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20 unused airports ready for RCS

As the Centre finalizes the 'Regional Air Connectivity' scheme, the AAI says as many as 20 unused airports were ready to start operations for regional flights. Another 30 airports can be made ready for operations under the Regional Connectivity Scheme (RCS) by making some investments, as per reports. 20 unutilised airports owned by AAI were ready from where flights under RCS can take off. The government plans to have no-frills airports for regional air services and AAI was studying the design parameters for such aerodromes. RCS refers to operation of an air transport service between any two airports, of which at least one has been declared by the Central government as un-served or under-served, according to the draft rules. There are 394 unserved and 16 under-served airports in the country. Under-served aerodromes are those which have less than seven flights a week. Under the new civil aviation policy, the AAI would be the nodal agency for implementation of RCS. According to the AAI, depending on the size of the airport depends the construction cost is about Rs. 1,00,000-1,10,000 per sq m of the terminal building.


Department of Heavy Industry to launch Industry 4.0 at Win India 2016 in Mumbai

Hannover Milano Fairs India Pvt Ltd has announced the 10th edition of WIN INDIA 2016 scheduled to be held from December 1-3, 2016 at the MMRDA Grounds, Bandra-Kurla Complex, Mumbai. Further to this, the Department of Heavy Industry (DHI), Government of India and Win India announced its continued partnership to work jointly towards promoting India’s high tech engineering and capital goods manufacturing industry as a part of Government of India’s ‘Make In India’ campaign. Win India 2016 will cover the entire lifecycle of Industry 4.0 - industrial automation, hydraulics & pneumatics, warehousing and logistics, in three specialized trade fairs - Industrial Automation India (IA India), Motion Drive & Automation India (MDA India) and CeMAT India.

To announce the collaboration, present at the conference were Girish Shankar, Secretary, Department of Heavy Industry, Government of India, S N Roy, Chairman -FICCI Capital Goods Committee and CEO & Managing Director, L&T Power Ltd, Kannan Vishvanath, Senior Member, SIMHEM (Society for Indian Materials Handling Equipment Manufacturers), Dattatreya Gaur, Vice President, Robert Bosch Engineering and Business Solutions Pvt. Ltd., and Mehul Lanvers-Shah, Managing Director, Hannover Milano Fairs India Pvt Ltd.

WIN INDIA 2016, a unique destination for showcasing the relevance of Industry 4.0 to Indian manufacturing industry, will highlight India’s unrelenting march towards becoming a manufacturing powerhouse in the region. As per a recent report compiled by Nikkei and research firm Markit, the overall order booking for the Indian manufacturing sector rose to a 22-month high in October 2016. This indicates that the vital signs for the sector are truly on course and would be aptly demonstrated at the trade fairs.

Girish Shankar, Secretary, Department of Heavy Industry, said, “As per various Government schemes, we are expecting a threefold increase in growth in capital goods production and employment by 2025 and a 3.5 times increase in the manufacturing sector by 2026. With this boost in the manufacturing sector, WIN INDIA 2016 will be an exciting avenue for the industry to launch and showcase new products and industry 4.0 technologies. WIN INDIA serves the modern technology induction aspect of ‘Make In India’.”

Cavas Dumasia, Secretary – SIMHEM and Vice President – Marketing & Sales, Godrej Material Handling, said, “One of the important objectives of SIMHEM is to inform users of the benefits of mechanized material handling equipment through training programs, seminars, trade fairs etc. CeMAT India is a great platform for the material handling sector in India and with its partnership with SIMHEM, we see growth opportunities for our members as well as other integrated industry to promote their business and develop leads. SIMHEM & CeMAT India are two leading brands in the material handling sector in India and what better than joining hands to expand the market.”

WIN INDIA will also see a participation of more than 200 exhibitors, launching and showcasing their new products and technologies from around the globe. WIN INDIA 2016 has representations from China, Germany, India, Italy, Netherlands, South Korea, Spain, Taiwan, UAE and USA. Some of the leading brands that will be participating are Siemens, Robert Bosch Engineering, Festo, Camozzi, Larsen & Toubro, Rittal, Nord Systems, Jungheinrich Lift Trucks India, Godrej & Boyce Mfg. Co. Ltd, Mahindra Logistics, Pilz India, Intouch, Grey Orange Robotics, Kompress India, Exide Industries Ltd, NASH Robotics & Automation Pvt Ltd, Concord Hydraulics Pvt Ltd, ABM Drivers India, Eppinger and Ningbo Degson amongst others. Dattatreya Gaur from Robert Bosch Engineering talked about their products and technologies that will be displayed at WIN INDIA and the role of the Government and WIN INDIA in boosting the industry.

“FICCI is happy to partner with Department of Heavy Industry (DHI) and Hannover Milano Fairs India (HMFI), once again in organizing WIN INDIA, which is emerging as a prominent show for the capital goods and automation industry. The capital goods sector in India in which 80% enterprises are from MSME sector, needs latest and strategic technology in various spheres. The sector is also gearing up for the new wave of Industry 4.0. With Prime Minister’s Make in India initiative, we are aspiring to be the manufacturing hub for capital goods across the value chain” said S N Roy, Chairman- FICCI Capital Goods Committee.

