1. Infrastructure: Railways ferry 23 mn daily, but buses carry a whopping 70 mn

Infrastructure: Railways ferry 23 mn daily, but buses carry a whopping 70 mn

100 of the largest Indian cities need $15.4 bn for purchasing 150,000 new buses and developing transport infra.

By: | Published: September 13, 2017 4:05 AM
railways, railways versus buses, transport infrastructure, infra tweets, infra tweets by vinayak chatterjee As per the road transport ministry, opening up bus transport to further pvt investment will increase daily ridership to 120-150 mn.

Rlys ferry 23 mill passengers/day = population of Australia. But how many realise that State Transport buses ferry 70 million pass /day ?!
Banking on buses
100 of the largest Indian cities need $15.4 bn for purchasing 150,000 new buses and developing transport infra. As per the road transport ministry, opening up bus transport to further pvt investment will increase daily ridership to 120-150 mn.

With tough talking to heads of State Transport indertakings, Minister Gadkari sets about initiating long overdue reforms in bus services.
Towards better bus services
Gadkari asked state transport undertakings to reform or forfeit any help from the Centre. Their fleet must include electric vehicles and they must switch to cleaner fuels like ethanol and DME.

Half-way house to a National Power Procurement Co? Govt to start with 2000 MW pilot for centralised power purchases from stressed gencos
Powering gencos’ revival
The govt plans to help 34 stressed plans with a capacity of 40,000 MW, with a combined debt of Rs 1.77 lakh cr. Power Finance Corp or Power Trading Corp will do the procurement and call for tariff-based bids from states.

NHAI goes international:  Awarded first project overseas – in Myanmar. ? 1717 cr contract for upgradation of 120 km Yagyi- Kalewa section
NHAI goes to Myanmar
The project was awarded to a joint venture between two private companies. The JV will build the two–lane road in three years and maintain it for a further three. An opportunity to showcase India’s prowess in infra development.

Good decision to use Hybrid Annuity Model (HAM) to start implementing sewage treatment plants along Ganga. Best PPP framework for the task
HAMmering out Ganga clean-up
Thirty-plus firms came for the pre-bidding meetings for the 50 million litres per day (MLD) STP at Varanasi and the 82 MLD treatment capacity in Haridwar. The contract is for 15 years.

After Jharsuguda , Mundra in Gujarat also set to transform from an airstrip to a full – fledged commercial airport under UDAN scheme.
Mundra gets an airport
Under the regional connectivity scheme, the private airline that won the bid will operate Mundra-Ahmedabad-Mundra flights. The Mundra air-port is to also function as an cargo hub with night landing facility, baggage handling, fuel refilling,etc, at an estimated cost of Rs 1,400 cr

Much buzz around it ~ At Rs 46,000 cr MSRDC’s Mumbai-Nagpur Expressway is one of the largest construction contracts ever. Bid date Sept 27
Expressway deadline shifted
Only eight of 27 bidders were found eligible. This is the fourth time that MSRDC has moved the deadline for submission of bids. It will relax a few conditions to attract more bidders.

Hyper activity: Hyperloop signs MoU with Govt of AP for link between Amravati & Vijaywada on PPP basis. Future is in our backyard!
Good speed on hyperloop
Hyperloop Transportation Technologies will conduct a feasibility study over six months beginning October—hyperloop can cut the hour-long journey between the two cities to just 5 minutes. India, which missed bullet train adoption 30 years ago, is making timely moves on hyperloop.

Rail Dev Auth resolution passed by Cabinet in May 2017 to separate regulatory role from operations. Now for @PiyushGoyal to take forward
Putting Rail Development Authority on track
RDA got DoPT’s nod for appointment of key personnel in end-August. RDA, apart from fixing passenger fares and freight charges to recover costs while staying competitive, will also ensure quality of service and facilitate investment in Railways.

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