Wednesday, October 5, 2022

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From New Rail Lines to Gauge Conversions, over 400 Indian Railways projects coming up soon

As of 01.04.2021, as many as 484 projects of the Indian Railways network, of 51,165 kilometres length, costing an estimated amount of Rs.7.53 lakh crore are in various stages of planning, sanction, execution.

Indian Railways projects are sanctioned zone-wise instead of state-wise as these rail projects may span across state boundaries.

Over 400 Indian Railways projects coming soon! Projects in the Indian Railways are sanctioned zone-wise instead of state-wise as these rail projects may span across state boundaries. As of 01.04.2021, as many as 484 projects of the Indian Railways network, of 51,165 kilometres length, costing an estimated amount of Rs.7.53 lakh crore are in various stages of planning, sanction, execution. Out of 51,165 kilometres, length of 10,638 kilometres has already been commissioned and an expenditure of nearly Rs.2.14 lakh crore has been incurred up to March 2021. Recently, Union Minister of Railways, Ashwini Vaishnaw, in a written reply in the Lok Sabha, informed about Indian Railways’ 484 projects, which are in different stages of planning, sanction, execution. These rail projects include:

New Line projects: As many as 187 projects, length of 21,037 Kilometres, costing an amount of Rs.4,05,916 crore, out of which commissioning of 2,621 Kilometres has been achieved and Rs.1,05,591 crore expenditure has been incurred up to March 2021.

Gauge Conversion projects: 46 number of projects, lenhth of 6,213 Kilometres, costing Rs.53,171 crore, out of which commissioning of 3,587 Kilometres length has been achieved and Rs.22,184 crore expenditure has been incurred up to March 2021.

Doubling projects: A total of 251 projects, length of 23,915 Kilometres, costing an amount of Rs.2,93,471 crore, out of which commissioning of 4,430 Kilometres length has been achieved and Rs.86,041 crore expenditure has been incurred up to March 2021.

A major milestone was achieved a few days ago by Northern Railways in the Kashmir rail project with one more tunnel in the Bankot area located near Banihal in Ramban, J&K connected after a breakthrough. With this, IRCON International Limited has finished most of the excavation work of railway tunnels between Banihal and the Khari section, officials were quoted saying in a PTI report. The development work on the Kashmir rail project is underway, in a 110 kilometres line between Katra and Banihal. It is expected to be over within the next two years.



Cabinet approves Ken-Betwa river linking project! From annual irrigation to drinking water supply, see benefits

The Ken-Betwa Link Project’s total cost has been assessed at Rs.44,605 crore at 2020-21. price levels.

Ken-Betwa Link Project: On Wednesday, the funding and implementation of the Ken-Betwa inter-linking of rivers project were approved by the Union Cabinet with a total cost of Rs.44,605 crore. The project has eight years deadline. A proposal of this effect was given a nod in the Cabinet meeting chaired by PM Narendra Modi. A statement issued after the Cabinet meeting said a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) called Ken-Betwa Link Project Authority (KBLPA) will be established for the implementation of the project. The Ken-Betwa link project’s total cost has been assessed at Rs.44,605 crore at 2020-21 price levels. For the project, the Union Cabinet has approved central support of Rs.39,317 crore, covering a grant of Rs.36,290 crore as well as loan of Rs.3,027 crore, according to an IE report.

The statement further stated the project will pave the way for more river interlinking projects in the country and also showcase our ingenuity and vision to the world. Under this project, water will be transferred from Ken to Betwa river through the construction of Daudhan Dam as well as a canal connecting the two rivers. The Ken-Betwa Link Project will provide annual irrigation of 10.62 lakh ha, drinking water supply to about 62 lakh people. Besides, it will also generate 103 MW of hydropower as well as 27 MW solar power. The Ken-Betwa Link Project is proposed to be implemented in eight years’ time with state-of-the-art technology, it further said.

The Ken-Betwa Link Project will be of immense benefit to the water-starved Bundelkhand region, spread across the states of Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh. Besides, it will provide enormous benefits to the districts of Panna, Tikamgarh, Sagar, Vidisha, Chhatarpur, Damoh, Datia, Shivpuri and Raisen of MP and Jhansi, Banda, Mahoba and Lalitpur of UP. The Ken-Betwa Link Project is expected to give a boost to socio-economic prosperity in the Bundelkhand region on account of increased agricultural activities as well as generation of employment opportunities. Also, it would help in arresting distress migration from this region, it further stated.

