Scheduled international flights’ suspension extends till August 31, 2021

August 2021

The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has announced that the Covid-induced suspension of scheduled international flights has been extended till August 31, 2021. However, dedicated cargo flights and flights under the bilateral air bubble […]



Lok Sabha passes AERA Amendment Bill

August 2021

On July 29, 2021, the Lok Sabha passed the Airports Economic Regulatory Authority Amendment Bill. The purpose of this amendment is to pair smaller non-profitable airports with profitable airports as a combination/package to bidders, in […]



Government approves establishing two SPR facilities in Karnataka and Odisha

August 2021

The government has granted approval for establishing two strategic petroleum reserve (SPR) facilities at Padur in Karnataka and Chandikhol in Odisha under Phase II of the petroleum reserve programme. Additionally, the RfP tender for building […]



Adani Group to offer 50 per cent discount on charges to LNG-fuelled ships at Mundra

August 2021

The Adani Group has announced that it will offer a 50 per cent discount on charges to liquefied natural gas (LNG)-fuelled ships at Mundra. The discount will be offered on charges such as port dues, […]



Parliament passes Marine Aids to Navigation Bill, 2021

August 2021

In a significant development, Parliament passed the Marine Aids to Navigation Bill, 2021, on July 27, 2021. The bill aims to replace the over 90-year-old Lighthouse Act, 1927 and incorporates the global best practices, technological […]



Board of Port Authority to fix tariff at major ports

August 2021

The Board of Port Authority, formed under the Major Ports Authorities Bill, 2020, will now fix tariffs for major ports. Accordingly, the tariff rate will act as a reference during bidding for PPP projects. However, […]



MoP releases detailed guidelines for the Revamped Distribution Sector Scheme

August 2021

The Ministry of Power (MoP) has issued detailed guidelines for the reform-based result-linked Revamped Distribution Sector Scheme, which will be implemented over the next five years. An outlay of Rs 3.03 trillion has been set […]



MoP releases revised SBD for award of ISTS projects on TBCB basis

August 2021

The MoP has released the revised standard bid documents (SBDs), containing the RfP and transmission service agreement for the award of interstate transmission system (ISTS) projects on a tariff-based competitive bidding (TBCB) basis. It is […]



IR registers highest ever freight loading in July 2021

August 2021

In a major development, Indian Railways (IR) yet again registered the highest ever freight loading in July 2021. This has continued for the past 11 months since September 2020 amidst the ongoing pandemic. IR achieved […]



IR witnesses a decline in traffic revenue in 2020-21

August 2021

The total traffic revenues earned by IR decreased by Rs 341.45 billion in 2020-21 as compared to revenue earnings in 2019-20. Further, the decrease in passenger revenue and coaching for 2020-21 stood at Rs 354.21 […]



NHAI’s income per FASTag declines by 8 per cent in the first half of 2021

September 2021

Data from the first half of 2021 has revealed that NHAI has earned Rs 165 on every FASTag issued, as compared to Rs 179 earned a year ago, indicating a decline of 8 per cent. […]



Next TOT bundle to have highway stretches in Uttar Pradesh

August 2021

The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) has started the process of bringing out yet another toll-operate-transfer (TOT) bundle, as part of its monetisation drive. It has appointed consulting firm Mazars for evaluating stretches for […]



The Supreme Court rejects telcos’ plea to recalculate AGR dues

August 2021

The Supreme Court has rejected telcos’ plea to recalculate their AGR dues. The move comes after telecom operators, including Bharti Airtel, Vodafone Idea Limited (Vi) and Tata Teleservices Limited (TTSL), had sought rectification of arithmetical […]



TRAI rejects telcos’ demand for fixing floor price for voice and data tariffs

August 2021

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has rejected telcos’ demand for fixing a floor price for voice and data tariffs on grounds of a potential objection from the Competition Commission of India. TRAI believes […]



Alstom Transport commences manufacturing of rolling stock for Delhi-Meerut RRTS

August 2021

Alstom Transport India Limited has commenced manufacturing of rolling stock for the Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut RRTS project. The contract to design, build and deliver 210 train cars was awarded to the company in May 2020. The project […]



European Investment Bank approves proposal to provide funds for Agra metro Phase I

August 2021

The European Investment Bank has approved the proposal to provide funds worth Rs 42.56 billion for Phase I of the Agra metro rail project. With this, the tendering process for the underground stretch of the […]



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