Evaluation and Monitoring of Power Projects



Evaluation and Monitoring of Power Projects

As per the Electricity Act, 2003, no evaluation/concurrence of Central Electricity Authority (CEA) is required for setting up Thermal and Gas Power Projects. In respect of Hydro Power Projects, Detailed Project Reports (DPRs) are evaluated by CEA. During the last three years and current year, CEA evaluated DPRs of 54 Hydro Power Projects aggregating to installed capacity of 28,007 Mega Watt (MW). Out of these, CEA has accorded concurrence to 23 DPRs aggregating to installed capacity of 13,513 MW. This was stated by Sh. Piyush Goyal, Minister of state for Power, Coal & New and Renewable Energy (IC) in a written reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha today.


The Minister further stated that to ensure timely completion of ongoing projects, regular monitoring is done by the Central Electricity Authority (CEA) as per the Electricity Act, 2003 through frequent site visits, and interaction with developers and equipment suppliers. A Power Project Monitoring Panel (PPMP) has also been set up by the Ministry of Power to monitor the power projects, the Minister added.


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Amendments to Electricity Act

The Government has already introduced Electricity (Amendment) Bill, 2014 in the Lok Sabha on 19th December, 2014 after obtaining the approval of the Cabinet. The amendments proposed, broadly cover areas like Grid Security, Open Access, promotion of renewable energy, separation of Carriage & Content in distribution sector, rationalization of tariff determination process and performance oversight of Regulatory Commissions etc. This was stated by Sh. Piyush Goyal, Minister of state for Power, Coal & New and Renewable Energy (IC) in a written reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha today.

The Minister further stated that Hydro Power segment has certain constraints such as long gestation period of hydro power projects, geological surprises, rehabilitation and resettlement issues etc. The Government has adopted multi-pronged strategy for augmenting the hydel capacity addition, which includes investor friendly new hydro policy 2008; Liberal National Rehabilitation and Resettlement Policy; incentive for early completion of projects etc. Regular review and monitoring are also carried out by the Ministry of Power, Central Electricity Authority and Power Project Monitoring Panel, the Minister added.


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Status of Ultra Mega Power Projects

Initially sixteen UMPPs each with a capacity of about 4000 MW were identified in various parts of the Country. Of them, four UMPPs viz: Sasan in Madhya Pradesh, Mundra in Gujarat, Krishnapatnam in Andhra Pradesh and Tilaiya in Jharkhand have been awarded to the successful bidders. This was stated by Sh. Piyush Goyal, Minister of state for Power, Coal & New and Renewable Energy (IC) in a written reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha today. The Finance Minister has already announced in the Budget for 2015-16 that the projects in the infrastructure sector (including power) would be in the plug-and-play mode.

The Government has cancelled the bids for the Ultra Mega Power Projects (UMPPs) at Bedabahal in Odisha and Cheyyur in Tamil Nadu due to inadequate response. Action has been taken to complete the process in 2015-16.

The Minister further stated that capacity of these UMPPs is about 4000 MW each. Under the Ultra Mega Power Projects (UMPPs) initiative, the responsibility for achieving financial closure and tying up of funds for meeting the requirement of the project rests with the identified developer. Normally it takes about five years for commissioning of the project after signing of the PPA with the developer. The exact implementation schedule of the UMPPs would be known only after the developer is selected through tariff based bidding process, the Minister added.


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Government willing to consider safeguards to ensure minimum land acquisition, says Shri Venkaiah Naidu

Asserts that available time may not permit referring the Land Bill to Standing Committee

Land Ordinance not unilateral, reflects collective yearning of states, asserts Shri Naidu

Minister of Parliamentary Affairs Shri M.Venkaiah Naidu today said that the Government is willing to consider some further amendments to ensure minimum land acquisition based on the views and suggestion of the opposition parties. He said so while intervening in the debate on the proposed Right to Fair Remumeration and Transparency in Rehabilitation and Resttlement (Amendment) Bill, 2015 in the Lok Sabha today.

Shri Naidu observed that the Government could consider deleting social infrastructure projects from the exempted categories, states coming out with land banks of vacant lands for acquistion for developoment projects, hassle free mechansim for redressal of grievances of land losers, mandatory employment for losers of livelihoods on account of land acquisition etc. He said that the Minister of Rural Development Shri Birendra Chowdhary, who is a farmer himself, would come forward with official amendments in this regard.

