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Kavi Subhash, Mahanayak Uttam Kumar to be upgraded to green stations

Metro Rail authorities will soon upgrade Kavi Subhash and Mahanayak Uttam Kumar stations into green ones, MC Chauhan, general manager said.

He was speaking at the Second Edition of doing business with Railways organised by CII on Thursday morning.

He said steps had been taken to modernise the Metro stations. The security arrangements will be beefed up and more CCTVs will be installed.

To build close connection with the commuters, Metro has introduced the concept “own your station” whereby the commuters would be asked to keep the stations clean.

Ghanshyam Singh, general manager of Eastern Railway urged businessmen to use the infrastructure of Railways to do safer and better business. He said Eastern Railways expects to carry 61 to 63 million tons of freight in the current financial year which is 4 to 6 million tons more than the previous year. Giving a statistics he said in 2005-06, 47.07 million tons of freight had been transported. It went up to 67.24 million tons of freight in 2014-15.

He urged businessmen to use the infrastructure of Eastern Railway to transport goods as it was safer and cheaper. He said ER was ideal to ferry steel, cement fly ash and stone chips. 

Umesh Chowdhury, vice-chairman and managing director Titagarh Wagon urged the business to use the infrastructure of railways to transport goods. He said he had been working with the railways for many years and he knew how competent ER was in transporting goods.

Kolkata Metro eyes revenue boost from private ads

Kolkata Metro, India’s first underground mass rapid transit system which started operations in 1984, has invited private firms for showcasing their advertisements at stations as part of its efforts to mobilise resources and garner revenues.

“We have decided to offer branding of 24-odd metro stations stretching from north to south of the 
city limits to raise additional funds,” Metro Rail Kolkata General Manger M C Chauhan said on the sidelines of a CII event.

Under the initiative, private companies would be given total advertisement rights at all metro stations following which they would be able to undertake various branding exercises.

Chauhan said that Metro Railway at the moment is incurring huge losses. “If we want to earn Rs 100, then we will have to spend Rs 260. Our plan is to reduce the losses,” he said.

“We will shortly invite Expression of Interests from corporate bodies by way of floating tenders. This is at various stages of approvals now,” Chauhan added.

On new rakes, he said that by September 2018, Chinese firm Dalian would provide 14 AC rakes, besides several others rakes are being manufactured by Integral Coach factory (ICF) in Tamil Nadu.

Metro Railway also has plans to commercially exploit the real estate available with it at various places, he said.
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