Vizag Snapshots
Share |
Archives -
Friday, June 23, 2017

World Hydrography Day observed at ENC

World Hydrography Day was commemorated by the Survey ships and units of the Eastern Naval Command in order to promote hydrography and increase awareness of the hydrographic work being undertaken by the Indian Navy. A visit by students of Navy Children School was organized onboard INS Darshak to give insight of hydrographic operations. World Hydrography Day (WHD) is observed each year on 21 Jun with an aim to increase awareness about benign activities of hydrographers to assist mariners at all levels and for increasing the coverage of hydrographic information on a global level. This year the theme for WHD is Mapping our Seas, Oceans and Waterways – More Important than Ever. Over the years, Indian Naval Hydrographic Department responsible for hydrographic surveying in India, has showcased national commitment in ensuring safe navigation, resolving maritime boundaries with neighbouring countries and also as part of its international responsibilities has provided coverage for marine safety information in the Navarea VIII region comprising of Indian Ocean, Arabian Sea and Bay of Bengal. The Hydrographic survey ships of ENC have been extensively involved in conduct of surveys not only along the Eastern coast of India but also in friendly foreign waters as part of international Hydrographic cooperation with littoral nations resulting in capacity building in the Indian Ocean Region. INS Darshak has recently undertaken hydrographic survey of Tanzania, Mauritius and Sri Lanka as part of foreign cooperation initiatives.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

INTERACTIVE SESSION WITH THE CARGO MOVERS AND LEASE HOLDERS

Interactive session with a view to draw the expression of interest by the trade community, an interactive session has been convened in Divisional Railway Manager’s Conference hall at Visakhapatnam of Waltair Division, East Coast Railway presided over by Divisional Railway Manager, Shri Mukul Saran Mathur. The session begun with the brief by Shri G Suneel Kumar, Divisional Commercial Manager (Co) about the session and introduction of the participants. The session focused on the attention to be given by the intended parcel leasing registered contractors to avail vacant space in the luggage compartments of the long distance trains/ passenger trains to move commodities on lease basis for which he Ministry of Railways had already taken decision to extend reduction in existing freight charges (reserve price). A power point presentation given by ACM Shri Jayant Piplai, inter alia as to what extent the reduction in reserve price was highlighted for better appreciation of Customers was given. The existing SLR/ SLRD (luggage rake) lease holders and the courier service organizations including cargo movers viewed the incentives offered by the Railways. In the interactive session the delegates shared their views and suggestions on various issues such as perishable items, packaging etc. The Railways have made to understand that any consignment like hard parcels, industrial produce etc could be booked for which the railways could extend all cooperation to the courier service and cargo mover’s organizations the session also encouraged the cargo movers to intensify their own marketing efforts to improve their business and coordination with the counterparts at the farthest station viz Mumbai, Delhi, Sainagar Shiridi, Korba, Bhagat ki Kothi, Raipur, Durg etc. It was also advised to cargo movers to register them as per the leasing policy to participate in the upcoming tender. DRM while concluding the meeting has advised to exploit all the possible sources in comingup tenders for successful leasing process.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

International Yoga Day celebrated in DCI

On the occasion of 3rd International Day of Yoga, a Mass Yoga was organised by Dredging Corporation of India Limited at its Head Office on 21st June 2017, Wednesday in collaboration with The Art of Living Foundation. Smt. D. Kavitha, a Senior Trainer from local the Art Of Living Foundation has conducted the Mass Yoga. On this occasion Shri S.Charles, Director (Finance), DCIL stressed the importance of YOGA in daily life and took the lead in performing various ASANAS and PRANAYAM as a part of the Mass Yoga. All Senior Executives and Employees participated in the programme.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

