The network of Common Service Centres (CSCs), which act as access points for delivery of various electronic services to villages in India, are set to be expanded to 2.50 lakh gram panchayats by the year end,Union Minister for Electronics and IT Sh. Ravi Shankar Prasad said today at Dhanauri Kalan village in Gautam Budh Nagar (UP).

Addressing, an event to showcase a host of digital services that will now be available in the digital village Sh. Prasad said that the CSC movement had transformed into a movement of change bringing services like banking, pensions, digital literacy and telemedicine to rural and remote villages through electronic infrastructure. Union Minister of Culture(IC), Dr. Mahesh Sharma also present at the event said that the CSC project is providing sustainable digital access to rural communities and are giving the necessary impetus for upliftment of the rural community.

Positioned as strategic cornerstones of Digital India programme, the CSC model has adopted six villages in the country in the pilot phase.DigiGaon or Digital Village is conceptualised as a connected village where citizens can avail various e-Services of the Central Government, state Governments and private players in a rural and remote villages in the country.These DigiGaons are projected to be change agents, promoting rural entrepreneurship and building rural capacities and livelihoods through community participation and collective action. The digital villages have been equipped with solar lighting facility in their community center, LED assembly unit, sanitary napkin unit (with active participation on Asha and Anganwadi workers) and Wi-fi choupal (rural Wi-Fi infrastructure and a slew of suitable applications).

These villages would also have the regular CSC services like banking, health, education, financial services, and a host of other services. In the initial phase villages Piyala and Dayalpur (in Haryana), Chandankiyari East and Shivbabudih (in Jharkhand) and Dhanauri Kalan and Sultanpur (in Uttar Pradesh) have been chosen for the pilot project.



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Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi inaugurated Kishanganga Hydroelectric Project and laid the Foundation Stone of the Pakul Dul Power Project in Jammu & Kashmir today. Pakal Dul, with 1000 MW capacity, will be the largest Hydro Power Project in Jammu & Kashmir on completion. It is also the first storage Project in Jammu & Kashmir.

330 MW Kishanganga Hydro Electric Project, located in Bandipora District of Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) is a run of river scheme. All units of the project have been sychronised on 30.03.2018 and the annual generation of the main project is 1712.96 MU. The Project has been proposed to be completed at a cost of Rs. 5882 crore.

Kishangana H.E. Project will provide a free power of 13 per cent to the state, which will be around Rs. 133 crore per year. There are other benefits to the state like- Employment to the people of J&K, infrastructure development etc. It is estimated that the project engaged about 1850 local persons during construction stage and 750 local persons during operation stage through direct and indirect employment. The Project was handed over to NHPC for execution by the State Government after an MoU was signed between J&K Govt. and Ministry of Power, Govt of India in July 2000.

The project cost of Pakal Dul as per CCEA sanction is Rs. 8112.12 crore and it is supported by the Government of India as well as the Government of J&K. Timelines of implementation is 66 Months from the start of the Project. It shall be leading to additional Generation of 650 MU in downstream projects as it is a storage type project and shall improve the water availability during the lean season.

Pakal Dul project will have immense benefits for J&K. Around 3000 persons shall be employed directly/ indirectly during construction phase of the project. Further, around 500 persons shall be employed directly/indirectly during operation phase of the Project. It has been agreed that the Govt. of J&K shall be getting 12 per cent free power after 10 years of commissioning of the Project and water usage charges as applicable. Additional 1 per cent free power will go towards Local Area Development Fund (LADF). Govt. of J&K has first right to purchase balance power of NHPC (49%) & PTC (2%). Furthermore, local population will be benefitted by the improvement and widening of roads and improvement of bridges under the Project.

Shri R K Singh, Minister of State (IC) for Power and New & Renewable Energy, Government of India was also present at the occasion.




  1. Kishangana H.E. Project
  1. Features
  • Dam:Concrete Faced Rockfill Dam (CFRD) of 37 m high
  • Head Race Tunnel (HRT):1 No, Horse shoe/Circular shaped ,5.2 m dia, 23.2 km total length
  • Power House: Underground, 3 Units of 110 MW each (330 MW)  

· A 37 m high dam has constructed at Gurez to divert water of Kishanganga River. The water is being diverted through a tunnel of length of 23.20 km, out of which 14.75 km has been executed by TBM using latest tunnelling technology of Tunnel Boring Machine.

  1. Status

All units of the project have been synchronised on 30.03.2018.

  1. Cost of the Project:

Kishanganga H.E. Project has been proposed to be completed at a cost of Rs. 5882 crore, out of which Government of India has already extended a support of Subordinate debt of Rs. 2380.44 (@1% interest rate) crore for the construction of the project.

  1. Timeline of Implementation:

Project was scheduled to be completed on 13.01.2016. All units of the project have been sychronised on 30.03.2018.


  1. Pakul Dul HE Project (1000 MW)


  1. Background

Chenab Valley Power Projects (Private) Limited (CVPPPL), a Joint Venture Company (JVC), among NHPC (49%), JKSPDC (49%) & PTC (2%), implementing the Pakal Dul (1000 MW), Kiru (624 MW) & Kwar (540 MW) HE Projects. In addition, CVPP is investigating Dul Hasti Stage II HE Project.

MOP vide letter dated 28.10.2014has conveyed the sanction for implementation of Pakal Dul by CVPP. The Pakal Dul HEP shall generate 3330.18 MU of energy in a 90% dependable year and all clearances have been obtained for the Project.

  1. Features
  • Dam: Concrete Face Rock Fill Dam of 167 m high
  • Head Race Tunnel (HRT): 2 Nos, Horse shoe/Circular shaped,7.2 m dia, each 9.6Km long.
  • Power House: Underground, 4 Units of 250 MW each (1000 MW)  
  • Tail Race Tunnel (TRT): 4 nos, 5.5 m dia Horse shoe shaped, each 125 m long.
  1. Status
  • Power House Package: Letter of Award has been issued on 21.02.2018. Mobilization is in progress.
  • Tendering of other packages is in progress.


  1. Cost

The project cost as per CCEA sanction is Rs.8112.12 Cr. It includes Rs.2500 Cr subordinate debt from GoI. Further, equity on behalf of JKSPDC/GoJK (Rs 1192 Cr) shall be released by Government of India as grant to CVPP. GoJK has sanctioned waiver of 12% free power and water user charges for first ten years from commissioning of the Project. Works Contracts Taxes & Entry Tax was also exempted prior to GST implementation. Project is supported by the Government of India as well as Government of J&K.

  1. Timelines of implementation

66 Months from the start of the Project.





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This is with reference to the article “Only 22% funds utilised in six Housing Ministry schemes” published on 12th May 2018 in a newspaper which was based on the information given to the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Urban development. This is a misinterpretation of the statistics relating to funds released/utilisation regarding schemes/missions being implemented by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, resulting in incorrect inferences. While funds released/utilisation is part of the normal government financial procedures to ensure proper accounting systems, it is not a true barometer of the physical progress and speed of the implementation of the mission targets/objectives. Most of the schemes have large capital intensive projects with a completion time range of 1-3 years for the project.


