Infratweets: 32-city road safety plan

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Published: March 25, 2015 12:16:10 AM

Even though the government has been able to clear the Land Bill in the Lok Sabha with nine amendments...

 Options before Govt on Land as Ord lapses on 6 April (1) Repromulgate old (2) allow it to lapse (3) new ord with LS changes. Prefer (3).Options before Govt on Land as Ord lapses on 6 April (1) Repromulgate old (2) allow it to lapse (3) new ord with LS changes. Prefer (3).

Land acquisition Bill gets stymied… : Even though the government has been able to clear the Land Bill in the Lok Sabha with nine amendments, it faces tough opposition in getting a clear passage in the Rajya Sabha. The matter has been complicated by the fact that Parliament is in recess for a month.

Tweet: Options before Govt on Land as Ord lapses on 6 April (1) Repromulgate old (2) allow it to lapse (3) new ord with LS changes. Prefer (3)

…but coal & mines Bill is passed: The government overcame stiff opposition to get the new coal law passed in the Rajya Sabha, thereby ending four decades of state monopoly. Private companies can now mine coal and sell it in the open market whereas earlier they were only allowed to mine coal for use as captive fuel.

Tweet: Coal & Mines Bills of great significance for 3 reasons (1) no more crony allocations (2) merchant miners allowed (3) states get fair share.

UP government takes a stand on land acquisition: Amid all the brouhaha over land acquisition, the UP government has announced that land for development projects will be acquired with the consent of owners and holders. It will take into consideration rehabilitation of affected people.

Tweet: Federalism in practice: UP Govt decides to acquire land for govt projects only after securing consent from landowners. Says it’s confident.

Coal block auctions—lack of transparency: The Select Committee on the Coal Mines (Special Provisions) Bill has advised the government to specify who will be the custodian of the revenues from the coal block auctions and how it will be distributed among the coal-bearing states of eastern India.

Tweets:  Lack of clarity on how R2 lac crore garnered from coal auctions and promised to states will actually be disbursed to states.

Govt innuendos on ‘cartelisation’ & threats of cancellation of low bids impair the credibility of the ‘transparent’ coal auction process.

Debroy panel signals big changes for Indian Railways: An upfront passenger fare subsidy, paid for by central and state governments, is one of the key suggestions made by the Bibek Debroy headed committee. Subsidised tickets could be linked to Aadhaar cards. It has also proposed a Railways regulator to pave the way for private firms to enter into running of trains.

Tweet: Pathbreaking. Debroy Panel on Rlys gets it right on many fronts — social obligation accounting, pvt investments & reqd organisation revamp.

Call to action—using up vacant lands: There is a need to set up a central land bank corporation to effectively use large tracts of available land. The private sector has been asking for this for a long time.

Tweet: Railways say they have 47,336 acres of vacant land bank. Imagine what GoI, State Govt’s and PSUs have together to offer. Put it to work.

Rolling out a 32-city road safety initiative: The government is all set to roll out a tracking system for public transport at a cost of R1,400 crore. Nearly 30 lakh vehicles across 32 cities are to be equipped with devices to ensure safer roads, particularly women, over a two-year period.

Tweet: Massive effort: PMO instructs relevant Ministries to implement in 2 yrs tracking of ALL modes of pub transport with GPS & Emergency buttons.

—Vinayak Chatterjee is Chairman of Feedback Infra
His Twitter handle: @Infra_VinayakCh
A weekly selection of the author’s tweets— with a brief backgrounder—in the infra space, by Adite Banerjie

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