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Land Acquisition Act 2013 | Towards a participatory model

Land Acquisition Act 2013 | Towards a participatory model

Land Acquisition for major economic projects has shot to national attention lately and captured media space and informed discourse. DK Ojha explains the salient features of the new Land Acquisition Act and recommends that land requirement should be indicated in advance for speedier implementation.

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Our growth engine will be exploration overseas

Our growth engine will be exploration overseas

ONGC´s CMD Sudhir Vasudeva is a man in demand even ministers would like him to stay awhile in his chair. In a freewheeling interview with Shashidhar Nanjundaiah, Vasudeva looks back in satisfaction at the accomplishments of his top-ranked PSU, and tells us what to expect.

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Infra sector will regain momentum only in medium-to-long term

Infra sector will regain momentum only in medium-to-long term

It seems controllable and uncontrollable factors have converged on the infrastructure sector, causing lenders and investors to step back in their plans. Ranjit Manjarekar, COO Infrastructure Finance, Tata Capital, tells Infrastructure Today that lack of visibility of returns, stemming from uncertainties, is a big dampener, but tells us how his firm is manoeuvring around the roadblocks to identify the right segments to go after.

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Lifting solutions from Konecranes

Lifting solutions from Konecranes

Konecranes introduces lifting solutions that provide high levels of flexibility, performance, and safety. They have been developed to meet the needs of the steel industry -from the raw material handling to the steelmaking, rolling and refining processes. Konecranes supplies all types of cranes, such as ladle, charging, billet, slab, coil, bar and plate handling, and scrap yard.

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HCC gets IRCON contract

HCC gets IRCON contract

Hindustan Construction Company (HCC) has been awarded a contract worth Rs 442.52 crore by IRCON International to construct one tunnel and two bridges between Aprinchala and Sumber stations on Dharam and Qazigund Section of the Udhampur-Srinagar-Baramulla New Broad Gauge Railway Line Project. The project will be completed in 48 months.

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The slip between the cup and the lip

The slip between the cup and the lip

India wastes one out of every six sacks of fruits and vegetables ever year due to a cold chain system that fulfils less than half the requirement. Investment of Rs 55,000 crore is needed to catch up, an industry report says.

Although report after report has pointed out how India wastes its produce whether it is foodgrains or cash crops the logistics and ware¡housing industry in India remains woefully inadequate and of poor quality. A new report on the world´s second largest producer of fruits

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Warehousing: The truck stops here

Warehousing: The truck stops here

How do you organise a largely unorganised industry? India´s storage industry has lagged behind the transportation industry that it so heavily depends on. With cold chains now being an industry and FDI in retail entailing huge investments in storage, can we expect some movement?

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Thermal coal imports via major ports up

Thermal coal imports via major ports up

The major ports in the country handled around 5.5 million tonne (mt) of imported thermal coal, which is up by 10 per cent on the year, while coking coal imports rose 21 per cent to 3.4 mt, says latest data by Indian ports Association (IPA). The 12 ports handled 47.8 mt of imported thermal coal during April-November, up 35.7 per cent from 35.2 mt from the same period a year ago.

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Oil and gas: Good policy foundation

Oil and gas: Good policy foundation

Hindsight: This was a reasonably good year for O&G in general, in particular for India. The government has performed very well. For the first time, it took some concrete and bold steps, and ensured deregulation of transportation and petrol, distinguished bulk from retail transport. There is some disparity there, needing some practical solutions.

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Reform agenda: Hoping for relief

Reform agenda: Hoping for relief

Hindsight: The rising interest rate is a grave concern for infrastructure companies. The beleaguered funding situation have seen a number of projects already been put on hold in the planning stage itself.