Welcome new Metro Policy espousing PPP in Ops & Management of rolling stock, fare collection, station and parking, signalling systems etc
New metro policy: The policy states that metro projects will only be approved and aided by the Centre if there is pvt sector participation and last-mile connectivity. States can form their own fare fixing authority and decide on rules and regulation for metro.
SupCourt removes restrictions on Delhi Airport’s non-aeronautical land use & aligns it with Nat Civil Aviation Policy guidelines
Land rights for DIAL: DIAL gets greater flexibility in use of non-aeronautical land. It can set up commercial complexes, hotels in the land leased for non-aeronautical land where only passenger service-related purposes were allowed.
CMIE data ~ 962 delayed projects (> Rs 150 crores) of which 36 are delayed beyond 20 years & 67 between 10-20 yrs. Most in water & irrigation
Stuck projects are quite the drag: Rs 32.7 lakh crore is locked in these projects, with cost overrun at Rs 14.35 lakh crore. Railways are badly-hit, with 11 new lines conceived 20 years ago and still to be completed. MOSPI data shows that of 351 infra projects costing above Rs 1,000 crore, 127 are delayed with 115 suffering from cost overruns.
ParlmPanel pulls up some states for diluting provisions in state enactment of RERA; & also instructs Urban Min to remove all ambiguities
Get real about RERA: States have been asked to take remedial measures to ensure ongoing projects come under RERA ambit. Some have let many ongoing projects escape RERA scrutiny. Parl panel on subordinate legislation said this is not in consonance with the spirit of the Act.
As Govt now serious about adoption of Electr Tolling with Fastag/new App, should announce universal adoption date like GST/Demonetisation
e-Tolling gets going: NHAI has said that all lanes of the 371 NHAI toll plazas in the country will become FASTag enabled by October 31—one lane will be reserved for FASTag from September 1 onwards. The apps will allow users to buy or recharge FASTags online.
Big lift now expected for Hydro (1) ~ Rs 20,000 cr special Hydro fund to push stalled projects (2) declaration of ALL Hydro as Renewable
More power to hydro: In the hydroelectricity segment, 14 projects have stalled. Investment is thinning, perhaps because of low tariffs discovered for competing renewables like wind and solar. In such a scenario, the fund and renewables status, regardless of size, could help revive projects.
Appreciate @PiyushGoyal taking a strong stand against states unilaterally arm-twisting renewable suppliers to lower legally agreed tariffs
Honour those PPAs: Thanks to lower tariffs discovered in renewable space, states like Andhra Padesh and Tamil Nadu have been keen on renegotiating older PPAs. Goyal’s ministry has approached power secretaries of different states urging them to prevail over respective state-owned discoms to honour PPAs.
Pune shows SmartCity path: Rolls out 6 modules of ‘Command & Control Centre’ that interfaces on traffic, elec, water, CCTV surveillance
Smart city lessons from Pune: Pune’s command-and control centre is the first project being implemented across smart-cities. At present, under C&C centre’s traffic management system, traffic alerts are being sent to Punekars to manage traffic flow during peak office hours.
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