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New norms for setting up LNG terminals notified

Monday, Dec 03, 2012

The Petroleum and Natural Gas Ministry is taking utmost efforts to encourage higher availability of imported liquefied natural gas (LNG) in India.

National Policy on Electronics 2012 Cleared

Monday, Nov 05, 2012

The Central Government is looking at creating an ecosystem for a globally competitive ESDM (Electronic System and Design and Manufacturing) sector in the country through its newly approved the National Policy on Electronics 2012.

National Steel Policy 2012 in the making

Monday, Oct 08, 2012

The Ministry of Steel is finalising a draft National Steel Policy 2012 to facilitate rapid growth of the domestic Steel sector by ensuring faster capacity addition.

Model EPC agreement for highway Construction

Friday, Sep 21, 2012

The Ministry of Roads, Transport and Highways is leaving no stone unturned to fulfil the target of awarding

National Telecom Policy to eliminate roaming charges

Monday, Jun 04, 2012

In May 2012, the Central Government ratified National Telecom Policy (NTP) 2012. The policy proposes to do away with roaming charges and allow mobile phone subscribers to use same number across country.

Government Identifies Sectors to Grant Infra Tag

Monday, Apr 09, 2012

The Central Government has released a harmonised list of sectors that should get infrastructure status.

Maharashtra Amends Development Control Rules for Mumbai Region

Monday, Feb 13, 2012

The Maharashtra Government during January 2012 announced amendments to the Development Control Rules (DCR) for Mumbai region. The new rules will soon be made public through a government order.

Third Party Monitoring for ROAD PROJECTS

Monday, Jan 09, 2012

The Union Government plans to introduce third-party monitoring and electronic payment for road construction projects that are being implemented on EPC basis. The modifications are part of a new model concession agreement for EPC road projects

Five years Maintenance Clause for Road Contractors

Monday, Dec 12, 2011

The Union Ministry of Road Transport and Highways is likely to introduce changes in the norm regarding the defect liability period for EPC projects. The proposed changes in the criterion have caused disagreements between Planning Commission and the highwa

National Manufacturing Policy: A boost for Manufacturing Sector

Monday, Nov 14, 2011

The Union Government approved the National Manufacturing Policy (NMP) during October 2011 that aims for high growth in employment, investment and output. The policy is expected to address issues related to skill development, technology upgradation, global

Draft Mining Bill makes profit sharing compulsory

Monday, Oct 10, 2011

During September 2011, the Union Government introduced policy reforms for mining, land acquisition and PPP projects in the country.

Regulatory bodies for Automobile, Coal, Nuke power soon

Monday, Sep 12, 2011

The Union Government, in its bid to bring more discipline in various sectors, mulls to set up regulatory bodies for Automobiles, Coal, Nuclear Power and Railways sector.

Current developments on Coal Bed, a closer LOOK

Monday, Aug 08, 2011

The Union Government is trying to initiate few changes in the policy norms with special focus on coal. In order to encourage more and more coal mining projects in the country, New Mines and Mineral (Development and Regulation) Bill was cleared by a Group

Industry awaits new Manufacturing policy

Monday, Jul 11, 2011

The MoEF is likely to take up a proposal to undertake Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) on its own for projects coming up in eco-sensitive areas as well as those having multiple units.

Competition panel's nod a must for mergers

Monday, Jun 06, 2011

The Competition Commission of India (CCI) has notified the regulations on big-ticket mergers and acquisitions (M&As).

NHAI to introduce New Qualifying Norms for Developers

Monday, Apr 11, 2011

Type News Summary hereNHAI is likely to have annual pre-qualification of developers and invite application soon. Under the process, each interested company will be technically evaluated and given requisite points annually. Presently, for each project, the

Defence production policy unveiled

Monday, Feb 14, 2011

The Union Government on 13 January 2011 released the defence production policy.

Annuity based PPP projects to come under FRBM

Monday, Jan 10, 2011

The Union Government is likely to bring annuity based PPP projects under the fiscal responsibility framework in the Budget to ensure they do not become a big burden in the future.

Policy Development - November 2010

Monday, Nov 08, 2010

The Union Government is likely to formulate a new policy to unlock the value of huge tracts of land lying unutilised at 13 state-owned ports in the country.

