Monday, 27 June, 2022
TopicUnion Road Transport and Highways Ministry

Topic: Union Road Transport and Highways Ministry

Asset monetisation plan for roads on track, govt to open bids in Oct to monetise 436 km of NHs

The road ministry plans to monetise a total of 5,350 km stretch of highways this fiscal.

Road audit, monitoring at-risk points vital, say experts as landslides batter Himachal highways

Govt constitutes team of experts to inspect two sites of massive landslides in Himachal Pradesh. Team recommends determining effect of human activities on highways among other measures.

Gadkari wants speed limits for vehicles raised by 20kmph, says India has better roads now

At a meeting with officials of road transport and highways ministry, Nitin Gadkari also called for uniform speed limits across the country.

Govt makes pollution certificates uniform for all vehicles across India

The vehicle owner’s mobile number has been made mandatory and the concept of rejection slip is being introduced for the first time.

How FASTag has become the easier, faster and environment-friendly way to collect toll fees

At present, all 631 national highways have FASTag facilities but it will take some time before it becomes the sole mode of toll collection.

Uttarakhand flood puts focus on Rs 12,000-cr Char Dham project, ministry awaits SC order

The ministry is awaiting Supreme Court directive on 17 February, the next date of hearing in the case between a Dehradun-based NGO and Centre.

Split in SC panel on Char Dham project, 21 of 26 members are against reducing road width

SC had ordered that road width on Char Dham route should be 5.5 metres. But the 21 members said ‘this is impractical as it is not possible to grow trees on the excavated parts’.

Rs 1 lakh crore Delhi-Mumbai and Ambala-Kotputli expressways to be ready by March 2022

The two highways are part of 22 greenfield expressways the govt has proposed to build. A third, between Amritsar and Jamnagar, will be completed by March 2023.

Modi govt limits app-based cabs’ surge pricing, licence must to operate service

According to road transport ministry notifications, if a driver cancels a booking after accepting a ride without any valid reason, a 10% penalty will be imposed.

Modi govt’s Bharatmala project to miss deadline as cost soars 143% to Rs 13 lakh crore

The first phase of Bharatmala was approved in October 2017 with a budget of Rs 5.35 lakh crore. It now stands at over Rs 13 lakh crore.

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Free power & no new taxes in AAP govt’s Punjab Budget, but fiscal consolidation roadmap missing

Finance Minister Harpal Singh Cheema emphasised improving ‘fiscal health’ and augmenting tax revenues in AAP govt's maiden Budget Monday, but outstanding debt expected to rise by 8.4%.

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Almost 4,000 enrol for IAF’s Agnipath recruitment scheme on day 1 of online registrations

These registrations pertain to the Indian Air Force's Agniveer Vayu programme. The online portal for the first phase was opened at 10 am Friday, and will close on 5 July.

With Agnipath, Modi govt’s shock & awe doctrine may have misfired a vital reform, yet again

Modi govt's biggest flaw has been its disinclination to accept limitations of electoral majorities. This ruined land acquisition and farm reform, stalled labour codes.
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