Karnataka Current Affairs

India inks $346 million loan agreement with ADB to improve State Highways in Karnataka

India has inked $346 million loan agreement with Asian Development Bank (ADB) to finance Karnataka State Highways Improvement III Project (KSHIP-III) for improvement of over 400 km of state highways in Karnataka. This will help in enhancement of connectivity and access to economic centres across 12 districts in Karnataka.

Karnataka State Highways Improvement III Project (KSHIP-III)

KSHIP-lll project will upgrade about 419 kilometers of state highways to two-and four-lane with paved shoulders. It will also reconstruct, widen, and strengthen culverts and bridges. Use of hybrid annuity contracts is important aspect of the project is to improve quality and sustainability of road assets with performance-based maintenance period of 7 years, post-construction.

The project will also carry out road safety audit to identify and mitigate critical accident blackspots across state highway network. It will also strengthen the institutional capacity of the Karnataka Public Works, Ports, and lnland Water Transport Department.

The ADB Financing will be in addition to ongoing road improvement project financed by ADB with loan of $315 million which involves upgradation of about 615 km of state roads. The new loan will continue ADB support to Karnataka government’s statewide road improvement programme and will also help improve road safety. This project will promote economic activities and foster inclusiveness.

Month: Categories: Defence Current Affairs 2018

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Public Affairs Index 2018: Kerala tops list of best governed States for third time

According to Public Affairs Index (PAI) 2018, Kerala tops the list as best-governed state in the country followed by Tamil Nadu. The index was released by the think tank Public Affairs Centre (PAC). Kerala has topped PAI as the best-governed state for the third consecutive year since 2016 among large states

Key Facts

Large States: Kerala has topped the list, followed by Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Karnataka and Gujarat. Madhya Pradesh, Jharkhand and Bihar ranked the lowest, indicating higher social and economic inequalities in the states.

Smaller states (with population less than two crore): Himachal Pradesh topped the list followed by Goa, Mizoram, Sikkim and Tripura. Nagaland, Manipur and Meghalaya were ranked at bottom of the index among small states.

2018 PAI also included separate index on children of India, giving measure of how child-friendly each of the states are. In this category of providing better living conditions for all children, Kerala, Himachal Pradesh and Mizoram topped the index

Public Affairs Index (PAI)

The index is released since in 2016 by Bengaluru base Public Affairs Centre (PAC), a not for profit think tank which aims to improve governance in India. It is based on 10 themes, 30 focus subjects and 100 indicators, relying solely upon government data. It covers wide range of themes such as support to human development, social protection, essential infrastructure, women and children, crime, law and order, delivery of justice, transparency and accountability, environment, fiscal management and economic freedom.

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