Shri Nitin Gadkari Lays Foundation of Powergrid



The Union Minister for Road Transport & Highways and Shipping, Shri Nitin Gadkari addressing at the foundation stone laying ceremony of the 400kV GIS sub-station, at Tughlakabad, in New Delhi on January 06, 2015.

Shri Nitin Gadkari Lays Foundation of Powergrid 400/220 KV GIS Sub-Station at Tughlakabad in New Delhi 


Union Minister of Road Transport & Highways and Shipping Shri Nitin Gadkari laid today the foundation of 400/220 kV sub-station with 2000 MVA Capacity of POWERGRID at Tughlakabad, Delhi. The function was presided over by Shri Piyush Goyal, Union Minister of State(IC) for Power, Coal and New & Renewable Energy. Shri Ramesh Bidhuri, Member of Parliament, senior officials of Ministry of Power, Delhi Power Department and POWERGRID officials were also present at the foundation laying ceremony. 

The Union Minister for Road Transport & Highways and Shipping, Shri Nitin Gadkari laying the foundation stone of the 400kV GIS sub-station, at Tughlakabad, in New Delhi on January 06, 2015. The Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Power, Coal and New and Renewable Energy, Shri Piyush Goyal and Shri Ramesh Bidhuri, Member of Parliament are also seen.

Speaking on the occasion, Shri Nitin Gadkari, Union Minister of Road Transport & Highways and Shipping has appreciated the efforts of Ministry of Power for establishment of sub-stations for Delhi with the help of POWERGRID which will prove to be a milestone in strengthening of Delhi power scenario and provide 24hourquality power supply to its residents. It will give great relief to the Delhi people and improve economic growth. 

On this occasion, Shri Piyush Goyal said that various projects are being implemented by the Government for strengthening the power system in Delhi. After implementation of these schemes Delhi residents will no longer need to depend on their diesel generators and invertors for power supply. 5 Lac LED lights will be installed in Delhi with an approximate cost of Rs.500 Crores. These schemes will also help Delhi in reducing the overall power consumption. He also added that in the coming time Delhi consumers will be able to select their power service provider as per their suitability in terms of services. 

The substation will be built with state-of the-art GIS technology and will cater to the power demand to Delhi. It will improve reliability in power supply to south and southeast Delhi. It will provide connectivity to Masjid mod, Okhla, Mehrauli, Maidangarhi and Badarpur. 

Considering the importance of reliable power supply to Delhi, Ministry of Power took the initiative to mitigate the problems in transmission & distribution of electricity it was emphasized that a very strong Inter State Transmission System alongwith 400/220KV Grid Sub-stations in and around Delhi are required to be established to ensure secured transmission network with adequate transformation capacity. 

In order to facilitate handling of increasing quantum of power with reliability, four nos. of 400/220kV substations along with associated 400kV transmission network under ISTS are being implemented within the periphery of Delhi to import power from various sources outside Delhi. These ISTS (Inter State Transmission System) 400/220 kV substations are planned to be established at Rajghat, Tughlakabad, Karampura and Papankalan by POWERGRID. 

Presently many 220 kV s/s of Delhi are being fed from single source, implementation of above scheme shall provide alternate source, which shall improve reliability of power supply. Thus, with the creation of the above four 400kV S/s planned for commissioning by 2016-17, there would be strong infeed around Delhi which can take care and reliably meet the load demand of Delhi. Besides above, development of intra – state network in Delhi has also been planned and taken up for implementation by DTL for absorption of power in reliable manner. 

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Premises of Some of Railway Stations will be used for Skill Development Activities: Suresh Prabhu 