During his 40 minute intervention, Shri Naidu asserted that the Government’s decision to issue an Ordinance on land acquisition was not an unilateral one but was based on the suggestions and views of all the states, reflecting their collective yearning for an enabling legislation that will not stifle developoment. He referred extensively to the views and suggestions made by the states at a Conference organised by the Government in June, 2014 and letters written by former Maharashtra Chief Minister Shri Prithivraj Chavan and former union Commerce Minister Shri Anand Sharma, expressing serious reservations about the adverse consequences of the Land Acquisition Act of 2013.

Shri Venkaiah Naidu said that without compromising on the remuneration of four times the market value to be paid to land owners against acquisition of their land, the Governmnet has proposed some amendments to the Land Act of 2013 to facilitate development by adding only five more categories like defence and national security, infrastructure includng rural infrastructure, housing for the poor and affordable housing, industrial corridors including PPP projects where the land ownership will be with the government to be exempted from the provisions of the Act of 2013. He further said that 13 more categories have been brought under the purview of the new Bill which would immensely benefit the farmers.

Appealing for a practical approach, Shri Venkaiah Naidu noted that experience has shown that it would be next impossible to complete infrastructure projects like laying of new railway lines in five years and hence, an amendment has been proposed in this regard.

The Parliamentary Affairs Minister stated that the amendments have been proposed keeping in view the interests of rural people and farmers and infrastructure development will significantly enhane the land value benefitting farmers. Giving an example, Shri Naidu said that his family had sold an acre of land for just Rs.800 when he was a child and later for Rs.8,000 when he became an MLA in the 70s and the land in his native village adjoining the highway is costing Rs.80 lakh per acre.

Denouncing the disinformation campaign that the Government is pro-corporate, Shri Venkaiah Naidu asserted that the Government led by Shri Narendra Modi is for the poor people, farmers, youth, women and the weaker sections and will not do anything against their interests.

Stating that the central government is deeply committed to protecting the interests of the farmers who have been at the receiving end all along being unorganised, Shri Naidu urged all parties not to politicise the issue of land acquisition.

Reacting to the suggestion of Shri Mallikharjuna Kharge of the Congress to refer the Bill to the Standing Committee, Shri Naidu said that so much time is not available since the Land Ordinance lapses by April 5, 2015 and the same is to be replaced by an Act of Parliament by March 20 when the Parliament will be adjourned for a month.



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Railways’ Revenue Earnings up by 12.93 Per cent During April 2014 – February 2015

The total approximate earnings of Indian Railways on originating basis during 1st April 2014 to 28th February 2015 were Rs. 142358.27 crore compared to Rs. 126064.06 crore during the same period last year, registering an increase of 12.93 per cent.

The total approximate earnings from goods during 1st April 2014 –28th February 2015 were Rs. 96613.19 crore compared to Rs. 85666.65 crore during the same period last year, registering an increase of 12.78 per cent.

The total approximate revenue earnings from passengers during 1st April 2014 – 28th February 2015 were Rs. 38726.74 crore compared to Rs. 33755.50 crore during the same period last year, registering an increase of 14.73 percent.

The approximate revenue earnings from other coaching amounted to Rs.3682.44 crore during April 2014 – February 2015 compared to Rs. 3480.33 crore during the same period last year, registering an increase of 5.81 per cent.

The total approximate numbers of passengers booked during 1st April 2014 – 28th February 2015 were 7546.49 million compared to 7709.62 million during the same period last year, showing a decrease of 2.12 per cent. In the suburban and non-suburban sectors, the numbers of passengers booked during April 2014 – February 2015 were 4132.73 million and 3413.76 million compared to 4168.17 million and 3541.45 million registering a decrease of 0.85 per cent and 3.61 per cent respectively during the same period last year.


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Railways Takes Measures to Enhance Safety & Security of Passengers


          The measures taken by the Railways to improve safety and security of passengers are as under:-

1.                 On vulnerable and identified routes/ sections, 1300 trains (on an average) are escorted by Railway Protection Force daily, in addition to 2200 trains escorted by Government Railway Police of different States daily.
2.                 An Integrated Security System consisting of electronic surveillance of vulnerable stations through Close Circuit Television Camera Network, access control, Anti-sabotage checks has been finalized to strengthen surveillance mechanism over 202 sensitive Railway stations.
3.                 Security Helpline Number ‘182’ has been operational at all zonal railways to enable all rail passengers including ladies in distress to seek security related assistance round the clock.
4.                 To empower the RPF to create a more effective security mechanism over Indian Railways, a proposal for amendment in the RPF Act has been moved by the Ministry of Railways with the approval of the Ministries of Law and Justice and Home Affairs.
5.                  RPF holds regular coordination meetings with State Police at all levels to ensure proper registration and investigation of crime by Government Railway Police (GRP).

