PM lays foundation stone of National Centre for Ageing at AIIMS in New Delhi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid the foundation stone for National Centre for Ageing at All India Institutes of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi. The Centre will be developed at cost of Rs. 330 crores and shall be completed by February 2020.

National Centre for Ageing

The Centre will provide state of art clinical care to elderly population and shall play key role in guiding research in field of geriatric medicine and related specialties. It will also serve as key training facility for under graduate and post graduate courses. It will provide multi-specialty health care and will have 200 general ward beds, which will include 20 medical ICU beds.

555 bed Super Speciality Block in Safdarjung Hospital

Prime Minister also inaugurated 555 bed Super Speciality Block in Safdarjung Hospital, New Delhi which hosts tertiary care facilities in areas of cardiovascular sciences, neurosciences, pulmonary medicine, nephrology and endocrinology He also dedicated 300 bedded Power Grid Vishram Sadan funded by the Power Grid Corporation in AIIMS. It is  300 bedded night shelter facility meant for patients and their relatives visiting AIIMS main hospital and JPNA Trauma centre at AIIMS. He also inaugurated underground tunnel providing connecting facility between AIIMS and JPNA Trauma Centre, reducing commute time between the two centers.

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Indian Railways eliminates all unmanned level crossings from four zones

The Indian Railways has eliminated all unmanned level crossings (UMLC) from its four zones viz. West Central Railway, Central Railway, Eastern Railway and South East Central Railway. These four zones aggregating 11,545 route kilometers have now become UMLC free on broad gauge route.

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Indian Railways has target of September 2018 for eliminating UMLC in 11 zones of its total 16 zones. For the remaining zones, the target is has been set before 2020. So far, all UMLCs on routes having speed more than 100 kmph and on suburban routes have been eliminated, except 13 such crossings in South Central Railway which will be completed by July 2018.  

Elimination all unmanned level crossings

Union Railway Ministry has taken series of safety steps to prevent accidents at these unmanned railway crossings.   Indian Railways has around 30,348 level crossings, out of which 11,563 i.e. nearly 40%, are unmanned.     Some of safety initiatives undertaken at these unmanned railway crossings include closing of many crossings, construction of rail overbridge and rail underbridge. At certain places Gate Mitra and Gate Counsellors are also deployed. Indian Railways also has partnered with India Space Research Organistion (ISRO) to safety crossing system using Geo-spatial technologies. These technologies will include combination of Global Positioning System (GPS), Geographic Information System (GIS) and Remote Sensing in order to send mobile message alerts to people in vicinity of an unmanned level crossing.

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