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Heavy vehicles have been banned on the Mumbai-Goa Highway during Ganesh Chaturthi in order to ease the traffic in Konkan region, transport minister Diwakar Raote said on Thursday.

However, the vehicles carrying essential commodities such as milk, petrol and diesel would be allowed to ply on the route.
He said that trucks carrying sand, large trailers and heavy vehicles would be banned on the highway during Ganesh Chaturthi. The ban will be imposed on the National Highway between August 30 (12.01 pm) and September 13 (08.00 pm).
Mr Raote also said that the Maharashtra state road transport corporation (MSRTC) is plying additional buses in several parts of the state.

Courtesy: Asian Age
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Central Railway (CR) has announced the list of special trains to be run for the benefit of passengers during the auspicious occasion of the Ganapati festival season during the months of August and September 2019. These trains will majorly cater to the Konkan coasts spanning Maharashtra and Goa. Unlike during the other years, the focus this year seems to be to connect all points of the Konkan coast with each other rather than running a series of trains from Mumbai to Goa.

Given is the list of Ganpati festival special trains announced for 2019. These services fully utilise the new terminal opened at Panvel. Terminus of these special trains include Panvel, Sawantwadi Road, Ratnagiri, Zarap, Thivim and Karmali. All trains will be run on special fare and are marked by their extreme slowness. Bookings are open.


Ganpati Festival Special Trains From Mumbai


  • 01001/01002 & 01007/01008 Mumbai CSMT – Sawantwadi Road – Mumbai CSMT Daily Ganpati Festival Special Trains (CR)

01001 | 01007 Special will run from Mumbai Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus CSTM to Sawantwadi Road SWV every day from Wednesday August 28 2019 to Sunday September 15 2019 during the day time. Timetable: Departs CSTM: 0020, arrives SWV: 1410.
01002 | 01008 Special will run from Sawantwadi Road SWV to Mumbai CSTM daily overnight from Wednesday August 28 2019 to Sunday September 15 2019. Timetable: Departs SWV: 1500, arrives CSTM: 0340.
Route and Stoppages: Mumbai Dadar Central, Thane, Panvel, Roha, Mangaon, Veer, Khed, Chiplun, Savarde, Aravali Road, Sangameshwar Road, Ratnagiri, Adavali, Vilavade, Rajapur Road, Vaibhavwadi Road, Nandgaon Road, Kankavali, Sindhudurg, Kudal, Zarap.
Composition: 02 AC 3 tier, 12 Sleeper Class, 6 General Second Class (20 coaches).


  • 01036 Sawantwadi Road – Mumbai Daily Ganapati Festival Special (CR)

01036 Daily Ganpati special will run from Sawantwadi Road SWV to Mumbai CSMT on all days from August 29 to September 17 2019. Timetable: Departs SWV: 2300, arrives CSTM: 1225.
Route and Stoppages: Zarap, Kudal, Sindhudurg, Kankavali, Nandgaon Road, Vaibhavwadi Road, Rajapur Road, Vilawade, Adavali, Ratnagiri, Sangameshwar Road, Aravali Road, Savarde, Chiplun, Khed, Veer, Mangaon, Roha, Panvel, Thane and Dadar.
Composition: 02 AC 3 tier, 12 Sleeper Class, 06 General Second Class (20 coaches).


  • 01048 Sawantwadi Road – Mumbai Lokmanya Tilak Terminus One-time Ganpati Special (CR)

01048 Ganpati special will run from Sawantwadi Road SWV to Mumbai LTT on Monday September 02 2019 only. Timetable: Departs SWV: 0600 (Mon), arrives LTT: 1830 (Mon).
Route and Stoppages: Zarap, Kudal, Kankavali, Vaibhavwadi Road, Rajapur Road, Ratnagiri, Sangameshwar Road, Savarde, Chiplun, Khed, Mangaon, Roha, Panvel .
Composition: 04 AC 3 tier, 04 Sleeper Class, 10 General Second Class (18 coaches)


  • 01033 Mumbai CSTM – Ratnagiri Daily Ganpati Specials (CR)

