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Postby VikramS » 20 Jan 2010 13:46

milindc wrote:
VikramS wrote:Why is it educated Middle Class Indians find it acceptable that the lower class not have access to such basic human necessities? Does the GOI lack the money to provide inexpensive Sulabh type facilities even if sewage connections are not available? http://www.sulabhinternational.org/st/a ... oilets.php (Sulabh toilets start at $10 and go as high as $1000 :roll: )

There is absolutely no reason for Indians to tolerate such apathy towards their basic needs when the solutions are so easily accessible and just require some political will and social awareness.

Why do you think Middle Class Indians find it acceptable? How is the responsibility of Middle Class or even for that matter GoI to provide the facilities. The only problem I see is that GoI tolerating the open defecation, once that stops, the facilities will come and people will either build them or will be willing to pay for them..


In any society there is a natural tone of discussion, which is primarily dictated by the middle class. Note that this is different from what the media says (too many string pullers) or NGOs etc (vested interests). If the Middle Class was raising a hue and cry about the sensory assault during their daily life, GOI would act; how many folks go and complain to their local elected leader to provide these facailities. However, there is a general sense of apathy and morass which ignores these basic, very solvable issues; they do not see it as an issue they need to pay attention too.

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Re: Infrastructure News & Discussion

Postby Suraj » 06 Feb 2010 02:41

ArcelorMittal picks Bellary for $6.5 billion steel plant
ArcelorMittal, the world’s largest steel maker, has finalised Kuditini near Bellary in east-central Karnataka to set up its Rs 30,000-crore, 6-million tonne per annum steel plant. A team of company officials visited the site yesterday and indicated they needed 4,900 acres, a senior state government official said.

“The company had earlier shortlisted a place in Bijapur district to set up their plant. But, after visiting the state for the third time, a team of officials from the company today informed us that they want to locate their plant in Kuditini. After discussing the matter with Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa, we have agreed to provide them land at this place,” V P Baligar, principal secretary, industries and commerce, said today.

A team from Posco, the South Korean steel giant, has also visited Bellary district to look for a project location but haven’t decided.

Talking to reporters on the sidelines of a meeting organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry here, he said the government would provide water for the steel plant from the Tungabhadra dam in Bellary district and the Alamatti dam in Bijapur district. The Karnataka Industrial Area Development Board had already issued a preliminary notification to acquire the land at Kuditini, he said.

The state government has identified 300 hectares of iron ore mines for the company in Bellary district, he said.

The company will sign a memorandum of understanding with the state government during the latter’s global investors’ meet on June 3. The government has invited L N Mittal, chairman of ArcelorMittal, to be the chief guest at the meet, said Baligar.

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Re: Infrastructure News & Discussion

Postby Vasu » 06 Feb 2010 22:03

Bellary? Have the Reddy brothers been upto some behind the scenes shenanigans to keep the Karnataka government running?

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Re: Infrastructure News & Discussion

Postby SSridhar » 09 Feb 2010 09:58

This refers to the Chennai & Ennore ports development.
Ennore-Manali Road Project to cost four times more

That is the result of incorrect & slow planning. One hopes, the project starts at least now.
The cost of the Ennore-Manali Road Improvement Project (EMRIP) will go up by nearly four times to Rs 600 crore due to delay in land acquisition and rehabilitation of the project-affected families.

The decade old EMRIP was first announced by the State Government in 1998 to enable free flow of truck traffic from and to the Chennai port in North Chennai. It covers four roads in the industrial hub of north Chennai — Tiruvottiyur-Ponneri-Panchetti (TPP) Road, Ennore Expressway, Manali Oil Refinery Road and northern portion of the Inner Ring Road from Madhavaram to Manali. The Chennai port handles over 4,000 containers a day and trucks need to take this Ennore-Manali road for entry and exit.

Mr Vellakoil Saminathan, Tamil Nadu Minister of Highways and Minor Ports, said the project would be a four lane road from the originally proposed two lane — resulting in cost escalation. A special purpose vehicle comprising National Highways Authority of India (NHAI), ChPT, EPL and Tamil Nadu Government was constituted for the project execution.

The delay in completion of EMRIP was costing lorry owners about Rs 50 lakh a day on account of additional fuel, maintenance and overtime pay given to drivers.

Things could worsen in future with the growth of the container traffic at the Chennai port. The DP World Chennai container terminal is handling over one million TEUs (twenty foot equivalent units) and the second private container terminal, The Chennai International Container Terminal of PSA-Sical has just started its operations, source said.


