Train 18 likely to be launched on Dec 25 between New Delhi-Varanasi, with increased fare
With the Train 18 speeding up to 180 kmph between Kota Junction and Kurlasi station during a trial on Sunday, efforts are on to launch the first indigenously-built Trainset on December 25 from New Delhi to Varanasi.
 
"Christmas Day also happens to be the birthday of late Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee and it would be a tribute to the great statesman of the country if we manage to launch the next-generation train on that day," a senior Railways official told IANS.
 
Since the input cost of the Rs 100-crore train is high, the fare structure will be also be higher than the normal fare.
 
However, the official added that the decision on its launch date and fare are yet to be taken as the trial is not yet complete.
 
According to the tentative plan, the train will start from New Delhi station at 6 a.m., and is expected to reach Varanasi, Prime Minister Narendra Modi's parliamentary constituency, at 2 p.m. 
 
For the return journey, the train will start at 2.30 p.m., from Varanasi and reach the national capital at 10.30 p.m.
 
It was a thrilling experience onboard Train 18 during the various trials on Sunday -- including a speed run on a straight track, speed test on one degree curve at 150 kmph, and two degree curve at 140 and 150 kmph -- on 113 km stretch from Kota to Kurlasi under the watchful eyes senior Railways officials as well as those from the national transporter's Research Design and Standards Organisation.
 
Ladoos were distributed in the train when it clocked 180 kmph. The first sweets were offered to loco pilot Padam Singh Gurjar and his assistant Onkar Yadav.
 
"We are quite excited to be part of this great occasion," Padam Singh told IANS after having the sweet. 
 
"I feel proud to be part of this historic trial," added Yadav.
 
It was a smooth ride for those inside -- occupying rotating seats to match the direction of the train - as the Train 18 became the first train to touch such high speeds on the Indian rail network.
 
The train started its trial run at 9.30 a.m., from Kota and returned to the junction at 6 p.m., after negotiating several rivers, bridges and curves.
 
The Trainset does not require a locomotive as it is a self-propelled on electric traction, like metro trains.
 
Now the Trainset has to undergo what is called a long confirmatory run and also test its emergency braking distance before it gets a clearance from the Commissioner, Railway Safety (CRS) for commercial operations to commence.
 
"We are expecting the trials to be over in a week and after that we will seek CRS clearance," said the official.
 
Although the speed touched 180 kmph during Sunday's trial run, the Train-18 will only be allowed to run at a maximum speed of 160 kmph in its commercial operations.
 
After the successful completion of 115 kmph test run on the Bareli-Moradabad section last week, the next-generation train -- indigenously developed at Chennai's Integral Coach Factory -- is required to undergo the 180 kmph trial run here till December 4.
 
Equipped with world class facilities, the Rs 100 crore Trainset aims to take passenger-comfort to a new level with onboard WiFi, a GPS-based information system, touch-free bio-vacuum toilets, LED lighting, mobile charging points, and a climate control system that adjusts the temperature according to occupancy and weather.
 
The 16-coach train will have two executive compartments with 52 seats each, and trailer coaches will have 78 seats each.
 
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Maharashtra proposes 16% quotas for Marathas
The Maharashtra government has proposed to give 16 per cent reservations to the politically influential Maratha community under a new Social and Economically Backward Class category here on Thursday.
 
Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis tabled the Action Taken Report (ATR) on the recommendations of the State Backward Class Commission on the long-pending demand of the Marathas.
 
Fadnavis also tabled the Bill based on the ATR recommendations to provide for quotas in educational institutions and in government jobs, before both Houses of the legislature.
 
However, the report on quotas for the Dhangar community is yet to be completed for which a sub-committee has been appointed and its ATR would be tabled in the legislature soon, he added.
 
Leaders of different political parties greeted the developments as "a historic day for the Marathas" who comprise nearly 30 percent of the state's population.
 
Since the Maratha reservations come under a new SEBC category, they will not affect the existing quotas for Scheduled Castes, Schedules Tribes and Other Backward Classes (SC/ST/OBCs).
 
The ATR says that the Marathas comprise a socially and economically backward class who are without adequate reservations in education and government jobs.
 
Accordingly, they are entitled to the quota benefits enshrined in the Articles 15(4) and 16(4) of the Constitution and the government could initiate suitable measures to address the issues.
 
The previous Congress-Nationalist Congress Party had also made a similar 16 percent quota proposal but it was stayed by the Bombay High Court.
 
The Marathas have been organising massive silent protests all over the state for nearly two years, including agitations in July-August this year which became violent.
 
Thursday's development comes ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha and Assembly elections.
 
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Petrol pumps bonanza: Dealers to move court
Barely 72 hours after the Centre announced a pre-election bonanza of distributing a staggering 55,649 new petrol pumps in the country, the apex body of their dealers plan to challenge the move in court, a top office-bearer said here on Wednesday.
 
The All India Petrol Dealers Association (AIPDA) President Ajay Bansal said that the government's latest move (of November 25) appeared contrary to its own policy and the dealers would question its legal validity.
 
"On one hand, the Centre has announced the closure of petrol pumps in India replacing them with alternative fuels by 2025. But, now they are publishing advertisements for allotting the second string of new petrol pumps. So what exactly is this policy?" Bansal said.
 
Presently, India has 56,000 retail petrol bunks of the three government oil marketing companies -- Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd (BPCL), Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Ltd (HPCL), and Indian Oil Corporation Ltd (IOCL), besides another 6,000 outlets owned by private companies.
 
From these fuel stations, the average monthly sales for the three Oil Marketing Companies (OMCs) are between 120-130 lilolitre with an average increase in demand on petrol-diesel of around four per cent per annum.
 
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