Prime Minister to inaugurate the Integrated Check Post at Kartarpur Corridor on 9th November 2019
- Kartarpur gurudwara is the revered shrine across the border where Guru Nanak Dev, the founder of Sikhism spent the last 18 years of his life
- The corridor will connect the holy shrines of Dera Baba Nanak Sahib in Gurdaspur district of Punjab in India with Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Kartarpur in Pakistan.
- The length of the corridor is about 4 km (2 km on either side of the international border).
- The Pakistan government has also decided to open the corridor.
- The corridor will commemorate the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev.
- Pilgrimages between India and Pakistan are governed by the 1974 Protocol on Visits to Religious Shrines, which includes a list of shrines in Pakistan and India open for visitors from the other country, and for which visas are required.
- The Kartarpur Corridor, which will provide visa-free access to the shrine when it becomes ready on both sides, may need a separate treaty.
- The Kartarpur Sahib corridor was first proposed in 1999when Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee took a bus ride to Lahore.
- The Kartarpur corridor will be implemented as an integrated development project with the Government of India funding. The development comes ahead of the 550th Prakash Purab or 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak in 2019.
- It will allow Indian devotees to visit the Kartarpur shrine located 2 km inside Pakistan in Narowal district.
- Until now, most Indian devotees have had to contend with a darshan using binoculars installed at Dera Baba Nanak Sahib.
- India has also asked Pakistan to develop the corridor with suitable facilities in its territory from the International Border to facilitate easier access of Indian pilgrims.
- The forward movement on the Kartarpur corridor can be considered a big development since despite the India-Pakistan deadlock in talks, both New Delhi and Islamabad have been able to form a consensus on the issue.
Steel Scrap Recycling Policy issued
- Steel Ministry’s endeavor is to develop a globally competitive steel industry by adopting state of the art environment-friendly technologies. Ferrous Scrap being the primary raw material for EAF/ IF based steel production, the policy envisages a framework to facilitate and promote the establishment of metal scrapping centers in India. This will ensure scientific processing & recycling of ferrous scrap generated from various sources and a variety of products. The policy framework shall provide standard guidelines for collection, dismantling and shredding activities in an organized, safe and environmentally sound manner.
- National Steel Policy 2017 (NSP-2017) aims to develop a globally competitive steel industry by creating 300 Million TPA Steel production capacity by 2030 with a contribution of 35-40% from EAF/IF route. Although, scrap is the main raw material for the secondary sector but the primary sector also uses Scrap in the charge mix of BOF to the tune of 15% to improve efficiency, minimize the cost of production and other process needs. The availability of raw materials at competitive rates is imperative for the growth of the steel industry and to achieve the NSP-2017 target. Thus, the availability of the right quality of scrap, in adequate quantity is one of the critical factors for the future growth for both the EAF/IF sector & the primary sector.
Ministry of Steel has issued the Steel Scrap Recycling Policy. The policy aims to achieve the following objectives –
- To promote circular economy in the steel sector.
- To promote a formal and scientific collection, dismantling and processing activities for end of life products that are sources of recyclable (ferrous, non- ferrous and other non-metallic) scraps which will lead to resource conservation and energy savings and setting up of an environmentally sound management system for handling ferrous scrap.
- Processing and recycling of products in an organized, safe and environment-friendly manner.
- To evolve a responsive ecosystem by involving all stakeholders.
- To produce high-quality ferrous scrap for quality steel production thus minimizing the dependency on imports.
- To decongest the Indian cities from ELVs and reuse of ferrous scrap.
- To create a mechanism for treating waste streams and residues produced from dismantling and shredding facilities in compliance to Hazardous & Other Wastes (Management & Transboundary Movement) Rules, 2016 issued by MoEF & CC.
- To promote 6Rs principles of Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Recover, Redesign and Remanufacture through scientific handling, processing and disposal of all types of recyclable scraps including non-ferrous scraps, through authorized centers / facility.
Indian Railways launches three online applications for all-India rollout to strengthen IT enablement of railways
Indian Railways launched three applications for all-India rollout to strengthen the IT enablement of railways which will help ensure proper monitoring of projects being undertaken by Indian Railways and will boost the vision of Digital India. The details and the salient features of these three applications are as under:
- CRS Sanction Management System: CRS Sanction is an important aspect in construction, maintenance, and up-gradation of railway assets. An online application for CRS Sanction Management has been developed in which all works pertaining to level crossings (closure, manning, shifting, etc.) and minor bridges. Further modules under development in this application are increase of speed over Turnouts & Loop Lines, inspection of new lines and doubling, etc. The benefits of the project are-
- Expeditious preparation and processing of cases for CRS Sanction.
- Effective monitoring of compliance of observations raised by the CRS.
- On-Line Repository of circulars/check-lists/guidelines related to CRS Sanction.
- Managerial reports to monitor the cases, comparative performance.
- Rail-road crossing GAD approval system: This project for online e-Governance platform was developed by Ministry of Railways and Ministry of Road Transport & Highways to expedite preparation, processing & approval of General Agreement Drawings (GADs) related to construction of Road Over Bridges (ROB)/Road Under Bridges (RUB). It has been running successfully since 2014. Now, a module has been developed to cover cases of construction of ROBs/RUBs for States & UTs also. The benefits of the project are-
- Accountability of Railways and State Governments/UTs is fixed to each stage for approval of proposals.
- Better and real-time coordination between the stakeholders (Railways/States).
- Facilitates users to get proposal status through mail and SMS at each stage.
- The complete proposal is targeted to be approved in a maximum of 60 days.
- All information related to the proposal and contact person is available within the proposal.
- TMS for construction: This application has been developed for new assets being constructed by the construction/project organization. The assets master data can now be regularly filled during the stage of construction and completion of assets, by the construction officials before itself final scrutiny and test check by the open line officials. The benefits of the project are-
- Data validation at the source.
- Ease in data entry and correction thereof.
- Easy checking/verification of data entry.
- For every data, ownership and responsibility is defined and fixed in the application design