Railways & Mahametro to create MRTS in Nagpur

Indian Railways today signed an agreement with the Maharashtra Metro Rail Corporation (MahaMetro) to create a mass rapid transit system in Nagpur. Under the MoU, the Railways and MahaMetro would work towards linking railway line to metro coaches on broad gauge network. The MoU was signed between Maharastra CM Devendra Fadnavis and transport and highways minister Nitin Gadkari.

1st dedicated corridor for freight trains

17 : Indian Railways is set to get its first publicly-owned dedicated corridor for freight trains on 15th August 2018. The 190-km railway line between Dadri in Uttar Pradesh and Phulera in Rajasthan, which fall under the Western Dedicated Freight Corridor (WDFC). It will connect Delhi, Haryana, Rajasthan, Gujarat and then will terminate at Mumbai, Maharashtra.

‘One farmer one transformer’ scheme

In order to reduce electricity losses, the Maharashtra government will launch a new scheme allocating one transformer per farmer. The scheme, “one farmer one transformer”, will be unveiled on August 15. Two lakh farmers will be given electricity connection for high voltage distribution line which will ensure uninterrupted power supply

UP banned plastic bags

UP government has banned the use of polythene bags and other commonly used items of plastic from 15 July. Allahabad High Court in 2015 directed the state government to issue a notification for a complete ban on the sale of polythene. Recently in March 2018 Maharashtra government also banned the manufacture, use, sale, distribution and storage of plastic materials.

World Bank: Maha most vulnerable to climate

Maharashtra is among the states where people’s standards of living are most vulnerable to climate change, says a World Bank study released, titled “South Asia’s Hotspots”. The study projects that India could shave off 2.8% of GDP by 2050 if greenhouse gas emissions continue unmitigated. Many districts will see 9% – 11% decline in standards of living with Chandrapur district topping at 12.4%.

Ratnagiri Project: ARAMCO and ADNOC sign MoU

Saudi Aramco and ADNOC signed a MoU to jointly develop a refinery complex at Ratnagiri, Maharastra. The project will be implemented by Ratnagiri Refinery & Petrochemicals Ltd. (RRPCL) and is estimated to be Rs. 3 lakh Crore. The mega refinery will be capable of processing 1.2 million barrels of crude oil per day. It will produce 18 million tonnes per annum of refined petroleum products.

Plastic ban in Maharashtra

The Maharashtra government has imposed a ban on manufacture, use, sale, distribution and storage of all plastic materials across the state. As per the notification, violators will be fined ` 5,000 and ` 10,000 for the first and second-time offence. With this Maharashtra becomes the 18th state of the country to impose a complete ban on plastic.

Swachh Bharat survey 2018

According to Swachh Bharat survey 2018, Jharkhand is the cleanest state in India followed by Maharashtra and Chattisgarh. Among the cities, Indore is the cleanest followed by Bhopal & chandigarh. Tripura was at the bottom of the list of cleanest states, followed by Puducherry, Nagaland and West Bengal. 18 out of 25 dirtiest cities in India with population of over 1 lakh are in West Bengal.

Fadnavis visited Virgin Hyperloop test site

Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis visited one of Virgin Hyperloop One’s test sites in the US, earlier this week. The visit follows the MoU signed by the state government with the Virgin Group to build the Mumbai-Pune Hyperloop at an estimated cost of ?20,000 crore. The Hyperloop is expected to reduce the travel time between the two cities to 25 minutes.

Rs 2,500 Cr fund for Bandra Versova Sea link

Maharastra Govt. will provide viability gap of Rs. 2,500 Cr for Bandra Versova Sea link by selling floor space index (FSI) to builders. The total cost incurred in creating 39 km sea link would be Rs. 9,500 Cr that will connect Marine lines with Kandivli. The govt will invest Rs. 2000 Cr, Rs. 5000 Cr is being raised by loans and the rest of Rs. 2500 Cr by FSI.