The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) has cleared bills worth Rs 25,000 crore owed to contractors in March 2020, expediting the process in the last one week after construction activity came to a grinding halt due to the national lockdown post Covid-19.
In light of the Ministry of Home Affairs orders issued last week, each major port shall ensure that no penalties, demurrage, charges, fee, rentals are imposed on any port user for delay in berthing, loading or unloading operations, or evacuation or arrival of cargo caused by the reason attributable to lockdown measures from 22nd March to 14th April.
Driving license, fitness certificates invalid from 1st February should be accepted till June 30: Transport Ministry
The advisory comes keeping in mind that people may not be able to have these documents renewed amid the 21-days lock down period till April 14, and may face trouble with traffic authorities.
Railway Zones asked to ensure preparedness for 20,000 coaches as isolation units for Covid-19 patients
The 17 Zones of the Indian railways will initially start with converting 5,000 coaches into isolation units. The ministry had last week asked its rolling stock production units to start manufacturing medical equipment in preparedness of the outbreak.
In a meeting held on Saturday NHAI has asked toll operators to make food arrangements for migrant workers. The move will also benefit truck drivers transporting essential commodities, who are facing issues as food outlets along National highways remain shut.
To begin with, 10 coaches will be converted into isolation units for those affected by Covid-19, by each zonal railway every week. The Indian Railways has 17 zones.
While all passenger trains services of the Indian Railways remain non-operational amid the nationwide lockdown to curb the spread of Covid-19, freight trains are running to ensure supplies that supplies of essential commodities particularly, are not interrupted.
Subsequent packages to address liquidity issues to prevent wider impact of coronavirus: Rajiv Kumar, Niti Aayog
Gross Domestic Product growth is likely to be impacted in FY21 due to zero economic activity right at the beginning of the fiscal, Niti Aayog Vice Chairman Rajiv Kumar has said.
In a letter issued to the NHAI on Wednesday, the ministry of road transport and highways said that the MHA in a order stated that “commercial and private establishments shall be closed down for a period of 21 days with effect from 25.03.2020 for containment of Covid-19 epidemic in the country,” further asking the authority to therefore comply with the orders.
In a letter issued to NHAI, the ministry of road transport and highways said that “commercial and private establishments shall be closed down for a period of 21 days with effect from March 25 for containment of Covid-19 epidemic in the country,” further asking the authority to therefore comply with the orders.
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