chennai l thursday l october 14, 2021 l `7.00 l PAGES 12 l vellore EDITION `100 Lakh cr Master Plan for infrastructure development The master plan for multi-modal connectivity aims to develop infrastructure to reduce logistic costs and boost the economy Projects to get more power, speed Integrated planning across ministries PM Gati Shakti, unveiled by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday, seeks to raise cargo-handling capacity and cut the turnaround time. It will speed up projects by connecting all departments on one platform, Modi said, adding that the infra schemes of various ministries and state governments will be designed and executed with a common vision ■ A digital platform, Gati Shakti will bring 16 ministries including ■ Railways and Roadways together for integrated planning and coordinated implementation of infras connectivity projects It will incorporate the infra schemes of various ministries and state govts like Bharatmala, Sagarmala, inland waterways, etc $1.5 trillion National Infrastructure Pipeline expected to benefit from gati Shakti CHENNAI ■ MADURAI ■ VIJAYAWADA ■ BENGALURU ■ KOCHI ■ HYDERABAD ■ VISAKHAPATNAM ■ COIMBATORE ■ KOZHIKODE ■ THIRUVANANTHAPURAM ■ BELAGAVI ■ BHUBANESWAR ■ SHIVAMOgGA ■ MANGALURU ■ TIRUPATI ■ TIRUCHY ■ TIRUNELVELI ■ SAMBALPUR ■ HUBBALLI ■ DHARMAPURI ■ KOTTAYAM ■ KANNUR ■ VILLUPURAM ■ KOLLAM ■ WARANGAL ■ TADEPALLIGUDEM ■ NAGAPATTINAM ■ THRISSUR ■ KALABURAGI Yes, it’s a sweep in TN civic polls for DMK, allies RIL concedes its Zeel, not interested now in response to Goenka’s charge that it tried to push a one-sided AFTER its name was dragged Reliance deal on Zee. into the boardroom battle beThough Zee had not mentween Zee Entertainment (Zeel) tioned Reliance in its statement and Invesco Developing Mar- to exchanges on Tuesday, it kets Fund, Reliance Industries talked about two Invesco repreon Wednesday resentatives presenting vealed that it had proa deal to Punit GoenWhat posed to merge its meReliance ka “involving the dia properties with merger of the Comsays Zee at “fair valuapany and certain entitions” but never reties owned by a large Invesco had in sorted to any hostile Indian group (strateFebruary/March transaction. this year assisted gic group)”. “The valuations of “As per the deal prein arranging Zee and our proper- discussions with sented to me, upon ties were arrived at completion of the Punit Goenka based on the same paaforesaid merger, the rameters,” a Reliance Differences arose Strategic Group would statement read. It also between Goenka hold majority stake of clarified that differ- and Invesco over the merged entity and ences arose between founding family’s I would be responsible increasing their Zee Entertainment for running the operastake MD Punit Goenka and tions of the merged I nve s c o ove r t h e entity as its MD and Reliance did not founders’ bid to raise CEO,” Goenka said. proceed further their stake by subHe added that the deal after this, as it scribing to preferenwas not in the best inrespects all tial warrants, followterest of public sharefounders ing which the merger holders and that he RIL never resorted was uncomfortable plan was dropped. to any hostile Earlier on Wedneswith the manner in transactions day, Invesco said it which Invesco was had tried facilitating pushing the deal. a Reliance-Zee deal. “The role According to Zee, Reliance’s of Invesco, as Zee’s single larg- deal valued its shares at `220 est shareholder, was to help fa- apiece, with total valuation of cilitate that potential transac- the public shareholding of the tion and nothing more,” it said company at `21,129 crore. D i pa k M o n d a l @ New Delhi Win a morale-booster for ruling party cadre, but AIADMK cries foul E XPR E SS N E WS S E RVIC E @ Chennai DMK cadre celebrating their win in Tirunelveli district on Tuesday night | Express DMK+ 138 AIADMK+ 2 win/ leads District Panchayat Ward Members Total - 140 the Adani Group will formally take over the Thiruvananthapuram airport in the wee hours of Thursday amid the disquieting silence of the CPMled Kerala government, which had many times in the past claimed it would not allow it. Left-leaning Airport Authority Employees Union (AAEU), which had pinned hopes on the tall promises of the state government, is disappointed while various trade bodies including the Trivandrum Chamber of Commerce and Industry are upbeat about the privatisation as the feel the new