Initiatives for Investment in Hydro Power Development



Initiatives for Investment in Hydro Power Development 

The Government has taken a number of initiatives to boost hydro power development and hydro-power projects in order to meet the country’s power requirements which include policy initiatives like National Electricity Policy, Hydro Power Policy, National Rehabilitation & Resettlement Policies, National Tariff Policy etc. except setting up of a hydro-development fund. Apart from these policy initiatives, the Central Government regularly monitors and reviews the implementation of various hydro projects. This was stated by Sh. Piyush Goyal, Minister of State (I/C) for Power, Coal & New and Renewable Energy in a written reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha today. 


The Minister further stated that as on 30.11.2014, 188 Nos. of hydro stations with total installed capacity of 40798.76 MW including 9 Pumped Storage Schemes (PSS) with installed capacity of 4785.6 MW are under operation. At the end of 11th Plan, hydro power capacity in the country was 38990 MW which is 40798.75 MW at present. A Hydro capacity addition of 10,897 MW is planned for benefits during 12th Plan. The total hydro capacity in the country at the end of 12th Plan is likely to be 49887 MW.
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Integrated Power Development Scheme 

The integrated Power Development Scheme(IPDS) was approved on 20th November 2014. IPDS envisages strengthening of sub-transmission and distribution network including metering at all levels in urban areas. The earlier scheme of Restructured Accelerated Power Development and Reforms Programme (R-APDRP) has been subsumed in the new scheme of IPDS. This was stated by Sh. Piyush Goyal, Minister of State (I/C) for Power, Coal & New and Renewable Energy in a written reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha today. 

Major components of the scheme are: 

I. Strengthening of sub-transmission and distribution network. 

II. Metering. 

III. IT application-ERP and Customer Care Services. 

IV. Provisioning of Solar Panels. 

V. Ongoing works of R-APDRP to be completed. 

The Minister further stated that all Discoms including private Discoms and State Power Departments are eligible for financial assistance under this Scheme. Power Finance Corporation (PFC) is the Nodal Agency for operationalization of this Scheme. Budget provision for IPDS for FY14-15 is Rs.100 crore, the Minister added. 

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Deendayal Upadhyaya Gram Jyoti Yojana 

The Government has introduced Deendayal Upadhyaya Gram Jyoti Yojana for feeder separation, strengthening of sub-transmission and distribution system including metering of distribution transformers/feeders/consumers and rural electrification with a scheme outlay of Rs.43033 crore during the entire implementation period in 12th and the 13th Plan. Schedule of completion of the projects under the scheme is within a period of 24 months from the date of issue of letter of Award by the utility. The scheme of Rajiv Gandhi Grameen Vidyutikaran Yojana has been subsumed in the new scheme. This was stated by Sh. Piyush Goyal, Minister of State (I/C) for Power, Coal & New and Renewable Energy in a written reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha today. 
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Indian Railways to Undertake Plantation of 75 Lakh Saplings during 2014-15 

For the year 2014-15, a target of plantation of 75 lakh saplings has been fixed by the Indian Railways and till October 2014, about 45 lakh saplings have been planted on approximately 1548 hectares of Railway land. 

In pursuance of Railways commitment towards environmental improvement through afforestation and also with a view to safeguard Railway land against unauthorized occupation, Railways undertake tree plantation on a programmed basis in a manner so as to not affect the visibility of track and safe operations of trains. Vacant Railway land is generally in the form of thin strips along the track. About 44000 hectares of land was under afforestation as on 31.03.2014. 

This information was given by the Minister of State for Railways Shri Manoj Sinha in written reply to a question in Lok Sabha today. 

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Indian Railways to Procure 13,162 Wagons during 2014-15 

Augmentation of freight stock on Indian Railways is a continuous process. The Railways assess the requirement of wagons and places demand for new wagons every year. In the year 2014-15, Indian Railways is contemplating acquisition of approximately 13,162 wagons. 

Average number of freight trains run daily on Indian Railways during 2012-13 (latest available) is 7,421. 

This information was given by the Minister of State for Railways Shri Manoj Sinha in written reply to a question in Lok Sabha today. 


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At Present 11057 Minor Static Units & AVMs are Operational on Indian Railways 

Presently, about 11057 minor static units and Automatic Vending Machines(AVMs) consisting of Tea Stalls, Milk Stalls, Fruit and Juice Stalls, curio/miscellaneous/bookstalls etc. are running on Indian Railways. These are run by various individual licensees. 

This information was given by the Minister of State for Railways Shri Manoj Sinha in written reply to a question in Lok Sabha today. 

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Indian Railways Identifies Eight Stations for Provison of ‘RO’ Drinking Water Units on Experimental Basis 

It is Railways’ endeavour to provide drinking water at all stations on Indian Railways. Instructions exist for periodical check on quality of water and corrective action to be taken, if any deficiency is found. As Reverse Osmosis (RO) process involves substantial wastage of water depending upon its quality and will require uninterrupted power supply, eight stations viz. Bhopal, Dwarka, Gadag, Guwahati, Hazrat Nizamuddin, Madurai, Patna and Tirupati stations have been identified for provision of RO drinking water units on experimental basis. 

As per guidelines, Maximum Retail Price per bottle of Packages Drinking water (BIS) other than Rail Neer of 1000ml is Rs. 15 only. 

This information was given by the Minister of State for Railways Shri Manoj Sinha in written reply to a question in Lok Sabha today.
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