Chennai Metro Land survey begins for 2nd phase of metro rail project

Metro Rail News: Though the second phase of the city metro rail project is still awaiting Centre’s approval, Chennai Metro Rail has begun field surveys and has initiated talks with the revenue officials in Chennai, Kancheepuram and Tiruvallur district to acquire lands for building the metro lines. The 108.4 km phase-2 project will connect several parts of the city suburban areas including Madhavaram and the IT corridor along Old Mahabalipuram Road.

The Rs 44,000 crore project will have three corridors running across the length and breadth of the city connected by 104 stations. Survey along the corridors to map land and buildings on the alignment route have begun, a metro rail official said. Land that may be temporarily required for construction of lines are also being considered. “This will make it easy when the notices are issued to the land and building owners for acquisition,” the official said.

The  Rs 44,000 crore phase-2 project will have three corridors running across the length and breadth of the city connected by 104 stations.

While the project, which will cover more than double the distance covered by the two corridors of phase-1 corridors, is awaiting approval from the Centre, CMRL has also appraised a team of officials of Japan International Cooperation Agency for funding of the project. “We are expecting to sign an agreement with JICA by March or April 2018. By that time, procurement process will also start,” said S Krishnan, principal secretary , planning, development and special initiatives, recently .

CMRL has kick started work for the second phase even as the construction of the 45km phase-1of the project is nearing completion. They began preliminary work for acquiring lands before they received approval for the phase-1 extension project that is being built to North Chennai with the rest of the city .

CMRL officials are also simultaneously holding meetings with the district revenue officials of Chennai, Kanchipuram and Thiruvallur , where the metro corridors are planned for the phase, to oversee the survey and eventual acquisition of land which will include issuance of notices to land and building owners and handling documents for the actual acquisition. “We are waiting for the detailed project report to be approved to start land acquisition process,” said an official with the district administration.

An official said a proposal has also been sent to the state to recruit more people capable of handling the land acquisition process as they would be dealing with the acquisition of more area of land than in phase-1 before they begin the actual construction.

Source: Metro Rail News

Review: AutoTatkal an android app to speed up your tatkal booking process


As we all know that tatkal ticket booking over the IRCTC platform is a race against time. Small mistake while filling the form, you will miss the tickets. Imagine if you have a chance to pre-fill the form details so that you will not make any mistakes and more importantly you can save few seconds of time which will increase your chances of getting a confirmed ticket. To help you do that there is an android application called AutoTatkal on the Google Play Store. Today we have tested the application whether if it is working smoothly or not and here is our experience.

What the application basically is?

The application basically is an auto-fill application with step by step navigation until you complete your booking process. The application will fill all the form details except where human intervention is necessary like in captcha etc. One can even pre-fill the payment details if they wish to and that is optional. To enhance the page loading speed , the application disables ads on the IRCTC website.

Problems faced while using the app:

  • The app forces you to select berth preference, there is no option to select “no preference” which can further boost your chances of getting a confirmed ticket.
  • UI/UX problem: the application takes you to the desktop website of irctc which is large for the mobile screen and so you have to painfully pan across the screen to get the work done. And this is quite irritating as the time saved in filling the form gets wasted here. Have a look at the screenshots below-

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Finally did I get the tickets?
No, the app got stuck at the payments step. Didn’t get the tickets for the train I am looking for. Immediately kept it aside and logged in from the computer. Luckily got tickets for another train. 

Will I try the application again?
No, this is tatkal booking, I can’t take chances.

Railways could go in for Metro-type entry/exit gates at some stations.

Automatic fare collection barriers installed at Southern Cross Station in Melbourne Metcard. *Image for illustration only. Image source: Link

Indian Railway News

Planners are exploring the possibility of having an access control system, similar to the Metro network’s, to prevent fare-evaders from entering Mumbai suburban train stations.
In the suburban system, a ticketless traveller is only caught if asked by a ticket-checker. Also, ticket-checking is random and not round-the-clock.

World Bank officials recently met railway officials to brainstorm about having the system. Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) has appointed Pricewaterhouse Coopers (PwC) as consultants to design an integrated ticketing system that will have a common smart card for all modes of transport in the city.

A Mumbai Railway Vikas Corporation (MRVC) official said, “The consultants will carry out study of 12 stations, selected on the basis of high, medium and low footfalls during peak hours. The access control concept is challenging but can be implemented here.”
Metropolitan commissioner Sanjay Khadare said, “The consultant will look for ways to implement the access…

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