Air India has told a parliamentary committee that it is unable to meet the target under the asset monetization plan due to problems with land titles, in what may be a pointer to issues staring at the proposed subsidiary that is to house real estate and other non-core assets as part of the carrier's privatization programme. Full Story

Farmers wait for govt funds to build warehouses

Following the footsteps of major transit points globally, both the Delhi and Mumbai airports now offer a good tenant mix and demand for retail space is expected to rise at other busy airports too. 

MoEF comes out with norms for infra projects in forests

Recognizing the threats of linear infrastructure project such as roads and railway lines to wildlife, the union environment, forest and climate change ministry (MoEF&CC) has come out with detailed policy guidelines on putting inadequate safeguards while clearing these projects to facilitate wildlife movement and prevent their deaths.

Is land pooling better than outright acquisition?

Acquiring land in lieu of annuity and other benefits may be the way forward to move stuck industrial and infrastructure projects off the drawing board.

Highways ministry to attract investors with ‘hybrid PPP’ model

With the much touted public private partnership (PPP) model failing to attract investors for the highways sector, the road transport and highways ministry has conceived a new “hybrid PPP” model — the government will bear 40% of the construction cost and the developer will invest the remaining. Full Story

Cities at Crossroads: Heaps of hazards

So-called landfills do not address the problems of solid waste management. Full Story

Cement firms forming cartel: Minister

Coming down hard on cement makers for indulging in price “cartelisation” in roads and highways space, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari today warned them against “exaggerated exploitation” in name of earning profits. Full Story

Favouritism will be tough in coastal plan

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) last week submitted the city's new coastal zone management plan (CZMP) to the state environment department after an 18-month delay. Activists said the new plan, once it comes into effect, will make it difficult for the government to favour builders who had sought permission for projects. Full Story

Mumbai-Nagpur e-way to turn into IT corridor

The 800-km Super Express Highway between Mumbai and Nagpur will become the first highway in the state to go hi-tech. It will have information technology (IT) parks, IT companies, educational institutions with Wi-Fi access and mechanism to detect traffic violation. Full Story

Land acquisition for large projects