NAVY ORGANISES BLOOD DONATION CAMP

As a part of Eastern Naval Command (ENC) Swarn Varsh activities, INHS Kalyani organised a Blood Donation Camp in collaboration with AS Raja Voluntary Blood Bank, Visakhapatnam today, 16 June 17. Surgeon Rear Admiral Bitijesh Chakravarty, Command Medical Officer ENC inaugurated the camp. There was an overwhelming response from volunteers amongst the uniformed and Defence civilians, and their family members. 155 personnel donated the blood and was handed over to AS Raja Voluntary Blood Bank. Speaking at the inaugural function, Surgeon Rear Admiral Chakravarty stressed on the need to build awareness about voluntary blood donation and highlighted that each unit of blood can be separated into its components thereby multiplying manifold number of lives saved. He expressed his desire that many more such camps should be organized in future as well. Established in 1968, ENC will be celebrating its Golden Jubilee Year in the form of Swarn Varsh Samaroh this year. The celebrations started with a Beach Clean-up and Tree Plantation Drive at Visakhapatnam on 02 April. Tree Plantation Drive would continue throughout the Golden Jubilee Year with an aim to plant 50,000 trees by ENC. A Golden Jubilee Maritime Seminar is scheduled in August followed by Golden Jubilee Musical Evening in October. The Golden Jubilee Vizag-Navy Marathon will be held on 12 November which will be followed by a Golden Jubilee Triathlon on 17 December this year. The Swarn Varsh Samaroh celebrations would conclude with a grand finale on 01 March 18 when a special documentary on ENC and Visakhapatnam would be released.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

DCI employees stage protest, wear black badges to work

The employees of Dredging Corporation of India (DCI),A MiniRatna Category- I PSU, under the Ministry of Shipping, having Corporate office at Visakhapatnam attended duties wearing black badges to demonstrate their resentment against Central Govt. plan for privatization of DCI as part of Strategic Sale. All employees staged a peaceful protest during lunch break and after working hours in front of DCI Administrative Office Building to show their solidarity and oppose the alleged move of Government to privatize DCI. Employees of DCI have been vehemently opposing the move for the last few days and appealing to the public to draw attention of the Govt. against Privatization of DCI. The Management control of DCI in the hands of the private players shall not only take away the premier dredging PSU status from Andhra Pradesh but also jeopardy the Maritime Security of the Nation by handing over dredging works to the private organizations.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Protest against Privatisation of DCI At DCI Head Office Today

The employees of Dredging Corporation of India (DCI), a Miniratna Category- I PSUS, under Ministry of Shipping, having Head Quarters at Visakhapatnam has staged a peaceful protest during lunch break and after working hours today i.e. 15-06-2017 in front of DCI Administrate Office Building against the alleged move of Government to privatize DCI. The employees and officers have been vehemently opposing the move for the last few days following reports that the Centre has decided to go for further disinvestment of 51%. The resentmentstarted off with a peaceful protest in front of DCI AOB by holding Placards. Established in 1976 DCI for the past 41 years has shown consistent profit and provided returns to the Company in the form of Dividend and taxes and it is amongst the highest service tax payers in Visakhapatnam. The employees have never raised any voice in the previous disinvestment but the news of this strategic sale came as a real shock to the employees despite making profit consistently since inception. Despite Challenges, after change in dredging policy in the year 2004 and stiff competition with Private Players, because of its expertise, dedicated workforce and best large fleet of dredgers it has been making profits consistently and consolidated its position as a formidable competitor in the field of dredging. The sensitive nature of dredging activities of DCI has been the lifeline for the Indian Navy and Ports as a part of National Security. The young workforce presently available with DCI has been the booster in completion of several projects in time. The fear of downsizing is hunting their mind.

Friday, June 16, 2017

A NEW ERA OF RAIL DEVELOPMENT Foundation stone laid for Wagon POH work shop and Augmentation of DLS at VIsakhapatnam

Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu, Hon’ble Minister for Railways and Shri N. Chandrababu Naidu, Hon’ble Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh launched various rail infra developmental works, including Laying of foundation stone for Wagon POH workshop Vadlapudi and Augmentation of Diesel Loco Shed, Visakhapatnam through video link from Tummalapalli Kalakshetram, Vijayawada at 12:30 hrs today (on 15th June, 2017). The foundation laying ceremony at Visakhapatnam was organized in august presence of Hon’ble MLA, Gajuwaka Shri Palla Srinivasa Rao, DRM,Watair Shri Mukul Saran Mathur and ADRM Shri Ajay Arora. Speaking on the occasion Divisional Railway Manager Shri Mukul Saran Mathur said that lot of rail infrastructure development activities being taken by railways, which is the largest transporter of goods and traffic, Wagon POH workshop at Vadlapudi will reduce wagon turnaround and will help Railways to generate additional revenue; the augmentation of the infrastructure facilities of the largest Diesel Loco Shed in Indian Railways at Visakhapatnam ,presently holds a fleet of 285 locomotives and 79HHP locos , will enhance the holding capacity of HHP locos to 100” Chief Guest of the occasion Shri Palla Srinivasa Rao, Hon’ble MLA,Gajuwaka said that the Visakhapatnam being the major hub for freight transport, Wagon POH work shop at Visakhapatnam will definitely increase the performance as well as revenue; developing the infrastructure of Diesel Loco Shed, Visakhapatnam to hold more number of advanced locomotives will improve the parameters of the performance of the Division. Later, through video conference the foundation laying ceremony was launched by Hon’ble Chief Minister, Andhra Pradesh Shri N.Chandrababu Naidu and Hon’ble Minister for Railways Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu in august presence of Shri M.Venkaiah Naidu, Hon’ble Minister for Urban Development, Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation and Information & Broadcasting, Govt. of India; Shri P.Ashok Gajapathi Raju, Hon’ble Minister for Civil Aviation, Govt.of India; Shri Y.S.Chowdary, Hon’ble Minister of State for Science & Technology and Earth Sciences, Govt. of India and other State Ministers, MPs, MLAs and Railway personnel. During the inaugural function at Vijayawada new weekly Hamsafar train between Vijayawada-Howrah also flagged off and it was announced that free WiFi facility to rail users under phase-II is commissioned at Vizianagaram railway station today.ADRM shri Ajay Arora proposed vote of thanks. The ceremony at Visakhapatnam witnessed by large gathering of Railway officials, Salient features of the Projects: WAGON POH WORK SHOP: 1. Waltair Division of ECoR being the hub of freight transportation, there is demand for Periodical Over Hauling (POH) of Wagons for 200 wagons per month 2. Presently the POH of wagons of Waltair Division done at Rayampadu Wagon Work Shop (SCR), Raipur Wagon Workshop (SECR) and Kharagpur Workshop(SER). 3. Wagon POH workshop at Vadlapudi will reduce wagon turnaround and will help Railways to generate additional revenue. 4. New Wagon POH workshop at Vadlapudi, Visakhapatnam sanctioned in 2015-16 Railway budget with sanctioned cost of Rs 213.97 crores 5. The proposed wagon POH work shop will cover 240 acres, railway land available at Vadlapudi 6. In 2015 Railway Board entrusted Workshop Project Organisation, Patna for execution of the work, later handed over to RVNL (Rail Vikas Nigam Limited) in 2016 7. The layout and drawing of the project finalized in 2016 and the detailed estimate sanctioned in April 2017 8. The value of detailed estimate is Rs 328.81 crores (Civil Engg: Rs 137crores; Mechanical: Rs 126 crores; Electrical:Rs 22crores; Signal& Telecom: Rs 8 crores and Miscellaneous Rs 36 crores 9. Status of Tender: Published on 06.05.2017 with tender opening date 20.06.2017 and value of tender is Rs 274.56 crores 10. The period of completion of the work is 24 months AUGMENTATION OF DIESEL LOCO SHED: 1. The Diesel Loco Shed (DLS), Visakhapatnam established in 1965 engaged in maintenance of various types of locomotives operated for Freight,Passenger and Shunting 2. Presently, the DLS holds a fleet of 285 locomotives including 52 locomotives running in coaching link 3. The state of the art High Horse Power (HHP) locos of 4500HP are also maintained at DLS, Visakhapatnam since 2013 and presently holds 79 HHP locos 4. The holding of HHP locos is expected to increase to 100 in near future and augmentation is required to accommodate these HHP locos. 5. It is proposed to construct Shed campus in an area of 10acres with covered area of 6690Sq.Meters with lot of infrastructural facilities 6. The detailed estimated cost of the project is Rs 67.5crores 7. The work has been awarded to M/s IRCON by Railway Board in 2016