Independent regulator likely against illegal mining

Monday, Oct 11, 2010

The Union Government is mulling over setting up an independent sectoral regulator, possibly through an ordinance under the existing Mines Act to curb illegal mining.

Government may reach over consensus on 'go' areas for CIL

Monday, Sep 13, 2010

The disagreement between the Union Coal Ministry and the MoEF over the classification of 'go' and 'nogo' areas for CIL, is likely to be resolved soon.

Built-up area norms for SEZs in smaller cities relaxed

Monday, Aug 09, 2010

The Union Government has relaxed the minimum built-up area norms for SEZs (tax-free enclaves) coming up in smaller cities.

BoA rule likely for inter-SEZ transfer of units

Monday, Jul 12, 2010

The Board of Approval (BoA) for SEZs will consider framing rules that will allow migration of units from one SEZ to the other on 8 June 2010.

Policy Development - Jun 2010

Monday, Jun 14, 2010

MoEF to streamline clearance procedures The MoEF is likely to reconstitute the Expert Appraisal Committees (EACs) in order to organise the clearance procedures in more effective manner.

No import duty on Chinese power equipment

Monday, May 10, 2010

The Union Government on 22 April 2010 decided not to levy new duty on imports of Chinese power equipment.

VGF scheme may be extended

Monday, Apr 12, 2010

The Union Government is mulling to extend the viability gap funding (VGF) scheme for the PPP projects in health, education and transmission of electricity.

Regulatory trouble for small hydro projects, captive units

Monday, Mar 08, 2010

The Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC) has reportedly issued new norms which limit connectivity to inter-State network, and hence, are likely to pose problems for small hydro projects and captive units.

New industrial policy for Delhi

Monday, Feb 08, 2010

The Delhi Government approved the new industrial policy on 4 January 2010.

Policy Developments in 2009

Monday, Jan 11, 2010

Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC) issued tariff regulations for generation and transmission projects for the period 2009-14 on 20 January 2009.

Expressways, SEZs may come up alongside

Monday, Dec 14, 2009

The Union Ministry of Road Transport & Highways is likely to allow real estate developers to tie up with road developers for setting up SEZs alongside expressways.

No bidding for coal blocks for state mining utilities proposed

Monday, Nov 09, 2009

The Union Government is mulling over a proposal which is likely to keep government companies, state-owned mining corporations and tariff-based power projects, including ultra mega power projects out of the proposed competitive bidding process for captive

An autonomous environment regulator proposed

Monday, Oct 12, 2009

The Union MoEF plans to set up a National Environment Protection Authority to grant environmental clearances to different projects, ensuring conformity with environmental laws.

Equal JVs between private, public companies disallowed

Monday, Sep 14, 2009

The Union Government has come up with new PPP guidelines according to which 50:50 JVs will not be allowed between a private firm and a government company in the infrastructure sector.

No cap on UMPP allocation to sole company

Monday, Aug 10, 2009

The Union Government on 7 July 2009 ruled out any possibility of putting cap on the number of ultra mega power projects (UMPPs) allotted to a single player citing legal impossibility in doing so.

Land acquisition bill may be reintroduced

Monday, Jul 13, 2009

Mrs Pratibha Patil, President of India, is expected to reintroduce the Amendment Bill to the Land Acquisition Act and the Rehabilitation and Resettlement Bill in the forthcoming budget session of Parliament.

New parameters for power generation, transmission shortly

Monday, Jun 08, 2009

The Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC) is likely to introduce new parameters for determining the cost of generation and transmission for thermal power projects.

Centre to review tendering process for supercritical power plant equipment

Monday, May 11, 2009

The Union Government is planning to revise the tendering process for supercritical power plant equipment to allow companies to bid separately for boilers and turbines.

Customs duty waiver for chemical industry likely

Monday, Apr 13, 2009

The Union Government is reportedly considering revision of customs/excise duty on inputs required by the chemicals and petrochemicals industries, in order to bail out the industries reeling under global financial meltdown.

