In pursuit of ‘clean coal’: The National Mission for Technology’s effort to bring in clean coal technologies is aimed at enhancing efficiencies and optimising the usage of coal which is the biggest energy resource for the country.
Tweet: AdvUltra Super Critical (AUSC) boiler technology new mantra in coal- thermal. Good luck to BHEL–NTPC for trials of this 800 MW tech at Dadri.
Clean Ganga—Mission Impossible? : The workload of the National Mission on Clean Ganga has increased exponentially as its mandate now includes cleaning up all the rivers in the Ganga basin. The government reckons an estimated R80,000 crores will be needed to clean up the river.
Tweet: Huge expectations on cleaning Ganga not yet matched by reqd organisation. The Nat Mission on Clean Ganga has just 3 permanent staff. Hurry!
Sending out mixed signals: Despite massive investment into the new terminals at Chennai and Kolkata, service quality leaves much to be desired. It might be more prudent for the government not to give in to pressure from the unions.
Tweet: Only Jaipur & Ahmedabad Airports on PPPisation go-ahead in the here and now. All others (like Lucknow, Guwahati, Chennai, Kolkata) on hold.
Fuzzy logic: While there can be no question about the need for handing over operation and maintenance of airports to the private sector, divesting the government stake in AAI appears to be aimed at only reducing fiscal deficit.
Tweet: What’s the end game? As per draft Aviation Policy, Airport Authority to be listed on Stock Exchanges and 20% Govt stake may be divested.
Power assets for sale: The policy paralysis of the last few years led to a situation where a number of well-intentioned projects were put on the block by their promoters.
Tweet: Vulture pickings: PE Funds & some large conglomerates looking to pick up distressed power assets see huge valuation upsides 2 years from now.
Changing tracks: Railway projects worth R12,000 crore have been opened up for private and foreign investment. It would be a good idea to invite FDI in high speed rail links, freight corridors and passenger terminal development projects.
Tweet: 100% FDI in Rly areas include Renewable Energy, Laundry, Bio-toilets. These are desirable – but emphasis should be on high impact projects.
A paradigm shift?: If Railways are allowed to give timely completion bonus to its staff, it would change the paradigm of how public sector projects are handled in the future.
Tweet: The 2% Babu: Suresh Prabhu has decided to give a 2% bonus to Rly teams that complete projects in time.”
Tweet: Rly Board officials reportedly struggling to operationalize Prabhu’s 2% project incentive – Definitions of Team, Completion criteria, etc.
Metro Man to the rescue: E Sreedharan has been invited to set up a ‘proper system and procedure to ensure accountability and transparency’ for the Railways.
Tweet: GoTo Man in Rlys: Another honour for 82 year old Sreedharan to be invited by Suresh Prabhu to head ‘1 Man Committee’ to systematize working.
– Vinayak Chatterjee is Chairman of Feedback Infra
His Twitter handle: @Infra_VinayakCh
A weekly compilation of the author’s tweets— with a brief backgrounder—in the infra space, by Adite Banerjie