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Postby Klaus » 26 Feb 2010 14:22

Vriksh wrote:Maybe it is my Dhimmitude that stupefies me but there is a supreme confidence in the Chinese to achieve what they set out to do.

One of the most impressive achievement appears to be the vast pool of trained construction personnel that china is able to deploy for its infrastructure projects. Can anyone explain how the Chinese train people of good quality for these purposes. An explanation of what courses and colleges exist for such technicians in China would be educative, I would like to know how they train personnel ranging from skilled welders, masonry workers, engineers for design and testing etc. My understanding is that they not only have enough for themselves but also provide these skills for other nations. This is an opportunity that we have not exploited. Bejing 2008 is going to be a showcase for Chinese organization, and by far a hard act to follow when India has not even begun to collate its organizational acumen.

Perhaps trade/technical universities on the lines of the IITs x 100 (100 times the number of IITs as institutions of excellence) needs to be invested with gusto to graduate trained skill workers for our growing infrastructural needs.


It is a well known fact that the number of engineering graduates far outnumbers the number of technicians/trades persons in India, this has been true since the early 1990's atleast.

India needs more institutions like Nettur Technical Training Foundation (NTTF) and Government Tool Room & Training Centre along with a systematic upgrade of all ITI colleges. More welders, electricians and boilermakers with multiple licences and skills per engineer are required for effectiveness on infrastructure projects.
IMO a project such as the IPI pipeline built with Indian talent (where there will be extensive welding and metallurgical work in Gujarat, M'rashtra and Rajasthan) will be a good starter for the transition.

Another infrastructure project that I feel can make a real difference is hydrological research mapping and analysis of UP, Bihar, Nepal and Assam. This should be done to ascertain the root causes of floods, suitable actions taken on the ground to divert meltwater during spring season to Rajasthan where it can be used for irrigation and agricultural purposes. Also building a set of pipelines from Brahmaputra to the arid regions of western India will be a very ambitious project, it would be a 1500 km long pipeline and would serve as a East west water link and effective utilization of the river water (which at present is one of the most underused rivers in India).

Undergrad engineering coursework (esp mech engg) should also include practical work related to actual production engineering. I find that there is a disproportionate amount of emphasis on machine design whereas students just learn about production/manufacturing in theory (mere working on samples in the machine shop is grossly insufficient and does a great disservice to the field of production engineering). This is true in universities which have managed to get statewide clout such as Visveswaraiah Technological University in Karnataka.

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Re: Infrastructure News & Discussion

Postby Vipul » 26 Feb 2010 22:46

RIL encountered the problem of shortage of Trained workers when it was constructing the Jamnagar refinery.
It started a training school at the work site for Turners/Fitters/Welders and other sundry technicians and was able to meet its requirements.

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Re: Infrastructure News & Discussion

Postby VinodTK » 29 Mar 2010 03:22

$1-tr infrastructure? A lot left to be done

he Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh’s ambitious target of spending $1 trillion on infrastructure by the 12th Five-Year Plan will require a tremendous change in the way infrastructure projects are being handled, and in tackling on a war footing the reasons for delays in current projects getting off the ground or being left unfinished.

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Re: Infrastructure News & Discussion

Postby viveks » 26 Apr 2010 12:25

Man ....these folks are really patient about the whole thing. They should just tell them that this deal ain't gonna happen and ask them to push off!

Itna badda investment they want to do...I think it shall be a good thing but Indian steel majors wont allow that because they might start facing stiff competition. I remember something like this happening for Alcan investment in orissa. They wanted to setup a 10$ mil ton Aluminum plant...those folks kept researching for 10 yrs....ultimately that plan never materialized and then the company never wanted to do anything in india anymore.

I think certain degree of balance should be made.
http://www.bharat-rakshak.com/NEWS/news ... wsid=12806

PS: my link does not work correctly. You need to click on POSCO article.

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Re: Infrastructure News & Discussion

Postby Vipul » 25 Oct 2010 23:19

Guj plans first-of-its-kind over the sea dam.

In a first, Gurajat is planning to build an over the sea dam in the northern portion of the Gulf of Khambat (Cambay) with an investment of over Rs 50,000 crore.

The 35-kilometre dam project named Kalpasar Dam Alignment would lead to a sweet water reservoir. Besides, it will also have a road and rail overbridge, which will reduce the distance between Bhavnagar and Surat by 200 kilometre.

While, the main dam help generate tidal power, the reservoir is expected to supply water for drinking and agricultural purposes.

