Union Minister for Road Transport & Highways, Shipping and Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation Shri Nitin Gadkari laid the foundation stone for development and maintenance of Inter-Modal Station - IMS at Ajni Railway Station in Nagpur today. IMS is a passenger terminal infrastructure which integrates various transportation modes like rail, road, mass rapid transit system (MRTS), bus rapid transit (BRT) and other para-modal transportation modes. Inter-modal stations allow passengers to change transportation modes during transit without leaving the station premises.

Speaking on the occasion Shri Gadkari stressed upon adopting new ideas for improving transport facilities in towns and cities. He also called upon planners to aim for reducing city congestion by aggregation of transportation nodes in the city, by effective city evacuation, and by eliminating traffic due to transit passengers. The Minister emphasised on providing better passenger convenience for various transport modes and to bring synergies into the available infrastructure.

The IMS facility will include world-class amenities like Integrated ticket counters, transit platforms, travelators, lifts, spacious waiting rooms, retail shops, food courts etc. leading to improved convenience and comfort for transit passengers. the station has been designed for horizon year 2050 with the capacity to handle 3.24 lakh passengers every day. The capital cost of this project is Rs. 1588.81 crore out of which cost of development of IMS Nagpur including relocation of Railway Quarters, Structures is Rs. 1288.81 crore, while the cost of improvement of road connectivity to IMS Nagpur is Rs. 300 crore.

The project includes construction of an environment-friendly building – its roof will be designed so as to collect rain water for harvesting, and for installation of solar panels to reduce the overall energy consumption. The complex will provide world-class amenities like integrated ticket counters, Kiosks, transit platforms, travellators, escalators, lifts, spacious waiting rooms, retail shops, food courts etc. leading to improved convenience and comfort for transit passengers. It will have car parking for 1000 cars, 148 Bus Bays, Internal roads for circulation.

 

 

 

 

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Hon’ble Vice-President of India Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu today laid the foundation stone of Kaushal Bhawan, the proposed office of the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship and several of the Government offices which are part of the Ministry. The Minister of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship and Petroleum & Natural Gas Shri Dharmendra Pradhan, local MP Mrs Meenakshi Lekhi, Secretary, Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship Shri K.P.Krishnan, Director General of Training Shri Rajesh Aggarwal and CMD, NBCC Shri A.K.Mittal were present on the occasion.

Kaushal Bhawan will be coming up on a plot of 1.354 Acre in New Moti Bagh, New Delhi. Being built at the cost of about Rs 172 Crore, it will comprise of 3 basements and 8 floors above, consisting of modern offices, auditorium, mini convention centre, training rooms, yoga hall, crèche, sports facilities and Gym. It is imagined as a future ready building, with state of the art Building Management Systems. The new office building of the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, which will be ready in 18 months, shall fulfill the objectives of safe, convenient and efficient work environment. The building will be energy efficient and use solar energy for common area and exterior lighting.

 Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu, speaking after laying the foundation stone, said that India is young and aspirational as 65% of the population is below 35 years of age. There is 48 crore workforce in the country, and 1 crore more are added every year. He said that getting demographic dividend for India is a unique opportunity as well challenge. Skills and knowledge are driving forces of economic growth and development, and hence they need to be updated regularly and effectively. The Vice-President said that International agencies have increased India’s ratings and rankings on various parameters, and job opportunities are galore in different sectors. There is need to equip people to the demands of market and time so that the opportunities can be utilized. Besides, the entrepreneurial spirit of our people need to be harnessed, by upgradation of skills and imparting of knowledge. Shri Naidu said that skill needs to be imparted to 40 crore people. Being a mammoth task, it requires dedication and sustained efforts.

  Minister of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship and Petroleum & Natural Gas Shri Dharmendra Pradhan narrated the large progress made by the youngest ministry of the Government of India. He said that within 5 years of its establishment, the Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship has brought about a paradigm change in the sector, by upgradation of skills and talents of large number of people. Shri Pradhan described it a pleasant coincidence that the plot for the Kaushal Bhawan was allotted during the tenure of Shri M.Venkaiah Naidu as the Urban Development Minister, and now the Foundation stone is also being laid by him. He said that new office building will not only be modern and full of facilities, but will also reflect positivity. He said Kaushal Bhawan is designed to usher in new work culture, which should contribute in building new India.

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The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi was apprised of the Memorandum of Understanding between India and Tajikistan on Cooperation in the field of Renewable Energy. The MoU was signed on 8th October, 2018.

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The MoU will enable establishment of a basis for a cooperative institutional relationship between India and Tajikistan to encourage and promote bilateral technical cooperation in the field of new and renewable energy on the basis of mutual benefit, equality and reciprocity.  It will focus on development and deployment of new and renewable energy, and storage technologies. It will further cooperation between the two countries through exchange and training of scientific and technical personnel, exchange of scientific and technological information and data, organization of workshops, seminars and working groups, transfer of equipment, know-how and technology on non-commercial basis, development of joint research or technical projects on subjects of mutual interest; and other modalities as may be decided by the two countries.

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Smriti Zubin Irani addressing on the launch of development of knitting and knitwear sector

Union Minister of Textiles, Smriti Zubin Irani, launched a comprehensive scheme for Development of Knitting and Knitwear Sector under PowerTex India in New Delhi today.The Textiles Minister also interacted with industry associations related to knit wear sector in three clusters of Kolkata, Tirupur and Ludhiana through video link.

Smriti Zubin Irani said knitting and knitwear sector is predominantly MSME in size and mainly located in decentralized sector and is one of the major employment generator sector. It also has a significant contribution on the exports of textiles. Knitting is a major segment in the entire textile value chain. The Minister further said that knitted fabrics contribute to 27% of the total fabric production in India and 15% of knitted fabric is being exported.

Textiles Minister assured that to look into the demand for creation of knitwear mark to give quality assurance to the customers. The main components of the scheme are:

  • Creation of new service centers on Public Private Partnership (PPP) model by industry and association in the knitting and knitwear clusters.

  • Modernization and upgradation of existing power loom service Centers (PSCs) and institution run by Textile Research Associations (TRAs) and Export Promotion Councils (EPCs) Association in knitting and knitwear clusters.

  • Group work shed scheme.

  • Yarn bank scheme.

  • Common facility centerscheme.

  • Pradhan mantra Credit Scheme.

  • Solar Energy Scheme.

  • Facilitation, IT, awareness,studies, surveys, market development and publicity for knitting and knitwear units.

There is an installed capacity of nearly 12,000 knitting machines under SSI fold and nearly 4600 knitting machines under non-SSI fold, besides a number of household knitting machines. Some of the major clusters in the knitted garment sector are Tirupur in Tamil Nadu, Ludhiana in Punjab, Kanpur in Uttar Pradesh and Kolkata in West Bengal. Tirupur is the most important export cluster, followed by Ludhiana. More than 90%mof the garment is manufactured in Tirupur are exported. 

TheMinistryhas approved combined SFC of PowerTex India Scheme and Knitwear Scheme with an outlay of Rs. 487.07 crores. Out of this Rs. 439.35 crore is for PowerTexfor 3 years from 1.4.2017 to 31.03.2020 and Rs. 47.72 crores for Knitwear for the remaining period of 2018-19 and for 2019-20.

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