The Ministry of Housing and Urban affairs has been able to achieve substantial milestones in both physical and financial terms in so far as mission objectives/targets are concerned. The utilization certificates are required to be submitted within 12 months of the closure of the financial year in which the grants were released. Thus,during the year 2017-18, while the total cumulative grants released was Rs.46,663 crores, Utilization Certificates were due only for the grants released upto March 2016, i.e. for approximately Rs.10,365 crores.  The utilization figures, given to the Standing Committee pertained mostly to funds released upto 2015-16 as only this was due in 2017-18.  In fact, at the closure of the year 2017-18, as against the due amount of Rs.10,365 crores for utilisation certificates (UCs), actual UCs for an amount of Rs.15,403 crores were received in the Ministry.This figure also included some UCs which were due in the next financial year i.e. 2018-19. 

Mission wise progress of funds released, projects progress and utilisation status, etc. is given below:

Smart Cities Mission


Smart City Mission has lots of convergence with other missions like AMRUT etc. and some of the projects are implemented under Public Private Partnerships.  1,333 projects worth Rs. 50,626 crores have been completed or under implementation / tendering. Overall projects worth Rs.2,03,979 crores have been identified for all 99 smart cities across the country.


Out of 99 Smart cities which have been selected so far, 91 of them have already incorporated SPVs (Special Purpose Vehicles). 9 Smart Cities viz. Ahmedabad, Rajkot, Vadodara, Visakhapatnam, Bhopal, Pune, Kakinada, Surat & Nagpur have already established Integrated City Command and Control Centres (ICCC).  Work is under progress on 14 more and 32 are under tendering stage .


            Smart Road projects have been completed in 4 cities worth Rs.228 crores and are under implementation/tendering stage in 40 cities worth Rs. 5,123 crores.  Smart Solar projects in 6 cities have been completed, while projects in 49 cities are under implementation/tendering.  Smart Water projects have been completed in 6 cities while projects are under implementation/tendering in 43 cities.  Similarly, Smart Waste Water projects in 46 cities have been completed/under implementation/ tendering.  Public Private Partnership projects worth Rs.734 crores have been completed in 13 cities while projects worth Rs. 7,753 crores are under implementation/tendering in 52 cities.  Apart from this, other impactful projects like heritage conservation, water front development, public space development etc. have been completed in 13 cities worth Rs.107 crores and projects worth Rs. 5,865 crores are under implementation/tendering. 


The selection of smart cities was done in various stages with the last 9 cities been selected in Jan 2018. It is pertinent to mention that it normally takes around 12 to 18 months after selection of a city as Smart City to set up a Special Purpose Vehicle, appointment of a Project Management Consultant, prepare detailed project reports and award the work after tender.  The timeline for the completion of smart city projects according to the rounds in which they were selected is given below:

  • Round 1 cities-  2019-20 to 2020-21
  • Round 2 cities- 2019-20 to 2021-22
  • Round 3 cities- 2020-21 to 2021-22
  • Round 4 cities- 2020-21 to 2022-23




Under AMRUT, out of State Annual Action Plan(SAAP) size of Rs.77,640 crores, projects worth Rs.65,075 crores (84%) are under various stages of implementation including projects tendered and where DPRs have been approved.  More than 22 crores urban population will benefit from this mission.  Total of Rs. 11,945 crores has been released so far Close to 400 projects worth Rs.325 crores have already been completed and for 2,188 projects worth Rs.40,074 crores, contracts have been awarded and are at various stages of implementation. Further, 895 projects costing Rs.13,586 crores are under tendering and for 729 projects costing Rs.10,824 crores DPRs have been approved.   Further, 8.58 lakhwater tap connections have been provided so far under the Mission and by convergence of other schemes.   By the end of the Mission, i.e. June 2020, nearly 1.4 crore water taps will be provided across the country.   37 lakh street lights have been replaced with energy efficient LED lights.   Around 322 green spaces and parks projects have been completed under the Mission.  A Single window clearance system has been implemented in Delhi and Mumbai for construction permits, where only 8 procedures and less than 60 days are required for all approvals. Online Building Permission Systems(OBPS) is operational in 370Mission cities and is under various stages of implementation in remaining cities.



            Total of Rs. 24,475crores has been released to the States under the scheme. So far, 45.86 lakh houses have been sanctioned under the scheme; out of these 23.43 lakh houses have been grounded and 7.02 lakh houses have been completed so far (including incomplete houses of earlier scheme).



            Under the Mission Rs.1907.5 croreshave been released so far.  The Mission has been extended to all the statutory towns. Since the beginning of the mission, employment has been generated for 6,36,956 beneficiaries.  Around 11 lakh urban poor have been imparted skill training to improve their employability.  A total of 2,81,197 Self-Help Groups have been formed and 1,94,879 SHGs have been assisted with Revolving Fund while 3,82,746 SHGs have been disbursed loans under SHG Bank Linkage Programme.  Street Vendor Survey has been completed in 2,178 towns and 16,76,403 street vendors have been identified and 7,92,286 ID cards issued.  1,565 shelters for urban homeless have been sanctioned and 961 shelters made operational.




City HRIDAY Plans (CHPs) for 12 cities have been approved. 66 DPRs amounting to Rs. 421.47 crores have been approved and Rs. 261.31 crores have been released to 12 cities for implementation of scheme.  Total expenditure under the scheme so far is Rs.209.5 crores.58 projects are under implementation at various stages.  All works will be completed by September 2018. 


Swachh Bharat Mission (Urban)


A total of Rs.6,592 crores have been released to states.  Total number of 48.67 lakh individual household toilets and 3.3 lakh Community/Public Toilet (CT/PT) seats have already been constructed and 8.3 lakh individual toilets and 0.37 lakh CT/PT are under construction.  2679 cities have been so far self-declared Open Defecation Free and after third party certification 2,133 cities/ ULBs have been certified as Open Defecation Free (ODF).  62,436 urban wards have been covered under 100% Door to Door collection of solid waste while waste to Compost total achievement is 13.11 lakh TPA from 145 functional Plants and work on 65 lakh TPA is under progress.  Around 88 Mega Watts of energy is being produced from waste and work on Waste toEnergy plants of 412 MW is under progress.




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            Vice President Shri M.Venkaiah Naidu today said that his visit to three Latin American has addressed the ‘high level contact deficit’ with the important region and would help in improving bilateral trade and investments for mutual benefit. He briefed media persons in Frankfurt, Germany today before leaving for New Delhi after concluding his week long visit to Guatemala, Panama and Peru.

            Shri Naidu said “High level visits by Indian leaders to identified countries and regions of the world are affirmative statements of intent to enhance cooperation for mutual benefit. India has embarked on such engagements over the last four years and this visit is a part of that well thought out outreach. This is in line with India’s vision for a better world through collective actions for shared benefits”.

            Vice President explained that the three Latin American countries offered significant opportunities for India given their high level of engagement with the USA and the other North and South American economies through regional arrangements and Free Trade Agreements, besides being logistic and financial hubs in the region.

