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12 states plan to set up solar power parks

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New Delhi, November 28: Government has received proposals from 12 states for setting up of solar power parks/ultra mega solar power projects totalling 22,100 MW capacity, including the biggest 7,500 MW park to be set up in Leh and Kargil in Jammu and Kashmir.

In a written reply in the Lok Sabha, Minister of State for Power, Coal and New & Renewable Energy Piyush Goyal said the other states where such parks are being set up are: Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh, Meghalaya, Punjab, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu and Odisha.

He said the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy has initiated a scheme for setting up of 25 solar parks and ultra mega solar power projects to be developed in five years in various states.

In reply to another question, Goyal said that under Off- grid Solar PV programme of the Ministry, 806 villages/hamlets with extended distribution network based SPV power plants aggregating capacity have been installed in states of Jammu and Kashmir, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh, which has a maximum of 730 such plants. – See more

Courtesy: igoverment

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Five major questions about NDA government’s coal block auctions

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NEW DELHI: Will the NDA’s coal block auctions fix the mess in India’s coal sector? With the draft rules of the proposed coal block auctions in the public domain, a set of industry experts says things are getting muddled as the government tries to balance contrasting objectives. The auctions follow the Supreme Court’s cancellation of more than 200 coal block allotments, which it held as illegal and arbitrary. These included blocks that were operational or close to starting production. The draft rules for auction or allocation of coal blocks were prepared to implement the Coal Mines (Special Provisions) Ordinance and released last week.

“The government is again committing the historic blunder of tying itself in knots,” says Vinayak Chatterjee, chairman and managing director of Feedback Infrastructure, a Gurgaon-head quartered consultancy. He and other industry executives that ET spoke to outlined five major concerns. Read more

Courtesy: THE ECONOMIC TIMES

In Climate Talks, Spotlight Turns to India

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U.S.-China deal on carbon emissions ramps up pressure on New Delhi to get more aggressive in moving away from coal. 

India’s new prime minister, a Hindu nationalist and former tea seller, recently urged his country’s schoolchildren to help save the planet by relishing the delight of a full moon.

“On a full moon night, if street lights are put off for two, three hours, will it not be service to the environment? Won’t you enjoy the full moon night?” Narendra Modi said in September, adding: “We have forgotten to live with nature.” He urged kids to switch off fans, lights, or appliances when not in use and turn off tap water when brushing teeth.

Modi, 64, has sounded at times like a climate activist. “Al Gore was right when he commented a few years ago that it was inconvenient to many leaders to hear, face and accept the naked truth of global warming,” Modi wrote in a 2011 e-book, Convenient Action,which heralded his climate efforts while chief minister of the western state of Gujarat.

So as a new round of international climate talks launches Monday in Lima, Peru, what role will Modi’s government play? The United Nations meeting will focus on a new global accord, slated to be finalized next year in Paris, to reduce the carbon dioxide emissions linked to global warming. (See related map: “Four Ways to Look at Global Carbon Footprints.”) Read more

Courtesy: news.nationalgeographic.com

सरकार की कोयला नीति के विरोध में किसानों ने गारे मे मिलकर खोली कंपनी

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सरकार की कोयला नीति से परेशान रायगढ़ के किसानों ने विरोध करने का अलग तरीका निकाला है। 20 गांवों के किसानों ने मिलकर गारे ताप उपक्रम प्रोड्यूसर कंपनी लिमिटेड के नाम से कंपनी गठित की है, जिसके माध्यम से किसानों ने अपनी जमीन से कोयला निकालने और पॉवर प्रजोक्ट चलाने की योजना बनाई है। ये किसान 11 फरवरी को होने वाले कोल ब्लॉक आवंटन में खदानों की बोली में हिस्सा भी लेना चाहते हैं। किसानों ने सरकार की व्यस्थापन नीति और विस्थापन नीति को लेकर विरोध जताया है, हालांकि प्रशासन अभी इस मामले में चुप्पी साधे हुए है। विडियो देखने के लिए क्लिक करें

