Update on India’s States: January 18, 2017

Coca-Cola to invest $110 million for bottling plant in Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka’s new solar target is 6,000 MW by 2021, Telangana joins regional connectivity scheme, Cisco to introduce digital classrooms in women’s colleges in Rajasthan, Maharashtra government opens 500 wireless hotspots as part of its smart city program

Center-State relations

The central government has issued draft requirements for its Digital Village initiative, which is meant to provide services such as tele-medicine, tele-education, WiFi hotspots, and LED street lighting in 100 villages across India. The requirements include setting up smart schools and three primary healthcare centers. Participating states and union territories will choose the implementing organizations. Source: Indian Express

International Enterprise-Singapore has agreed to partner with the regional development authority responsible for building the state’s new capital to help manage its urban assets and infrastructure planning. Source: The Hindu

The State Investment Promotion Board has approved investment proposals worth over $879 million. The Board, comprising of eight members, approved 109 projects and has 11 on hold. The highlighted sectors include agriculture, infrastructure for LPG products, starch manufacturing, and alcohol and non-alcoholic beverages. Source: Hindustan Times

The New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) presented its budget for 2017-18. The budget projected total receipts of $531.3 million against a total estimated expenditure of $530.5 million. Source: Economic Times

The Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit 2017 produced 25,578 memoranda of understanding (MoU) during the three-day event. More than seventy percent of the MoUs involved micro, small, and medium enterprises, 20 percent dealt with large-scale industries, and four percent covered technology sharing. Source: Financial Express

The Haryana government introduced a new Industrial Infrastructure Development Scheme, which aims to provide incentives to different categories of industries to move to industrially backward areas. The scheme also includes improving state and national roads, water and power infrastructure around megaprojects. Source: Business Standard

Haryana received 24 investment proposals worth $3 billion during the two-day Pravasi Haryana Divas. The proposals were in the defense, aerospace, manufacturing, healthcare, and education sectors. Source: Times of India

Karnataka has amended its solar policy to set a new, higher, target for solar generation of 6,000 megawatts (MW) by March 2021. Current installed capacity, including rooftop solar, is 300 MW. Source: The Hindu

Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd won bidding on a $14 million order from Power Grid Corporation of India for augmentation of three extra high voltage (EHV) sub-stations in Karnataka. The work is funded by the Asian Development Bank. Source: Hindu Business Line

Coca-Cola India will invest a total of $110 million to build a bottling plant over more than 100 acres at Hoshangabad in Madhya Pradesh. Source: Hindu Business Line

The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) won 100 of 244 seats and seven municipal council presidencies in the last phase of municipal council polls. This was enough to allow the party to retain the top position in local government seats in the state, with 1,190 councillors and 71 municipal council presidents. Source: Business Standard

Maharashtra opened 500 wireless hotspots in Mumbai as part of its Smart City program. The government plans to expand to 1,200 hotspots by May 2018. Source: Indian Express

The National Thermal Power Corporation Limited (NTPC) will pay $103 million and will assume close to $467 million in debt as part of an asset-for-equity deal to purchase the 1,000 MW Chhabra power plant. Two additional units of 660 MW each will be transferred to NTPC after their completion. Source: Livemint In Detail: Press Release

Cisco and the government of Rajasthan have signed a statement of intent to roll-out digital classrooms in women colleges, working towards the Rajasthan government’s target of making one woman e-literate in every household. Video-enabled digital classrooms will serve 10,000 women students in the first year of the program. Source: Financial Express

The Tamil Nadu legislative assembly session will open on January 23, 2017. The assembly’s business advisory committee will determine the duration of the sitting. Source: The Hindu

Tata Power Renewable Energy Ltd announced it had commissioned a 49 MW solar plant at Kayathar. The company’s operating renewable energy capacity has now reached 1,876 MW. Source: Economic Times

Swiss transformer manufacturer ABB won a $640 million contract to provide equipment for a 1,137-mile power link in India to connect thermal and wind power plants with the country’s growing urban areas, with its terminus in Tamil Nadu. The ultra-high-voltage 800 kilovolt system will have its other terminus at Raigarh. Source: Economic Times

The Telangana government signed an MoU with the Ministry of Civil Aviation and Airports Authority of India to join the Regional Connectivity Scheme. The program will build air connectivity by developing small airports and airstrips in the state. Source: Business Standard

Samajwadi Party leader Mulayam Singh Yadav said that his son and current Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav would continue to be the next chief minister of Uttar Pradesh if the party wins the forthcoming election, raising the possibility that the party’s split could be healed. Mulayam had previously maintained that the party’s legislators would make the decision after the election. Source: Economic Times

Nothing critical to report this week.

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Jammu and Kashmir

Jammu and Kashmir’s finance minister presented the state’s annual Budget 2017-18, with expenditures of $11.72 billion. The budget recommends that the state replace a network of subsidies with a single cash transfer to all citizens living below the poverty line. Source: Jagran Josh


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