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1.Niti Aayog’s Model Agreement for EPC Projects

The new agreement for EPC works is now available on Niti Aayog’s website.


2.With continuous structural breakdowns in India, here’s a ‘Crash' course on building collapses

Over the last few years, there have been continuous incidents of collapsing old constructions in India. As per data by the National Crime Record Bureau (NCRB), more than 14,000 people have died from 2010 to 2015 due to dilapidated building collapses. At an average, 2,700 people lose their lives in different structural breakdowns every year.


3.PMGSY helps to develop rural economy

In the year 2000, the Union government launched the Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY) to connect India’s smaller villages to nearby towns, all through the country. The ministry of rural development has been in charge of the scheme, with the Planning Commission playing its usual role.


4.Construction World Leadership Summit Exclusive

Gajendra Haldea, Advisor, Infrastructure, Planning Commission, stated categorically at Construction World Leadership Summit, in Delhi, that, " the target of US$ 1 trillion investment into infrastructure will not be achieved," thus putting at rest all speculation as to how GDP growth target of the twelfth plan will be met.


5.Local bodies to get their slice of Jnnurm pie

The Planning Commission member Arun Maira has said that the next phase of the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM), which is slated to be launched next year, will follow a 'bottom-up' design of development with the Centre involving local bodies in urban planning.


6.Flood-hit Uttarakhand to get Rs 18,791 cr for roads

In Uttarakhand, the State Planning Commission has proposed 99 km of all-weather roads with as many as 14 tunnels that would reduce distance and save precious time for travelers. In the state, the Himalayas are bleeding after the last June flash floods, which killed many and washed away properties.


7.Contract renegotiation may be a reality

The government is considering the introduction of a force majeure clause in public-private partnership projects to allow renegotiation of contracts to revive private participation in infrastructure development and salvage some big-ticket projects.


8.Panel proposes tribunal to settle disputes in PPP projects

A draft proposal of Planning Commission calls for setting up a judicial tribunal to settle disputes in infrastructure projects carried through public private partnership (PPP) model. It may be noted that the amount of capital stuck in disputed projects rose to Rs 1.35 trillion in 2009-10 from about Rs 54,000 crore in 2001-


9.Plan panel seeks to boost investor confidence

The Planning Commission intends to sort out the issues impeding implementation of the Public Private Partnership (PPP) programme of the government. The Commission wants to immediately revive the investment cycle in this troubled times, the country is facing.


10.Plan panel takes initiative to pace up infra projects

To address issues hampering implementation of Public Private Partnership (PPP) infrastructure projects and re-start the investment cycle, the Planning Commission will soon seek the Cabinet's approval and any remedial measures for the same.


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