Morning Current Affairs: 20 December 2017

Dec 20, 2017 09:30 IST
Morning Current Affairs: 20 December 2017

Indian navy, Sri Lankan Navy complete 2nd phase of joint oceanographic survey
Indian navy in collaboration with the Sri Lankan Navy on 19 December 2017 successfully completed the second phase of the joint oceanographic survey conducted off the South Western Coast of Sri Lanka. The survey charts were handed over to the Commander of the Sri Lankan Navy.

The survey commenced on 26 October 2017 with the arrival of Indian Naval Ship Sutlej in Sri Lanka. This joint survey was aimed at updating all the navigational charts covering the southern Sri Lankan waters with the latest hydrographic data.

The first phase of the joint Hydrographic survey was conducted from 29 March to 11 May 2017 in the southern seas while the third phase of the survey is scheduled to be carried out from Great Basses to Sangamankanda in 2018.

Lok Sabha takes up Requisitioning and Acquisition of Immovable Property (Amendment) Bill, 2017
The Requisitioning and Acquisition of Immovable Property (Amendment) Bill, 2017 was introduced in the Lok Sabha on 19 December 2017 for consideration and passing.

The bill was moved by Union Minister of Housing and Urban Affairs Hardeep Singh Puri. The Bill provides for amendment to the regulations governing compensation amount payable at the time of acquisition of immovable property by the central government.

The Bill also seeks to amend the provision to allow the central government to re-issue the notice of acquisition to ensure that the property’s owner gets an opportunity to be heard.

MMRDA signs agreement with DMRC for complete implementation of Metro-6 corridor

The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) on 19 December 2017 signed an agreement with Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) for the complete implementation of Metro-6 corridor in Mumbai.

As per the agreement signed today, DMRC will execute the project on behalf of MMRDA. It will invite bids and assign contracts for execution of civil work and for procurement of systems and services required for the project.

The entire 14.5-kilometer long Metro-6 corridor, costing about Rs 5490 crore will have 13 stations. The project will provide rail based access to areas such as Lokhandwala, SEEPZ and IIT - Bombay. This Metro corridor is expected to carry 6.5 lakh commuters daily in 2021.

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