All stories by Dhruvaksh Saha
'Should construct 13,000 km of national highways in FY24'Rediff.com7 days ago
'The vision now is not just to look at national highways as a number of kilometres, but quality as well.'
Private, state ports' growth outpaces central counterparts till Q3 FY24Rediff.com29 Jan 2024
India's private and state government-owned ports (non-major ports) continued to grow faster than those owned by the Centre (major ports) through the first three quarters of 2023-24 (FY24), cargo handling data shows. At 604 million metric tonnes (mmt), cargo at major ports grew by 5 per cent between April and December, while non-major ports' cargo traffic growth was 11 per cent at 531 mmt. During December 2023, central government-owned ports in India handled cargo volumes of 69.9 mmt, a tepid year-on-year (Y-o-Y) growth of 0.7 per cent.
Centre Assesses Threats As Sea Piracy SurgesRediff.com29 Dec 2023
'Due to the Israel-Hamas conflict, a faction operating in the Red Sea -- which is a typically safe area - has been firing projectiles arbitrarily.' 'Additionally, there have been two incidents involving Somali pirates, and one vessel has been hijacked.'
Shippers Are Worried About Red Sea AttacksRediff.com26 Dec 2023
'If attacks escalate, there is a risk the Suez Canal may be closed.'
168,491 Lives Lost In Road MishapsRediff.com13 Nov 2023
33 per cent of all road accidents and 35 per cent of fatal accidents took place on national highways and expressways.
Gadkari unveils prototype of world's first BS-VI-compliant flex-fuel carRediff.com30 Aug 2023
Union Minister of Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari on Tuesday unveiled the prototype of the world's first Bharat Stage (BS)-VI-compliant electrified flex-fuel car, developed by Toyota Kirloskar Motor. The car, which runs on 100 per cent ethanol (E100), is based on the Toyota Innova HyCross. It can cover 40 per cent of its distance on ethanol and the remaining 60 per cent on electric, with the petrol engine shut off.
India's first public InvIT for road, highway projects in the worksRediff.com8 Aug 2023
After the success of the National Highways Authority of India's (NHAI's) first infrastructure investment trust (InvIT) with foreign institutional investors, the Centre is working on a proposal to launch a fresh InvIT for national highways, where domestic retail investors can hold units of the trust
Rail Accidents Surged By 37% In 2022-2023Rediff.com13 Jun 2023
In 2021, the Railways boasted of a historic feat -- no passenger deaths in train accidents in two years. However, the derailment of the Bikaner-Guwahati Express in 2022 brought the Railways back to its forgetful past.
Sittwe Port: India's Move Against ChinaRediff.com20 May 2023
The project, the agreement for which was signed way back in 2009, had been gaining strategic relevance over the years as India-China ties took a hit.
Railways Realising Its Paperless DreamsRediff.com17 May 2023
'Currently, 81 per cent of all reserved tickets are booked through e-ticketing.'
'No second thoughts on Great Nicobar Port'Rediff.com11 Apr 2023
'An area of land has already been earmarked for their protected habitation.' 'There are also steps being taken to take care of the coral zone and mangroves.'
Railways rolls out energy efficiency plan to meet 2030 net-zero targetRediff.com4 Jan 2023
Focuses on meeting non-traction demand through renewables.
Cattle hits, snags raise doubts over Vande Bharat as 'train of future'Rediff.com19 Oct 2022
Experts suggest that a revamp in the surrounding infrastructure should take care of the issues plaguing the VB-2, stressing that the lightweight nature of the trains is what allows for higher speeds, and that needless design additions may hamper the train's efficiency.
Govt to amend 114-year-old the Indian Ports Act, bring in reformsRediff.com19 Aug 2022
The Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways has released a draft to amend the Indian Ports Act, 1908, which aims to bring in sweeping reforms in the sector by bringing non-major ports into the national fold, creating a new mechanism for resolution of disputes, and empowering maritime state development council (MSDC). The draft bill will see comments from stakeholders before being tabled in Parliament. "The Indian Ports Act, 1908 is more than 110 years old. It has become imperative that the Act is revamped to reflect the present-day frameworks, incorporate India's international obligations, address emerging environmental concerns, and aid the consultative development of the ports sector in the national interest," the shipping ministry said.
Traffic surge at ports a sign of India's economic revival: ReportRediff.com27 Jul 2022
Buoyed by higher demand for crude oil and imported coal, Indian ports recorded a growth of 11 per cent in traffic during the April-June quarter of 2022-23. This shows that the economy is opening up, a report by DAM Capital said. The volume increase assumes significance since both prices of crude oil and imported coal have been soaring this year. Indian coal companies were pressed for supply amid a thermal coal crisis earlier in the year.
Railways may scrap new dedicated freight corridors, enhance existing onesRediff.com25 May 2022
This alternative is being planned as the existing projects continue to be delayed due to land acquisition troubles. The ministry is thinking of adding new track lines to its existing eastern and western DFCs passing major areas in the proposed stretches, senior officials said.
Power outage: Jalandhar MSMEs' new struggleRediff.com20 May 2022
With the Covid-19 pandemic showing signs of ebbing and economic activity picking up, factory owners in Jalandhar had hoped that the worst was over. However, the heat wave in April and extensive power cuts that came with it, have crushed their hopes. The city's large number of micro, medium and small enterprises (MSMEs) are now gearing up for yet another struggle, this time to survive with the shortage of power that is severely impacting their operations.
Railways not to cancel any more passenger trainsRediff.com9 May 2022
The Indian Railways has decided to not cancel any more passenger trains to accommodate more freight traffic for coal transport. It will also gradually restore the ones it cancelled recently. The national transporter is of the view that coal supply is now reaching normative levels and does not need any more special measures. "Early data suggests that coal supply has stepped up since the passenger trains were cancelled.
2 years on, Railways passenger bookings still far from pre-Covid levelsRediff.com22 Apr 2022
Hit by Covid waves and slowdown, the Indian Railways has still not been able to return to its pre-pandemic passenger traffic, data by ministry of Railways has revealed. In February, the national transporter received 413 million ticket bookings - 43 per cent higher than the previous year, but only 61 per cent of the 675 million in February 2020. According to the statistics, that was the last time the Railways saw more than 500 million bookings in a single month.
Rlys to buy 100,000 more wagons amid freight, coal demandRediff.com4 Apr 2022
Amid rising demand for coal freight and an aggressive push towards diversifying its freight basket, Indian Railways is planning to buy 100,000 more wagons over the next three fiscal years. The procurement plan will majorly comprise BOXN wagons, which are used to transport coal, said a senior Ministry of Railways official. Notably, the railways recently floated a sizeable tender worth Rs 35,000 crore of wagons, which had been in the pipeline since 2018. "Our Budget Estimates for freight increase were conservative.