"The project envisages dam and road and rail overbridge from just north of Bhavnagar in the west coast of Gulf of Cambay to Alandar in Dahej in the east coast. Though final cost is to be worked out in detail, it will be over Rs 50,000 crore," a senior state government official said.

The timeframe will be decided once the environmental and other clearances come.The Gujarat government has already set up a dedicated department for the project, the Kalpasar department.

"Besides creating a fresh water reservoir in the northern portion of the Gulf of Khambat, the road and rail overbridge will reduce the distance from Bhavnagar and Surat to 150 kilometre from the existing 350 kilometre," the official said.Travelling between Bhavnagar in Saurashtra and Surat in South Gujarat currently require a long detour through Ahmedabad.

The dam is also expected to take thousands of square kilometre in the northern coast of the Gulf of Khambat out of Coastal Zone Regulation (CZR) rules.This will allow development activity in a zone, which has high salinity and also create fishing opportunity in the envisage area," he said.

With the construction of the dam, which is 160 kilometre from the Pipavav port, the nearby port of Bhavnagar is also likely to be upgraded as a prime port. The Dholera Special Investment Region lies close to the proposed dam area."The State Maritime Board is studying the proposal for upgradation and expansion of the Bhavnagar port," the official said.

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Re: Infrastructure News & Discussion

Postby Singha » 26 Oct 2010 09:23

except massive howls of protest from the usual cabal of 'civil society activists' , media deadbeats, EJs , and other self-styled protectors of secularism and the downtrodden. afterall how dare a yindu fundie like modi do anything effective?

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Postby Singha » 26 Oct 2010 09:26

btw the first korean made coach for BLR metro arrived yesterday at bypanahalli depot to loud cheers from a curious crowd of people!

'civil society activists' and professional jholawallahs were noteable for their absense...probably chalking out next protest in taj west end or le meridien...or attending the next ngo conf in zurich or rio.

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Postby Theo_Fidel » 26 Oct 2010 20:34

Vipul wrote:"Besides creating a fresh water reservoir in the northern portion of the Gulf of Khambat, the road and rail overbridge will reduce the distance from Bhavnagar and Surat to 150 kilometre from the existing 350 kilometre," the official said.Travelling between Bhavnagar in Saurashtra and Surat in South Gujarat currently require a long detour through Ahmedabad.

The dam is also expected to take thousands of square kilometre in the northern coast of the Gulf of Khambat out of Coastal Zone Regulation (CZR) rules.This will allow development activity in a zone, which has high salinity and also create fishing opportunity in the envisage area," he said.


This would be quite the project. Probably visible to the eye from space. :eek:

I hope they find a way to divert the Narmada flood flow into the fresh water catchment. Just this year the overflow flood reached almost a million cusecs.

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Re: Infrastructure News & Discussion

Postby Vipul » 26 Oct 2010 20:51

This is a very ambitious project that was planned much earlier, but it would take Narendra Modi's no nonsense, go getting attitude and another 5 years as the CM just to get started.
Gujarat is already a industrial powerhouse, with this project it would become a huge logistics hub and its agricultural output would increase exponentially.

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Re: Infrastructure News & Discussion

Postby vera_k » 27 Oct 2010 04:58

Theo_Fidel wrote:This would be quite the project. Probably visible to the eye from space. :eek:

I hope they find a way to divert the Narmada flood flow into the fresh water catchment. Just this year the overflow flood reached almost a million cusecs.


It will change the map of the country. An entire new district will be reclaimed from the sea.

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Postby Singha » 27 Oct 2010 08:49

iirc in vedic and pre-vedic times the sea level was lower and thats why dwaraka city and port remains lie under the sea today. both the gulf of kutch and gulf of khambat were likely low lying land in that era. its best to use them as planned (fresh water lakes) rather than reclaim them as land because the sea water over 1000s of years would have made the soil saline and unsuitable for crops or grasses.
gujarat also likely enjoyed more rainfall and greenery in that age - time to restore it back.

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Re: Infrastructure News & Discussion

Postby arjunm » 27 Oct 2010 09:56

Under supervision of Dr.Rao, the archaeologists discover the ruins of an ancient city under water-

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=by4svWHy6tw

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Re: Infrastructure News & Discussion

Postby jagga » 28 Oct 2010 20:23

Jhollawala's are out as usual. With congress in centre untill 2014, this project is a non-starter.
Why Modi's Rs 54,000 cr legacy project is doomed
Incidentally, one of the many possible things Kalpsar can mean includes Kalpanic Sarovar or imaginary reservoir.Will this one ever become real is a question that is not going to be answered in Modi's lifetime.