            Shri Naidu further said “India’s sub-optimal engagement with these three countries is to a large extent due to high level contact deficit. My visit is the highest level ever from both sides to Guatemala and Panama since establishment of diplomatic ties about 50 years ago. Former President Shri K.R.Narayanan visited Peru in 1998.  I am hopeful that my visit would catalyse enhanced flow of trade and investments through necessary follow up actions by respective governments”.

            Shri Naidu informed that the top leadership of the three Latin American countries have acknowledged the strengths and expertise of India in various fields and it’s fast growing economy which they said could benefit their countries under enhanced engagement.

            Vice President stated that during his visit, five Memoranda of Understanding and Agreements have been signed. These relate to training of diplomats and English teachers of Guatemala; Exemption of visas for diplomatic, official and consular passport holders of India and Panama besides a Work Plan for cooperation in agricultural research and Cooperation in New and Renewable Energy with Peru.

            During the talks with Panamanian leaders, Shri Naidu also announced a total of US $ 25 million Line of Credit for setting up a Centre of Bio-diversity and Drug Tracking and a Centre for Innovation and Technology.

            Shri Naidu said “Presidents, Vice Presidents and concerned senior ministers of these three countries spending long hours discussing various issues of mutual interest and the road ahead with the Indian delegation has been very assuring”.

            Vice President informed that the Indian delegation highlighted the help India could provide in areas of agriculture, IT, Science & Technology, Space applications, pharmaceuticals, textiles, New & Renewable Energies.

            He also said that these three countries who suffered from various forms of terrorism supported India’s efforts for global action against all forms of terrorism. “They firmly reiterated support to India’s Permanent Membership in the United Nations Security Council as the largest democracy of the world and an important voice on global issues” he said.

            Shri Naidu was accompanied by Minister of State for Tribal Affairs Shri Jaswantsinh Sumanbhai Bhahor and four Members of Parliament viz., Shri Tiruchi Siva, Shri Anil Desai, Shri Kamlesh Paswan and Smt.Chhaya Verma besides Smt.Preeti Saran, Secretary (East) and senior officials.


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Raksha Rajya Mantri Dr. Subhash Bhamre is on a three-day official visit to Republic of Nauru from 16 May 2018. He attended the 50th anniversary celebrations of its Constitution Day on 17 May 2018 as the Chief Guest.

On his maiden visit to the country, Dr Bhamre was introduced to the Nauruan Cabinet by the President Mr Baron Divavesi Waqa followed by a detailed meeting chaired by the President.  During this meeting, wide-ranging discussions were held covering the entire gamut of bilateral relationship and specific subjects concerning the respective ministries of the government of Nauru were discussed to further enhance and deepen the existing excellent bilateral relations between the two countries. The two sides discussed projects relating to Climate Change, Renewable Energy, Health, Education, Capacity Building, Infrastructure etc.

            President Waqa hosted a State Banquet in commemoration of Nauru’s Constitution Day. Dr Bhamre, in his speech, hailed the wise and farsighted leadership of President Waqa and called India and Nauru as “friends, who have transcended the geographical barriers of great distances and have come together to jointly face the common challenges”.  The RRM later presented a copy of the Indian Constitution to President Waqa, with compliments of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi. President Waqa thanked and conveyed his gratitude and warm personal regards to the Prime Minister of India. Dr Bhamre declared that “two countries intend to take this cooperation and these bonds of friendship to even greater heights under the able stewardship of our two great leaders – President Waqa in Nauru and Prime Minister Modi in India”.

Nauru will be hosting the 49th Pacific Islands Forum Leaders Meeting in September 2018 and Dr Bhamre conveyed that India will be offering 22 Mahindra SUVs and two Tata buses worth $ 706,000 to Nauru as per their request for this meeting. 

            Dr Bhamre visited Nauru’s Rehabilitation Corporation, Nauru Port Authority to see the port facilities and Nauru Police Force Headquarters. India earlier supported Nauru with police uniforms for the Nauru Police Force on the occasion of the 50th Anniversary of the Independence of Nauru on 31 January, 2018.

The RRM interacted with the small Indian community in Nauru over Lunch. Dr Bhamre assured Government of India’s steadfast commitment to Indian citizens and persons of Indian origin wherever they are in the world.


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The Vice President of India, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu has said that cities are the drivers of economic growth and all sections of people living in the cities need to be provided with adequate housing and other essential amenities. He was addressing the gathering after laying foundation stone for the World Trade Center at Nauroji Nagar and redevelopment of Netaji Nagar General Pool Residential Accommodation Colony, here today. The Minister of State for Housing and Urban Affairs (I/C), Shri Hardeep Singh Puri and other dignitaries were present on the occasion.

The Vice President said that it is a matter of pride and satisfaction for him to be a part of the foundation stone laying ceremony of the projects which were conceptualised and took shape when he was the Housing and Urban Affairs Minister.

The Vice President said that besides providing housing to all citizens, there is a need to create good infrastructure to cater to the needs of the burgeoning population. We must also ensure that the development is sustainable by protecting our environment and resources, he added.

The Vice President said that there is a need to build green buildings and promote energy efficient and smart mobility solutions for optimum utilization of scarce resources and spaces.  There is also a need to promote the concept of green and energy efficient buildings in a big way and create greater awareness among the citizens, he added.

The Vice President said that the projects initiated today are aimed at providing better quality of life to citizens and spur economic growth. Cities are the drivers of economic growth and all sections of people living in the cities need to be provided with adequate housing and other essential amenities, he added.

Saying that India is witnessing urban renaissance following the launch of Smart Cities Mission, the Vice President said that apart from improving quality of life, Smart Cities also seek to provide clean and sustainable environment.

Following is the text of Vice President’s address:

“I am very happy to be here today to lay the foundation stone for the World Trade Center at Nauroji Nagar and redevelopment of Netaji Nagar General Pool Residential Accommodation Colony. It is a matter of pride and satisfaction for me to be a part of the foundation stone laying ceremony of the projects which were conceptualised and took shape when I was the Housing and Urban Affairs Minister.

These projects are a part of the project for redevelopment of seven GPRA colonies (Sarojini Nagar, Netaji Nagar, Nauroji Nagar, Mohammedpur, Kasturba Nagar, Sriniwaspuri and Thyagaraj Nagar) being undertaken by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs through NBCC and CPWD. 

Sisters and brothers, India is witnessing rapid urbanisation.  About 31.7 per cent of the country’s population lived in urban areas in 2011. It is projected that over 50 per cent of the country’s people will be living in cities and towns by 2050. It is projected that the urban population will cross 80 crores by 2050.  This means cities and suburbs will undergo significant transformation and there will be lot of pressure on housing.

Besides providing housing to all citizens, we will need more roads, bridges, highways, round-the-clock electricity, adequate water supply, waste disposable systems, office and retail spaces, rapid transportation, airports, sea ports and other infrastructure to cater to the needs of the burgeoning population. The challenges are huge and need to be overcome if we have to sustain rapid economic growth of close to 7 or 7.5 per cent per year on a continuous basis.

At the same time, we must ensure that the development is sustainable by protecting our environment and resources.  So, we need to build green buildings and promote energy efficient and smart mobility solutions for optimum utilization of scarce resources and spaces.  The planning of the Government is geared towards achieving these objectives and any future urban planning will have to be based on these considerations. There is also a need to promote the concept of green and energy efficient buildings in a big way and create greater awareness among the citizens.

