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Sign a petition online to stop 10-12 daily deaths on Mumbai’s local trains!

Every day 10-12 commuters die in Mumbai due to overcrowding in local trains. This can be stopped by implementing cyclic timetable that can reduce passenger load on each local train by about 30% to 40% and also cut the travel time by 20% to 25%. Activist Samir Zaveri has started an online petition for this

Every day about 10 to 12 people die and 15-20 are injured while travelling on Mumbai’s local train network. This all can be stopped with a simple solution by using the cyclic timetable that can be implemented without spending a single paisa. With the Rail Budget round the corner, it is the time to make the commuters’ voice heard by the decision makers and by Members of Parliament (MPs) from Mumbai.


With this in mind, social activists Samir Zaveri and Dipak Gandhi, chairman of Mumbai Suburban Railway Passenger Association (MSRPA), have started an online petition requesting railway minister Pawan Kumar Bansal to implement the cyclic timetable on Mumbai’s local rail network. The petition is also being sent to all Members of Parliament (MPs) from Mumbai, including Milind Deora, minister of state, communications & IT and shipping, Sanjay Nirupam, Priya Dutt, Gurudas Kamat, Sanjay Dina Patil, Piyush Goyal, Murli Deora, Sanjay Raut, Tariq Anwar, DP Tripathi, YP Trivedi and Bharatkumar Raut.


Here is the link to the petition:


After doing research and due diligence for years, septuagenarian Dipak Gandhi, chairman of MSRPA, and his colleagues have prepared a cyclic timetable, which can reduce passenger load on each local train by about 30% to 40% and also cut the travel time by 20% to 25% for long-distance commuters. The cyclic timetable also makes it possible to introduce 30% more services with the same number of rakes and tracks through super-fast and sector-wise services.


The suburban railway system in Mumbai is the most complex, densely loaded and intensively utilised system in the world and has the highest passenger density in the world—over 70 lakh commuters travel every day. During 2012, in Mumbai alone, around 3,541 people died while 3,808 were injured in railway accidents. This happens due to overcrowding of suburban or local trains. Specifically, a twelve-car rake carries over 8,000 passengers against its carrying capacity of 1,800, which leads to unbearably overcrowded trains during peak hours.


Traditional approaches of increasing capacity by increasing the number of coaches in rakes have not resulted in any improvement in the problem of overcrowding. The situation is further aggravated with frequent delays and uneven frequency of trains.


A simple mathematical analysis done by Rajaram Bojji, former managing director of Konkan Railway and inventor of the anti-collision device (ACD) also shows that the use of cyclic timetable can reduce the turnaround time for a local train by around 30% as well as waiting period for a commuter.


He said, “A commuter has to wait, skipping a train to board the right one. To some extent, the railway platform may carry a little extra number of passengers. Maybe it is better than crowding the train. There are other factors like percentage failure of signals, track conditions and maintenance of speed restrictions, unauthorised slums crowding the track sides forcing motormen to drive cautiously, which may deny the benefit. However, the idea is worth trying.”


Several activists like Zaveri, Gandhi, Gaurang Damani, Rishi Agarwal and NGOs like Moneylife Foundation and various passenger associations under the banner of “Coalition of Associations & Persons for Safe Rail Travel (CAPSRT)” have been requesting the Railways to follow the cyclic timetable on Mumbai's vast rail network.


The Indian Railways today is in a position to give not only safe but also speedy and comfortable rides to all its commuters from tomorrow, only if it redesigns its suburban timetable in Mumbai as per the principles of timetable construction laid down under the Indian Railways Act and its rules—and in conformity with today's traffic needs.


Read more about the cyclic timetable: Reduce halts to gain speed on Mumbai local trains, say experts 


Act NOW. Sign the petition and help Mumbai save 10-12 human lives every day!




4 years ago

MDTeam - Day by day travelling by Railways especially Western suburb is becoming an ordeal. I am after using the railway system for nearly 40 years, I have retired and need not take rail route very often. But whenever I take the route, very though of travelling by rail shudders me. Before implementation of cyclic time table, people of all ages, healthy and otherwise (at times listening to music and speaking over cell phone) should be educated against crossing the railway tracks which is the major reason for such high deaths.

