Infrastructure Current Affairs - 2019

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5th International Conference on RoadTech held in New Delhi

The 5th International Conference on Road Tech (Sustainable Roads and Highways) was held in New Delhi. The Conference Agenda was- ‘Smart Use of Available Resources for Green and Sustainable Roads’ The conference was addressed by Union Minister of State for Road Transport V.K. Singh.

Key Highlights of Conference

In the last five years great amount of works have been done in field of infrastructure and in future much more will be done by government. Since infrastructure propels growth of economy, thus to achieve this growth country needs sustainable and environment friendly roads and highways.

Industry body must find the unique way to monetize road projects in an environment friendly manner. Also more focus must be given to infrastructure sector to fight economic slowdown.

Kerala becomes first state to have 4 international airports with inauguration of Airport at Kannur

Kerala has become first state in the country to have four international airports with the inauguration of Kannur airport. The first commercial flight from this airport Air India Express flight IX 715 with 180 passengers on board to Abu Dhabi was flagged off recently. The other three international airports are Trivandrum International Airport, Cochin International Airport and Calicut International Airport.

Kannur international airport

It is built on a public-private partnership (PPP) model. It is spread across 2,000 acres of area It will help non-resident Keralites (NRKs), especially in the Gulf region, besides boosting tourism and exports, which will result in several job opportunities. Its commissioning is expected to pave way for state’s overall development and prosperity, especially northern region. It will boost tourism in the region like Wayanad, Kannur and Kasargode. It may also increase inter-trade in sectors such as spices and handloom.