01033 Special will run from Mumbai Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus CSTM to Ratnagiri RN everyday from Wednesday August 28 2019 to Sunday September 15 2019 during the day time. Timetable: Departs CSTM: arrives RN: 2200.
Route and Stoppages: Mumbai Dadar Central, Thane Panvel, Roha, Mangaon, Veer, Khed, Chiplun, Savarde, Aravali Road, Sangameshwar Road
Composition: 02 AC 3 tier, 12 Sleeper Class, 6 General Second Class (20 coaches)


  • 01069 Mumbai Kurla LTT – Pernem – Mumbai LTT Weekly Ganesh Festival Specials (CR)

01069 Ganapati Special will run from Mumbai Kurla Lokmanya Tilak Terminus LTT to Pernem PERN on Fridays August 30, September 06, 13 2019. Timetable: Departs LTT: 0110 (Fri), arrives PERN: 1430 (Fri).
01070 Ganpati Special will run from Pernem PERN to Mumbai LTT overnight on Fridays August 30, September 06, 13 2019. Timetable: Departs PERN: 1510 (Fri), arrives LTT: 0500 (Sat).
Route and Stoppages: Thane, Panvel, Roha, Mangaon, Veer, Khed, Chiplun, Savarde, Aravali Road, Sangameshwar Road, Ratnagiri, Adavali, Vilawade, Rajapur Road, Vaibhavwadi Road, Nandgaon Road, Kankavali, Sindhudurg, Kudal, Zarap, Sawantwadi Road, Madure.
Composition: 01 AC 2 tier, 04 AC 3 tier, 12 Sleeper Class , 03 General Second Class (20 coaches)


  • 01039/01040 Mumbai LTT – Zarap – Mumbai LTT Weekly Ganpati Festival Specials (CR)

01039 Special will run from Mumbai Kurla LTT to Zarap ZARP on Mondays September 02, 09, 16 2019 during the day time. Timetable: Departs LTT: 0110 (Mon), arrives ZARP: 1445 (Mon).
01040 Special will run from Zarap ZARP to Mumbai LTT on Mondays September 02, 09, 16 2019 overnight. Timetable: Departs ZARP: 1530, arrives LTT: 0500 (Tue).
Route and Stoppages: Thane, Panvel, Roha, Mangaon, Veer, Khed, Chiplun, Savarde, Aravali Road, Sangameshwar Road, Ratnagiri, Adavali, Vilawade, Rajapur Road, Vaibhavwadi Road, Nandgaon Road, Kankavali, Sindhudurg, Kudal.
Composition: 01 AC 2 tier, 02 AC 3 tier, 08 Sleeper Class, 06 General Second Class (17 coaches)


  • 01041 Mumbai Lokmanya Tilak Terminus – Zarap Weekly Ganapati specials (CR)

01041 Ganpati special will run from Mumbai Kurla LTT to Zarap ZARP on Thursdays August 22, 29, September 05, 12 2019. Timetable: Departs LTT: 1655 (Thu), arrives Zarap 0600 (Fri).
Route and Stoppages: Thane, Panvel, Roha, Mangaon, Veer, Khed, Chiplun, Sangameshwar Road, Ratnagiri, Rajapur Road, Vaibhavwadi Road, Kankavali, Kudal.


  • 01014 Thivim – Mumbai Lokmanya Tilak Terminus Sundays Weekly Special (CR)

01014 weekly special train will run from Thivim THVM to Mumbai LTT on Sundays August 25, September 01, 08, 15 2019. Timetable: Departs THVM: 1130 (Sun), arrives LTT: 0030 (Mon).
Route and Stoppages: Madure, Sawantwadi, Zarap, Kudal, Sindhudurg, Kankavali, Vaibhavwadi Road, Rajapur Road, Vilawade, Ratnagiri, Sangameshwar Road,Savarde, Chiplun, Khed, Mangaon, Roha, Panvel and Thane.
Composition: 01 AC 2 tier, 04 AC 3 tier, 13 Sleeper Class, 6 General Second Class Coaches (24 coaches).


  • Ganpati Festival Special Trains Between Konkan and Panvel

01035 Panvel – Sawantwadi Road Daily Ganpati Special (CR)
01035 Daily Ganpati day-time special will run from Panvel PNVL to Sawantwadi Road SWV every day from August 29 to September 17 2019. Timetable: Departs PNVL: 0750, arrives SWV: 2200.
Route and Stoppages: Roha, Mangaon, Veer, Khed, Chiplun, Savarde, Aravali Road, Sangameshwar Road, Ratnagiri, Adavali, Vilavade, Rajapur Road, Vaibhavwadi Road, Nandgaon Road, Kankavali, Sindhudurg, Kudal, Zarap.


