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Chandigarh draft policy pushes for electric vehicles, lists subsidy, free parking

The UT Administration is trying hard to push electric vehicles in the city. For this, according to the draft policy, they have put forth several points in its policy in order to encourage people to buy electric vehicles. Speaking to Chandigarh Newsline, UT Adviser Manoj Parida said, “For all the residential houses that make a provision for charging stations, it has already been discussed by the JERC to offer power at Rs 4 per unit. And on the final bill that will be generated for that house, it is proposed to offer up to 30 per cent subsidy on the power bill.” The Adviser said, “Also, it... Read more..

Source: The Indian Express

6,000 kg plastic waste for road works

For the first time, the national highway authority of India (NHAI) is using shredded plastic for road works in the state. The regional office of NHAI is planning to utilize around 8,000kg of shredded plastic, of which 6,000 kg will be used for the works of service roads of Kazhakkoottam–Karode national highway stretch. NHAI decided to use shredded plastic for the works as per ‘Swachhata Hi Seva’ campaign of the ministry of road transport and highways (MORTH) for effective management of plastic waste. The ministry had issued guidelines in August, as per specifications prescribed by Indian... Read more..

Source: The Times of India

Jal Shakti Abhiyan implemented in 5,807 village panchayats in TN

The Tamil Nadu government is implementing the Jal Shakti Abhiyan, a campaign for water conservation, in 5,807 village panchayats spread over 249 rural blocks, official sources told PTI on Thursday. They claimed the state is performing better than others on construction of integrated water bodies and their management and has made rain-water harvesting a people's movement. TN recently launched a Rs 1000-crore “Tamil Nadu Water Resources, Conservation and Augmentation Mission” to rejuvenate water bodies with public participation. Another Rs 750 crore will be utilised from MGNREGS to... Read more..

Source: Outlook

UP to 'electrify' water bodies to generate 13,500 mw of solar energy

Uttar Pradesh government is planning to install solar power panels above the state's expansive network of canals and water bodies to generate almost 13,500 megawatt (Mw) of solar energy. The state is planning to forge long-term contracts with private sector energy majors for the purpose and prepare a roadmap for efficient management of solar power and water resources. According to the UP Jalshakti minister Dr Mahendra Singh, with a view to making the state self reliant in renewable energy, the department was planning to draft a long-term action plan for harnessing the canals, reservoirs,... Read more..

Source: Business Standard

Works to be undertaken in Dehradun, Pithoragarh and Udham Singh Nagar districts in first phase

The Government of India has approved Rs 1,400 crore (US$ 200 million) under Urban Infrastructure Development scheme for Secondary Towns for 16 urban areas of Uttarakhand. Expressing happiness at this development, Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat thanked the Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman. Rawat said that this will help expedite infrastructural development works especially those related to drinking water, sewerage, drainage, roads, transport, Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) in urban areas. He said that the PM has maintained... Read more..

Source: The Pioneer

Tata Motors bags order for 300 electric buses: To be deployed at Ahmedabad’s BRTS corridor

Tata Motors flagged off its first electric bus in Lucknow in February this year and now it has bagged the order for 300 electric buses from Ahmedabad Janmarg Ltd. This will be the largest e-bus contract ever to be awarded to an OEM in the country. After having delivered over 200 electric buses with over 60% market share under the FAME I, Tata Motors with this new order now reinforces its position in India's electrification drive. Tata Motors will supply Urban 9/9 Electric model of buses which will run in Ahmedabad’s BRTS corridor. These buses will be deployed under the OPEX model and Tata... Read more..

Source: Financial Express

S-CCI India eyeing CV market to fuel growth

Commencing operations in 1985, S-CCI India Limited is setting up a plant at Gujarat to expand its reach in the CV market. Set up in collaboration with CCI Corporation, Japan, the company, a leading manufacturer of coolants and brake fluids, is catering to OEMs like Maruti Suzuki, Tata Motors, Force Motors, Mercedes-Benz, SML Isuzu, TAFE, Komatsu India, Nissan, Ford, Hindustan Motors and Toyota. Enjoying a good presence in the aftermarket, the company is eyeing a larger pie of the CV market to fuel growth. As the CV industry shifts gears, introduces new products that comply with BSVI... Read more..

Source: Commercial Vehicle

Japan's top tech consultancy TechnoPro to invest $10 mn in local EV ops

The Indian electric vehicle (EV) sector is opening up to investments. On Thursday, one of Japan's largest engineering consulting said it would invest $10 million in India for R&D and developing supportive infrastructure for EVs. TechnoPro, which plans to hire 10,000 engineers in India over 3 years, will focus on clients building charging and battery swapping infrastructure, where it is a domain expert. The Tokyo Stock Exchange-listed firm said it has mapped out locations and is working with potential partners. It has R&D centers in Hyderabad and Pune and has recently opened a... Read more..

