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1.Dedicated land acquisition cells should be formed for roads at the project level

Yogesh Kumar Jain, Managing Director, PNC Infratech, shares more on the success of the roads sector and why will it continue to be a focus area for the company with SHRIYAL SETHUMADHAVAN.

2.Implementation of river interlinking will raise the ultimate irrigation potential

India Water Vision 2025 estimates that the gross water demand for multipleuses will double 25 years from now, with corresponding investment needs of Rs 200 billion per year.

3.Bond with the Best!

Does India have instruments to fund Rs 350-bn a year for urban development?

4.Centre, Odisha to implement railway projects

The Central and state governments will form a new company for implementation of different projects

5.Govt. Easing Approvals Process For Realty Projects

To improve ‘ease of doing business’ in urban areas, the Government has been streamlining many procedures Anuj Puri, Chairman and Country Head at JLL India.

6.States told to follow DPR norms under JNNURM

In seeking sanction for projects under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) State governments have failed to follow the guidelines for filing detailed project reports (DPRs) and a whip has been cracked on the State governments by the Union Ministry of Urban Development for the lapse.

7.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).

8.Centre to ask States to build wide pavements

State governments in the country would be asked by the Centre to implement a law and set aside a part of their budgets to ensure wide, unbroken and obstacle-free pavements like in Kolkata. The Union Urban Development Ministry is drafting a circular that will soon be sent to all the states, asking them to fix a certain percentage of road space for pedestrians’ pathways.

9.HDFC chief for single-window for affordable homes

For affordable home projects, state governments should look at introducing a single-window clearance system , Deepak Parekh, Chairman, Housing Development Finance Corporation (HDFC), has said. The single greatest benefit of having a single-window clearance is that it will reduce housing prices because the time taken for approval is 18 months. That will come down, Parekh said at an international conference on housing in Delhi on April 11.

10.States to be asked to emulate Surat's ring road model

The Union Urban Development Ministry is to ask all State governments to follow the Surat’s Outer Ring Road Development (ORRD) model as it has impressed with the ORRD's revenue generation model, prepared by Surat Municipal Corporation (SMC).