Between February 28 and March 4, the Department of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance, Government of India, cleared a slew of projects across industrial and infrastructure sectors worth nearly Rs.19,000 crore.

The Empowered Institution has approved five projects worth Rs.1,369.51 crore. These include:

  • In-principle approval for two projects from Government of Madhya Pradesh for setting up 50,000-tonne modern food silos each in Indore and Bhopal.
  • Final approval for a total viability gap funding of Rs.260.92 crore for two road projects, namely two laning of Guna-Ashok Nagar-Ishagarh (SH-20) road in Madhya Pradesh and four laning of Mohania-Ara section of NH-30 in Bihar; and development of 400kV DCDS Sarni (Satpura)-Ashta transmission line project for evacuation of power from 2×250 MW extension units at Satpura TPS in Madhya Pradesh. Last year, Madhya Pradesh Power Transmission Company Ltd awarded the transmission line contract to Kalpataru Satpura Transco Pvt. Ltd.

Highway Project_ProjectsMonitorUnder its Pilot Projects Initiative, the Department of Economic Affairs has approved the bid process for three PPP projects in Maharashtra, valued at around Rs.390 crore. These are a solid waste management processing and disposal facility (waste-to-energy and scientific landfill) in Mumbai; a 24×7 water supply project in Lonavala, a hill station; and a non-revenue water reduction and 100 per cent metering project at Ichalkaranji in Kolhapur district.

The high-level Public Private Partnership Approval Committee (PPPAC), under the chairmanship of Dr. Arvind Mayaram, Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance, granted approval to six projects of the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, and one project of the Ministry of Shipping. The projects are estimated to cost over Rs.16,000 crore (see table).

PROJECTS APPROVED BY PPPAC
No.
Project
Authority
Length (km)
Total Cost
(` crore)
1 Widening and Strengthening of Bikaner-Phalodi section of NH-15 to four lane from km 4.200 to km 55.250 and two lanes with paved shoulder from km 55.250 ot km 163.500 under NHDP-Phase IV on BOT-Toll mode in Rajasthan.
MoRTH
159.3
822.9
2 Delhi-Meerut Expressway and other connecting roads including 6/8 laning of NH-24 from km 0.000 to km 49.23; NH-58 from km 6.800 to km 52.528; and NH-235 from km 0.360 to km 8.800 on DBFOT-Toll basis in Delhi and Uttar Pradesh.
MoRTH
150.147
6,571.01
3 Four laning of Amritsar-Bhatinda section of NH-15 from km 103.000 to km 287.500 in Punjab.
MoRTH
174.64
1,899.00
4 Four laning of Sultanpur-Varanasi section of NH-56 from km 134.700 to km 279.700 in UttarPradesh under NHDP-IV on DBFOT-Toll basis.
MoRTH
146.225
1,778.00
5 Four-laning of Ghaghar Bridge (Indo-Nepal border) to Varanasi section from km 121.800 to km 298.450 of NH-233 in Uttar Pradesh under NHDP-Phase IV on BOT-Toll basis.
MoRTH
177.652
1,954.29
6 Four lane of Zirakpur-Patiala section of NH-64 inPunjab under VGF scheme
MoRTH
50.7
536.25
Total
858.664
13,561.45
7 Development of additional liquid bulk terminalat JNPT
Ministry of Shipping
2,496.00
Grand Total
16,057.45

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