NAGPUR (Maharashtra): Nagpur, the orange bowl of India, will be home to an engineering marvel soon after a proposal worth Rs. 573 crores approved by the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) for the construction of India’s first four-layer transport system in Nagpur.
The Authority has given its unconditional clearance to Rs 573 crore proposal submitted by the Maharashtra Metro Rail Corporation (MahaMetro) for commencing the construction of flyover and Metro route at Kamptee Road, Nagpur.
The proposed four-layer structure will come up on Kamptee Road of Nagpur.
The total length of the viaduct in Reach-II stretches to 7.23 km. The total length of the flyover to be constructed is 5.3 km.
Here are some of the salient features of the project:
- The proposed flyover and the metro track share `Right of Way’ – the 2 structures to be constructed on a single pillar, thus saving cost and also minimizing the use of road space.
- The fly-over structure will start from LIC Square and culminate at Automotive Square – both located on the busy Kamptee Road.
- The four levels are – Kamptee Road, Nagpur-Bhopal Railway Line, Fly-over and Metro viaduct.
- The maximum height of Metro via-duct would be at Gurdwara at Gaddigodam, where the rail line passes over the road.
- The maximum height of fly-over across the stretch would be at Gaddigodam, where the railway line crosses the road – 14.9 metres.
- Similarly, the maximum height of via-duct across the stretch would be at the same location – Gaddigodam, where the railway line crosses the road – 24.8 metres.
- The proposed flyover would be a 4-lane structure. The total cost of the fly-over has been pegged at Rs.573 crore.
Kamptee Road is one of the busiest roads of the city with multiple traffic junctions. Thousands of two, three and four-wheeler vehicles ply through the road, which connects two major cities of India viz. Varanasi and Hyderabad.
A good number of educational institutions, commercial places, cinema halls, malls are lined up on the road.
Once completed, the four-layer transport system would serve as a milestone for the Orange City and another feather to its cap.
It will also be an iconic transportation structure for others to emulate and help to decongest the traffic on the busy Kamptee Road.
AAI Starts Taking Bids Under UDAN 4.0; Focus On Northeast India, J-K
To create an enabling ecosystem to enhance connectivity to remote regions via optimum incentives, operational flexibility.
NEW DELHI: The Union Government has launched the fourth round of the regional connectivity scheme, UDAN 4.0 to boost connectivity to more remote and regional areas of the country.
This is not just about enabling people to fly. It is also about transforming cities & regions.
ICAO, in a related study says that every ₹100 spent on air transport contributes to ₹325 worth of benefits & 100 direct jobs in air transport result in 610 jobs in economy. pic.twitter.com/tEmN2oDfXA
— Hardeep Singh Puri (@HardeepSPuri) December 5, 2019
UDAN, which stands for ‘Ude Desh Ka Aam Nagrik’, aims to make air travel affordable and widespread. The UDAN 4.0 will focus on the priority regions including the northeast, hilly states, Jammu and Kashmir UT, Ladakh and islands.
The Union Ministry of Civil Aviation launched the 4th round of the Regional Connectivity Scheme (RCS) UDAN following three successful rounds of bidding to enhance connectivity in the remote and regional areas of the country.
The Airports Authority of India (AAI) on Tuesday initiated the process of taking bids from airlines for various routes under the fourth round of bidding of its regional connectivity scheme UDAN.
“Airports that have already been developed by AAI would be given higher priority for the award of VGF (viability gap funding) under the scheme, followed by airports…located in priority areas…followed by airports located in areas other than priority area(s),” it said.
Revision of Viability Gap Funding (VGF) – The VGF provision for Category 2 / 3 aircraft (with more than 20 seats) has been enhanced for the operation of flights under RCS to priority areas.
The VGF cap applicable for operation of category 1 / 1 A aircraft (below 20 seaters) has also been revised to incentivize the operation of smaller aircraft under the scheme.
The priority areas include the two new union territories of Ladakh and Jammu & Kashmir, hilly states of Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, north-eastern states and island regions of Lakshadweep and Andaman & Nicobar Islands.
The VGF provision would be restricted to routes with stage length of up to 600 km for the operation of category 2 / 3 aircraft. Beyond this, no monetary support would be provided. The table for the provision of VGF for various stage lengths would be available for stage length up to 500 km.
Under the scheme, airports already developed by the Airport Authority of India will be given higher priority for the Viability Gap Funding. The airports not part of the list but are located in the priority areas will be given priority next, followed by airports located in other areas.
Flexibility to change the flight operation frequency:
The Selected Airline Operator (SAO) will be allowed to change the flight operation frequency during the tenure of flight operation of the given route. However, this will only be allowed when the total scheduled flight operation, which was submitted as a part of the Technical Proposal, was conformed and adhered to within a year.
Inclusion of helicopter and seaplane operation:
The operation of helicopter and seaplane would be allowed under round four of the UDAN scheme under the NSOP license.
