New NHAI guidelines delay work on road projects

New National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) guidelines making forest clearance and acquisition of minimum quantum of land mandatory before inviting bids is delaying road projects to be executed in the public-private partnership mode. As per the guidelines, a project will be cleared for tendering only after the authorities concerned complete the process of acquisition under Section 3(A) of the National Highways Act and acquire at least 60 per cent of the land under Section 3(D) of the Act.

No relief from the cold wave as skies stay dry and clear

There was no relief from the bitter cold in North India on Monday with the mercury sliding further under mainly dry conditions as skies stayed clear following the brief spell of rain and snowfall this past week. Although it was a sunny morning in the national Capital on Monday, temperatures in Delhi did register a wee bit slide with the maximum and minimum both dropping a degree below normal at 19.9 and 6.2 degrees Celsius respectively. There was also light fog in the city in the morning.

Cold wave conditions persisted in North India on Sunday, where temperatures remained variably below normal in most parts of the region.

In Himachal, five persons were killed in an avalanche in Kinnau district on Saturday night, officials said, adding upper reaches of the State remained cut off for the fifth day on Sunday due to heavy snowfall in past few days. Vehicular traffic could not be restored on the Hindustan-Tibet and Kiratpur-Manali National Highways which were blocked due to snowfall, they added.

To test the response of disaster management agencies and also generate public awareness, the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) will conduct a large-scale exercise in the tricity of Chandigarh, Mohali and Panchkula as well as Shimla on February 13.

This will be the first-ever disaster management initiative in the country at a multi-state level. A unified command and control centre is expected to be set up to handle operations and co-ordinate activities of different state governments across the affected areas.

Higher parts of Himachal Pradesh witnessed unseasonal snowfall on Tuesday while several other parts of the State received heavy rain as the monsoon remained active in the region.

Lahaul and Spiti districts received snowfall during the month of September after 21 years, while Rohtang Pass (13,050 ft), the sprawling Dhauladhar ranges in Kangra, Sarchu, Kunzam, Baralacha and Chansel passes also got snowfall.

Shimla: With an assured monthly income of Rs 50 lakh from green tax, imposed from today, the Shimla Municipal Corporation (MC) is now diverting attention towards generating resources to improve its

All vehicles, registered outside Himachal Pradesh, will have to pay “green tax” from September 15 for entering the state capital.

Shimla: The government will provide 4,337 solar lanterns to nomadic shepherds who keep moving around the state for grazing their sheep.

Their mission is to clean and they too are whistleblowers - literally.

SHIMLA, 4 AUG: The Indian Railways propose to launch a “green initiative” in several trains in the country, if the recent experiment of introducing coaches “operating on solar based power system” i