Monday, 16 May, 2022
TopicMinistry of Road Transport and Highways

Topic: Ministry of Road Transport and Highways

Govt extends validity of driving licence, other motor vehicle documents till 30 September

Documents like registration certificates and permits whose validity has expired since 1 Feb 2020 are covered under the extension.

To encourage e-mobility, Modi govt proposes exempting registration fee for battery vehicles

A proposal by Ministry for Road, Transport and Highways also called for an exemption on the payment of a registration mark in battery-operated vehicles.

Despite lockdown, national highway construction hits all-time high of 36.4 km/day in 2020-21

Highways ministry built 13,298 km in 2020-21, up from 10,237 km in 2019-20. However, road construction has not crossed Gadkari's 2017 target of 40 km/day.

NHAI is a gold mine, it will never face debt trap, says Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari

By 2024, India’s road infrastructure will be comparable to US & Europe, with access-controlled expressways, public transport running on electricity, Nitin Gadkari said at ThePrint's Off the Cuff.

Airbags now a must for front passenger seats in cars manufactured on & after 1 April

For existing car models, which are already under production, the deadline for fitting airbags for front-seat passengers is 31 August 2021, according to a highways ministry notification.

102-km section of NH-48 linking Ahmedabad to Vadodara ranked India’s best highway stretch

In a first of its kind exercise, Union road ministry and NHAI rated 219 stretches of highways across India, covering 18.668 km.   

Govt to launch vehicle scrappage policy in phases, commercial vehicles likely to go first

Road transport ministry is planning to incentivise owners when they go to buy a new vehicle after getting the old one scrapped. Renewal fee to see a steep increase.

Body & dash cameras for police — Modi govt’s new plan to keep roads safe, check ‘malpractice’

The road transport & highways ministry has released a new draft notification that seeks to ensure stricter implementation of road safety rules.

Recent flash flood in Uttarakhand had nothing to do with Char Dham project, Centre tells SC

In a letter, the chairman of the court-appointed High Powered Committee Ravi Chopra had attributed the Uttarakhand flash flood to the Rs 12,000-crore road project.

India’s security could be harmed if parts of Char Dham road only 5.5m wide, MoD tells SC

SC ordered on 8 September that width of Char Dham highway will be 5.5m due to ecological concerns in Himalayas. MoD wants it at 7m for security reasons.

On Camera

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Bad timing could hamper LIC IPO

Most early public enterprise IPOs have been trading 75% below their original price, small investors concerned.

Defence

Representational image of army personnel in Ladakh | ANI

India ‘doesn’t foresee’ border fighting with China, but ‘won’t back down’ if tensions reignite

Aim is to ensure not just disengagement of troops, but overall de-escalation. Govt in favour of solving tensions through talks as it wants peace with all neighbours including China.

How Congress is like the Ambassador & why Indian politics needs a brand new set of wheels

Like the car, nothing the party has done to reinvent itself has worked. Only way forward is to offer something looking towards the future, not in image of glorious past.
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