (RSS) at Mukundpur Depot have received the highest platinum rating by the Indian Green Building Council (IGBC).
  • The corporation achieved the target of generating 20 MW of solar power by the year 2017 by adding another 2.6 MW of solar power facilities across the Metro network.

Delhi, August 3, 2017: The Delhi Metro bagged a green certificate at 2nd National Conference on Green Metro systems, Metro Bhavan on 28 July for eco- friendly initiatives-all its major buildings and installations.

For following green building norm, Delhi Metro’s newly-opened Jahangirpuri-Samaypur Badli section and the Receiving Sub-Station (RSS) at Mukundpur Depot have received the highest platinum rating by the Indian Green Building Council (IGBC). The IGBC formulated a rating mechanism for metro stations and buildings- platinum, gold, silver, etc., to encourage them to follow green building specifications. The DMRC headquarters at Metro Bhavan received a gold rating for maintaining green building norms and Platinum ratings were also awarded to the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) residential Complex metro enclave at Saket.

Delhi Metro get's a green certificate
Delhi Metro get’s a green certificate. pixabay

The corporation achieved the target of generating 20 MW of solar power by the year 2017 by adding another 2.6 MW of solar power facilities across the Metro network. At the conference, Dr. Prem C. Jain, chairman, Indian Green Building Council (IGBC), said, “Delhi Metro is the first to become a green Metro. The platinum ratings that they have got are hard-earned and a lot of toils has gone into the process.”

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The conference was attended by delegates from all other Metro systems in the country, who discussed a range of issues regarding successful adoption of green technologies for planning, constructing and operating Metro systems. According to Delhi Metro’s official site, DMRC Managing Director Mangu Singh said, “The country’s energy consumption has increased by 700 per cent in the last four decades. This will increase three times more by 2030. One of the major users of energy is the transport sector, especially urban transport. Therefore, it is very relevant to focus on Metro systems and talk of green Metro.” Our country’s transport sector plays a crucial role in the implementation and promotion of environment-friendly and sustainable practices. The role of Indian Railway is particularly important as it’s one of the most extensive railway networks in the world.

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DMRC became the first railway project in the world to be registered by the United Nations under the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) in 2008, which enabled it to claim carbon credits. Then, in 2015, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) registered DMRC as the world’s first transport sector project under the Program of Activities (PoA), made it the managing entity for all other Metros of India.

AK Gupta, Director (Electrical), DMRC, and the Chairman of the conference, also highlighted the corporation’s green achievements.

– prepared by Kritika Dua of NewsGram. Twitter @DKritika08


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