163 Central Road Fund Projects Sanctioned



163 Central Road Fund Projects Sanctioned

During the last financial year up to February, 2015, 187 projects were received under Central Road Fund (CRF) out of which 163 works have been sanctioned allowing two years for construction. Sanction of projects is decided based on available sanction, accrual of State and project not sanctioned are treated as unapproved and returned. The amount released under CRF is Rs.2048.24 crore during 2014-15.


This information was given by Minister of State for Road Transport & Highways, Shri Pon Radhakrishnan in a written reply in the Rajya Sabha today.

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Draft Advisory for App-based Taxi Services

The Ministry of Road Transport & Highways has finalised a draft advisory for the State Governments in consultation with stakeholders with regard to taxi-hailing services. The taxi hailing services or the on-demand transport aggregating services in question are covered under Section 93 of the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988. Under Section 93, the State Governments have the power to regulate such service providers.

This information was given by Minister of State for Road Transport & Highways, Shri Pon Radhakrishnan in a written reply in the Rajya Sabha today.

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Policy for Major Port Trusts to Set Their Own Tariff

Tariff Authority for Major Ports (TAMP) has notified a “Policy for determination of tariff for Major Ports Trusts 2015” on 27th January, 2015 which allows Major Port Trusts to set their own tariff within the cap of their Annual Revenue Requirements (ARR). The Tariff Policy 2015 provides greater flexibility to Major Port Trusts to respond to market situation and also encourages them for better performance within the ambit of Major Port Trusts Act, 1963.

This information was given by Minister of State for Shipping, Shri Pon Radhakrishnan in a written reply in the Rajya Sabha today.

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Various Major Ports Achieve Targets for Cargo Handling


Four Major Ports in 2012-13, three Major Ports in 2013-14 and four Major Ports in 2014-15 have achieved the target for cargo handling. Major ports undertake operations in compliance with the conditions prescribed in the Consent for Operations issued by the respective State Pollution Control Boards. Regular monitoring of the parameters is done by the State Pollution Control Boards. The major ports take various measures to be environment friendly while handling dusty cargo like:

(i)         Water sprinkling systems at the hopper, unloading point, transfer points, roads, stock yards and at wagon and truck loading station to control dust pollution.
(ii)        Continuous water sprinkling on roads to prevent dust pollution due to plying of vehicles.
(iii)       High raise walls/ wind barrier around stack yards of Coal, Iron Ore and other dust generating bulk cargo to minimize dust pollution.
(vi)       Mechanization of dust generating bulk cargo handling activities of Coal, iron ore to tackle dust pollution.
(vii)      Closed conveyor systems from berths to the unloading point to suppress dust emission.
(viii)      Lorry tyre washing system to clean laden lorry tyres.
(ix)       Lorries transporting bulk cargo are covered with tarpaulin to prevent pollution.
(x)        Tree plantation in port area undertaken on continual basis.
(xi)       Oil and other chemicals are unloaded through marine unloading arms and transported through pipelines to prevent pollution.


Cargo Targets fixed for various major ports



This information was given by Minister of State for Shipping, Shri Pon Radhakrishnan in a written reply in the Rajya Sabha today.

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Policy for Captive Facilities to Port-based Industries 

The Union Government has been following a policy for providing captive facilities for port based industries in the following cases: 

(i) Where 100% Captive Facilities (land/waterfront) including capital oil Jetties, platforms or Single Buoy Mooring (SBM) are sought by Port based industries including Central State Public Sector undertakings. 

(ii) Industries which are port specific and are approved by concerned administrative ministries and where the industry is willing to pay maximum realisation which Port may determine. 

Under this policy, a port based industry is one which requires 100% captive berths/back up area for the purpose of import of raw materials and/or export of finished products and/or transportation of raw materials/finished products. General guidelines of BOT, wherever applicable, may be applied in cases of captive facilities. 

This information was given by Minister of State for Shipping, Shri Pon Radhakrishnan in a written reply in the Rajya Sabha today.

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Persons with Disabilities fitted with Modern Electronic Artificial Limbs calls on President, Vice President and PM 

A 50 member delegation of persons with disabilities (PwDs) fitted with Modern Electronic Artificial Limbs (prostheses) from Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra visited Parliament House in New Delhi today. These people’s lives have been improved thanks to the efforts of Yuvak Pratishthan an NGO started in 1980 and inaugurated by Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee, the former Prime Minister of India, under the Mission Limb for Life project. Rehabilitation of persons with disabilities through modern electronic limbs is the mission of Dr. Kirit Somaiya, who is a Member of Parliament (MP) and President of Yuvak Pratishthan and has distributed artificial limbs to 250 persons with disabilities till date. 

The young people met Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi and Speaker of the Lok Sabha, Smt. Sumitra Mahajan, jointly, who blessed their endeavours and said that this model should be replicated in other States. The delegation also had a chance to meet the President Shri Pranab Mukherjee and the Vice-President, Shri M. Hamid Ansari. Union Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment Shri Thaawarchand Gehlot and Ministers of State Shri Krishan Pal Gurjar and Shri Vijay Sampla were also present on the occasion. 

The Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment will now take this forward through the Artificial Limbs Manufacturing Corporation of India (ALIMCO) Make in India Programme for which an MoU has been signed with M/s Ottobock, Germany and the Transfer of Technology programme will be signed on 20 May 2015. ALIMCO, a PSU under the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment will also be modernized at a project cost of Rs.286 crore and the work shall commence in the current financial year. 