Policing on Railways is a State Subject and prevention of crime, registration of cases and their investigation in Railway premises as well as on running trains including creation of secure environment for women passengers are, therefore, the statutory responsibility of the State Governments, which they discharge through Government Railway Police (GRP) of the States concerned. However, Railway Protection Force (RPF) supplements the efforts of Government Railway Police by deploying its staff for escorting of important trains in affected areas and access control duties at important and sensitive stations.
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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Government Encourages Private/Foreign Direct Investment in Railway Sector

The Ministry of Railways has issued Sectoral guidelines for Domestic/Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in November, 2014. The following areas have been identified for Private/Foreign Direct Investment: (i) Suburban corridors through Public Private Partnership (PPP); (ii) High speed train projects; (iii) Dedicated freight lines; (iv) Rolling stock including trains sets and locomotive/coaches manufacturing and maintenance facilities; (v) Railway electrification; (vi) Signaling system; (vii) Freight terminals; (viii) Passenger terminals; (ix) Testing facilities and laboratories; (x) Non- Conventional Sources of Energy; (xi) Railway Technical Training Institutes; (xii) Concessioning of standalone passenger corridors (branch lines, hill railways etc.); (xiii) Mechanized Laundry; (xiv) Rolling stock procurement; (xv) Bio-toilets; (xvi) Technological solutions for manned and unmanned level crossings; (xvii) Technological solutions to improve Safety and reduce accidents.

Modernisation of existing assets and improvement in passenger amenities is an important and ongoing process on Indian Railways. The areas include track and bridges, mechanized maintenance of track, automatic signalling, higher capacity wagons, electrification, new generation diesel and electric locomotives, green toilets on passenger trains, modernization of stations and terminals, quality of bed linen, provision of 24X7 helpline, ticketing, catering services, entertainment facilities on-board, enhancement of train capacity, Wi-Fi facility at stations etc.

Also a Participative Policy for rail connectivity and capacity augmentation was issued on 10.12.2012 which provides five models for building rail connectivity.

No specific investment proposal has been received since the opening of FDI in Rail Transport. However, approximately ` 10,000 crore private investment have been committed for 19 projects under different participative models.

An Investors Meet was organised on 5th December, 2014 and discussions with potential investors have been held to attract private investments.

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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Use of Alternate Fuel on Indian Railways


Based on expert advice from Research Designs and Standards Organisation (RDSO) and Indian Railways Organisation for Alternate Fuels (IROAF), it was decided to blend 5 per cent Bio-diesel on diesel locomotives. Dual fuel engines with Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) and diesel have been introduced on Diesel Electric Multiple Units (DEMUs). Auxiliary Power Unit (APU) is fitted on diesel locomotives to reduce fuel consumption during idling by shutting down main engine. multigenset locomotives, designed to have more than one engine on board, with number of engines working in relation to train load and shutting down on reduced train loads and duty cycles, have been introduced.
Central Electricity authority (CEA) was appointed by Railways for preparing “Energy plan for Indian Railways” and suggesting ways to optimize the cost of buying power for the Railways.
Salient recommendations in CEA Report are as follows:
1.      Indian Railways to migrate part of existing traction loads from DISCOMs in a phased manner and procure the same from Generating companies (GENCO) through tariff based bidding/ bilateral arrangements.
2.      Indian Railways to explore constructing Railways Transmission line for direct connection to Inter-state Transmission Line for direct connection to Inter-state Transmission System (ISTS)
3.      Carry out detailed energy audits.
            Zonal Railways have been advised to procure Bio-diesel for use on diesel locomotives. DEMU train sets have been introduced in service with dual fuel CNG/ diesel engines. 100 diesel locomotives are fitted with APUs. Two multigenset locomotives are introduced on line.
: The steps taken by Railways to bring down expenditure on electricity are:
Setting up of captive power plant at Nabinagar in Joint Venture (JV) with NTPC, construction of transmission lines, getting power at economic tariff through bilateral arrangements with Damodar Valley Corporation (DVC) and other Generating Companies (GENCOS) progressively and auditing of major electrical installations.
                        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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Feasibility Study of High Speed Trains

The first sector identified for introduction of High Speed trains/bullet trains in the country is Mumbai-Ahmedabad. For this sector, two studies, one - a joint feasibility study, co-financed by India and Japan and another - a business development study by French Railways (SNCF) have been undertaken. Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has submitted first interim report in July 2014 and Second interim report was submitted in November 2014. SNCF has submitted the report in September, 2014.