Nifty, Sensex again on a firm downtrend: Thursday Closing Report

Yesterday we had mentioned that Nifty could still rise provided it does not close below 5,905. Today it fell below 5,905 in the first 10 minutes and then continued to fall. The next support is at 5,820

The market erased the gains accrued in the last three trading sessions on a sell-off in heavyweights as the Budget Session of Parliament began today. Yesterday we had mentioned that Nifty could still rise provided it does not close below 5,905. Today it fell below 5,905 in the first 10 minutes and then continued to fall. The next support for the Nifty is at 5,820. The National Stock Exchange (NSE) witnessed a volume of 64.18 crore shares and the advance decline ratio was 324:1205.


The domestic market opened weak tracking lacklustre global cues. US markets closed lower overnight as the minutes of the Federal Reserve January meeting recommended slowing or stop the bond buying initiative sooner than expected. Markets in Asia were in the negative in morning trade as Chinese premier Wen Jiabao reiterated his intent to rein in property prices.


The Nifty opened 33 points down at 5,910 and the Sensex started off the day at 19,549, a cut of 94 points from its close on Wednesday. The benchmarks hit their intraday highs in initial trade itself with the Nifty rising to 5,921 and the Sensex crawling up to 19,555.


Across-the-board selling as the Indian Parliament begins its Budget Session saw the indices drifting lower as trade progressed.


Addressing both Houses of Parliament at the onset of the Budget Session, president Pranab Mukherjee said, “Both global and domestic factors have affected our growth. We need to address the impact of both. My government has responded to the situation by taking several measures to revive investment activity and investor sentiment.”


The weak opening of the key European indices added to the woes of the local investors in noon trade. Barring the BSE Consumer Durables index, all other sectoral gauges on the BSE were in the red the late session.


The benchmarks dropped to their lows in the last few minutes of trade with the Nifty skidding to 5,844 and the Sensex declining to 19,290.


The market settled near the lows on heavy selling in metal, banking, realty and capital goods sectors. The Nifty closed 91 points (1.53%) at 5,852 while the Sensex settled at 19,325, a drop of 317 points (1.62%) from its previous close.


The broader indices underperformed the Sensex today. The BSE Mid-cap index tanked 1.64% and BSE Small-cap index tumbled 1.74%.


All sectoral indices ended lower today. The top losers were BSE Metal (down 3.23%); BSE Bankex (down 2.52%); BSE Realty (down 2.33%); BSE Capital Goods (down 2.07%) and BSE Oil & Gas (down 1.77%).


GAIL India (up 0.09%) was the lone gainer on the Sensex today. The chief losers were Jindal Steel & Power (down 4.19%); Tata Steel (down 4.18%); Sterlite Industries, ICICI Bank (down 3.77% each) and Hindalco Industries (down 3.54%).


The top two A Group gainers on the BSE were—Videocon Industries (up 5.25%) and CRISIL (up 2.04%).

The top two A Group losers on the BSE were—Shriram Transport & Finance Company (down 7.72%) and Sun TV Network (down 7.21%).


The top two B Group gainers on the BSE were—7Seas Technologies (up 19.94%) and Alka India (up 16.67%).

The top two B Group losers on the BSE were—Cimmco (down 13.36%) and Everlon Synthetics (down 213.20%).


Cipla (up 0.18%) and Sun Pharmaceutical Industries (up 0.09%) were the only gainers on the Nifty. The losers were led by JSPL (down 4.47%); Tata Steel (down 4.10%); Reliance Infrastructure (down 3.93%); Sesa Goa (down 3.91%) and ICICI Bank (down 3.83%).


Markets in Asia closed lower as the Chinese premier Wen Jiabao suggested the need to rein in property prices. Comments arising form the US Fed’s January meeting also  weighed on sentiments.


The Shanghai Composite tumbled 2.97%; the Hang Seng tanked 1.72%; the Jakarta Composite slipped 0.04%; the Nikkei 225 dropped 1.39%; the Straits Times declined 0.64%; the Seoul Composite fell 0.47% and the Taiwan Weighted settled 0.89%. On the other hand, the KLSE Composite gained 0.04%.