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Postby Murugan » 30 Mar 2011 10:03

Pictures of BRTS Amdavad. (has this been posted before?)

http://www.ahmedabadbrts.com/Photo%20Ga ... allary.htm

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Such BRTS in mumbai will decongest roads to a great extent

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Postby somnath » 30 Mar 2011 10:19

Murugan wrote:Pictures of BRTS Amdavad. (has this been posted before?)

http://www.ahmedabadbrts.com/Photo%20Ga ... allary.htm

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Such BRTS in mumbai will decongest roads to a great extent

Murugan-ji, unlikely...There is simply no road space in Mumbai for a BRTS..And in general there is no space to expand the roads either! The only thing that might work is a stiff vehicle entry tax on all major roads - something akin to London or Singapore..

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Postby Gaurav_S » 30 Mar 2011 12:38

Not possible in major cities anymore. AMC has done this at right time while city is still in Tier II stage. Good news is that BRTS is still expanding reaching more people from East Ahmedabad. Men guarding BRTS route are retired Army men.

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Re: Infrastructure News & Discussion

Postby Klaus » 04 Apr 2011 15:37

Following is the report of a survey which places Incheon International Airport as the World's No 1 airport. The report is titled The Voice of the World's Airports.

A similar article posted about the above article in a recent news report.

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Postby devesh » 11 Apr 2011 18:33

^^^ Hyderabad is #5 in Asia and the only top 5 entrant from India for Asia!!! i thought Bangalore was a major disappointment when i visited couple of years ago. the new airport doesn't do justice. but haven't been to Delhi or Mumbai yet. and what about Chennai and Kolkata? are they being modernized too?

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Postby Vasu » 12 Apr 2011 15:40

I traveled to Chennai in late 2009 last, and had posted pictures of it on SSC forum. That time the new terminal was under construction, and I am hoping a lot has been done till now.

In Calcutta, well, true to tradition, they will spend many years arguing about it, then dragging their feet, and then it will take off in earnest. There was construction on even last year, but I do not know how far it has progressed. BTW, the proposed designs of the new Kolkata Airport are beautiful! I've been looking forward to see it built for a while now.

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Postby muraliravi » 15 Apr 2011 13:12

Vasu wrote:I traveled to Chennai in late 2009 last, and had posted pictures of it on SSC forum. That time the new terminal was under construction, and I am hoping a lot has been done till now.

In Calcutta, well, true to tradition, they will spend many years arguing about it, then dragging their feet, and then it will take off in earnest. There was construction on even last year, but I do not know how far it has progressed. BTW, the proposed designs of the new Kolkata Airport are beautiful! I've been looking forward to see it built for a while now.


Looks like some work has been done, I just used the chennai airport a week back. Some roofing work and piers were getting finished. Can you give me a link to your SSC posting, that way I can relate to what I saw and comment if some progress has been made at all.

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Re: Infrastructure News & Discussion

Postby Vasu » 29 Apr 2011 18:41

muraliravi wrote:
Vasu wrote:I traveled to Chennai in late 2009 last, and had posted pictures of it on SSC forum. That time the new terminal was under construction, and I am hoping a lot has been done till now.

In Calcutta, well, true to tradition, they will spend many years arguing about it, then dragging their feet, and then it will take off in earnest. There was construction on even last year, but I do not know how far it has progressed. BTW, the proposed designs of the new Kolkata Airport are beautiful! I've been looking forward to see it built for a while now.


Looks like some work has been done, I just used the chennai airport a week back. Some roofing work and piers were getting finished. Can you give me a link to your SSC posting, that way I can relate to what I saw and comment if some progress has been made at all.


Oh that was a while ago, it'll take me a long time to find them. The main point is that the new airport is closer to being a reality than 2 years ago!


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Re: Infrastructure News & Discussion

Postby Vipul » 17 Jun 2011 20:05

'Rs 84 of 100 for infrastructure development is lost to graft'.


India loses a whopping USD 16 billion a year due to corruption, IPS officer-turned social activist Kiran Bedi has said.
Speaking at an event here organised by the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, she said, "out of every Rs 100 meant for infrastructure development, only Rs 16 is used and Rs 84 is lost."

She said that if India is free of corruption, it could become the most developed country in the world and all its debt would go away.

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Re: Infrastructure News & Discussion

Postby krisna » 26 Jun 2011 06:36

India Readies $11 Billion Infrastructure Fund
The Indian government said Friday it has finalized the broad structure for setting up the planned $11 billion infrastructure debt fund that is aimed at financing the massive overhaul of the country's creaky infrastructure.

