India’s first pod taxi to follow US safety norms
The five-member committee constituted for technical and safety standards of India’s first pod taxi project or Personal Rapid Transit (PRT) on 27 December 2017 invited fresh proposals for strictest safety standards on lines of those prescribed in the United States.
In this regard, the committee recommended issuance of fresh EOI (expression of interest) incorporating automated people mover (APM) standards and specifications in US, along with other general safety parameters with recommendations of NITI Aayog.
This project will be taken up on Design, Build, Finance, Operate and Transfer (DBFOT) basis on PPP (Public-Private Partnership) basis. It is meant for a 12.3-km stretch from Delhi-Haryana border on NH 8 (near Ambience Mall) to Badshahpur via Rajiv Chowk, IFFCO and Sohna Road.
India and Afghanistan launch second air cargo route linking Kabul with Mumbai
The second India-Afghanistan air cargo route linking Kabul to Mumbai was officially launched on 27 December 2017 with an aim to boost the export of fresh fruits and medicinal plants from Afghanistan.
The second route follows the success of the first air cargo route connecting Kabul-New Delhi that was inaugurated by Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani in mid-June 2017.
Around 1600 tons of fresh produce, fresh and dried fruits, medicinal plants and handicrafts worth more than USD 20 million had been exported to India since the launch of the first corridor.
President Ram Nath Kovind inaugurates Andhra Pradesh Fibre Grid Project
President Ram Nath Kovind on 27 December 2017 formally inaugurated the Andhra Pradesh Fibre Grid Project at Amaravathy. The project was initiated by Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu.
The Andhra Pradesh Fibre Grid Project aims to expand high speed internet facility in the state. It aims to cover over 1.45 crore households, more than 12000 panchayats and over 60000 schools.
It will also provide internet facilities to 10000 government offices, 96 municipalities, 14 Corporations and 6000 Public Health Centres in the state.