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Call drops need an infra fix

Syllabus subtopic: Statutory, Regulatory and various Quasi-judicial Bodies.   Prelims and Mains focus: about the issue of call drops and its remedy; about TRAI   News: Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) chairman has rubbished telecom operators’ claim that free voice calls are to blame for the poor quality of voice calls.   What is a call drop and why does it occur? In any mobile network, the capacity of each tower and, therefore, the network

New business model for Railways

Syllabus subtopic: Government Policies and Interventions for Development in various sectors and Issues arising out of their Design and Implementation Infrastructure: Energy, Ports, Roads, Airports, Railways etc.   Prelims and Mains focus: about the move and its significance; reforms in the railways sector   News: The government has decided to delink the cost of energy consumed by the private trains from the overall haulage charges payable to Railways.  

National Interlinking of Rivers Authority (NIRA)

Syllabus subtopic: Government Policies and Interventions for Development in various sectors and Issues arising out of their Design and Implementation.   Prelims and Mains focus: about the new body and its significance; about issues related to ILR   News: The Central government is working on the establishment of an exclusive body to implement projects for linking rivers.   Background The proposal for an apex body on river linking has been under discussion for

Lifeline Udan flights launched and COVID-19

3rd April Lifeline Udan flights launched and COVID-19 As a part of curbing the adverse impact of COVID 19, the Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA) launched Lifeline Udan flights on March 26, 2020 for movement of medical and essential supplies across India. Over a 6 days period i.e. till March 31, 2020, 74 flights have been operated which had covered an aerial distance of over 70,000 km to transport 37.63 tonnes of medical cargo, out of which more than 22 tonnes was t

National Highways Development Programme (NHDP)-Bharatmala Pariyojana

NHAI achieved record 3,979 km highways construction Part of: GS Prelims and GS-III- Economy Infrastructure National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) has achieved the highest ever highway construction feat with an accomplishment of 3,979 km of national highways in the financial Year 2019-20.However, it has completed 88% of highway construction against the target of building 4,500 km highways in FY-20. In the FY 2018-19, NHAI constructed 3,380 km of National Highways.

National Infrastructure Pipeline

National Infrastructure Pipeline Part of: GS-III- Economy-Infrastructure (PT-MAINS-PERSONALITY TEST) Recently, the task force headed by Atanu Chakraborty (economic affairs secretary) on National Infrastructure Pipeline (NIP) submitted its final report to the Finance Minister. Imp Points Revised Investment Need: The taskforce has forecast an investment need of ?111 lakh crore over the next five years (2020-2025) to build infrastructure p

National Logistics Plan

National Logistics Plan Recently Union government has introduced an ambitious national logistics plan to allow seamless movement of inputs and finished goods across the country. This government aims to come out with the most cost-effective method to transport goods by 2035 to provide a competitive edge to the Indian industry. The logistics division in the commerce department is in talks with logistics providing ministries of railways, roadways, shipping, inland waterways and civil avi

First investment for NIIF

First investment for NIIF Recently a Dubai-based marine firm DP World has partnered with NIIF to create an investment platform for ports, terminals, transportation and logistics businesses in India. National Investment and Infrastructure Fund (NIIF) is set up to function as a major platform in India for attracting foreign investments to fund stalled infra projects. The NIIF is being operationalized by establishing three Alternative Investment Funds (AIFs) under the SEBI Regulations.

Chardham Pariyojana: Chamba Tunnel

Chardham Pariyojana: Chamba Tunnel Part of: GS-III- Infrastructure  (PT-MAINS-PERSONALITY TEST) Recently, the  Union Minister for Road Transport & Highways inaugurated the  Chamba Tunnel which has completed under Chardham Pariyojana through video conference mode. About Chamba tunnel: The Chamba tunnel is a horse-shoe type tunnel with 10 m carriageway width and 5.5 m vertical clearance. It is  440 m long Tunnel

Railway development Authority

Railway development Authority Rail Development Authority will help the Indian Railways take decisions on pricing of services, consumer interests, generating revenue and competition. The government has approved the formation of a Rail Development Authority (RDA) comprising a Chairman and three Members. The objective underlying RDA is to get expert advice/make an informed decision on Pricing of services commensurate with costs. Suggest measures for enhancement of Non-Fare Revenue.

