Tweet: Laudatory reports coming in from various parts of the country on visible impact of Suresh Prabhu rly station cleanliness drive.
Tenders invited for 28 of 77 railway projects as per Suresh Prabhu priority of decongesting network in some of the busiest corridors.
Railways cleanliness campaign: The cleanliness campaign initiated by railway minister Suresh Prabhu is giving a facelift to stations across the country. Various NGOs have come forward to adopt stations and ensure hygiene standards. Railways is also planning to build satellite terminals near the busiest junctions in a bid to decongest them.
Tweet: Sagarmala Devpt Co to be set up by Govt to develop new ports as well as facilitate port-based industries & smart cities. Welcome thrust.
Sagarmala project gets a new lease of life: The Prime Minister is focusing on a port-led development strategy to give the Indian economy a boost. Therefore, the creation of a new and dedicated PSU would ensure quick implementation of many of the projects in participation with the coastal states.
Tweet: NHAI-road project that does not start in a year of signing Agreement will be deemed “terminated.” s Pressure now to provide all clearances.
NHAI changes the rules of the game: The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) has announced a slew of measures to boost revenue growth of road projects and construction companies. Its pronouncement regarding start of projects will put pressure on concerned officials as well as provide banks, investors and developers comfort with regard to timely commencement of projects.
Tweet: New airport development at Mopa in Goa once again in the news. Goa CM says 5 shortlisted developers to align. Bid conditions not clear yet.
New airport for Goa: The chief minister of Goa has announced that work for a new airport at Mopa will begin in August-September next year and is expected to be completed in 2019. The airport is to be developed in four phases and will handle 4.4 million passengers annually in the first phase.
Tweet: MoRTH Secretary Vijay Chibber goes public with his criticism of banks having “over financed” road projects without proper “due diligence.”
Another practical and positive stroke from Gadkari—road projects stuck for lack of funding to get financial assistance on helpful terms.
Road projects: Funding woes: Even as MoRTH secretary questioned the risk assessment systems of banks in funding road projects, the transport minister assured developers that their financial woes would be a thing of the past. The government is gearing up to fund projects worth R5 lakh crore.
Tweet: A smart bilateral move: India to invest R2904 cr in Kaladan Multimodal Port in Myanmar to provide connectivity to India-Myanmar border.
Revitalising eastern trade: Apart from promoting economic and strategic links with Myanmar, the port will enable shipment of cargo from the eastern ports of India to Myanmar as well as to the north-eastern part of India through Myanmar. This is seen as part of a larger effort by the Indian government to give a boost to trade and investment along the coastlines of south and south-east Asia.
Tweet: Focus on Pedestrian: Delhi Govt to begin with 10 pilot roads—to put in pedestrian crossings every 300 metres & other street furniture.
Making Delhi pedestrian-friendly: Delhi government has announced that it will redesign over 1,200 km of roads to make it more pedestrian and public transport-friendly. The cost of the project is estimated to be R5,000 crore and will include installation of glass lifts, toilet blocks, solar-powered streetlights, among other modifications.
—Vinayak Chatterjee is Chairman of Feedback Infra
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