At the time of writing, the key European markets were sharply down between 1.74% and 1.95% on worries that the US Fed will prune its asset buying programme. At the same time, the US stock futures were trading in the negative.


Back home, foreign institutional investors were net buyers of shares totalling Rs433.59 crore on Wednesday while domestic institutional investors were net sellers of equities amounting to Rs591.18 crore.


 Hindustan Motors is in talks with sports utility vehicle makers across Europe and other markets to utilise the surplus capacity of its Chennai car plant. The Chennai car plant, which is being demerged by the CK Birla company as a standalone subsidiary, is hopeful of roping in a couple of international SUV brands looking at outsourcing some of their manufacturing to India in the next few months. The stock closed 0.52% lower at Rs9.55 on the NSE.


Elecon Engineering Company has bagged two orders worth Rs 183 crore and Rs 14.42 crore. While the Rs 183-crore order is from NCC (formerly Nagarjuna Construction Company) for design-to-commissioning of coal handling pipe conveyor system, that of Rs14.42 crore is from Monnet Ispat & Energy for supply of stacker reclaimers. The stock tanked 3.07% to settle at Rs36.35 on the NSE.


Voltas, belonging to the Tata Group, today said it has inked a pact with Swiss textile equipments maker Benninger AG for marketing and selling the foreign firm’s products in India. The alliance is expected to strengthen the outreach of both Voltas and Benninger across the rapidly expanding Indian textile equipments market. Voltas dipped 1.96% to close at Rs87.35 on the NSE.


Cement prices up 3% in January; demand not yet up to the mark

According to Edelweiss, cement prices increased by Rs5 to Rs70 in January, across the country. However, the current demand is much below the regular “busy season” phenomenon

During January, cement prices across the country rose by Rs5 to Rs70, led by West Bengal, Bihar and Uttar Pradesh. The current all-India average price of cement is 3% up compared with the average price of the December quarter. While the current demand is better as compared to last few months, it is yet to witness the busy season phenomenon, says Edelweiss Securities, in a report.


According to the research note, during January, the highest recovery was witnessed in the Eastern region (about 11.8% on month-on-month-MoM basis) while the least was in the South and West (1% up MoM). Prices remained weak in Andhra Pradesh (flat on a MoM basis) and Gujarat (down about 4% MoM) on account of continued oversupply, it said.


Edelweiss said, over the month, prices in the north have seen a recovery of about 6% despite demand being impacted by continued sand mining issues in Punjab and by adverse climatic conditions in Rajasthan. Dealers expect demand to recover in the coming weeks which could push up prices by Rs5 to Rs15 per bag across regions, it added.



As compared to the last month, prices are up Rs20 to Rs65 per bag in Kolkata and are up Rs30 to Rs70 per bag in Patna. In the northern region, cement prices increased by Rs2 to Rs40 per bag in trade and by Rs5 to Rs45 per bag in the non-trade segments as demand remained subdued due to continued spell of cold weather and unseasonal rains. Continued sand mining issues has also impacted prices in Punjab, the report said.


In the southern region, prices remained subdued in Andhra Pradesh due to oversupply. While over the month prices increased by Rs5 to Rs10 per bag in the trade segment and by Rs5 to Rs15 per bag in the non-trade segment in Bangalore and Chennai, they remained flat in Cochin and Hyderabad. As compared to the last few months, demand has improved across the southern region.


According to Edelweiss, oversupply also impacted cement prices in the western region, especially in Ahmedabad. During January, cement prices across the region, except Ahmedabad, increased by Rs3 to Rs25 per bag in trade and by Rs5 to Rs25 per bag in the non-trade segments. In Ahmedabad, prices declined by Rs10 to Rs35 due to oversupply. Dealers have announced a price hike of Rs8 to Rs35 in Ahmedabad, but the same is not yet implemented.


In the central region, cement prices increased by Rs13 to Rs45 per bag in trade and by Rs15 to Rs55 per bag in the non-trade segment during the first month of 2013. Cement prices in Uttar Pradesh witnessed a recovery of Rs25 to Rs55 per bag. The current average price is up 5% compared with average price of third quarter, Edelweiss said.


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