North India’s power generator, mountainous Himachal Pradesh is a relatively well-off state that accounts for 26% of India’s hydro power potential. Almost 90 percent of the state’s population lives in rural areas, and the economy is thus largely driven by agriculture. Himachal Pradesh’s difficult terrain, lack of infrastructure, and status as a backwater that shares a high-altitude border with China have made industries slow to enter the state. However, the state has a growing number of tourists who are interested in adventure and spiritual tourism – the latter is bolstered by the fact that the state is home to the Tibetan government in exile. Himachal Pradesh has also emerged as the largest hub for drug manufacturing units in Asia with over 300 pharmaceutical companies operating in the state.
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India faces a complex energy challenge: it needs cheap and abundant energy to power high economic growth and lift its citizens into the middle class. But it also hopes to keep its commitments to the U.N. Climate Change Convention and achieve energy independence. India’s states have the resources to generate the energy India needs, but they take different approaches to fostering the growth of the industry. This section allows you to explore energy news from India’s states and offers the Wadhwani Chair’s analysis of India’s energy sector.
National Hydroelectric Power Corporation issues tender for 1,082.16 kilowatts of solar projects in Himachal PradeshPosted on February 13, 2019
The National Hydroelectric Power Corporation issued a tender for 1,082.16 kilowatts of rooftop and small solar power projects at various power stations in Himachal Pradesh. The successful bidder will get nine months to commission the project and will be required to provide operation and maintenance services for five years.
State-owned National Thermal Power Corporation has invited solar power developers to develop 15 MW floating solar PV capacity at its Koldam Hydroelectric Power Project in Bilaspur district of Himachal Pradesh.
The Himachal Pradesh Electricity Regulatory Commission (HPERC) has issued HPERC (Renewable Power Purchase Obligation and its Compliance) (Fifth Amendment) Regulations, 2018. According to the new regulation, the state’s solar renewable purchase obligation (RPO) has been set at 7.25 percent and non-solar RPO at 10.25 percent for fiscal year 2019-20. Thereafter the solar RPO will be ratcheted up on an annual basis till 2021.
The Himachal Pradesh government has allotted the 780 MW Jangi-Thopan-Powari hydroelectric project to the state-run power producer, Satluj Jal Vidyut Nigam Limited. The allotment of project is on a “Build, Own, and Operate & Transfer” basis for a period of 70 years.
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Solar Performance Tracker — Himachal Pradesh reaches 22.68 MW (updated May 11, 2019)
Wind Performance Tracker — Himachal Pradesh achieves 0 MW (updated May 11, 2019)
While India’s healthcare system is expansive in terms of the number of beneficiaries covered, inequalities in access to high-quality yet affordable care continue to plague delivery systems and push citizens towards the more unregulated private sector. Similarly, while India’s National Health Policy of 2017 promises to reform this system, the responsibility to institute those reforms falls to the states who each have their own unique challenges and opportunities to meet the healthcare needs of their people. This section allows you to explore emerging healthcare policies and news covering new initiatives from India’s states and offers the Wadhwani Chair’s analysis of India’s healthcare sector.
Smile Train India, a non-government organization, signed an MOU with the National Health Mission in Himachal Pradesh provide free surgeries for the children with congenital cleft lip and palate.
Himachal Pradesh became the first Indian state to launch a single emergency number “112” which will connect to police, fire, health, and other helplines through an Emergency Response Center in the state.