Delhi-Alwar rapid rail project to enable Delhi-Alwar travel in just 104 minutes

Delhi-Rewari-Alwar Regional Rapid Transport System project was today discussed with the stakeholders ahead of submission of Detailed Project Report for the approval of competent authorities. Making a presentation on the salient features of this important rail based RRTS project, Shri V.K.Singh, Managing Director of National Capital Region Transport Corporation (NCRTC) informed that the 180.50 km long project is estimated to cost Rs.37,539 cr. He further said that there will be 19 stations on the proposed alignment with the first 56 km involving 9 stations from ISBT Kashmeri Gate in Delhi to Cyber City in Haryana being underground and the remaining stretch of 124.50 km with 10 stations being elevated.
Shri V.K.Singh further informed that NCRTC is targeting approval for the Detailed Project Report (DPR) by the Board in the next two months and approval of  Delhi, Hayrana and Rajasthan Governments in another three months thereafter so that project work on the ground could be started within one year. With design speed of 180 kmph, operating speed of 160 kmph and average speed of 105 kmph, journey between Delhi and Alwar could be completed in just 104 minutes, Shri Singh stated. Frequency of services would be every five to ten minutes depending the time of the day. With 6 car combination to begin with , each train could carry 1,154 passengers. There will be no land acquisition issues since the entire corridor is underground and elevated.
Shri  Durga Shanker Mishra, Additional Secretary in the Ministry of Urban Development said that RRTS is a comfortable, safe and fast mode of travel and Delhi-Alwar RRTS would trigger economic development in the region including employment generation. He suggested to NCRTC to consider adding some more station on the 180.50 long stretch. He complimented NCRTC for ensuring convergence of Delhi-Alwar, Delhi-Meerut and Delhi-Panipat RRTS corridors at Sarai Kalekhan in Delhi thereby facilitating a seamless travel across three States.

Rajasthan add 288 MW Wind Power during 2016-17

Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has set another record in the wind power capacity addition  by adding over 5400 MW in 2016-17 against the target of 4000 MW.  This year’s achievement surpassed the previous higher capacity addition of 3.423 MW achieved in the previous year. The leading States in the wind power capacity addition during 2016-17 are Andhra Pradesh 2190 MW, followed by Gujarat 1275 MW and Karnataka 882 MW. In addition Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra ,Telangana and Kerala have reported 357 MW, 288 MW, 262 MW, 118 MW , 23 MW and 8 MW wind power capacity addition respectively during 2016-17. These figures are tentative. During 2016-17 MNRE has taken various policy initiatives in the wind energy sector that includes Introduction of Bidding in Wind Energy Sector, Re -powering Policy, Draft Wind-Solar Hybrid Policy, New Guidelines for Development of Wind Power Projects, etc.

Rajasthan govt signs New MoU with HPCL for Barmer Refinery

State run HPCL and Rajasthan government today inked a revised MoU of Rs 43,129 crore for an oil refinery in Barmer district which will produce BS-VI fuel. The work on the refinery will commence in the current financial year and will complete in next four years, Union Oil Minister Dharmendra Pradhan told reporters here. It will be the largest industrial investment in the state, the minister said further. Under the new terms and conditions, the refinery cost has come down to Rs 16,845 crore, which was Rs 56,040 crore in the previous MoU done by the Congress government in 2013, Pradhan said. “It was a direct loss of Rs 40,000 crore to the state of Rajasthan in 15 years. In the previous MoU, the state had to give Rs 3,736 crore interest free loan every year for 15 years, which would have burdened the state finances,” Pradhan told reporters after signing of the MoU.

Some facts about HPCL Barmer Refinery:

  • Rajasthan government will have 26% stake in the refinery project while HPCL will have the rest shareholding. 
  • HPCL, in March 2013, had signed an MoU with the Rajasthan government for setting up the refinery-cum-petrochemical complex in the Thar desert near the oil discoveries made by Cairn India
  • The refinery however never took off as a Government changes in state and new government putting on hold the fiscal incentives for the project. 
  • HPCL, that had to spend Rs 37,230 crore under the previous deal, will now spend Rs 43,129 crore.
  • Refinery will produce BS-VI emission norms compliant fuel. The government plans to move to BS-VI emission norms by 2020. 
  • Oil field permission had to end in 2020 but we have provided permission to the refinery to run for 10 more years. 
  • Apart from 43,129 crore, additional Rs 27,000 crore investment will be made in the refinery, oil field and petro-chemical complex. Overall, Rs 70,000 crore worth investment will be made in next four years.