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

SCOUTS AND GUIDES DISTRICT RALLY IS IN FULL SWING

Lot of events conducted on the second day of First ever District Rally of Bharat Scouts& Guides of Waltair District of East Coast Railway with the enthusiastic participants from the other Divisions of East Coast Railway. Today Camp craft, Street play, Painting and poster making, Folk dance, clean beach were organized apart from the regular activities. This allowed the children to exhibit their talent and strengthen their confidence. The students were motivated in this to not only win trophies and certificates but to encourage competition spirit. The cadets of Scouts and Guides of the Waltair, Sambalpur, Khurda Road and Central District choose social concern subjects for the Steet plays. Personality development and self motivation activities were also conducted. Divisional Railway Manager Shri Mukul Saran Mathur, ADRM Shri Ajay Arora,District Commissioner (Scouts)& Divisional Engineer Shri KVV Narasimha Rao,District Commissioner(Guides), Dr.Charumati,Branch officers and staff witnessed the activities.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Eastern Fleet Ships enter Freemantle to participate in AUSINDEX-17, a bilateral maritime exercise with Australian Navy

In pursuance of India’s ‘Act East’ policy, Eastern Fleet under the command of Rear Admiral Biswajit Dasgupta, YSM, VSM, the Flag Officer Commanding Eastern Fleet are on an overseas deployment to the South East Asia and Southern Indian Ocean. Indian Naval Ships Jyoti, Shivalik and Kamorta are on a port visit to Freemantle, Australia from 13 June to 17 June 2017. Vice Admiral HCS Bisht, PVSM, AVSM, ADC, Flag Officer Commanding Eastern Naval Command is also visiting Freemantle during the period. The visit of the Indian Naval Ships seeks to underscore India’s peaceful presence and solidarity with friendly and harmonious countries towards ensuring good order in the maritime domain and to strengthen existing bonds between India and Australia. The two countries share a rich history and a strategic relationship. A number of bilateral agreements exist between the two countries in a various spheres. During the stay in harbour, various activities such as official calls, formal reception on board ships, ships open to visitors, guided tours for Indian naval personnel and professional interaction between naval personnel of both the nations have been planned. AUSINDEX-17, a bilateral maritime exercise between the two navies would also be held as part of the visit. This would be the second edition of the exercise with the maiden edition having been conducted at Visakhapatnam in 2015. The exercises aim to increase interoperability and are in consonance with the growing cooperation between the two countries. In April this year, Prime Minister, Mr Malcom TurnbuII visited India and called on the Indian Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi for bilateral talks and enhance the partnership between the two countries. Indian Naval assets have been increasingly deployed in recent times to address the main maritime concerns of the region. In addition, as part of the Indian Government’s vision of SAGAR (Security and Growth for All in the Region), the Indian Navy has also been involved in assisting countries in the Indian Ocean Region with EEZ Surveillance, Search and Rescue, and other capacity-building and capability-enhancement activities. The current deployment will contribute towards the Indian Navy’s efforts to consolidate inter-operability and forge strong bonds of friendship across the Seas. Over the past few decades, India has made substantial advances in terms of designing and building warships indigenously and the visiting ships bear testimony to these capabilities. INS Shivalik, a muIti-role stealth frigate is commanded by Captain R Vinod Kumar while INS Kamorta, an Anti-Submarine Warfare Corvette is commanded by Commander Vipin Gupta and INS Jyoti, the fleet replenishment tanker is commanded by Captain S Shyam Sundar.

