The initiatives that will have a direct bearing on the pace of execution include awarding projects after securing 80 per cent right of way, expediting projects stuck midway, delegating the power to grant forest clearances to regional offices, filing online for clearances to construct road over bridges (ROBs) and road under bridges (RUBs) and increasing the limit on sand mining.
Policy on auctioning of coal linkages to the power sector is likely to be finalised in 2-3 months, the government said. Proposed policy on auction of coal linkages to power sector will take two to three months,' Coal and Power Minister Piyush Goyal told reporters.
The government could soon give the go-ahead to excluding the cost of land while computing the total cost of infrastructure projects, a measure that will allow more ministries to clear their own projects without going through the time-consuming process of seeking the approval of the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs.
Paradoxically though, in a country with the fourth largest coal reserves, per capita electricity consumption is abysmally low and a significant number of Indians either have little or no access to electricity, while others face challenges in accessing uninterrupted and reliable electricity supply.