Mehul Lanvers Shah, Managing Director, Hannover Milano Fairs India Pvt. Ltd. said, “In the pursuit of increasing the manufacturing capacity of India, we see a major potential for the growth of capital goods manufacturing industry. With support from Department of Heavy Industries and various other industrial associations like FICCI, SIMHEM, FPSI, VDMA, AIA and IVS, the industry is here to stay and grow. We have witnessed the commitment and efforts from our exhibiting companies for driving new and innovative technologies and products in the manufacturing space. At WIN INDIA, we continue to provide this large platform for enterprise and user industry to interact, creating a complete solution marketplace.”

WIN INDIA 2016 will present interactive features such as ‘Automation Training Zone’ along with AIA (Automation Industry Association), MDA FORUM by VDMA, Intralogistics 4.0 Conference and Masterclass for Supply Chain Professionals organized by ISCM, CEO Conclave by FPSI, Vacuum Technology Workshop etc. With the objective of bringing industrial associations together, WIN INDIA has partnered with associations such as SIMHEM, FPSI (Fluid Power Society of India), VDMA (German Engineering Association), AIA (Automation Industry Association), Indian Vacuum Society, SME Chambers of Commerce, Bombay Industries Associations, Association for Multimodal transporters, Taloja Industries Association and Bombay Goods Transport Association.

WIN INDIA is organized by Hannover Milano Fairs India Pvt Ltd, Deutsche Messe’s subsidiary in India, and belongs to Deutsche Messe’s HANNOVER MESSE Worldwide portfolio, which includes events in Brazil, China, Italy, Turkey, and the United States.


Andhra to lay 1,000 km roads in 3 years

The government has decided to revamp the road network in Andhra Pradesh. The roads and buildings department has been mandated to launch the works cleared by the government on war footing basis and finish as per the schedules. Chief minister Chandrababu Naidu has directed the officials of R and B to complete at least 400 km of work in the first year itself.
The government has readied a blue print to lay nearly 1300-1400km long roads across the state by 2019. The R&B department estimated that it would require at least Rs 1000-Rs 1500 crore to complete the 1300-1400 km road network.


Tata Steel plans to add 6 mt in capacity

Tata Steel plans to add 6 million tonne steel output to its existing 13 mt capacity across two facilities at Jamshedpur and Kalinganagar through brownfield expansion over the next few years. Of the proposed expansion, 1 mt would be added to the 10 mt steel mill at Jamshedpur, and the capacity of the newly commissioned Kalinganagar steel project would be ramped up by 5 mt.
Tata Steel has received environment clearance for the expansion at Jamshedpur.


Rail projects to be monitored by drones

Railways has opted for the state of the art surveillance devices such as drone and geo-based spatial based satellite technology to monitor the crucial projects without visiting the site. Besides monitoring through drones, Internet protocol based cameras are also being used to have an effective and constant monitoring for speeding up the project execution, as per sources. Currently six major rail projects are being monitored through the latest equipment like drones. Progress in Bilaspur-Seawood-Uran Brihan Mumbai rail link project in Maharashtra, Sultanpur-Lambhua line project in Uttar Pradesh, Mortald - Nizamabad line in Telangana and Mudkhed - Porbhani line in Maharashtra are being monitored through the use of drone technology.


Green nod sought for Rs 10k cr power plant

To concretize its plan to set up about Rs 10,000 crore worth power plant in Odisha, CIL arm Mahanadi Coalfields has approached the Environment Ministry to seek green clearance for the 1,600 MW coal-based thermal plant.
Also Central Electricity Authority - the nodal agency of the power ministry - has recommended the ministry for consideration of coal linkage for the project. A special purpose vehicle, Mahanadi Basin Power Ltd (MBPL), has been incorporated as a wholly-owned subsidiary of MCL for setting up the project. The report said that MBPL has achieved several milestones towards installation of power plant.
High Level Clearance Authority (HLCA) of Odisha has approved the project in principle.

Water Allocation Committee of Odisha has recommended 49 cusec of water from Hirakud reservoir to the proposed thermal power plant.


Daimler showcases 'Made in India' trucks

Having plans to expand the market for its India-made trucks, German automaker Daimler AG showcased a couple of products produced at its Chennai plant at international commercial vehicle show in Germany. The company, which is present in India through wholly-owned subsidiary Daimler India Commercial Vehicles (DICV), showcased BharatBenz3723R, a five axle rigid truck with a gross vehicle weight of 37 tonne at the 66th IAA International Commercial Vehicles exhibition.
The components of the truck are largely produced in India and assembled at DICV's Oragadam plant near Chennai. Daimler has made an initial investment of Rs 4,400 crore for the truck manufacturing and additional Rs 425 crore for the bus plant at the facility, which is spread over 400 acre, as per reports.


Cabinet okays Rs 6,461 crore NH interconnectivity project

The government has approved a Rs 6,461-crore project for development of national highways in five states under NHIIP programme. The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) has given its approval for development of 1,120 km of National Highways in the states of Karnataka, Odisha, Bihar, Rajasthan and West Bengal.

The work for development to two-lane standards are under Phase-I of the National Highways Interconnectivity Improvement Project (NHIIP) with World Bank assistance. The projects are already taken up for implementation and 429 km has been completed. The civil works are expected to be completed by July 2019, and maintenance works are expected to be completed by July 2024.