#WeeklyNewsRoundUp: Govt Proposes Rs 7-Lakh-Crore Plan For Highways Construction
The Centre has announced an outlay of nearly Rs 7 lakh crore for the construction of the largest-ever 83,677-km road network over the next five years. The road construction projects will include the ambitious 34,800-km Bharatmala Pariyojana with an investment of Rs 5.35 lakh crore. Additionally, Rs1.57 lakh crore will be spent on the construction of 48,877 km of roads by the state-run National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) and the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways.
Municipal authorities have managed to acquire land worth over Rs 2,000 crore, located at different places in Greater Hyderabad for the two-bedroom (2-BHK) housing scheme, a flagship project of Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao.
The Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) is going all-digital about approving building plans. Under the online building plan approval system, an applicant does not have to submit any hard copy of documents to the civic body at any stage. All approvals will be given online. An applicant can check the status of a file online, and receives a soft copy of the approved map through email.
A public interest litigation has been submitted in the Delhi High Court, seeking directions to the local authorities not to regularise unauthorised colonies till proper infrastructure is developed in such areas and the buildings conform to safety norms. The PIL would be taken up for hearing on November 3.
The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has directed the Delhi government to strictly impose a fine of Rs 5,000 on those violating the plastic ban order, and carry out raids on shops or vendors possessing plastic bags in the city. It also asked the government to submit a status report on the steps taken to implement its order, banning plastic in the national capital.
Source: Media reports