According to the statement, the project comprehensively provides for environment management and safeguards as well. At present, a comprehensive landscape management plan is under finalization for this purpose by the Wildlife Institute of India, it added. To implement the Ken-Betwa river linking project, an agreement was signed between the Central government and Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh governments on 22 March 2021. This is India’s first major centrally-driven river interlinking project.



Dilip Buildcon Ltd receives provisional completion certificate for road project in Andhra Pradesh

DilipBuildcon Ltd has announced that the project ‘Six laning of Anandapuram-Pendurthi-Atrakapali section of NH-5 (new NH-16) from Km.681.000 (Existing Km. 681.000) to Km.731.780 (Existing Km.742.400) (Design Length - 50.780 km) in the State of Andhra Pradesh under BharatmalaPariyojana on Hybrid Annuity Mode’ has been provisionally completed. The Provisional Completion Certificate has been issued by the authority and had declared the project fit for entry into commercial operation as on November 08,2021.




L&T ties with ReNew to focus on green hydrogen business in India

Larsen & Toubro Ltd has announced a partnership agreement to tap the emerging green hydrogen business in India. Under this agreement, L&T and ReNew will jointly develop, own, execute and operate green hydrogen projects in India.

Commenting on this partnership, S N Subrahmanyan, CEO & MD of Larsen & Toubro said, “This partnership with ReNew is a significant milestone in the journey towards building a green energy portfolio for L&T. It is synergistic and brings together the impeccable track record of L&T in designing, executing, and delivering EPC projects and the expertise of ReNew in developing utility-scale renewable energy projects. We believe that green hydrogen is a promising alternate fuel and an important lever for achieving a cleaner future. L&T is extremely keen to add value in this space beyond the traditional EPC approach and is looking forward to working with ReNew.” “We are delighted to be partnering with L&T for the green hydrogen business. Green hydrogen will be a key driver of the transition to cleaner sources of energy and this partnership between ReNew and L&T, will allow both companies to pool their knowledge, expertise and resources to take maximum advantage of this transition. I expect this partnership to set new benchmarks in the Indian renewable energy space and took forward to working together with L&T,” ReNew’s Chairman & CEO Sumant Sinha said, in a media statement.

“We are pleased to begin our journey with ReNew. This partnership will strategically place L&T and ReNew in a position to offer green hydrogen solutions to the industry. We are already looking at some interesting opportunities in the Indian market for’ green hydrogen and we intend to capitalize on them by developing end-to-end competitive solutions. In that effort, we are excited to secure a partnership with ReNew who brings its renewable energy development expertise to the table. Combined with our expertise in the EPC space, I am confident that this partnership will contribute to a sustainable and eco-friendly profitable growth.” Subramanian Sarma, Whole-time Director & Sr. Executive Vice President (Energy), Larsen & Toubro said on this occasion.

Green hydrogen produced by splitting water into hydrogen and oxygen in an electrolyzer by using renewable-powered electricity can enable the world to meet its net zero emissions targets. Many countries, including India (through its National Hydrogen Mission), have announced specific policy interventions to push for the widespread adoption of green hydrogen.

For countries like India, with its ever-increasing energy import bill, it can also provide energy security by reducing the overall dependence on fossil fuels. It is also expected to provide a green alternative for “hard-to-abate” industries, like refineries, fertilizers, steel and transport. It is anticipated that green hydrogen demand in India for applications such as refineries, fertilizers and city gas grids will grow up to 2MMTPA by 2030 in line with the nation’s green hydrogen mission. This would call for investments upward of $60 billion. L&T, with its deep expertise and experience in engineering and construction of projects, and ReNew, with its experience in the development of renewable energy projects, are market leaders in their respective sectors and this synergistic partnership is committed to tapping this emerging opportunity.




Coastal Corporation Ltd starts work on Rs.150 crore Ethanol Project in Odisha

Coastal Corporation Limited one of the oldest and leading export-oriented shrimp processor, announced that it started work on its Ethanol Plant. Hon. Chief Minister of Odisha, Shri Naveen Patnaik, performed Ground Breaking Ceremony (Bhoomi Pujan) at Maringhi Village, Gajapati District, Odisha. Coastal Biotech Private Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of Coastal Corporation Limited will set up an ethanol project with an installed capacity of 198,000 KLPD spread across 30 acres of land at an estimated capex of Rs.150 crore. The plant is likely to commence production by March 2023. The Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) contract is given to Excel Engineering, Pune.

