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ACC commences production at Chhattisgarh plant

ACC’s new 2.79 million tonne per annum clinker plant at Jamul, Chhattisgarh has started commercial production. Two new cement grinding facilities, one each at Jamul and Sindri in Jharkhand, which form part of this integrated project, are expected to be commissioned in September quarter of 2016, as per reports.

ACC, part of the Swiss cement giant LafargeHolcim, has 17 cement factories and around 50 ready mixed concrete plants, across India.


Centre puts UP airport projects on fast track

The NDA government has put several airport projects in Uttar Pradesh on the fast track with two of them - Allahabad and Agra - likely to be operational in a couple of months. All these airport project were initiated during the erstwhile UPA regime.

At a review meeting held to assess the progress on the development of seven regional airports in the state and implementation of the proposed regional connectivity scheme (RCS), the Civil Aviation Ministry has advised the UP Government to complete the obstacle survey for the Jewar airport in Gautam Budha Nagar at the earliest.

AAI had signed an MoU with the UP Government in February 2014 for the development of no-frill airports/civil enclaves at Agra, Allahabad, Bareilly, Kanpur, Faizabad, Meerut and Moradabad. Agra and Allahabad will start operations immediately under the regional air connectivity scheme, while flights from the two other regional airports Bareilly and Kanpur will commence from later this year, as per sources.


Rs 20K crore port connectivity plan by Railways

The Indian Railways is all set to provide a Rs 20,000 crore connectivity to boost to ports under the Sagarmala programme. As part of the programme, it will take up 21 port-rail connectivity projects to strengthen evacuation network and boost last-mile connectivity to the country’s ports, as per reports.

Also, another six projects are being considered by the Indian Port Rail Corporation Ltd (IPRCL). IPRCL has already awarded three connectivity projects for Vizag and Chennai ports for quick evacuation of cargo and another 19 projects are in the pipeline. Many port-rail connectivity projects have been identified as part of the National Perspective Plan under the Sagarmala programme.


Kochi metro gears up to go green

After Cochin International Airport Limited, which has become India's first solar energy powered airport, Kerala's Kochi Metro Rail Project is also going to become green. Kochi Metro Rail Limited (KMRL) and Hero Solar Energy (P) Ltd have signed the Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) for 4MWp Solar Power as part of Kochi Metro project at KMRL's office.

It is reported that the plan is to generate 4 MW power in the first phase by erecting solar panels at the stations and Muttom yard. KMRL also plans to use another 40,000 sq m area in Muttom yard to generate solar energy for which tenders for the preparation of DPR have been invited.


Govt okays Rs 5,965 cr road projects in three states

The CCEA in its meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi approved the projects for widening of Aurangabad-Telwadi section of NH 211 in Maharashtra, Angul-Sambalpur section of NH-42 (New NH-55) in Odisha and Phagwara-Rupnagar section of NH-344A in Punjab.

The total length of the road to be developed is approximately 87 km. The work will be done under the National Highways Development Project (NHDP) Phase-IV on design, build, finance, operate and transfer (BOT/DBFOT) basis in BOT toll mode.


Wirtgen Group at CTT Moscow 2016

The Wirtgen Group is still growing and exponentiating its portfolio of products and services for the customer. At CTT Moscow 2016, with 14 exhibits and a new corporate identity, the Wirtgen Group showcased innovative solutions in the Road and Mineral Technologies business sector.

Now that Wirtgen has joined forces with Vögele, Hamm, Kleemann and Benninghoven, the Wirtgen Group is the first and only company worldwide to cover the complete process chain in road construction with premium brands and its own technologies: from crushing and screening, through mixing, paving and compaction to milling and recycling.

Each of the five product brands specializes in its own field and focuses on the further development and enhancement of its own technologies. This generates immense innovative power. Trade visitors could experience this power at first hand in the Wirtgen Group's exhibition area in Moscow.


Dalmia Cement to set up unit in West Bengal

Dalmia Cement (Bharat) Ltd is keen on setting up its second unit in West Bengal after its first one began operations in June 2014.

The state’s per capita consumption of cement is set to rise on account of the large planned investments in infrastructure and the housing sector. While 60 per cent of the demand comes from the housing segment, 20 per cent was on account of infrastructure projects and the rest from plants and factories, as per reports.


Centre to invest Rs 75,000 cr to boost road infra in UP

The Centre will invest about Rs 75,000 crore in augmenting highway infrastructure in Uttar Pradesh over the next two years, as per reports.

There are 60 national highways with a total length of 8,483 km in Uttar Pradesh, out of which 4,529 km are with NHAI and 3,143 km with the state PWD while no objection certificate is awaited for 10 highways totalling 811 km.

It is reported that 15 projects are likely to be awarded in the next 12 months with a length of 840 km with TPC of Rs 6,790 crore. Besides 1,400 km of national highways are under DPR stage and civil construction work is likely to be awarded in the next two years for about Rs 14,000 crore.