Third stimulus package unveiled

Monday, Mar 09, 2009

Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee unveiled the third stimulus package on 25 February 2009. The following are some of the key highlights of the package:

Centre to introduce 'golden share' for infra projects

Monday, Feb 09, 2009

The Central government has received a proposal from the Planning Commission to introduce the concept of 'golden share' for infrastructure projects being executed through the PPP mode.

Centre gets active with new policy announcements

Monday, Jan 12, 2009

The Central government may delay making its new ‘ground handling policy’ applicable from 01 January 2008, by at least six months, as it faces opposition from airlines and airline employee unions.

Gujarat government to release new industrial policy draft

Monday, Dec 08, 2008

The Gujarat government is expected to soon announce a new industrial policy, focusing on investment facilitation.

Power sector reform scheme takes centre stage

Monday, Nov 10, 2008

Twenty-five national and international firms have evinced interest in offering consultancy services to Power Finance Corporation (PFC) for implementing the government's Rs.50,000 crore Power sector reform scheme.

State governments actively keen on boosting developments

Monday, Oct 13, 2008

The Karnataka government plans to formulate a comprehensive urban development policy, to instill systematic growth in the state's towns and cities.

Bihar re-shapes state development with IT Policy

Monday, Sep 08, 2008

The Bihar government has announced an IT policy which aims building core IT infrastructure in the state, ushering in e-Governance, providing extensive citizen-centric services, promoting IT education, incentivising IT businesses to set up units in the sta

Investors see more muscle in new ventures

Monday, Aug 11, 2008

Oil & Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) now seems reluctant to allow Norway's Statoil Hydro to increase its stake in KG-DWN-98/2 offshore block beyond 20 per cent, as was originally agreed.

Policies to spruce up IT, Infrastructure and BOT projects

Monday, Jun 09, 2008

The Maharashtra Government has identified a need for all BOT projects in the state to be implemented following certain guidelines. For this, it will soon formulate a policy with norms, which will have to be adhered to by the civic bodies who implement the

Energy, Airways and Agri under perview of policy makers

Monday, May 12, 2008

The Petroleum & Natural Gas Regulatory Board has informed gas manufacturing companies about gas distribution regulations to households, vehicles and industries, included within cities.

Tourism policy in West Bengal by March 2008

Monday, Apr 14, 2008

Based on a report by consultants Ernst and Young, the West Bengal government is likely to finalise its new tourism policy by end-March 2008.

Government mulls JV entity to boost PPP projects

Monday, Mar 10, 2008

The government is mulling an institution modelled on Partnerships UK (a major player in developing PPP projects in the United Kingdom) to build viable PPP projects in India. The proposal is likely to be part of the Union Budget 2008-09.

PPP norms made transparent in Uttarakhand

Monday, Jan 14, 2008

The government has set up an appraisal committee and has defined norms to approve projects being developed under the publicprivate- partnership (PPP) model in Uttarakhand.

Competitive bidding mooted for city gas

Monday, Dec 10, 2007

Petroleum and Natural Gas Regulatory Board (PNGRB) has proposed a competitive bidding process to select public and private entities who would develop city gas distribution networks.

Government finalises IT investment regions policy

Monday, Nov 12, 2007

The government has finalised its policy for the IT investment regions (ITIRs), which requires the ITIRs to be large sized townships of minimum 40 area.

Guidelines for semi-conductor policy

Monday, Oct 08, 2007

With the intent to place India on the global semiconductor map, the Government has framed certain guidelines, by attracting investments worth billions of dollars.

Tamil Nadu formulates minor ports policy

Monday, Sep 10, 2007

The Tamil Nadu Government has formulated a new minor ports policy under which, the private sector will be invited to develop ports.

Gujarat announces ‘Wind Energy Policy

Monday, Jul 09, 2007

In order to promote electricity generation from non-conventional sources, the Gujarat government has announced a'Wind Energy Policy-2007

Orissa captive power policy soon

Monday, Jun 11, 2007

The Orissa government proposes to formulate a new policy for the captive power plants (CPPs) operating in the state, by June 2007.

Government to float new port tariff norms

Monday, May 14, 2007

The government is planning to change the tariff-setting norms at 12 major ports from cost-plus to an upfront payment system. The proposed change is expected to make the ports more competitive.

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