Conservation of Power

Conservation of Power
The Government has proposed several energy conservation measures to States for power utilization. This was stated by Sh. Piyush Goyal, (Minister of state for Power, Coal & New and Renewable Energy (Independent Charge) in a written reply to a question in the Lok Sabha today. 

            The Energy Conservation measures proposed to States are as follows:
(i)         Demonstration projects in electrical appliances on Demand Side Management (DSM) to conserve energy in various sectors like municipal, agriculture, households and Small & Medium Enterprises.
(ii)        Capacity building of State Designated Agencies & Distribution Companies.
(iii)       Energy Conservation Building Codes (ECBC) for commercial buildings.
(iv)       Reduction in specific energy consumption in energy intensive industries.
            The mechanisms for monitoring implementation of energy conservation measures are:
i.                    Submission of quarterly physical and financial progress reports on energy conservation by States to Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE).
ii.                  Review meeting by Program Managers in Bureau of Energy Efficiency with State Designated Agencies.
iii.                Organization of workshops for review of implementation of energy efficiency measures.
iv.                Review and monitoring of the energy efficiency programmes in States by inter-ministerial Steering-cum-Monitoring Committees of Central Government.
 The Government of India has made energy audit mandatory, by an accredited energy auditor, for all those energy intensive industries which are notified as designated consumers.
The Minister further stated that Ministry of Power and Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) have taken following energy efficiency measures:
i.                    Energy efficiency labeling for 19 appliances.
ii.                  Fuel efficiency standard prescribed for passenger cars.
iii.                Energy Conservation Building Codes (ECBC) formulated for energy efficiency improvement in commercial buildings.
iv.                Demonstration projects on Demand Side Management (DSM) in Municipal, Household, Agriculture and Small & Medium Enterprises (SME) sectors.
v.                  Specific energy consumption norms prescribed for energy intensive industries notified as designated consumers.
vi.                Capacity building of State Designated Agencies and Distribution Companies for effective implementation of energy efficiency programmes.
vii.              Enabling investments in energy efficiency projects through a special purpose joint venture company, Energy Efficiency Service Ltd. (EESL), on a performance linked repayment business model.
Power Generation Capacity of NTPC

The present power generation capacity of NTPC (including JVs and its Subsidiaries) is 43,128 MW. NTPC proposes to increase its existing power generation capacity to three fold. This was stated by Sh. Piyush Goyal, (Minister of state for Power, Coal & New and Renewable Energy (Independent Charge) in a written reply to a question in the Lok Sabha today.

The Minister further stated that the as per its long-term Corporate Plan, NTPC plans to have an installed capacity of 1,28,000 MW by 2032. Over 9% of this capacity is expected to be based on renewable energy sources.

In order to achieve its long-term plans, NTPC has signed Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) with State distribution utilities for over 1,03,000 MW capacity and has also been allocated a 4000 MW project under AP Reorganization Act, 2013. Out of this, 43,128 MW (including JVs and its Subsidiaries) has been commissioned and 23,854 MW is under construction, the Minister added.
Grants to States Under PSDF

The Union Government provides grant to the State Governments for renovation and modernization of existing power grid stations through Power System Development Fund (PSDF). The scheme has been operationalized recently with the issuance of the Guidelines / Procedure for Disbursement of Fund from Power System Development Fund (PSDF) on 18th September, 2014. The funds would be provided as grants to the States/UTs as per the guidelines. This was stated by Sh. Piyush Goyal, (Minister of state for Power, Coal & New and Renewable Energy (Independent Charge) in a written reply to a question in the Lok Sabha today.