The Minister of Railways Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu said that Indian Railways has around 8000 stations and premises of some of the railway stations with very few trains and scanty footfall could be used for skill development activities. He said that skill development programme has been emphasised by the Hon’ble Prime Minister for the benefit of the people and Indian Railways like to help in this major project.. He also said that Railways will also help in marketing rural products made by self help groups and other such agencies so as to help common rural people. Referring to the Konkani-cuisine restaurant “Konkan Swaad Katta’ recently set up at Ratnagiri station in Konkan Railway, the Minister said that such initiatives will encourage traditional businesses and local talent and will help the financial empowerment local people and at the same time passengers will get to savour traditional Konkani dishes like, of the Kokam Sharbat, Puran Poli, etc. Referring to the marketing potential of the Railway PSU, IRCTC whose website is hit by several lakhs people everyday, the Minister said that a pilot project could be started to sell rural products through e-commerce activity of IRCTC website. The Minister of Railways Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu was speaking at a function organized to release a book titled “Twenty Five Years Journey of Lupin Foundation” brought out by Lupin Human Welfare & Research Foundation and also to release a CD regarding tourism scenario in Sindhudurg, here today. The Railway Minister further said that non-state actors can intervene more in the field o economic development of common people and for this there is a need synergize between NGOs, Corporates and the Government. Shri Prabhu said that the agencies like NABARD have been playing important role in rural sector and rural empowerment and another agencies can take their help in rural development. This book presents story of Lupin Foundation’s 25 years work for rural India. Visiting through organisational memory lanes, the memoir portrays the development work, evolving of approaches and strategies during this absorbing journey of Lupin Foundation in the service of rural India, which began on 2nd Oct, 1988, long before the corporate social responsibility concept was accepted widely. In 2013, Lupin Foundation, an initiative of Lupin Ltd has completed 25 years of its journey of rural development. 

The video CD released by the Railway Minister in today’s function talks about various aspects of tourist potential in Sindhudurg in Maharashtra. The CD will also help in creating awareness about Sindhudurg as a new tourism destination in India. The Railway PSU, IRCTC can also promote tourism in this region. The development of tourism will bring jobs for the locals and help overall prosperity of the area. 

Shri Dilip Chenoy, Managing Director and CEO of the National Skill Development Corporation, Shri N.K.Maini, Deputy Managing Director, SIDBI, Shri H.R.Dave, Deputy Managing Director, NABARD, Shri Chandrajit Banerjee, Director General, CII and Shri Sita Ram Gupta, Executive Director, Lupin Human Welfare & Research Foundation were among those present on the occasion. 

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UD Ministry targets generation of 100 MW of solar power in 2 years 

CPWD and Solar Power Corporation of India sign MoU to achieve target 

629 buildings in 18 states identified for rooftop solar projects 

West Bengal leads the list followed by Delhi 

            The Ministry of Urban Development has launched a mission to generate 100 MW of solar power in the next two years through roof mounted solar panels. Towards achieving this goal, Central Public Works Department (CPWD), the construction major under the Ministry and Solar Power Corporation of India (SPCI) of the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy Sources today signed a Memorandum of Understanding. The MoU was signed by Shri B.B.Bhatia, Director General of CPWD and Dr.Ashvini Kumar, Managing Director of SECI.   

            Minister of Urban Development Shri M.Venkaiah Naidu, Minister of Power and NRES Shri Piyush Goyal, Minister of State for Urban Development Shri Babul Supriyo, Secretary(UD), Shri Shankar Aggarwal and senior officials were present on the occasion.

            As per the MoU, CPWD would provide 629 buildings owned and maintained by it in 18 states for installing solar photovoltaic projects on rooftops by the executing agency SECI for generation of power. A total roof area of 16,76,233 sq.mts is available on these buildings out of which 60% would be used for power generation. Solar panels would be connected to the grid.

            To begin with, 1 MW capacity solar panels each will installed over central government buildings in New Delhi like Nirman Bhawan, Krishi Bhawan, IP Bhawan, Vidyut Bhawan, Shram Shakti Bhawan etc., within 6 months. CPWD has installed 930 kw capacity on Indira Paryavaran Bhawan and Nirman Bhawan in New Delhi so far.

            Speaking on the occasion, Shri Venkaiah Naidu and Shri Piyush Goyal have lauded the initiative and said successful implementation of this mission would be a trend setter.

