Big News

Haryana to shut down 378 companies due to their pollution activities in contaminating the river Yamuna; state power discoms still owe nearly half of overdue payments despite implementation of UDAY scheme; Delhi Metro’s violet line runs on solar power; Adani Power backs out of plan to acquire a thermal project in Chhattisgarh due to low tariffs demanded by customers; and more.

Center – State relations

Twenty states and Union Territories have so far joined the pan-India network for a single emergency helpline number – “112.” The ”112” helpline will integrate the police, fire, and women’s safety helpline numbers and aims to provide immediate assistance can be sought by anyone in distress. Source: Deccan Herald

The Central Electricity Regulatory Commission has ordered the national load dispatch center to issue renewable energy certificates for a small hydro project of capacity 10 megawatts (MW) owned and operated by Gokak Power and Energy Limited. Source: Mercom In detail: Order

Data from India’s Ministry of Power demonstrates that, despite the launch of the Ujwal Discom Assurance Yojana, or UDAY scheme, state power distribution companies owe $3.94 billion of out a total $5.99 billion in overdue payments as of February 2019. Source: The Hindu Business Line

Andhra Pradesh

The Andhra Pradesh Electricity Regulatory Commission approved a tariff of $0.011 (Rs 7.5) per kilowatt-hour (kWh) for two 5 MW of waste-to-energy projects belonging to Anantapur MSW Private Limited and Envikare Green Energy Private Limited. Source: Mercom In detail: Tariff order


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New Delhi

The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation began running its Violet Line on solar power as it starts its bid to become world’s first 100 percent green energy metro rail network. The solar power for the line comes from 27 MW of power from Madhya Pradesh’s Rewa Solar Power project, which is expected to increase to 99 MW so that the all Delhi metro operations can be run on solar energy by 2021. Source: Business Standard In detail: Press Release


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The Haryana state pollution control board sent closure notices to around 378 industrial units, or companies, in the state for polluting Yamuna River by pumping untreated water into it. Source: Hindustan Times


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Madhya Pradesh

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Tamil Nadu

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The Solar Energy Corporation of India invited tenders to set up 150 MW worth of solar photo-voltaic power projects on behalf of coal mining company Singareni Collieries Company Ltd. Source: The Hindu Business Line In detail: Tender details

Uttar Pradesh

The Uttar Pradesh Electricity Regulatory Commission approved a new tender for the development of 100 MW of floating solar photovoltaic projects in the state. Source: Mercom

West Bengal

RKEC Projects, in joint venture with China’s Qingdao Construction Engineering, won a new project worth $74.9 million to construct a four-lane bridge across Ganga river, near Farakkha in West Bengal. Source: The Hindu Business Line

Best of the Rest


Adani Power withdrew its offer to acquire the KSK Mahanadi thermal project in Chhattisgarh. The decision came after Adani stated that the acquisition was unviable after the Uttar Pradesh Power Corporation, which is one of KSK’s key customers, has decided to reduce tariffs for the procurement of electricity. Source: Business Standard


Officials from the Asian Development Bank, led by country director Kenichi Yokoyama, held a meeting with the state government officials to support infrastructure planning and implementation for North Eastern Region Project Readiness Financing and Technical Assistance. Source: Nagaland Post In detail: Project details


Three “major towns” and three “small towns” from Punjab have been selected to be developed as model cities for waste management in India. The major towns are Amritsar, Bathinda, and Mohali, while the small towns are Nawanshahr, Moonak, and Rupnagar. Source: Times of India