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From why Delhi Metro fare hike was inevitable, Railways switch to LHB coaches to wind power, here is what made news in infrastructure sector

Railways has moved up the LHB coaches production target to 5,000 from earlier 2,435.

Delhi metro, metro fare
There has been no increase in fare since 2009, but energy costs for Delhi Metro have increased by 105 percent.

Subsidise or Raise User-pay charges for Delhi Metro sustainability? No dilemma really as there’s no choice ~ Rs 3,000 cr subsidy per yr?!!

DMRC hikes Delhi metro fares

DMRC’s net loss stands at Rs 378 crore. There has been no increase in fare since 2009, but energy costs for Delhi Metro have increased by 105%, staff cost by 139%, and repair and maintenance cost by 213%. The DMRC Board approved the fare hike on Monday.

3 good decisions by Rlys. To completely switch over to the much safer LHB coaches; order 80,000 bio toilets & tender globally for rails

Railways puts safety, hygiene on track

Railways has moved up the LHB coaches production target to 5,000 from earlier 2,435. Bio-toilets will give hygiene in trains and station- and track-cleanliness a leg up. Upgrading tracks a safety priority—wider procurement will get Railways latest tech.

After Safety, next priority fr Rlys is Track Decongestion. Of 1,219 sections in network, 40% have capacity utilisation > 100% and beyond

Desperately seeking decongestion

Such gross over-utilisation of capacity undercuts safety as it erodes maintenance time—in the Delhi-Kanpur segment, Railways staff got just 13 minutes to check tracks between two trains. An IIT-Kanpur study found a correlation between the low headway and collision.

Latest wind power winning bid at `2.64 underscores need to restore balance between pvt sector desperation fr orders vs sector viability

Wind tariff hits record low

Twelve bids totalling up to a capacity of 2,892 MW were received against a capacity auction of 1,000 MW. Nine were shortlisted for e-reverse auction. The latest tariff discovered is much lower than the Rs 3.46/unit winning bid in this year’s first wind auction, in February.

Much action on electric car charging infra. NBCC & Fortum of Finland sign up for a partnership to implement charging stations network.

Charging points to push EVs

Fortum has already installed one 22 KW AC charger in NBCC-maintained New Moti Bagh in Delhi. These points are to be operated using Fortum’s cloud-based system. The plan is roll out more than 150 charging stations in the next 12-18 months.

Whilst cement capacity utilisn is at 60-65%, silver lining is that if there is a stimulus to construction sector, supply ramp up no issue

Affordable housing could push cement recovery

Capacity utilisation is at a low after peak of 86-89% in 2007-09. Nomura forecasts capacity expansion will be limited to just 50 MT over next three years, compared to 95 MT over previous five. ‘Affordable housing’ may provide some relief for cement.

Much needed: Following Station Redevelopment in PPP mode, next big program being unleashed by Gadkari is “Bus Ports” ~modern bus terminals

Boarding the public transport development bus

Road transport minister believes India can have 2,000-2,500 bus ports and states can build world-class terminals in PPP. The Centre has offered footing 3.5% of designing, modelling, supervision costs to states. The Centre is in talks with World Bank and ADB to replicate London Transport Authority model.

Rajkot to get a new airport as existing within city & congested. Also means land released has high value and can pay for city upgradations

New airport for Rajkot

The airport, to be developed by the Airports Authority of India, has been allotted over 2,500 acres of land. Building the new airport at Hirasar, some 15 km from Rajkot, should spur urbanisation in the area, taking pressure off the main city area.

Only 7% of land acquired for 700km Mumbai-Nagpur ‘SuperHiway.’ Maharashtra could ask UP on how Agra-Lucknow Expway done in record time?

Roadblock for Mumbai-Nagpur highway

Farmer opposition has meant that of 8,531 hectares of private land required, only 603.5 hectares have been acquired. But the state govt maintains 5,644 farmers have consented to sell 2,750 hectares, and process of buying it has commenced.

A weekly collection of the author’s tweets—with a brief backgrounder—by Sarthak Ray

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