Nila Infra gets first contract from Dholera Industrial City

Construction major Nila Infrastructures Limited said it has received a contract to build a public services building for Dholera Industrial City Development Limited (Dholera ICDL) at a cost of Rs 46.21 cr. The building, to be constructed in the Dholera Special Investment Region (Dholera SIR), has to be completed in 545 days, and is the […]

North Indian states rapidly running out of water: Govt study

A study by the Central Ground Water Board has revealed that India’s Ganga-Yamuna plain is rapidly running out of ground water. Despite isolated cases like that of Chennai and Bangalore, the study also revealed that other areas of the country, including the east and the south, are better placed as far as ground water depletion […]

Sterlite Tech gets Rs 1,500 cr Bharatnet contract for 8 Maharashtra districts

Two weeks after announcing a Rs 3,500 cr order to build the Indian Navy’s communication network, Sterlite Technologies said it won a Rs 1,512 cr order to connect 4,045 panchayats in Maharashtra under the BharatNet project. The announcement comes close on the heels of GTPL Hathway and Polycab Wires announcing a Rs 1,246 cr order to connect 3,767 […]

Maharashtra gets 65% of all National Highway upgrades in FY17

Even as states race to denotify state highways as ‘urban roads’, Maharashtra, home of roads and highways minister Nitin Gadkari, managed to get 65% of all sanctioned upgrades of state highways into national highways last year. According to year-end data prepared by the roads and highways ministry, 8,002 km of state highways in the state […]

Can’t allow NGOs to impede India’s growth: Center to NHRC

The home ministry has written back to the National Human Rights Commission that non-governmental organizations cannot be allowed to work against India’s strategic or economic interest. In it’s response to the NHRC, the home ministry said it cannot allow organizations that take money from outside India to conduct “activities detrimental to national interest ,including security, strategic, […]

After missing twice, India comfortably meets power sector targets for 12th five-year plan

After missing its targets by wide margins in the previous two five-year plans, India is all set to comfortably meet or exceed all its power sector targets for the 12th five-year plan that ends this month. Five-year plans, borrowed from the Soviet Union, are a legacy of Nehruvian policy of setting development targets every five […]

Maharashtra gets 50% of India’s total highway budget this year

Maharashtra, home state of Nitin Gadkari, accounted for 50% of the new highway development projects sanctioned in the ongoing financial year, data from the ministry of road transport and highways showed. A total of 520 new projects — including expansions — worth Rs 53,264 cr was sanctioned by Gadkari’s ministry in the ongoing financial year. […]

Gadkari to miss ambitious highway target for 2016-17

Nitin Gadkari, who is slowly building up a reputation as a pragmatic and capable minister, is likely to face major disappointment in the ongoing financial year as his ministry is unlikely to meet the steep road construction target it set for itself. Unlike the term of the previous government, when an average of 5,000 km […]

Half of rural population classified as poor in Socio-Economic Caste Census

Half of India’s rural population have been classified as poor by the Socio-Economic Caste Census of India 2011, the government said today. The findings of Socio-Economic Caste Census of India, which was conducted after vociferous demands by some political parties, has never been released to the public in full. However, according to data obtained from […]

Chhattisgarh leads as India uses solar to take power to villages

The central Indian state of Chhattisgarh has come out as a leader in India’s quest to take electricity to remote villages where grid-based power cannot be supplied due to economical reasons. The state accounts for 550 of the 852 ‘decentralized distributed generation’ schemes set up with central assistance so far, according to data sourced from […]

Pune, Western Maharashtra emerge as air pollution hotspots in India

Air pollution, particularly levels of Nitrogen Dioxide and Sulfur Dioxide, rose sharply in towns and cities in Western Maharashtra in 2016, according to data from the National Air Quality Monitoring Programme of India. Though 2016 saw a worsening of air quality across the country, the deterioration was marked and noticeable in Western Maharashtra. Arranged by […]

Govt increases budget for key highway projects

The cabinet, chaired by PM Narendra Modi, revised the budget for a clutch of highway development projects to Rs 6,461 crores, from Rs 5,193 crores. The cost has increased due to higher bid prices, and increase in cost of land acquisition, resettlement and rehabilitation and other pre-construction activities, the government said. The projects are already taken […]

Power ministry hastens rural electrification plans after Modi’s I-Day speech

Following Narendra Modi’s Independence day speech Power ministry has decided to electrify remaining  7,876 un-electrified villages before 1st May 2018. The project, which was taken on mission mode last year, will now see squeezing the implementation schedule to 12 months and also dividing village electrification process into 12 stages, with defined time lines for monitoring. Modi on […]

Supreme Court orders RBI to transfer Greenpeace funds to IDBI bank ac

The Delhi High Court today issued notice to the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) seeking its response in a petition filed by Greenpeace India alleging that the government had blocked its foreign funds. The court also directed that Greenpeace India’s blocked funds to be moved from RBI’s account to the NGO’s account with IDBI Bank, […]

Kerala richest, Bihar poorest: according to expenditure numbers from NSSO survey

The average amount spent by an Indian has gone up by 66% in rural areas 70% in urban areas — with Keralites being the “richest” among the big states, according to the results of the last year’s expenditure survey the Government of India’s National Sample Survey Office (NSSO). The average (per head) expenditure figures are […]