Government is undertaking a feasibility study for Diamond Quadrilateral Network of High Speed trains comprising of four sides i.e. (i) Delhi-Mumbai, (ii) Mumbai-Chennai, (iii) Chennai-Kolkata, (iv) Kolkata-Delhi and both diagonals i.e. (v) Delhi-Chennai and (vi) Mumbai-Kolkata. The total length of network will be approx. 10,000 km. Delhi-Chennai section has been identified for feasibility study in cooperation with Govt. of China.

Other sections where pre-feasibility studies for high speed rail have been completed / in progress are as below:-

(i)Delhi-Agra-Lucknow-Varanasi -Patna – 991 km, (ii) Howrah-Haldia – 135 km, (iii) Hyderabad-Dornakal-Vijaywada -Chennai – 664 km , (iv) Chennai-Bangalore-Coimbatore-Ernakulam-Thiruvananthapuram – 850 km, (v) Delhi-Chandigarh-Amritsar- 450 km & (vi) Delhi-Jaipur-Ajmer-Jodhpur - 591 km.

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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Construction of High Speed Dedicated Freight Corridors on Railways

The Ministry of Railways has sanctioned implementation of Eastern Dedicated Freight Corridor (EDFC) and Western Dedicated Freight Corridor (WDFC) with freight train speeds of maximum 100 Kmph.

Alignment for both WDFC & EDFC has been finalized. WDFC starts from Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT), Mumbai and passes through the States of Maharashtra, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Haryana, and terminate at Dadri in Uttar Pradesh. The total length of the Western DFC is about 1500 Kms.

The Eastern Freight Corridor, starts from Sahnewal near Ludhiana in Punjab and passes through the States of Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand and terminate at Dankuni in West Bengal, total length being 1856 Kms.

As regards land acquisition, award of 20 F (Compensation Award) under Railway Amendment Act 2008, for 80% of land has been completed. Civil Contracts of about 1100 km and System Contract of 945 km have been finalized. Civil works are progressing in Khurja-Kanpur, Mughalsarai-Sonnagar Section of EDFC and in Rewari-Palanpur Section of WDFC.

Excluding Sonnagar –Dankuni Section of EDFC, WDFC and EDFC is targeted to be completed in December 2019. Project implementation schedule, timelines have been drawn up and are being monitored on regular basis.

Apart from EDFC & WDFC, Preliminary Engineering Cum Traffic Surveys (PETS) have been taken up for the following DFCs:-

East-West Corridor (Kolkata-Mumbai) - It will traverse through the States of West Bengal, Jharkhand, Odisha, Chhattisgarh and Maharashtra.

North-South Corridor (Delhi-Chennai): - It will traverse through the States of Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu.

East Coast Corridor (Kharagpur-Vijaywada): - It will traverse through the States of West Bengal, Odisha and Andhra Pradesh.

Southern Corridor (Chennai-Goa): - It will traverse through the States of Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Goa.

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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Government Considers One Time Find Infusion to Revive Languishing NH Project

Government is also considering one time fund infusion to revive and physically complete some of these languishing projects being implemented on Public-Private-Partnership (PPP) mode of delivery only. This proposal of moderate fund infusion would help physical completion of languishing NH projects expeditiously bringing relief, thereby, to the citizens/highway users in the area.

Delay in land acquisition and Statutory Clearances, local law and order issues, shortage of construction material etc. are main factors contributing to delay in implementation of National Highway (NH) projects under National Highways Development Project (NHDP). Most of these are addressed with the support of the respective State Governments and attempts taken by the Government to streamline the process for such statutory clearances.

This information was given by Minister of State for Road Transport and Highways, Shri Pon Radhakrishnan in a written reply in Rajya Sabha today.


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Seven ROBs Proposed at NH 65 and NH 89



Two proposals aggregating amounting to Rs. 19.54 crore under Economic Importance (EI) is in  process of approval for Nagaur district in Rajasthan.