  • 01034 Ratnagiri – Panvel Daily Ganpati Specials (CR)

01034 daily Ganpati festival special trains will run from Ratnagiri RN to Panvel PNVL overnight everyday. Timetable: Departs RN: 2250, arrives PNVL: 0715.
Route and Stoppages: Sangameshwar Road, Aravali Road, Savarde, Chiplun, Khed, Veer, Mangaon, Roha.
Composition: 02 AC 3 tier, 12 Sleeper Class, 06 General Second Class (20 coaches)


  • 01042 Zarap – Panvel Fridays Weekly Ganpati Special (CR)

01042 weekly Ganapati Special will run from Zarap ZARP to Panvel PNVL on Fridays August 23, 30, September 06, 13, 2019, Timetable: Departs ZARP: 1100, arrives PNVL: 2250.
Route and Stoppages: Kudal, Kankavali, Vaibhavwadi Road, Rajapur Road, Ratnagiri, Sangameshwar Road, Chiplun, Khed, Mangaon, Roha.
Composition: 01 AC 2 tier, 04 AC 3 tier, 13 Sleeper Class, 06 General Second Class (24 coaches).


  • 01043/01044 Panvel – Sawantwadi Road – Panvel Weekly Weekend Ganpati Specials (CR)

01043 Weekly special train will run from Panvel PNVL to Sawantwadi Road SWV on Fridays August 23, 30, September 06, 13 2019. Timetable: Departs PNVL: 2345 (Fri), arrives SWV: 0930 (Sat).
01044 Weekly special train will run from Sawantwadi Road SWV to Panvel PNVL on Saturdays August 24, 31, September 07, 14 2019. Timetable: Departs SWV: 1000 (Sat), arrives PNVL: 2015 (Sun).
Route and Stoppages: Roha, Mangaon, Khed, Chiplun, Savarde, Sangameshwar Road, Ratnagiri, Rajapur Road, Vaibhavwadi Road, Kankavali, Sindhudurg, Kudal, Zarap.
Composition: 01 AC 2 tier, 04 AC 3 tier, 13 Sleeper Class, 06 General Second Class (24 coaches).


  • 01433/01434 Panvel – Sawantwadi Road Ganpati Festival Weekend Special (CR)

01433 Ganapati festival weekend special will run from Panvel PNVL to Sawantwadi Road SWV on Saturday August 31 2019 only. Timetable: Departs PNVL: 1940 (Sat), arrives SWV: 0515 (Sun).
01434 Ganpati festival weekend Special will run from Sawantwadi Road SWV to Panvel PNVL on Sunday September 01 2019 only. Timetable: Departs SWV: 0600 (Sun), arrives PNVL: 1750.
Route and Stoppages: Roha, Mangaon, Khed, Chiplun, Savarde, Sangameshwar Road, Ratnagiri, Rajapur Road, Vaibhavwadi Road, Kankavali, Kudal, Zarap.
Composition: 04 AC 3 tier, 04 Sleeper Class, 10 General Second Class (18 coaches).


  • 01013 Panvel – Thivim Weekly Ganpati Festival Specials (CR)

01013 Weekly special will run from Panvel PNVL to Thivim THVM on Sundays August 24, 31, September 07, 14 2019. Timetable: Departs PNVL: 2100 (Sun), arrives THVM: 1030 (Mon).
Route and Stoppages: Roha, Mangaon, Khed, Chiplun, Savarde, Sangameshwar Road, Ratnagiri, Vilavade, Rajapur Road, Vaibhavwadi Road, Kankavali, Sindhudurg, Kudal, Zarap, Sawantwadi, Madure.
Composition: 01 AC 2 tier, 04 AC 3 tier, 13 Sleeper Class, 6 General Second Class (24 coaches).


