The damaged Nose Cone Cover of the front coach of Vande Bharat train that runs between Mumbai Central and Gandhinagar, has been fixed in less than a day. Speaking to ANI, the Western Railway CPRO said that the nose cone cover of the front coach, made up of FRP (fibre-reinforced plastic), has been replaced with a new one in Mumbai Central depot during maintenance.
A Railway official said that the nose cover is designed in such a way so as to absorb the impact without transmitting the same to the functional parts of the train, is sacrificial by design and hence replaceable.
On Thursday morning, at around 11.15 am the Vande Bharat train struck cattle on tracks near the Gairatpur-Vatva station, damaging the Nose Cone Cover of the front coach. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had only recently, on September 30, inaugurated the train service, so it didn’t take long for critics to start taking potshots at this damage on Social Media.
However, with the train being put back into service without any extra downtime and with the Railway officials saying that all actions will be taken to prevent such types of incidents in future, it sure looks like the criticism has been nipped in time.
Deputy CM Fadnavis drives CM Eknath Shinde through Samruddhi Mahamarg
Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde and Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis took stock of the Samruddhi Mahamarg also known as Hindu Hrudaysamrat Balasaheb Thackeray Maharashtra Samruddhi Mahamarg. Prime Minister Narendra Modi would inaugurate the much-awaited 701-km-long expressway – the country’s longest Greenfield road project – on December 11 in Nagpur.
Fadnavis could be seen driving an approximately two-crore-worth Mercedes Benz G Class on Sunday afternoon with Shinde sitting next to him on the front seat during a test drive of the 520 km stretch from Nagpur to Shirdi.
Speaking about the ambitious project, while Fadnavis said that a long cherished dream was being turned into reality, Shinde said that this project would be a game changer that would help in the development of Vidarbha and other parts in the state.
PM Narendra Modi likely to visit Nagpur on December 11
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to visit Nagpur on December 11 this year for the inauguration of Nagpur-Mumbai Samruddhi Mahamarg (also known as Hinduhriday Samrat Samruddhi Mahamarg) and first phase of Nagpur Metro.
When Nation Next spoke to Pravin Datke, Nagpur District BJP Chief, he said, “As of now he’s likely to visit Nagpur for the inauguration of the expressway and metro. However, we haven’t received any official confirmation on the same.”
The 701-km long Samruddhi Expressway will connect 10 districts namely Nagpur, Wardha, Amravati, Washim, Buldhana, Jalna, Aurangabad, Nashik, Ahmednagar and Thane, 26 talukas, and 392 villages of Maharashtra.
When fully operational, the expressway will reduce the travel time between Nagpur and Mumbai by half – from 16 to eight hours.
Maharashtra government appoints Dr Sanjay Bijwe as GMC Dean through MPSC | Nagpur
Maharashtra government appointed Dr Sanjay Bijwe as the new Dean of Indira Gandhi Government Medical College (IGGMCH) Nagpur on Thursday post his selection directly through Maharashtra Public Service Commission (MPSC). Amravati born Bijwe, a pathologist who pursued his MBBS from Government Medical College Hospital (GMCH) Nagpur in 1977, would be replacing Dr Leena Abhichandani.
Bijwe who is at present working as professor and head of pathology department at Grant Medical College in Mumbai. Expected to assume charge by coming week, Bijwe had in the past worked as the Project Director and Officer on Special Duty (OSD) on a project of Health Management and Information System (HMIS), which was considered to be a major step towards e-Governance policy.