The announcement by the Centre to introduce a new stevedoring policy in all government-owned ports to allot permits to stevedores and shore handling agents through bids on revenue sharing basis for cargo handling operations has kicked up a ontroversy.
The proposed Vizhinjam deepwater port and international transhipment terminal in Kerala has become the first to be granted viability gap funding (VGF) by the Centre. A decision to this effect was taken at a meeting of an empowered panel under the Union Finance Ministry recently.
The roads ministry is looking at a new dispensation at the Centre to overhaul the road-building exercise. Ministry officials, while preparing a wish list for the new government, will seek streamlining the process of land acquisition and clearances from various
The Centre, in an effort to assuage the Seemandhra people, following its decision to bifurcate Andhra Pradesh to create Telangana, is pushing for big-ticket projects and other sops keeping in view that Vijayawada may be proposed as the capital of the Seemandhra region.
For maintenance and improvement of its State highways, the Uttar Pradesh government has sought Rs 2,500 crore as assistance from the Centre. The State government has asked Union Road Transport and Highways Ministry to release the required funds immediately.