Big News: Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission permits distribution companies to increase tariffs for consumers using more than 200 units of electricity in a month; Kakrapar Atomic Power Project (KAPP), Gujarat begins commercial operations; Union Finance Ministry approves capital investment proposals of $6.87 billion for 16 states; Union Finance Ministry earmarks $17.4 billion to states for additional borrowings to undertake power sector reforms; and more.

Industrial Policy & Business Regulations  

Gujarat signs a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Micron Technology Inc, a US-based semiconductor manufacturer, to set up a $2.74 billion, state-of-the-art semiconductor unit near Ahmedabad.

Source: Current Affairs; In detail: Press release

Land Acquisition & Labor Regulations  

Nothing critical to report this week.

Infrastructure & Governance  

Odisha notifies the Odisha Apartment (Ownership and Management) Ordinance, 2023. The ordinance will be applicable to all apartments or buildings converted into apartments irrespective of whether their construction was before or after the date of the enforcement of the Ordinance.

Source: Odisha TV; In detail: Twitter (Ordinance)

Oil & Gas  

Nothing critical to report this week.  

Water & Sanitation  

Nothing critical to report this week.  

Power & Renewable Energy  

Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission (DERC) allows distribution companies to increase power tariffs. Users consuming more than 200 units will have to pay an additional 8 percent surcharge, on average, but tariffs for users who consume less than 200 units per month will remain unchanged.

Source: Economic Times; In detail: Twitter

Gujarat Electricity Regulatory Authority (GERC) introduces the Draft Gujarat Electricity Regulatory Commission (Terms and Conditions for Green Energy Open Access) Regulations, 2023, aiming to provide green energy open access benefits to different categories of power consumers.

Source: Solar Quarter; In detail: Draft regulations

Kakrapar Atomic Power Project (KAPP), Gujarat which is India’s first indigenously developed 700 MW nuclear power reactor begins commercial operations.

Source: Economic Times

Tamil Nadu issues an order for providing free permits for battery-operated vehicles and vehicles driven on ethanol and methanol.

Source: News 18; In detail: Order

Andhra Pradesh notifies the Green Hydrogen and Green Ammonia Policy-2023, targeting a production capacity of 0.5 million tons per annum (MTPA) of green hydrogen and 2 MTPA of green ammonia over the next five years. The policy would also help create 12,000 jobs per MTPA of green hydrogen produced.

Source: Mercom; In detail: Green Hydrogen and Green Ammonia Policy-2023

World Bank sanctions $200 million for financing the Himachal Power Sector Development Program for improving renewable energy integration in the state.

Source: Economic Times; In detail: Press release

Punjab State Electricity Regulatory Commission (PSERC) introduces the Punjab State Electricity Regulatory Commission (Terms and Conditions for Intra-State Open Access) (10th Amendment) Regulations, 2023, to align its intra-state open access with the central government’s Green Energy Open Access Rules.

Source: Solar Quarter; In detail: Gazette information (Notification number: PSERC/Secy/Regu.177. and Gazette number: CHD/0092/2021-2023)

Climate Change

Nothing critical to report this week.

Health   

Tamil Nadu launches a scheme to provide life-saving emergency doses to people experiencing symptoms of myocardial infarction or heart attack. Under the scheme, the government will make cardiac drugs available at 8,713 health sub-centres (HSCs) and 2,200 primary health centres (PHCs) and urban primary health centres (UPHCs) across Tamil Nadu at a cost of $410,483.

Source: The Hindu

Center – State Relations  

Union Finance Ministry earmarks $17.4 billion to states for additional borrowings in FY24 to undertake power sector reforms. The additional financing window is dependent on the implementation of specific power sector reforms by states.

Source: Mint; In detail: Press release

Department of Expenditure under the Union Finance Ministry approves capital investment proposals of $6.87 billion for 16 states in the current financial year 2023-24. The 16 states include Arunachal Pradesh, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Goa, Gujarat, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Mizoram, Odisha, Rajasthan, Sikkim, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, and West Bengal.

Source: Indian Express; In detail: Press release

Union Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers approves the PM-PRANAM scheme with an outlay of $44.8 billion, to incentivise states to promote alternative fertilisers and reduce the use of chemical fertilisers.

Source: Economic Times; In detail: Press release

Any Other

Uttar Pradesh approves the Uttar Pradesh Township Policy-2023 aiming to induce private investment for improving civic amenities from economic, social and environmental points of view.

Source: NDTV In detail: CMO Twitter

Meghalaya releases the Meghalaya Tourism Policy, 2023, which seeks to promote the tourism sector in the state.

Source: The Meghalayan; In detail: Meghalaya Tourism Policy, 2023