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22 May 2024, 6:55 AM

PM expresses grief over the loss of lives due to building collapse in Raigad, Maharashtra

PM expresses grief over the loss of lives due to building collapse in Raigad, Maharashtra The Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi expressed grief over the loss of lives due to the building collapse in Mahad, Raigad in Maharashtra. The Prime Minister said, “Saddened by the building collapse in Mahad, Raigad in Maharashtra. My thoughts are with the families of those who lost their dear ones. I pray the injured recover soon. Local authorities and NDRF teams are at the site of the tragedy, providing all possible assistance.” *** ಮಹಾರಾಷ್ಟ್ರದ ರಾಯಗಢದಲ್ಲಿ ಕಟ್ಟಡ ಕುಸಿತದಿಂದ ಸಂಭವಿಸಿದ ಪ್ರಾಣಹಾನಿಗೆ ದುಃಖ ವ್ಯಕ್ತಪಡಿಸಿದ ಪ್ರಧಾನಮಂತ್ರಿ ಪ್ರಧಾನಮಂತ್ರಿ ಶ್ರೀ ನರೇಂದ್ರ ಮೋದಿ ಅವರು ಮಹಾರಾಷ್ಟ್ರದ ರಾಯಗಢದ ಮಹಾಡ್ ನಲ್ಲಿ ಕಟ್ಟಡ ಕುಸಿತದಿಂದ ಸಂಭವಿಸಿದ ಜೀವಹಾನಿಯ ಬಗ್ಗೆ ದುಃಖ ವ್ಯಕ್ತಪಡಿಸಿದ್ದಾರೆ. “ಮಹಾರಾಷ್ಟ್ರದ ರಾಯಗಢದ ಮಹಾಡ್ ನಲ್ಲಿ ಸಂಭವಿಸಿದ ಕಟ್ಟಡ ಕುಸಿತದಿಂದ ದುಃಖಿತನಾಗಿದ್ದೇನೆ. ತಮ್ಮ ಆಪ್ತೇಷ್ಟರನ್ನು ಕಳೆದುಕೊಂಡವರ ಕುಟುಂಬದೊಂದಿಗೆ ನನ್ನ ಸಂವೇದನೆ ಇದೆ. ಗಾಯಾಳುಗಳು ಶೀಘ್ರ ಗುಣಮುಖರಾಗಲಿ ಎಂದು ಪ್ರಾರ್ಥಿಸುತ್ತೇನೆ. ಸ್ಥಳೀಯ ಪ್ರಾಧಿಕಾರಗಳು ಮತ್ತು ಎನ್.ಡಿ.ಆರ್.ಎಫ್. ತಂಡಗಳು ದುರಂತದ ಸ್ಥಳದಲ್ಲಿದ್ದು, ಎಲ್ಲ ರೀತಿಯ ನೆರವು ಒದಗಿಸುತ್ತಿವೆ.” ಎಂದು ಪ್ರಧಾನಿ ತಿಳಿಸಿದ್ದಾರೆ. *** To meet the increasing demand due to COVID -19 Bengal Chemicals & Pharmaceutical Ltd creates a record of producing 51,960 pheneol bottles on a single day Monthly sale of pheneol goes up to the range of Rs 4.5 to 6 crore since the Covid outbreak Bengal Chemicals & Pharmaceutical Ltd (BCPL), a public sector Enterprise under the Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers has scaled up its production activities to cater to the demand increasing many fold sicnce the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic. It has created an all-time record by producing 51,960 pheneol bottles on a single day. This achievement goes to the BCPL Panihati, North 24-Parganas Unit situated in West Bengal. Union Minister for Chemicals and Fertilizers Shri D.V Sadananda Gowda has congratulated the management and employees of the company for brilliant work in recording all-time high production. BCPL director (Finance)  Shri P. M Chandraiah said “It is an all-time record in the 120 year old history of BCPL. In July 2020 we had managed to produce 38,000 pheneol bottles in a single day. In a month’s time Company have scaled it up further and now  can produce more than 50,000 pheneol bottles in a single day. As many as 51,960 bottles were produced on  23August 2020   BCPL said that  it used to produce 15,000 bottles per day in period before COVID-19 pandemic. “The monthly sale of  pheneol was to the tune of Rs 3 to 3.5 crores. This has gone up to the range of Rs 4.5 to 6 crore a month since the Covid outbreak which is a clear indication of the huge demand of the product,” . The employees will work till October 20 (puja holidays) on all Sundays and holidays in two shifts braving the COVID pandemic situation to cater to the huge demand of this cleanliness product.  Bengal Chemicals & Pharmaceutical Ltd is the first Pharmaceutical Company of India which makes many house hold, pharma and industrial products. ***** Structural Reforms are a Key Priority of the Government: Finance Minister Addressing the captains of the Indian Industry, Union Minister of Finance and Corporate Affairs, Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman stressed that structural reforms are a key priority of the government as has been reflected in the slew of measures & policies announced since outbreak of COVID-19. Every policy which was introduced had a structural component. Consequently, thereforms are having significant impact on the recovery process which we are currently witnessing. Further, in