National Smart Grid Mission




National Smart Grid Mission

Government has approved the National Smart Grid Mission (NSGM) -an institutional mechanism for planning, monitoring and implementation of policies and programs related to Smart Grid activities. 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 Lok Sabha today. The total outlay for NSGM activities for 12th Plan is Rs 980 crore with a budgetary support of Rs 338 crore.


NSGM has three tier structure:

At the apex level, NSGM has a Governing Council headed by the Minister of Power. Members of the Governing Council are Secretary level officers of concerned Ministries and departments. Role of Governing Council is to approve all policies and programme for smart grid implementation.

At the second level, the NSGM has an Empowered Committee headed by Secretary (Power). Members of the Empowered Committee are Joint Secretary level officers of concerned Ministries and departments. Role of Empowered Committee is to provide policy input to Governing Council and approve, monitor, review specific smart grid projects, guidelines / procedures etc.

In a supportive role, NSGM has a Technical Committee headed by Chairperson (CEA). Members of the Technical Committee are Director level officers of concerned Ministries & departments, representatives from industries and academia. Role of Technical Committee is to support the Empowered Committee on technical aspect, standards development, technology selection guidelines etc.

For day-to-day operations, NSGM has a NSGM Project Management Unit (NPMU) headed by the Director NPMU. Director NPMU is a Member of the Governing Council and Empowered Committee, and Member Secretary of Technical Committee. NPMU is the implementing agency for operationalizing the Smart Grid activities in the country under the guidance of Governing Council and Empowered Committee.

Grant up-to 30% of the project cost is available from NSGM budget. For selected components such as training & capacity building, consumer engagement etc, 100% grant is available.

Corresponding to the NSGM, State Level Mission chaired by the Power Secretary of the State has also been proposed. Support for training & capacity building to State Level Project Monitoring Units (SLPMUs) for smart grid activities is provided by NSGM.

The Minister further stated that The major activities envisaged under NSGM are development of smart grid, development of micro grids, consumer engagements and training & capacity building etc. NSGM entails implementation of a smart electrical grid based on state-of-the art technology in the fields of automation, communication and IT systems that can monitor and control power flows from points of generation to points of consumption, the Minister added.

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Railway Revenue Earnings up by 17.63 per cent during April 2015

The total approximate earnings of Indian Railways on originating basis in April 2015 were Rs. 14125.15 crore compared to Rs. 12008.56 crore during the same period last year, registering an increase of 17.63 per cent.

The total goods earnings were Rs. 9552.51 crore in April 2015 compared to Rs. 8174.94 crore in April 2014, showing an increase of 16.85 per cent.

The total passenger revenue earnings in April 2015 were Rs. 4013.66 crore compared to Rs. 3353.12 crore during the same period last year, registering an increase of 19.70 per cent.

The revenue earnings from other coaching amounted to Rs. 348.96 crore in April 2015 compared to Rs. 323.98 crore during the same period last year, showing an increase of 7.71 per cent.

The total approximate numbers of passengers booked during the month of April 2015 were 658.29 million compared to 684.32 million during the same period last year, showing a decrease of 3.80 per cent. In the suburban and non-suburban sectors, the numbers of passengers booked during the month of April 2015 were 344.23 million and 314.06 million compared to 361.40 million and 322.92 million during the same period last year, decrease of 4.75 per cent and 2.74 per cent respectively.

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Study Recommends an Integrated Transport Policy

Government has conducted a study on projected traffic flow, freight transport and the investment required for development of infrastructure in transport sector during the next two decades. The recommendations of the study cover a wide range of cases related to transport including the need to frame an integrated transport policy. The major finding of the study is that ‘a transport system must cut across modes of transport, administrative geographies, and integrate capital investment with regulatory and policy for development’.

Some of the specific actions taken by Government include development of inland waterways, coastal shipping, dedicated freight corridors in railways, electronic tolling system, development of public transport including metro, bus rapid common ticketing for urban transport etc.