Performance Assessment of Highways

Performance Assessment of Highways Part of: GS-III- Economy (PT-MAINS-PERSONALITY TEST) Recently, the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) has decided to undertake performance assessment and ranking of the highways in the country. The assessment activity majorly intended to improve the quality of roads in the country. Parameters for Assessment: The criteria for the assessment have been broadly categorised in three main heads namely, Highwa

How India is unbottling the ‘gas economy’

How India is unbottling the ‘gas economy’ Introduction: Recently, Natural Gas Marketing Reforms were approved by the government of India. These were introduced with the objective to prescribe standard procedure to discover the market price of gas through a transparent and competitive e-bidding process. Globally, natural gas has been gaining traction as a key alternative and an ideal fuel to support the energy shift in favour of cleaner and greener energy sources. Ind

National Infrastructure Pipeline

National Infrastructure Pipeline What is in the news? Center to set up a Development Finance Institution (DFI) with a view to mobilise the Rs. 111 lakh crore required for funding of the ambitious National Infrastructure Pipeline. About National Infrastructure Pipeline India to invest > 102 lakh crore in infrastructure projects by 2024-25. It will be spent the most on Energy > Roads > Urban Infrastructure > Railways. Center, States and the Private sector

Public Wi-Fi Access Network Interface-PM-WANI

  Context: Public infrastructure is essential for enhancing the quality of public life and social capital. Guiding by her promise of DIGITAL INDIA and access to all the MINIMUM Internet GoI came out with PM-WANI. This topic is highy important for UPSC-PT and Mains. Union Cabinet cleared a document by the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) to set up public Wi-Fi access-PM-WANI network interfaces, first recommended by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (

Dedicated Freight Corridors

New Freight Corridor Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the New Rewari-New Madar section of the Western Dedicated Freight Corridor and flagged off the world’s first 1.5-km-long electrified double stack long haul container train. Mr. Modi said the project was part of the mission to modernise the country’s infrastructure and was being seen as a game changer for the India of 21st century. The section, which became operational after a hard work of five to six years, woul

Railways in India

Railways in India Regional Rapid Transit System (RRTS) The country’s first Regional Rapid Transit System (RRTS) is set to use an advanced signalling and train control system. According to the NCRTC, the RRTS will adopt a modern European Train Control System Level 2 signalling over the long-term evolution communication backbone with the adoption of state-of-art Hybrid Level 3. Adoption of this signalling technology adds to the distinction of RRTS, as the first technologic

NH-66 to be redeveloped as an economic corridor

NH-66 to be redeveloped as an economic corridor The centre has proposed to develop NH-66 as an economic corridor in the recent budget announcement.   NH 66 Runs roughly north-south along the western coast of India  Connects Panvel (a city south of Mumbai) to Cape Comorin (Kanyakumari), Passing through the states of Maharashtra, Goa, Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu. Major cities include Panjim, Mangaluru, Kochi  

Dhubri-Phulbari Bridge

Dhubri-Phulbari Bridge A 19-km-long four-lane Bridge between Dhubri (Assam) and Phulbari (Meghalaya) over the river Brahmaputra on NH-127B will be constructed. Once completed in 2028, it will be India's longest bridge. This bridge will reduce travel time between Assam and Meghalaya by 6 hours, and distance to 19 km from 200 km. Through this bridge, Assam and Meghalaya will have a direct connection with West Bengal. It will provide a third alternative link to Meghalaya, Manip

Majuli-Jorhat Bridge

Majuli-Jorhat Bridge A 6.8 km-long two-lane major bridge is being constructed over the Brahmaputra between Majuli (north bank) and Jorhat (south bank) on NH-715K. This bridge will provide all-time access to the people living in Majuli town with rest of Assam to meet their health, education and day to day development activities. The constructions of this bridge also provide a safe evacuation access to the people of Majuli Island during flood in Brahmaputra River. Majuli island is f

