• To ramp up domestic coal production and cut import bills, the government is planning to relax a host of environmental and land usage norms to help mine owners receive clearances faster and more easily.
  • The Union coal ministry is considering a proposal to allow restored/reclaimed land of Coal India for compensatory afforestation, which is mandatory under the Forest (Conservation) Act, 1980.
  • National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) is in discussions with the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) for bringing in greater efficiency in the sector by reducing the cost of road construction and improving quality in the long run.
  • The authority would engage with all the IITs for conducting studies and finding efficient and innovative solutions to highway building by way of technology.
  • The All India Loco Running Staff Association (AILRSA) has opposed the privatisation of the Indian Railways.
  • The association’s Central Working Committee meeting, held in Bengaluru, has decided to observe a ‘Solidarity Day’ on November 28 to support the long march from Chittaranjan Locomotive Works (CLW) to Howrah from November 28 to December 13.

 

  • The Prime Minister’s Office has called a meeting of secretaries on October 3 to discuss the draft national logistics policy, which aims at promoting seamless movement of goods across the country and reducing high transaction cost of traders, an official said.
  • The construction equipment (CE) industry has seen a volume drop of about 16% in key product categories during this calendar year due to a slowdown in road projects and a tight financing environment. The volume drop comes after a strong double-digit growth in CY2018.
  • The NTPC Executive Federation of India (NEFI) is worried about Modi Government’s proposed plans to dilute the equity in NTPC Ltd below 51%. In a protest against this, 13,000 executives of NEFI could go on a strike after October 7, said NEFI Chairman V K Sharma.