  • 01448 Karmali – Panvel One-time Ganpati Special (CR)

01448 One-time Ganpati special will run from Karmali KRMI Goa (near Madgaon/Panaji) to Panvel PNVL on Saturday August 31 2019 only. Timetable: Departs KRMI: 0545 (Sat), arrives PNVL: 1840 (Sat).
Route and Stoppages: Thivim, Sawantwadi Road, Zarap, Kudal, Sindhudurg, Kankavali, Vaibhavwadi Road, Rajapur Road, Ratnagiri, Sangameshwar Road, Savarde, Chiplun, Khed, Mangaon, Roha, Pen.
Composition: 04 AC 3 tier, 04 Sleeper Class, 10 General Second Class (18 coaches).


  • 01047 Panvel – Sawantwadi Road One-time Ganesha Festival Special (CR)

01047 One-time special will run from Panvel PNVL to Sawantwadi Road SWV on Sunday September 01 2019 only. Timetable: Departs SWV: arrives PNVL: .
Route and Stoppages: Roha, Mangaon, Khed, Chiplun, Savarde, Sangameshwar Road, Ratnagiri, Rajapur Road, Vaibhavwadi Road, Kankavali, Kudal, Zarap.
Composition: 04 AC 3 tier, 04 Sleeper Class, 10 General Second Class (18 coaches)


  • Ganapati Special Trains From Pune

01431/01432 Pune – Ratnagiri – Pune Weekly Ganapati Festival Specials (CR)
01431 Ganpati special will from Pune PUNE to Ratnagiri RN via Karjat, Panvel on Thursdays August 29, September 05, 12 2019. Timetable: Departs PUNE: 1815 (Thu), arrives RN: 0500 (Fri).
01432 Ganpari special will run from Ratnagiri RN to Pune PUNE via Panvel, Karjat on Fridays August 30, September 06, 13, 2019. Timetable: Departs RN: 0800 (Fri), arrives PUNE: 1825 (Sat).
Route and Stoppages: Lonavala, Panvel, Roha, Mangaon, Veer, Khed, Chiplun, Savarde, Aravali Road, Sangameshwar Road.
Composition: 01 AC 2 tier, 05 AC 3 tier, 08 Sleeper Class, 06 General Second Class (20 coaches).


  • 01447 Pune – Karmali One-time Ganpati Festival Special Train (CR)

01447 Ganpati festival special will run from Pune PUNE to Karmali KRMI Goa (near Panaji/Madgaon) on Friday, August 30 2019 only. Timetable: Departs PUNE: 1210 (Fri), arrives KRMI: 0515 (Sat).
Route and Stoppages: Lonavala, Kalyan, Panvel, Pen, Roha, Mangaon, Khed, Chiplun, Savarde, Sangameshwar Road, Ratnagiri, Rajapur Road, Vaibhavwadi Road, Kankavali, Sindhudurg, Kudal, Zarap, Sawantwadi, Thivim.
Composition: 04 AC 3 tier, 04 Sleeper Class, 10 General Second Class (18 coaches).
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There is some good news in store for those travelling on Konkan Railway as the electrification of the entire route is progressing in full swing and is expected to be completed by December 2020. The project is being taken up at a cost of Rs 1,100 crore. 

The entire Konkan Railway stretch from Roha (Maharashtra) to Thokur (Karnataka) is divided into two sections — Roha-Verna and Verna-Thokur— to take up electrification works. 


The work has been awarded to Larsen and Toubro Ltd, Faridabad, for the Roha-Verna section and STS-KPTL, Noida, for the Verna-Thokur section. Work has already commenced simultaneously from Roha in the northern-end and from Thokur in the southern- end. While approximately 105 km of the tracks are electrified, work on the remaining stretch is expected to be completed soon. Work between Bijoor and Verna (200 km) is under progress, sources in the Konkan Railway said.

B B Nikam, Regional Railway Manager, Konkan Railway, Karwar, told TNIE  that most of the work from Thokur to Bijoor has been already completed and now the work has been taken up from Bijoor towards Verna. The electrification work began in September, 2017.

Experts feel that the electrification will have several benifits. The Matsyagandha Express currently takes 16 hours to traverse between Mangaluru central and Lokmanya Tilak Terminus, Mumbai. The Train's average speed is 45-50kmph. Once electrified, the train will travel at a speed of 80-100 km per hour.