Mahabahu-Brahmaputra project

Mahabahu-Brahmaputra project The Central Government has laid the foundation of the Mahabahu-Brahmaputra project to initiate developmental activities near the Brahmaputra and the surrounding areas of the Barak River and to provide seamless connectivity to the region.  Under this project, the foundation stone of a four-lane bridge over the Brahmaputra River between Dhubri (North Coast) and Phulbari (South Coast) will be laid. The proposed bridge will be located on NH-127B, which

Dedicated Freight Corridors (DFC):

Dedicated Freight Corridors (DFC): Ministry of Railways is executing the work of construction of two dedicated freight corridors namely Eastern and Western Dedicated Freight Corridors (EDFC & WDFC) to augment the rail transport capacity along above routes to meet the growing need of the economy and facilitate faster evacuation of freight traffic. What is Dedicated Freight Corridor? It is a high speed and high capacity railway corridor that is exclusively meant for the

National Bank for Financing Infrastructure and Development Bill, 2021

National Bank for Financing Infrastructure and Development Bill, 2021 Introduction The Bill seeks to establish the National Bank for Financing Infrastructure and Development (NBFID) as the principal Development Financial Institution (DFIs) for infrastructure financing. It was announced in the Budget 2021. About NBFID: NBFID will be set up as a corporate body with an authorised share capital of one lakh crore rupees. Objectives of NBFID: To directly or indirectly

Regional Rapid Transit System (RRTS)

Regional Rapid Transit System (RRTS) The country’s first Regional Rapid Transit System (RRTS) is set to use an advanced signalling and train control system. According to the NCRTC, the RRTS will adopt a modern European Train Control System Level 2 signalling over the long-term evolution communication backbone with the adoption of state-of-art Hybrid Level 3. The adoption of this signalling technology adds to the distinction of RRTS, as the first technologically advanced rail

'Freight Smart Cities’

Commerce Ministry’s Logistics Division unveils plans for ‘Freight Smart Cities’ Need for Freight Smart Cities With growing urbanisation, requirements of rapid economic growth including e-commerce and associated first and last mile freight movements; increasing congestion, noise and sound pollution in the Indian cities is a menace affecting both public health and local economies.  The Logistics Division under the Ministry of Commerce and Industry has decided to

Chenab Brridge- Final Arch Closure Completed

Chenab Bridge- Final Arch Closure Completed Recently, Indian Railways completed the arch closure of the iconic Chenab Bridge in Jammu & Kashmir. Key Highlights It is the world's highest railway bridge and is part of the Udhampur-Srinagar-Baramulla rail link project (USBRL). The Project was declared as a Project of National Importance in March 2002. This bridge is 1,315-metre long and is the highest railw

Cabinet Approves Subsidy scheme for Merchant Shipping

Cabinet Approves Subsidy scheme for Merchant Shipping Cabinet has recently approved a scheme for the promotion of merchant ships in India by providing subsidy support to Indian shipping companies in global tenders floated by Ministries and CPSEs. Key features of the scheme: The scheme will provide Rs.1624 crore over five years as a subsidy to Indian Shipping companies in global tenders floated by Ministries and CPSEs for the import of government cargo.  The subsidy supp

Smart Cities Mission (SCM)

About Smart Cities Mission (SCM) For economic growth, improve Quality of life, and local development, harness technology to create smart outcomes. It will cover 100 cities and will be from 2015 to 2020. It is a mission mode project. The Smart City Mission is under MoHUA. SCM will be operated as a Centrally Sponsored Scheme  Center will give Rs. 48000 crores over 5 years with Rs. 100 crore per city per year. An 

