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20 Railway Projects taken up across 8 Major Ports in 2015-16: says Indian Port Rail Corporation (IPRCL)

IPRCL also said that the company has already started rail infrastructure modernisation in Kolkata, Vishakhapatnam, Chennai

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New Delhi, December 22, 2016: Indian Port Rail Corporation (IPRCL) on Thursday said that 20 railway projects were taken up across eight major ports in 2015-16.

Among the works, 11 works with total project cost of Rs 7, 636.15 crores were for preparation of Feasibility and Detailed Project Report (DPR) and nine works with total project cost of Rs 643.77 crores were for project execution.

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According to IPRCL, it has completed the pre-feasibility study of a heavy haul rail corridor from Ib Valley-Talcher to Paradip and Dhamra to evacuate coal mines of Mahanadi Coal Ltd (MCL) to the ports for shipping them to the southern states through the coastal route.

IPRCL also said that the company has already started rail infrastructure modernisation in Kolkata, Vishakhapatnam, Chennai, Tuticorin and New Mangalore ports.

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“Rail infrastructure expansion and modernization works are likely to commence from April 2017 in Kandla and JNPT ports and in Haldia Dock Complex (HDC). The company has also taken up the task of preparation of DPR for Rail and Road connectivity of the proposed Major Port at Colachel (Enayam) in Tamil Nadu,” said a statement from the IPRCL.

IPRCL on Thursday held its maiden Annual General Meeting, during which the company has pushed for enhancement of port connectivity.

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Registered on July 10 2015, it is the first of its kind joint venture company, between the Major Ports under the Ministry of Shipping and Rail Vikas Nigam Ltd (RVNL). (IANS)

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Crossing Railway Tracks in Mumbai? Yamraj will Find you and Teach you a Lesson. Literally

This Yamraj ji saves lives

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As per Hindu mythology, Yamraj is the lord of death and justice. Wikimedia Commons

The Western Railway on Thursday launched an innovative campaign in Mumbai to spread awareness, save lives and discourage trespassing.

In pictures shared by the Western Railway on micro-blogging site Twitter, a person dressed as Yamraj is seen carrying people attempting to cross railway tracks on his shoulder.

As per Hindu mythology, Yamraj is the lord of death and justice.

“This Yamraj ji saves lives. He catches people who are endangering their lives by trespassing the railway tracks, only to save them. This Yamraj picks up people to release them safely. Please do NOT cross tracks, it’s dangerous,” the Western Railway tweeted.

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In pictures shared by the Western Railway on micro-blogging site Twitter, a person dressed as Yamraj is seen carrying people attempting to cross railway tracks on his shoulder. Wikimedia Commons

The post from Western Railway has gone viral and attracted hundreds of memes, jokes and funny reactions.

Here are some reactions on the Yamraj tweet:

A women tweeted: “It’s very nice social message to teach valuable lesson to those commuters not following the safety rules #Andheri #Yamraj. Hope people learn from this awareness drive for their own wellbeing.”

“At #andheristation, new initiative taken against people who is crossing railway track #yamraj is coming to pick them up,” another user tweeted.

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A person with the usnername @srivastava_neh tweeted: “#Yamraj on Special duty! Kudos to @WesternRly & #RPF for this innovative awareness campaign about the dangers of trespassing & crossing railway lines. Other zone must come up with the similiar ideas in order to curb the menace.”

“Personal safety is important and there is always someone waiting. So don’t let “Yamraj” wait for you. Don’t cross railway line by foot but use foot over bridge. Same should while crossing Highways,” another tweet read. (IANS)