One dead, several injured in ‘Agnipath’ protest at Secunderabad Rly Stn

Hyderabad: One youngster was killed and another suffered critical bullet injury when the police opened fire to control the violence and arson at the Secunderabad Railway Station on Friday during the protest against Central Govt’s new recruitment ‘Agnipath’. At least 12 others were also injured in the violence at the Secunderabad Railway Station.

The deceased has been identified as 18-year-old Damodara Rakesh, a resident of Dabeerpet village in the Warangal district. Another youth, Mohan (20) of Nizamsagar in Kamareddy district, also sustained a bullet injury.

The other injured persons, admitted at the Gandhi Hospital, have been identified as Jagannath Rangaswamy of Kurnool, K Rakesh of Karimnagar, Lakkam Vinay and J Srikanth of Mahabubnagar, A Kumar of Warangal, G Parasuram of Kamareddy, Nagender Babu of Khammam, E Vidyasagar of Komaram Bheem Asifabad, S Lakshman Reddy of Nalgonda D Mahesh of Vikarabad and Bharat Kumar. All of them are aged about 20-21 years.

One police official Chandru, 42, was also injured in the violence at the Secunderabad Railway Station.

According to sources, police had to fire 15 rounds in the air to disperse when some agitating youth resorted to largescale violence and arson. (INN)

Bhoiguda Fire Tragedy: CM KCR announces Rs. 5 Lakh ex-gratia for each family

Hyderabad: Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao has expressed shock over the fire accident at the Boiguda Scrap Godown in Secunderabad.

CM KCR mourned the death of Bihar workers in the fire. He announced ex-gratia of Rs 5 lakh each for those who died in the fire.The Chief Minister directed Chief Secretary CS Somesh Kumar to make arrangements for the repatriation of the bodies of Bihar migrant labour who died in the fire accident., to their native places. (INN)

TRANSCO alerts about power interruptions on Thursday

Hyderabad: In view of Ganesh Immersion some EHT lines have to be switched off in twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad for smooth passage of Lord Ganesh Idols on Thursday for some time.

Therefore, the Transmission Corporation of Telangana said that there would be interruption in supply of power for some time. (INN)

Parking woes at Mettuguda, Tarnaka and Secunderabad to end soon

Hyderabad: Hundreds of motor cycles are left on the roads near Tanaka and Mettuguda Metro stations. The footpaths reserved for pedestrians and roads reserved for vehicles have become parking spots. Footpaths and roads are choked with parked vehicles forcing pedestrians to walk on the road and in the path of vehicle traffic.

There are considerable vehicular traffic and flow of pedestrians on these roads. It is a sore sight for the residents and commuters to see what the once majestic roads have now been reduced to parking at both sides of the road at Mettuguda and Tanaka Metro stations is leading to congestion and obstruction causing hardship to citizens.

And also, hawkers at Mettuguda junction and Secunderabad East Metro station are providing nuisance for commuters. The consequent space crunch leads to traffic jams, freak accidents as pedestrians have no choice but to walk on roads instead of pavements.

The South Central Railway (SCR) has come up with the idea to resolve this parking problem at Metro stations. SCR has identified vacant railway lands at Mettuguda, Tanaka and Secunderabad East Metro stations, and now invited open tenders for awarding parking contracts at these locations.

Considerable parking space just beside three Metro stations has been earmarked in the tender and will open on 19th August.

Cooperation extended by the South Central Railway and co-ordination with Hyderabad Traffic Police, Hyderabad Metro Rail Limited (HMRL) and Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) authorities would definitely provide a hassle-free commuting for the citizens at Mettuguda, Tanaka and Secunderabad East Metro stations shortly. This move is going to help the ease out the traffic chaos in the central part of the city. (INN)

SCR encourages NGOs for free distribution of buttermilk, water sachets

Hyderabad: South Central Railway is encouraging Voluntary organizations to organise summer relief camps to comfort the passengers during the prevailing unprecedented heat conditions of the summer season.

At several important stations Passengers are being provided with free buttermilk sachets, cool water packets etc., since more than two weeks.

SCR General Manager Gajanan Mallya advised the officials to initiate special measures for the safety and comfort of passengers’ health during the summer season.

