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Route of metro rail connecting Ahmedabad-Gandhinagar finalized

Length of entire route will be around 76 km

Ahmedabad-Gandhinagar Metro Rail a historic chapter in enhancing the growth of our cities in the coming years

Project a part of Shri Narendra Modi’s vision to create world class infrastructure for Gujarat’s cities.

 

In a historic move that will revolutionize inter-city travel, the Gujarat Government has finalized the Ahmedabad-Gandhinagar Metro Rail project. With a route length of 76 kms, the total cost of the project is Rs. 15,000 crore. This project is developed with an aim to provide world class, comfortable, safe and quick travel between Gujarat’s capital (Gandhinagar) and its largest city (Ahmedabad). 

The route covering eastern Ahmedabad is divided into two parts:
Route-1: Starting from Paldi, the first route will lead to Civil hospital covering Jamalpur, Danilimada, Chandola lake, Isanpur, Ghodasar, Hatakeshwar, Rakhiyal, Ajit mill, Bapunagar and Memco sports complex (mainly elevated). This route will be 22.8 kms.

Route-2: starting from Jamalpur, will lead to vadaj covering the heavy traffic areas like Gita Mandir, Kalupur railway station and civil hospital (underground). This route would be 6 kms.

The route covering western Ahmedabad is:
APMC, Vasna, Anjali, Paldi, Parimal garden, Panjara pol, vijay cross road, Navrang six-roads, from Usmanpura to Vadaj, will lead to Gandhinagar via Ranip Sabarmati railway station. The length of this route is around 16 kms.

Giving details of the project, Urban Development Minister Nitin Patel said that it became necessary to develop a speedy and safe public commutation mechanism considering the fast and all-round development and large scale industrial projects taking place in and around Ahmedabad and Gandhinagar under the farsighted leadership of Shri Narendra Modi. After the BRTS project for Ahmedabad city, the government is now resolute to gift the metro rail facility, which will provide the best alternate for commutation to the lakhs of people of Ahmedabad and Gandhinagar.

“A high-power committee was entrusted the task of finalization of route with a view to expediting the work of this ambitious project. The committee then visited the entire route between the two cities, held meetings on different levels and has finalized the metro rail project route”, Mr.Patel said.

Urban Development Minister said that total length of metro rail project route will be 76 km, out of which the Ahmedabad city route will be of 44 km. and the route connecting Ahmedabad and Gandhinagar will be of 32 km.

The route connecting Ahmedabad and Gandhinagar will cover areas from AEC junction to Akshardham temple in Gandhinagar. Starting from AEC the route will cover Sabarmati, Visat petrol pump, IIT Gandhinagar, Tapovan circle, Koba circle, crossing the state highway-71 and going parallel to Kasturbhai campus, Koba village, PDPU, Raysan village, Dholakuva and finally entering Gandhinagar via Ch road. In Gandhinagar the route will cover Ch-2, Ch-3, Chh road, Police Bhavan, Sachivalaya to Akshardham, while for Mahatma Mandir there will be a separate route from Ch-3 to Pathikashram, reaching to Mahatma Mandir via Kh-3. This entire route will be of around 32 km.

Mr.Patel said that two separate routes are also proposed for connecting GIFT city and Ahmedabad International Airport. Out of this, one route will reach to airport via AEC junction, Motera and hansol. The other route will go via Kasturbhai campus, going parallel to Sabarmati river, covering GNLU and reaching to GIFT city crossing the Sabarmati river.

The state government is in consultation with the technical experts and has initiated the process of phase-wise implementation of the project. Different tasks related to this project include mono-pile testing, finalization of DPR and various technical surveys, which are on the verge of completion, said Mr. Patel.

Ahmedabad-Gandhinagar Metro Rail yet another step towards realizing Shri Narendra Modi’s vision towards comprehensive urban development 

In the last decade, Shri Narendra Modi has dreamt of providing Gujarat’s cities with top class facilities be it in the field of infrastructure, transportation or giving a facelift to the cultural landscape of the city.

Some of Shri Modi’s efforts towards strengthening urban development can be seen in the manner in which the Sabarmati Riverfront has development. Earlier known as a ground to play cricket or hold circuses, the Sabarmati Riverfront is today a vibrant blend of culture, recreation as well as aesthetic charm. Recently, KPMG declared the project among the 100 most innovative projects among the world. 

The Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation is the proud recipient of a special mention in the Lee Kuan Yew World City Prize 2012 for development in the field of urban development. In giving the special mention, the prize officials cited the Sabarmati Riverfront, the BRTS and the Kankaria Lake Redevelopment as fine examples of urban development.

Ahmedabad’s BRTS Janmarg has already made a mark for itself as a transport system that has revolutionized urban transport by providing comfortable and cost effective travel to the citizens of Ahmedabad.

