The Union power ministry has told the influential goods and services tax (GST) Council chaired by finance minister Arun Jaitley that implementing GST in its current form could push up power generation cost, especially of renewable energy, which will further dent the ability of debt-ridden distribution companies to serve electricity unless specific relief measures are built in.
The power ministry is proposing renewable energy status to supplies meant for large hydropower projects to help keep power tariffs low under the proposed goods and services tax.
All states barring Uttar Pradesh have inked agreements with the Centre to achieve the milestone of providing ’24×7 Power For All (PFA)’.
Power ministry is seen leading the digital initiatives of the NDA government through a variety of mobile applications and e-platforms
The latest digital offerings from the power ministry includes the TARANG’ mobile application along with two e-platforms: ‘e-Trans’ & ‘DEEP’ e-bidding web portals. While the Vidyut Pravah mobile application is an excellent attempt to track availability and cost of power across India, TARANG is the latest mobile application that has caught the industry’s eye.
“TARANG” tracks the real time progress of transmission projects and associated works being carried out in transmission systems across the country.