This information was given by Minister of State for Road Transport and Highways, Shri Pon Radhakrishnan in a written reply in Lok Sabha today.




Details of Bypass Roads and ROBs Proposed to be constructed at NH 89 and NH 65




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All Level Crossings to be Replaced by ROBs/RUBs in Five Years



Ministry of Road Transport & Highways has proposed to replace all level crossings on National Highways in the country by ROBs/RUBs (Railway Over bridges/Railway Under bridges) in next five years, subject to inter-se priority and availability of funds.  

This information was given by Minister of State for Road Transport and Highways, Shri Pon Radhakrishnan in a written reply in Lok Sabha today.



State-wise Details of ROBs/RUBs constructed in on NH3

Sl No.
State/UT
Number of Railway Overbridges/Railway Under Bridges (ROBs/RUBs) constructed on National Highways in the country
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Andhra Pradesh
44
2
Assam
21
3
Bihar
22
4
Chandigarh
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5
Chhattisgarh
6
6
Goa
2
7
Gujarat
26
8
Haryana
29
9
Himachal Pradesh
3
10
Jharkhand
8
11
Karnataka
30
12
Kerala
24
13
Madhya Pradesh
7
14
Maharashtra
47
15
Odisha
13
16
Punjab
28
17
Rajasthan
8
18
Tamil Nadu
64
19
Telangana
21
20
Uttar Pradesh
62
21
Uttarakhand
1
22
West Bengal
44


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Government Takes Steps to meet the Target for Each Port

The steps taken by the Government to fulfil the shortfall regarding target set for each port within the remaining period of Twelfth Five Year Plan:-

(i) Enhanced delegation of financial powers to Shipping Ministry to accord investment approval for PPP projects.

(ii) Upto 100% FDI under the automatic route is allowed for port development projects.

(iii) Income tax incentives are allowed as per Income Tax Act, 1961.

(iv) Bidding documents like RFQ, RFP and Concession Agreement have been standardized.

(v) Streamlining of security clearance procedures.

(vi) Close monitoring of developmental projects in the Major Ports.

This information was given by Minister of State for Ministry of Shipping Shri Pon Radhakrishnan in a written reply in Lok Sabha today.

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EoI Invited for Water Transport System

Ministry of Shipping has invited Expression of Interest (EoI) from interested parties for running ferry services, seaplanes and hovercraft services, Ro-Pax vessels, passenger cruise in India. In response, interested parties have submitted proposals for commencement of high speed catamaran, Ro-Ro/Ro-pax service on various routes including Mumbai and nearby coastal locations like Mandwa, Goa and certain coastal cities in Gujarat.

This information was given by Minister of State for Ministry of Shipping Shri Pon Radhakrishnan in a written reply in Lok Sabha today.

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Government heads to Avoid Dependence on Foreign Transhipment Terminals

The main measures taken by the Government to promote development of transhipment hub in India and avoid dependence of Indian EXIM cargo on foreign transhipment terminals are:

i) Relaxation of cabotage restrictions was granted to the International Container Transit Terminal (ICTT), Vallarpadam of Cochin Port Trust on 21 September, 2012 initially for a period of three years.

ii) The Government of India has exempted Customs and Excise Duty leviable on specified bunker fuels used in Indian flag vessels for transportation of EXIM and empty containers between two or more ports in India.

As per available information, during the year 2012-13, from major ports of India, 72.6% of the containers were transported to their destination and 27.4% of the containers were transhipped through Colombo, Singapore and other international ports. The shipping lines decide to use a port for transhipment depending upon several factors such as availability of vessels, availability of cargo for onward journey, cost of transhipment at the port, convenient geographical location of the port, access to major trading center etc.,

This information was given by Minister of State for Ministry of Shipping Shri Pon Radhakrishnan in a written reply in Lok Sabha today.

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Handling Capacity of Major Ports Match with the Trade Demands

The handling capacity of the major ports in the Country is sufficient to match with the trade demands. The capacity of all Major Ports as on 31.03.2014 was 800.52 Million Metric Tonnes (MMT) against cargo traffic of 555.54 MMT handled in 2013-14. Thus the capacity utilization is around 70% and as per internationally-accepted norms the gap between the traffic and the capacity is usually around 30%. Moreover, Government has taken many measures to improve the efficiency of operations through mechanisation, deepening the draft and speedy evacuation.