India has set out an ambitious plan to spend $1 trillion by 2017 to build roads, ports and airports, as it looks to revamp its shoddy facilities and boost economic growth to a double-digit rate.

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Postby ASPuar » 27 Jun 2011 00:47

Oh good. So this means that 9 billion of the 11 billion is going to be siphoned off, to eager pockets, at least per the article penultimate.

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Re: Infrastructure News & Discussion

Postby satya » 27 Jun 2011 13:15

Wht i understand :


Rule of thumb in govt. infra tenders is typical 60:40 ie 40 paisa actual spend with 60 paisa ''profit'' . Some old timers still work for 50 -50 divide if payments are on IST schedule . So in 11 B actual will be around 5 Bill give or take 500 mill +/- . Seems ok given its main aim is creation of Bond mkt in India main motive with infra spending sort of PR exercise nothing more don't read too much into it same like MNREGA giving boost to rural economy thingie :lol: .Lot of deadwood mantri-santris need to be sent back to forest need money for their sanctuaries :mrgreen:

As for corruption ,no such word exist in dictionary of Power its always the King's money his to take his to spend at his whims & fantasies :twisted:

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Postby ASPuar » 27 Jun 2011 22:06

NRHM was set up to improve rural healthcare infrastructure. In UP, it has become the cause of deaths of three doctors... A scrabble to skim the central funds, ensured that anyone in the way died.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city ... 006694.cms
LUCKNOW: The most plausible reason for health department killings in UP is National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) funds and mafia elements eying their share in them. Though it came into the spotlight only after two chief medical officers were killed and Rahul Gandhi filed an RTI application seeking details of the expenditures, the NRHM has been a hunting ground for quite long.

Consider this: UP got nearly Rs 8,500 crore under the scheme ever since it was started six years ago. The money spent on medicine has suddenly jumped by manifolds in the past two years. As per estimates, UP procured medicines worth Rs 107.41 under NRHM last year while the total expenditure on medicines by 10 high focus states, including UP, was Rs 135 crore. So, UP spent about 80% of the total expenditure. Notably, the total money spent by UP under this head in first five years was just Rs 151 crore. Clearly, 2010 saw a quantum jump.

The creation of post of CMO (family welfare) in May 2010 was also seen as a part of the `strategy' to graze Central funds. Former Central health secretary Sujatha Rao, in fact, had written to UP chief secretary in this regard. Her letter, dated July 2010, said that bifurcation of health department down the line was against the basic tenets of NRHM that talks about convergence of various arms to improve health scenario. The post, on the face of it, was meant to ensure effective implementation of all national programmes, appeared to be the route to siphon off central funds. Investigating agencies linked the killing of two CMOs to NRHM funds and the clamouring for `cuts`. The post was disbanded immediately after Dr BP Singh's murder.

Each district has a large flow of funds under the NRHM. For Lucknow, Rs 30 crore has been earmarked while the budget for the entire state is Rs 3,300 crore this year. At the district level, about 40% funds are to be spent including paying honorarium for Janani Suraksha Yojana, while another 30% goes into salaries of contractual staff.

The remaining amount is used for buying equipment, medicines and other accessories. Most of the works under the NRHM on the basis of work allocation. Since it doesn't involve formal tendering, there is enough scope for manoeuvring.

Besides, state health officials are busy devising ways and means to spend the funds. In December 2010, family welfare directorate placed orders for plain iron folic acid tablets and the rate fixed was much higher than what other states were paying. While UP was `benevolently' paying Rs 18 for ten tablets, other states and health ministry bought 100 tablets for between Rs 10 and 14. Sources claiming that move suited `vested interests of some people` appear true. To note, UP is among the biggest buyers of iron folic acid (IFA) tablets given the high prevalence of anaemic people in the state.

Prior to that, in October 2010, family welfare department ordered procurement of eight items at a cost much higher than the standard rates fixed by itself. For example, the approved rate of common iodine solution (5% povidione solution) as per UP government's rate contract is Rs 39 for 500ml. But the amount that was given for the same under the NRHM was Rs 270, which is over six times higher than the normal rate.

Sterilized surgical gloves which cost around Rs 8.50 as per the director general, supplies and disposables, government of India (DGS&D) rate contract, is being bought at a rate of Rs 34 per pair under the NRHM. Authorities spent Rs 450 for a 200ml pack of common liquid hand wash, the rate of which as per UP government's rate contract is Rs 104 for five times the quantity (1000ml).

