1. Infrastructure: UDAN to take-off in January, 2017; fliers to pay more to fund regional connectivity

Infrastructure: UDAN to take-off in January, 2017; fliers to pay more to fund regional connectivity

After UDAY government is going to launch new scheme i.e. UDAN =“Udey Desh ka Aam Nagrik

By: | Published: October 26, 2016 6:31 AM

Tweet: After UDAY, UDAN =“Udey Desh ka Aam Nagrik.” This is the regional air connectivity scheme; final guidelines expected to be released today.

Tweet: Mkt-linked yield curve control: UDAN regional connectivity scheme has only 50% of seats with price cap of R2500. Rest – surge, dynamic.

UDAN to take-off in January 2017: Under the UDAN scheme, fliers on major domestic routes will have to pay more for flights to fund regional connectivity. The Airports Authority of India (AAI) would be the implementing agency and the provisions would be reviewed at least once in three years.

Tweet: Govt’s focus and initiatives for rooftop solar paying off. India now has 1020 MW rooftop solar capacity = 13% of total solar capacity.

Bright days ahead for rooftop solar: India’s rooftop solar capacity grew by 513 MW over the past year. It is expected that another 1,192 MW will be added in the next 12 months.

Tweet: Smart move by Rlys to join hands with Urban Ministry and attempt to monetise public land around rly stations in the 100 SmartCities.

Railways proposes novel scheme for smart cities: The Railways along with the Urban Ministry will develop 300 to 800 acres of public land around railway stations to create integrated transport hubs, passenger amenities, residential areas, and commercial units. The project will later be extended to 500 cities under the AMRUT scheme.

Tweet: Dampener: CRISIL reports low chances of new PPAs being signed by Discoms. 25,000 MW of already signed PPAs r to get operational by FY19.

Tweet: UDAY on-boarded states: CRISIL puts out encouraging prediction that these 15 states will see Discom losses to halve by 2019. Hope so.

Light at the end of the discom tunnel? According to a new report by ratings agency CRISIL, an uptick in long term signings of Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) is possible only if discoms turn profitable by FY 2019. On the positive side, aggregate losses of discoms are seen declining by 46% to R20,000 crore from the present R37,000 crore.

Tweet: Interesting mkt situation in steel. Prodn expected to grow at robust 10% whilst demand growth will be sub 5%. Bcoz imports down due to MIP.

A mixed bag for steel producers: Even though demand for steel is declining, it is expected to outpace the regional average. Indian steel producers are likely to benefit from the slow growth in Chinese steel exports which is down to 9% in the first half of 2016.

Tweet: Well done. @PiyushGoyal launches satellite-based Mining Surveillance System. Will trigger alarm when there is any illegal mining.

Technology to the rescue: The pathbreaking monitoring system is designed to check 500 meters around the existing mining lease boundary for any activity relating to illegal mining. A check for illegality in operation is conducted and reported back using a mobile app.

Tweet: Much to do: Around 78% of National Highways are either 1 lane or 2 lanes. 40% of all non NHs (state + district + rural) are not metalled.

Long road ahead for NHs: The task of four-laning the National Highways is a huge challenge. Also there is a need to set right the imbalance as according to official statistics, just five states—Maharashtra, UP, Karnataka, West Bengal and Assam—account for 43% of the road network.


—Vinayak Chatterjee is Chairman of Feedback Infra His Twitter handle: @Infra_VinayakCh A weekly selection of the author’s tweets— with a brief backgrounder—in the infra space, by Adite Banerjie

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