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1.There is a saying that everyone in the construction industry is dishonest, which is a wrong perception

Anil Swarup, Former Secretary, Government of India, exclaimed at the recently concluded India Construction Festival 2019


2.360 infrastructure projects report cost overruns of Rs 3.88 trillion

The Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation (MoSPI), charged with the responsibility of monitoring infrastructure projects worth Rs 1.5 billion or more, has released a report for June 2019 according to which – out of the total 1608 projects, more than 360 have shown cost overruns to the cost of Rs 3.88 trillion.


3. Roads: Major part of ADB’s India portfolio

ADB funds national highways, state highways, district and rural roads.


4.SC's nod to delinking of environment, forest clearances

The Supreme Court has approved the revised norms for infrastructure road projects that delink the environment and forest clearances - formulated by the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) last month to end the face-off between the environment and forests ministry and the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI). On the basis of its interpretation of a judgment in the case of Lafarge, the ministry had insisted such projects should take environment and forest clearances.


5.Govt gives special green exemption for highway projects

The Cabinet Committee on Investment (CCI) on May 24 relaxed forest clearance norms for national highway projects. It is a major step towards removing hurdles to implementing national highway projects. It decided to give 'special exemptions' on forestry clearances. For linear projects, it said it would de-link the grant of environment clearances from forest clearances.


6.Govt admits slow progress in road building due to its own hurdles

Delays in environment and forest clearance and land acquisition have contributed a lot in causing slackened progress in road building. The Parliament was informed on April 25. The progress of construction of National Highways has been slow due to several problems such as land acquisition, shifting of utilities, environmental and forest clearance, as well as manpower and economic slowdown, Union Minister of State for Road Transport and Highways Tushar A Chaudhary said in the Rajya Sabha.


7.MoEF should decide over green nod for projects: NHAI

With the Prime Minister’s Office stepping in to resolve the row between the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) and the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) over forest clearances to highway projects, the NHAI has communicated that the ball is now in the ministry’s court.


8.NHAI goes to SC on roadblocks, forest approvals

Seeking modification of its guidelines mandating forest clearance prior to environmental clearance, the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) on January 9 moved the Supreme Court, saying the related procedures have delayed and stalled 22 important projects worth over Rs 20,000 crore.


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