            Proposed roof mounted solar power generation in different states is as below:

S.No State Proposed capacity (MW)
1. Delhi   17.00
2. Punjab   0.80
3. J&K      0.90
4. UP       9.30
5. Uttarakhand   1.10
6. West Bengal  43.00
7. Jharkhand     1.00
8. North East    2.50
9. Maharashtra   1.7
10. Gujrat       3.00
11. MP           1.50
12. Tamil Nadu   0.50
13. Andhra Pradesh   2.60
14. Karnataka    3.80
15. Kerala       0.70
16. Telangana    1.40
17. Rajasthan    6.80
18. Bihar        2.70
    Total      100.30

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Shri M.Venkaiah Naidu tells officers to move on from consultations to action in New Year 

Shri Babul Supriyo says, he is as much passionate about ministry work as singing 

Minister of Urban Development and Housing & Urban Poverty Alleviation Shri Venkaiah Naidu today urged the senior officials of both the Ministries to swing into action in the new year 2015. He addressed about 200 senior officers today and conveyed them new year greetings. 

Stating that sufficient time has been taken in the year 2014 conceptualising new initiatives like Smart Cities, Urban Renewal, Swachh Bharat Mission, Housing for All, Heritage City Development etc., Shri Naidu said that the new year should prove to be the ‘year of action’. He said, “extensive consultations will all the concerned stakeholders on all the new initiatives were undertaken like in no other ministry during the last seven months and with the clarity acquired, emphasis should now move on to action. 21st century belongs to cities and the expectations of the people have soared high after Shri Narendra Modi took over as Prime Minister. Urban manages should rise to the occasion. All should be guided by the mantras of Skill, Scale and Speed as suggested by Prime Minister. Emphasis should be laid on transparency, accountability and honesty.” 

Speaking on the occasion, Minister of State Shri Babul Supriyo said that he was as passionate about his work in the two important ministries as he was about singing and would like to work as a bridge between the senior minister and officials. He stressed on the need for effective follow up action on decisions taken in various official meetings, seminars etc. 

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Second Meeting of the Special Committee for Inter-Linking of Rivers held 

Inter-linking of rivers is being supervised by Supreme Court and hence no one should doubt the integrity of centre on this issue. This was stated by Union Minister for Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation Sushri Uma Bharti here today while presiding over the second meeting of the special committee for Inter-linking of Rivers. Seeking co-operation of various States in this project of national importance, she said States can discuss their apprehensions if any, in the next meeting of the committee. Sushri Bharti said benefits of this project will be immense. Referring to the apprehensions expressed by some environmentalists, the Minister said that the Government will ensure that there is no loss to the environment due to this project. The Minister said she is taking keen interest in the project and will meet concerned Chief Ministers. She informed the meeting that tomorrow she will meet Chief Minister of Maharashtra Shri Devendra Fadnavis to discuss Damanganga-Pinjal and Par-Tapi-Narmada link projects with him. 

It may be recalled that Supreme Court of India vide its Judgment dated February 21, 2012 in WP (C) 512 of 2002 along with WP (C) 668 of 2002 “Networking of Rivers” had directed for setting up a special Committee for inter-linking of Rivers. The Government of India vide its resolution dated December 13, 2002 constituted the “Task Force on Interlinking of Rivers under the chairmanship of Shri Suresh Prabhu, a former Union Minister. An expert group from IIM. Ahmedabad set up by the Task Force submitted in December 2006, a Report on “Organizational Structure for Interlinking of Rivers”. Subsequently, vide Gazetted Notification dated September 23, 2014 the Ministry of Water Resource, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation constituted a special committee for inter-linking of rivers under the chairpersonship for Union Minister for Water Resource, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation. The Director General of National Water Development Agency is the Member Secretary of the Committee. The first meeting of the Special Committee for Inter-Linking of Rivers was held on October 17, 2014 in New Delhi. 

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7 crore Aadhaars generated in UP; 2.5 crore in Bihar 

With Aadhaar enrolments moving at a fast pace, UIDAI has crossed a significant milestone of generating 7 crore Aadhaars in Uttar Pradesh (35% of population) and 2.5 crore Aadhaars in Bihar (25%) as on 4 January 2015. The 2 other States of Chhattisgarh and Uttarakhand, which were allocated to UIDAI along with Uttar Pradesh and Bihar earlier last year, have together generated 1.55 crore Aadhaars bringing the total number in the 4 new States to more than 11 crore out of a total population of about 33.9 crore in these States. 

Currently, about 20 thousand enrolment stations are working across the country with more than 8 lakh enrolments per day. The 4 new States account for more than 5 lakh enrolments out of this. The total number of Aadhaars generated in the country stand at 73.4 crore presently 
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