Mumbai Airport’s acute congestion till 2023( Navi Mumbai Airport). Need short term solution. Urge CivAv Min & @jayantsinha to examine hourly shuttle with 400 pax+ wide bodied aircraft to reduce no of landings/takeoffs on Mum-Delhi axis ( world’s 3rd densest corridor.)
Congested Mumbai airport: As per a report by Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation, at 45.2 million passengers a year, the Mumbai airport is handling 94% of its capacity. It is expected to get saturated this year.
CRISIL paints a grim picture of what the 70% safeguard duty on solar components will do ~ inflate project costs by 25% and raise tariffs by 75 paisa. Also, for bid out projects who’ve already placed orders, “change in law” will require testing. And the 200 day period ?!
Safeguard-risks for solar projects: The safeguard puts at risk around 3 GW of projects, of over Rs 12,000 crore, as these were auctioned at low tariffs, and rising costs will mean developers have less room to service debt.
As part of BharatMala, now ShaherMala. Govt plans Ring Roads around 28 cities worth Rs 36,290 crores. The creative energy & push of MORTH is resulting in the planning & revitalisation of India’s roads shifting from the States and ULB domain to Central domain. No complaints !
Ring roads in major cities: Detailed reports for projects worth Rs 21,000 cr are being developed at the moment. The project aims to decongest the roads of major cities, including Delhi, Lucknow, Bengaluru, Ranchi, Patna, Srinagar and Udaipur.
Question for the Railway system ? The shift from conventional to LHB coaches is a wise move from safety aspect. But this Linke Hoffman Busch technology is itself 30 years old. Shouldnt this major strategic shift also be geared to embracing more recent technologies ?
Step up railway coaches tech: With their superior safety features like the anti-climbing feature, which prevents coaches from sliding into each other, LHB ones are much safer than ICF ones, but they can’t generate power on their own.
Min Gadkari shows d way on Asset Monetisation to all other infra ministries. 1st batch bidding for TOT for 30 year concession on 7 road stretches has generated adequate interest from foreign long term investors. Identified 75 roads under TOT expected to garner Rs 36,000 crs.
TOT route to asset monetisation: With road length of more than 4,300 km, the 75 projects have been estimated to yield around Rs 35,600 crore under TOT.
E-way bill clearly a good idea & integral to meshing of Invoices, GST & transportation. Scheduled for April 2018, now pulled up to Feb1.Industry worried that huge volume of Rs.50,000 + invoices too big a burden to handle ; better in stages from higher invoice value downwards
E-way bill burden: GSTN can handle up to 50 lakh e-way bills a day. Industry feels without elimination of human intervention on highways and an invoice value threshold of Rs 50,000, the system can be burdensome.
Bijlee-Sadak-Pani shoved aside Roti-Kapda-Makaan frm political lexicon in ‘90s. Now urban voter wooed with Metro & Expways. UP moves decisively ~ 3 new metro projects announced & 341 km Purvanchal Expway that will also connect d temple towns of Varanasi, Ayodhya & Allahabad
Fast-tracking metro deployment: UP has approved metro rail projects for Agra, Kanpur and Meerut, requiring investment of up to Rs 470 bn. The state has also set up UP Metro Rail Corp for handling proposed metro projects.
Imminent rise in EV Charging Stations needs 3 interventions. 1, changing ElecAct that allows only Discoms to sell . 2, reconfiguring load distribution networks to cater to spurt in demand in specific pockets. 3, whether this will require a separate tariff classification
Need to step up EV charging points: India has just 350 public charging stations, compared with China’s 215,000 (end-2016). Govt has set up two committees to look at various policy hurdles.
A weekly collection of the author’s tweets—with a brief backgrounder—by Sarthak Ray