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World Bank approves $300 million energy efficiency program in India; Kumaraswamy, head of the Congress-JDS coalition, to become chief minister of Karnataka; Haryana signs ten MOUs with the UK entailing investment of $220 million and employment potential for around 1,000 persons; Assam and Rajasthan start implementing eWAY system; Maharashtra releases new plan to make Mumbai slum-free; Hyderabad Metro Rail to provide electric vehicle charging at its stations.

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The World Bank approved a $300 million program to help scale India's energy efficiency program. The package comprises of a $219 million loan and a $80 million guarantee to be implemented by Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL).

Source : Economic Times In Detail : Press Release

Electronic payments will be mandatory for intra-state movement of goods valued at over $733 in Assam from May 16 and in Rajasthan from May 20. On April 1, the central government launched the electronic bill system (E-Way) for moving goods worth over $733 from one state to another.

Source: Money Control

The central government signed memoranda of understanding (MoUs) with five states and one Union Territory (UT) to implement Ayushman Bharat, the National Health Protection Project which aims to provide free health coverage of up to $7,335 per family per year for those living below the poverty line.

Source: Times of India In Detail: Ayushman Bharat Press Release

Andhra Pradesh

The Government of Andhra Pradesh has announced a new policy to promote electric vehicles in the state. Andhra Pradesh is the first state to set a target of 1 million electric vehicles to be on the roads by 2023. Electric vehicle manufacturers will get a 10 percent capital subsidy for the first two companies setting up manufacturing units in the state.

Source: Financial Express

The Union Cabinet cleared in-principle a proposal for setting up a central university in Andhra Pradesh "Central University of Andhra Pradesh," and approved $66 million for its inception.

Source: The News Minute


NTPC Ltd. signed an MOU with Bihar and its power utilities to acquire their entire stake in two joint ventures at Nabinagar and Kanti, as well as purchase the Barauni thermal plant.

Source: Mint

New Delhi

The Union Cabinet approved the extension of the Delhi Metro corridor from Noida City Centre to Noida Sector 62, covering a distance of 4.1 miles.

Source: Financial Express


Gujarat Centre of Excellence, NASSCOM and IIT- Gandhinagar (IIT-Gn) signed a Memorandum of Understanding under which IIT-Gn will set up a center of excellence for Internet of Things (IoT) to encourage innovation in start-ups being set up by young entrepreneurs in the field of agriculture, and health.

Source: Times of India

The Gujarat government will bear expenses of up to $733 for each victim of a road accident in the state for the first 48 hours Source: Financial Express

The Gujarat government has launched an initiative to provide doorstep primary healthcare assistance for elderly people.

Source: The Hindu Business Line


Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar confirmed the signing of 10 MOUs with the UK for various projects entailing investment of around $220 million with employment potential for around 1,000 persons.

Source: Business World


With the fall of BJP's three-day-old government in Karnataka, H.D. Kumaraswamy, head of the Congress-JDS coalition, is set to become the chief minister for a second time on May 23, 2018.

Source: The Hindu Business Line

Renewable energy joint venture SB Energy has won 200 megawatts (MW) worth of solar projects auctioned by state-run Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) in Karnataka.

Source: Economic Times

Madhya Pradesh

Nothing critical to report this week.


Maharashtra and Singapore have constituted a joint committee to work in core areas, like affordable housing, airport development and urban infrastructure. An MOU was signed between the Pune Metropolitan Region Development Authority (PMRDA) and Singapore's Surbana Jurong for creating a master plan to tackle urban challenges and development of Pune city.

Source: Indian Express In Detail: Press Release

The Maharashtra government received eight bids with a total of 1,450 MW for its solar auction of 1,000 MW.

Source: Economic Times In detail: Tender document

Azure Power won a 130 MW solar power project auctioned by Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (MSEDCL). Azure Power will sign a 25 years Power Purchase Agreement with MSEDCL at a rate of 4 cents per kilowatt-hour (kWh).

Source: India West

The Maharashtra government rolled out a new plan to make Mumbai slum-free. According to the plan, more than 1.8 million slum dwellers, who live in tenements built between 2000 and 2011, have been guaranteed rehabilitation. The residents would have to pay for the house they get as a replacement under the Pradhan Mantri Awaas Yojana's interest subvention scheme.

Source: Money Control


The Rajasthan Electricity Regulatory Commission (RERC) has allowed Adani Power Rajasthan (ARPL), which runs the 1,320 MW Kawai power plant, to recover the additional cost estimated by the company at $179 million per annum since 2014, but yet to be approved by the buyer discoms.

Source: Financial Express

Tamil Nadu

A hydro-electricity generation project is to be established in Kattukuppai at a cost of $271.3 million

Source: Deccan Chronicle

The Trichy Corporation signed an MOU with CSIR-Central Leather Research Institute (CLRI) to build a detailed project report (DPR) for building a 100 tons per day biogas bottling plant using organic municipal solid waste.

Source: Times of India

To increase air connectivity to major Indian cities, Tamil Nadu government said it would provide tax concession on aviation fuel for night halt flights at the Coimbatore city airport which will increase connectivity for the state.

Source: Financial Express


Telangana govt signed an MOU with DASAN and Celkon Hyderabad on May 18. The agreement, promoting cooperation for facilitating investments in Telangana, will generate more than 2,000 new employment opportunities in Telangana.

Source: Business Today

Hyderabad Metro Rail will become the first metro in the country to provide electric vehicle charging stations. Working in collaboration with the Power Grid Corporation of India Limited the company will facilitate the provision of electric vehicle charging stations at its metro stations.

Source: Telangana Today

Uttar Pradesh

The Uttar Pradesh New and Renewable Energy Development Agency (UPNEDA) has released a tender for 75 MW rooftop solar photovoltaic projects to be installed on rooftops across the state.

Source: Mercom India In detail: E-tender Document

West Bengal

Nothing critical to report this week.

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Himachal Pradesh

Himachal Pradesh is planning to set up a power sale control room to monitor electricity generation and revenue of the state government.

Source: Economic Times


Reliance Power has transferred its entire stake in the 3,960 MW Tilaiya power plant to the state-run Jharkhand Urja Vikas Nigam for $16.5 million. The state's energy department has accepted the termination of power purchase agreement for the Tilaiya plant.

Source: Financial Express

The Union Cabinet approved the setting up of a branch of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in Deoghar, Jharkhand with a provision of $161.8 million.

Source: Business Standard


The State government unveiled a draft labor policy that sought to strike a delicate balance between workers' welfare and Kerala's aspiration to evolve as a global ease-of-doing-business destination.

Source: The Hindu In detail: Kerala State Labour Policy 2018 (Malayalam)


The Punjab Government is promoting the state as a favourite destination for the food processing industry and as a global leader in export of value-added agri-produce. During the 'Punjab Agri and Food Conclave,' A total of 25 MOUs with various entrepreneurs worth $10 million were signed. An MOU was also signed between the government and Punjab Agricultural University for transferring techniques to the food processing sector.

Source: Daily Pioneer


Uttarakhand inaugurated the state's first City Gas Distribution (CGD) network at Rudrapur in Udham Singh Nagar district. It is the country's eighthCGD system. The 310 mile long pipeline will be completed by 2020 and provide employment to 2,000 people.

Source: Economic Times