The government today said it has approved building over 1,000 kilometre of expressways under its flagship road building programme NHDP, entailing an investment of Rs 16,680 crore.

Looking to give a push to infrastructure development in the country the central government has approved building over 1,000 kilometres of expressways under its flagship road building programme NHDP

City Has Reported 375 Cases Since January

GANDHINAGAR: There have been rise in the number of malaria and falciparum cases in the state. In just two weeks, various district and taluka health centres in the state recorded as many as 8,228 confirmed malaria cases, while the number of falciparum cases stood at 2,625.

The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) has planned to construct 1,000 km of expressways on the BOT (toll; build-operate-transfer) model.

Expressway construction is part of the sixth phase of the National Highways Development Programme. The official said they would need to expand the ambit of the award structure, by adding more incentives for the developer in the concession agreements. NHAI estimates a km of expressway would cost around Rs 55 crore to build. It is discussing models to offer longer concession periods and land pockets for real estate development along the stretches, to attract developers for the project.

With the prospect of a slowdown in the renewable power sector in their home markets, US and European solar power equipment manufacturers are betting big on Indian demand. The global renewable energy majors are not only increasing their presence in the market by participating in equipment-supply tenders but also looking at converting India into a manufacturing hub.

GANDHINAGAR: Despite huge claims of rise in water tables across Gujarat and simultaneous improvement in groundwater levels because of tens of thousands of watershed projects, checkdams, village ponds and other recharge structures, an authoritative report suggests there is, if at all, marginal improvement. In fact, even in North Gujarat, where Sujalam Sufalam recharge canal runs across 360-km, water tables appear to have gone down. Also, the quality of water in this region has deteriorated.

AHMEDABAD: Here is a shocker. The per capita greenhouse gases (GHG) contribution of a small district like Kheda is equivalent to per capita GHG emission of entire Europe.

The inquiry committee report on the anti-cervical cancer vaccine study project finds serious ethical violations. (Editorial)

AHMEDABAD: Next time you happen to pass by a sugarcane field in Saurashtra or South Gujarat, watch out for the spotted big cats.

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