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Bitumen roads around Taj may harm its foundations: ASI

Building bitumen-based roads around the Taj Mahal will harm the foundation of the beautiful monument, the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) has cautioned on July 15. ASI cautioned the Uttar Pradesh government against carrying out any such infrastructure development project around Taj Mahal. It contended that raising bitumen roads around the 17th century structure could lead to stagnation of water, affecting its foundation.

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Locals file case against road widening in Hyd

In Hyderabad, the Lokayukta has registered a case against Serilingampally MLA Bikshapathi Yadav and GHMC Commissioner MT Krishna Babu in connection with a road widening project from Botanical Gardens in Kondapur to the Old Bombay Highway. The case has been registered following a complaint filed by residents of Masid Banda village. According to the complaint, the widening will lead to encroachment upon reserve forest land and a water body.

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Dozen bridges to be built in MP at Rs 46 cr

In Bhopal district of Madhya Pradesh, a total of 12 major bridges will be constructed at a cost of over Rs 46 crore over the next 5-6 years. Rs six crore will be spent on construction of a bridge over Bahm river on Berasia-Garha Kalan road. While another Rs 10 crore is earmarked on another bridge on the same river on Jamusar Kalan-Kadhaiyya Shah road.

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Sambalpur to have a flyover to ease traffic congestion

In Odisha's Sambalpur, the Public Works Department has planned a flyover in the heart of the city, keeping in view the rising traffic. The proposed 700-metre overbridge will connect Church Road and Peerbaba Chhak and pass over Laxmi Talkies and Golebazaar Chhak, the two busy business hubs of the town. Though estimation of the project is yet to be finalised, officials said it would cost nearly Rs 20 crore to Rs 25 crore.

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Sesa Goa awaits green nod to restart mining

Sesa Goa is awaiting the clearance of the union environment ministry to resume operations in its iron ore mine in Karnataka. Recently, the forest advisory committee (FAC) of the environment ministry recommended conditional clearance for the mining operation by the firm. In its recommendation, the panel opined that the company should be mandated to comply with all cond

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ECB proposal for funding local construction equipments

Agency reports suggest that some NBFC-AFCs (asset financing companies) want Reserve Bank of India (RBI) to allow External Commercial Borrowing (ECB) norms for funding domestically manufactured construction equipment. Recently, the central bank allowed NBFC-AFCs to avail ECBs for funding only imported equipments

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MOIL gets prospecting licence for 11 blocks

In Nagpur and Bhandara districts, the Maharashtra government granted Prospecting Licence (PL) to MOIL for 11 blocks spread over 597 hectare area. While six blocks are located in Ramtek, Saoner and Mouda tehsils of Nagpur district, five blocks are located in neighbouring Tumsar tehsil of Bhandara district. With this, the manganese ore producer will get 11 new blocks, including three big blocks adjacent to its prese

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Karnataka miners struggle to resume operation

Most mining firms are unable to start operation at their mines in Karnataka even though the Supreme Court allowed them to resume mining three months ago. Some reports indicate that of the 117 mines falling in the category A & B areas, only about 10 mines are currently operational. The apex court allowed mining in areas falling in these two categories

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Officials record claims of villagers

Government officials are recording the claims of the villagers in the Rayagada and Kalahandi district of Odisha following the direction from the Supreme Court. On April 18, the apex court directed the government to provide the villagers with basic forest rights in the form of land titles. Further, the court said it is only these villagers who can decide whether the proposed Rs 40,000-crore baux

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Metso invests Rs 40 cr to raise supply capacity

Media reports indicate that Metso Group is enhancing its capability to supply wear parts to mining and construction companies by investing about Rs 40 crore for expansion of its foundry in Ahmedabad. The group acquired the Ahmedabad foundry, a greenfield project, in 2000 and it began operations in 2001. The foundry would meet about 50 per cent of the company's global requirement. The group has about 12 expo