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

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Initiatives to Develop Asian Highways

The Ministry of Road Transport & Highways has taken up coordinated initiatives to develop specific road / NH linkages leading to international borders with the country, including some of the routes falling on Asian Highways (AHs), through funding from external funding agencies, etc. Besides, National Highways (NHs) in the country, including those having international connectivity, is kept in traffic worthy condition from time to time within the available resources.

The development works on Asian Highways are taken up within the framework of national priorities without according separate specific priority. Funds are disbursed on construction and maintenance of NH are State/UT-wise and not NH or AH-wise. The state roads are upgraded to National Highways depending upon requirement of connectivity, inter-se-priority and availability of funds. No state road has been declared as NH in order to upgrade them into AH. Further, there is no such requirement also.

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

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Two More Non Major Ports to Import New Vehicles

In order to increase vehicle imports and reduce pressure and transaction costs of the manufacturers, the Government has recently decided to add two more Non-Major Ports, namely, Kattupalli Port and APM Terminals, Pipavav Port for importing new vehicles.

Among Major Ports, Jawaharlal Nehru Port, Mumbai Port, Kolkata Port, Chennai Port, Kamarajar Port and Cochin Port are permitted by the Department of Commerce, Ministry of Commerce and Industry for the import of new vehicles.

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

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Financial Assistance for Cruise Tourism

Government is providing financial assistance for development of Cruise Tourism related infrastructure to port authorities based on project proposals and subject to availability of funds. As per the Section 3 (9) of Indian Ports Act, 1908, the respective State Governments have overall jurisdiction on non-major ports and are responsible for their development.

Cruise Terminals are developed in Cochin, Chennai and Marmugao Ports which are major ports under the jurisdiction of Government of India.

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

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Steps to Encourage Investments in Port Sector

Government has taken several steps to encourage investments in the port sector including the following:

(1) 100% FDI under the automatic route is allowed for Port development projects.

(2) Port Sector has been given infrastructure status.

(3) Bidding documents like Request for Qualifications, Request for Proposal and Concession Agreement have been standardised for Public Private Participation (PPP) projects.

(4) The Tariff Guidelines for Major Ports have been revised giving more flexibility to the PPP operators to respond to market conditions.

Discussions have been held with all coastline states including Gujarat while formulating perspective plan for development and modernization of Ports, namely, “The Maritime Agenda 2010-2020”. Further, discussions have also been held with the coastline states while formulating the Sagarmala Project which is aimed at a comprehensive development of ports, port led development of the hinterland and efficient connectivity.

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

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Multi-purpose Berths at Major Ports 


Government aims to develop multi-purpose berths to handle cargo at various major ports in the country. These projects will enhance the capacity of respective ports to handle a variety of cargoes and meet the requirement of the trade. This will also help reducing the pre-berthing detention time and turn round time of vessels at these ports.

The detail of the multi-purpose berths being developed at various major ports are as follows:

Port
Multi-purpose berth
Capacity
(in MTPA/TEUs)
Estimated cost
(in crores)
Likely to be completed
Paradip Port
Construction of Multi-Purpose Berth to Handle Clean cargo including containers on BOT basis
5 MTPA
430.78
March, 2018
Visakhapatnam Port
Development of WQ-6 berth for handling multi cargo in the inner harbour on DBFOT basis
2.08 MTPA
114.50
Completed
Kamarajar Port
Development of multi cargo terminal on DBFOT basis
2 MTPA
151
May, 2017
New Mangalore Port
Deep draft multi-purpose general cargo berth No. 12 in the western dock arm.
3 MTPA
1.47
March, 2016
Mormugao Port
Conversion of the existing Mechanical Ore Handling Plant (MOHP), Berth No. 8, Berth No. 9 and Barge Berths to Multipurpose Cargo Berths
9 MTPA
525
January, 2019
Kandla Port
Development of dry cargo berth No. 14
2 MTPA
200
October, 2018
Development of dry cargo berth No. 16
2 MTPA
200
July, 2018


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

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