IWAI’s Majuli Ro-Ro service to drastically cut down travel distance

Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI) will be starting a new Roll on-Roll off (Ro-Ro) facility in collaboration with the Government of Assam to provide the much-needed connectivity for Majuli Island. This Ro-Ro facility will cut down the circuitous road route of 423 KMs that trucks take from Neamati to Majuli Island via Tezpur Road Bridge, by limiting the distance to only 12.7 KM with the use of river route. IWAI has procured a new vessel MV Bhupen Hazarika at a cost of Rs 9.46 crore for the new service…

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Çelebi to manage ground handling at Kannur Airport

Çelebi Airport Services, a global service provider in ground handling services, has been entrusted with the responsibility of undertaking ground handling services at Kannur International Airport Limited (KIAL). Celebi has bagged the license for ground handling operations at Kannur Airport which is likely to become operational before the end of the year. This would be sixth airport in India where Celebi will be proving ground handling facilities and services for all aircraft types. Murali Ramachandran, CEO – India, Çelebi Aviation  said, “We already have our presence at the Cochin International…

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Gadkari to flag off major infrastructure projects in Chhattisgarh

The Minister for Road Transport & Highways, Shipping Nitin Gadkari will lay the foundation stone and dedicate to the nation various National Highways projects worth Rs 4239 crore in Chhattisgarh on 10th September. Chief Minister of the state Dr Raman Singh will preside over the functions. The Minister will lay the foundation stone of 92 kilometre Raipur – Durg Bypass on NH 53 which will cost Rs 2281 crore, while four flyovers on this section will be built at the cost of Rs 349 crore. Gadkari will also dedicate to…

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Longest haul consignment sails through National Waterways

In what is one of the longest hauls in Inland Water Sector (IWT) movement in the country, a consignment of bagged fly ash bound for Pandu Inland port in Assam sailed from Kahalgaon in Bihar on 30th August. Marking the commencement of a critical integrated movement through three Waterways, 1233 tonnes of fly ash – a by-product from National Thermal Power Corporation’s (NTPC) Kahalgaon power plant- was flagged off at Kahalgaon on NW-1, river Ganga for Pandu on NW -2 ,river Brahmaputra. Two barges of 1000 tonnes capacity each, belonging…

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ADB to provide $346 million loan for Karnatka highway projects

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Government of lndia have signed a $346 million loan to finance improvement of over 400 kilometers of state highways that will enhance connectivity and access to economic centers across 12 districts in Kamataka. An ongoing road improvement project financed by ADB with a loan of $315 million is under implementation, which involves upgradation of about 615 kilometers of state roads. This KSHIP-lll project will upgrade about 419 kilometers of state highways to two- and four-lane with paved shoulders, and will reconstruct, widen, and…

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Indore- Manmad railway project to bring down logistics cost

An MoU for implementation of the 362 km Indore- Manmad New Railway Line Project has been signed between Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust- Ministry of Shipping, Ministry of Railways, Govt of Maharashtra and Govt of Madhya Pradesh. The new project will reduce the distance from Mumbai/Pune to key central India locations by 171 kilometers, resulting in lower logistics costs.  This is especially significant as the  new railway line will  pass through the Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor nodes of Igatpuri, Nashik and Sinnar; Pune and Khed; and Dhule and Nardana. Containers and other rail…

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Haier to invest Rs 3000 Cr in DMIC hub at Greater Noida

Haier Appliances India, the Indian subsidiary of global consumer electronics and home appliances major Haier Group, will be setting up a major manufacturing facility at the Greater Noida hub of Delhi Mumbai Industrial Corridor (DMIC). The company has been allotted 5,00,572 Sq. Mt.(123.7 Acre) of land in the township for setting up manufacturing facilities with an investment of Rs 3,069 crore. The facility of Haier at Greater Noida is expected to generate a direct employment pool of over 4000 personnel. Integrated Industrial Township at Greater Noida is the first smart…

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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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