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Traffic was stuck on the Mumbai-Goa national highway in Kembuli village near Mahad on Thursday around 5 am, due to heavy rains that caused a landslide and tree fall. Work is on at the stretch to turn it into four lanes.
Heavy boulders and soil slid onto the road in the landslide. Around 120 mm rainfall has been reported in the past 24 hours in the Konkan. Vehicles on both lanes of the highway were held up. The debris was moved to a side with the help of cranes. About three and half hours following the landslide, traffic on both lanes resumed.
Sub-divisional officer Vitthal Inamdar said, "There was a delay in clearing the debris and I have asked subordinates the reason for it. Two cranes, a roller and three JCB machines were used to clear the debris. We were on the spot with senior officials."

Courtesy: Mid Day
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India will soon have a coastal highway on the lines of Los Angeles-San Francisco Pacific Coast Highway. The four-lane Mumbai-Goa Highway along the Arabian Sea coastline will be complete within a year, Union Road and Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari has confirmed. 


"Work under the project is in full swing and the work will be complete within a year," Gadkari said.
The project had hit hurdles after Bombay High Court had stopped construction in certain areas following a PIL. However, the Supreme Court in May allowed the contractors of the project to carry on with construction work in existing locations. 

Mumbai-Goa highway work in progress. Amazing technology. You can reach Mumbai to Goa within seven hours by car!!! 👇👍👌👏🙏 pic.twitter.com/FBZGmqKhSH

— Tarun Sareen (@TarunnSarreen) June 9, 2019

Currently, road travel between Mumbai to Goa may take you anything between 10.5 to 13 hours.  This will reduce once the four-lane Mumbai-Goa coastal highway is complete.  Mumbai-Goa coastal highway is likely to bring the travel time to 7 hours. 

Once complete, the Mumbai-Goa coastal highway that is being hailed as Gateway to Konkan is expected to bring a huge boost to the economy of the people in the region. 

Bring it on! 

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The Maharashtra government will take strict steps to avoid accidents along the sea coast, Minister of State for Tourism Madan Yerawar said on Monday, and clarified that no permission has been given for adventure sports along the coastline in Ratnagiri and Raigad districts.


He was speaking in the state Assembly during the Question Hour over the issue of death of a 15-year-old boy after falling from a height of 50 feet during para-sailing at Murud-Janjira beach in Raigad last month.

Yerawar said the boy's death would be probed in a month's time and strict action would be taken against those found guilty.
"Four persons were arrested in this connection and they are now out on bail," he said.

The minister admitted that accidents do happen despite security guards and lifeguards along the coastline.

He also told the House that the Maharashtra Maritime Board has not permitted "jeep para-sailing" (with a parachute tied to a jeep) on the sea coast.
Last month, Vedant Pawar (15), hailing from Pune, was para-sailing with his father at the Murud-Janjira beach when the cable of his canopy snapped at 50 feet above the ground, leading to his death.

His father was also injured in the mishap.

Courtesy: DNA
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प्रवाशांच्या आरामदायी प्रवासासाठी म्हणून आणलेल्या नव्या कोऱया LHB गाडीला जे सामान्यश्रेणीचे (जनरल) डबे जोडले आहेत ते चुकीचे असल्याने प्रवाशाला नाहक त्रास होत आह़े मुळात द्वितीय श्रेणी बैठक यान (सेकंड सिटींग) श्रेणीचे डबे कोकण रेल्वेने सामान्य श्रेणीला बसवल्याने अवघ्या 72 तासात या नव्या नवलाईच्या गाडीच्या नावाने ‘शिमगा’ सुरू झाला आह़े

मुंबई-पुणे मार्गावर पहाटे पुश-पुल पद्धतीने धावणाऱया इंटरसिटी एक्सप्रेससाठी बनवलेले द्वितीय श्रेणी कुर्सीयान (सेकंड सिटींग) डबे कोकणकन्या/मांडवी एक्सप्रेसमध्ये जनरल श्रेणीचे करण्यात आले आहेत़ या डब्यात 3×2 पद्धतीच्या खुर्च्यांची बैठक व्यवस्था असून मध्यभागी टेबल सदृष्य फळी आह़े 49 ते 60 या क्रमांकाची आसने या टेबलाभोवती समोरासमोर असून अर्धी आसने एका दिशेने व उरलेली विरूद्ध दिशेने आहेत़ टॉयलेट ब्लॉकच्या 4 जागांपैकी 1 जागा ही खानपान सेवेच्या खाद्यपदार्थ साठवणे, गरम करणे यासाठी असत़े

