27112017-CT-01.qxd 11/27/2017 12:45 AM Page 1 cHANDIGARH TRIBUNE MONDAY | 27 NOVEMBER 2017 | CHANDIGARH Singer enthrals audience Residents up in arms Siddharth beats Aarhan Singer Ritu Pathak enthrals audience on the concluding day of Chandigarh Carnival. P2 Residents of CHB houses protest notices and penalty imposed by board for violations. P4 Siddharth Goel defeats Aarhan Pahwa 3-6 6-1 7-5 in the tennis tournament. P6 FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY | MAX 25°C MIN 9°C | YESTERDAY MAX 24.5°C MIN 8.1°C | SUNSET MONDAY 5.23 PM SUNRISE TUESDAY 6.58 AM Delhi-Chd at 200 kmph UT to fill Sukhna with treated sewage tocost ~11,000 crore Ramkrishan Upadhyay Tribune News Service New Delhi, November 26 It will cost about Rs 11,000 crore ($1.7 billion) to increase the train speed up to 200 kmph on the Delhi-Chandigarh route, so that a passenger can travel the distance in two hours, according to the draft final report submitted by the SNCF the French rail, way, to the Indian Railways. The 245-km Delhi-Chandigarh corridor, one of the busiest routes in North India, is slated to be the first semihigh speed project being taken up by the state-owned transporter to run trains at maximum speeds of 200 kmph with French help. The 1,700-page detailed report will be taken up for finalisation by the Indian Railways on Monday for preparing tendering documents and drawing out an action plan. French President Emmanuel Macron is expected to visit India in January when the project will be formally launched. The Railways will sign an MoU with the SNCF next year expanding the scope of cooperation in the rail sector, including training of drivers of semihigh speed trains and safety and security of train networks. The total travel time will be 2 hours and 2 minutes at a maximum speed of 200 kmph with two stoppages at Panipat and Ambala, according to the report. Currently, the Shatabdi Express covers the distance in about three hours and 30 minutes, travelling at a maximum speed of 110 kmh. The SNCF report has pegged the total estimated cost at Rs 11,218 crore, which includes the cost of signals upgrade, main civil works French railway submits draft final report to its Indian counterpart SPEED DOES MATTER ■ To be the first semi-high speed ■ The total travel time will be 2 project with French help ■ 1,700-page report will be taken up for finalisation by the Indian Railways on Monday ■ French Prez Emmanuel Macron to visit India in January when the project will be formally launched hours and 2 minutes at a maximum speed of 200 kmph with two stoppages at Panipat and Ambala ■ Delhi-Chandigarh route is expected to be a demonstrative project by France and rolling stock. Senior officials from both sides will examine the report and the final cost will be decided after the discussion on Monday, said a senior Railway Ministry official. There will be re-alignment as there are about 20 major curves spanning over 32.7 km on the existing route. However, there will be no acquisition of fresh land as it will be done within the Railways right of way. Beside Delhi-Chandigarh section, there will be upgrades of seven more routes totalling about 4,000 km, including Mumbai-Goa, Chennai-Hyderabad, MysuruChennai, Delhi-Kanpur and Nagpur-Secunderabad. The Delhi-Chandigarh route is expected to be a demonstrative project by France. — IANS Chandigarh, November 26 In an attempt to find a permanent solution to depleting water level at Sukhna Lake, the Chandigarh Administration is planning to set up a 2MGD (million gallons per day) sewage treatment plant. Sources said treated water would fill the lake throughout the year and would help to raise the water level which became a major concern for the administration in the summer every year. The sources said the Engineering Department of the administration had prepared a project for installing the sewage plant at Kishangarh. The department will soon be giving a presentation before the Adviser to Administrator for approval. Besides, another sewage treatment plant of 2-MGD capacity is being planned at Maloya. Admn prepares project for 2-MGD treatment plant at Kishangarh Over the years, the level of the lake, created in 1958 by Le Corbusier, has been declining due to deficient monsoon and heavy silting. The Punjab and Haryana High Court is constantly monitoring the lake situation and has passed many orders to restore its glory. The sources said both plants would cost more than Rs 50 crore and would be installed under the public pri- Victim identifies duo nabbed from UP 22-YEAR-OLD’S GANG RAPE Chandigarh, November 26 The remaining two accused in the gang-rape case, who were arrested by the Chandigarh police from Uttar Pradesh on Saturday, have also been identified by the victim during a test identification parade (TIP) conducted at Burail Jail today. The police said Kismat Ali, alias Poppu (21), a native of Kastuni Purap village in Amethi, and Mohammad Garib (21), a native of Pithla village c m y b Poppu shaved his head to change looks Sources said Poppu had changed his looks by shaving his head to escape arrest. Both Poppu and Garib are known to each other. They lived in shanties at Pabhat village in Zirakpur. Both worked as labourers and lived with their families. They migrated here around five years ago. in Faizabad district, were arrested by a team, comprising Inspector Ram Rattan, Sub-Inspector Ashok Kumar, continued on page 4 vate partnership (PPP) mode. Over the years, the level of the lake, created in 1958 by Le Corbusier, has been declining due to deficient monsoon and heavy silting. The Punjab and Haryana High Court is constantly monitoring the lake situation and has passed many orders to restore its glory. Every summer, depleting water level of the Sukhna poses a challenge to the authorities The water level in June was recorded below 1,152 feet which later increased due to better monsoon. The sources said around 2 MGD of sewage generated by Kishangarh was daily discharged into a choe which can be fully utilised by the proposed plant. The idea for using treated water came after Special Secretary (Engineering) Mukesh Anand and UT Director (Environment) Santosh Kumar recently visited Delhi to see such treatment plants. An officer of the Environment Department said there couldn't be much variation in the quality of water in the lake and quality of treated water.
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