while a few need a nod from the defence ministry. These cannot move quickly unless there is intervention from the top,” the official added.
CCI's role in these projects is considered important as it has already facilitated progress on stuck projects in the oil and gas sector. The CCI has cleared projects worth Rs 25,126 that were delayed due to defence ministry clearance.
The process to facilitate border infrastructure is expected to benefit Kotli Behl hydroelectric project in Uttarakhand, Dibang 3000 MW project in Arunachal, Tawang 800 MW project in Arunachal Pradesh, Tipalmukh power project in Manipur and Mizoram, Silchar-Melriat 400 KV D/C line in Mizoram being implemented by PowerGrid, NHPC's 66 MW Loktak hydro electric project, SJVNL's 60 MW Naitwar Mori project in Uttarakhand, NTPC's Kolodyne II project in Mizoram.
“The process is being simplified to redress the situation arising out of poor road connectivity which has hampered the operational capability of the Border Guarding Forces deployed along the India-China border. The government had decided to undertake phase-wise construction of 27 roads,” added an environment ministry official.
Out of 27 roads, 25 roads have been final green nods. Approval in principle has been obtained for one road and compliance report submitted for the same.
Besides, private sector projects - 680 MW Attunli Hydro Electric Project and 3097 MW Etalin Hydro Electric project - located in Arunachal Pradesh close to the the border with China (Tibet) may also be considered by the CCI.
In addition, decisions could also be taken to fast-track projects such as the Indo-Bangladesh border road passing through Dampa Tiger reserve in Mizoram and Gandhuli-Hazirpur-Santhalpur road in Gujarat. These projects face issues of clearance from board for wildlife while the Gujarat project needs revised alignment. Another road project along Indo-China border flag hill – Dokala is awaiting forest clearance and formal nod from National Board for Wildlife.
For railways, the decisions to facilitate progress on strategic railway lines such as the proposed Jammu-Poonch (via Rajauri) new line, Missamari-Tawang line, Murkongselek-Pasighat-Tezurupai line, Jodhpur-Jaisalmer line, doubling among a list of over 25 projects.