Connectivity of ports with National Waterways (NW) such as Haldia & Kolkata Port (NW1 & 2), Cochin Port (NW 3), Kakinada and Krishnapatnam Ports (NW 4) and Paradip and Dhamra Ports (NW 5) will ensure cargo movement right from the ports to hinterland through National Waterways and vice-versa.

This information was given by Minister of State for Ministry of Shipping Shri Pon Radhakrishnan in a written reply in Lok Sabha today.

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Foreign Tourist Arrivals record an impressive growth rate of 10.6% during 2014

The yearly estimate of FTAs for the year 2014 stands provisionally revised to 7.70 million during 2014 with a growth rate of 10.6% over FTAs of 6.97 million during 2013. As against the growth rate of 4.7% in the International Tourist Arrivals (ITAs) during 2014, (as per UNWTO barometer, January 2015) India has recorded more than double the growth rate during the same period.

The Ministry of Tourism compiles provisional monthly estimates of Foreign Tourist Arrivals (FTAs) and arrives at the yearly estimated number of the FTAs.


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Large Revenue Generating Projects for Development of Tourism Infrastructure

The Ministry of Tourism has a scheme of Assistance for Large Revenue Generating (LRG) Projects for development of tourism infrastructure, in order to bring in private sector, corporate and institutional resources as well as techno-managerial efficiency. The projects admissible under this scheme should be of tourist’s attraction or used by tourists to generate revenue through levy of fee or user charges on the visitors.

Some of the important items which are covered under this scheme are: Tourist trains, Cruise vessels, Cruise Terminals, Convention Centres, Golf Courses, Health and Rejuvenation facilities and last mile connectivity to tourist destinations, etc.

The subsidy under the scheme has a cap of Rs.50.00 crore subject to a maximum of 25% of total project cost or 50% of equity contribution of the promoters, whichever is lower. Projects sanctioned in this scheme so far are mainly luxury tourist trains, ropeways, development of golf courses, etc.

The Project of Integrated Cable-Car and Lakeside Tourism Project at Loktak Lake, Manipur was sanctioned in 2013-14 for an amount of Rs. 2035 lakhs under LRGP.

This information was given by the Union Minister of State for Culture (Independent Charge), Tourism (Independent Charge), & Civil Aviation, Dr. Mahesh Sharma in reply to a starred question in the Lok Sabha today.

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News schemes PRASAD and SWADESH DARSHAN launched by the government to promote Tourism: Dr Mahesh Sharma

In pursuance of the budget announcement 2014-15, the Ministry of Tourism has launched two new plan schemes (i) “National Mission on Pilgrimage Rejuvenation and Spiritual Augmentation Drive (PRASAD)” and (ii) “SWADESH DARSHAN”. Both the schemes are to be implemented in mission mode. Developing world-class infrastructure in the respective destinations/circuits is one of the mission objectives of the schemes.

Under PRASAD, initially, twelve cities namely Amritsar, Ajmer, Amaravati, Dwaraka, Gaya, Kanchipuram, Kedarnath, Kamakhya, Mathura, Puri, Varanasi and Vellankani have been identified for development.

This information was given by the Union Minister of State for Culture (Independent Charge), Tourism (Independent Charge), & Civil Aviation, Dr. Mahesh Sharma in a reply to an Unstarred question in theLok Sabha today.

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169962 persons trained till date in the Hunar Se RozgarTak since its inception

A total of 169962 persons have been trained in the Hunar Se RozgarTak (HSRT) programme since its inception in the year 2009-10 till 31/1/2015. Theprogrammeis fully funded by the Union Ministry of Tourism.

In December, 2014, the scope ofHunar Se RozgarTak(HSRT)programme was expanded to allow the AICTE/NSDA/government approved private hospitality Institutes as also the industrial units, industry associations and skill imparting bodies with proven credentials for its implementation.

Hunar Se RozgarTak (HSRT), imparts tourism and hospitality specific skills to young persons aspiring to join the tourism sector.

Presently training courses are also in place to bring up tourist escorts, tourist facilitators, event facilitators, security guards, tour assistants, transfer assistants and office assistants.

Under another programme, the Ministry tests and certifies the skills of the existing service providers in the sector.