entity would bring more passenger amenities to the airport. The 600-odd Airports Authority of India employees will now have to work with the A d a n i T h i r u va n a n thapuram International Airport for the next three years. Thereafter, they can either join the private entity or opt for other airports under the AAI. It is pointless to move to other airports, said AAEU state president K P Suresh. “AAI has plans to privatise around 25 air- No signs of third front While the AMMK secured only five posts, the DMDK managed to win just one. Naam Thamizhar Katchi (NTK), led by Seeman and Makkal Needhi Maiam (MNM), led by actor Kamal Haasan, drew a blank in this election E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ New Delhi Former PM Manmohan Singh was admitted to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Delhi after he complained of weakness following fever ports in south Indian states in the coming years. So our main demand to the management is to allow us to continue to work here till retirement,” he said. A case against the privatisation of the airport is pending in the Supreme Court but the chances of the Central government’s decision getting revoked is remote, said another union leader. Privatisation will raise the airport to international standards, said D Dhanuraj, chairman of the Centre for Public Policy Research. Jab-o-meter Total doses While the Centre is scrambling to restore normalcy in coal supply to thermal power plants, several power deficit states have been forced to spend scarce resources on buying energy from the national exchange at extremely high rates to avoid power cuts. Tenders for 15-minute realtime blocks are invited by the Indian Energy Exchange 1.5 hours before the actual sale. The normal cost through this mode is `5-6 per unit, but because of the crippling coal crisis, the rate has shot up to `20 a unit now. Andhra Pradesh on Wednesday bought a peak hour block of 2,102 MW at `20 per unit for 95,82,64,532 NATIONWIDE oct 12 oct 13 Fresh cases 14,313 15,823 Recoveries Deaths 26,579 22,844 181 226 tamil nadu oct 12 oct 13 Fresh cases 1,289 1,280 Recoveries Deaths 1,421 18 1,453 19 15 minutes from 6.30 pm to 6.45 pm, and at the same rate from 7 pm to 7.15 pm. On Tuesday it , procured 2,000 MW in two 15minute blocks at `20 a unit. On an average, the state buys 28-40 million units of power from private players in the market and exchanges daily . Kerala, too, has been doing real-time buying of around 0.4-1.10 million units each day from the exchange, spending about `20 per unit. As for Rajasthan, it has been forced to buy around 4 crore units of electricity each day at rates between `15 and `20 a unit. That works Harassed sanitary staff tries to kill self N IRUPAMA VISWA N AT HA N @ Chennai A 28-year-old contract sanitary worker in Chennai attempted to die by suicide on Monday after allegedly suffering sexual harassment at the hands of her supervisor. The woman is being treated at the Royapettah Government Hospital and is stable. She is said to have taken this step out of fear of losing her job if she escalated the issue, highlighting the precarity of those working for civic bodies through contractors. TNIE learnt such harassment is not uncommon. Teresa (name changed), who works in Greater Chennai Corporation’s Perungudi zone, endured sexual advances from her supervisor, S Aswinkumar, for the past three weeks, her family alleged. Waste collection in the zone is handled by Urbaser Sumeet, a private contractor. Her husband, a sanitary officer in the same division, said Teresa raised a complaint with the company when they visited the divisional office, but was threatened by the supervising assistant. An official from Urbaser Sumeet claimed action was initiated against Aswinkumar and he no longer worked in the division.P3 new trust Corporate funding to protect wildlife? R i c h a S h a r m a @ New Delhi In a move that could open up the country’s over 700 protected and wildlife areas to the private sector, the Union environment ministry is exploring options to seek corporate funding for the management of wildlife protected areas like national parks and sanctuaries due to inadequate budgetary funding. The ministry is considering a proposal to establish a National Foundation for Resource Mobilization for Wildlife Conservation (NFRMWC) to raise funds. The matter was placed before the meeting Palaniswami said the party would present the ‘violations of rules’ by the DMK and the SEC’s haplessness before the Madras High Court. Apart from the Dravidian majors, many other parties that dreamed of forming a third front in TN have failed to make a mark. Though the PMK secured a sizable number of posts, others fared poorly . While DMK’s victory will boost its cadres’ morale ahead of the urban local body polls to be held in a few months, for the AIADMK, it seems tough times are ahead, with VK Sasikala, one-time confidante of former CM J Jayalalithaa, looking to make a political comeback. P4 Coal crisis forces costly buys Manmohan Admitted to aiims water over the bridge October 12 46,23,892 doses October 13 32,36,997 doses Others 149 Counting for the remaining posts still on; figures as of 10.00 pm on Wednesday Incessant rains have resulted in the overflowing of the Palar river at Virinjipuram in Vellore district on Wednesday | s dinesh Take your shot AIADMK+ 218 Panchayat Union Ward Members Total - 1,381 Disquiet among CPM, Left union as Adani takes over T’puram airport D h i ne s h K a l l u n g a l @ T’Puram DMK+ 1,009 The DMK-led alliance has cornered a lion’s share of posts in the nine districts where rural local body elections were held last week. After results for almost all posts were declared on Wednesday the Dra, vidian major is set to capture all the nine district panchayats and a major chunk of panchayat unions. Significantly this is the par, ty’s fourth victory under the stewardship of party president and Chief Minister MK Stalin, the others being the Lok Sabha elections and rural local body polls in 2019, and the State Assembly elections held earlier this year. The results are an endorsement of the first five months in office, said Stalin, adding the DMK’s popularity increased in such a short time as the government has performed well. Thanking his colleagues, party leaders, and others, Stalin also called upon the newly elected members to strive hard to sustain the confidence people have reposed in the DMK. Meanwhile, the AIADMK described it a “backdoor victory” for the DMK, alleging violation of rules and use of the State Election Commission as a puppet. Leaders O Panneerselvam and Edappadi K of the Standing Committee of the National Board for Wildlife (NBWL) last month held under the chairmanship of environment minister Bhupender Yadav. He advised wider consultation on the matter. Cautioning the ministry over the Panel to study proposal “The Standing Committee decided that the ministry will constitute a committee to study various issues relating to the establishment of the national foundation after inviting suggestions/opinions,” said the minutes of the meeting move, NBWL member Dr R Sukumar said care should be taken to ensure that the corporate sector does not have a disproportionate say in the decision making process of the trust. The NFRMWC is envisaged as a Government-owned public trust, which will be registered under the Societies Act. It is expected to provide a range of activities for private or corporate funding and will have flexibility in terms of resource mobilisation, operations and collaboration with other organisations for the purpose of wildlife conservation, including zoos. out a needless daily spend of around `80 crore. The rate during normal times is `3-4 per unit. With Bihar Chief Minister promising uninterrupted power during the festival period, his government has been purchasing over 1,200 MW at `20 per unit to bridge the gap. The Punjab government spent about `282 crore in the last 13 days to buy costly power from the exchange. On Wednes- day, it bought 1,800 MW at `10.55 per unit. Its per unit deal with the exchange on Tuesday was for `14.06. Reports from poll-bound UP indicate it struggling to manage its energy demand, as load shedding is continuing in rural areas. With about eight thermal units shut for want of coal, the state government has been compelled to purchase power from the exchange for around `13 a unit, yet the gulf between demand and supply remains. Continued on: P7 aluminum Industry’s pushback With the Centre taking temporary measures like stoppage of secured coal supplies and rakes for the non-power sector, there was pushback from aluminum manufacturers. They issued an SOS, saying the supply halt will jeopardise the sustainability of their plants as they are not designed for ad-hoc shut downs and restarts
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