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Metro Rail Today August 2021 Issue Published - Special Edition on 75th Independence of India

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  Dear Readers, While we're delighted to celebrate the third anniversary of  Urban Transport News with some insightful reminiscences, our focus this year is, as always, on the current state and future of urban rail and transportation industry. When it comes to marking anniversaries, publications can sometimes mire themselves in the past. Well, while we're delighted to note and celebrate the 3rd anniversary of Urban Transport News with some insightful reminiscences, our focus this year is, as always, squarely on the current state and future of the transportation industry. In a world where innovation, managing change and new skills and knowledge are demanded, innovators are in the process of researching and developing solutions in view of ‘new normal’ and they need all the most current information they can get. This will help them make a wise, forward-looking decision. So, again this year, we're offering an exciting mix of features, plus real-time updates that will, we hope,

Metro Rail Today July 2021 - Semi High Speed Rail Special Issue Published

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The pandemic has not gone but finally the intensity of the second wave of the pandemic has decreased and things are becoming smoother for businesses. The economy is recovering and new avenues are opening up. The major problem for all the sectors remains the same. Inflation has further created adverse situations as the economy tries to improve. The main problem for all the sectors mainly includes the problems created by the ongoing Covid-19 Pandemic. The second wave has been very deadly and many have lost their lives. We at Metro Rail Today pray that the departed souls may rest in peace and the beloved ones of the deceased may get strength to bear the losses.  We have been continuously working even during the pandemic to bring the most recent developments of the Metro and Rail sectors directly to your doorstep through print and digital versions of the magazine. We hope that you all are staying safe and it’s our humble request to you all to please follow all Covid-19 protocols for your s

Check out Metro Rail Today June 2021

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Dear Readers, Serving over 8 billion passengers annually, the Indian railroad network is one of the largest and most intricate in the world. But moving billions of people over tens of thousands of kilometers of rail every year is no small feat – it requires enormous amounts of energy, even though passenger-mile emissions are much lower than vehicle traffic. India’s transport sector contributes to 12% of the country’s GHG emissions,  with railways accounting for about 4 percent of that. To reduce overall emissions from transportation, India committed to increase the amount of freight moved by Indian Railways from about 35 percent in 2015 to 45 percent by 2030. In this edition, we have featured the developments of high-speed railways in Germany to mark the 30th Anniversary of ICE High-Speed Trains. Alain Spohr, Managing Director of Alstom Transport (India & South Asia) has discussed the future of hydrogen fuel cell-powered trains and their impact on climate change. Under technology t

Metro Rail Today May 2021 Published

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Dear Readers, At the outset, I would like to give a big Thanks to those who read our very first edition of Metro Rail Today published last month and appreciated our work with demand to continue this new magazine. And, most important Thanks to my editorial team and the external contributors who worked behind the success of the first issue. We received huge responses from national and international readers in the form of text messages and e-mails. You gave us the courage and the belief that we could really do this. It has been learned that various state governments have imposed strict lockdown in various metropolitan cities of India that also stopped the wheel of metro rail systems to break the chain of spreading deadly covid-19. In this context, we have also discussed the financial conditions of the US’s 125 years old New York Metro which is now struggling for survival. In this edition, we have featured the developments about the Delhi Metro which celebrated its 27th anniversary recentl

Webinar on Rail and Metro Infrastructure 2021 | June 28-30, 2021

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Urban Transport News in collaboration with Metro Rail Today and other leading Industry players is pleased to announce an on-demand webinar on “Rail & Metro Infrastructure 2021” from June 28 – 30 2021. The webinar will witness representation from Indian railways, metro rail operators, research organisations, think tanks, financing institutions, nodal ministries involved in planning, monitoring and providing modern infrastructure for urban railways, high-speed rail, semi-high speed rail, regional rail (RRTS) and other key industry players. The three-day webinar will also encompass key national and international speakers sharing their knowledge and experiences on various topics related to new development, technological innovation, digitalization, passenger safety, new financing and governance approaches in rail and metro sectors. Webinar Topics & Schedule (Tentative) June 28, 2021 (Monday) - Day 1 Session – 1: Tracks & HT Rails: New opportunities for the Indian Firms. Session

