Cabinet nod to railway flyover in Aligarh

Source: The Economic Times, Mar 25, 2020

The Union Cabinet on Wednesday gave its nod to the construction of a railway flyover in Uttar Pradesh’s Aligarh to reduce congestion.

It also approved signing of an agreement between India and Germany to increase cooperation in the field of railways.

Briefing about the decisions taken by the Union Cabinet, Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar said the Aligarh-Harduaganj flyover will be 22 km long and is likely to be completed in five years.

He said the Cabinet also approved MoU between India and Germany for technological cooperation in the railway sector.

A decision was also taken to transfer five acres of defence land in Kanpur to Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan for construction of a Kendriya Vidyalaya.
Similarly, an eight-acre piece of defence land at Old Cantonment in Prayagraj (Allahabad) will be given to Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan for construction of a Kendriya Vidyalaya.

PNC Infratech bags ₹3,582-cr order

Source: The Hindu Business Line, Mar 11, 2020

New Delhi: PNC Infratech Ltd has bagged orders worth ₹3,582 crore from the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) for widening of road projects in Uttar Pradesh. In a filing to the BSE, the company said it has received “letters of award (LOA) from NHAI on March 9, for the project of four-laning of the Aligarh-Kanpur section from 356 km (design chainage 373.085 km) to 414 km (design chainage 433.728 km), package-V, Mitrasen-Kanpur section of NH-91 in Uttar Pradesh on a hybrid annuity mode under the Bharatmala Pariyojana for a bid project cost of ₹2,052 crore.” The price bids for the project were opened on February 12 and PNC’s bid was the lowest, it said.

Adani Enterprises wins Rs 1,546-cr NHAI project under Bharatmala Pariyojana

Source: Business Standard, Mar 11, 2020

New Delhi: Adani Enterprises Ltd (AEL) on Wednesday said it has won a Rs 1,546-crore project from National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) for building a stretch of NH-16 in Andhra Pradesh under Bharatmala Pariyojana.

The project will be undertaken under the hybrid annuity mode.

“The company led consortium has received a letter of award (LOA) from NHAI for … six laning of Vijaywada Bypass from Gollapudi to Chinnakakani including major bridge across river Krishna in Vijayawada Gundugolanu section of NH-16 under Bharatmala Pariyojana on hybrid annuity mode,” Adani Enterprises said in a regulatory filing to the BSE.

Bharatmala Pariyojana is a government-sponsored and funded road and highways project.

The company’s bid project cost for the 17.88 km project was Rs 1,546.31 crore, the company said adding it will be completed in 2.5 years.

Adani Enterprises would continue to evaluate and bid for attractive opportunities in transport sector which generates value for the stakeholders, it said.

“The Group would use its expertise and experience of setting up complex and mammoth infrastructure projects in record time and to world class quality standards and also successfully operating them,” the statement said. With this project award, Adani Group will have total four NHAI road projects under hybrid annuity mode spanning in the state of Chhattisgarh, Telangana and Andhra Pradesh.

Adityanath govt fast tracks Rs 36,000-crore Ganga Expressway project

Source: Business Standard, Mar 04, 2020

Within days of Prime Minister Narendra Modi laying the foundation of 296 km Bundelkhand Expressway in Uttar Pradesh, the Yogi Adityanath government has now fast tracked another mega Ganga Expressway project.


The 628-km Ganga Expressway, which would link 12 districts between Prayagraj (Allahabad) and Meerut districts, is estimated to cost Rs 36,000 crore.

With 2022 UP elections less than two years away, the Adityanath dispensation is not leaving any stone unturned in accelerating ongoing and proposed infrastructure projects, especially expressways since it is the most visible and widely used infra in the rural hinterland.

In this regard, state chief secretary R K Tiwari has directed UP Expressway Industrial Development Authority (UPEIDA) to prepare the detailed project report (DPR) for Ganga Expressway by March 20, so that it is put before the cabinet for approval. Read the rest of this entry »

Centre gives in-principle nod to Doon-Delhi elevated expressway

Source: The Economic Times, Feb 24, 2019

The Centre has given in-principle nod to the construction of an elevated expressway between Dehradun and New Delhi which will reduce the distance between the two cities to 180 kms.

The Centre’s go-ahead to the project was conveyed to Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat by the National Highway Authority of India Chairman S S Sandhu who made a courtesy call to the former at his residence here on Monday, an official release said.

Congratulating the people of the state after his meeting with Sandhu, the chief minister said the construction of the highway will boost tourism and prove to be a milestone in its economic development.

It will reduce the distance between Dehradun and the national capital to 180 kms and the state government will extend all support to the NHAI for the construction of the elevated highway, Rawat said.

At present, the distance between Dehradun and Delhi is around 250 kms. Work on the highway, which will reduce travel time between the two cities to two and a half hours, will begin soon, Sandhu said at the meeting with Rawat.
Construction of an elevated road on the route besides a new tunnel near Mohand on the outskirts of Dehradun is proposed as part of the project, the NHAI chairman said.

Noting that parts of the proposed highway falls under the jurisdiction of forest and wildlife department of neighbouring Uttar Pardesh, Sandhu asked the chief minister to request the UP government for speedy forest and environment clearances so that work on the project could be expedited.

Smart City Mission: Centre devises 20:20 model to boost laggard cities

Source: The Economic Times, Feb 21, 2020

NEW DELHI: In a final push to the Smart City Mission, the Centre has devised a 20-20 model to pair the top 20 cities with the bottom 20 and help the laggard cities to kick-start the smartening up process by borrowing technical know-how and financial studies.

The ministry of housing and urban affairs has thrown open a 100-day challenge for the laggard smart cities to up their game by the 5th anniversary of Smart City Mission on June 25. About 100 smart cities have been selected through a competitive process in four different rounds. These cities have identified 5,151projects worth Rs 2,05,018 crore to be undertaken under the Smart City Mission. Read the rest of this entry »

Finance Ministry’s rule change may hit 1,000 km road projects

Source: The Economic Times, Feb 19, 2020

New Delhi: The finance ministry’s decision to treat highway projects as a single entity that cannot be bifurcated into small packages could impact award of about 1,000 km of key infrastructure projects, including the Delhi-Mumbai and Ahmedabad-Dholera Expressways.

As a norm, any public-private infrastructure project costing over Rs 2,000 crore is sent to the PPP Appraisal Committee (PPPAC) and then to the Cabinet for its nod.

However, PPP projects up to Rs 2,000 crore are appraised and approved by the highways ministry’s Standing Finance Committee (SFC). To keep large projects under the finance ministry-set threshold, the highways ministry has been bifurcating large projects. Read the rest of this entry »