1. From Railways PPP boost, affordable housing to e-bus services, 8 noteworthy infrastructure moves to note

From Railways PPP boost, affordable housing to e-bus services, 8 noteworthy infrastructure moves to note

Railways is offering 400 stations to private sector to modernise, with minimum investment of Rs 1 lakh crore.

By: | Updated: October 29, 2017 2:43 AM

Increasing lease period frm 45 to 99 yrs for PPP format of d Station Redevelopment scheme is a practical & positively impactful decision

A longer station redevelopment lease

Railways is offering 400 stations to private sector to modernise, with minimum investment of Rs 1 lakh crore. Stations will be bid on the Swiss Challenge method; companies winning bids can build commercial complexes in ancillary space to recover investment.

End of monopoly? SAIL likely to lose position as only supplier of rails, as it struggles to go beyond 70% of committed supplies to Rlys

No smooth SAIL-ing

Against Railways’ FY18 requirement of 1.46 MT, SAIL has committed only 1.14 MT. For the remaining 300,000 tonnes, sourcing from private steelmakers through a tender is an option. Railways, hit by incidents of derailing, needs steel to modernise tracks.

PPP push for affordable housing: Govt trying hard to motivate private sector to get more involved. Buffet of 6 PPP schemes on offer

Attractive PPP bouquet for affordable housing

A central assistance of `1.5-2.5 lakh per housing unit to buyers who purchase from private builders constructing house on private lands. New policy outlines eight PPP options, including six for private builders constructing houses on government land.

BHEL takes strides to stay relevant. Diversifies product portfolio. Adds rail-metro coaches, & now keen to get into rly electrification

BHEL gets on Railways-biz track

Railways has launched Mission 41k to save Rs 41,000 crore by electrifying 24,000-km of track. BHEL chairperson has written to the Railway Board asking BHEL be considered for electrification of 1,000-km initially.

Green on white route: Himachal starts 25-seater electric bus service on Kullu-Manali-Rohtang Pass route. Should see more green routes

Himachal gets electric transport solution

Each bus that Himachal has procured can run up to 200-km on a single charge and recharged in four hours. Given how road transport & highways minister Nitin Gadkari has asserted the govt’s focus on electric vehicles, more states may follow suit.

At the cost of sounding like a stuck record, steps for reviving pvt sector investment in infra are clearly laid down in Kelkar Comm Report

Fill out Kelkar prescription for infra investment

The committee had recommended a rational allocation of risks among stakeholders in a PPP, apart from modifying the anti-graft law to differentiate between corruption and genuine errors of judgement.

Operationalisation of India-developed Chabahar Port in Iran by 2018 (as expected now) indeed a geo-political brownie point for India

Partnering Iran at Chabahar

Iran will apply to Exim Bank of India for first tranche of loan from $150-million credit line India holds. India is also helping build $1.6-billion rail link that connects Chabahar port with Iranian city of Zahedan, on the border with Afghanistan.

Uplifting: Chardham (Kedar, Badri, Yamunotri, Gangotri) highway project now set to take off with NGT overruling environmental objections

Chardham Road project’s hurdles cleared

Uttarakhand and BRO have assured NGT environmental laws will be complied with, including the Bhagirathi Eco-Sensitive Zone notification of 2012. The 900-km road project is important both from infrastructure and strategic PoV, given proximity to China.

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