Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit Wednesday said that her government was committed to making Delhi a role model of governance. She said her dream of making Delhi a world-class city was coming true.
“Our government is committed to making Delhi a role model of governance. The government has taken many measures in this direction. Our efforts in introducing e-governance, computerisation of civil supply offices, sub-registrar offices, e-court fee system, inter-connecting all zonal transport officers, computerisation of education department, etc. testify to our intentions of bringing a positive change in the work culture,” Dikshit said.
Dikshit was speaking at a function to mark her completing 14 years as chief minister of Delhi.
Govt looks to Japan for traffic leap
The ministry of road transport and highways has decided to borrow from Japan a novel method of untangling the traffic mess at the Hero Honda Crossing on the Gurgaon Expressway.
The ministry plans to branch out the expressway into three-four elevated stretches inside a building and is likely to soon appoint a consultant to facilitate the introduction of the traffic model tried in Osaka, Japan.
It is hoped that the project, on which the Hindustan Times reported on June 27, 2012, will lead to the segregation of local and interstate traffic – thereby reducing congestion at the crossing – that will later join the rest of the highway through cloverleaf roads.
The ministry has also decided to try a similar model while constructing the eight-lane elevated corridor on the Delhi-Dasna road (up to Eastern Peripheral Expressway) on National Highway 24 in Uttar Pradesh.
Read more: Hindustan Times
Budget May Bring Windfall for E Delhi Infra Projects
East Delhi is expected to get a major infrastructure boost in the Union Budget which is to be presented in Parliament on Thursday. Officials in the Transport Department anticipate that infrastructure development projects such as the monorail project, connecting Shastri Park to Trilokpuri and the Karawal Nagar-Shastri Nagar-Mori Gate Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) corridor are expected to be put on fast track after the 2013-14 Budget is passed. Officials said that both these projects top the Delhi Government’s agenda. Aimed at augmenting public transport in areas inaccessible by Metro, and to provide an alternative to the existing bus transport network, the funding pattern of the first monorail corridor was discussed by the Government recently. “The project is expected to cost around Rs 2,235 crore and the burden will be shared by the Central Government, Delhi Government and other entities. With an allocation in the Budget, the project will get the desired push to kick off the State Government’s ambitious project,” said the official. The Delhi Government wants to expedite the process on the monorail concept this year being the crucial year for the Delhi Assembly elections.
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Govt plans five more rail freight corridors
The government is planning to build five new dedicated freight corridors connecting cities in different parts of the country to enhance Railways’ transportation capacity.
Eastern dedicated freight corridors (1,839 km) connecting Dankuni near Kolkata with Ludhiana in Punjab and Western corridor (1,499 km) connecting Jawahar Lal Nehru Port in Mumbai with Dadri/Rewari near Delhi are already being implemented.
“Apart from Eastern and Western DFCs, a feasibility study has also been undertaken on four future freight corridors… A pre-feasibility study of Chennai-Bangalore Freight Corridor is also being proposed,” the Economic Survey said today.
The proposed corridors — East-West Corridor (Kolkata- Mumbai), North-South Corridor (Delhi-Chennai), East Coast Corridor (Kharagpur-Vijayawada) and Southern Corridor (Goa- Chennai) — are being mulled to increase transportation capacity, reduce unit costs of transportation and improve service quality.
Read more: My Digital FC
Resolve infrastructure issues to revive investments: Survey
Pinning hopes on the newly set up Cabinet Committee on Investment (CCI) the Economic Survey today said specific issues facing the infrastructure sector need to be resolved to revive the investment climate and propel sustainable growth.
“In the current macro-economic environment, to achieve this objective, there is need to address sector-specific issues over the medium to long-term horizon in India… A high level of investment in the infrastructure sector is essential for the overall revival of the investment climate,” it said.
The recently constituted CCI is expected to resolve issues involving inter-ministerial coordination for critical infrastructure projects, it added.
The progress of many road and coal projects have suffered due to problems such as delays in obtaining environmental clearances, land acquisitions and rehabilitation, the Survey called for suitably addressing the issues in the fast-track mode for achieving the 12th Plan (2012-17) targets.
The Environment Ministry has been asked to relax the condition of mandatory environment clearance (EC) for areas of less than 5 hectare, and not to insist on EC for earth/soil for the highways projects, it said.
Read more: Business Line
Engineering and construction
L&T gets Rs 1,504 crore orders in February
Engineering and construction firm Larsen and Toubro (L&T) on Wednesday said it has secured orders worth Rs 1,504 crore order during the ongoing month from India and abroad.
The company’s water and effluent treatment business unit has bagged orders worth Rs 621 crore for two projects in West Bengal and one in Qatar, it said in a BSE filing.
The solar business unit of L&T Construction, which is a brand name for L&T, has received an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) order worth Rs 413 crore from Kiran Energy for the construction of solar photo-voltaic plants in Tamil Nadu.
The power transmission and distribution business got a Rs 265 crore-order from Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation for power distribution work across various districts in Tamil Nadu.
“In the heavy civil business, various additional orders worth Rs 205 crore have been secured from ongoing projects,” it said.
Read more: The Economic Times