 

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Guidelines for Other Service Providers (OSP) liberalized
June 23, 2021
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Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad, Union Minister for Electronics & Information Technology, Communications and Law & Justice, announced in a press interaction today that Department of Telecommunication has further liberalized the guidelines for Other Service Providers (OSPs). These entities are business process outsourcing (BPO) organisations giving Voice based services, in India and abroad. The Guidelines issued today further liberalized the special dispensation given to OSPs in addition to the major measures already announced and implemented in November, 2020.

 

Shri Prasad informed that India’s BPO industry is one of the largest in the world. Today India’s IT-BPM industry stands at US$ 37.6 billion (2019-20) i.e. Rs. 2.8 lakh crores approx. giving job opportunities to lakhs of youths in the country. Further it has a potential for double digit growth reaching upto US$ 55.5 billion i.e. Rs. 3.9 lakh crores by 2025.

 

AatmaNirbhar Bharat is the key initiative of Govt. led by PM Shri Narendra Modi and steps like Electronics Manufacturing Productivity Linked Incentive scheme,starting dedicated scheme of Electronic Manufacturing Cluster and dedicated PLI scheme for Telecom Equipment are few steps in this direction.

 

Similarly Ease of Doing Business is another fulcrum based on which series of reforms has been initiated in IT & Telecom vertical by present Govt. Start of one touch VNO licenses, Spectrum Sharing & Trading, Delicensing of certain frequency bands and now Next Gen OSP liberalisation is another step in this direction.

 

In November 2020, OSP guidelineswere liberalized as following:-

      • Data related OSPs were totally taken out of ambit of any regulation
      • No Bank Guarantees
      • No requirement of static IP
      • No requirement of reporting to the DoT
      • No requirement of publication of Network Diagram
      • No penalties
      • Made Work from Anywhere a reality

 

The BPM industry revenues grew from USD 37.6 billion in 2019-20 to USD 38.5 billion in 2020-21, despite the pandemic. This was largely possible due to the industry’s ability to work remotely and majorly enabled by the Government of India’s relaxations of WFH requirements under the OSP regime, first temporarily, in March 2020 and then complete reforms under the new guidelines in November 2020.

 

The Highlight of the Global Business is given below

  • Current BPM market – USD 198 BN
  • Outsourcing Market – USD 91 BN (46%)
  • Current BPM outsourcing revenue, India – USD 38.5 BN (Rs 2.8 lakh crore)

The main features of the liberalised guidelines announced today are :-

  1. Distinction between Domestic and International OSPs has been removed. A BPO centre with common Telecom resources will now be able to serve customers located worldwide including in India.
  2. EPABX (Electronic Private Automatic Branch Exchange) of the OSP can be located anywhere in the world. OSPs apart from utilising EPABX services of the Telecom Service Providers can also locate their EPABX at third Party Data Centres in India.
  3. With the removal of the distinction between Domestic and International OSP centres, the interconnectivity between all types of OSP centres is now permitted.
  4. Remote Agents of OSP can now connect directly with the Centralised EPABX/ EPABX of the OSP/ EPABX of the customer using any technology including Broadband over wireline/ wireless.
  5. No restriction for data interconnectivity between any OSP centres of same company or group company or any unrelated company.
  6. It may be recalled that DoT has already exempted Data Based Services from the OSP regulations.  In addition, the regulations exempted OSPs from requirement of any registration.  Also, no Bank Guarantees were to be furnished. Work from Home and Work from Anywhere was also permitted.
  7. Penalties for violations were removed altogether reaffirming the trust Government has in business.
  8. Further liberalization of Guidelines today will provide a big fillip for growth of OSP industry in India.  This will create immense opportunities, income and employment in India.

 

OSP reforms impact survey conducted by NASSCOM in April 2021, enumerated following important findings : 

  • Over 72% of the respondents mentioned that they are highly satisfied with the OSP reforms
  • 95% of the respondent mentioned has helped in reducing the compliance burden and cost of doing business in India
  • 95% of the respondent also stated that this will help in making IT services more competitive globally
  • Another 77% of the respondent mentioned that OSP reforms has helped in increasing the productivity
  • 92% of respondent stating that reforms also helped in reducing the financial burden on the companies
  • 62% of the respondent mentioned that they will consider expanding their operation or will make fresh investments basis the OSP reforms
  • 55% also mentioned that this will help in generating new employment opportunities and will enhance access to talent

 

Today’s reform will further help the BPM industry to reduce their establishment cost and creating synergies among different companies. Through these reforms more and more MNCs will get attracted towards India as a favorable destination and hence will lead to more FDIs.

 

It is also to be highlighted that FDI during present govt. and previous UPA govt stands at :

 

 (2007-14)

 (2014-21)

Growth (%)

Telecom

11.64 Billion USD

23.5 Billion USD

102%

IT Sector (Computer S/W and Hardware)

7.19 Billion USD

58.23 Billion USD

710%