As part of the social responsibility towards the valued passengers the zone is extending cooperation by providing space and other required amenities at the railway stations to encourage the associations and organisations involved in voluntary services.

Secunderabad division of South Central Railway, with the help of Non-Governmental Organizations and Voluntary Associations initiated distribution of drinking water sachets & butter milk packets at major railway stations like Hyderabad, Begumpet, Hi-tech city, Nature Cure Hospital, Lingampalli and Parli Vaijnath etc.,

At several stations, Railway staff have come forward to voluntarily contribute money for supplying water and buttermilk to the passengers.

Vijayawada division is also roped in several voluntary organizations to establish help centres to provide buttermilk, cool water packets and free water distribution stored in earthen pots for the comfort of thirsty passengers. Major railway stations including Vijayawada, Ongole, Nellore, Gudur, Bapatla and Rajahmundry stations are provided with such facilities. Similar facilities are being provided at Guntur, Nanded Railway stations also.

The General Manager also directed the officials to procure Oral Rehydration Solution (ORS) packets and distribute amongst the open line field staff and employees working in all railway station premises, workshops, sheds over the zone.

Further, the General Manager reviewed the implementation of initiatives at the stations in respect to supply of free drinking water and butter milk packets. General Manager directed all railway officials to continuously monitor the action plan in similar lines at majority of the railway stations. (INN)

Train operations begin on double line of Guntakal-Khadarpet Section

Hyderabad: Guntakal – Kalluru section is an important by-pass rail line for a distance of 41 Kms which serves as a shortest and alternative route for trains from Delhi, Mumbai and Secunderabad towards Bengaluru.

Guntakal – Kalluru section as a single line section faced severe congestion due to over-saturation and trains were running with more than section capacity up to 124%.

Hence, Doubling of Guntakal – Kalluru section was taken up as top priority and works were speeded up in the last 2 years. Doubling of Guntakal – Khadarpet section (34 Kms) is successfully completed and commissioned on 8th May with running of Goods train on newly constructed Double Line.

Doubling project of Guntakal – Kalluru was sanctioned in the year 2015-16 for a distance of 41 kms with an estimated cost of Rs. 323 Crore. Doubling of Gulapalayamu to Khadarpet section for a distance of 23 kms, was completed and commissioned in September 2018. Doubling of Guntakal – Gulapalyamu for a distance of 11 Kms is now completed.

With this, Doubling Project of Guntakal -Kalluru section is completed except for a small portion between Khadarpet – Kalluru (7 Kms) consisting of important bridge on Penna River.

Stations facilitated with doubling works in this project are – Guntakal, Hanuman Station (Halt), Gulapalyamu, Venkatampalle, Imampuram (Halt), Khadarpet and Kalluru. The construction of additional high-level platforms is under progress at Hanuman Station (Halt), Gulapalyamu, Venkatampalle and Khadarpet stations.

The doublling serves as an alternate route for Guntakal – Gooty section which is over-saturated. It enables running of more train services through this route bypassing Gooty Junction. Doubling of this line is very helpful to run more number of freight trains in a seamless manner. It will ease the congestion at Gooty junction and freight movement towards Kadapa and Renigunta will be speeded up.

Improvements to newly constructed Guntakal station building

Guntakal Station building has been constructed to cater increased requirements and was opened to public in January, 2019. All platforms were made operational to receive the trains except the platform which is located at the main entrance.

So, along with double line works in Guntakal – Kalluru section, Non-Interlocking works were undertaken for connecting this isolated platform (located at the main entrance) of Guntakal Station with all approaching railway lines.

With this, Double line between Guntakal – Khadarpet is successfully completed and isolated Platform at main entrance of Guntakal station is made operational to receive and despatch trains. (INN)

KTR lashes out at BJP leadership

Hyderabad: TRS Working President KTR addressed the party cadre in Secunderabad parliamentary constituency meeting today. In the meeting, KTR attacked BJP and said, “PM Modi said Sab ka saat, but for Telangana he only gave haat.”

In the meeting, KTR stated that the TRS party leaders have been requesting the Centre to confer national project status to Kaleshwaram and sanction of a special grant for it. But the center never responded to the demands.

