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Infrastructure key to push people to make sustainable mobility choices
Panelists at the Sustainable Mobility summit organised by Bangalore International Centre on Wednesday, stressed on the need to develop infrastructure that can push people to make sustainable mobility choices like walking, cycling or using an electric vehicle.

Inland waterways cost-effective multi-modal initiative to connect India and Bangladesh
Healthy waterways as part of a larger multimodal connectivity setup can be ensured with healthy practices of water resource management, which is also a prerequisite for growth of the farm sector. This was the common theme at the inaugural webinar of 'Asian Confluence NADI Conversations' organized by Asian Confluence.

Union minister Nitin Gadkari kickstarts 11 highway projects worth Rs 20,000 cr in Haryana
The minister further said that in the ongoing term of the BJP government, highway projects worth Rs 2 lakh crore will be developed in the State. In all, a total of 11 projects with a cumulative length of 669 km were kickstarted in a virtual meeting where Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar was also present.

NHAI to collaborate with IITs, other institutes for improving highway infrastructure
"In its endeavour to provide world-class National Highways (NH) network, NHAI has approached all IITs, National Institutes of Technology (NITs) and reputed engineering colleges to collaborate and adopt nearby stretches of NH, on voluntary basis, as part of Institutional Social Responsibility (ISR)," NHAI said in a statement.

CCI dismisses complaint against NHAI alleging unfair biz practices
The matter pertains to prescription of specific eligibility criteria in tender documents for engagement of consultants by NHAI.

Nitin Gadkari, Piyush Goyal hold high level meeting to expedite pending infrastructure projects
A major issue before infrastructure projects is tree cutting, however, there are ambiguities over the inclusion of certain local breeds of shrubs and plants in forest cover, the statement said. Around 30 road projects pending with the railway ministry were also taken up, and the railway minister has assured to have these projects cleared in two days’ time.

GIFT SEZ provides approval to 28 entities
The Development Commissioner of GIFT SEZ along with GIFT SEZ authorities met up with all the members of unit approval committee via teleconference. All the application documents and the details were submitted online by the units, with the entire agenda prepared and circulated online to all the committee members.

NHAI to rank highways to ensure high quality roads
"In its effort to improve the quality of roads, NHAI has decided to undertake performance assessment and ranking of the highways in the country," NHAI said in a statement.

Highways ministry ups border roads upkeep funds by 4 times
In a significant ramp up in the context of the ongoing border standoff with China, the road transport and highways ministry has increased four-fold the allocation for maintenance of border roads managed by the Border Road Organisation (BRO) from Rs 30 crore to Rs 120 crore for this year.

Centre approves Rs 574 crore annual plan for NH works in J-K
The major works incorporated in the approved annual plan included construction of 3.23 km three fly-overs in Srinagar on NH-44 (Jammu-Srinagar highway) at Bemina, Sanatnagar and Nowgam with Rs 220.68 crore, the spokesman said.

Irdai examining feasibility of insurers offering surety bonds for road contracts
In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and its subsequent economic impact on liquidity and cash-flows in the Indian banking sector, the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) had requested the regulator to examine possible offering of surety bonds by the general insurance companies.

Work to begin shortly on Zojila tunnel: Gadkari
Addressing a video interaction on 'Employment Opportunities by Ministry of MSME, Constraints and Problems faced by J&K Youth,' the minister also said a new express highway was being built to connect Delhi with Amritsar and Katra which will cut travel time between Delhi and Amritsar to four hours at an average speed of 110-120 km per hour.

India to ban Chinese cos from highway projects, says Nitin Gadkari
The Road Transport, Highways and MSME minister said a policy will be out soon banning Chinese firms and relaxing norms for Indian companies to expand their eligibility criteria for participation in highway projects. Currently only a few projects which were undertaken much earlier involve some Chinese partners.

Government approves additional Rs 1,691 crore for highway works in J&K, Uttarakhand for 2020-21
A total of Rs 340 crore ceiling has been approved for Uttarakhand for national highways, according to the communication dated June 24. In addition, it has also given nod for additional sanction of Rs 71 crore for highway works by the state's Public Works Department in Jammu & Kashmir, Ladakh, Sikkim and Tamil Nadu.

International status to Kushinagar Airport will boost development in Purvanchal: UP CM Yogi
The union cabinet on Wednesday granted international status to Kushinagar Airport , which along with the Jewar International Airport coming up in Noida, will ensure international air connectivity in both the eastern as well as western regions of the state and the NCR region.


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