Monday, June 12, 2017

INS Sahyadri on Overseas Deployment to Papua New Guinea

In pursuance of India’s Act East policy, Indian Naval Ship Sahyadri is on an overseas deployment to the South East Asia and Southern Indian Ocean. The ship would be on a port visit to Moresby from 12 June to 15 June 2017. The visit of the Indian Naval Ships seeks to underscore India’s peaceful presence and solidarity with friendly and harmonious countries towards ensuring good order in the maritime domain and to strengthen existing bonds between Papua New Guinea and India. During the state visit of the Hon’ble Indian President, Shri Pranab Mukherjee in April 2016, a number of constructive discussions were held on the shared desire to enhance the ties of friendship and cooperation that defined the relationship between the two countries. During the stay in harbour, various activities such as official calls, formal reception on board ships, ships open to visitors, guided tours for Indian naval personnel, professional interaction between naval personnel of both the nations and Community Welfare activities have been planned. . Indian Naval assets have been increasingly deployed in recent times to address the main maritime concerns of the region. In addition, as part of the Indian Government’s vision of SAGAR (Security and Growth for All in the Region), the Indian Navy has also been involved in assisting countries in the Indian Ocean Region with EEZ Surveillance, Search and Rescue, and other capacity-building and capability- enhancement activities. The current deployment will contribute towards the Indian Navy’s efforts to Consolidate inter-operability and forge strong bonds of friendship across the seas. . Over the past few decades, India has made substantial advances in terms of designing and building warships indigenously and the visiting ships bear testimony to these capabilities. INS Sahyadri, a multi-role stealth frigate is commanded by Captain Anil Jaggi.

Monday, June 12, 2017
Thursday, June 8, 2017

Area Accounts Office (Army) Office Building inaugurated

A new office building of the Area Accounts Office (Army) was inaugurated by Smt. Veena Prasad, Controller General of Defence Accounts (CGDA) at Visakhapatnam today, 07 June 2017. The inauguration function was attended by senior officers from the Indian Navy, Ship Building Center, Indian Coast Guard, Defence Accounts Department, Military Engineer Services and other defence establishments. Speaking on the occasion, Mrs. Prasad observed that the Defence Accounts Department (DAD) is one of the oldest Departments under the Governmentof India. She further stated that her Department pioneered many systemic changes in the functions and processes in order to keep pace with the technological developments and the growing demands of the Services. The CGDA also reiterated her Departments commitment to rendering efficient, correct and prompt accounting, payment, internal audit and financial advisory services to the Services, with customers and clients in focus. The Department is also committed to continually strive to achieve excellence and professionalism in all its functions, leading to customer satisfaction. Mrs. Prasad laid great emphasis on self-sufficiency of physical infrastructure in terms of office buildings, residences, transit facilities, etc., for all its offices, officers and staff, given the fact that the Department is spread all over the country, and some offices in the remotest parts of the country. The provision of new office building for the Area Accounts Office (Army) at Visakhapatnam was part of this vision. CGDA congratulated Brig Kumanan, Chief Engineer and Shri Rakesh Verma, Garrison Engineer (ND) Visakhapatnam, M/s. S.R. Constructions, Visakhapatnam for completion of the building much before the completion date. During the visit to the city, Smt. Veena Prasad, CGDA also interacted and held discussion with Vice Admiral HCS Bisht, PVSM, AVSM, ADC Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Eastern Naval Command.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

