Update on India’s States: June 27, 2018


The center launches the National Health Resource Repository program; Gujarat announces the Surya Shakti Kisan Yojana program for farmers to generate electricity and sell the surplus; Haryana plans for a new city in the National Capital Region; World Bank sanctions $395 million for Tamil Nadu’s Health Systems Reforms Project; India’s president approves governor’s rule in Jammu and Kashmir; Tripura takes a $73.6 million loan to execute Smart City project; and more.

Center- State relations

With the help of Ujwal Discom Assurance Yojana (UDAY) program, the electricity distribution companies (discoms) in four states —Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Haryana, and Andhra Pradesh — have made a combined profit of $230 million in the FY18 as compared with an aggregate loss of 1.5 billion in the FY17. Source: Financial Express

The center will focus on the ease of doing business at the district level by initiating development programs that will increase districts’ Gross Domestic Product (GDP) by 3 percent. Source: The Hindu Business Line

The Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare launched the National Health Resource Repository, the first ever national healthcare program for facilitating registration of authentic, standardized and updated geospatial data of all the public and private healthcare establishments. The Minister also released the National Health Profile (NHP)-2018. Source: Jagran Josh; In detail: National Health Profile (NHP) of India-2018

The center has formed the Cauvery Water Management Authority and the Cauvery Water Regulation Committee, despite Karnataka’s request to not constitute any panel to monitor the Cauvery water-sharing dispute until the state government’s concerns were addressed. Source: Deccan Herald

The center will hold a meeting with all states on July 29 to check on prices of essential commodities from July to October. Source: Business Standard


The Andhra Pradesh government has signed a concession agreement with the SCL-Turbo consortium to build a no-frills airport at Dagardarthi in Sri Potti Sriramulu, Nellore District. Source: Money Control


The state declared that the two power plants which were initially proposed to be coal-based thermal power plants, will now be solar power plants. Source: Energy Infra Post


The power department is providing the option of installing portable electricity meters for tenants living in rented accommodations to only pay for the electricity they consume. Source: Times of India

The Delhi government will soon be a part of the center’s health insurance program, Ayushman Bharat National Health Protection Mission. Source: Economic Times

The government has notified amendments in the Delhi’s Master Plan which allows shop-cum-residence complexes to continue with activities permissible in a local shopping center. Source: Times of India


The Gujarat government announced the Surya Shakti Kisan Yojana program under which farmers will be encouraged to generate electricity and sell the surplus to power distribution companies. The state will provide financial assistance to 12,400 farmers to generate 175 megawatts (MW) of power. Source: Economic Times

The Gujarat government announced a Wind-Solar Hybrid Power Policy, with a coverage period of five years. The policy which provides incentives to renewable power producers supplying to the grid as well as to those generating for captive use, aims to make optimum use of land and existing grid infrastructure. Source: The Hindu Business Line; In detail: Wind-Solar Hybrid Power Policy 2018


The Mundka-Bahadurgarh section of Delhi Metro’s Green Line, became operational on June 24. Source: Business Standard

The Haryana government declared that the center will set up a defense manufacturing unit in the state. Source: NDTV

The central government has approved two projects for Haryana under Regional Rapid Transit System, which includes connecting Delhi to Alwar via Gurugram and Manesar, and Delhi to Panipat via Sonipat. Source: The Tribune

The use of LED bulbs and tube lights has been made mandatory in all offices of Haryana. Source: Financial Express

The Haryana government is planning a new city in the National Capital Region to boost the potential of the region. Source: Financial Express


Nothing critical to report this week.


The state launched a $569 million irrigation project in Rajgarh district which will benefit over 700 villages by irrigating 125,000 hectares of land. Source: Hindustan Times

Over 60 bidders attended the second pre-bid meeting for a 28 megawatt peak (MWp) rooftop solar project. The last date for the submission of the bid is July 9. Source: Economic Times


Swiss-based power and automation group ABB, has won a contract in India to provide equipment for a digital substation that will be operated by Maharashtra State Electricity Transmission Corporation Limited. Source: Renewable Now

The Maharashtra State Power Generation Company has released a tender for 750 MW of grid-connected solar photovoltaic (PV) projects to cater to the agricultural feeder load of various substations across the state. The bid-submission last date is July 20. Source: Mercom


The state government has introduced a 20 percent surcharge on liquor, the proceeds of which will be used for the protection of cows in the state. Source: The Hindu


Tamil Nadu is among the states which saw significant lending to the renewable energy projects and zero lending to coal projects in 2017, according to a report by the Center for Financial Accountability. The report titled “Coal vs Renewables Finance Analysis,” describes how only 12 of India’s 29 states attracted renewable energy project financing in 2017. According to a policy note of the Tamil Nadu’s energy department, the state has a total installed renewable energy capacity of 11,113 MW as of March 31, 2018. Source: The Hindu; In detail: India 2017 Coal v/s Renewables Finance Analysis

The World Bank will sanction $395 million for the Tamil Nadu Health Systems Reforms Project, which will focus on improving the overall quality of healthcare in the state. Source: The Hindu


The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with University of Southern California for academic cooperation and with Lakeer, a Hyderabad based urban initiative for model ward projects. Source: Siasat

Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd. has won two orders worth $147.2 million for supplying  emission control equipment to Telangana State Power Generation Corporation. Source: Economic Times


Nothing critical to report this week.


Nothing critical to report this week.

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Arunachal Pradesh

Krishnapatnam port operator, Navayuga Engineering, and state-run Sikkim Power Investment Corporation have submitted binding bids for the $2.2 billion hydro power project in Arunachal Pradesh. Source: Economic Times

Goa

The state has given one month extension for regularizing illegal structures in private properties. The extended one-month period for accepting applications was implemented from June 15, the day the governor gave agreement to the Goa Regularisation of Unauthorised Construction (Amendment) Ordinance, 2018. Source: Times of India; In detail: The Goa Regularisation of Unauthorized Construction (Amendment) Ordinance, 2018.

Himachal Pradesh

The Union government has sanctioned $265 million for tourism development projects in Himachal Pradesh. Source: Financial Express

Jammu and Kashmir

President Ram Nath Kovind approved governor’s rule in Jammu and Kashmir, a day after the Mehbooba Mufti government collapsed with the BJP pulling out of its alliance with the People Democratic Party’s (PDP). This is the eighth time that central rule is being imposed in the sensitive state in the last four decades, and the fourth time since Vohra took charge as governor in 2008. Source: News 18

Kerala

Kerala’s chief minister announced a slew of initiatives in the assembly, including abolition of the plantation tax, moratorium on agriculture income tax, and legislation to take over closed estates, aiming to revive the crisis-driven plantation sector. Source: Live Mint

The Kerala State Road Transport Corporation started the trial run of the electric bus in the city of Kochi. Source: New Indian Express

Odisha

Odisha government will set up 20 new hospitals through a $147 million public-private partnership approach. Source: Money Control

Punjab

The state-owned Energy Efficiency Services Limited has signed an agreement with the Department of Post for the distribution of its energy efficient appliances through post offices of Punjab and Chandigarh. Source: Times of India

The Punjab government has amended a rule to control the misuse of stamp duty discount extended to women on property registration. Source: Indian Express

Tripura

The Tripura government has taken a $73.6 million loan from the Asian Development Bank and Hudco to execute a $147.2 million Smart City project. Source: Financial Express 

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