The UDAN scheme was launched in October 2016 to make air travel affordable by providing connectivity to the under-served areas in the country by the revival of existing airports and airstrips.
Till date, under the scheme, a total of 688 routes connecting 137 cities have been awarded to airlines.
“MoCA (Ministry of Civil Aviation) aims to operationalise 1,000 routes and more than 100 airports in the next five years. This would be achieved by focusing on operationalising routes in priority areas,” it said.
On November 28, Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri told the Lok Sabha that flight operations have begun on 232 routes — connecting 43 small cities — out of total 688 routes awarded under UDAN scheme.
Besides making travel affordable and accessible to all, the UDAN scheme aims to boost inclusive national economic development, development of air transport infrastructure in all regions and job growth.
In the last three years, the Union Ministry of Civil Aviation completed three rounds of bidding under the scheme in the last three years and awarded around 700 routes, many of which will be operationalized during the winter schedule 2019. The Ministry is working to develop more airports and operationalize the pending routes.
Overall, the Civil Aviation Ministry aims to operationalize around 1000 routes and develop more than 100 airports in the next five years. The Ministry aims to achieve this by focusing on operationalizing routes in the priority areas.
The Aviation Ministry aims to develop short-haul routes. The Airport Authority of India also aims to develop no-frills airports in the future and the routes connecting such airports will be prioritized for awarding the Viability Gap Funding.
Over 18 Lakh Farmers Registered Under PM KISAN MAAN DHAN YOJANA
PM-KMY Scheme aims to cover around three crore small and marginal farmers.
NEW DELHI: The Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Narendra Singh Tomar informed the Lok Sabha that 18,29,469 farmers in the country have been registered under the PM KISAN MAAN DHAN YOJANA, including 61,496 farmers of Gujarat as on 14 November 2019.
The Scheme aims to cover around 3 crore beneficiaries. With a view to provide social security net for the Small and Marginal Farmers (SMF) as they have minimal or no savings to provide for old age and to support them in the event of consequent loss of livelihood, the Government has launched a new Central Sector Scheme, namely, the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Maan-Dhan Yojana (PM-KMY).
Under this Scheme, a minimum fixed pension of Rs 3000 is provided to the eligible small and marginal farmers, subject to certain exclusion clauses, on attaining the age of 60 years. It is a voluntary and contributory pension scheme, with an entry age of 18 to 40 years.
Replying to a query in the Lok Sabha today, Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said the scheme provides social security to small and marginal farmers in their old age. He said a minimum fixed pension of three thousand rupees is being provided to them on attaining the age of 60 years.
Tomar said on the death of a pensioner, the spouse is entitled to receive fifty per cent of the assured pension as ‘family pension‘. Adding further he said that the pension fund is managed by the Life Insurance Corporation of India.
All Small and Marginal Farmers in the country, who are of the age of 18 years and above and up to the age of 40 years, and who do not fall within the purview of the exclusion criteria, are eligible to avail the benefits of this Scheme.
The ratio of contribution to be made by small and marginal farmers and the Union Government under this Yojana is 1:1. Government contribution under the Scheme is equal to the monthly contribution made by the farmer, which varies from Rs 55 to Rs 200 depending on the age of entry.
The Life Insurance Corporation of India (LIC) is the Pension Fund Manager for the Scheme.
PM-KMY Scheme aims to cover around three crore small and marginal farmers.
Earlier, On September 12, 2019:
In another major effort to secure the lives of the farmers, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today launched the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Maan Dhan Yojana at Ranchi, the capital of Jharkhand.
The Scheme shall secure the lives of 5 Crore Small and Marginal Farmers by providing a minimum pension of Rs 3000 per month, to those who attain 60 years of age.
PM stated that the electoral promise of a strong government that will fulfil your aspirations is delivered.
“I said that every farmer family of the country will get the benefit of PM Kisan Samman Nidhi after the formation of the new government. Today, more than 21 thousand crore rupees have been deposited in the accounts of about six and a half crore farmer families of the country. There are also 8 lakh farmer families of Jharkhand, in whose account about two hundred and fifty crores have been deposited.”
Prime Minister Narendra Modi reiterated “Development is our priority as well as commitment. Our government is trying to provide a shield of social security to every Indian.”
“Government is becoming the companion of those who need it the most. Since March this year, a similar pension scheme is going on for crores of unorganized sector workers of the country.”
Eligibility of PM-Kisan Maandhan Yojana:
- Small & Marginal Farmer – one who owns cultivable land up to two hectares as per land records of the concerned State or Union Territory.
- Age of 18 to 40 years
Essential documents for PM-Kisan Maandhan Yojana:
A farmer must have two things i.e. Aadhaar card and Savings Bank Account or PM- KISAN Account.
