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.
The Himachal Pradesh Electricity Regulatory Commission has set a tariff of $0.024 (Rs. 1.70) per kilowatt-hour (kWh) for FY 2019-2020 for the sale of power from BASPA II, a 300 megawatt hydropower project located on Baspa River in the Kinnaur district.
The Himachal Pradesh Electricity Regulatory Commission revised power tariffs for all domestic consumers, except below poverty line consumers. The commission increased power tariffs for these consumers by $0.007, and also increased fixed charges for all consumers not covered under demand-based fixed charges by $0.14 per month.
The Himachal Pradesh Electricity Regulatory Commission set generic tariffs for solar photovoltaic (PV) projects at between $0.057 and $0.058 (Rs. 3.94 to Rs. 4.06) per kWh. This tariff rate will be applicable in cases where the joint petition for the approval of a PPA has been submitted to the HPERC on or after April 1, 2019, but not later than September 30, 2019, and also those solar PV projects that have been commissioned on or before March 31, 2021.
The Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC) settled a dispute regarding the determination of tariff rates for a hydroelectric project in Himachal Pradesh. Sutlej Jal Vidyut Nigam Limited had filed a petition seeking to revise the tariff rates between 2009 and 2014 for a 1,500 MW hydroelectric project at the Nathpa Jhakri project.
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U.S.–India Energy Cooperation Project Tracker — There is currently no data available for . (updated July 3, 2019)
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.