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Wednesday , 17 August 2022

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Centre relaxes highway project norms

In a major step to expedite national highway projects and remove hurdles, the Cabinet Committee on Investment (CCI) has relaxed forest clearance norms for the projects. It has also de-linked environmental clearance from forest clearance. It has also raised the ceiling for four-laning of roads under the National Highways Development Project (NHDP) phase-IV from 4,000km to 8,000km. This will be ...

Turbo Consultancy wins LTI award

Laser Technology Inc (LTI) recently hosted its annual International Traffic Safety Dealer Conference at its world headquarters in Centennial, Colorado, USA. LTI manufactures laser-based products used in law enforcement and other industries around the world. Forty five international guests representing dealerships from thirty countries attended the three-day conference. Representing LTI?s products in India, Iqbal Singh Jagdeva, Managing Director and Jagpal ...

Railways to introduce fireproof coaches

Mail and express trains in the country will soon have fire-proof coaches. The new, stainless steel, superfine coaches are being manufactured at the Rail Coach Factory at Kapurthala in Punjab on a trial basis. Technical experts have already approved the design and other safety measures on the coaches. The curtains and other fittings inside the coaches will also be resistant ...

Exclusive pedestrian zones for Chennai

The Chennai Municipal Corporation is planning to make exclusive pedestrian and cycling zones in crowded areas of Chennai with cycles forming a feeder transport to the mass rapid transport system. The city will get bicycle-sharing programme on the lines of the ones in cities such as London and Paris. There will be bicycle stands at bus stops, railway stations and ...

Highways may double as solar energy generators

Scientists at the Gujarat Energy Research and Management Institute (GERMI) have proposed to use major roads in the country as solar power generators. A paper published by Tirumalachetty Harinarayana, director of GERMI and Pragya Sharma, a co-worker, in the International Journal of Energy, Environment and Engineering, outlines the concept of generating solar power by laying a roof of photovoltaic panels ...

Alstom to make Bangalore centre a global hub

Alstom Transport, part of the Paris-based Alstom Group, is planning to transform its engineering facility at Bangalore into a global research and development hub. The facility which employs at present about 300 personnel, developing applications and products for its rail signalling projects in Asia and Europe, will be expanded to include a team focused on research, engineering and development of ...

New Delhi commuters to be tested for alcohol

The Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) will use breathalysers to test commuters travelling in the Delhi Metro and trains for alcohol. THouse found with a significant blood alcohol level will not be allowed to board the trains and Metros. The aim is to prevent such passengers from disturbing other passengers in the often congested coaches getting into drunken brawls, which ...

Milan Subway Rail Overbridge opens

The Milan Subway Rail Overbridge, built by the MMRDA, was opened to the public by the Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan in Vile Parle, north-western Mumbai. Speaking on the occasion, the Chief Minister said that the overbridge would give commuters substantial relief to the problem of flooding of the Milan subway rail overbridge, which occurs every monsoon. One of the ...

NHAI approaches PMO to save discarded road projects

The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) has approached the Prime Minister?s Office to help restart highway projects abandoned by concessionaires and begin projects that were not previously able to attract any developers. The move follows the NHAI?s proposal to encourage investment in highway projects by allowing easier options for concessionaires to exit highway projects. The aim is to ease ...

Banks to fund NHAI projects with 80% land

The Department of Financial Services of the Union Finance Ministry recently conveyed to bank CEOs that they could finance PPP road projects if the NHAI acquired at least 80% of the land required for a project. Simultaneously, under the new rules, developers are allowed to collect toll after 75% completion of a project. The move is expected to ease financing ...