Talking specifically of Delhi in the context of today’s function, it is well known that there is an acute shortage of Government housing and office space in the National Capital Region (NCR). This has created a long list of Government officials waiting for their turn for allotment of a house.

The Master Plan for Delhi (MPD)-2021, encourages redevelopment of old residential areas with a view to utilizing the existing land resources in the most efficient manner to meet the growing demand for built up space. I am happy to inform that during my tenure in the Ministry, we resolved to work towards addressing the issues of government housing along with social infrastructure and mixed land use for optimum utilisation of land and other resources with a visionary approach. Today’s function symbolizes this single-minded devotion and long term planning. 

The Government approval for the redevelopment of seven GPRA Colonies in Delhi was accorded on 5th July 2016 at an estimated cost of Rs. 32,835 Crore which includes operation and maintenance cost for 30 years.

NBCC is the implementing agency for Redevelopment of Sarojini Nagar, Nauroji Nagar and Netaji Nagar, while CPWD is the implementing agency for Redevelopment of Kasturba Nagar, Thyagraj Nagar, Sriniwaspuri and Mohammadpur.

Redevelopment envisages integration of the infrastructure of the surrounding areas. The Project will be financed through sale of Commercial Built-up Area (BUA). The Project will incorporate smart city features including in-house Solid/Liquid Waste Management facility, Rain Water Harvesting, Solar Energy and Green Building norms.

The World Trade Center in Nauroji Nagar to be developed by NBCC India Limited will be major land mark in the evolving skyline of the city of Delhi.  NBCC has obtained the accreditation of “World Trade Center” for this project.  The World Trade Center’s Association will stimulate trade and investment opportunities for commercial property developers, economic development agencies, and international businesses that are looking to connect globally and prosper locally. Nauroji Nagar would be developed as a state-of-the-art commercial hub in a plot area of 25 acres with all modern facilities and beautifully designed façade with a pleasing landscape. The project will be built at a cost of Rs. 2,694 crore and will have 12 towers of G+9 structure, apart from another commercial block and school building. It will be constructed as an integrated business hub.   It will be constructed on the concept of zero waste. Solid waste / waste water will be treated in-house and reused.  The recycled water will be used for horticultural purposes also. 

The redevelopment of GPRA colony Netaji Nagar will be another big and significant project of Delhi. This project has been taken up for the redevelopment of one of the old government colonies into residential and general pool office accommodation along with accompanying social infrastructure.  When completed, it will have 4,855 dwelling units with 70% open area comprising 90 towers.   The project will be constructed at a cost of Rs. 5,466 crore including O&M.  It will have zero discharge into the sewerage system and a sewage treatment plant will also be constructed.  Treated water will be used for horticulture and other purposes.

Finally, I would like to emphasize that the projects initiated today are aimed at providing better quality of life to citizens and spur economic growth. Cities are the drivers of economic growth and all sections of people living in the cities need to be provided with adequate housing and other essential amenities. In fact, India is witnessing urban renaissance following the launch of Smart Cities Mission, which seeks to transform cities into Centers of economic activities. Apart from improving quality of life, Smart Cities also seek to provide clean and sustainable environment.

I once again take this opportunity to congratulate the Minister, Secretary and all officers of the Ministry and the team of NBCC led by its Managing Director for launching one of the most ambitious and state of the art urban projects in Delhi and offer my best wishes to all of you for its early completion and dedication to the people of Delhi.





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शाक्य जी आपने और आपके साथियों ने काठमांडू की महानगर पालिका ने मेरे लिए इस स्‍वागत समारोह का आयोजन किया है। मैं इसके लिए हृदय से आप सबका बहुत-बहुत आभारी हूं। ये सिर्फ मेरा नहीं पूरे भारत का सम्‍मान है। मैं ही नहीं सवा सौ करोड़ भारतीय भी कृतज्ञ है। काठमांडू से और नेपाल से, हर भारतीय का एक अपनेपन का नाता है और ये सौभाग्‍य मुझे भी मिला है।

जब मैं राजनीति में भी नहीं था। मैं जब भी नेपाल आता हूं तो मुझे शांति और आत्मियता की अनुभूति होती है। और इस सबसे बड़ा कारण आप सभी का प्‍यार है, आपका स्‍नेह, आपका गर्मजोशी भरा स्‍वागत, सत्कार और सम्‍मान।

कल मैं जनकपुर में था, आज के युग को एक बहुत बड़ा संदेश जनकपुर देता है। राजा जनक की क्‍या विशेषता थी। उन्‍होंने शस्‍त्र को तुड़वा दिया और स्‍नेह से जुड़वा दिया । ये ऐसी धरती है जो शस्‍त्र को तोड़कर के स्‍नेह से जोड़ती है।  

साथियों जब भी मैं काठमांडू के बारे में सोचता हूं तो जो छवि उभरती है। वो सिर्फ एक शहर की नहीं है। वो छवि सिर्फ एक भौगोलिक घाटी की नहीं है। काठमांडू हमारे पड़ोसी और अभिन्‍न मित्र नेपाल की राजधानी ही है, इतना ही नहीं है। भगवान बुद्ध की जन्‍मस्‍थली के देश की राजधानी ही नहीं है। एवरेस्‍ट पर्वत के देश की लिली गुराज के देश की सिर्फ राजधानी नहीं है। काठमांडू अपने आप में एक पूरी की पूरी दुनिया और इस दुनिया का इतिहास उतना ही पुराना उतना ही भव्‍य और उतना ही विशाल है जितना हिमालय।

मुझे काठमांडू ने, नेपाल ने हमेशा ही आकर्षित किया है। क्‍योंकि ये शहर जितना गहन है। उतना ही गतिमान भी है। हिमालय की गोद में बसा ये एक अनमोल रत्‍न है। काठमांडू सिर्फ कास्‍ट यानि लकड़ी का मंडप नहीं है। ये हमारी साझा, सांस्‍कृति और विरासत का एक दिव्‍य भव्‍य महल है। इस शहर की विविधता में नेपाल की महान विरासत और उसके बड़े दिल की एक झलक महसूस होती है। नागार्जुन के जंगल हों या शिवपुरी की पहाडि़यां, सैंकड़ो झरनों और जलधाराओं की शिथिलता हो या फिर बागमती का उद्गम, हजारों म‍ंदिरों, मंजुश्री की गुफाओं और बौद्ध विहारों का ये शहर दुनिया में अपने-आप में अनुठा है।

इमारतों की छत से एक तरफ धोलागिरी और अन्‍नपूर्णा और दूसरी तरफ सागर माथा, जो दुनिया जिसे एवरेस्‍ट के नाम से जानती है और कंचनगंगा। ऐसे दर्शन कहां संभव है अगर संभव है सिर्फ और सिर्फ काठमांडू है।

