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1.Kerala Government agrees to develop 600 km of National Highways

The CPM-led LDF has agreed to the demands of the Union Government to develop 600 km of National Highways in Kerala, even as the National Highways Action Committee has threatened to oppose illegal eviction.


2.100 per cent Centre funding for Northeast projects

The Union Government has decided to fund central projects in Northeast India by 100 per cent. Projects worth Rs 102 bn, including Rs 35 bn of new works, are currently being implemented in the eight states of the region. 


3.Centre clears Rs.36.93 bn for J&K

The Union Government has cleared a whopping Rs 36.93 bn funds for more than 700 roads and a large number of new bridge projects in Jammu and Kashmir under the Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojna.


4.Centre to set up national discom

The Union Government will reportedly establish a national power distribution company to handhold state discoms in electricity distribution and ensure time-bound implementation of central schemes.


5.Rs 17.50 crore for repairing Karkala, Mangaluru road

The Union Government has reportedly released Rs 17.50 crore for repairing NH-169 between Karkala and Kulashekara, Mangaluru.


6.Affordable housing steals the show in 2017

After recognising a massive gap of housing in India, the Union Government had announced 'Housing for All' by 2022 in July 2015 to achieve the staggering target of bridging a gap of more 1.9 crore houses. 96 per cent out of these are required for the lower income groups (LIG) and economically weaker sections (EWS) groups.


7.Here are opportunities in infrastructure, energy, water and slurry

The Union Government has categorically stated that although it is willing to provide protection to the domestic pipe manufacturers against unfair trade practices, the industry must also act responsibly, a top Steel Ministry official reportedly said at an ASSOCHAM event held in New Delhi.


8.Government proposes PPP model to boost affordable housing

The union government has proposed a public private partnership (PPP) Policy, under which affordable housing will be provided land in order to boost housing development. The Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation (HUPA) has formed the model of PPP policy for affordable housing to induce the developer to explore extra developable area.


9.Centre okays 3 new SEZs

The Union Government has approved proposals from the Hyderabad-based infrastructure developer GAR Corporation to set up two IT and IT-enabled services (ITeS) SEZs in Telangana on 1.6 hectare and 2.56 hectare in Hyderabad.


10.Government plans to double airports in two to three years

The Union Government plans to double the number of airports in the country over the next two to three years to serve the largely untapped domestic aviation industry, which has seen an increase in passengers.