World Environment Day celebrated in VSP

Sri NV Bhaskar Rao, Joint Chief Environmental Engineer ,Andhra Pradesh Pollution Control Board was all praise for RINL for extensive green cover in and around the Visakhapatnam Steel Plant and lauded the pollution control measures and environment protection initiatives being implemented by the management and sustaining it for many years. He was the guest of the honour at the “World Environment Day” celebrations organized by VSP today in Ukkunagaram. The theme for this year is "Connecting people to Nature". Speaking on the occasion, Sri Bhaskar Rao said that VSP revived the greenery lost during Hud Hud in a systematic manner and the collective efforts of RINL helped reduced the pollution and preserved the environment. He said that health of the employees and the people particularly were taken care by implementing several environment protection measures. Presently, people are moving towards solar/wind energy to protect the environment and arrest the pollution, he added. Sri P Madhusudan, CMD, RINL highlighted the importance of preserving the nature for the survival of the mankind and RINL is playing a vital role in that direction right from the beginning. Increase of population impact the environment and stressed the need to understand the affect of the nature, unless corrective measures are taken to contain pollution. RINL has been implementing various environment protection initiatives and considered as one of the best eco-friendly steel industry in the country. He said that RINL is one of the best industry to reuse, recycle the wastes to generate wealth. Later, Sri Madhusudan distributed "Green Awards" to the employees for their outstanding contribution for preserving the environment in the plant. Sri P C Mohapatra, Director (Projects), Sri P Raychaudhury, Director (Commercial), Sri KC Das, Director (Personnel), Sri KV Ramana Rao, ED(Works) I/c distributed prizes to the winners of various competitions organized to mark the occasion. A mime show by the employees highlighting the conservation of water was appreciated by one and all. Environment Management Department organised various competitions on the occasion for the employees, house wives, school children etc. for spreading better environment. Representatives of Steel Executive Association, unions, senior officials and large number of employees participated.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

GREEN INITIATIVE BY WALTAIR DIVISION

Reinforcing its commitment to green initiatives, Waltair Division of East Coast Railway, observed World Environment Day on Monday(June-5) by organising plantation programme in the Railway colonies to explore its future course of action to prevent pollution. More than 250 green saplings were planted in the Railway colonies viz. Jail Area,Thatichetlaplem, Marripalem and Vadlapudi. Divisional Railway Manager, Shri Mukul Saran Mathur, ADRM Shri. Ajay Arora, Sr.Divisional Engineer (co-ord) Shri Ashok Kumar, officers and staff took part in this green plantation programme. Railway staff of Simhachalam station in co-ordination with NGO "All we can" has organized cleanliness drive at Simhachalam station and also created awareness programme amongst the traveling public, to avoid usage of Plastic. NGO president Dinesh kumar,Vice president Shivshankar , along with volunteers participated.

Monday, June 5, 2017

History of Vizag through Bhaskars lenses

The rare collection of photos clicked by the hawk-eyed veteran lensman K. Bhaskar Rao, in his 50-years journey, has brought an opportunity for Vizag to peek into the past and sense the evolution of the city. A two-day exhibition displaying the picture collection of Vizag region was inaugurated by the Andhra University Vice-chancellor G. Nageswara Rao at Visakha Museum here on Saturday. The changing face of Visakhapatnams cityscape, its landmark moments and some rare captures of heritage structures and buildings- many of which have faded away in the chapters of history have been showcased in the exhibition. Seventy-year-old Bhaskara Rao, a native of Bheemunipatnam, had served the Indian Air Force as a photographer and after retiring from the services, he started his career as a freelance photographer in the city. One of Raos picture, taken in 1960, of the Round Building of Bheemunipatnam reflects the story of one of its popular heritage structures.

Monday, June 5, 2017

East Coast Railway Womens Welfare organisation, Waltair, Organised, Summer Camp Concludes.

East Coast Railway Womens Welfare organisation, Waltair, has organized Summer Camp-2017 from 1st May to 31st May-2017 at Rail Club Visakhapatnam. 89 students enrolled in various courses like Keyboard, Art& Craft, Chess, Dance & Self Defence. Closing ceremony was organized in which competitions were conducted among the children. Prizes were given to the winners of the competitions and participation gifts were given to all children. Shri Mukul Saran Mathur, Divisional Railway Manager, was the chief guest and Shri.Ajay Arora, Addl.Divisional Railway Manager was the guest of honour. DRM was overwhelmed by watching the performances of the children, and advised the parents to engage children in activities like this.He also advised East coast railway womens welfare organisation to organize similar camps in winter season also. Smt.Sanjeela Mathur, President, East coast Railway womens welfare organisation, Vice-president Smt.Sharmila Arora, Secretary Smt.Madhurikasipath, other members and Officers, have witnessed the programme. Huge number of parents have witnessed the programme.