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Hungarian_State_Railway_MÁV-photo_Roland_von_Bagratuni_Railway_Market-Infobus3New Delhi: Work on 12 new railway lines with a total length of 1,248 km is being taken up in the northeast, an official statement said on Tuesday.

“Against a national average of 20 km per 1,000 sq km railway network density, the northeastern states have an average railway network density of 10.1 km per 1,000 sq km,” Minister of State for Railways Manoj Sinha said in a written reply in the Lok Sabha on Monday.

“Twelve new line works have been taken up in northeastern region having a total length of 1,248 km at a total cost of Rs. 38,416 crore (Rs.384 billion),” he said.

According to the minister, Rs.2,279 crore was allocated in 2012-13, Rs.3,392 crore in 2013-14 and Rs.5,200 crore in 2014-15 for new lines, gauge conversion and doubling the existing lines in the region.

“An increased outlay of Rs.5,338 crore has been provided in 2015-16 for speedier execution of projects in the northeastern region,” Sinha said.

(IANS)

 

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Railway Cracking Down on Sale of Unauthorized Brands of Drinking Water at All Major Railway Stations

Among those arrested were four Pantry Car managers

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The drive 'Operation Thirst', launched on July 8-9, also led to the offenders being fined Rs 6,80,855. Pixabay

Cracking down on the sale of unauthorized brands of drinking water at all major railway stations, the Railway Protection Force (RPF) has arrested 1,371 persons and seized over 69,000 bottles.

The drive ‘Operation Thirst’, launched on July 8-9, also led to the offenders being fined Rs 6,80,855.

Among those arrested were four Pantry Car managers. Several stalls at railway stations were found to be selling packaged drinking water bottles of unauthorized brands, an official statement said.

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Cracking down on the sale of unauthorized brands of drinking water at all major railway stations. Pixabay

Determined to go to the root of the corruption, the special drive will be followed by continuous action by Principal Chief Security Commissioners.

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All the Zonal Principal Chief Security Commissioners (PCSC) were asked to crackdown on the sale of unauthorized packaged water brands. (IANS)