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The Sweet Spot

The Sweet Spot

While the road sector is arguably in a sweet spot, land acquisition is unquestionably the biggest hurdle afflicting roads development.

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GovernmentÂ’s focus on road sector yields positive results: ICRA

GovernmentÂ’s focus on road sector yields positive results: ICRA

Effective policy measures by the Government over the last 36 months have revived the Indian road sector and supporting the execution pace. According to ICRA, these include steps like awarding projects after securing 80 per cent right of way; expediting projects stuck midway, delegating the power to grant forest clearances to regional offices, online filing for clearances to construct ROB and RUBs and increasing the limit on sand mining.

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Concrete Plan!

Concrete Plan!

The Modi Governments initiative to build all new highways using concrete in place of bitumen, has brought cheer to road sector experts as well as the cement industry. But contractors are worried about their future business prospects.

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No regulator till new government: RoadMin

No regulator till new government: RoadMin

The road sector has some bad news in the offing. Private players, who are eagerly awaiting a Road Regulator, since a year, have to extend their prolonged wait for another six months. It was expected that by March end, the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways would pass a note on draft Regulatory Authority for Highways in India Bill, 2013 to the Cabinet.

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No regulator till new government: RoadMin

No regulator till new government: RoadMin

The road sector has some bad news in the offing. Private players, who are eagerly awaiting a Road Regulator, since a year, have to extend their prolonged wait for another six months. It was expected that by March end, the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways would pass a note on draft Regulatory Authority for Highways in India Bill, 2013 to the Cabinet.

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EPC in roads Whats wrong with EPC?

EPC in roads Whats wrong with EPC?

If you thought only BOT projects were in trouble, think again. The faltering roads sector is increasingly dependent on sentiment, and this dependence is clear from the recent negativity that has crept even into EPC. Bringing back investor sentiment should now be supreme.

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Banks will get conservative in lending to infrastructure

Infrastructure developers won't really complain about the process of funding for their projects. Their problems remain getting the projects cleared for takeoff. BA Prabhakar, Chairman and Managing Director, Andhra Bank, speaking with Sumantra Das, explains the recent uncertainties and opportunities in infrastructure lending.

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Planning panel objects to proposed regulator for roads

Planning panel objects to proposed regulator for roads

The Union Finance Minister P Chidambaram had promised to set up an independent regulator for the road sector, seen as a reform for the sector. But the Planning Commission has raised objections to the proposal of the independent regulator for the roads sector. Chidambaram promised the proposal of the regulator when he toured the world to attract investment.

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