Tweet: Chhattisgarh-Odisha, TN-Karnataka river water spats point to need for crafting Model River Water-sharing “Treaty” between states. Time now.
Tweet: Water: MINT reasserts a point of view that “water overuse & wastage is the direct result of it being underpriced or not priced at all.”
Water conflicts on the rise in India
Conflicts related to water management have been the highest in India with 59 recorded cases, according to a recent study. There is an urgent need to address issues of growing demand for water, drying up of groundwater sources, and overexploitation and contamination of water sources.
Tweet: Game-changer for Maharashtra: 710 km, R46,000 cr Mum-Nag Expway to pass thru 12 backward districts of Vidharba/Marathwada. Tenders in Oct.
Road to prosperity
The expressway will start from Nagpur and pass through 30 talukas of Wardha, Amravati, Washim, Buldana, Jalna, Aurangabad, Ahmednagar, Nashik and Thane districts. The state government hopes that better road connectivity will lead to a boost for the region’s agro-based industries and provide jobs to locals.
Tweet: Now for changing the definition of ‘Baseload.’ New technology frm Germany allows thermal plants to start up in an hour as against 24 hours.
Powering up thermal plants faster
A new joint venture company will source this proprietary German technology and offer it to Indian plants. It would enable electricity exchanges to offer power in the hour-ahead market, depending on the day’s demand surges.
Tweet: Skewed development: RBI report on project loans shows >than 50% of loans by banks/FIs went to just 4 states—Maha, Andhra, Gujarat & TN.
State of affairs on project loans
Andhra Pradesh has been the biggest beneficiary of bank-funded loans for infrastructure building, accounting for nearly 16% of total bank and financial institutions-funded projects in 2015-16. Power, road construction and water management projects have received the largest amount of bank funding.
Tweet: Govt plan for next ‘big push’ of 35,000 km of road devpt targeting freight movement will make Rlys ‘freight comeback fight’ even tougher.
Railways’ freight challenge
The railway ministry wants to capture at least 45% of the total freight traffic by 2046-47, from the current share of less than 30%. However, international experience shows that rail freight has lost out to roads.
Tweet: Good that @jayantsinha for 6 yr plan to upgrade airport infrastructure. He should also examine why PPPisation of 6 airports was cancelled.
Making room for growth
Minister of state for civil aviation Jayant Sinha has said airport infrastructure will be upgraded over six years to cater to the growing air traffic. Congestion at major airports and unavailability of slots is impacting growth plans of airlines.
Tweet: Setback for Indian solar: WTO Appellate Body upholds US complaint against India’s “domestic content requirement” for solar cells & modules.
Tweet: Self preservation vs Spirit of WTO?: Govt mulling support to dom solar manufacturers in other ways now > G-procurement, subsidies et al.
Solar prospects: Cloudy days ahead?
Solar manufacturers claim that India has already started improving its solar manufacturing capabilities to offset the impact of the WTO body ruling. Industry sources feel the government might reimpose anti-dumping duty on foreign solar modules as well as provide other kinds of support for the domestic industry.
Tweet: Much debate amongst power experts about renewables potentially pushing coal thermal to the background. (1) True? (2) If so—good or bad.
With thermal power plants operating at 50% of capacities, the power industry is debating whether India needs the planned addition of 175 GW of renewable energy by 2022. The fear is it would further erode margins of thermal plants.
Vinayak Chatterjee is Chairman of Feedback Infra
His Twitter handle: @Infra_VinayakCh
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