Coal stock in thermal power plants has increased by 25% due to synergy between Railway and Coal ministries.
The Indian Railways has provided free Wi-Fi connectivity (RailWire) at more than 700 railways stations, which have been used by as many as 1.3 million passengers.
The Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MH&UA) is considering banning the use of bricks made in traditional coal-based kilns in its housing projects, sources have said.
Employees of state electricity departments from all over the country have crossed swords with the Union Ministry of Power which has come out with a revised draft of the Electricity Amendment Bill
The New Energy Policy (NEP) has been finalised by government think-tank Niti Aayog and is likely to get Cabinet nod this month, sources have said.
Policy makers, energy experts and stakeholders stressed the need to take effective measures to make India self-reliant in the energy sector so that the people get ‘energy justice’, as envisioned by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Energy prices in India have been going up because of certain geopolitical reasons, particularly because of the uncertainty over the supply of Iranian crude.
Better coordination between the Ministries of Coal and Railways in the last few weeks has led to increased coal production, which, in turn, has resulted in better availability of coal at thermal power plants across the country.
India has achieved the ambitious target of setting up solar power plants of 20,000 MW (20 GW) four years in advance.
In a bid to ensure safe and secure journey for passengers, the Indian Railways is likely to start the procurement of CCTV cameras from the first week of April this year, sources close to the Ministry of Railways said.