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1.Finance Ministry is looking for consultants for sale of PSU land, buildings

The finance ministry focuses on achieving the sell-off target of Rs 900 billion for 2019-20

2.New 17.2 km long Gandhidham-Tuna-Tekra broad guage line opened

The newly constructed 17.2-km-long Gandhidham-Tuna-Tekra port rail opened recently.

3.Railways to e-auction 100 stations for redevelopment

Indian Railways will take the e-auction route for redevelopment of stations through public-private partnership (PPP).

4.UP releases Rs.80 cr for international airport in state

The Uttar Pradesh Government has cleared the first instalment of Rs 80 crore for constructing an international airport in Kushinagar district

5.Awards bagged wins five awards for the ´Look Up´ campaign at the National Award for Marketing Excellence, including ´excellence in E-commerce and Internet Business Sector´, ´Marketing campaign of the year´, ´Best Use of Social Media´, ´Emerging Brand Award´, ´Best New Brand, Product or Service Launch´.

6.Ministry to consider rate contracts

The Road Transport and Highways Ministry is considering an option to make the use of concrete cement mandatory as a part of its bid for fully Government-funded projects as well as public-private partnership projects.

7.Braving the rough road

LALIT JALAN highlights the challeges faced by EPC contractors and probable ways to overcome the same. India´s GDP growth decelerated sharply for the second year in succession from a high of around 8.5 per cent two years ago to a mere 5 per cent in FY13, the slowest growth in a decade. Growth has slowed, not only because of a challenging global environment but also due to ´policy paralysis´.

8.Authority rejects PPP model for metro project

The UT administration of Chandigarh decided not to implement the metro rail project under the public-private partnership mode as it feels that this model is not fit for this project. The administration plans to set up a 37.57 kilometre metro rail system linking Chandigarh, Panchkula and SAS Nagar at a cost of Rs 10,900-

9.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-

10.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.