Commenting on this auspicious occasion, T Valsaraj, Managing Director & Vice Chairman, Coastal Corporation Limited said, “We are honoured that Shri Naveen Patnaik, Hon. Chief Minister of Odisha, Government of Odisha performed Ground Breaking Ceremony (Bhoomi Pujan) of Ethanol Project in the presence of several other dignitaries on the occasion. We are committed and are working for national development as the Ethanol Blended in Petrol (EBP) measure is not only aimed at reducing the country’s oil import bill and carbon dioxide pollution but also improve energy security and selfsufficiency measures.”


Update on Kakinada Expansion Project:

Integrated Cold Chain project at KSEZ, Kakinada, A.P. is spread across 10 acres to commence production in January 2022.

New capacity of 35 MTPD will widen the value added product basket into breading / marinated products which is high margin product.

The company is quite confident that this greenfield unit will take the company to the next level of growth by almost doubling its production from the existing 23-25 tons per day levels to around 45-50 tons per day.


Business Update:

New Shrimp processing facility at Haridamada, Khordha Odisha at an estimated capex of Rs.40 crores.

Brownfield expansion at Odisha with additional capacity of 35 MTPD will further widen the value added product basket.

Installed Captive Solar Power Plant - 3.6 MW at capex of Rs.14 crore resulting into reduction of per unit power cost from Rs.7-8 to IRs.3-4 per unit (NET savings of approx. Rs.4 crore annually).



Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor: Four industrial smart cities being developed, says Commerce Ministry

Four greenfield industrial smart cities or nodes are being developed in the states of Maharashtra, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, and Uttar Pradesh under DMIC. (representational image)

Industrial Smart cities: Under the Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor (DMIC), four greenfield industrial smart cities or nodes are being developed in the states of Maharashtra, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, and Uttar Pradesh, and major trunk infrastructure works have already been completed there, the commerce and industry ministry announced on Friday. In these cities, as many as 138 plots (an area of 754 acres) have been allotted to firms with investment to the tune of more than Rs.16,750 crore. According to a PTI report, anchor investors in these cities/nodes include companies such as HYOSUNG (South Korea), HAIER (China), NLMK (Russia), AMUL, and TATA Chemicals. Besides, a total of 23 projects/nodes in other industrial corridors are currently under various stages of planning and development, it further said.

According to the report, the industrial corridor programme’s main objective is to develop greenfield smart industrial cities with sustainable ‘plug n play’ ICT-enabled utilities in order to facilitate the manufacturing investments into the country by offering quality, sustainable, reliable as well as resilient infrastructure for the industries. A total of 11 such corridors have been approved by the government, consisting of as many as 32 projects, which are to be developed in four phases.

According to the ministry, the Dharwad node, under Bengaluru-Mumbai Industrial Corridor (BMIC), has been envisaged to be developed for achieving an accelerated development as well as regional industry agglomeration in the state of Karnataka. The Bengaluru-Mumbai Industrial Corridor project spreads across an area of more than 6,000 acres. The proposed industrial development at Dharwad in the state of Karnataka will augment the existing industrial development as well as create an investment destination in the country for various categories of industries through the provision of large-scale regional trunk infra at Dharwad. Besides, it will tap the potential of the existing rail/road freight movement, it further added.



Ircon International Limited emerges as the Lowest Bidder for project from NHAI

Ircon International Limited (IRCON) has emerged as the lowest bidder for Construction of 4 by 6 lane green fields Ludhiana Rupnagar NH205 K from junction with NE5 Manewal Ludhiana to junction with NH205 Bheora Rupnagar spur to Kharar with Ludhiana bypass under BMP in Punjab on Hybrid Annuity Mode Package 366.440 to 90.500 and spur to Kharar 0.000 to 19.200 total 43.26 (Pacakge 3). The project was floated by National Highways Authority of India on competitive bidding and value of the project is approx. Rs.11 07 Crore (Bid Project Cost). The completion period of the project is 02 years.

This work will be undertaken & executed by a Special Purpose Vehicle (“Concessionaire” as a limited liability company) which shall be incorporated by IRCON as its Wholly-Owned Subsidiary Company.

Letter of Award is yet to be issued by National Highways Authority of India.