Technocrat to Politician: Journey of Metro Man E. Sreedharan

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Elattuvalapil  Sreedharan popularly known as the ‘Metro Man’ could be the busiest  88-year-old in the country. On  February 19, 2021,  he took many people to surprise by announcing that he had decided to join the Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP), the biggest political party in India. Since then, his transformation from a technocrat to a politician has been quick and stark. Sreedharan played a key role in the building of the Konkan Railway and the Delhi Metro. In India, millions of people are dependent on public transport and the credit for changing the very face of Indian public transport goes to this enterprising engineer. The man who began his career as a lecturer in an engineering college appeared for the Engineering Services Examination (ESE) and joined the Indian Engineering Service (IES). He first proved his ability as an engineer when he was put in charge of restoring a bridge that had been damaged by a cyclone. He executed the complete work within 46 days as against the six months al

Urban mobility for women empowerment in the decade of action

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In cities, infrastructure is a necessary foundation for achieving sustainable and inclusive socio-economic growth as it directly affects access to education, work, and other services. Yet, cities are often designed without considering the needs of all the members of society. Lack of mobility within cities can lead to geographical segregation — exacerbating inequalities by reducing new opportunities for women and marginalised groups in urban areas. Building infrastructure in cities that is gender-blind can lead to the social and economic exclusion of a large section of the population. It is necessary to study urban mobility from a gendered perspective as access to safe mobility directly relates to the fulfillment of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).  It can ensure women’s effective participation and equal opportunities for leadership in political, economic, and public life (SDG 5.5). Thus, urban development must view women as end-users of transport infrastructure

Metro Rail Today ready for the future – with a long development history in the past

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Dear Readers I am very excited to announce that we have finally launched our new magazine Metro Rail Today and it is no longer ours but it has become a public asset. Indeed it was a long desire of Urban Transport News to bring such a magazine specifically for the Metro and Rail sectors. These sectors have a great future ahead and they play a very crucial role in the overall development of public transit systems of any nation. Whether it be Metro projects or RRTS, everything is going to get due coverage in this magazine in the near future. Our editorial team has worked rigorously to bring a product that you will surely find worthy I hope. A lot of developments are happening in the Metro and Rail Sectors and this magazine will be covering those aspects of these sectors with a unique approach. As you already have this first issue of the magazine in your hand, I hope that you will surely love reading it. The aims and scope of the new magazine are ambitious but at the same time very simple;

25 Indian cities will have a total metro rail network of 1,700 km by 2025: Hardeep Singh Puri

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(Hardeep Singh Puri, Union Minister for Housing & Urban Affairs, Govt. of India) In a recent webinar, Union Minister for Housing & Urban Affairs, Hardeep Singh Puri has shared his vision for expanding the metro rail network in the country. He underlined the need for improved connectivity in Indian cities and highlighted the development made in building metro rail systems over the last six years. Considering the metro rail system as the most sustainable mode of public transport, Minister said, "till 2014, only about 248 kilometres metro network was operational in five cities. With a consistent push by the government, the metro network has expanded by more than 469 km, and today a total of 717 km of the metro is operational in 18 cities." He said that over the next few years, India will expand the metro rail network to around 1,000 km by the 75th year of India’s Independence, in 2022. At least 25 Indian cities will have a total metro rail network of 1,700 km by 2025. “U

High Speed Rail will be a game changer for India

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The National High Speed Rail Corporation Limited (NHSRCL) has been set up as a special purpose vehicle (SPV) with the partnership of the Government of India through the Ministry of Railways, the Government of Gujarat and the Government of Maharashtra. The prime objective of setting up this SPV is to immediately take up the Mumbai- Ahmedabad high-speed rail project. The hallmark of this particular project is that we are setting up standards at the same time as high-speed rail has never existed in India before. We have to develop all kinds of high-speed rail standards in collaboration with our Japanese partners. With the construction of this high-speed rail corridor, India will join the elite club of 15 nations having this sophisticated technology within our reach. This project will bring world-class cutting-edge technology to the service of the nation along with the transfer of technology. The Shinkansen Technology Shinkansen literally means ‘New Trunk Line’. Japan introduced the first