Deepa Jainani

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Self-Help Groups to collect electricity bills in UP

An official of UPPCL said that the move will help consumers to pay bills at doorstep without having to reach out to UPPCL.

Agra Metro: How the new metro project is a green solution for the city’s traffic woes

With the SC approving the project on condition that 18,230 trees are planted as part of its execution, Agra is likely to have a Metro network in place by March 2024.

UP exports strategy: Yogi Adityanath govt ropes in PwC to wrest space vacated by China

Explaining this, the minister said that the short-run strategy is for the low hanging fruits, in this case, products in which Uttar Pradesh already has a global presence.

Speaking to FE, Uttar Pradesh’s minister for MSME, Investment and Export Promotion Siddharth Nath Singh said that the government has engaged PwC as consultant and strategic partner and it would prepare a strategy for the short as well as long run.

UP draws up plan to cut AT&C losses to 15% by 2024

It may be mentioned that as per UDAY targets, Uttar Pradesh was supposed to reduce AT&C losses to 14.86% by 2019-20, against which the state’s AT&C losses stand at a whopping 30.3%.

Agra Metro: Decks cleared for Rs 8,400-crore project; SC nod comes with rider

The apex court gave its approval subject to the condition that UPMRC will now have to plant 18,230 saplings — the number is 10 times more than that initially proposed — during the project execution phase.

There will be a total of 23 elevated and eight underground stations.

Good news for UP! Over half a dozen Japanese companies keen to invest in Uttar Pradesh

The investment proposals include developing five fish hatcheries in the state with high-end technology, putting up a 100 MW solar park for irrigation as well as setting up an agri processing park, these sources added.  

The conference was also attended by the Indian ambassador to Japan Sanjay Verma.

Ganga expressway: India’s second-largest expressway in Uttar Pradesh to be ready by this year

With 2025 being set as the deadline for completion, the UP govt is looking to start construction for 602-km project by the end of year

With land acquisition costing another Rs 10,000 crore, the overall project cost has been pegged at Rs 39,298 crore.

After recovering to half of normal, states’ tax revenue plateaus

The alcohol excise revenue of Uttar Pradesh was about 77% of the budget target in June, up 59% of the target in from May and just 1.2% in April.

However, this has proven to be unsustainable; June tax transfers to states are understood to be 9% less than the monthly transfer of Rs 46,083 crore in the April-May period, at around Rs 42,000 crore.

Why UP sugar millers are unhappy with Centre

Moreover, they are not able to liquidate their excessive stock to clear the dues, for which they blame the central government’s discriminatory sales quota policy.

The mills have repeatedly apprised the state as well as the Centre regarding the quota for sale of sugar not being in sync with its production.

Atma Nirbhar Rozgar Abhiyan: PM launches UP’s mega scheme to provide jobs to 1.25 crore migrant workers

The Prime Minister said the efforts and achievements of Uttar Pradesh are huge when seen from a larger perspective.

Delay in APRs: UP power regulator summons managing directors of five discoms

It may be mentioned that UPPCL has been mulling over the idea to keep the tariff unchanged while filing the ARR this year in view of the economic slowdown triggered by the coronavirus pandemic, leaving it to the UPERC to take

UP’s sugar crushing ends, cane dues swell to nearly Rs 15,000 crore

The payment of Rs 20,800 crore is slightly more than 58% of the total cane dues during the season, when mills crushed 1,116 lakh tonne of sugarcane to produce 126.5 lakh tonne of sugar, again an all-time high figure.

While the state’s total average payment is around 58%, there are some private sugar mills that have paid abysmally low.

States, PSUs back off from Chinese contracts; new orders also scarce as India calls for China boycott

Even though a holistic ‘Boycott China’ policy could boomerang, select deals with Chinese firms repealed, more to follow.

India received FDI inflows of $470 billion, but China’s share in this was just $2.4 billion.

Uttar Pradesh to get 600-MW ultra-mega renewable energy park

The joint project will be set up by the Uttar Pradesh Non-Conventional Energy Development Agency (UPNEDA) and Tehri Hydro Development Corporation of India (THDC).