The Minister further stated that proposal under PSDF have been received from Kerala, Rajasthan, West Bengal, Odisha, Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Karnataka, Punjab, Telengana, Nagaland, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and Jammu & Kashmir. Schemes worth Rs.82.31 crore for Kerala, Rs.164.06 crore for Rajasthan and Rs.120.67 crore for West Bengal have been approved by Monitoring Committee for implementation. Schemes of other States are under examination. The funds sanctioned for the purpose is likely to be released during 2014-15 onwards as per the Guidelines / Procedure for Disbursement of Fund from PSDF, the Minister added.
Six Road Vehicle Passengers Killed in an Incient at an Unmanned Level Near Mau in Uttar Ptadesh

Railway Ministr Announces an Ex-Gratia of Rs. 2 Lakh to Next Kin of Deceased & Rs. 1 Lakh to Grievously Injured

An unfortunate incident occurred at an Unmanned Level Crossing wherein one road vehicle carrying 22 school children dashed against train No. 55135 (going from Azamgarh to Varanasi City) near Mau in Uttar Pradesh today morning i.e December 4, 2014. Seventeen passengers of the road vehicle have been admitted to two local hospitals in Mau (of which 13 are admitted in the local district at Mau and 4 in a local private nursing home) while 6 passengers of road vehicle lost their lives in this tragic incident took place at an Unmanned Level Crossing No. 6C at Km No. 10/5-6 between Khurahat and Mau Jn. Railway stations on Mau-Shahganj section of Varanasi Division of North East Railway.

The Minister of Railway Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu, Minister of State for railways, Shri Manoj Sinha. Chairman, Railway Board, Shri Arunendra Kumar and Senior Railway officials from Railway Board proceeded to the accident site. Senior official from North East Railway immediately rushed to the site and are supervising rescue and relief operation. On humanitarian grounds, the Railway Minister announced an ex-gratia amount of Rs. Two Lakh each to the next of the kin of deceased, Rs. One Lakh to the grievously injured and Rs. 20,000/- to persons who sustained simple injury.

In his statement in Lok Sabha today, Shri Suresh Prabhu said that Indian Railways is very sensitive to such tragedies. He assured the House that all possible efforts would be made to avoid such tragedies. On behalf of Railways and himself, the Railway Minister expressed deep condolences to the bereaved families and also expressed sincere sympathies to the injured.

As per the preliminary information received, the incident occurred due to the negligent driving by the driver of the road vehicle. The driver did not stop the vehicle at the Stop Board short of level crossing to check for approaching train as prescribed in the Section 131 of Motor Vehicle Act, 1988.
Temporary Closure of National Rail Museum

National Rail Museum, Chankyapuri, New Delhi, is carrying out major restoration and renovation work of the life size exhibits with the help of Railway workshops/units. Additional facilities & activities are being provided in the Museum.

To facilitate smooth work progress, the Museum has been kept closed for public till 16th December 2014. After 16th December 2014, only outdoor portion of National Museum will be opened for public.
Government Initiates Mega Road Development Programme in North-East

The Minister of State for Road Transport and Highways, Shri Pon. Radhakrishnan informed the Lok Sabha today that the Ministry of Road Transport & Highways has initiated mega road development programme in North-East namely “Special Accelerated Road Development Programme in North East (SARDP-NE)”. As on date,  Government has given approval for 2/4 laning of 6418 km of various categories of roads under Phase ‘A’ and Arunachal Package of SARDP-NE in  entire North-East at an estimated investment of about Rs 33,500 crore. Government has also given approval to preparation of a detailed project report for 3723 km of roads under Phase ‘B’. There is no state-wise allocation under SARDP-NE. The allocation and expenditure of funds under SARDP-NE during last three years are as follows:
(Rs. in crore)
(length in Km)

The Minister also informed the Lok Sabha  that the approved length of Trans Arunachal Highways under SARDP-NE in the state of Arunachal Pradesh is 1326 km. Out of this, a total of 120 km has been completed so far and 220 km is targeted for completion by March, 2015.  The funds for Trans Arunachal Highways are not made separately and are made under overall allocation for SARDP-NE. An amount of Rs. 3000 crore have been allocated for SARDP-NE and expenditure till October, 2014 is Rs. 782.38 crore.
            There are delays in completion of East-West corridor and Saraighat Bridge in Assam due to land acquisition, change in design and slow mobilization of the resources by the agency. So far, works on 551 km have been completed.  The entire project is targeted for completion by June, 2015. To expedite completion of projects with a view to minimize cost over-run and escalation, the projects are being reviewed at various levels at frequent intervals.
Software Getting Upgraded at Ports for Seamless Connectivity

The Minister of State for Shipping, Shri Pon. Radhakrishnan informed the Lok Sabha today that the Government is in the process of upgrading software of the existing port system to achieve a seamless connectivity between different points. Each port is upgrading their existing Port software for implementation of Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system. The Ports of vizag, VOC, Tuticorin, New Mangalore Port Trust and Mormugao has already implemented ERP system and rest of the ports are in the process of implementation. To achieve seamless connectivity between different points, a Port Community System (PCS) has been implemented in major ports.

