21 September 2019

Newsbreakers

Karma Yogi

UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s political decisions are breaking news currently, but few mainstream media has focused on his zest to clean the Augean Stables in a State mired neck deep in corruption and kickback scandals by previous governments.  Having set a record of 50 decisions in 150 hours  without a single Cabinet meeting, the Yogi issued a fatwa to all Public Works Department officials to ensure all state roads are pothole-free by June 15. He also directed officials to replace contractors of criminal background with those who have a clean record. The Chief Minister has sought details of civic works, infrastructure projects, functions and work structure of the Noida, Greater Noida, and Yamuna Expressway Authorities. Following orders from the state government, senior officials in the three Authorities compiled details and sent it to the UP Industrial Development Department. The CM had held a meeting with all the Principal Secretaries in Lucknow recently. Rama Raman, the Principal Secretary, UP Industrial Development Department, sought the details from the three Authorities.

Most importantly the UP CM has announced Metro Rail projects in Allahabad, Meerut, Agra, Gorakhpur, and construction of Mansarovar Bhavan near New Delhi for pilgrims.

 

 

Networking Neighbors 

Leena Nandan, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, is making news for networking India with Bangladesh, Bhutan and Nepal, via a road network. Her unflagging efforts recently led to the approval of an ambitious $1.04-billion project for constructing and upgrading 558 km of roads to link India with its three most important immediate neighbors. Once completed, this road project will ease movement of passengers and cargo, which is expected to increase inter-regional trade by 60 per cent. India's Department of Economic Affairs has agreed to the project that will have 50 per cent funding from the Asian Development Bank.  The project includes, among others, an upgrade of the 122km Siliguri-Mirik-Darjeeling ($15 million) and the widening of the 60km National Highway 35 (Kolkata-Bangaon) on the border with Bangladesh ($130 million).  It also includes a new 123km road to connect with Diamond harbour on the outskirts of Kolkata at a cost of $250 million. Apart from the road works under the $1 billion project, a 600m bridge and a 110km road in the Impal-Moreh stretch of Manipur are also being planned.

 




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