भाजपा ने धौलपुर विधानसभा सीट 38673 वोट से जीती

धौलपुर विधानसभा के लिये हुये उप चुनाव में भारतीय जनता पार्टी (BJP)  की प्रत्याशी श्रीमती शोभारानी कुशवाह ने अपने निकटतम प्रतिद्वन्दी भारतीय राष्ट्रीय कांग्रेस के उम्मीदवार श्री बनवारी लाल शर्मा को 38673 मतों से पराजित किया हैं। शोभारानी कुशवाह को कुल 91548 वोट और श्री बनवारी लाल शर्मा को 52875 वोट मिलें वहीं भाजपा और कांग्रेस उम्मीदवारों के अतिरिक्त सभी उम्मीदवारों की जमानत जब्त हो गई। मतगणना में हुई गिनती में 952 ‘नोटा‘ वोट भी पाये गये। आज धौलपुर के औद्योगिक प्रशिक्षण संस्थान (आई.टी.आई.) में प्रातः 8 बजे मतगणना का कार्य शुरू हुआ, जो कि 20वें राउण्ड तक चला। श्रीमती शोभारानी कुशवाह पहले राउण्ड से उन्नीसवें राउण्ड तक लगातार अपने निकटतम प्रतिद्वन्दी बनवारी लाल शर्मा से बढत बना कर भारी वोटों से विजयी हुई। बीसवें राउन्ड में श्री बनवारीलाल ने बढत ली। 
मुख्यमंत्री वसुंधरा राजे ने जीत पर ख़ुशी व्यक्त करते हुए ट्वीट किया " अभूतपूर्व जन समर्थन के लिए #धौलपुर की जनता को मेरा कोटि कोटि साधुवाद। आओ, साथ चलें, प्रगति पथ पर आगे बढ़ें" और "यह प्रचंड जीत आने वाले विधानसभा चुनाव के नतीजों का भी संकेत है। भाजपा 2018 में बड़े बहुमत के साथ #राजस्थान में सरकार बनायेगी।"

राजस्थान में कर्मचारियों का महंगाई भत्ता 4% फीसदी बढ़ा

राजस्थान सरकार ने राज्य कर्मचारियों के महंगाई भत्ते तथा पेंशनरों की महंगाई राहत दर में 4 प्रतिशत की वृद्धि की है। महंगाई भत्ते एवं महंगाई राहत दर में यह वृद्धि 1 जनवरी, 2017 से लागू होगी। इस वृद्धि से लगभग 8 लाख कर्मचारी एवं 3.5 लाख पेंशनर्स लाभान्वित होंगे। इस वृद्धि से राज्य सरकार पर चालू वित्तीय वर्ष में लगभग 800 करोड़ रुपये का अतिरिक्त वित्तीय भार पड़ेगा। 
वर्तमान में राज्य कर्मचारियों को वेतन का 132 प्रतिशत महंगाई भत्ता देय है। इस वृद्धि के बाद अब यह बढ़कर 136 प्रतिशत हो गया है। बढ़े हुए महंगाई भत्ते का लाभ राज्य कर्मचारियों के अतिरिक्त कार्य प्रभारित कर्मचारियों, पंचायत समिति, जिला परिषद के कर्मचारियों तथा राज्य के पेंशनरों को भी देय होगा। जनवरी से मार्च माह के बढ़े हुए महंगाई भत्ते की राशि संबंधित कर्मचारियों के सामान्य प्रावधायी निधि खाते में जमा की जायेगी तथा 1 अपे्रल, 2017 से महंगाई भत्ते का नकद भुगतान दिया जायेगा। 

Income Tax notice to Tea seller who gives Rs 1 crore as dowry

Leela Ram Gujjar, a tea stall owner from Bhiwandi in Alwar district, Rajasthan, was served with an Income Tax notice after video of him allegedly distributing Rs 1 crore for dowry on account of his daughters' wedding circulated on social media. The wedding ceremony took place on April 5. As per reports, Leela Ram Gujjar married six of his daughters; four of them were allegedly underage (below 18 years). Indian laws prohibit marriage of any girl under the age of 18 and giving or receiving dowry is punishable and attracts at least 5 years of jail term for the same. Leela Ram Gujjar was asked to appear at the I-T office in Jaipur to explain how he managed to gather such a huge amount. Gujjar is absconding after I-T sent him the notice and could not be found by the police.



Venkaiah Naidu reviews Smart Cities of Rajasthan

Union Minister for Urban Development, Housing & Urban Poverty Alleviation and Information & Broadcasting, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu reviewed the progress of Smart Cities Mission in four Smart Cities of Rajasthan, namely Jaipur, Udaipur, Kota and Ajmer. 
During the meeting, the Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu said that public participation is the cornerstone for the success of Smart Cities Mission. He said that the Smart City Advisory Forum should meet regularly to advise and enable collaboration among various stakeholders. The Minister said that District Collector, Member of Parliament, Member of Legislative Assembly, Mayor, CEO of Special Purpose Vehicle, etc should take part in the forum. The Members of Parliament representing Jaipur, Udaipur, Kota and Ajmer and the CEOs of Special Purpose Vehicle of four Smart Cities were present during the meeting.