Jul 25, 2017

Chamber of Commerce seeks better infrastructure

Coimbatore hopes for better rail and air connectivity in the coming months though the region did not see any major infrastructure activity in the last one year.

According to an annual report prepared by the Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Coimbatore, indirect tax collection in Coimbatore region during 2016-2017 was to the tune of Rs. 2,630 crore and Commecial Tax (VAT) collection was Rs. 4546. 65 crore. The region was hit by failure of monsoon last year, in urban and rural areas.

Humsafar passengers’ woes continue

Image result for Humsafar passengers’Travellers from Vizag have to shell out more
A Twitter user described the recently introduced Bhubaneswar-Krishnarajapuram Hamsafar Express as “Hum Suffer for rail users of Visakhapatnam”. The railways say dynamic fare is applicable on this train. When an RTI activist K. Eswar wondered how the fare from VSKP to KJM as much higher than that from BBS to KJM, while the distance from Visakhapatnam was 444 km lesser, the DRM KUR tweeted ‘as per extant railway rules of dynamic fare, the fare from VSKP to KJM is higher than BBS-KJM’.

The Indian Railway website www.indianrail.gov.in , however, shows the total fare from Visakhapatnam to KJM on 22833 as ₹1365 for July 24, without any mention of the dynamic fare. “The railway authorities say the dynamic fare is reflected in the IRCTC website and not on Indian Railway website only. This is nothing but giving false information to passengers,” says Mr. Eswar.

WR launches second phase of safety campaign

The Western Railway (WR), in association with a private firm, has launched the second phase of its ‘Be Zinda’ campaign to dissuade train commuters from risking their lives while travelling on suburban trains.

The firm, IdeaHive Media Pvt Ltd, will capture inspiring tales of people living which define the spirit of Mumbai, a senior WR official said. The stories will be shared through advertisements and radio programmes to tell commuters that life is priceless, he said.

Metro stations to turn canvas for tourism

Eleven stations on the Purple Line will see the promotional campaign take off

The soothing visuals of the mighty Jog Falls, or enticing images of the architectural marvels of Hampi may soon beckon you as you make a dash to catch the train.

The State’s Tourism Department has found the ideal promotional canvas for Karnataka’s tourist destinations: Namma Metro stations.

With the metro increasingly becoming a part of the ‘must-do’ list of residents and visitors in the city, the Tourism Department has tied up with Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Ltd. (BMRCL) to make use of the high-visibility stations to promote prime destinations. Namma Metro sees an average daily ridership of around three lakh, including a sizeable number of tourists.

Railways blueprint confirms its fears: Air travel will be No. 1 choice in three years

The blueprint analyses government statistics to show that 25 per cent of domestic air travel happens over inter-city distances within 500 km — a segment where the Railways was always believed to enjoy a monopoly — contrary to popular perception that air travel is chosen only for 800-1,000-km distances.
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(Illustration: Mithun)

A blueprint prepared by the Railways has just confirmed its worst fear: within the next three years, domestic airlines will overtake it as India’s most preferred mode of long-distance travel for upper-class passengers. The projection for 2019-2020 is detailed in a blueprint on the future business scenario prepared by the Railway Ministry, raising the first official red flag over the national transporter losing its upper-class clientele to the booming domestic airlines sector.

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