New Delhi : To avoid frequent damage to optical fibre cables during construction and widening of roads, Telecom Department has proposed that a utility conduit or duct be made part of the road and national highways design.

The Department of Telecom (DoT) has put forth this proposal to states, the Ministry of Rural Development, as as well as the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, Telecom Secretary JS Deepak told PTI.

“We have proposed having a conduit for utilities, including optical fibre cable as part of the road design, be it national highways, state highways or Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana rural roads…This duct can be an assigned space below the footpath, along the roadside wherein all the utilities can flow. We are trying to converge and get this done,” Deepak said. He said the idea was to get a conduit as part of the road design itself so that cables which are laid do not get cut repeatedly when roads are widened.

“It is a duct which will be laid and you can put utilities like optical fibre cable, into it. It is not being done right now. Steel Min seeks import duty reduction on coking coal, nickel

New Delhi: Ahead of the Union Budget 2017-18, the Steel Ministry has sought reduction in import duty on both coking coal and nickel — vital components of steel making –a move that may revive the sector, a top official said.

In an interview, Steel Secretary Aruna Sharma said the dependence on imports is particularly heavy on nickel, coking coal and gas.

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