Infratweets: Chennai lessons

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Published: December 10, 2015 12:20:36 AM

Lack of domain expertise in urban flood management is the bane of city planning in most cities. As cities expand, a multiplicity of planning and civic agencies work at cross-purposes, making coordination and accountability difficult.

Chennai Mega Flood: Neglect of urban planning & priority to sewerage, choked trad waterways, illegal construction. Other cities vulnerable too.Chennai Mega Flood: Neglect of urban planning & priority to sewerage, choked trad waterways, illegal construction. Other cities vulnerable too.

Tweets: Chennai Mega Flood: Neglect of urban planning & priority to sewerage, choked trad waterways, illegal construction. Other cities vulnerable too.

Chennai flood effect: Urban planners now sing “retention & detention” design dharma as against traditional sewerage “runoff” system.

Urban flood management needs urgent overhaul: Lack of domain expertise in urban flood management is the bane of city planning in most cities. As cities expand, a multiplicity of planning and civic agencies work at cross-purposes, making coordination and accountability difficult.

Tweets: Increasing toll collections and increasing consumption of petroleum products clearly points to upturn in transportation signalling an upturn in economy.

Fuelling economic revival: Toll collections have risen by 9% during July to September compared to the corresponding period last year. Significantly, consumption of petroleum products grew by a record 17.5% in October, the highest monthly growth rate in the last five years. Experts are of the view that since the Indian industry is energy-intensive, this is an indication of a pickup in the economy.

Tweets:  Nat Inv & Infra Fund stirring to life. Govt invites applications for CEO post. Exciting opportunity for public-spirited finance honchos.

NIIF’s CEO hunt: The National Investment and Infrastructure Fund (NIIF) is likely to be set up as a ‘fund of funds’ across three buckets—stressed projects, renewables and general investments. The selection of the CEO has commenced with a search-cum-selection committee having been set up.

Tweets: “Pollution” dominating urban transports discourse. Should be about unrolling cheap & efficient connectivity with acceptable carbon footprint.

The pollution conundrum: Increasing pollution and deteriorating air quality are proving to be tough challenges for governments. Experts advise a mix of mass transport demand management schemes, including parking restrictions and congestion pricing, along with measures like an even-odd formula as proposed by the Delhi government.

Tweets: 400 rly stations redevelopment under PPP “Swiss Challenge” model gathers momentum. @sureshpprabhu says it is world’s largest PPP program.

Suresh Prabhu’s multi-pronged approach: The Cabinet cleared the proposal for redevelopment of 400 railway stations through open invitation from interested parties with their designs and business ideas, including permitting commercial development of real estate.

Tweets: Gadkari hones in on inter-sectoral synergies—sand dredged up for inland waterways projects to be made available for road construction.

Gadkari’s win-win proposal: The minister for transport Nitin Gadkari has proposed that the sand dredged up from rivers for the inland waterways projects be used for national and state road construction. The rest could be auctioned for profit by concerned state governments.

Tweets: With partial Govt rehab package, gas plants PLF rises to 23% in Oct. But long way still to go to make them viable units.

Higher PLF of gas plants comes as relief: The government’s initiatives to revive gas-based power plants are beginning to bear fruit. Plant load factor (PLF) or utilisation level has increased from 18% in January to 23% in October, thereby gradually enabling gas projects to service their financial obligations.

Tweets: 3 infra Bills up for Parlm approval (1) National Waterways 2015 (2) Electricity Amendment 2014 (3) Carriage By Air Amend 2015. Good luck!

A new Parliamentary session begins: As the Winter Session of Parliament opens, it is hoped that there will be political consensus on the new Bills, thus giving the economic development agenda a major push.

—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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