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Rat-Hole Mining

Context: The rescue operation for 41 workers trapped in the partially-collapsed Silkyara tunnel in Uttarakhand utilized two scientific mining methods, vertical drilling and auger (horizontal drilling), after 17 days of being trapped. The final phase of the rescue involved the use of rat-hole mining, a technique previously employed in Meghalaya. Relevance: GS III: Infrastructure Dimensions […]

Silkyara-Barkot Tunnel Collapse

Context: Recently, the collapse of the under-construction Silkyara-Barkot tunnel in Uttarakhand has highlighted concerns about tunnel construction safety. The incident emphasizes the need for a thorough investigation into potential causes and the implementation of preventive measures. Relevance: GS III: Infrastructure Dimensions of the Article: Potential Causes of the Silkyara-Barkot Tunnel Collapse Background of Silkyara-Barkot Tunnel […]

About CITIIS 2.0 Program

Context: Recently, the Union Minister of Housing & Urban Affairs and Petroleum & Natural Gas launched the CITIIS 2.0 Challenge. Relevance: GS III: Infrastructure Dimensions of the Article: About CITIIS Program: CITIIS 2.0 Program: Duration and Partnerships: Funding: Components of CITIIS 2.0: CITIIS 2.0 comprises three major components: What is the Smart Cities Mission? What […]

About Vadhvan Port Overview

Context: The Vadhavan Port Project Ltd. (VPPL) has initiated the process for construction of the ₹76,220 crore port and public hearings are likely to begin in the next few months. Relevance: GS III: Infrastructure Dimensions of the Article: Vadhavan Port Overview: Proposed Container Port Project Technical Specifications: Environmental Considerations: Jawaharlal Nehru Port (Nhava Sheva): Largest Container […]

About Vaigai Dam

Context: A second flood warning for five southern districts has been issued after the water level in Vaigai Dam touched 68.50 ft. (the maximum permissible level is 71 ft.) recently. Relevance: GS III: Infrastructure Dimensions of the Article: Vaigai Dam: Vaigai River: -Source: The Hindu

Akhaura-Agartala Rail Link

Context: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Bangladesh’s Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina virtually inaugurated a rail link connecting Northeast India with Bangladesh. Relevance: GS III: Infrastructure Dimensions of the Article: Akhaura-Agartala Rail Link Route Details: Transit Routes and Funding: Significance: -Source: Times of India  

India’s first Regional Rapid Transit System (RRTS)

Context: PM Modi will inaugurate the first leg of the Regional Rapid Transit System (RRTS), India’s first mass rapid system dedicated to regional connectivity. Trains on the first section will eventually cut the journey time between Delhi and Meerut to less than an hour. Relevance: GS III: Infrastructure Dimensions of the Article: Regional Rapid Transit […]

Central Road and Infrastructure Fund

Context: Recently, the Ministry of Road Transport & Highways has disclosed the approval of seven crucial bridge projects in Arunachal Pradesh under the Setu Bandhan Scheme under Central Road and Infrastructure Fund (CRIF). Relevance: GS III: Infrastructure Dimensions of the Article: Central Road and Infrastructure Fund (CRIF) Central Road Fund Act (Amendment), 2018: Setu Bandhan Scheme:

Revisiting the Rail Gauge Debate

Context: In India, the primary railway network operates on Broad Gauge (BG), with a width of 1.676 meters. However, specific projects, such as the rapid rail transport in Delhi, the high-speed line between Mumbai and Ahmedabad, and several metro rail systems in different parts of the country, are adopting Standard Gauge (SG) with a width […]

Inclusion of India in JPMorgan’s GBI-EM Index

Context: JPMorgan Chase & Co. is set to include India in its Government Bond Index-Emerging Markets (GBI-EM) index starting in June 2024. This decision anticipates a substantial influx of investments into India’s government bonds. Consequently, this move is likely to expand the investor base and has the potential to result in the appreciation of the […]