बसंतपुर की बानगी, पाटन की प्रतिष्ठा, भरतपुर की भव्‍यता, कीर्तिपुर की कला और ललितपुर का लालित्‍य। काठमांडू ने अपने-आप में जैसे इंद्रधनुष के सभी रंगों को अपने अंदर समेट के रखा है। यहां की हवा में बहुत-सी परंपराएं ऐसे घुलमिल गई हैं जैसे चंदन में रोली। पशुपतिनाथ में प्रार्थना और भक्‍तों की भीड़ स्‍वयंभू की सीढि़यों पर अध्‍यात्‍म की चहल-कदमी, बौद्धा में परिक्रमा कर रहे श्रृद्धालुओं के पग-पग पर ओम मणि पदमेहम इसकी गूंज, ऐसा लगता है जैसे तारों पर सरगम के सारे सुर गले मिले हैं।

मुझे बताया गया है कि कुछ त्‍यौहार जैसे नेवारी समुदाय के त्‍यौहार ऐसे भी हैं जिनमें बौद्ध और हिंदु मान्‍यताओं और प्रथाओं का अभुतपूर्व संगम है। परंपरा और संस्‍कृति ने काठमांडू के हस्‍तकला और कलाकारों को बेजोड़ बनाया है। चाहे वो हाथ से बना कागज हो या तारा और बुद्ध जैसी मूर्तियां, भरतपुर की मिट्टी से बने बर्तन हों या पाटन में पत्‍थर, लकड़ी और धातू का काम हो। नेपाल की बेजोड़ कला और कलाकारी का ये महाकुंभ है और महाकुंभ है काठमांडू और मुझे खुशी है कि यहां की युवा पीढ़ी इस परंपरा को भलीभांति निभा रही है। और उसमें युवानुकूल परिवर्तन करके कुछ नयापन भी मिला रही है।

साथियों नेपाल की मेरी अब तक की दो यात्राओं में मुझे पशुपतिनाथ के दर्शन का सौभाग्‍य मिला था। इस यात्रा में मुझे भगवान पशुपतिनाथ के अलावा पवित्र जनकपुर धाम और मुक्तिनाथ तीनों पवित्र तीर्थ स्‍थानों पर जाने का सुअवसर मिला। ये तीनों स्‍थान सिर्फ महत्‍वपूर्ण तीर्थ स्‍थल ही नहीं है। ये भारत और नेपाल के अडिग और अटूट संबंधों का हिमालय है। आगे जब भी नेपाल यात्रा का अवसर बनेगा मैं समय निकाल कर भगवान बुद्ध की जन्‍मस्‍थली लुंबिनी जाने का कार्यक्रम भी अवश्‍य बनाऊंगा।

साथियों शांति, प्रकृति के साथ संतुलन और आध्‍यत्मिक जीवन के मूल्‍यों से परिपूर्ण हमारे दोनों देशों के value system ये पूरी मानव जात की, पूरे विश्‍व की एक अनमोल धरोहर है। और इसलिए ये कोई आश्‍चर्य की बात नहीं है। कि पूरी दुनिया से लोग शांति की खोज में भारत और नेपाल की ओर खींचे चले आते हैं।

कोई बनारस जाता है तो कोई बोधगया, कोई हिमालय की गोद में जाकर रहता है तो कोई बुद्ध के विहारों में साधना एक ही है खोज एक ही है। आधुनिक जीवन की बैचेनियों का समाधान भारत और नेपाल के साझे मूल्‍यों में मिलेगा।

साथियों बागमती के तट पर काठमांडू में पशुपतिनाथ और गंगा के तट पर काशी विश्‍वनाथ। बुद्ध की जन्‍मस्‍थली लुंबिनी, तपस्‍थली बोधगया और सन्देश क्षेत्र सारनाथ।

साथियों हम सभी हजारों वर्षों की साझी विरासत के धनी हैं। हमारी ये साझा विरासत दोनों देशों की युवा पीढ़ी की संपत्ति है इसमें उनके अतीत की जड़े, वर्तमान के बीज और भविष्‍य के अंकुर हैं।

साथियों पूरे विश्‍व में आज अनेक प्रकार के परिवर्तनों का दौर चल रहा है। वैश्विक वातावरण अनेक अस्थिरताओं और अनिश्‍चताओं से भरा पड़ा है।

साथियों हजारों साल से वसुधैव कुटम्‍बकम यानि सारा विश्‍व एक परिवार है। ये भारत का दर्शन रहा है। सबका साथ सबका विकास हम अपने विदेश सहयोग पर भी उतनी ही पवित्रता से आगे बढ़ा रहे हैं। भारतीय शास्‍त्रों में प्रार्थना है सर्वे भवन्‍तु सुखिन: सर्वे सन्‍तु निरामया:। सर्वे भद्राणि पश्‍यन्‍तु मा कश्चित् दुःख भाग्भवेत्.. यानि सब प्रसन्‍न हों, सब स्‍वस्‍थ हों, सबका कल्‍याण हो, किसी को दुख न मिले। भारत के मुनिषियों ने हमेशा से यही सपना देखा है। इस आदर्श को प्राप्‍त करने के लिए हमारी विदेश नीति सबको साथ लेकर चलने पर आधारित है। खासतौर पर पड़ोस में भारत के अनुभव और भारत के अवसरों को साझा करते हैं। neighborhood first हमारी संस्‍कृति में सिर्फ विदेश नीति ही नहीं जीवन शैली है। बहुत से उदाहरण हैं स्‍वयं विकासशील होते हुए भी भारत 50 साल से भी अधिक समय से Indian Technical and Economic Corporation  कार्यक्रम के अंतर्गत 160 से अधिक देशों में Capacity Building के लिए सहयोग और उन देशों की जरूरत के अनुसार सहयोग हम करते आए हैं।

पिछले साल भारत ने एक साउथ एशिया उपग्रह छोड़ा इससे हमारी अंतरिक्ष  क्षमताओं के सुपरिणाम हमारे पड़ोसी देशों को उपहार स्‍वरूप उपलब्‍ध हो रहे हैं। और इसी सभा मंच में जब सार्क समिट के लिए मैं आया था तो मैंने इसी मंच से इस बात की घोषणा की थी। इसके साथ ही हम इस बात पर भी ध्‍यान दे रहे हैं कि दुनिया के सामने जो बड़ी चुनौतियां हैं। जिनसे कोई भी देश अकेला नहीं निपट सकता। उनका सामना करने के लिए हम किस प्रकार अंतराष्‍ट्रीय साझेदारियों का विकास करें। उदाहरण के तौर पर 2016 में भारत और फ्रांस ने मिलकर Climate Change के संदर्भ में एक नए अंतराष्‍ट्रीय Treaty based Organization की कल्‍पना की। ये क्रांतिकारी कदम अब एक सफल प्रयोग में बदल गया है।

इस वर्ष मार्च में फ्रांस के राष्‍ट्रपति श्रीमान मैक्रो और करीब 50 अन्‍य देशों के नेताओं ने दिल्‍ली में इस International Solar Alliance के पहले समिट में भाग लिया। ऐसे प्रयासों से Climate Change जैसी चुनौतियों का सामना करने के लिए Technological और आर्थिक साझादारियां विकसित करने में छोटे विकासशील देशों की जरूरतों को पूरा करने में मुझे विश्‍वास है बहुत बड़ी मदद मिलेगी।

