Five major ports to assist in waterways development

The government has instructed five major ports to assist in the development of inland waterways in their vicinity. In a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha recently, the Minister of State for Shipping and Finance Pon Radhakrishnan informed that to make use of the complementarity between development of inland water transportation and major ports, directions have been issued by the Government on 18th April, 2018 to five Major Port Trusts viz. Paradip, Mormugao, JNPT, New Mangalore and Deendayal to take up development of the National Waterways (NWs) which are located…

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Work on Kolhapur-Vaibhavwadi stretch to begin soon

Work on the 103 kilometreKolhapur-Vaibhavwadi section of Konkan Railway will begin soon. This decision was taken at a review meeting of Konkan railway chaired by Union Minister of Commerce & Industry and Civil Aviation, Suresh Prabhu, in New Delhi, recently. The meeting was attended by the Chairman, Railway Board, CMD, Konkan Railway and other senior officials. During the discussions the Minister emphasised that the construction of the Kolhapur-Vaibhavwadi section will be a game changer for not only the Konkan Railway but also for the region and the economy of Maharashtra.…

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Coal transportation not a constraint

In a written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha recently, Minister of Railways, Coal, Finance & Corporate Affairs, Piyush Goyal maintained that transport facility is not a constraint on coal production anymore. Citing statistics, the minister said in his reply that there was an increase of 105 MT in production of Coal India Limited between 2013-14 and 2017-18 compared to an increase of only 31.15 MT in the preceding five years between 2009-10 to 2013-14. However, there are a few mines in Mahandi Coalfields Limited, Central Coalfields Limited and South…

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Video surveillance system in toll plazas to be installed

The government has planned to install video surveillance system in all toll plazas to monitor traffic. The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) had invited e-bids from eligible bidders for setting up Central Command & Control Centre at NHAI-HQ connected with Regional Offices and CCTV Surveillance & Monitoring of Vehicular Congestion on 210 Fee Plazas of National Highways. The project execution is on service model and the period of engagement is five years. A total of 210 number of fee plazas is selected for implementation of this project in the…

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Sindhudurg Airport nearing finishing line

The construction of greenfield ParuleChipi airport in Sindhudurg, Maharastra is close to the completion point. Minister of Civil Aviation, Suresh Prabhu recently took a stock of the construction pace at the site and he was informed that construction of the vital components of the airport is nearing completion. The construction of taxi way, apron and isolation bay has been completed and work on the airfield ground lighting is on. Eighty percent work on Construction of passenger terminal building, ATC tower and technical building has been completed and the remaining work…

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Two major expressways projects to be initiated in Madhya Pradesh

Two major expressways projects in Madhya Pradesh are likely to be set afoot soon. These projects will also pave the way for creation of mega logistics parks at strategic locations along the stretch of the expressways. This was stated by Nitin Gadkari, Minister of Road Transport & Highways while inaugurating the foundation for National Highways projects worth Rs 5485 Crores in Madhya Pradesh early this week. The two major expressways proposed to be built in the state are: the Rs 3000 Crore Indore – Bhopal Expressway and Rs 6000 crore…

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Master plan being prepared for Vizag -Chennai Industrial Corridor

The master planning of two nodes of Visakhapatnam-Chennai Industrial Corridor (VCIC) is under way namely (i) Visakhapatnam and (ii) Yerpedu-Srikalahasti. This information was given by the Minister of State of Commerce and Industry, C. R. Chaudhary, in a written reply in the Lok Sabha recently. After completion of master planning, detailed preliminary engineering and approval of National Industrial Corridor Development and Implementation Trust (NICDIT) Government of India releases funds for projects for development of industrial corridors.   Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved US $631 million, in loans and grants,…

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Five routes identified for better connectivity to industrial hubs

The union government has identified five distinctive routes to improve the movement between industrial hubs, consumption centers and ports. Replying to a starred question in the Lok Sabha last week, Minister of Road Transport & Highways, Shipping, Water Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation said these routes would be developed in the form of Greenfield projects. Based on the traffic studies, the routes identified are: Gurugram (Sohna)-Vadodara via Sohna-Kota-Godhra, Sangaria- Sanchore-Santalpur via Bikaner, Ismailabad (Pehowa)-Charkhi Dadri-Narnaul, Chennai-Salem and Chittoor-Thatchur corridors. These green field stretches are expected to reduce the existing…

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Multi Modal terminal at Varanasi to be completed by November

The Rs 169.59 Crore Multi Modal Terminal (MMT) being built at Varanasi by Inland Waterways Authority of India under Jal Marg Vikas project is set to be completed by November this year. This would be a major landmark for the project. The construction of the Rs 280. 90 Crore MMT at Sahibganj is to be completed by May, 2019, and the one at Haldia, being constructed at a cost of Rs 517.36 Crore, is scheduled to  be completed by December 2019. In addition to this the work on the Rs…

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Survey completed for waterways projects on Kakinada-Chennai section

In order to develop waterways from Kakinada to Chennai,  detailed hydrographic survey has been completed by the Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI) in respect of Kakinada to Ennore stretch of National Waterway-4. Development of National Waterway-4 is planned in three phases.  Development of Phase-I works between Vijayawada to Muktyala stretch of Krishna River has been taken up at a cost of   Rs. 96.00 crore out of which Rs.18.00 crore has been utilized so far.  Vijayawada to Kakinada and Rajamundry to Polavaram portion of NW-4 is planned for development in…

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