NHAI invites bids for preparing DPR for constructing Dehradun-Tehri tunnel

State-owned National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) has invited bids for preparation of a feasibility-cum-detailed project report for construction of a 30-km long tunnel between Dehradun and Tehri. NHAI said the tunnel would be among the longest highway tunnels in the world.

NHAI has invited bid for preparation of Feasibility report cum DPR for Construction of a tunnel between Dehradun & Tehri. The project would involve construction of a tunnel of about 30 Km which would be among longest highway tunnels in the world.



Dilip Buildcon Ltd declared as Ll bidder for EPC project in Bilaspur, Himachal Pradesh

DilipBuildcon Limited has been declared as L-1 bidder for the tender floated by the Rail Vikas Nigam Limited [Authority) for below mentioned project on Percentage Rate (EPC Project) in the state of Himachal Pradesh.

The project is for construction of tunnels T14, T15 an T16, bridges and formation works from chainage 40+430 to 44+925, including slope protection works and allied works in connection with Bhanupali-Bilaspur-Beri new railway line in district Bilaspur of Himachal Pradesh State PKG 5.

The bid project cost is Rs.636.98 crore and completion period is 24 months.




Deep Industries Ltd receives LoA from ONGC for Rs.67.99 crores

Deep Industries Ltd has received Letter of Award from Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Limited (ONGC), for hiring of CBM Gas Compression and C02 removal facilities for a period of 3 years from GCS - Bokaro, CBM Asset, ONGC, Bokaro and the total estimated value of the said Award is approximate Rs.67.99 Crores.



KNR Constructions Ltd gets appointed date for project

The Competent Authority has accorded approval for declaration of appointed date as on 23rd November 2021 for the project ‘Four laning of Bangalore-Mangalore section from Km 270+270 (Periya Shanthi) to Km 318+755 (Bantwal) including 6 lane flyover at Kalladka Town in Km 311 - km 314 on NH 75’ on EPC Basis in Karnataka.




World’s tallest railway bridge pier to come up in Manipur

With the completion of the project, the 111 kilometres of distance will be covered in 2 to 2.5 hours.

World’s tallest rail bridge pier coming up in Northeast! Indian Railways is constructing the world’s tallest railway bridge pier at Noney Valley in the state of Manipur with a height of 141 metres. As a part of the ambitious 111 Kilometre long Jiribam-Imphal railway line, which aims to connect the capital of Manipur with the broad gauge network of the country, the travel time of 10 to 12 hours will be reduced to just 2.5 hours. The bridge at Noney Valley, which is being developed at a pier height of 141 metres, will surpass the Mala – Rijeka viaduct’s existing record of 139 meters, located in Montenegro, Europe, according to an ANI report.

Sandeep Sharma, Chief Engineer of the project, was quoted in the report saying that with the completion of the project, the 111 kilometres of distance will be covered in 2 to 2.5 hours. The distance between Jiribam and Imphal (NH-37), At present, is 220 kilometres, which takes about 10 to 12 hours of travelling. Once the construction is completed, the bridge crossing Noney valley will become the highest pier bridge in the world. The bridge is expected to be completed by December 2023, he further said.

According to Sharma, the first phase which extends for 12 kilometres has already been commissioned. In the second phase, nearly 98 per cent of the work is complete and by February 2022, it will be ready. The third phase on the section between Khongsang and Tupul will be completed by November 2022. The Project Chief Engineer further said by December 2023, the fourth and the last phase of the bridge which extends from Tupul to Imphal valley will be completed. The 111 kilometre long project consists of 61 per cent of tunnels, he continued.

The total anticipated cost of the bridge is Rs.374 crore, the Chief Engineer said. Sharma, while speaking about the hurdles and challenges that are being faced in the bridge construction, said during monsoon, landslides often occur on NH-37, which is the only route to this place. From the month of April to October, there is immense rainfall here and it is difficult to work here during that time. Also, there are some problems related to insurgency, which sometimes creates a problem, he added.



H G Infra Engineerings Ltd forms H.G. Raipur Visakhapatnam OD-6 Private Limited for HAM project

H.G. Infra Engineering Limited (the ‘Company’ or ‘HGINFRA’) has received the certificate of incorporation from the registrar of companies (RoC) dated November 22, 2021 with respect to incorporation of wholly owned subsidiary company namely “H.G. Raipur Visakhapatnam OD-6 Private Limited” as Special Purpose Vehicle (‘SPV’) to undertake the project ‘Development of Six Lane Baunsaguar - Baraja Section of NH-130-CD Road from km 293+000 to km 338+500 under Raipur Visakhapatnam Economics Corridor in the state of Odisha on Hybrid Annuity Mode (Package - OD-6).