साथियों जब भारतीय नेपाल की ओर देखते हैं तो हमें नेपाल को देखकर, यहां के माहौल को देखकर बहुत खुशी होती है। नेपाल में माहौल है आशा का, उज्‍ज्‍वल भविष्‍य की कामना का, लोकतंत्र की मजबूती का और समृद्ध नेपाल, सुखी नेपाली के विजन का- और इस माहौल को बनाने में आप सभी का बहुत बड़ा योगदान है।

2015 के भूकंप के भयावह त्रासदी के बाद नेपाल और विशेष रूप से काठमांडू के लोगों ने जिस धैर्य और अधम्‍य साहस का परिचय दिया है। वो पूरे विश्‍व में एक मिसाल है। ये आपके समाज की दृढ़ निष्‍ठा और कर्मठता का प्रमाण है कि इतने कम समय में आपदा से निपटते हुए भी नेपाल में एक नई व्‍यवस्‍था का निर्माण हुआ है। भूकंप के बाद सिर्फ इमारतों का ही नहीं, देश और समाज का भी एक प्रकार से पुन: निर्माण हुआ है। आज नेपाल में Federal, Provincial और local तीनों स्‍तर पर लोकतांत्रिक सरकारें हैं। और तीनों स्‍तरों के चुनाव एक साल के अंदर-अंदर सफलतापूर्वक आयोजित किए गए हैं। ये शक्ति आप सबके अंदर अंतनिर्हित है और इसलिए मैं आप सबका हृदय से बहुत-बहुत अभिनंदन करता हूं।

साथियों नेपाल ने युद्ध से बुद्ध का बहुत लंबा सफर तय किया है। बुलेट का बोलबाला था। बुलेट को छोड़ करके बैलेट के रास्‍ते को चुना है। युद्ध से बुद्ध की ये यात्रा है। लेकिन मंजिल अभी और दूर है, बहुत आगे तक जाना है। एक प्रकार से कहूं तो अब हम माउंट एवरेस्‍ट का बेसकैंप पहुंच गए हैं। लेकिन शिखर की चढ़ाई अभी हमें तय करना है और जिस प्रकार पर्वतारोहियों को नेपाल के शेरपाओ का मजबूत साथ और समर्थन मिलता है उसी प्रकार नेपाल की इस विकास यात्रा में भारत आपके लिए शेरपा का काम करने के लिए तैयार है।

पिछले महीने प्रधानमंत्री श्रीमान ओली जी की भारत यात्रा में, और कल और आज की मेरी नेपाल यात्रा में मेरा यही संदेश है कि मेरी यही भावना मैंने अलग-अलग शब्‍दों में व्‍यक्‍त की है। नेपाल अपनी आवश्‍यकताओं और प्राथमिकताओं के अनुसार आगे बढ़े। ये मैं बहुत जिम्‍मेवारी से कह रहा हूं। नेपाल अपनी और प्राथमिकताओं और अपनी आवश्‍यकताओं के अनुसार आगे बढ़े। आपकी सफलता के लिए भारत हमेशा नेपाल के साथ कंधे से कंधा मिलाकर चलेगा। आपकी सफलता में ही भारत की सफलता है। नेपाल की खुशी में ही भारत की खुशी है।

काम चाहे वो रेलवे लाइनस का हो या सड़क निर्माण का हो, हाइड्रो पावर का हो या ट्रांसमिशन लाइनस का हो, इंट्रिगेटिड चेक पोस्‍ट का हो या ऑइल पाइप लाइन का हो या फिर भारत और नेपाल के सांस्‍कृतिक और लोगों के बीच People to people मजबूत संबंधों को और भी ताकत देने का काम हो। आपकी हर आवश्‍यकता में हम साथ चल रहे हैं और आगे भी चलते रहेंगे। हमने काठमांडू को भारत से रेल द्वारा जोड़ने के प्रोजेक्‍ट के डीपीआर का काम करना शुरू कर दिया है। और अब तो शायद यहां नेपाल में कितनी इसकी चर्चा है मुझे मालूम नहीं है। इन दिनों भारत में IPL के क्रिकेट मैच चल रहे हैं। और नेपाल भी अब IPL में जुड़ गया है।

इस यात्रा में हाल ही के बहुत सी पहलों से आप परिचित हैं। मुझे बताया गया है कि पहली बार नेपाल का एक नौजवान खिलाड़ी संदीप लमीछाने  ने IPL में भाग ले रहा है। मैं आशा करता हूं कि आने वाले समय में क्रिकेट ही नहीं अन्‍य खेलों के माध्‍यम से भी हमारे People to people संबंध मजबूत होते रहेंगे।

साथियों इन्‍हीं शब्‍दों के साथ मैं एक बार फिर काठमांडू मेयर श्रीमान शाक्य जी का, काठमांडू एडमिनिस्‍ट्रेशन का, नेपाल की सरकार का, आदरणीय मुख्‍यमंत्री जी का, विदेश मंत्री जी का और आप सभी का हृदय से आभार प्रकट करता हूं। और हृदय का वही भाव है जो आपके दिलों में है वही मेरे दिल में है जो हर नेपाली के दिल में है वही हर हिंदुस्‍तानी के दिल में है और वो यही है ........

नेपाल भारत मैत्री अमर रहोस.....

नेपाल भारत मैत्री अमर रहोस…..

नेपाल भारत मैत्री अमर रहोस.....

बहुत-बहुत धन्‍यवाद।


अतुल तिवारी, कंचन पतियाल, ममता

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Shri Piyush Goyal Reviews Coal Production and Dispatches to Generate Adequate Power Supply for the Country

Stressed on the Necessity for Pithead Power Plants to Run at 100 % PLF. Urged States to Use Provisions Under “Flexibility of Utilization of Coal” Rules. Emphasized the need to Improve the Turnaround Time of Rakes Officials of Railways, Coal and Power Ministries to Work in Close Coordination with Chief Secretaries and Power Secretaries of States. Urged that Team Work and Better Coordination among Ministries to Ensure 24X7 Power Supply for the People of India.

The Union Minister of Railways and Coal, Shri Piyush Goyal chaired a detailed review meeting with Shri R.K. Singh, Minister of State (IC) Power and New & Renewable Energy and with top officials of Ministries of Coal, Railways and Power in New Delhi today.

In the meeting, review of Power supply requirement during the ongoing summer and forthcoming winter season was carried out. Various short term, medium term and long term measures were discussed in detail to improve the coal stock position in Power Plants of the country. 

Comprehensive review of targets for coal production and dispatches by the coal companies is carried out.  

Shri Piyush Goyal stressed on the necessity to increase Plant Load Factor (PLF) of various Power Plants of the country. He said that all pithead plants with sufficient coal supply should run at 100% PLF. He expressed the desire to hold fortnightly meeting of the ministries involved, to review the power situation in the country.

He stressed on the need for States located far from mines to use provisions under “Flexibility of utilization of Coal” rules, so that this coal can be used by those power stations near the coal source . Gujarat and Maharashtra have already been using these provisions. This will enable cheaper power to the respective States and efficient utilization of rolling stock enabling coal supply for other power stations.