Under the skill testing and certification programme, the existing service providers are oriented for 5 days and on the 6th day their skills are tested and certified. The programme is delivered by the MoT sponsored Institutes of Hotel Management and Food Craft Institutes. A total of 67878 service providers have been skill certified since the inception of the programme in 2009-10 till 31/1/2015.

Besides, the Indian Institute of Tourism and Travel Management (IITTM) also conducts training programmes to groom guides.

This information was given by the Union Minister of State for Culture (Independent Charge), Tourism (Independent Charge), & Civil Aviation, Dr. Mahesh Sharma in a reply to an Unstarred question in the LokSabha today.

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U.P. Pro-Poor Tourism Development Project forwarded to World Bank for assistance of USD 210

The Uttar Pradesh Pro Poor Tourism Development Project has been approved by the Screening Committee of the Department of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance and has been posed to the World Bank for an external assistance of USD 210 million. The above project aims to contribute to improving living conditions and increasing income opportunities for poor through enhanced tourism development in selected destinations in the Buddhist Circuit, Braj region and Agra. The Project will leverage resources through advisory and technical assistance and financing for institutional strengthening, asset rehabilitation, infrastructure and services along the Buddhist Circuit and Braj Agra Corridor.

This information was given by the Union Minister of State for Culture (Independent Charge), Tourism (Independent Charge), & Civil Aviation, Dr. Mahesh Sharma in a reply to an Unstarred question in the Lok Sabha today.

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Inclusion of Communities in ST List

So far 289 communities have been included as Scheduled Tribes in the Presidential Orders since 1990. Requests for inclusion of 373 communities have been received as on date. The proposals have been processed in accordance with the extant modalities.

The Government of India on June 15,1999 (further amended on June 25,2002) has laid down the modalities for determining the claims for inclusion in, exclusion from and other modifications. According to these modalities, only those proposals which have been recommended and justified by the concerned State Government/Union Territory Administration and concurred in by the Registrar General of India (RGI) and the National Commission for Scheduled Tribes (NCST) are to be considered for amendment of legislation.

This information was given by Union Minister of State for Tribal Affairs Shri Mansukhbhai Dhanjibhai Vasava in a written reply in lok Sabha today.

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Implementation of Special Area Programmes

Ministry of Tribal Affairs administers two Special Area Programmes , Special Central Assistance to Tribal Sub-Plan (SCA to TSP) and Grants under Article 275 (1) of the Constitution for the upliftment of tribal population. Under these programmes, funds are released to the State Governments.

The Ministry monitors the implementation of schemes through interaction/dialogues with the State Governments, visits of Officers to review the projects funded as also by obtaining utilization certificates/physical progress reports. The Ministry has also issued “Operational Guidelines for Formulation, Implementation and Monitoring of Tribal Sub-Plan and Article 275(1) grants” for effective implementation of schemes wherein issues related to allocation of funds, priority areas, needs for nodal Department in States, judicious utilization of TSP fund, institutionalizing the instruments for ensuring transparency, accountability and social audit have been suitably taken care of.

The then Planning Commission had also issued revised Guidelines for implementation of TSP by the States/UTs on June 18, 2014. The Guidelines stipulate for non-diversion of funds meant for tribal areas and comprehensive monitoring framework with well-defined indicators, covering provisioning, service delivery standards as well as outcomes.

This information was given by Union Minister of State for Tribal Affairs Shri Mansukhbhai Dhanjibhai Vasava in a written reply in lok Sabha today.


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ITDA for Welfare of Tribals

Integrated Tribal Development Agency (ITDA) / Integrated Tribal Development Project (ITDP), Micro Projects etc. were created in 1970s and 1980s as additional institutions for delivery of public goods and services to Scheduled Tribes. As on date 192 ITDAs / ITDPs exist across the country. Out of which a total of twenty nine ITDAs are functioning in the States of Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Odisha as dedicated institutions for delivery of public goods and services to Scheduled Tribes.

The Ministry of Tribal Affairs supports welfare activities for tribal people such as providing scholarships, residential schools, hostels, vocational training, skill upgradation, housing, horticulture, backyard poultry, fisheries, market support for tribal products, ensuring and safeguarding rights of scheduled tribes etc. Disbursement of funds to the ITDAs is done by the State Governments.

This information was given by Union Minister of State for Tribal Affairs Shri Mansukhbhai Dhanjibhai Vasava in a written reply in lok Sabha today.