order to facilitate the recovery process, the Home Ministry has given out directions to the state governments for imposing no curbs on the movement of people and inter-state movement of goods & services. “There cannot be better time for exemplar cooperation between government, regulators and industry to ensure that Indian comes out from the present crisis”, she added. Taking cognizance of the fact that many sectors such as Tourism, Hotels & Hospitality, Real Estate & Construction and Airlines have been disproportionately affected by the pandemic, the Finance Minister said that these are critical sectors with significant multiplier impact on the economy. In order to ease the pain of few of these ailing sectors, the Standard Operating Procedures (SoPs) for the hotels, banquets & related activities will be looked into, she assured. On the issue of strategic disinvestment,SmtSitharaman highlighted that there was a need to move fast on cabinet cleared disinvestment decisions. Regarding the privateinvestment cycle which got a fillip from the corporate tax cut in September 2019, investments however couldn’t take off due to outbreak of COVID-19.SmtSitharaman was of the view that in a post-COVID world, these should fructify.“With post-COVID reset happening, emphasis has to be on adoption of data-driven manufacturing models through ploughing greater investments in these models”, she further added. On the issue of local manufacturing, SmtSitharaman said that Productivity Linked Incentives (PLIs) scheme has met with excellent response and has helped speed up manufacturing of critical bulk drugs and APIs in 6 states. On delayed payments by the government agencies, it was said that the Finance Ministry is taking periodic reviews to expedite the due payments to the industry. Further, the Finance Minister alluded that infrastructure sector plays a key role in speeding up growth momentum, hence, to give its financing a further boost, external funds will also be welcome.  Responding to a question about the need for lowering GST rates on 2-wheelers, she assured that this was indeed a good suggestion as this category is neither a luxury nor a sin good and hence merits a rate revision. Consequently, this will be taken up with the GST Council, she added. Mr Uday Kotak, President, CII, in his opening remarks, highlighted that we are seeing ample signs of a nascent recovery from the lows seen in April-May as a result of the supportive steps taken by both the Central Government and RBI. However, the localized lockdowns implemented in many States has given rise to supply-side bottlenecks, which could impede growth when demand side cranks up. He further added that government-owned institutions like NABARD, SIDBI and NIIF have the potential to evolve into development finance corporations in order to support recovery. Mr Chandrajit Banerjee, Director General, CII in his welcome remarks highlighted the continual support from the government in assisting the industry navigate through the difficult times. *** Shri Gadkari  inaugurates & lays foundation stones of 45 Highway Projects in Madhya Pradesh; Projects include road length of 1361 kilometres worth Rs 11427 crore Transport and Highways Minister Exhorts MP CM to expedite the mining permission, *expedite forest clearance* and distribute LA money for speeding up the Expressway project Shri Gadkari announces Rs 700 crore for projects under CRF MP CM underlines need for onetime investment in three major State road projects Union Minister for Road Transport, Highways and MSMEs Shri Nitin Gadkari inaugurated and laid the foundation stones for 45 highway projects for the State of Madhya Pradesh through video conference today. Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chauhan presided over the virtual function, attended by Union Ministers Shri Thavarchand Gehlot and Shri Narendra Singh Tomar, MoSs Shri Prahlad Singh Patel, Shri Faggan Singh Kulaste and Gen (Dr) V K Singh (Retd), Ministers from the State, several MPs, MLAs and senior officers from the Centre and the State.     These projects for inauguration and foundation laying carry a Road length of 1361 kilometers, involving construction value of Rs 11427 crore. Paving the way for development of MP, these roads will enhance better connectivity, convenience and economic growth in and around the State. Movement of people and goods to and from the State of Madhya Pradesh will also improve substantially especially with the neighbouring States of Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Chhattisgarh etc. The better roads lead to savings in time and fuel and as well lower emission of pollutants. Further these project will decongest roads and the enroute towns contributing to improved road experience.     Speaking on the occasion, Shri Gadkari said, the NH length in the State is 13,248 kms today, which was barely 5,186 kms in the year 2014. He said, Rs 1,25,000 crore worth of development works are underway in Madhya Pradesh. As much as 60 to 70 per cent works have been completed on approx. Rs 30,000 crore worth road works in the State. He said, several of these roads are important for providing connectivity to the tourist spots and backward areas of the State. The Minister announced that by the year 2023, development works worth Rs 50,000 crore are targeted for completion. The Minister further informed that work has already started on the 1260 km eight lane access controlled Delhi-Mumbai Expressway, of which 244 km 8-lane length will be constructed in Madhya Pradesh at a cost of Rs 8,214 crore. He said, the work has already been awarded for the MP section of this Expressway, which will pass through Ramganj Mandi, Garoth, Jawra and Ratlam areas of Malwa region, and Thandla (Jhabua).  He said, a 173 km long 4-lane road will be made to provide connectivity to the Malwa region from the Delhi-Mumbai Expressway. This will pass through Indore, Dewas, Ujjain, Agar to Garoth, and the works will be awarded by December this year. Shri Gadkari asked the CM to quickly grant State Government permission for mining, as it has direct bearing on the speed of Expressway construction. He also requested the CM to urgently distribute the land acquisition money to farmers, which the NHAI has already sent to the State government. *Shri Gadkari also asked for expediting forest clearance which requested CM to review himself as unduly holding up clearance delays projects and the same is not in public interest.   The Minister highlighted the role of MSME sector in improving the employment and economic scenario in Madhya Pradesh. Informing about the recent expansion in the definition of MSME units, he exhorted the CM to utilise the opportunity and explore export potential of handicrafts, handloom, etc which can provide employment to large number of people. *This he said will also help in the progress of Madhya Pradesh.*   Shri Gadkari also announced Rs 700 crore from Central Road Fund(CRF) for Madhya Pradesh to be utilised in the road sector. Inviting He proposals from the State, he said Rs 350 crore worth of proposals may include the proposals from MPs of Madhya Pradesh for road works in their constituency. Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chauhan complemented the Union Minister for his vision and willingness to undertake important Road projects in the State. He said, these roads are blessings for MP as they not only save time and money, but also protect life with reduced accidents. Assuring full cooperation from State machinery, he requested the Union Minister to take up three ambitious Road projects of Madhya Pradesh – Narmada Expressway, Chambal Expressway (also called Atal Progressway), and the Ram Vangaman Path. He said, he will very soon submit detailed reports on these projects to the Centre.     