How to Apply for PM-Kisan Maandhan Yojana:
Farmers can get themselves enrolled in the scheme either through online self-registration or through Common Service Centres (CSC) available in different states. It must be noted that the enrollment is free of cost for them.
For Self-Enrollment Through Online Registration, Click Here
For Enrollment Through CSC:
The Common Service Centres will charge Rs.30 per enrollment that will be borne by the Government.
Reform: Air India, BPCL Among 33 CPSEs Up For Strategic Disinvestment
The success of disinvestment depends upon factors like the interest of strategic investors and prevailing market conditions.
NEW DELHI: The Union Government has given ‘in-principle’ approval for strategic disinvestment of 33 Central Public Sector Enterprises (CPSEs) including subsidiaries, Units and Joint Ventures with the sale of a majority stake of Government of India and transfer of management control. This was stated by Anurag Singh Thakur, Minister of State for Finance & Corporate Affairs, in a written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha today.
These include profit-making as well as loss-making CPSEs. Government follows a policy of strategic disinvestment of CPSEs, which are not in ‘priority sectors’ For this purpose, NITI Aayog has been mandated to identify such CPSEs based on the criteria of (i) National Security; (ii) Sovereign function at arm’s length, and (iii) Market Imperfections and Public Purpose. However, profitability/loss of the CPSEs is not among the relevant criteria.
The Central Government has mandated the NITI Aayog to identify the CPSEs that require disinvestment. The NITI Aayog identifies such CPSEs based on the certain criteria laid down by the Central Government itself.
Criteria followed by NITI Aayog to identify the CPSEs that require disinvestment:
- National Security
- Sovereign function at arm’s length
- Market Imperfections and Public Purpose
(Note: Profitability or loss of the CPSEs is not considered as a relevant criterion.)
Disinvestment targets set by the Finance Ministry over the last five years
|Year||Budget Estimate||Revised Estimate||Actual Realisation|
Complete list of 33 CPSEs: Disinvestment Completed; Disinvestment in process & Recent Approvals
|1||Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Ltd.||Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas|
|2||Rural Electrification Corporation Ltd.||Ministry of Power|
|3||Hospital Services Consultancy Ltd.||Ministry of Health and Family Welfare|
|4||National Projects Construction Corporation||Ministry of Water Resources|
|5||Dredging Corporation of India||Ministry of Shipping|
|Disinvestment in process|
|6||Project & Development India Ltd.||Department of Fertilizers|
|7||Hindustan Prefab Ltd.||Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs|
|8||Engineering Projects (India) Ltd.||Department of Heavy Industry|
|9||Bridge & Roof Co. India Ltd.||Department of Heavy Industry|
|10||Hindustan Newsprint Ltd.||Department of Heavy Industry|
|11||Scooters India Ltd.||Department of Heavy Industry|
|12||Bharat Pumps and Compressors Ltd.||Department of Heavy Industry|
|13||Cement Corporation of India Ltd.||Department of Heavy Industry|
|14||Hindustan Fluorocarbon Ltd.||Department of Chemicals & Petrochemicals|
|15||Central Electronics Ltd.||Department of Scientific and Industrial Research|
|16||Bharat Earth Movers Ltd.||Department of Defence Production|
|17||Ferro Scrap Nigam Ltd. (Subsidiary)||Ministry of Steel|
|18||Nagarnar Steel Plant of NMDC||Ministry of Steel|
|19||Alloy Steel Plant; Salem Steel Plant||Ministry of Steel|
|20||Pawan Hans Ltd.||Ministry of Civil Aviation|
|21||Air India and its five subsidiaries and one JV||Ministry of Civil Aviation|
|22||HLL Lifecare||Ministry of Health|
|23||Indian Medicines & Pharmaceutical Corporation Ltd.||Ministry of Ayush|
|24||Kamarajar Port Limited||Ministry of Shipping|
|25||Indian Tourism Development Corporation||Ministry of Tourism|
|26||Karnataka Antibiotics and Pharmaceuticals Ltd.||Department of Pharmaceuticals|
|27||Hindustan Antibiotics Ltd.||Department of Pharmaceuticals|
|28||Bengal Chemicals and Pharmaceuticals Ltd.||Department of Pharmaceuticals|
|Recent approval for strategic disinvestment|
|29||(a) Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd – BPCL (except Numaligarh Refinery Limited)
(b) BPCL stake in Numaligarh Refinery Limited
|Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas|
|30||Shipping Corporation of India Ltd.||Ministry of Shipping|
|31||Container Corporation of India Ltd.||Ministry of Railways|
|32||THDC India Limited||Ministry of Power|
|33||North Eastern Electric Power Corp. Ltd.||Ministry of Power|
A government generally undertakes the Strategic disinvestment of CPSEs when it considers that the need has arrived when it should discontinue investment in sectors demanding technological advancement, capital infusion and resourceful management practices.
In such a scenario, the management of such entities or organizations should better be left in the hands of strategic investors such as Private Companies and MNCs.
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