Tweet: Compliments r in order to the citizens & administrn of Mysuru, Chandigarh & Trichy for topping the charts as the cleanest cities of India.
Tweet: Doesn’t do any good for our heritage or national pride if the PM’s constituency—Varanasi—ranks 65th dirtiest city amongst 73 surveyed.
Mysuru makes a clean sweep: Mysuru topped the list of cleanest cities while Dhanbad ranked as the dirtiest in the Quality Council of India’s Swachh Sarvekshan study of 73 cities. The study was conducted to help chart out a roadmap for the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan aimed at improving levels of sanitation and cleanliness across Indian cities.
Tweet: 400 rly stations redevelopment is the largest PPP package ever undertaken in the world. Swiss Challenge replaced by conventional bidding.
400 stations gear up for a makeover: Indian Railways is considering the various concerns of private sector developers for participation in the redevelopment of 400 stations. The makeover will enable Indian Railways to enhance revenue generation through commercial exploitation of its premises and enhanced user experience.
Tweet: One by one, countries registering interest to participate in NIIF. Latest is United Kingdom. PM Modi’s external outreach getting monetised.
UK thumbs up for NIIF: The UK and Indian governments are all set to sign an agreement that will pave the way for a mutually-beneficial working relationship in infrastructure financing. The two governments are already in talks regarding UK’s participation in the National Investment and Infrastructure Fund.
Tweet: High-speed trains between Delhi & Mumbai practical only after freight moves to Dedicated Freight Corridor. So, need to complete that fast.
Tweet: Mr. Sreedharan feels right time for Bullet Trains is 8-10 yrs from now. In the here and now, Rlys should concentrate on upgrading services.
Railways’ ambitious agenda: Experts are of the opinion that high-speed trains are untenable in the current scenario given the heavy traffic of freight trains in Mumbai-Delhi rail sections. The need to complete the Dedicated Freight Corridor thus takes precedence over the introduction of high-speed trains. It is estimated that building the bullet train corridor will take six to eight years. Hence, high-speed trains should be the logical short-term step in the transformation of train travel in India.
Tweet: Japanese funding all over! Now to fund 22 km Rs 17,750 cr trans-harbour link from Mumbai to Navi Mumbai—biggest ‘bridge over sea’ in India.
Indo-Japan links strengthen with sea bridge: The 22-km trans-harbour link is all set to be funded by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). The project is aimed at easing congestion and reducing pollution in Mumbai, and is proposed to be completed by 2019. It will add two rescue lanes and convert a 4-km stretch of the project into steel-only structure, instead of the earlier plan of building a cement and concrete bridge.
Tweet: With Coal India’s prodn up, Coal Secy @swarup58 rightly presses for zero imports of all grades of coal which are locally available.
Powering up coal production: The growth in domestic production of coal has resulted in foreign exchange savings of Rs 22,000 crore, says Anil Swarup, secretary, ministry of coal. Therefore, it makes little sense to import those grades of coal that are now available locally.
Tweet: Asian Dev Bank encouraging India to consider building a bridge/undersea tunnel linking Srilanka & India. Almost like the English Chunnel!
Building regional cooperation: The Indian government, at the behest of the Asian Development Bank, is considering an ambitious bridge or undersea tunnel project to link India and Sri Lanka. The project would give a big boost to sub-regional cooperation within the SAARC (South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation).
—Vinayak Chatterjee is Chairman of Feedback Infra
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