Union Ministers Shri Thavarchand Gehlot, Shri Narendra Singh Tomar, Shri Prahlad Singh Patel and Shri Faggan Singh Kulaste along with other dignitaries also applauded the work and initiatives taken for various highways projects in MP.   The details of projects which were inaugurated and of those foundation stones of which were laid today are as below : Madhya Pradesh S. No.   Name of the Projects Length (in Km.) Sanction Cost ( Cr.) Projects ready for Bhoomipujan 1 Construction of 4 lane ROB at km 14+800 (Jerai) on Katin -Beena section of NH-934 ROB 77.26 2 Construction of 2 -lane ROB at Km 36+800 (Jarua) on Sagar -Khuraj- Bina section of NH-934 ROB 66.49 3 Construction of Major Bridge at Betwa River (436 mtr) at km. 81/2 on NH-539 Bridge 24.66 4 Construction of High level Bridge across Kshipra River at Km 20/2 on Indore Betul section of NH-47 Bridge 9.36 5 Reconstruction of 6 nos. submersible/ narrow/ distressed bridges on Jabalpur-Dinori section of NH-45 Ext. Bridge 26.02 6 Strengthening work in km. 1/550 to 23 of Indore – Betul Road on NH- 47 22.6 14.03 7 Strengthening work in km. 32 to 35 of Ambua to Dahod on NH-56 4 2.58 8 Strengthening work in km. 41 to 55 of Gulganj-Amanganj-Pawai- Katni Road on NH-43 Ext 15 6.58   9 Strengthening work in km. 82=1, 101 to 103=3, 106=1, 112=1, 120 to 122=3, 124 to 134=11, 135 to 145= 11, 163 to 164=2, 167= 1, 182 to 183=2, 188= 1, & 220 to 222.400= 3.400 ( Tikamgarh- Prathvipur – Orchha Road) on NH-539   40.4   16.73   10 Strengthening work in km. 1, 2, 5 to 10, 13,14,18,20,26 to 33, 77 to 85, 96 to 98, 162 to 195 of Dinara- Pichhor Road on NH-346   68   33.27   11 Strengthening  work  in  km.115, 122, 127, 128, 136 to  148,  159,  182, 183, 188, 201 of Sawai Madhopur-Sheopur-Goras-Shyampur Road on NH-552 Extn.   22   11.02 12 4L of Nanasa to Pidgaon from Km 95.000 to 142.445 of Indore – Harda Section of NH-47 47.445 866.64 13 4L of Harda to Temgaon from Km 0.000 to 30.000 of Harda-Betul Section of NH-47 30 555 14 4L of Chicholi to Betul from km 81.00 to km 121.248 of Harda-Betul section of NH-47 40.25 620.36 15 4-laning of Katni Bypass section of NH-30 20 194.4 16 Banmor- Shanichara Mandir road under CRIF scheme 12.66 19.92 17 Shanichara Mandir- Bateshwar Padavali Rithora road under CRIF scheme 9.8 13.36 18 Kheda Ajnoda Kutwar – Bichola Rithora road under CRIF scheme 13.76 22.19   19 Pichhore Dinara road to Village Mijaura- Chanderi-Pichhor road via Chandu Pahadi, Manka, Kachhowa, Gadroli, Khurai, Jungipur, Bhitargawan, Manpur road under CRIF scheme   23.00   29.62 Projects ready for Inauguration 20 2L+PS from Km 81 to 175 of Sanchi-Sagar section of NH-146 94.64 287.34 21 Const. of High level Bridge over Dhasan river at Km. 146/8-10 of Bhopal-Sanchi-Sagar section of NH-146 Bridge 16.68   S. No.   Name of the Projects Length (in Km.) Sanction Cost ( Cr.) 22 Balance work of 2 L+PS of Bhopal-Sanchi Section of NH-146 53.775 167.2   23 Reconstruction of 29 nos. Culverts and Minor bridges between Km. 3/8 to 87 Sagar- Chattarpur –MP/UP Border section of NH-34   Bridge   39.73 24 2L+PS from Km 131 to 189/4 of Sagar- Chattarpur section of NH-34 57.42 178.23 25 Construction of HL Bridges at Km. 188/4 on Chattarpur-UP Borader section of NH-34 Bridge 8.58 26 2L+PS from Km 0.00 to 36.71 of Rewa-Sirmour section of NH- 135B 36.71 162.56 27 2L+ PS from Km 5.500 to Km 22.910 (Khilchipur Jirapur section of newly declared NH-752B 25.18 101.61 28

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