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1.Centre explores idea of a green belt in the country to combat desertification

A 1,400 km green belt stretch is reportedly on the books as the Centre explores the idea of building something similar to the ‘Great Green Wall’ in Africa, between Gujarat and the Delhi-Haryana border.

2.BHEL issues tenders for solar rooftop projects in Haryana

BHEL has invited bids for supply, installation and commissioning of grid-connected solar rooftop PV plants of a cumulative capacity of 170 KWp at Blue Jay Samalkha, Skylark Panipat, Parakeet Pipli and Kingfisher Ambala in Haryana.

3.Projects worth Rs 42 billion launched in Haryana

63 projects worth Rs 10.10 billion have been inaugurated, while foundation stones for nearly 46 others projects worth Rs 32.65 billion have been laid.

4.Rs 10 billion allocated for Regional Rapid Transit

The National Capital Region Transport Corporation (NCRTC) is all geared up to start the civil construction on the inaugural corridor of the Delhi-Meerut Regional Rapid Rail corridor.

5.Work begins on Panipat-Jalandhar expressway

The Supreme Court has brought relief to Soma group, the developer of the Panipat-Jalandhar project, by allowing the toll plaza to be shifted from the expressway

6.Holcim eyes Jaypee Groups plant

Jaypee Group had earlier kick-started discussions to hive off its cement grinding plant based at Panipat in Haryana. The Swiss construction giant Holcim is now in the race for the asset. Holcim Cements has expressed interest in the grinding unit, which has an annual capacity of 1.5 mtpa and talks are at a preliminary stage. Holcim wants to expand its presence in North India through this strategic asset and will take a call if this potential deal can be routed through ACC cements.

7.Litigation stalls work on NH-1 in Punjab: Govt

The stretch of National Highways (NH-1) between Shambhu and Amritsar falls in the jurisdiction of two projects namely Panipat to Jalandhar and Jalandhar to Amritsar, said Sarvey Sathyanarayana, Union Minister of State in the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways in a reply to a question in Lok Sabha on December 9.

8.Govt may strike a deal on Rs 72,000-cr rapid rail project

India's Rs 72,000-crore rapid rail connectivity project is set to enter the next stage as the Union government and the State governments concerned likely to reach an agreement on cost-sharing of the project. The rapid rail project is to connect Delhi to Panipat (Haryana), Alwar (Rajasthan) and Meerut (Uttar Pradesh).

9.NHAI releases Rs 17 cr for Panipat-Jalandhar h'way repairs

For undertaking immediate repairs and maintenance works on the national highway 1 (NH1) between Panipat and Jalandhar, the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) has released Rs 17 crore to the Punjab and Haryana governments. The NHAI has also served a notice on the project concessionaire Soma Isolux asking it to suspend toll collection as it was not maintaining the highway.

10.Work on Panipat-Jalandhar h'way delayed

Though the toll rates on Panipat-Jalandhar highway have been hiked for the road users, widening work on the highway has been delayed and the concessionaire company is badly maintaining it, forcing the motorists to face hardhips.