HYDERABAD THURSDAY OCTOBER 14, 2021 `7.00 PAGES 16 LATE CITY 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 $1.5 trillion 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 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 TS to study KRMB, GRMB proposals Issues a GO, constituting a panel to prepare a report on handing over of irrigation projects V V B A L A K R I S H N A @ Hyderabad GRAND FINALE A large number of women play Saddula Bathukamma at Kukatpally in Hyderabad on Wednesday | S SENBAGAPANDIYAN Error rectified, flood victims’ kin receive new cheques EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Hyderabad FOLLOWING a detailed report published in The New Indian Express, the official machinery of GHMC rectified the spelling mistake and issued three cheques of `5 lakh each to Mohammad Sadiq, who lost his wife and two sons in last October’s floods in Gaganpahad on Hyderabad’s outskirts. Saidq has been running from pillar to post, unable to encash the cheques given to him as the name was erroneously spelt as Mohammad Siddiqui. He returned the cheques to the concerned officials with a request to correct the spelling and reissue them, but the issue dragged on for more than over a day afExpress year. AExpress ter the Impact published a graphic account of his travails, the municipal officials called Sadiq and his brother Ishaq to the GHMC office on Wednesday and handed over the cheques to Sadiq. Later speaking to Express, Ishaq said: “Even though there was a long delay I am happy that my broth, er got his cheques.” Following heavy flooding in many parts of the city on October 13 last year, Sadiq’s wife Kareema Begum and their two sons were washed away in floods after Appa Cheruvu breached, inundating the Celebration Convention area in Gaganpahad. In the story published in these columns on October 12, it was erroneously mentioned that Sadiq had died in the floods. In fact, Sadiq and his daughter were the only survivors of the family . COAL CRISIS FORCES COSTLY BUYS EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi 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 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 15-minute 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 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 Wednesday 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 Ahead of bypoll, money flows into Huzurabad from schemes old & new N A V E E N K U M A R TA L L A M @ Karimnagar FUNDS are flowing into Huzurabad Assembly constituency like a flood-tide. Already the , State government has released more than `2,444 crore for the constituency in one way or the other to keep the voters in good humour as the byelection for the seat is just a little more than a fortnight away . Though no funds have been released after the bypoll schedule was announced, the State government, anticipating the byelection, had invested huge amounts in the constituency in the name of one scheme or the other. Apart from these, there are other ongoing welfare schemes like Rythu Bandhu, which are State-wide schemes but Huzurabad people too are The internal roads laid under the Special Development Fund allocated to Huzurabad constituency ahead of the byelection which is scheduled to be held on October 30 beneficiaries as the scheme comes like an icing on the cake for them. The government has already put Dalit Bandhu money to work by sanctioning financial help to the beneficiaries selected in the constituency with each Dalit family getting up to `10 lakh each for starting a Prez appoints seven new judges to Telangana HC E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Hyderabad Mohammed Sadiq shows the new cheques he received from the GHMC officials on Wednesday THE Telangana government on Wednesday issued a GO, constituting a committee with technical and legal experts to study the proposals of the river management boards, requesting handing over of irrigation projects. The expert committee would give its report within 15 days to study and give their views. Once the committee submits its report, the State government will give its comments on the proposals of the boards, indicating whether it is willing to hand over the projects or not. The Krishna River Management Board (KRMB) and the Godavari River Management Board (GRMB) sent the resolu- tions of the board meetings to Andhra Pradesh and Telangana on Wednesday, expecting that the sibling states would issue GOs for handing over 16 components of ir rigation projects on Krishna and Godavari rivers. But the KRMB proposed to take over only 15 components (outlets), whereas the GRMB proposed to take over Peddavagu. The resolution copies were received by the States just a day ahead of the deadline of October 14 fixed by the Jal Shakti Ministry’s gazette notification for managing 107 irrigation components in both the States on Krishna and Godavari. However, the two boards proposed to take over 16 compoP4 nents. PRESIDENT Ram Nath Kovind on Wednesday appointed seven district and sessions judges as judges of Telangana High Court. The seven judges who are elevated as High Court judges are former Registrar General of Telangana High Court A Venkateshwar Reddy, Hyderabad City Civil Court Chief Judge C Sumalatha, P Madhavi Devi from Income Tax Appellate Tribunal and senior district judges P Sree Sudha, G Radha Rani, M Laxman and N Tukaramji. The names of Judicial Officers were cleared by Supreme Court Collegium headed by Chief Justice of India P4 N V Ramana in August, 2021. small business and lead a life of dignity The officials identified . 