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1.Trimble hosts its first-ever virtual Tekla User Days (TUD) event in India

Global construction technology leader Trimble (NASDAQ: TRMB) hosted its flagship annual event for Indian customers, Tekla Users Days (TUD) India recently. Keeping in mind the safety and well-being of the attendees in the wake of the global pandemic, this year’s conference was hosted online. This open-for-all software user conference allowed the Indian construction professionals and Tekla Structures users to attend the mega-scale event from the comfort and safety of their home or office. The highly-anticipated annual symposium drew over 3,000 participants, including industry leaders, stalwarts and professionals from across the construction lifecycle. The 2-day event was sponsored by Giza – a global leader in connection design software and Dell Technologies, a unique family of businesses that provides the essential infrastructure for organizations to build their digital future, transform IT and protect their most important asset, information.


2.BEML’s Stride Towards ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’ | Wins Equipment India Awards

BEML LIMITED, a Schedule ‘A’ Company under Ministry of Defence, Govt. of India, received the prestigious ‘8TH ANNUAL EQUIPMENT INDIA AWARDS 2020’ in ‘Best Seller in Crawler Dozers’ & ‘Best Seller in Rigid Dump Truck’ categories at a virtual ceremony held on 15th Oct 2020.


3.SP Group alleges irregularities in Tatas bagging Parliament project bid

The Shapoorji Pallonji Group has alleged irregularities and conflict of interest in Tata Projects winning the bid to construct the new Parliament building.


4.NHAI set to make FY 2021 the best year of highway construction

Pratap Padode, Founder & President, FIRST Construction Council lauded the authorities on the decision to defer the implementation of the emission norms for construction equipment to 1st April 2021. He further urged the authorities to advocate a land pooling method by stating, "As part of the National Infrastructure Pipeline, the roads sector would elicit an expenditure of Rs. 3.24 trillion in FY 2020 alone apart from its total allocation of nearly Rs. 19 trillion over five years until 2025. With land costs constituting 40 per cent of the cost of roads from only 10-15 per cent barely seven years ago, the failing of the Land Acquisition Act is hurting the stability of this model. I have been constantly recommending abandoning the purchase of land for road construction and deploying innovative land pooling instead, which will save the country over Rs. 2 trillion."


5.Gadkari inaugurates16 NH projects in Andhra Pradesh

Union Minister for Road Transport, Highways and MSMEs Shri Nitin Gadkari inaugurated and laid the foundation stones for 16 National Highways projects with a total length of 1,411 kms worth Rs 155.92 billion in Andhra Pradesh on 16 October 2020. The event was presided by the Chief Minister Shri Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy.


6.BEML appoints Amit Banerjee as new Director (Rail & Metro Business)

Shri Amit Banerjee has been appointed as Director (Rail & Metro Business) and Member on the Board of BEML Limited. He has assumed charge on 9 October 2020.


7.Tunnel will reduce travel time from 3 hrs to 15 mins

Union Minister for Road Transport, Highways and MSMEs Shri Nitin Gadkari on 14 October 2020 initiated the first blasting for Zozila Tunnel in J&K. The tunnel will provide all-weather connectivity between Srinagar valley and Leh (Ladakh plateau) on NH-1, and will bring about an all-round economic and socio–cultural integration of Jammu & Kashmir (Now UTs of J&K and Ladakh). It involves construction of a 14.15 Km long tunnel at an altitude of about 3000 m under Zojila pass (presently motorable only for 6 months in a year) on NH-1 connecting Srinagar and Leh through Dras & Kargil. It is one of the most dangerous stretch in the world to drive a vehicle and this project is also geo-strategically sensitive.


8.21.6 km road construction per day despite COVID-19

One Ministry that seems to have beaten COVID-19 is the MoRTH.


9.Boost for improving service delivery in Madhya Pradesh

$270 mn loan to improve urban services in Madhya Pradesh.


10.Mahansaria Tyres starts commercial production at Panoli facility

Mahansaria Tyres (MTP) announced the commencement of commercial production at its state-of-the-art greenfield off-highway tyre manufacturing facility in Panoli, at the Bharuch district of Gujarat.


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