Saturday, November 27, 2021
Constitution Day observed at Waltair Division
The Constitution Day was observed at Waltair Division today (26.11.2021). Shri Anup Satpathy, Divisional Railway Manager, Waltair, ADRM Shri Sudhir Kumar Gupta, Senior Officers and Staff read out the Preamble to the Constitution of India during the live programme of Hon’ble President of India who led the celebrations all over the country.
Constitution Day was also celebrated at all the Sub-Divisional Offices of Waltair Division in a befitting manner. Officers, Supervisors and staff read out the Preamble to the Constitution of India.
Shri Ramakrishna, Divisional Personnel Officer, Waltair Division co-ordinated the programme of the Constitution Day.
Thursday, November 25, 2021
Parade of Sails organised at Visakhapatnam
As a part of the ongoing Swarnim Vijay Varsh and Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav’ Celebrations to mark the 50th Anniversary of 1971 War, the 75th anniversary of Indias Independence, a ‘Parade of Sails’ was organised by Eastern Naval Command as part of Engagement and Outreach programme at Western Arm of Visakhapatnam Harbour on 24 Nov 21. This multi-class event saw participation by a 45 boats including sail boats, windsurfers, Kayaks and power boats with 75 participants symbolising 75 years of Independence. The ‘Parade of Sails’ was organised under aegis of Indian Naval Sailing Association (INSA), New Delhi. Rear Adm Jyotin Raina NM, VSM, Chief Staff Officer (Operations), ENC flagged off the event and later give away prizes to the outstanding yachtsmen and yachtswomen.
As a run up to the event, the Indian Naval Watermanship Training Centre (INWTC) a premier watermanship training centre at Visakhapatnam under INS Circars conducted a sail training camp for all the participants over the last month. The 75 enthusiastic participants included naval personnel and their children, cadets of Sea Cadet Corps (SCC) and National Cadet Corps (NCC). They were training on Hobbie Cat, Laser Bahia, Laser Standard, Laser Radial, Enterprise, 29er, Bic Nova wind surfers, Optimist and Sea Kayaks.
Tuesday, November 23, 2021
Hon’ble Vice President of India flags off “visakhapatnam-kirandul train” with upgraded lhb rake and additional vistadome coaches
1. Vice President lauds Railways for rising to the occasion with novel efforts during COVID-19
2.Railways have not only helped tackle the pandemic but proved to be an essential lifeline in times of need
3. Vice President Interacted with the passengers in the Vistadome coaches
4. GM SER& ECoR Ms Archana Joshi highlighted the performance of ECoR
5. DRM Waltair Shri Anup Satpathy thanked all the guests for witnessing the grand occasion
Additional Vistadome Coaches with upgraded LHB Rake in Visakhapatnam-Kirandul-Visakhapatnam train was flagged off, today (22.11.2021), by Hon’ble Vice President of India Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu at Visakhapatnam Railway Station.
Ms Archana Joshi, General Manager, East Coast Railway welcomed the Hon’ble Chief Guest and other esteemed guests, briefed the highlights of the East Coast Railway. She said that the upgraded LHB coach will provide better comfort and jerk free journey, enhance Safety with better ride experience and lesser noise. Apart from this, LHB Coaches are fire retardant, low maintenance, better design, low weight and higher passenger carrying capacity along with safer & comfortable journey, she added.
Addressing the gathering the Honble Vice President, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu, lauded Indian Railways for rising to the occasion during the pandemic and coming up with novel efforts to keep the wheels running and customers protected from the unprecedented challenges posed by COVID-19.
Recalling his close association with the Visakhapatnam city, the Vice President thanked the government and complimented the decision of Railway Minister, Shri Ashwini Vaishnav for heeding his suggestion to the Ministry to expedite the use of Vistadome coaches in the route of Visakhapatnam-Araku.
Giving the instance of COVID care isolation coaches, Shramik special trains, and Oxygen Expresses, Shri Naidu said the Indian Railways geared up its entire machinery and helped the country to effectively tackle the pandemic.
The Vice President also complimented the Railways for the in-house development and production of PPEs, Coveralls, Hand Sanitizers and Masks, and ensuring the transport of medical equipment and general goods to cities and villages. ‘Due to this proactive stance, shortages of goods and food stocks have been largely minimized. Thus, the Railways have not only helped the nation to effectively tackle the pandemic but proved to be an essential lifeline in times of need’, he said.