The NHAI bid project cost is Rs.958.98 crore and HGINFRA bid project cost is Rs.1,123.11 crore with completion period of 730 days.




Gadkari sanctions improvement and strengthening works of National Highways in UP and Uttarakhand

Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari sanctioned Widening and strengthening work of NH-334A (Purkaji – Laksar – Haridwar Road) to two-lane with paved shoulder under EPC (Engineering Procurement Construction) mode with a budget of Rs.227.06 cr in Uttar Pradesh. In a series of tweets, Gadkari informed about sanctioning three more projects in the state. The Minister sanctioned the Widening and strengthening work of NH-330D (Sitapur to Kurain Section) to two-lane with paved shoulder under EPC mode with a budget of Rs.505 cr. Development work of 6-Lane access-controlled Spur to Haridwar from Delhi – Saharanpur – Dehradun Economic corridor on Hybrid Annuity Mode under BharatmalaPariyojana has been sanctioned with a budget of Rs.2095.21 Crores in Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand.

Improvement and upgradation work of NH-227A (Near Sikriiganj to Barhaiganj) to two-lane with paved shoulder under EPC mode has been sanctioned with a budget of Rs.403.36 cr.



Six-laning of National Highway-66 to be expedited in Kerala: CM

Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said the six-laning work of National Highway-66 is gathering pace in the state as the National Highway Authority confirmed agreement in 16 out of 20 reaches. Around 600 kms of road, from Talapady in Kasaragod district to Karode in Thiruvananthapuram, would be six-laned as part of the project, he said in a Facebook post.

“The National Highway Authority has confirmed agreement in 16 out of 20 reaches to speed up the work of the six-laning of the Panavel- Kanyakumari National Highway-66 in Kerala,” Vijayan said. Noting that the state government would bear 25 per cent of the land acquisition expense, he said the land owners are given the best compensation as per the Land Acquisition Act 2013. The ongoing distribution of compensation would be completed within six months in the state, the CM said adding that with the six laning of the National Highway-66, the road traffic in Kerala would become safer and more smooth.



Cabinet approves construction of over 32,000 km roads in far-flung areas

The Cabinet approved the construction of 32,152 km roads in far-flung areas of the country at a cost of Rs.33,822 crore.

The cabinet also approved telecom connectivity in tribal areas by putting up telecom towers in 7,287 villages in five states of Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Maharashtra and Odisha.

A total of 42 aspirational districts in these five states will get benefited by telecom connectivity, Union Minister Anurag Thakur said while briefing the media after the Cabinet meeting.



Mumbai-Ahmedabad Bullet Train Project: MoU signed with Japanese agency for Designs of High-Speed Rail Track Works

NHSRCL has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Japanese agency- Japan Railway Track Consultant Company (JRTC)

Mumbai-Ahmedabad High Speed Rail Corridor Project: Recently, for the upcoming Mumbai – Ahmedabad High Speed Rail Corridor Project, the implementing agency of India’s first Bullet Train Project, National High Speed Rail Corporation Limited (NHSRCL) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Japanese agency- Japan Railway Track Consultant Company (JRTC) for the Designs of High Speed Rail (HSR) Track works for the package T 3 (covering a distance of 116 kilometres between Vadodara and Sabarmati Depot and Workshop in the state of Gujarat). According to NHSRCL, JRTC will provide the detailed design as well as drawings of High Speed Rail track components such as Track slab arrangement, RC Track bed and Continuous Welded Rail (CWR) etc.

Rajendra Prasad, Director Project, NHSRCL, speaking on the MoU signing event, said this signing of MoU is the culmination of hard work put in by the teams of JICC, JRTC as well as NHSRCL. For this kind of highly technical work, JRTC is the only specialized agency and with this agency’s cooperation, NHSRCL is hopeful to finalize track designs quickly.

The MoU signing ceremony was also attended by ISAO Horiyama, President of JRTC, H.L.Suthar, Principal Executive Director/Design of NHSRCL, as well as other senior officials from NHSRCL, JRTC and JICC. Earlier, the Mumbai – Ahmedabad High Speed Rail Corridor Project implementing agency- NHSRCL has signed an MoU for the designs of High Speed Rail track as well as track works for the package T 2 (237 kilometres long section) between the cities of Vadodara and Vapi in the state of Gujarat.

