Government is planning to start roadside amenities like
shopping centre, petrol pumps, toilets under the National Highway Authority
Replying to a question in the LokSabha today about the
commercial use of the land along the highways, Road Transport and Highways
Minister NitinGadkari said, the amenities will include markets and restaurants
offering special food and handicraft items of that area.
Government has also launched a unique scheme for identification
and removal of black spots from the national and state highways so that the
deaths on these spots can be avoided.
Giving the details in the LokSabha during question hour, Road
and Transport Minister NitinGadkari said that in every district, government will
take help of engineering, diploma and ITI students to identify black spots in
Government will provide stipend to these students for their
work. A committee under the chairmanship of MPs will also inspect the road
quality in their area so that the dangerous spots can be identified and removed.
Government will spend 14 thousand crore for removal of black
spots on National Highways. Road and Transport Minister NitinGadkari said in
LokSabha that half of the money of this amount will be given by Centre while
3500 crores each will be provided by World Bank and Asian Development Bank.
The government has removed import restrictions on certain
chemicals including zinc dross, light, heavy and full range naphtha.
The Directorate General of Foreign Trade, DGFT in a notification
said, it has also allowed flying clubs to freely import aviation gasoline with
certain conditions. For other users, import of aviation gasoline is permitted
through state trading enterprises.
According to the notification, import of zinc dross is allowed
without a license. Earlier, a license was required for the imports.
It is used in different sector including paint industry.
However, according to the notification, import of zinc dross is permitted to the
actual user or to the trader on behalf of the actual users authorised by State
Pollution Control Board on one-time basis and subject to verification of
documents by the customs authority.
Similarly, imports of light, heavy, and full range naphtha too
is now allowed freely. Earlier, it was permitted through state trading
enterprises with certain policy conditions.
India has criticised Pakistan for raising Kashmir during the
SAARC video-conference earlier this week.
Briefing media in New Delhi, External Affairs Ministry
spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said it was not a political platform, but a
humanitarian one and Islamabad misused it. He also said the emergency SAARC fund
proposed by Prime Minister NarendraModi during the video conference to combat
coronavirus was operationalised and India has received requests from member
countries for assistance.
External Affairs Ministry also said it is being planned to
evacuate the next batch of Indians from Italy over the coming weekend.
Additional Secretary in the MEA, Dammu Ravi said India has evacuated 590 people
from Iran where the situation is very severe.
The Indians infected with coronavirus in Iran have been
segregated and taken care of, very well. Mr Ravi expressed belief that they will
recover and be brought to India.
He also said the ministry was strengthening its COVID-19 control
room. Right now, 25-30 people are working in the control room in shifts. The
control room gets about 400 e-mails and 1,000 calls in a day.