Referring to the tourism potential of the route, which passes through a scenic, mountainous terrain of Eastern Ghats through many curves, tunnels and bridges, Shri Venkaiah Naidu said the 360-degree viewing system of the Vistadome coaches will make the journey an unforgettable experience for the passengers. He also commended the Railways for the introduction of a LHB coach to the train, which enhances comfort and safety of the passengers.
Vice President Shri Venkaiah Naidu also interacted with the passengers boarded in the Vistadome coaches of the inaugural train prior to its inauguration. He went to the coaches and took feedback on the facilities and amenities from the passengers.
On the inaugural day, this train left Visakhapatnam up to Araku. The regular service of this train will commence from Visakhapatnam w.e.f. 23rd November, 2021 and from Kirandul w.e.f. 24th November, 2021. The Vistadome service will be provided between Visakhapatnam and Araku from both the directions.
Divisional Railway Manager Shri Anup Satpathy, whose did untiring efforts to make this programme a grand success in short notice, expressed gratitude towards all the dignitaries, guests, officials, staff and the media persons for their presence & mentioned that the services of this train will definitely meet the needs of the public and tourists.
Honble Minister for Tourism, Culture and Youth Advancement, Government of Andhra Pradesh Shri Muttamsetti Srinivasa Rao; Member of Parliament (LS), Visakhapatnam Shri MVV Satyanarayana and dignitaries from various government departments witnessed the occasion.
Monday, November 22, 2021
Venkaiah Naidu inaugurate the maiden run of Visakhapatnam-Araku special train with Vistadome LHB Coaches
East Coast Railway decided to introduce modern Linke Hofmann Busch (LHB) rake to Visakhapatnam-Kirandul-Visakhapatnam express with additional Vistadome coach with effect from 23.11.2021.
East Coast Railway focused on conversion of conventional coaches of important trains with LHB coaches over its jurisdiction. The LHB coaches, based on German technology, offer better riding comfort, lighter in weight, have higher speed potential as well as higher carrying capacity. East Coast Railway has already converted 6 pairs of trains originating from Visakhapatnam with LHB rake Viz. Visakhapatnam-New Delhi-Visakhapatnam AP Express, Visakhapatnam-Korba-Visakhapatnam express trains, Visakhapatnam-Tirupati-Cudappah, Visakhapatnam-Nanded express, Bhubaneswar- Jagdalpr and Visakhapatnam-Amritsar express trains
Now, the train No. 18551 Visakhapatnam-Kirandul express will run with LHB rake with additional Vistadome coach with effect from 23.11.2021 and the train No. 18552 Kirandul-Visakhapatnam express will run with LHB coaches with effect from 24.11.2021. The Vistadome coaches will be attached in rear by 18551/18552 Visakhapatnam-Kirandul-Visakhapatnam.
This pair of trains will have 13 LHB coaches comprising of Vistadome coaches-2, Sleeper Class-1, General Second Class-8, Second class Luggage cum disabled coach-1 and Generator Motor car-1, which can accommodate about 1100 passengers.
Hon’ble Vice President of India, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu will inaugurate the maiden run of 08525 Visakhapatnam- Araku special train with Vistadome LHB Coaches on 22.11.2021 at 11.00hrs . This inaugural train will run with open path. In return direction the inaugural special train 08526 Araku -Visakhapatnam train will leave Araku at 15.30hrs and will reach Visakhapatnam at 18.45hrs. This special train will have halts at Simhachalam, Kottavalasa, Shrungavarapukota and Borraguhalu between Visakhapatnam- Araku.
Thursday, November 11, 2021
World Quality Day Celebrations - 2021 at NSTL in Visakhapatnam
To commemorate Azaadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav, Defence Research & Development Organisation (DRDO)/ Naval Science & Technological Laboratory (NSTL) are taking various initiatives towards highlighting the importance of R&D, motivating DRDO fraternity, in particular igniting young minds.
As part of Azaadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav, NSTL, the premiere naval research laboratory of DRDO, in Visakhapatnam celebrated World Quality Day-2021on 11.Nov.2021 at Mohapatra Manasi Auditorium, NSTL, with this year theme as "Sustainability: Improving our Products, People & Planet". Chief Guest on the occasion is Dr. Samir V Kamat, Distinguished Scientist & Director General (Naval Systems & Materials).