He gave clear instructions to the officials of the three ministries to keep a close vigil on the power production and supply situation in the country and to keep in close touch with Chief Secretaries and Power Secretaries of the States for this purpose.

Shri Goyal expressed the need to improve the turnaround time of rakes by better scheduling of trains and optimum utilization of traffic blocks. He expressed the need to rationalize operational and maintenance practices on the high density routes of Indian Railways. 

He stressed on reducing terminal detention of wagons inside Power Plants and Coal sidings to generate extra capacity.

Last but not the least, he emphasized that team effort, better coordination between Ministries involved and the rationalization of work procedures will lead to generation of extra capacity within the existing system and ensure 24X7 power supply for the people of India.





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With an aim to improve the performance of Power Sector in Bihar, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between the Government of Bihar (GoB) and NTPC Limited today at Patna in the presence of the Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Power and New & Renewable Energy, Shri R. K. Singh and Chief Minister of Bihar, Shri Nitish Kumar.

The MoU envisages transfer of Barauni Thermal Power Station (720 MW) to NTPC. In addition to this, Bihar State Power Generation Company’s (BSPGCL) equities in Kanti Bijlee Utpadan Nigam Limited (KBUN) & Nabinagar Power Generating Company (Pvt.) Limited (NPGC) will also be transferred to NTPC.

All the three power generation facilities are envisaged to be transferred to NTPC from the effective date to be notified by Government of Bihar through a Statutory Transfer Scheme. The transfer of these power stations to NTPC will result in their optimal & efficient utilization, bring the tariff down and benefit the people of Bihar at large.

Power from all the three power station shall be available to State of Bihar as before after approval by the Ministry of Power, Government of India.

Energy Minister of Bihar Shri Bijendra Prasad Yadav; Principal Secretary, Department of Energy, Bihar Shri Pratyaya Amrit and CMD, NTPC Limited Shri Gurdeep Singh were among the dignitaries present at the occasion.


NTPC, a Maharatna Company under Ministry of Power, Govt. of India is the largest power generating company of India with a total installed capacity of 53651 MW (including JVs) from coal, gas, hydro, solar and wind power projects. NTPC is on an accelerated growth trajectory to meet this long-term targets and currently has 21,071 MW capacity under construction. Company has two operational coal mines. NTPC in the past has demonstrated strong capability in turning around under-performing state owned power stations.

Barauni Thermal Power Station (720 MW) which is located at Begusarai district in Bihar. The Plant comprise of Stage-I (2x110 MW) (under advance stages of R&M) and Stage-II (2x250 MW) (under construction).NTPC with its expertise in construction of power projects and contract management capabilities is expected to complete the balance works and achieve sustained commercial operation of units in a time bound manner.

Nabinagar Power Generating Company (Pvt) Limited is a 50:50 Joint Venture Company of NTPC Limited and Bihar State Power Generation Company Limited (BSPGCL). The Company is developing a 1980 MW (3x660 MW) Nabinagar Super Thermal Power Project in district Aurangabad, Bihar. The project is currently under-construction.

Kanti Bijli Utpadan Nigam Limited (KBUNL) is a subsidiary company of NTPC Limited in Joint Venture with Bihar State Power Generation Company Limited (BSPGCL). Currently NTPC and BSPGCL owns 72.64%and 27.36% equity holding in KBUNL respectively. KBUNL owns and operates Muzaffarpur Thermal Power Station (MTPS) (2x110 MW+ 2x195 MW) situated at Kanti, District Muzaffarpur in the State of Bihar. Plant is under operation.




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Peru seeks production of generic medicines by Indian companies in their country and early conclusion of Free Trade Agreement

Vice President Shri Venkaiah Naidu holds extensive talks with Peruvian leadership India, Peru celebrate 55 years of diplomatic ties and resolve to improve trade relations to tap full potential Peru Says India deserves Permanent membership in UNSC in line with its global role Sign MoU for cooperation in Renewable Energy Sector

Top leadership of Peru has acknowledged that their country has a lot to learn and benefit from the success story of India and resolved with India to significantly enhance trade relations as the two countries celebrated 55 years of diplomatic ties in Lima on May 11, 2018.

Vice President Shri M.Venkaiah Naidu today held extensive talks with President, Prime Minister and senior Ministers of Peru in Lima today on a range of issues indicating specific areas for enhanced engagement. He spoke at length about India’s strength in supply of quality and cost effective generic medicines, Information Technology, defence equipment, Science & Technology, Space applications etc.

During the delegation level talks, the Peruvian Prime Minister Mr.Cesar Villanueva Bardales, leading a delegation of four ministers and senior official noted that India is acknowledged as a leader in pharma sector and Peru could take benefit of the same. Health Minister of Peru Ms.Silvia Pessah Eljay suggested that Indian Government may do needful to enable Indian Pharma companies set up generic medicines production facilities in Peru. Peruvian side agreed to consider suggestion of Shri Naidu for hassle free registration of Indian pharma companies for supply of medicines.

Minister of Foreign Trade and Tourism of Peru Mr.Rogers Valencia Espinoza, while speaking of the potential of bilateral trade between the two countries said Peru was keen about concluding a Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement with India. He mentioned that two rounds of discussions were already in this regard and the third round is to be held in Delhi in August this year. He stressed on the need to conclude this agreement at the earliest for mutual benefit.

Peru’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr. Nestor Popolizio Bardales stressed that India deserved to be a Permanent member of the United Nation’s Security Council in line with its size, role and responsibilities in the global scheme of things. He reiterated Peru’s support to India in this regard.

Referring to the success of Information Technology Centre in Peru set up by India, the Peruvian side more such centres in other parts of the country.

Earlier, during his talks with the President of Peru, Vice President Shri Naidu said that 55 years of diplomatic ties between the two countries is an important landmark and it was time to assess the achievements so far to chart out a clear course of action to realize the full potential.

Peruvian President said his country is closely watching India’s progress in different sectors including its transition from an agrarian economy to being an IT leader with strong capacities in Science & Technology, space sector etc. He informed Shri Naidu that concerned ministers were asked by him to make time bond action plans for progressing on identified areas of cooperation.

Sharing Shri Naidu’s concern about terrorism, President of Peru noted that while terrorists come out with new strategies, the global community to act together to counter terrorism in all it’s different forms and shapes.

After the delegation level talks, India and Peru signed an Agreement on Cooperation in New and Renewable Energy. Peru is a founder member of the International Solar Alliance, established with India taking the initiative.

Peru’s External Affairs Ministry organized a special programme in Lima commemorating the 55 years of diplomatic ties with India. Peruvian youth performed Bharat Natyam which was appreciated by Vice President Shri Venkaiah Naidu.




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Cities are drivers of economic growth & people living cities need to be provided with adequate housing: Vice President

Adoption of Holistic approach to urbanisation for upscaling urban infrastructure underway: Hardeep Puri

Lays foundation stone for World Trade Center& General Pool Residential Accommodation Colony

The Vice President of India, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu has said that cities are the drivers of economic growth and all sections of people living in the cities need to be provided with adequate housing and other essential amenities. He was addressing the gathering after laying foundation stone for the World Trade Center at Nauroji Nagar and redevelopment of Netaji Nagar General Pool Residential Accommodation Colony, here today. Shri Hardeep S Puri, Minister of State for Housing and Urban Affairs (I/C), during his address stated that the adoption of holistic approach to urbanisation for upscaling urban infrastructure is underway.  Shri Durga Shankar Mishra, Secretary, M/o Housing & Urban Affairs and CMD, NBCC were also present on the occasion. 