The container gate transaction at major ports is online and there is no delay in cargo evacuation.

Government Asks RBI to Relax Rules to Revive Shipbuilding Industry

The Minister of State for Shipping, Shri Pon. Radhakrishnan informed the Lok Sabha today that Government has requested RBI and the Ministry of Finance (Department of Financial Services) to sanction a special dispensation for five years i.e. upto 31st March, 2020, to treat repeat restructuring of shipyards, after failure of first Corporate Debt Restructuring (CDR), as equivalent to first restructuring. The reason for including the proposal is that during market downturns, such as the situation prevalent today, shipyards may need to opt for Corporate Debt Restructuring (CDR) mechanism to restructure their loans. However, when first restructuring fails, the loans become NPAs and hence bankers find it difficult to undertake repeated restructuring.

Other steps taken by the Government to revive shipbuilding industry include extension of the Shipbuilding Subsidy Scheme of 2002-2007 from October 2009 till March 31, 2014 for liquidation of committed liabilities for ship-building contracts secured during 2002-2007 under the scheme.

Shipping is highly capital intensive and depends largely on the debt market to finance its acquisitions. The extreme volatility in charter rates has adversely affected the margins of the shipping companies. The current meltdown in the international financial markets has placed the Indian Shipping industry in a situation where assets are available to be acquired at reasonable prices, but the availability of money on loan is almost dried up through the normal international commercial bank channels; if any credit is available, it is at a very high cost and stringent terms.

Cargo Support to Shipping Industry

The Minister of State for Shipping, Shri Pon. Radhakrishnan informed the Lok Sabha today that in order to make the shipping industry more attractive and competitive, Indian shipping industry has been provided cargo support. This is presently being done through Right of First Refusal policy of FOB import for government owned/controlled cargoes. In the Union Budget 2014-2015, Government has increased the abatement of service tax from 50% to 60%. With this change, only 40% of the value of the service for transportation of goods by vessels would be subject to levy of service tax. Government has taken a policy decision to allow shipping enterprises based in India to acquire ships abroad and also flag them in the country of their convenience. Recently, Government has exempted Customs and Excise Duty leviable on bunker fuels used in Indian flag vessels for transportation of EXIM and empty containers.

Presently shipping industry carries 95% of India’s total merchandize trade by volume and 70% in terms of value. The current proportion of merchandize trade in GDP of India is only 42%, whereas, for some of the developed countries such as Germany & European Union, it is 75% and 70% respectively. Therefore India has a great potential to increase its merchandize trade. Thirtyfour projects on Public Private Partnership mode involving investment of Rs.11524.42 crores are under operation at major ports.

Government Plans to Strengthen Welfare Schemes for Seafarers

The Minister of State for Shipping, Shri Pon. Radhakrishnan informed the Lok Sabha today that Government has plans to strengthen the welfare schemes for seafarers in the country. The Merchant Shipping (Recruitment and Placement of Seafarers) Rules, 2005 have been amended through Notification G.S.R. 33 (E) dated 16.01.2014 to provide for welfare fund contribution per seaman per annum by the Recruitment and Placement Service Providers to the Seafarer’s Welfare Fund Society, Mumbai in the case of both Indian and foreign flag ships. The said provision was made after consultations with the stakeholders including the representatives of ship-owners and seafarers. Pursuant to the said notification, Directorate General of Shipping has issued order No. 16 of 2014 outlining the details of Survival Benefit Scheme, Invalidity Benefit Scheme and Maternity Benefit Scheme to be administered by the Seafarers’ Welfare Fund Society. The schemes would apply to those eligible on or after 21.08.2014.
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