In 2009-10, the health department bought anti-rabies vaccine (ARV) at inflated rates. The department spent Rs 232 of a single vial of vaccine compared to Karnataka's rate of Rs 171.60. Haryana (Rs 202) and Maharashtra (Rs 219.42) governments paid more than Karnataka but that was also lesser than UP's rate. Incidentally, the supplier in to all these states was same. Orders were cancelled after a TOI report in this regard. An inquiry was conducted and the company was ticked off. But UP's health department is yet to initiate action against the company.

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http://solfice.com/ Sensor networks and inertial systems.

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Re: Infrastructure News & Discussion

Postby Vasu » 29 Aug 2011 09:45

Mega plan for Navi Mumbai airport connectivity

The Maharashtra government has prepared a comprehensive project, costing Rs 86,647 crore, for efficient connectivity between the proposed Navi Mumbai international airport and Mumbai.

The plan includes construction of metro rail and mono rail lines, rail overbridges, extension of existing railway lines and flyovers. Apart from government agencies, Union and state, the government expects the private sector to also be involved in implementation. As much as 44 per cent of the proposed investment is expected to come from the private sector.

The airport’s first phase is scheduled for launch by 2015. The City and Industrial Development Corporation (Cidco) would issue the first stage of bids for the airport in September.

Tanaji Satre, joint MD of Cidco, told Business Standard: “The sole objective is to put in place effective connectivity through multiple agencies. The government is keen to encourage public-private partnership to carry out these projects.”

He said some of the associated projects are already under implementation, such as the Versova-Andheri-Ghatkopar metro and a mono rail between Jacob Circle & Chembur.

The plan comes in the wake of a study by LEA Associates, commissioned to study the regional transport network. It estimated 80,000 passengers would travel to or from the airport daily by 2031. In addition, at least 100,000 others would travel to the airport and its vicinity for work. It predicted 85 per cent of passengers would go in cars or taxis and the est by bus or a mass transit system by 2021. By 2031, the number of passengers using taxis or cars would be 55 per cent and the rest though buses or mass transit.

The study lists several ways to enhance connectivity to the airport. This includes bus services from key junctions, a rail line between CST and Mankhurd, a Mankhurd-Panvel metro line and a trans-harbour Sewri-Nhava Sheva sea link, with bus services and a metro. “We are laying stress on augmenting the railway harbour line, metro connectivity and improving the road network,” said T C Benjamin, principal secretary, urban development.

A new 40-km Andheri-Mankhurd metro line to link the existing Mumbai airport to Navi Mumbai airport has also been recommended in the study. However, state officials are learnt to have expressed reservations on this plan, as the Versova-Andheri-Ghatkopar metro is being built. The plan is being revised to connect Ghatkopar-Mankhurd, a government official said.

Rahul Asthana, metropolitan commissioner, overseeing the metro and trans-harbour sea link project, said the Ghatkopar-Mankhurd metro was being discussed. “We have appointed a consultant to do a feasibility report for the trans-harbour sea link project. We are provisioning for a metro along with the sealink. The estimated project cost is Rs 10,000 crore. We hope the work will begin in the third quarter of 2012 and finish in five years,” he said.



Shoot. Considering this country's government's inability to achieve even basic infrastructure targets within time and budget, I'm expecting another round of long delays and debates considering they are talking of a 'mega plan' now.

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Re: Infrastructure News & Discussion

Postby anishns » 16 Sep 2011 07:03

For those who missed out on the "Build it Bigger episode about Mumbai CSI airport"

If it does get completed, it will be one huge milestone for construction in India.

http://tinyurl.com/6a26u32

As Reddy of GVK group remarks "Its like performing open heart surgery on a Marathon runner, while he is running in a marathon" :D :D


* Please to note, link is from one of those video sharing sites hosted on chipanda servers


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Re: Infrastructure News & Discussion

Postby suryag » 25 Sep 2011 02:43

The service lane seems to be as wide as the main lanes ?


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Re: Infrastructure News & Discussion

Postby Marut » 27 Sep 2011 12:17

service roads are typical two lanes since local traffic needs to flow in both direction. This can be eliminated if there are undercrossings across the main highway more frequently allowing you to make U-turns. Anyways it's a good idea to have wider service roads since local traffic wont spill over to the main highway. Hopefully the entry and exits to these service lanes are properly designed and located. I've seen many badly designed entry exits to these roads causing traffic jams often that their primary purpose is defeated.



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