Speaking after laying the foundation stone, Shri Puri said that “It is yet another proud moment for us today - a bold step in our voyage towards realising the prudent vision of Hon’ble Prime Minister for a ‘New India’ that holds the dream of a sustainable and inclusivedevelopmentof the Nation, creating world class infrastructure, energy-abundant solutions, elevated trade and business environment opportunities in the country.”

“As the idea of New India initiative goes, today’s Foundation Stone laying of Redevelopment of GPRA Colony, Netaji Nagar and the World Trade Centre in Nauroji Nagar into finest housing complexes and commercial hubs by Hon’ble Vice President, is a watershed event”, he added.“We are indeed grateful to Hon’ble Venkaiah Naidu Ji,for gracing this important occasion which shall be a great source of inspiration for all of us in future.Indeed, it was under his dynamic leadership as the Union Housing and Urban Affairs Minister that great strides were made in redefining the urban landscape of the country and new initiatives in redevelopment of Government colonies, promoting metro rail network in the country and great impetus in nation missions like Housing for All, Swachh Bharat Mission, AMRUT, Ease of Doing Business and other such flagship programs was witnessed”, he further said.

NBCC, which is entrusted with the task of implementing the Netaji Nagar and Nauroji Nagar projects besides the Sarojini Nagar GPRA project, is also executing a smart sub-city in the shape of East Kidwai Nagar which is fast nearing completion. The CPWD has been entrusted with the task of implementing the 04 GPRA projects at Mohammad Pur, Kasturba Nagar, Thyagraj Nagar and Sriniwaspuri.  We hope to hold the foundation laying ceremony of Mohammadpur soon.

Expressing gratitude to Hon’ble Vice President for his gracious presence on this occasion and for consenting to lay the foundation stone of these 2 projects today, Shri Puri assured him that the Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs would keep on exploring many more such possibilities all over India, by undertaking a holistic approach to urbanisation in order to upscale the urban infrastructure and housing stock in the entire nation.

Project Profile:

Redevelopment of Netaji Nagar on 110 acres with proposed GPRA, GPOA and SocialInfrastructure

  • Seamlessly Integrated Green Landscape in an urban high rise setting to avoid a concrete jungle
  • Prominence given to landscape and ease of access
  • Vehicular free circulation system with no surface parking, two level basement parking for residents and visitors.
  • Enhanced streetscape for a thriving & safe environment
  • Equipped with ‘Smart City’ sustainable features
  • GPOA blocks placed along the Ring Road with better visibility.  Easy connectivity next to Metro Station
  • GPOA & GPRA segregated in two parcels for independent traffic movement system
  • Existing Social Infra relocated for better connectivity without disturbing the built residential development.
  • Suvidha market/convenient shopping centers are distributed & strategically placed for convenience of citizen.

Sustainable Benchmark:

  • A GRIHA compliance project (minimum 3-star rating).
  • Efficient management of energy & water resources.
  • Management of material resources and waste like garbage chute, waste compactor, construction and demolition waste plant.
  • Installation of solar panel at the rooftop.
  • Heat insulated glass with less energy emission.
  • Installation of building management system to save energy.

Salient features:

  • High speed construction with Monolithic RCC shear wall technology using aluminium framework for better finishing.
  • Double height entrance lobbies.
  • Zero maintenance façade finishing with stone cladding upto 3 levels.
  • Granite flooring in public areas
  • High quality finishing construction with UPVC glazing in GPRA &Structutal Glazing in GPOA.
  • Construction as per latest life & safety norms for fire &structural design as per NBC 2016.
  • Provisions of adequate balconies & cupboards.
  • Open plan office layout for flexible combination or subdivision of spaces as per requirement of various department.
  • Adequate parking of approximately 3500 cars in GPOA.
  • Provision of central air-conditioning, Wi-Fi  and IT enabled office environment.








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MNRE issues National Wind-solar Hybrid Policy

The Policy provides framework for promotion of large grid connected wind-solar PV hybrid system A scheme for new hybrid projects under the policy is also expected shortly.

Ministry of New and Renewable Energy has issued National Wind-Solar Hybrid Policy here today. The objective of the policy is to provide a framework for promotion of large grid connected wind-solar PV hybrid system for efficient utilization of transmission infrastructure and land. It also aims at reducing the variability in renewable power generation and achieving better grid stability.


On technology front the Policy provides for integration of both the energy sources i.e. wind and solar at AC as well as DC level. The Policy also provides for flexibility in share of wind and solar components in hybrid project, subject to the condition that, rated power capacity of one resource be at least 25 per cent of the rated power capacity of other resource for it to be recognised hybrid project.


The Policy seeks to promote new hybrid projects as well as hybridisation of existing wind/solar projects. The existing wind/solar projects can be hybridised with higher transmission capacity than the sanctioned one, subject to availability of margin in the existing transmission capacity.


The Policy provides for procurement of power from a hybrid project on tariff based transparent bidding process for which Government entities may invite bids. Policy also permits use of battery storage in the hybrid project for optimising the output and further reduce the variability. It mandates the regulatory authorities to formulate necessary standards and regulations for wind-solar hybrid systems.


With significant capacity additions in renewables in recent years and with Hybrid Policy aiming at better utilisation of resources, it is envisaged that the Hybrid Policy will open-up a new area for availability of renewable power at competitive prices along with reduced variability. A scheme for new hybrid projects under the policy is also expected shortly.






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Environmentally Healthy and Clean India is at the core of the Government’s long term goals says the Minister of State (I//C) Power and New and Renewable Energy Shri RK Singh. Inaugurating NTPC’s two day conference on Agro Residue and Municipal Solid Waste to Power, today he said the intent is to generate power keeping the environment health and contributing to Swachh Bharat. The Minister added that social objective is that of a healthier planet and there are costs attached to attain this objective. The intent is to design policies so that long-term social goals are met for clean India. Agro residue and municipal solid waste can both be used for power generation, this just need to address the challenges to optimally leverage this process. 

Speaking on the occasion, Shri A.K. Bhalla, Secretary, Power said NTPC is the flagship company of the whole country and complemented the management for bringing in the spirit of innovation to tackle these issues for a clean environment. The conference is an ideal platform for all stakeholders to collate and interact on imperatives and issues facing the sector and use them at power projects on Pan-India basis.

In its effort to curb air pollution, the NTPC had invited tender for procurement of agro residue based biomass pellets. It has been successful in obtaining the commitment for receiving approximately 200 metric tonnes per day of agro residue based fuel at NTPC Dadri. It will generate approximately 150 MU of renewable electricity annually.

NTPC is actively working to find out the solution for Agro residue and Municipal Solid Waste to Power the workshop is deliberating issues amongst policy makers, pellets manufacturers, regulators, financiers and power professionals, waste to energy experts and companies in the field of waste to energy.




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