On Mumbai-Ahmedabad High Speed Rail Corridor, Bullet Train services will operate at a speed of 320 km per hour, covering a distance of 508 kilometres and as many as 12 stations. According to the corporation, there will be as many as 35 trains per day in one direction, with a frequency of 20 minutes in peak hours and 30 minutes during non-peak hours.



BPCL bags 2 awards at FIPI Oil & Gas Awards 2021

Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited (BPCL), a ‘Maharatna’ and a Fortune Global 500 Company received two coveted awards at the prestigious FIPI Oil & Gas Awards 2021 for its sustainable growth & innovative corporate governance.

The award was bestowed by Shri Hardeep Singh Puri, Hon’ble Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas & Housing and Urban Affairs, Govt. of India, in the august presence of Shri RameswarTeli, Minister of State for Petroleum and Natural Gas & Labour and Employment, Govt. of India and Shri Tarun Kapoor Secretary, Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas, Govt. of India.

BPCL has been awarded “The Sustainable Growing Corporate of the Year Award” for its major sustainable initiatives. R. Suresh, Advance Process control & Optimisation, Mumbai Refinery received the coveted ‘Young Achiever of the Year Award’ in Oil and Gas Industry for his all-round achievements & competence.

BPCL has been constantly integrating their strategy, investments, environmental and social ambitions to move towards a sustainable planet. It aims to become a Net Zero Energy Company by 2040.

FIPI Oil and Gas Awards recognise the leaders, innovators and pioneers in the oil and gas industry, with an objective to celebrate the industry’s most outstanding achievements for their excellent contributions, commitment professionalism and actions that have made a positive impact on the environment.

While receiving the FIPI Award 2021, Arun Kumar Singh, Chairman & Managing Director BPCL said “it is a great honor and privilege to receive this prestigious award. BPCL, committed to nation building since decades, is all set to be at the forefront of this journey. As we continue to meet the rising energy needs of millions of our consumers and scale newer frontiers of growth, we are pleased to announce our road-map to become a Net Zero Energy Company by 2040. Green Hydrogen, Solar and wind and green innovations are the key area of focus for our R&D efforts to enhance our operational and energy efficiencies.”



CIDCO to adopt Maharashtra Unified DCR for rapid development of NAINA project

The Maharashtra government’s town planning authority, the City and Industrial Development Corporation (CIDCO), has decided to adopt certain provisions of the recently introduced Unified Development Control Promotion Regulations (UDCPR) for rapid and efficient development of the Navi Mumbai Airport Influence Notified Area (NAINA). To prevent haphazard development around the Navi Mumbai International Airport, CIDCO has proposed the development of NAINA on 371 sq km of land from the Thane and Raigad districts. This development aims to develop a sustainable city with residential, commercial, educational, and all other basic civic facilities.

The implementation of NAINA is carried out by implementing 11 town planning schemes and the entire project is based on the principle of land consolidation. As the Special Planning Authority for the NAINA notified area, CIDCO is responsible for the implementation of the regulations in the area.

“NAINA will be developed as a city of international standards with opportunity for businesses to flourish. CIDCO is functioning as the Special Planning Authority for the NAINA area. The Board of CIDCO has now resolved to incorporate certain provisions of the UDCPR of the government of Maharashtra in NAINA region, which shall facilitate ease of doing business,” said Sanjay Mukherjee, vice-chairman and managing director, CIDCO.

In a bid to strengthen and bring uniformity in the real estate construction guidelines across the state, the government of Maharashtra approved the UDCPR in December 2020. This uniform set of regulations will specify everything from the height of buildings to the width of roads and the size of amenity spaces.

The new set of rules will be applicable on all municipal corporations, councils and nagar panchayats across the entire state except Mumbai and some neighbouring areas like hill stations, eco-sensitive zones and specified corporation areas.

NAINA, as a proposed urban conglomeration near Mumbai, is expected to house several small cities and will benefit from proximity to Mumbai, Thane, Navi Mumbai and Pune. CIDCO was appointed as the special planning authority for the project in 2013 and is responsible for development plan, development control regulations, permissions, and providing physical and social infrastructure. The planned integrated development will have the influence of Navi Mumbai International Airport, Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT) and proposed transport corridors including Multi Modal Corridor, Mumbai Trans-Harbour Link (MTHL), Dedicated Freight Corridor (DFC) etc.