‘दिल्ली की सड़कों पर 15 साल से अधिक पुराने वाहनों को चलने की अनुमति नहीं’

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नई दिल्ली : राष्ट्रीय राजधानी में बढ़ते वायु प्रदूषण से चिंतित, राष्ट्रीय हरित अधिकरण (एनजीटी) ने बुधवार को कहा कि 15 वर्ष से अधिक पुराने वाहनों को दिल्ली की सड़कों पर चलने की अनुमति नहीं दी जाएगी। एनजीटी प्रमुख न्यायमूर्ति स्वतंत्र कुमार की अध्यक्षता वाली पीठ ने यह भी निर्देश दिया कि इस तरह के वाहन जहां भी मिलें, संबंधित अधिकारी वाहनों को जब्त करने सहित कानून के अनुरूप उचित कदम उठाएं।

पीठ ने कहा कि यह निर्विवाद और सवालों से परे है कि एनजीटी, दिल्ली में वायु प्रदूषण हर दिन गुजरने के साथ बढ़ रहा है। यह न केवल बहुत खराब स्थिति को पेश करता है बल्कि यह संकेत देता है कि और मुसीबत आ सकती है। पीठ ने कहा कि 15 साल से अधिक पुराने डीजल या पेट्रोल के सभी वाहनों को सड़कों पर चलने की अनुमति नहीं दी जाएगी। यह निर्देश दुपहिया, तीन पहिया, चार पहिया, हल्के वाहनों और भारी वाहनों सहित सभी पर लागू होगा।

पीठ ने कहा कि किसी व्यक्ति को प्लास्टिक या पेड़ के पत्तों सहित कोई अन्य सामग्री खुले में जलाने की अनुमति नहीं होगी।

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MM&P submission: Consult affected people, whose land and natural resources are at stake, before putting coal blocks into auction

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coal1Text of the submission on the implementation of the Coal Mines (Special Provisions) Ordinance, 2014 ,promulgated on October 21, 2014, and the Draft Rules issued on November 19, 2014 by Mines, Minerals and People (MM&P), an alliance of over 180 mining affected communities and support groups, and National Coal and Thermal Power Gatherings, a process which is looking at the human and environmental costs of coal mining and thermal power projects:

The number of affected people are so large and widespread, and are unaware of the implications of the auctions proposed by this ordinance, which will completely deny their fundamental rights. Further, “It must now be regarded as well-settled law where a person who has suffered a legal wrong or a legal injury or whose legal right or legally protected interest is violated, is unable to approach the court on account of some disability or it is not practicable for him to move the court for some other sufficient reasons, such as his socially or economically disadvantaged position, some other person can invoke the assistance of the court for the purpose of providing judicial redress to the person wronged or injured, so that the legal wrong or injury caused to such person does not go unredressed and justice is done to him” (1981) Supp. SCC 87.

The ordinance is inconsistent with Article 13 (Laws inconsistent with or in derogation of the fundamental rights): “All laws in force in the territory of India immediately before the commencement of this Constitution, in so far as they are inconsistent with the provisions of this Part, shall, to the extent of such inconsistency, be void. The State shall not make any law which takes away or abridges the rights conferred by this Part and any law made in contravention of this clause shall, to the extent of the contravention, be void. In this article, unless the context otherwise required, ‘law’ includes any Ordinance, order, bye-law, rule, regulation, notification, custom or usage having in the territory of India the force of law.”

The ordinance clearly favours specific segment of the society without providing Article 14 {Equality before law}: “The State shall not deny to any person equality before the law or the equal protection of the laws within the territory of India.” Read more

Courtesy: www.counterview.org

Farmers set up their own company to mine coal

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Farmers in Raigarh set up their own company, GTPCL, to mining coal and generate power. Click here for video

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