The initial target is to develop a 600-MW solar park with an investment of Rs 2,400 crore on the basis of Rs 4 crore per MW.

UP govt forms panel to ensure social, economic security of workers, migrants

The commission will hold a meeting monthly, while the board’s meeting will be held after every 15 days and the district level committee’s will be held once a week.

The commission will also play the role of a facilitator regarding the demand of workers from other states and countries.

UP slips on its wheat purchase target, barely crosses 50%

Explaining the dip in procurement, the official said that since direct marketing was allowed and big purchasers were available, farmers had a better choice to sell their produce during the lockdown.

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Infra boost! UP in advanced talks with Centre for aircraft MRO hubs in Jewar and Meerut

The Uttar Pradesh government has actively been pursuing setting up of an MRO hub with the Centre as a competitive domestic MRO industry, which will cater to both civil and defence aircraft and help airlines reduce maintenance

It may be mentioned that the Jewar International Airport in the National Capital Region has been conceived as the biggest civil airport project in Asia.

Covid-19 lockdown effect: Own tax receipts of states improve, yet 25-50% of normal range

Resumption of various economic activities after the easing of the lockdown restrictions and hikes in state excise duties on liquor aided the slow recovery.

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UP in a position to offer land at preferential rates: Minister Siddharth Nath Singh

In conversation with Deepa Jainani, Uttar Pradesh’s minister for investment, export promotion and MSMEs in the state, Siddharth Nath Singh, expressed confidence that UP is well on the road to revival.

Land will be in abundance in UP. We have identified over 1.15 lakh acres of gram sabha land and barren land.

Purvanchal Expressway: Despite lockdown delay, India’s longest expressway in UP to open by year-end

Despite a delay of 2 months due to the lockdown, UP govt is pushing to complete the 341-km expressway, to be the longest in India, by year-end

UPPCL seeks state guarantee for 21,000-crore PFC-REC loan

The Uttar Pradesh Power Corporation has sought state government guarantees for loans of nearly Rs 21,000 crore to be borrowed from PFC-REC for payment of outstanding dues of central generating stations (CGS), independent powe

The corporation also sought subsidy support for debt servicing of this loan.

Uttar Pradesh clocks highest ever sugar production

The increase in UP’s production is significant when seen in the national context, which has posted a 19% decline in production from 32.61 million tonne to 26.36 million tonne till May 15.

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UP withdraws 12-hour work shift order following High Court rap

Following a rap from the Allahabad High Court, the Uttar Pradesh government has withdrawn its controversial order in which it diluted certain sections of the Factories Act 1948, exempting factories from the 8-hour shift per d

UP sugar industry seeks ‘preferential treatment’ for clearance of power dues

In a letter to the chairman, UPPCL, Uttar Pradesh Sugar Millers Association (UPSMA) has pleaded for a “preferential treatment” in the release of their dues that have been pending with the Uttar Pradesh Power Corporation (

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Uttar Pradesh launches portal for giving loan to MSMEs

Close on the heels of the Union government’s Rs 3-lakh crore credit guarantee to reboot micro, small & medium enterprises (MSME), the Uttar Pradesh on Thursday launched an online loan portal for the MSME sector.

Uttar Pradesh’s outstanding dues to gencos hit Rs 32,000 crore

As on April 2020, the state discoms have accumulated pending bills to the tune of Rs 32,000 crore to gencos, as against a total of Rs 17,500 crore owed by them in March 2019, reflecting a severe stress in the sector.

The discoms’ over-dues —bills that remained unpaid for more than 60 days — have been rising relentlessly.

Lockdown impact: UP sugar industry seeks bailout package

The sugar industry in Uttar Pradesh, which has been reeling under the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic and has a burden of cane dues worth Rs 14,300 crore, has sought a bailout package from the state government.

To add to the woes, the sale of ethanol has been poor due to non-lifting by the oil marketing companies and power dues of Rs 1,500 crores have pending with Uttar Pradesh Power Corporation (UPPCL) for more than a year.
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