Source: Business Standard

Maruti treads cautiously on EV launch plan; Electric WagonR will go for further trials

Maruti Suzuki India (MSIL) is treading cautiously on the launch of its electric vehicle by 2020 due to not enough support from the government and lack of infrastructure. The company, however, may launch the vehicle only for transporting people (cab aggregators) next year. The company had earlier announced plans to launch electric car based on WagonR by 2020, which is being tested on the Indian roads since last year. However, MSIL now says by next year the vehicle, will be “at a stage which can go to the next stage of trials and testing”. Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of the... Read more..

Source: The Hindu Business Line

Coca-Cola yet again top global plastic polluter

The Coca-Cola Co has emerged as the No.1 global plastic polluter for the second consecutive year, according to a report on the top 10 plastic polluting companies in the world. The beverages brand was followed by Nestlé SA and PepsiCo In. Break Free From Plastic, a global movement against plastic, organised 484 cleanups and brand audits in 51 countries spanning six continents. It collected 476,423 pieces of plastic waste, claimed the report Branded Volume II: Identifying the World’s Top Corporate Plastic Polluters. Coke-branded plastic pollution emerged highest with 11,732 pieces of waste... Read more..

Source: Down to Earth

Busting the myth: Increased penetration of rooftop solar power benefits discoms

If power distribution companies think increased penetration of rooftop solar power in their area will hurt them due to loss of revenue and the expenditure involved in creating supporting infrastructure for such plants, they need to think again. A power discom in Delhi rather gains 22 paise for every unit of electricity generated from a rooftop system, outweighing the revenue loss, according to a new analysis.

The gain accrues through a combination of benefit parameters including the avoided generation capacity cost, power purchase cost (PPC), transmission charges, distribution... Read more..

Source: ET Energy World

Indigenisation of EV Manufacturing Could be Worth $2.7 bn for India: CEEW

Indigenisation of electric powertrain components and battery pack assembly could produce a 5.7 percent higher output value addition worth USD 2.7 billion for the auto industry in India, in case of an electric vehicles (EV) transition, according to an independent study released by the Council on Energy, Environment and Water (CEEW). The study adds that in order to tap into this potential, India must augment capacity in manufacturing electronics and electrical components. This would also enable it to retain its export share, given a global shift towards electric mobility. The study,... Read more..

Source: Saur Energy

Wind to become largest power source by 2050, says Irena

The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) has released a new report named 'Future of Wind' in which it has suggested that wind energy could be the single largest source of power generation by mid-century. The report says that wind has the capability of satiating one-third of global power needs and reducing a quarter of energy-related carbon emissions. This is possible if global wind energy installations upsurge over ten times at about 6,000 Gigawatt (GW) by 2050 from the 2018 level of 500 GW. This entails advancement in certain key factors like economies of scale, more competitive... Read more..

Source: Down to Earth

DLF gets Leed platinum green certification from USGBC for 'Mall of India'

Realty major DLF on Wednesday said its shopping mall in Noida, Uttar Pradesh has received Leed Platinum certification from United States Green Building Council (USGBC). DLF's shopping mall at Noida named 'Mall of India' is already operational. This 2 million sq ft retail project was developed with an investment of Rs 1,800 crore. "DLF Mall of India becomes the first mall in the world to be accredited with a 'LEED Platinum' certification from USGBC under Existing Building Operation and Maintenance category (EBOM)," the company claimed in a statement. The green certification is awarded to... Read more..

Source: Money Control

An Environmentally Friendly Firecracker? India Is Willing to Try.

Diwali is the Hindu festival of light, and during the height of the celebrations in India each autumn, much of that illumination is coming from barely controlled explosions: the firecrackers, sparklers and other fireworks that millions here love to ignite as night falls. But beyond the light, it all adds fumes and smoke to India’s already toxic air. So changes are coming. Facing expanding evidence that India’s air pollution has become a public health disaster, the government has dramatically rewritten rules on fireworks sales, stringently enforcing a Supreme Court ban on most pyrotechnics... Read more..

Source: The New York Times

Cabinet approves administrative arrangement on Cooperation in the field of Railways between the Ministry of Railways, India and the Directorate General for Mobility and Transport of the European Commission

The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has approved administrative arrangement on Cooperation in the field of Railways between the Ministry of Railways, India and the Directorate General for Mobility and Transport of the European Commission to strengthen future technical exchanges and cooperation. Implementation Strategy and targets The Administrative arrangement has been signed on 3rd September, 2019. This Administrative Arrangement will provide a framework of cooperation for focused approved in following key areas:- 1. Rail Reform and Regulations with particular... Read more..

Source: PM India

How IT, communication can boost sustainable farming in India

Agriculture has been recognised as the core of the Union Budget for the year 2019-20. The Government of India has planned to invest widely in agriculture infrastructure to provide assured income to small and marginal farmers. It has made Niti Aayog a national think tank to establish and conduct programmes and research on technologies of the future namely, machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI) to facilitate the economic development of our country. Uzhavan app, Ag mobile, CCMobile app, IFFCO Kisan are some of the applications developed keeping in mind the need of the hour... Read more..

