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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
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.
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
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
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.
MoRTH launches dashboard on its website to provide 'dhabas and repair shops' details Road Transport and Highways Ministry has launched a dashboard on its website to provide details of Dhabas and Truck. The list can be accessed at www.morth.nic.in. The Ministry said, this is intended to facilitate travel of truck and cargo drivers and cleaners. A regular contact is being maintained with various stake holders providing information. National Highway Authority of India’s centra
BRO constructs bridge in record time on a key road connecting strategic areas in AP Border Roads Organisation (BRO) constructed bridge over Subansiri river in Arunachal Pradesh in a record span of just 27 days. Amidst the nationwide lockdown, BRO undertook the developmental work for construction of the Daporijo bridge maintaining utmost precautions against COVID-19. The bridge is of utmost importance in strategic connectivity as it links roads leading upto the LAC between India and Chin
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
6.5-km two-lane tunnel road to Wayanad gets the nod The government has given the nod for a ?658-crore two-lane tunnel road in the Anakkampoyil-Kalladi-Meppadi corridor that would run parallel to the landslip-prone Thamarassery pass that links Kozhikode to Wayanad. The 6.5-km tunnel will be the third longest in the country. The largest tunnel in India is the Chenani-Nashri tunnel (Patnitop tunnel) which runs 9.28 km. Approach roads and a 70-metre bridge over the Iranjipuzha river are pa
Perumon bridge and Naluchira bridge The Cabinet has also given the nod for a ?39.9-crore Perumon bridge across Ashtamudi Lake in Kollam district. The proposed bridge will link Perumon and Munrothuruthu. The ?34.39 crore Naluchira bridge acoss the Pampa river to link Thottappally and Naluchira in Alappuzha district has also got the approval.
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. By this government aims to come out with the most cost-effective method to transport goods till 2035 to provide a competitive edge to the Indian industry. Logistics division in the commerce department is in talks with logistics providing ministries of railways, roadways, shipping, inland waterways and civil av
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 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 Rail Development Authority will help the Indian Railways take decisions on pricing of services, consumer interests, generating revenue and competition. Government has approved formation of a Rail Development Authority (RDA) comprising Chairman and three Members. The objective underlying RDA is to get expert advice/make informed decision on Pricing of services commensurate with costs. Suggest measures for enhancement of Non-Fare Revenue. Protection of
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’ 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 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 GS-Paper-3 Development issue and S&T (PT-MAINS) 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&nb
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 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
The center 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 A 19-km-long four-lane Bridge between Dhubri (Assam) and Phulbari (Meghalaya) over 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, Manipur,
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 famous for Mishing tribe
The Central Government has laid the foundation of 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 originates from Shrirampur and terminates
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 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 authorised share capital of one lakh crore rupees. Objectives of NBFID: To directly or indirectly len
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 technologically advanced rail net
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
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 railway bridge in the world being 359 metres ab
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) For economic growth, improve Quality of life, local development, harness technology to create smart outcomes. It will cover 100 cities and it will be from 2015 to 2020. It is a mission mode project. Mission is under MoHUA. SCM will be operated as a Centrally Sponsored Scheme Center will give Rs. 48000 crore over 5 years with Rs. 100 crore per city per year. An equal amount (on a matc
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 step up capital expenditure in in
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