Govt’s next big commitment after universal electrification is 24/7 tap water to every household by 2030. Tough but worth working towards.
Tapping into an essential need: The ministry of drinking water and sanitation is in talks with states to provide tap water for all households by 2030. The scheme would entail total investment of R5-6 lakh crore.
Railways & Roads running neck to neck on Capex ambitions. Railways plans R8.5 lac crores in 5 yrs. Roads R5.4 lac crores in next 3 yrs (1.71 & 1.78 pa).
Capex growth on the fast track: The major investment for Railways will go towards network decongestion and expansion—at R2 lakh crore each. Nearly R127,000 crore will be spent on safety-related investment. Meanwhile, expenditure on roads network is set to gather pace in the next three years.
Positive Reverse Federalism: Centre gives approval to upgrade and convert 57,000 kms of State Highways into National Highways.
Highway to upgradation: In a move that is aimed at enhancing road safety, reducing congestion and improving connectivity, the ministry for road transport and highways will upgrade state highways and increase the National Highway (NH) network from the current 113,298 km.
Quietly, India also stepping up its nuclear power capacity. Was 5000 MW in 2014. Expected to be 15,000 MW by 2024. Frankly – should do more.
Nuclear power capacity on the rise: The government is taking steps to fast track all ongoing nuclear power projects and setting up of new plants. It is also actively pursuing the process of acquiring uranium from different sources, including exploration in Bihar and Meghalaya.
At Islamabad meet on Indus Water Treaty, India pushes for 5 hydro projects on Chenab river – says has under-utilised entitlements in past.
Thrust on hydropower: The hydro projects, taken together, would triple hydro power generation in Jammu & Kashmir from the current 3,000 MW level. They are “run-of-the-river” schemes that use the river’s flow and elevation to generate electricity rather than large reservoirs.
Gadkari right in seeking more empowerment for NHAI ~ too many layers & procedures from internal committees to MoRTH to Finance to Cabinet.
More Powers To NHAI?: Blaming the ‘system’ for delays in project completion, Roads Minister Nitin Gadkari has proposed that the National Highways Authority of India’s (NHAI) powers be enhanced so that it can clear all highway projects on its own.
UDAY has t interest burden of participating states by R12,000 crores in April-Dec. Good. Would be useful to also have data on AT&C loss.
The UDAY impact: Power Minister Piyush Goyal informed Parliament that out of R3,75,430 crore debt of state-owned power distribution utilities, as existing on March 31, 2015, the states that signed up for Ujwal Discom Assurance Yojana (UDAY) scheme account for R3,56,152 crore.
In historic pronouncement, Uttarakhand HCourt declares Ganga & Yamuna rivers “legal & living entities.” Polluting akin to harming a human.
Ganga and Yamuna now legal entities: The court’s order will allow complaints to be filed in the name of the two rivers. It has also given the Centre eight weeks to set up boards for cleaning and maintaining the rivers.