67% of 5,151 smart city projects stuck on paper

Source: The Hindu Business Line, Dec 16, 2018

Pune: Only 33 per cent of the total 5,151 Smart City Mission projects have been completed or are under implementation, utilising 25 per cent of the envisaged investment.

The creation of smart cities was a major promise by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the run-up to the 2014 Lok Sabha elections. Projects worth 2,05,018 crore have been included by the selected 100 cities in their Smart City proposals.

According to data presented by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs to the Lok Sabha, 2,342 projects (45 per cent) worth 90,929 crore have been tendered, of which 1,675 projects (33 per cent) worth 51,866 crore are under implementation or have been completed.

This means that 3,476 projects (67 per cent) are either just tendered or have not even gone through the tendering process. Read the rest of this entry »

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Projects worth Rs 44.6k crore underway for rail connectivity to ports

Source: The Economic Times, Dec 16, 2018

As many as 52 projects for rail connectivity to ports are underway entailing an investment of Rs 44,605 crore, an official said Sunday. 

These projects are being undertaken by the Indian Port Rail Corporation Ltd (IPRCL) and the Ministry of Railways.

IPRCL has taken up 32 projects worth Rs 18,253 crore across nine major ports, of which eight projects worth Rs 175 crore have been completed, a Shipping Ministry official said.

The official said in addition, 23 rail connectivity projects worth Rs 24,877 crore identified under Sagarmala have being taken up by the Ministry of Railways, out of which seven projects entailing Rs 2,491 crore investment have been completed.  Read the rest of this entry »

435 infra, road projects stuck due to land acquisition issues

Source: The Economic Times, Dec 14, 2018

As many as 435 infrastructure and highway projects are stuck across the country on account of various factors, including delay in land acquisition and regulatory clearances, Parliament was informed Thursday.

“Four hundred and thirty five numbers of infrastructure and road projects are stuck and pending for completion and they are delayed mainly due to land acquisition, utility shifting, non availability of soil/aggregate, poor performance of contracts, environment/forest/ wilflife clearances,” Minister of State for Road Transport and Highways Mansukh Lal Mandaviya told the Lok Sabha in a written reply.

Other factors behind delay of projects include road over bridges and under bridges issues with Railways, public agitation for additional facilities, arbitration /contractual disputes with contractors etc, he said.

“These projects are likely to be completed by October 2020,” the minister said.

Government’s road projects find the going tough in first half

Source: The Economic Times, Dec 06, 2018

The central government’s target for road construction appears to be too ambitious considering the delay in financial closure of half of the allotted projects and difficulty in acquiring land parcels. 

The government’s road projects awarding bodies, NHAI and Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, have awarded just 268 km of road projects in the first half of FY19, which is 8.8% of the target of 3,028 km for the period.

In FY15, the government had announced that it would award roads projects only after securing 80% of the land free from a large number of hassles. But nearly 60% of the projects are yet to complete the land-acquisition stage, according to an analysis by domestic brokerage Spark Capital. High costs, corruption, and litigations related to land and other hassles have obstructed timely acquisition of land.  Read the rest of this entry »

Road Ministry fixes December 19 as bid deadline for 2nd tranche of 8 road projects under TOT

Source: The Economic Times, Dec 04, 2018

NEW DELHI:The road ministry Tuesday said interested players could bid for the second tranche of eight highway projects under the toll-operate-transfer (TOT) model till December 19.

After huge success of the maiden bundle of nine highway projects under TOT that fetched NHAI Rs 9,681 crore, the government has come out with the second tranche.

“The submission of bids for second bundle of TOT will close on the 19th of this month. This bundle consists of over 586 km of national highways, spread over four states Rajasthan, Gujarat, West Bengal and Bihar,” the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways said in a statement. Read the rest of this entry »

India to build projects worth Rs 250 bn along China border in AP, Sikkim

Source: Business Standard, Nov 19, 2018

New Delhi: India will go ahead with the construction of much-required strategic roads and permanent integrated buildings along the Indo-China border in Arunachal Pradesh and Sikkim as part of a critical infrastructure project

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worth Rs 250 billion.

The crucial decision, approved by the High Level Empowered Committee (HLEC) headed by Home Minister Rajnath Singh, is slated to be taken up by the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) shortly, along with other border-related projects in Gujarat, Rajasthan, Punjab, West Bengal, Assam, Meghalaya, Mizoram and Tripura.

The decision to fast-track the construction of roads and other critical infrastructure on the Chinese border assumes significance as it is happening at a time when India is looking to fend off the dragon’s threat on its north-eastern border. Read the rest of this entry »

With 18% growth, roads and highways construction has remained in high gear this year

Source: Financial Express, Nov 19, 2018

Notwithstanding the monsoon blues that hit work in recent months, highway construction logged a robust 18% y-o-y growth in the first seven months of the ongoing fiscal, taking the construction rate for the April-October period to 23 km/day, as against 19.45 km/day clocked in the corresponding period last fiscal. The overall figure for the last fiscal stood at a record 26.9 km/day.

All government agencies responsible for highway construction bettered their tally in the first seven months of FY19. The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) built 3,107 km of highways during the April-October period, as against 2,623 km in the corresponding period last fiscal. The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) improved its performance to 1,579 km from 1,375 km a year earlier. The National Highways and Infrastructure Development Corporation (NHIDCL) increased its tally to 144 km from 87 km in FY18. Read the rest of this entry »