हे डबे मुळात 4 तासापर्यंत प्रवास असणाऱया जलद गाडय़ांसाठी बनवले आहेत़ पण कोकण रेल्वेवर हेच डबे जनरल म्हणून वापरले आहेत़ परिणामी जुन्या निळ्या रंगाच्या जनरल डब्यातील समोरासमोर बाकसदृष्य बैठक व्यवस्था मोडीत निघाली आह़े जुन्या निळ्या डब्यात 108 च्या जागी 144-150 जण बसत असत आणि जवळपास 130 जण पॅसेज, टॉयलेट जवळची जागा, 2 बाकडय़ातील जागा या ठिकाणी उभे राहत असत़ म्हणजे कोकणकन्या/मांडवीच्या 4 जनरल आणि 2 SLR डब्यातून मिळून 1100 प्रवासी गर्दीच्या काळात प्रवास करत़

सामानाच्या रॅकवरून प्रवास

नव्या LHB  कोचमध्ये बैठक व्यवस्थेत 108 खुर्च्यांवर फक्त 108 जणच बसत असल्याने आणि मधल्या पॅसेजमध्ये 100 जणच उभे राहू शकत असल्याने जनरल तिकीटावरील प्रवाशांनी डोक्यावरील रॅकचा उपयोग बसायला सुरू केला आह़े
(फोटो पहावा) तसेच मधल्या सर्व्हिस टेबलवर 10 जण बसतात़ सामान ठेवणे अडचणीचे झाले आह़े या जनरल डब्यातील पंखे हे फक्त खुर्च्यांच्या रांगांवर केंद्रीत असल्याने मधल्या पॅसेजमधील उभ्या प्रवाशांना हवा लागत नाह़ी तसेच स्लायडींग खिडक्या असल्याने गाडीत विशेष वायुवीजन न झाल्याने गार्ड शेजारील 21 व्या डब्यात धूर कोंडण्याच्या घटना लांब बोगद्यात घडत आहेत़ नातूवाडी, कामथे, रानपाट, करबुडे, टिके, आडवली, बोर्डवे या बोगद्यात धूर कोंडल्याने प्रवाशांना खोकल्याचा त्रास होत़ो

जनरलमध्ये जनरेटरचा त्रास

नव्या रूपातील LHB गाडीची ब्रेक यंत्रणा ही दोन्ही टोकाच्या ब्रेक कम जनरेटर व्हॅनवर अवलंबून असल्याने इंजिनापासून दुसरा आणि एकविसावा जनरल डबा यामधील प्रवाशांना जनरेटरच्या धडधड आवाजाचा त्रास होत़ो कोकणकन्या रात्रीच्या वेळेत 7 तास धावते आणि एकूण 12 तास प्रवास करत़े तीच अवस्था मांडवीची असून मांडवी मुंबईकडे जाताना 14 तास तर मडगावला येताना 13 तास धावत़े सध्या जे जनरल म्हणून लावलेले सेकंड सिटींग डबे आहेत ते इतक्या वेळेच्या प्रवासासाठी बनवलेलेच नाहीत़ 3-4 तास अंतराच्या प्रवासाचे डबे जर 12/13 तासांसाठी वापरले तर प्रवासी हैराण होणारच़

गर्दीमुळे टीसी गायब

जनरल डब्यात जागा उपलब्ध नसल्याने प्रवासी सरळ बाजूच्या शयनयानात घुसतात तसेच एसी डब्यात शिरता येत नसल्यामुळे पॅण्ट्रीकार शेजारील 5-1 पासून जागा शोधतात़ रात्री मुंबईकडे जाणाऱया ‘कोकणकन्या’चे 2 जनरल डबे कुडाळ स्टेशनवरच ओव्हरपॅक झाल्याने कणकवलीपासून जनरल तिकिटवाले स्लीपरमध्ये आक्रमण करतात़ त्याना आवरणे हे एकटय़ा टीसीचे काम नसल्याने सध्या कोकणकन्या (अप) मधून टीसी गायब असतात़ रत्नागिरी-चिपळूण-खेड ही तोबा गर्दीची स्थानके असल्याने प्रवाशांत भांडणे होत आहेत़ स्लीपर क्लास आरामदायी असला तर प्रशस्त जागेमुळे जनरल तिकिटवाले किमान 30-40 जण हे स्लीपरमधील पॅसेजमधील जागा व्यापतात आणि झोपलेल्या रिझर्व्हेशन धारकांना प्रचंड मनस्ताप होत आह़े

