Modernisation Roadmap Current Affairs - 2020

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Plan to build new Parliament Building

On December 21, 2019, GoI announced that the 9.5-acre plot opposite to Parliament building is to be used for the construction of new Parliament building. This officially confirms that the plan to build a new Parliamentary building is on. There were concerns and objections regarding the plan in the earlier stages.

The Government of India is planning to build a new Parliament House. Under the plan, a new Central Secretariat will be built for all ministries that are spread over many buildings across Delhi.

Highlights

In September 2019, the Central Public Works Department set massive project by issuing request for redevelopment of parliamentary building and for the development of new secretariat. The project will cost Rs 12,450 crores. The deadline of the project completion is fixed as March 2022 (75th year of Independence). The new building will have lifespan of 150 to 200 years.

Background

The Parliament House was built by the British between 1911 and 1931. After 1947, government of independent India added buildings like Krishi Bhavan, Shastri Bhavan and Nirman Bhavan. These buildings are not earth quake proof and do have modern facilities and space that are in need today.

History

The Parliament Architecture was designed by British Architects Sir Edwin Lutyens and Sir Herbert Baker in 1912. The structure includes hybrid architectural style namely Hindu, Roman and Saracenic.

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AAI inks agreement with US Trade and Development Agency to prepare modernisation roadmap

State-run Airports Authority of India (AAI) has inked agreement with US Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) to develop a roadmap for modernisation of its air traffic services. Air traffic services (ATS) comprises air traffic management (ATM) and communication, navigation and surveillance (CNS).

Key Facts

The collaboration is aimed at developing CNS/ATM roadmap for the AAI for modernisation of the national airspace system (NAS). Under the agreement, US aircraft manufacturer Boeing will provide technical assistance, thus create roadmap to enhance communications, expand existing systems and airspace capacity and invest in CNS/ATM facilities. It will help in improving safety and reducing congestion for flights in India. At the same time, it will create market access for high quality US exports that can advance India’s aviation goals.

Background

The double-digit growth in air passenger traffic over last 49 months in India has brought several challenges with it, including maintaining safe and efficient aircraft operations. In this backdrop, AAI has decided to draw robust roadmap for sustained ANS infrastructure to meet the growth challenges in a planned way. By utilising global and regional best practices as benchmark, technical help will recommend roadmap and implementation plan to AAI for improving airspace utilisation and implement CNS/ATM air and ground equipage in short, medium and long term.

Airports Authority of India (AAI)

It is statutory body under the aegis of Ministry of Civil Aviation. It is responsible for creating, upgrading, maintaining and managing civil aviation infrastructure in India.  It was founded in 1995 and is headquartered in New Delhi. It also provides Air traffic management (ATM) services over Indian airspace and adjoining oceanic areas. It manages around 125 airports in India, which include 18 International Airport, 07 Customs Airports, 78 Domestic Airports and 26 Civil Enclaves at Defense airfields.

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