Sri R. Srihari, Scientist ‘G’& Technology Director (QRS) gave welcome address and told that the main purpose behind this celebration is to raise the level of quality awareness and to recognise efforts and contribution of quality professionals.
Dr. Y Sreenivas Rao, Outstanding Scientist & Director NSTL said in his address that the theme reminds NSTL personnel the importance of Quality towards attaining Sustainability in all phases of system development. He said that for achieving long-term sustainability can be achieved with continuous efforts and by habituating Quality culture in the organisation. Quality is the thread that binds humanity with the planet. He also said that Quality lies inside innovation and successful outputs come by making Quality mandatory.
Dr. Samir V Kamat, DS & DG(NS&M), the Chief Guest of the event said that Sustainability can be achieved by giving quality solutions for the lifecycle and recycle issues of any developed system. Quality should meet or exceed User’s expectations. Quality should be looked holistically. Total Quality Management (TQM) should be focused after Quality Control & Quality Assurance.
The event also included three short lectures on the theme by Cmde. RK Jena, Chief Inspector of Naval Armaments (East), Rear Admiral S. Misra, Ex-Director General of Naval Armaments Inspection(DGNAI), DRDO Fellow and Dr. A.Srinivas Kumar, Outstanding Scientist & Technology Director (Batteries & Explosives).
Then Chief Guest distributed prizes to the winners of the Quiz contest on the basic concepts of Quality & Reliability, along with Director NSTL. Senior Scientists, officers, Members of NSTL Civil Employees Union & Works Committee and staff of NSTL participated in the event.
Friday, November 5, 2021
Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister invited for Navy Day Celebrations
Vice Admiral Ajendra Bahadur Singh Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Eastern Naval Command met Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Shri YS Jagan Mohan Reddy at the residence of the CM on 05 Nov 21 and extended invitation to be the Chief Guest for the Navy Day Celebrations in Visakhapatnam scheduled on 04 Dec 21. The Navy day is celebrated on 04 Dec every year to mark the decisive victory achieved by India in the 1971 which was made possible by the daring missile attack on Karachi by Indian Naval Ships.
The CINC also briefed the Hon’ble CM on the forthcoming commissioning of the lead ship of Project 15B stealth guided missile destroyer “Visakhapatnam" at Mumbai named after the Executive Capital City of AP. The Flag Officer also apprised the CM on the progress of preparations towards conduct of PFR & MILAN 2022 which are scheduled to be held in Feb 2022
Monday, November 1, 2021
Indian Navy gets desi guided-missile destroyer at Visakhapatnam
The lead ship of Project 15B stealth guided-missile destroyers being built at Mazgaon Docks Limited (MDL), was delivered to the Indian Navy on 28 Oct 21. The contract for four ships of Project 15B, as the Visakhapatnam class ships are known, was signed on 28 January 2011. This project is a follow-on of the Kolkata class (Project 15A) destroyers commissioned in the last decade.
Designed by Directorate of Naval Design, Indian Navy’s in-house design organisation; and built by M/s Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Ltd, Mumbai; the four ships are christened after major cities from all four corners of the country viz. Visakhapatnam, Mormugao, Imphal and Surat.
The keel of Visakhapatnam was laid in October 2013 and the ship was launched in April 2015. The design has largely maintained the hull form, propulsion machinery, many platform equipment and major weapons & sensors as the Kolkata class to benefit from series production.
The 163 metres long warship has a full load displacement of 7400 tonnes and a maximum speed of 30 knots. The overall indigenous content of the project is approx. 75%. Apart from myriad indigenous equipment in the ‘Float’ and ‘Move’ categories, the destroyer is also installed with major indigenous weapons which include:
(a) Medium Range Surface-to-Air Missiles (BEL, Bangalore).
(b) BrahMos Surface-to-Surface Missiles (BrahMos Aerospace, New Delhi).
(c) Indigenous Torpedo Tube Launchers (Larsen & Toubro, Mumbai).
(d) Anti-Submarine Indigenous Rocket Launchers (Larsen & Toubro, Mumbai).
(e) 76mm Super Rapid Gun Mount (BHEL, Haridwar).
The delivery of Visakhapatnam is an affirmation of the impetus being given by the Government of India and the Indian Navy towards ‘Aatma Nirbhar Bharat’ as part of 75 years of Indian Independence. The induction of the destroyer, despite the COVID challenges, is a tribute to the collaborative efforts of a large number of stakeholders and would enhance the maritime prowess of the country in the Indian Ocean Region.