Source: The Hans India

Indian State Of Punjab Plans 21% Electricity From Renewables By 2030

The north Indian state of Punjab has issued a draft renewable energy policy with a target to procure 21% of its electricity from renewable energy sources by 2030. The draft policy, issued by the Punjab Energy Development Agency (PEDA), also outlines technology-specific targets for solar power and bio energy. The state plans to set up 3 gigawatts of solar power capacity by 2030. To achieve this, the state will encourage the installation of utility-scale, canal-top, rooftop, floating and hybrid solar power projects. Punjab currently has an operational solar power capacity of 810 megawatts.... Read more..

Source: CleanTechnica

Delhi Metro Stations Will Soon Get Electric Vehicle Charging Facilities to Boost Last Mile Connectivity: LG

Anil Baijal, Lt. Governor of Delhi chaired a meeting recently to review the progress of implementation of Multi-Modal Integration (MMI) plans on DMRC metro stations. The meeting was attended by Secretary-cum-Commissioner (Transport), GNCTD; Spl. Commissioner of Police (Traffic), MD (DIMTS); MD (DTIDC), Pr. Chief Engineer (PWD); Chief Architect (DMRC) and other concerned officers. In the meeting, LG asked the authorities to install charging facilities for the e-vehicle at each metro station to encourage e-vehicles for the last mile connectivity. Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) recently... Read more..

Source: News18

India leads power industry tenders in Asia-Pacific for September 2019

Asia-Pacific power industry tender activity in September 2019 saw 425 tenders announced, marking a drop of 31% over the last 12-month average of 620, according to GlobalData’s power database. India, however, led the activity in September 2019 with 254 tenders and a share of 59.8%, up 9.8% over the previous month and down 21% when compared with the last 12 month-average. India was followed by the Philippines with 59 tenders and a share of 13.9%. Bangladesh issued 55 tenders and its share was 12.9% during the month. Looking at the last 12-month average, India held the top spot with 321... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

Indian refiners' crude processing falls 6.9% in Sept year-on-year

India’s crude processing in September fell 6.89% from a year earlier, its biggest decline since June, as refiners shut units for maintenance and fuel upgrades, provisional government data showed on Tuesday. India, the world’s third-biggest oil importer and consumer, has set an April 1, 2020 deadline to migrate to Euro VI-compliant fuels to cut its carbon emissions. Indian refiners processed about 19.41 million tonnes or 4.74 million barrels per day (bpd) of oil in September, the data showed. While private refiners such as Nayara Energy and Reliance Industries Ltd (RELI.NS) can churn out... Read more..

Source: Reuters

Trichy: Work begins to install solar panels atop corp buildings

Trichy City Corporation has launched the groundwork to harness solar energy atop the civic body buildings. To make the corporation buildings energy self-sufficient, the corporation has taken up the preliminary work of the first phase to install off-grid solar photovoltaic plants in 91 civic body buildings. Utilizing the smart cities mission fund to encourage renewable energy generation, the local body in October 2018, obtained the required permission from the state and central governments to install solar power plants atop the corporation buildings. At a cost of Rs 6.44 crore, 206... Read more..

Source: ET Energy World

Chennai Gets Charged Up With Ather e-Scooters

Electric mobility is spreading fast, and the latest manifestation of this is the first batch of Ather Energy’s 450 e-scooter being delivered to customers in Chennai. The Bengaluru-based manufacturer will be delivering nearly 100 scooters this week. The company will also be providing these customers with the Ather Dot home charging system for their vehicles. Meanwhile, 10 fast-charging stations have been installed across the city to alleviate range anxiety. . The brand is offering free charging at all these stations until December this year in order to help build its brand value. Pre-orders... Read more..

Source: ZigWheels

Toyota plans to launch compact EV in India in partnership with Suzuki

Japanese auto major Toyota Motor Corporation on Tuesday said it plans to introduce a compact battery electric vehicle (BEV) in India in association with compatriot Suzuki Motor Corporation. The two firms are looking to introduce the BEV at an early stage, Toyota said without disclosing a time frame. "India is one of the countries we have in mind for introduction (of BEV)," Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) Executive Vice-President Shigeki Terashi told a group of visiting Indian reporters here. He was replying to a question on the company's plans for EVs in India considering how the eco-... Read more..

Source: Business Standard

Bounce has 100k rides per day in Bengaluru, users complete 70 mn kms till date

App-based two-wheeler rental startup Bounce, which lets commuters to pick and drop scooters anywhere within city limits, has hit 1 lakh daily rides in Bengaluru in October, up from around 60,000 rides in July, according to a top company executive. Bounce currently offers scooter rental in two formats, including an hourly rental option, as well as a dockless two-wheeler sharing option, which is largely aimed at daily commuters. The news was first shared by Bounce’s chief executive Vivekananda H.R. on Twitter last Sunday. According to Bounce chief technology officer Varun Agni, the startup... Read more..

Source: Livemint