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Overseas Projects of Steel PSU 

This information was given by the Minister of State in the Ministry of steel and Mines Shri Vishnu Deo Sai in Lok Sabha today International Coal Ventures Limited (ICVL), which is a consortium of Steel Authority of India Limited (SAIL) and other promoter companies (i.e. Rashtriya Ispat Nigam Limited, NMDC Ltd., Coal India Limited and NTPC Ltd.), has acquired an operating coking coal mine and two other coal assets in Mozambique for US $ 50 million as a strategic investment for ensuring long term security in supply of essential raw materials for the steel making promoter companies. 11 Indian nationals are presently employed in these projects. 

NMDC has a Gold project in Tanzania, investments in Legacy Iron Ore Ltd., Australia and a joint venture company in South Africa. The total investment in these projects is around Rs. 207 crores. 3 executives from NMDC are presently employed in these projects. 

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Modernization and Expansion Of Integrated Steel PLANTS OF SAIL 

Steel Authority of India Ltd. (SAIL) has undertaken modernization and expansion of its five integrated steel plants at Bhilai (Chhatisgarh), Bokaro (Jharkhand), Rourkela(Odisha), Durgapur (West Bengal) & Burnpur (West Bengal) and special steel plant at Salem (Tamil Nadu) to enhance its crude steel production capacity from 12.84 Mtpa to 21.4 Mtpa in the current phase. The indicative investment for current phase of modernization & expansion is Rs. 61,870 crore. Besides, a provision of Rs.10,264 crore has been made towards investment in existing mines. This does not include revival of Sindri unit of Fertilizer Corporation of India Limited (FCIL). SAIL could not pursue the revival of Sindri plant due to non availability of minimum 3,247 acres of contiguous and encroachment free land. 

The Government, while exploring the feasibility of fast tracking the revival of Sindri unit, is considering the alternative route for revival by anchoring Sindri unit en-route the Jagdishpur-Haldia pipeline (JHPL) of GAIL for utilizing the gas and to leverage the existing infrastructure of Sindri unit. 

This information was given by Minister of State Sh. Vishnu Deo Sai in reply to a question Lok Sabha today. 

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Allocation of Steel Materials 

The Ministry of Steel has a scheme for supplying steel materials from main producers, namely SAIL & RINL to Small Scale Industry units (SSIs) and others (Govt. departments up to 30% of total allocation) through Small Scale Industries Corporations (SSICs) and National Small Industries Corporations (NSICs). As per the scheme, the Ministry of Steel makes state-wise annual allocation of various types of steel materials to these Corporations on the basis of which the main producers supply to the Corporations, as per their demand, from time to time. The Corporations in turn supply steel material to the SSIs in their respective States, for which they are reimbursed between approximately Rs. 500-550/- per metric tonne towards handling charges, from Joint Plant Committee (JPC) funds.

This information was given by Minister of State Sh. Vishnu Deo Sai in reply to a question Lok Sabha today. 

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New Steel Projects 

The Minister of Steel and Mines Shri Narendra Singh Tomar in statement laid on the Table of the Lok Sabha, informed the members that during the 11th & 12th plan period, 8  steel projects  in public sector were taken up. State-wise details of these projects are as follows:-



Steel, being a deregulated sector, the decisions for construction of new steel plants in private sector are taken by the individual investors based on commercial considerations.  As per available information, there are 29 private sector steel projects of one million ton per annum and above capacity in various stages of implementation.
 
During the period, three steel projects of SAIL, namely, Rourkela Steel Plant in Odisha, IISCO Steel Plant in West Bengal and Salem Steel Plant in Tamil Nadu have been completed.  All new facilities under the integrated process route in these plants are in operation, stabilization and ramp-up stages till they achieve full capacity.

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Hunar Se Rozgar Tak Initiative 

Over 1.94 lakh persons have been trained upto 31/03/2015 under the programme ‘Hunar Se Rozgar Tak’ (HSRT) of the Ministry of Tourism. 

The HSRT initiative is being implemented through expert institutions including the Indian Institute of Tourism and Travel Management, Institutes of Hotel Management, Food Craft Institutes and India Tourism Development Corporation. The State Governments/Union Territory Administrations have also been authorised to implement the initiative through Institutes selected by them for purpose. It is also mandatory for certain star-classified hotels to train a prescribed minimum number of persons. 

As of now, the HSRT Initiative covers four hospitality trades namely food production, food & beverage service, housekeeping utility and bakery & patisserie. Besides, there are programmes in place to bring up drivers, tourist facilitators, event facilitators, tour assistants, transfer assistants and office assistants. 

The Ministry of Tourism launched the special initiative called Hunar Se Rozgar Tak (HSRT) in the year 2009-10 for creation of employable skills amongst youth. The initiative is fully funded by the Ministry of Tourism. The features common to the training programmes under the HSRT are: the trainees should be in the age group of 18-28 years; each training programme is of short duration – 6 to 8 weeks; and no fees is chargeable to the trainee. 

This information was given by the Union Minister of State for Tourism (Independent Charge), Culture (Independent Charge), and Civil Aviation, Dr. Mahesh Sharma in a written reply to an unstarred question to the Lok Sabha. 

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Promotion of Wildlife Tourism in North-Eastern Region 

Development and promotion of tourist destinations and products including Wildlife Tourism and implementation of tourism projects is primarily the responsibility of the respective State Government/Union Territory (UT) Administration. However, the Ministry of Tourism provides Central Financial Assistance (CFA) to various State Governments/Union Territory Administrations for various tourism projects including ones with a focus on wildlife, subject to availability of funds, inter-se priority and adherence to the scheme guidelines.
 
The details of projects sanctioned by the Ministry of Tourism for infrastructure development in and around wildlife sanctuaries etc., are as under:


This information was given by the Union Minister of State for Tourism (Independent Charge), Culture (Independent Charge), and Civil Aviation, Dr. Mahesh Sharma in a written reply to an unstarred question to the Lok Sabha today.

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