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Tribal Empowerment and Livelihood Programmes


                                There are two ongoing Tribal Empowerment and Livelihood Programmes funded by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). They are in the States of Odisha and Jharkhand. Details of funds sanctioned and utilized under the Odisha Tribal Empowerment and Livelihood Programme during the last three years and the current year are as under:



The Jharkhand Tribal Empowerment and Livelihood Project is being implemented since  October 04, 2013. The funds sanctioned and utilized under the project are as under:



 This information was given by Union Minister of State for  Tribal Affairs Shri Mansukhbhai Dhanjibhai Vasava in a written reply in lok Sabha today.

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Cleaning of Ganga

              National Ganga River Basin Authority has resolved that by the year 2020 no untreated municipal sewage or industrial effluent will be discharged into River Ganga.

              Pollution abatement and cleaning of river Ganga is an ongoing and collaborative effort of the Central and State Governments. “Namami Gange”, an Integrated Ganga Conservation Mission has been set up under NGRBA for rejuvenation of river Ganga and its tributaries. Incorporating the existing projects under the NGRBA, the Ganga rejuvenation plan provides for ‘Short-term’ (3 years), ‘Medium-term’ (5 years) and ‘Long-term’ (10 years and more) action plan. The Ministry of Urban Development and Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation have also drawn action plans under ‘Swachh Bharat Mission’ (Urban and Rural) to address the sanitation issues, which will minimise the domestic/ municipal pollution load in the rivers of the country.

              The Hon’ble Supreme Court of India has made certain observations in some of the recent  
 orders during the year 2014 and 2015 on:                                                                                                            
       1.   Stage-wise developments for cleaning the river Ganga.
       2.  Status of Ganga River Basin Management Plan prepared with the help of Consortium of
            seven  IITs.
       3.  Follow up action taken in relation to Bhagirathi ecological sensitive zone notification.
       4.  Industrial pollution abatement.
Status on these have been submitted by the Government to the Hon’ble Supreme Court.
           
             This information was given by Union Minister of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation Sushri Uma Bharti in a written reply in Rajya Sabha today.

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Extraction of Ground Water

Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation has assessed the annual replenishable ground water resources of the Country through Central Ground Water Board (CGWB) jointly with State Ground Water Organizations. As per the latest assessment (as on March 2011), the annual ground water withdrawal for domestic and industrial purpose is 22.71 BCM (9.27% of the total ground water withdrawal) whereas ground water withdrawal for and for irrigation purpose is 222.36 BCM (90.73% of the total ground water withdrawal).

Central Ground Water Authority (CGWA) has framed up guidelines for extraction of ground water which were issued on November 15, 2012. In areas notified by the CGWA, ‘No Objection Certificate (NOC)’ to extract ground water through any energized means is not accorded except for drinking and domestic use. In non-notified areas, CGWA accords NOC for extraction of ground water to new or under expansion projects of industrial/infrastructure/mining, in accordance with the guidelines/criteria. NOC are to be renewed after fixed period of time, ensuring compliance of conditions laid in NOC. Ground water extraction for agriculture use in non-notified areas is not within the purview of existing guidelines.

This information was given by Union Minister of State for Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation Prof. Sanwar Lal Jat in a written reply in Rajya Sabha today.

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Rejuvenation of Ganga

The Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) has identified 764 Grossly Polluting Industries (GPIs) discharging industrial effluents and 56 Class – I Cities & 31 Class - II towns discharging waste water into river Ganga.

The Government has launched an ‘Integrated Ganga Conservation Mission’ – ‘Namami Gange’ in June, 2014, which approaches Ganga Rejuvenation based on learning lessons from the past, and by consolidating the existing ongoing efforts.

The Government has started the ‘National Ganga River Basin Authority’ (NGRBA) for funding pollution abatement projects on 70:30 cost sharing basis between Centre and States. This includes a World Bank assisted National Ganga River Basin Project (NGRBP) for Rs. 7000 crore, a Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) assisted Project at Varanasi for Rs. 496.90 crores and projects with Government’s own resources.

Based on the lessons learnt, an integrated and comprehensive action plan for ‘Short-term’ (3 years), ‘Medium-term’ (5 years) and ‘Long-term’ (10 years and more) has been developed under ‘Namami Gange’. The projects and activities under this plan include pollution abatement measures for different sources of pollution and other policy initiatives.

This information was given by Union Minister of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation Sushri Uma Bharti in a written reply in Rajya Sabha today.

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