PM Gati Shakti Master Plan

PM Gati Shakti Master Plan On India’s 75th Independence Day, the Prime Minister announced that the Centre will launch ‘PM Gati Shakti Master Plan’. It is a 100 lakh crore Infrastructure plan for developing ‘holistic infrastructure’. The plan is aimed at easier interconnectivity between road, rail, air and waterways to reduce travel time and improve industrial productivity. The push for infrastructure is in line with the government’s efforts to ste

AMRUT Mission 2.0

AMRUT Mission Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT) is the new avatar of the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM). But, in a significant departure from the earlier mission, the Centre will not appraise individual projects. The Mission will focus on the following Thrust Areas: Water Supply. Sewerage and septage management. Storm Water Drainage to reduce flooding Non-motorized Urban Transport. Green space/parks.


TARANGA HILL-AMBAJI-ABU ROAD Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs has approved the construction of the Taranga Hill-Ambaji- Abu Road new rail line which is to be constructed by the Ministry of Railways at an estimated cost of Rs 2798.16 crore. The total length of the new rail line will be 116.65 km and is expected to be completed by 2026-27 The route will go via Rajasthan's Sirohi district, as well as Gujarat's Banaskantha and Mahesana districts. Significance of the project

National Logistics Policy 2022

National Logistics Policy 2022 The National Logistics Policy 2022 was just unveiled by the Prime Minister. Prime Directives Goal: To facilitate seamless cross-country flow of products and services while reducing high logistical costs, which are frequently cited as India's major structural trade bottlenecks. The logistics industry: Planning, coordinating, storing, and transferring resources—people, inventories, equipment, raw materials, etc.—from one pla

Public-Private Partnership Model

Public-Private Partnership Model 16 railway stations will soon be put up for bid under the public-private partnership (PPP) model, according to the Railway Ministry. These train stations will be updated to provide better accessibility and fundamental amenities for travellers. This is in addition to the 1253 railway stations that the Adarsh Station Scheme has designated for development. About public-private partnership It's a partnership between the public and

Development of Great Nicobar

Development of Great Nicobar The Ministry of Environment, Forests, and Climate Change recently approved an ambitious Rs 72,000 crore development project on the strategically important Great Nicobar Island. Over the next 30 years, the project will be implemented in three phases. About the proposal A greenfield city with an International Container Trans-shipment Terminal (ICTT), a greenfield international airport, and a power plant has been proposed. The Indian Navy will contr

Jammu-Poonch highway

Recently, the Border Roads Organisation (BRO) achieved a breakthrough in a vital tunnel along the 250-km long and strategically important National Highway (NH) 144A in Jammu and Kashmir. Border Roads Organisation (BRO) was formed on 7 May 1960 to secure India’s borders and develop infrastructure in remote areas of the north and north-east states of the country. National Highway, NH-144A is a 2-lane road which starts from Jammu and goes up to Poonch districts. It also provid

Global DPI Repository (GDPIR) and Social Impact Fund

India has launched 2 new initiatives - Global DPI Repository and Social Impact Fund, to advance Digital Public Infrastructure in Global South. Digital Public Infrastructure (DPI) is a set of shared digital systems to deliver and provide equitable access to public and / or private services to drive development, inclusion, innovation and respect human rights and fundamental freedoms. Global DPI Repository (GDPIR) – A virtual repository of DPI, volu

Dayapar Wind Project

NTPC Renewable Energy Limited (NTPC REL), a wholly owned subsidiary of NTPC, has declared the commercial operation of its first project, the 50 MW wind project at Dayapar in Kachch, Gujarat. Dayapar Wind is the first capacity in India to be declared commercial under new Indian Electricity Grid Code and General Network Access Regime.

India Infrastructure Report (IIR)

The India Infrastructure Report 2023 on Urban Planning and Development was released in December 2023 IIR – It is an annual publication initiated by the IDFC Foundation in 2001. Published by – IDFC Foundation, Infrastructure Development Corporation (Karnataka) Ltd. (iDeCK) and the National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA). IDFC Foundation is a not-for-profit institution, working on philanthropic initiatives in social infrastructure. IDeCK


01 Feb,2024

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