The Union Cabinet led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi today took a number of significant decisions to boost infrastructure as well as nuclear energy scenario of the country. As Modi government prepares to celebrate three years in power on May 26, one hopes these decisions announced today are realised in a time-bound fashion.
Here we take a look at some of the most signification decisions taken by the Modi Cabinet today:
Construction of electrified third line between Manmad-Jalgaon in Maharashtra
The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs approved the construction of electrified third line between Manmad-Jalgaon in Maharashtra. The total length of the Manmad-Jalgaon line will be 160 km. The estimated cost of the Project will be Rs.1035.16 crore with expected completion cost of Rs.1198.92 crore. The project is likely to be completed in next five years.
Construction of third line will greatly ease the ever increasing passenger and freight traffic on Manmad-Jalgaon route thereby increasing the revenue of Railways. Jalgaon and Nashik districts of Maharashtra will be covered by this route.
Construction of electrified doubling line between Phephana-Indara and Mau-Shahganj in Uttar Pradesh
The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs approved the construction of double line with electrification between Phephana-Indara and Mau-Shahganj (excluding Indara-Mau) totalling 150 km approximately in Uttar Pradesh. The respective length of the Phephana-Indara and Mau-Shahganj lines will be 50.53 km and 99.75 km. The estimated cost of the Project will be Rs.1028.95 crore with expected completion cost of Rs.1190.98 crore. The project is likely to be completed in next five years.
The doubling of these lines will remove the pressure over the congested North Central Railway route by providing an alternative route. Also, more number of goods/passenger trains could be run after doubling. It will lead to economic prosperity and development of the areas.
Construction of double line with electrification between Guntur-Guntakal in Andhra Pradesh
The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs approved the construction of double line with electrification between Guntur-Guntakal in Andhra Pradesh. The total length of the line will be 401.47 km. The anticipated cost of the Project will be Rs.3631 crore which will be funded through cost sharing of 50:50 by State Government and Ministry of Railway. The project is likely to be completed in five years.
The project fulfils the commitment given in the Andhra Pradesh Bifurcation Act regarding the increased rail connectivity to the Rayalaseema region to the Amravati, the capital of Andhra Pradesh. There is a significant amount of cross traffic moving on Guntur-Guntakal section besides the scope for further increase in additional originating and terminating traffic once the line is doubled. Besides travelling people. Industries in and around Guntur-Guntakal route will have additional transport capacity to meet their requirements.
Four-laning of Porbandar-Dwarka Section of NH-8E in Gujarat
The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs approved the development of four-laning of Porbandar-Dwarka Section of NH-8E in Gujarat. The cost is estimated to be Rs.1958.88 crore including cost of land acquisition, resettlement and rehabilitation and other pre-construction activities. The total length of the road to be developed is approximately 118 kms. This work will be done under the National Highways Development Project (NHDP) Phase IV on Hybrid Annuity Mode.
The project would help in expediting the improvement of infrastructure in Gujarat and in reducing the time and cost of travel for traffic, particularly heavy traffic, plying between Porbandar-Dwarka section. The development of this stretch will also help in uplifting the socio-economic condition of this region in the State. It would also increase employment potential for local labourers for project activities. It has been estimated that a total number of 4,076 man-days are required for construction of one kilometre of the highway. As such, employment potential of 4,80,000 (approx.) man-days will be generated locally during the construction period of this stretch.
Construction of 10 units of India’s indigenous Pressurized Heavy Water Reactors (PHWR)
The Union Cabinet approved the construction of 10 units of India’s indigenous Pressurized Heavy Water Reactors (PHWR). The total installed capacity of the Plants will be 7000 MW. The 10 PHWR project will result in a significant augmentation of nuclear power generation capacity.
At present, India has installed nuclear power capacity of 6780 MW from 22 operational plants. Another 6700 MWs of nuclear power is expected to come onstream by 2021-22 through projects presently under construction. The ten new units will come up in fleet mode as a fully homegrown initiative. It would be one of the flagship “Make in India” projects in this sector. With likely manufacturing orders of close to 70,000 crores to the domestic industry, the project will help transform Indian nuclear industry by linking our goal of a strong nuclear power sector with our indigenous industrial capacities in high-end technologies.
It is expected to generate more than 33,400 jobs in direct and indirect employment. The ten reactors will be part of India’s latest design of 700 MW PHWR fleet with state-of-art technology meeting the highest standards of safety.
Indian Agricultural Research Institute (lARI) in Assam
The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs approved the setting up of Indian Agricultural Research Institute (lARI) in Assam. The proposal of Department of Agriculture Research and Education (DARE)/Indian Council for Agricultural Research (ICAR) under the scheme, the establishment of the “Indian Agricultural Research Institute (lARI)-Assam” seeks to set up the Institute on 587 acre of land provided by the Govt. of Assam. lARI-Assam would be a Post-Graduate Institution of higher learning in Agricultural Education. It will have the hallmark identity of an IARI including all sectors of agriculture like field crops, horticultural crops, agro-forestry, animal husbandry, fisheries, poultry, piggery, silk rearing, honey production, etc.