21,000 such families to implement the scheme. According to sources in the District Planning Office, a special development fund of `100 crore has been released for the Huzurabad Assembly constituency The money is now being . used for laying internal CC roads and BT roads. Already 50 per cent of the works have been completed. Then, under Rythu Bandhu, the farmers in the constituency got their crop investment subsidy much ahead of their counterparts in other districts. The amount disbursed to farmers was `59.82 crore. Sheep distribution too is being carried out on a priority basis with about 2,800 sheep units already been distributed, whose value is P2 around `80 crore. JAB-O-METER TAKE YOUR SHOT October 12 46,23,892 doses October 13 32,36,997 doses TOTAL DOSES PRIORITISED PROJECTS/COMPONENTS KRISHNA NSP right (Jawahar) canal power house (AP Genco) Srisailam project spillway and river sluices (AP) Srisailam right bank power house (AP Genco) Srisailam left bank power house (TS Genco) Pothireddypadu head regulator and SRMC (AP) Handri-Niva lift irrigation scheme: Pump house and appurtenant works (AP) NSP right (Jawahar) canal head regulator (TS) Kalwakurthy lift irrigation scheme: Pump house and appurtenant works (TS) Muchumari lift irrigation scheme: Pump house and appurtenant works (AP) Nagarjuna Sagar Project: Spillway and river/chute sluices (TS) NSP main power house (TS Genco) OCT 13 Fresh cases 14,313 15,823 Recoveries Deaths 26,579 22,844 181 226 TELANGANA OCT 12 OCT 13 Fresh cases 196 184 Recoveries Deaths 201 1 162 1 NSP left (Lal Bahadur) canal head regulator (TS) NSP flood flow canal: head regulator and appurtenant works (TS) Alimineti Madhava Reddy lift irrigation scheme: Pump house and other appurtenant works (TS) GODAVARI Peddavagu (TS&AP) 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 En- tioned Reliance in its statement terprises Ltd (ZEEL) and Inves- to exchanges on Tuesday, it co Developing Markets Fund, talked about two Invesco repreReliance Industries sentatives presenting (RIL) on Wednesday a deal to Punit GoenWHAT revealed that it had the RELIANCE ka “involvingComproposed to merge its merger of the SAYS media properties with pany and certain entiZee at “fair valuaties owned by a large Invesco had in tions” but never reIndian group (strateFebruary/March sorted to any hostile this year assisted gic group)”. transaction. “As per the deal prein arranging “The valuations of sented to me, upon discussions with Zee and our propercompletion of the Punit Goenka ties were arrived at aforesaid merger, the based on the same pa- Differences arose Strategic Group would rameters,” an RIL between Goenka hold majority stake of statement read. It also and Invesco over the merged entity and clarified that differ- founding family’s I would be responsible increasing their ences arose between for running the operastake ZEEL MD Punit Goentions of the merged ka and Invesco over entity as its MD and Reliance did not the founders’ bid to CEO,” Goenka said. proceed further raise 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 plan was dropped. RIL never resorted was uncomfortable Earlier on Wedneswith the manner in to any hostile day, Invesco said it which Invesco was transactions 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 95,82,64,532 NATIONWIDE OCT 12 NSP left (Lal Bahadur) canal power house (TS Genco) Manmohan ADMITTED TO AIIMS Former PM Manmohan Singh was admitted to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Delhi after he complained of weakness following fever EXPRESS READ Adani Group to take over T’puram airport today T’Puram: The Adani Group will formally take over the Thiruvananthapuram airport in the wee hours of Thursday amid the disquieting silence of the CPM-led Kerala government, which had many times in the past claimed it would not allow it | P5 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 of the Standing Committee of the National Board for Wildlife (NBWL) last month held under the chair- manship of environment minister Bhupender Yadav. He advised wider consultation on the matter. Cautioning the ministry over the move, NBWL member Dr R Sukumar said care should be taken to en- 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 sure 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.
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