The development is expected to attract investments from both domestic and global institutional investors. The adoption of guidelines from the UDCPR is expected to allow for development of the NAINA project at a faster pace.



PM Narendra Modi launches development projects worth over Rs.3,425 crore in UP’s Jhansi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated or laid the foundations of multiple development projects worth over Rs.3,425 crore to expedite growth of the economically backward Bundelkhand region of Uttar Pradesh. At an event in Jhansi in the poll-bound state, he laid the foundation of a 600-megawatt Ultra Mega Solar Power Park.

The park is being constructed at a cost of over Rs.3,013 crore and will help provide cheaper electricity and grid stability.

He also laid the foundation of a Rs.400-crore project at the Jhansi node of Uttar Pradesh Defence Industrial Corridor.

The project is being executed by Bharat Dynamics for setting up a plant to produce propulsion systems for anti-tank guided missiles.

The prime minister also inaugurated Atal Ekta Park in Jhansi.

Named after former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, the park has been built at a cost of over Rs.12 crore, and is spread over an area of about 40,000 square metre.

The park will house a library as well as a statue of Vajpayee.

The statue has been built by renowned sculptor Ram Sutar, the man behind the Statue of Unity, according to the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO).

The grand ceremony was organised in the precincts of Jhansi Fort on the birthday of Rani Lakshmi Bai, the epitome of bravery and courage and a great National icon of Rashtra Raksha and India’s Independence struggle.

The three-day ‘Rashtra Raksha SamarpanParv’ that began on Wednesday concluded with the participation of Modi.

In a major push to “Aatmanirbhar Bharat” programme in the defence sector, the prime minister formally handed over indigenously designed and developed defence equipment to the three chiefs of armed forces in Jhansi.

Developed by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) to the Air Force chief, drones and UAVs built by Indian startups to the Army chief, and the DRDO-designed and Bharat Electronics Limited-manufactured advanced electronic warfare suite for naval ships to the Navy chief. At an event in Mahoba earlier in the day, the prime minister inaugurated more than Rs.3,240 crore worth of projects aimed at ending water scarcity for farmers in the parched Bundelkhand region.



Shashijit Infraprojects secures work orders from various clients;

ShashijitInfraprojects Limited has been awarded with various work orders to construct various Industrial Projects from various reputed clients.

The details of which are as follows:

Construction of Industrial Shed & Road work of Elektromag Devices Private Limited at Vapi, Gujarat (Industrial) - Rs.300-350 lakh

Construction of Factory Building of Modison Metals Limited at Vapi, Gujarat (Industrial) - Rs.550-600 lakh

Construction of 2 MW Co-Gen Power Plant of Nath Industries Limited at Vapi, Gujarat (Industrial) - Rs.300-350 lakh

Construction of Industrial Building, Godown, Outside Ancillary Structure and other Misc. Civil Work of KLJ Polymers & Chemicals Limited at Silvassa, UT of Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu (Industrial) - Rs.300-350 lakh

On receipt of the same, Ajit Jain, Chairman & Managing Director said, “we are pleased to have received many key orders as on opportunity to overcome ourselves from this Covid19 recession. Amid an uncertain economic environment and challenging industry dynamics we continued to perform with resilience. We are looking forward to expand our work order position and achieve our growth objectives while continuing to build on a strong foundation.”



Kaladan Multi-Modal Transit Transport Project is nearing completion with Mizoram: Governor

Mizoram governor Hari Babu Kambhampati said that the Kaladan Multi-Modal Transit Transport Project (KMMTTP), which aims to connect North East India with Kolkata through the Sittwe Port of Myanmar via the Bay of Bengal, is almost nearing completion within the Mizoram side.

Kambhampati said while interacting at the 51st conference of Governors, Lt Governors and Administrators at Rashtrapati Bhavan said, “When completed, the KMMTTP will provide valuable alternate route and considerably cut down the distance between the North East and mainland India, which is currently connected only via the narrow Siliguri Corridor in West Bengal, also known as the ‘Chicken’s Neck’”.

He added, “Therefore, it is in the best interest of the Nation if special attention is given to the KMMTTP.

In spite of the pandemic, the Public Works Department completed several works of formation cutting (405km), black topping (47.3km) and construction of cement concrete pavements (90km).

With funds from World Bank, Asian Development Bank and NABARD, construction & repair works are being carried out on 82 roads across the state”.


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