“We have asked 100 acres of defense land to construct two flyovers in Secunderabad. In exchange, we offered 500 acres in Shamirpet. Padma Rao (Former Minister) and I have made multiple requests which were unanswered. The leaders at the center never gave permissions,” said KTR.

In the meeting, KTR reminded that PM Modi promised to create 10 crore jobs in five years. But nothing was delivered. He also said that PM Modi promised to bring back black money. That too never happened.

KTR mentioned that Dr. K Lakshman of BJP challenged TRS before every election, but people of Telangana gave a mandate to TRS. He confidently said that TRS will win the Secunderabad Parliament constituency.

KTR stated that BJP has always insulted Telangana leaders. “Not even a single leader from Telangana was taken into the cabinet. Bandaru Dattatreya was inducted into the cabinet but was removed shortly,” he said.

Winning 16 parliamentary seats will make Telangana a decision-making force in the center he said. KTR asked the cadre to strongly campaign for TRS in the upcoming elections. (INN)

Special Trains between Secunderabad-Kakinada Town

Hyderabad: In order to clear extra rush of passengers two special trains will be run between Secunderabad and Kakinada Town.

Accordingly, the Train No. 07436 Secunderabad-Kakinada Town special train will depart Secunderabad at 20:00 hrs on 25th January (Friday) and arrive Kakinada Town at 06:25 hrs on the next day.

In the return direction, Train No. 07435 Kakinada Town-Secunderabad special train will depart Kaldnada Town at 22:20 hrs on 27th January (Sunday) and arrive Secunderabad at 08:50 hrs on the next day.

Enroute, these special trains will stop at Kazipet, Khammam, Rayanapadu, Eluru, Tadepalligudem, Nidadavolu, Rajahmundry, Dwarapu. and Samalkot stations in both the directions. These special trains will have AC II Tier, AC III Tier, Sleeper Class and General Second Class Coaches. (INN)

Rashtrapati Nilayam open for general public

Hyderabad: The Rashtrapati Nilayam, Bollarum, Secunderabad, is kept open for general public to view from 26th December, 2018 to 06th January, 2019 from 10 am to 4 pm.

It is customary that the RP Nilayam will be kept open for general public soon after the departure of the President of India after his Southern sojourn.

Spread over 75 acres of land, the beautiful building is a structural marvel. It has a herbal garden, with various varieties of plants with unique medicinal properties.

The visitors have been requested not to cause any damage to the structures or cross the barricades leading to the restricted areas.

They are also requested not to bring any eatables, including water bottles, brief cases, handbags, mobiles, cameras, radio/transistors, arms and ammunition with them. However, food and snack stalls are set up for the convenience of the visitors.

Guides will also be available at the RP Nilyam who will brief the visitors on the campus. Visitors entry will be through Gate No.2 and Exit through Gate No.1, the release added. (INN)

Secunderabad Passenger Reservation Complex bags gold

Hyderabad: South Central Railways Passenger Reservation Complex, Secunderabad bagged the “Gold Prize in Telangana State Energy Conservation Awards-2018” presented by Telangana State Renewable Energy Development Corporation (TSREDCO) in Government building category at State level for implementation of exceptional energy conservation measures.

The award was presented by E.S.L.Narasimhan, Governor of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh States, to Amit Varadan, Divisional Railway Manager of Secunderabad Division today i.e., 20th December, 2018 at a function held at Institute of Engineers (Viswesvaraya Bhavan), Hyderabad.

Earlier, the energy conservation measures implemented for this building were appreciated at National level by conferring first prize in National Energy Conservation (NEC) Awards, 2018 which was presented by Ministry of Power.

The certificate was received by A.L.Phadke, Principal Chief Electrical Engineer, South Central Railway and Amit Varadan, Divisional Railway Manager of Secunderabad Division at the hands of Sumitra Mahajan, Speaker of Lok Sabha.

Air-conditioning and lighting system of this large building (Passenger Reservation Complex, Secunderabad) has been improved by providing precision type ACs, VFDs for air handling units and LEDs.

As a result, annual energy consumption has reduced by 33.41% when compared to the previous year. In monetary terms, this is a saving of about Rs. 38.20 lakhs.