The concept of “port led development” is central to the Sagarmala vision.” What is Sagarmala initiative and how can it help in achieving the aim of port led development.

Approach: • Introduce with India’s potential for port-led development • Explain Sagarmala initiative with its components • Explain how it will help in port led development • Conclude appropriately Model Answer : India is richly endowed with natural maritime advantages, a strategic location for key international trade routes, and navigable and potentially navigable waterways. There is great potential for port-led development in India, but to … Continue reading The concept of “port led development” is central to the Sagarmala vision.” What is Sagarmala initiative and how can it help in achieving the aim of port led development.

Public private partnership is a key model of infrastructure development in India today but there is a need to mature it to deliver infrastructure projects better and faster. Discuss in light of the Kelkar Committee’s recommendations.

Approach • Give a brief introduction about PPP • Highlight the various shortcomings in PPP • Discuss the important recommendation of Kelkar committee • Conclude appropriately. Model Answer : Public private partnership (PPP) is a long-term contract between a private party and a government entity, for providing a public asset or service, in which the private party bears significant risk and management responsibility, and remuneration … Continue reading Public private partnership is a key model of infrastructure development in India today but there is a need to mature it to deliver infrastructure projects better and faster. Discuss in light of the Kelkar Committee’s recommendations.

Railway Zones of India and Their Divisions

Railway Zones of India and Their Divisions The journey of railways in Indian sub-continent started in 1853 with 34 kilometers (kms). First rail ran on 16th April, 1853 and covered the 21-mile distance in about 75 minutes from Bombay to Thane. The Railway Board in 1950 decided for the regrouping of the Indian Railways into six zonal systems, namely: Northern North Eastern Southern Central Eastern … Continue reading Railway Zones of India and Their Divisions

FASTags:

FASTag is a device that employs Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology for making toll payments directly from the prepaid or savings account linked to it. It is affixed on the windscreen of the vehicle and enables to drive through toll plazas, without stopping for cash transactions. The tag can be purchased from Tag issuers and if it is linked to the prepaid account, then recharge/ … Continue reading FASTags:

What is ‘Swiss challenge’ approach?

Swiss challenge method is a process of giving contracts. Any person with credentials can submit a development proposal to the government. That proposal will be made online and a second person can give suggestions to improve and beat that proposal. It is a method where third parties make offers (challenges) for a project within a designated period to avoid exaggerated project costs. Swiss model:  The … Continue reading What is ‘Swiss challenge’ approach?

Smart Cities

what are Smart Cities? A ‘smart city’ is an urban region that is highly advanced in terms of overall infrastructure, sustainable real estate, communications and market viability. It is a city where information technology is the principal infrastructure and the basis for providing essential services to residents. There are many technological platforms involved, including but not limited to automated sensor networks and data centres. In … Continue reading Smart Cities

India’s First Coastal Corridor

Vishakhapatnam – Chennai Costal Corridor The Visakhapatnam-Chennai Industrial Corridor section of the East Coast Economic Corridor, connecting four economic hubs and nine industrial clusters, will mark the first industrial corridor developed along India’s coast. The East Coast Economic Corridor will ultimately extend from Kolkata to Tuticorin The Indian government is keen to encourage manufacturing, including through its “Make in India” initiative, to maintain strong economic … Continue reading India’s First Coastal Corridor