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Chennai Airport MLCP | Road projects delayed | Largest Radio Telescope Construction | Char Dham Road Project | Infra development in Moon – Infrastructure News This Week

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New Multi-level car parking opened at Chennai Airport

On December 4, three years after construction began, Chennai airport’s multi-level car parking (MLCP) was opened to air travellers.

However, on the first day, travellers experienced difficulties as they had to wait in serpentine lines to depart the Chennai airport due to significant traffic congestion.

Airports Authority of India (AAI) officials recognised the inconvenience. Furthermore, AAI authorities stated that there was a car pile-up because it was the new facility’s first day of operation.

They claimed that the situation will be stabilised very soon since attempts were being made to fix the issue.

Private cars entering the Chennai airport for the purpose of picking up and dropping off people must vacate the premises within ten minutes or face a fine.

The parking lot has two wings and can accommodate 40 two-wheelers and 728 automobiles in the east wing and 1,450 cars in the west wing.

Govt report says Road Transport has max no of delayed projects

According to a government assessment, the road transport and roads sector have the most delayed projects (243), followed by railways (114), and petroleum (89).

In the road transport and highways sector, 243 of 826 projects are behind schedule. According to the most recent flash report on infrastructure projects for October 2022, 114 out of 173 projects in the railway sector have been postponed, while 89 out of 142 projects in the petroleum sector have been delayed.

The Infrastructure and Project Monitoring Division (IPMD) is tasked with monitoring central sector infrastructure projects of ₹150 crores or more based on information submitted by project implementing agencies on the Online Computerised Monitoring System (OCMS).

World’s Largest Radio Telescope Construction Begins

The Square Kilometer Array (SKA), the world’s largest radio telescope, began construction on December 5.

The telescope will be made up of equipment from two continents: Australia’s SKA-Low telescope will have roughly 131,000 antennas, while South Africa’s SKA-Mid telescope will have 197 dishes.

Scientists will utilise very sensitive sensors to explore the early cosmos, dark energy, and the expansion of the universe.

The telescope “will be one of humanity’s largest-ever scientific projects,” according to the project’s website. Director-General of the SKA Observatory, Philip Diamond.

The SKA-Low telescope will detect low-frequency radio waves between 50 and 350 megahertz.

Char Dham Road Project: 35% of the construction completed

In December 2016, Prime Minister Narendra Modi lay the groundwork for the Chardham all-weather road project.

He characterised the ₹12,072 crore project as a homage to those who died in the 2013 Uttarakhand flash floods.

The Chardham Road Project consists of 53 packages totalling 825 km in length, with 21 packages totalling 291 km completed.

The 291-kilometre Chardham all-weather road project is complete, while an additional 366-kilometre road is in various phases of construction.

The Chardham Road Project was established to enable all-weather access to four significant Hindu shrines in Uttarakhand’s high Himalayas: Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri, and Yamunotri.

NASA and ICON collaborated to improve infrastructure facilities on Moon for human exploration

As NASA contemplates long-term human exploration of the Moon under the Artemis programme, new technologies are needed to tackle the unique obstacles of living and working on another planet.

NASA has granted a contract to ICON, Austin-based, to develop construction technologies that might aid in the development of infrastructure including landing pads, habitats, and highways on the lunar surface.

The grant builds on ICON’s work under a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) dual-use contract with the United States Air Force, which was partially financed by NASA.

The new NASA SBIR Phase III contract will help ICON improve its Olympus construction system, which will utilise local resources on the Moon and Mars as building materials. The deal is worth $57.2 million and will last until 2028.

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