इंदूर-कोचुवेली, बिकानेर- कोचुवेली आणि 17 मे 2019 पर्यंत धावलेली LTT कोचुवेली या गाडय़ांचे जनरल डबे हे LHB असून वेगळ्या पद्धतीने त्या डब्यात बाक सदृष्य बैठक व्यवस्था असल्याने जनरल तिकिटधारक प्रवाशाला कोणताच त्रास होत नाह़ी कोकण रेल्वे प्रशासनाने त्वरित यात लक्ष घालून जनरल डब्यात बदल करावा, अशी मागणी प्रवाशांकडून होत आह़े

मडगाव-बांद्रा नव्या गाडीची मागणी

जुन्या निळ्या रंगाच्या ICF 3 गाडय़ा आता सेवेतनू काढल्या आहेत़ त्या 3 गाडय़ांचे 69 डबे अधीक 3 पॅण्ट्रीकार सायडींगला टाकल्या आहेत़ त्या गाडय़ांची फेरजुळणी करून मडगाव-बांद्रा टर्मिनस अशी दोन्ही बाजूने रात्री सुटणारी गाडी वसई-बोरीवली मार्गे सुरू केल्यास पश्चिम उपनगरातील प्रवाशांची सोय होईल आणि कोकणकन्या वरील ताण कमी होईल असे प्रवाशांचे म्हणणे आह़े नव्या गाडीची नवलाई 9 दिवस सुद्धा न राहता 72 तासात त्या गाडी विरूद्ध नाराजी आली आह़े याची रेल्वे प्रशासनाने त्वरीत दखल घेणे, गरजेचे आह़े.

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The mega refinery project at Ratnagiri could be in cold storage for now but the script could change after the national elections in May.


“Politics has prevailed for now but this is only a temporary setback,” said an industry source familiar with the project.
Earlier this week, the feuding BJP and Shiva Sena had agreed to scrap the refinery’s originally planned location at Nanar in coastal Maharashtra as one of the conditions for coming together in the elections.
This was not entirely unexpected. The site has been in the eye of a storm for over a year now with locals opposed to the idea of a refinery coming up in an environmentally-sensitive region.
This is also not the first time that such a project has been conceived in Ratnagiri. Over two decades earlier, Hindustan Petroleum Corporation (HPCL) and Oman Oil Company had explored the idea of setting up a refinery in this belt but shelved the proposal eventually.
More recently, HPCL toyed with the idea of relocating its Mumbai refinery to Ratnagiri since it was in the middle of a residential area. But, this was put on hold since it was quite apparent that there would be delays associated with environmental clearances.
In the case of this 60 million tonne refinery, where Saudi Aramco and Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (Adnoc) are the lead promoters with 25 per cent equity each, the intent is to make it a reality given the energy needs of the country and the challenges ahead with Bharat Stage-VI emission norms in 2020. The public sector trio of IndianOil, Bharat Petroleum Corporation and HPCL will account for the balance 50 per cent stake. The project is scheduled to be commissioned by 2025.
The election results will clearly have a bearing on the pace of completion. Assuming that there is no change in the political equations, a coastal location in Maharashtra will be persevered with as top priority.
Whether Nanar can still be reclaimed is a million dollar question though this will need a lot of persuasive skills and generous compensation payouts.
The biggest challenge is the size of the refinery which will kick off with 40 mt in the first phase before reaching its optimal capacity of 60 mt. This means that there needs to be enough land available to accommodate such a gigantic project.
It remains to be seen if alternative locations can also fit the bill. Clearly, the lead promoters are willing to wait but what if there is no progress even after many months? After all, the case of HPCL’s Rajasthan project being in limbo for five years now is largely due to a result of changes in the State government.
The silver lining in the cloud is that oil companies from West Asia are clearly bullish on India. There have been reports of Kuwait Petroleum Corporation keen on participating in BPCL’s Bina refinery where Oman Oil is already a partner. Likewise, both Aramco and Adnoc would like to make the most of what India’s energy economy has to offer in the coming years.
Courtesy: thehindubusinessline
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