1. Infrastructure: Out-of-the-box thinking by Indian Railways to offer trucks loading facility and move them across NCR

Infrastructure: Out-of-the-box thinking by Indian Railways to offer trucks loading facility and move them across NCR

In order to improve connectivity between Northeast India and Myanmar, the government plans to improve the road network at an estimated cost of R7,500 crore.

By: | New Delhi | Published: March 8, 2017 4:52 AM
Indian Railways, Capex, network decongestion, Indus Water Treaty, sputtering gas-based power plants, MW Waste-to-Energy plant, NITI Aayog, Rajasthan Govt, solar equipment makers Four national highway upgradation projects including Aizawl-Tuipang in Mizoram, Tura-Dalu and Dalu-Dudani in Meghalaya and Imphal-Moreh in Manipur will be taken up for Cabinet approval. (Source: Reuters)

NE finally getting due infra attention—R7500 cr for roads + elec transmission + inland waterways + reg air connectivity + rail links.

Northeast’s road to improved connectivity
In order to improve connectivity between Northeast India and Myanmar, the government plans to improve the road network at an estimated cost of R7,500 crore. Four national highway upgradation projects including Aizawl-Tuipang in Mizoram, Tura-Dalu and Dalu-Dudani in Meghalaya and Imphal-Moreh in Manipur will be taken up for Cabinet approval.

Indications r that ADIA (Abu Dhabi InvAuth) & Qatar InvAuth may be first 2 investors in NIIF. Solar & Highway TOT likely investments.

NIIF gears up for action
The National Investment and Infrastructure Fund (NIIF) is likely to get foreign investors soon. It is also expected to raise R8,000 crore from multilateral and bilateral institutions, pension funds and domestic public sector enterprises.

Out-of-box thinking by Rlys. Offers to have thru trucks loaded onto flat rly wagons & moved across NCR to reduce congestion in Delhi.
After station dev, smart of Rlys to look at PPP based monetisation of 100 goods sheds. Clear attraction there for pvt logistics players.

Flagging off a new train of development
The Indian Railways has started a Roll-On-Roll-Off service, from Gurugram, to carry loaded trucks on wagons, aimed at decongesting roads in the National Capital Region (NCR). This is part of a larger initiative launched by the transporter to improve its revenues.

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Janaagraha survey highlights how poorly Indian cities show up on urban governance with scores between 2-4 on 10; with London & NY at 9+.

Indian cities score low on urban governance
Thiruvananthapuram, Pune and Kolkata have emerged as top three cities on parameters of urban governance in the Annual Survey of India’s City-Systems for 2016 conducted by Janaagraha Centre for Citizenship and Democracy. The low scores imply that Indian cities need to strengthen quality of laws, policies and institutions significantly to deliver a high quality of life to citizens.

Gathers moss: FE headlines how PMO peeved that there is inadequate progress in 9 of 11 road projects where PM had laid foundation stones.

Highways face hurdles
Only two of the 11 mega highway projects launched by the Prime Minister are on track. The reasons for the delay include problems of land acquisition, utility shifting, protests by villagers and cash crunch faced by contractors.

@amitabhk87 lends support to long-standing recco that infra projects should be bid out only after key clearances are first bundled in SPV.

Bid to make infra projects investor-friendly
NITI Aayog’s Amitabh Kant has suggested that infrastructure projects need to be de-risked with all approvals including land and environment taken upfront and put in Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) mode before the bidding process. This will enable greater participation by international companies.

E-toll FASTAGs now mandatory for all trucks on Govt duty. Good. Now to have this extended to ST buses, interstate pvt bus & taxi permits.

Enabling hassle-free cargo movement
Transport minister Nitin Gadkari recently announced that all concerned ministries would take out administrative orders making it mandatory for trucks contracted by government departments like FCI, petroleum, mines, etc, to carry FASTags. The total number of FASTags issued till February 25 is 3,42,500, with a transaction of R353.37 crore.

In a rather low-key launch, India got its first integrated “Heliport” at Rohini in north Delhi on Tuesday. Terminal with 150 pax capacity.

First integrated heliport inaugurated in NCR
The first integrated heliport, built by Pawan Hans, has four hangars and can park 16 helicopters. It also has other significant capabilities, including MRO facilities, and can be used for disaster management and emergency medical services.

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