With several mega infrastructure projects being planned in the state, Kerala is now looking at active private sector participation in them, said PK Kunhalikutty, Minister for Industries and Information Technology (IT). Listing the infrastructure projects at the Chennai leg of the roadshow of Kerala's mega-investor meet 'Emerging Kerala' to be held in Kochi this September, Kunhalikutty said: "The High-Speed Rail Corridor project connecting Thiruvananthapuram to Mangalore envisages an investment of INR45,000 crore in the first phase."
The Environment Ministry has reconstituted a panel for providing forest clearance to infrastructure projects, a ministry official said. The seven-member Forest Appraisal Committee (FAC) includes three independent members and four government officials.
On the first day of her two-day trip to her constituency Rae Bareli, Congress chief Sonia Gandhi, on July 26, sought forgiveness from the people for not being able to come amongst them due to 'personal reasons'. She also announced a number of schemes.
The National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) has sanctioned INR70.24 crore for rural infrastructure development in Himachal Pradesh, an official said. Funds have been sanctioned for black topping of 11 roads in Sirmaur, Kangra, Bilaspur, Shimla and Solan districts, besides the construction of six rural roads, a spokesperson for the bank told IANS.
The government will soon set up a board to review and give one-time clearance for projects, including security clearance, the Prime Minister's Office said. The new panel, called Project Clearance Board, will function in line with the Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB), which is responsible for giving clearance to overseas investments.
The tourism industry in Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) is all set to benefit from 14 mega projects which have been recently approved by the Centre. This announcement was made by Nawang Rigzin Jora, the Tourism and Culture Minister of J&K, while reviewing the progress of Centre-assisted tourism-related projects in the state.
Uttar Pradesh will now have four state highways, and road connectivity projects would be taken up with priority to stimulate industrial growth and socio-economic development, officials said. These include the 206km long Delhi-Saharanpur highway, the 115km long Varanasi-Shakti Nagar highway, the 88km long Meerut-Karnal highway, and the 54km long Bareilly-Almora highway.
After a series of interactive sessions, the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav has given his nod for a slew of projects that will change the profile of the Taj city. The young chief minister has met businessmen, officials, Samajwadi Party leaders and social activists from Agra.
In a major boost for the 'Emerging Kerala' Global Connect campaign, Britain has shown a keen interest in infrastructure projects and promised to provide their details to companies back home. British Deputy High Commissioner in Chennai Mike Nithavrianakis met with CM Oommen Chandy and senior officials in Thiruvananthapuram to discuss investment opportunities in Kerala's core sectors to accelerate its economic growth.
Assam is gearing up for the second phase of power reforms to increase electricity generation, Power Minister Pradyut Bordoloi said. He said that the state was facing power shortage and more needed to be done for electricity generation, adding that several large and small projects were at different stages of completion.