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Coal block auctions to result in lower power rates, says minister

Even as the government is looking at bonanza from the coal blocks auction, power minister Piyush Goayl has said that the power tariff will come. The allocation of coal blocks will fe

Auction station: Govt makes Rs 3 lakh cr from coal, spectrum and still counting

With Rs 2 lakh crore generated already from just 32 mines out of 204 and nearly Rs 1 lakh crore from spectrum auction, the government has so far earned Rs 3 lakh crore. On Monday alo

NTPC pays Rs. 2,061.37 cr dividend for FY 2014-15

In a dividend payment that is fifth highest among all the public sector undertakings, NTPC Limited has paid a total dividend of Rs. 2,061.37 crore for the financial year 2014-15. This amounts to 25

Discom bonds will not be force-fed to PFC and REC

GN Bureau New Delhi Union power minister Piyush Goyal has said that the implementation of the revival package of the near bankrupt state-run discoms will result in tot

One-third of 2018 rural electrification target met: Piyush Goyal

With electrification of 6,000 villages so far, the ministry of power has achieved one-third of its target. The prime minister had set the target of rural electrification of 18,452 villages by May 2

Focus on funding renewable energy projects: Piyush Goyal

The government has asked state-run Power Finance Corp (PFC) and Rural Electrification Corp (REC) to focus on funding renewable energy projects. The minister for power, coal, renewab

Indian power plants not designed to run on indigenous coal: Goyal

It is very unfortunate that India continues to import coal from other countries despite the fact that we are a coal surplus nation today, said Piyush Goyal, union minister of state (IC) for

Rural Electrification: Let there be light

Dusk is about to fall and dark clouds hover over the sky. Deependra, a 10-year-old specially challenged boy, wears a tattered t-shirt and sits on the mud floor of his small hut. From time to time,

NTPC to replace its old plants

 The nation has embarked on a mission to reduce India’s carbon footprint by phasing out all inefficient thermal power plants, older than 25 years, with modern energy efficient super crit

GSECL to get coal from Western Coalfields Limited

 An inter-ministerial task force has recommended shifting of coal linkage of Gujarat State Electricity Corporation Ltd (GSECL) of about 1.2 million tone (MT) from South Eastern Coalfields Limi

India has no plan to phase out incandescent bulbs

At present, there is no plan to phase out the incandescent bulbs through gradual ban on production and sale, said power minister Piyush Goyal in a written reply in the Lok Sabha. The

NALCO mines get 5-star rating for sustainable development initiatives

   The Panchpatmali bauxite mines of national aluminum company limited (NALCO) has been conferred with a 5-star rating by the ministry of mines.  

UJALA scheme: Over 22 crore LED bulbs distributed

  Over 22 crore LED bulbs have been distributed by Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL) under UJALA scheme, union minister Piyush Goyal informed the Lok Sabha. &

Agreements signed to purchase 1050 MW of wind power

Union minister of state for power, coal, new and renewable energy and mines, Piyush Goyal was present at the signing of power purchase agreements (PPAs) for purchase of 1050 MW of wind power unde

Finance ministry ropes in EESL for energy saving

 In its bid to bring down energy consumption by old government buildings that consume huge amount of power, the ministry of finance has asked central government establishments to install energ

Challenges ahead of new railway minister Piyush Goyal

 New railway minister Piyush Goyal has his work cut out for him as he has to prioritise safety and restore confidence since the railways is going through a rough patch due to successive derail

Prabhu transformed railways: Piyush Goyal

 Piyush Goyal, who took over as the railway minister on Monday, lauded his predecessor Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu for building the roadmap of railways’ extensive growth and for bringing in

Two trains derail, no casualties

 Two express trains—Shaktipunj express and Ranchi-New Delhi Rajdhani -- were derailed in Sonbhadra and Delhi respectively on Thursday. However, railways claimed that none of the passenge

Can India’s bullet train meet the new deadline?

 Will you be able to take a bullet train in 2022? New railway minister Piyush Goyal is confident that the new deadline will be met, but experts are not so sure. The national high spe

Flexi fare system to be reviewed: Goyal

 Railway minister Piyush Goyal on Thursday said the safety issue is of paramount importance and more measures are being taken to ensure safer operations. He laid emphasis on making t

22 killed in stampede on narrow Mumbai foot over bridge

 The poor state of railway infrastructure stood exposed on Friday when a stampede broke out on a poorly maintained and narrow foot over bridge in Mumbai, killing 22 people and leaving scores i

Why bullet trains are unsuitable for India

Many will be surprised to know that 80 years ago, trains ran at a faster speed in North America and Western Europe than in India today. On the shorter distances (up to 500 km), daytime inter-city t

Biting the bullet train

If all goes well, India’s first high-speed train would zip by in  December 2023. In fact, railways minister Piyush Goyal is even confident that the 508-km Ahmedabad-Mumbai high-speed rai

Senior railway officer Achal Khare on the bullet train roadmap

Achal Khare, MD, National High Speed Rail Corporation, is a man with big responsibility – of realising India’s dream of running a bullet train. In conversation with Vishwas Dass, Kh

Three killed as train derails in UP

Three passengers were killed and around a dozen sustained grievous injuries after nine coaches of Vasco Da Gama-Patna express derailed near Manikpur railway station in Uttar Pradesh on Friday morni

Speeding up Mission Raftaar

The Indian Railways’ Mission Raftaar, a project to increase the speed of trains on busy routes to reduce travel time, is finally picking up pace. Keeping in mind the 2019 Lok Sabha elections,

An idea whose time has come – again and again

Railways wants to jazz up 400 major railway stations by providing large, airy foyers, comfortable sitting areas, snazzy lounges, smart ticketing system, escalators and the works. But

Enhanced production by CIL reduces coal imports: Piyush Goyal

Coal imports have fallen from 217.78 Mte in 2014-15 to 203.95 Mte in 2015-16 and further to 190.95 Mte in 2016-17. The trend of fall in import of coal has continued in the current fiscal.

In a first, railways cracks the whip against absentee staff

The Indian Railways has decided to take disciplinary action against its 13,000 employees who are on unauthorised leaves since long. This is perhaps for the first ever time that the railways has ad

Railways filled only 0.89% safety vacancies in four years

After every major accident Indian Railways claims that it would intensify efforts to fill safety category vacancies to reduce the count of fatal accidents. But data shows something e

Ahmedabad-Mumbai bullet train will have some unreserved seats too

The Ahmedabad-Mumbai bullet train will have a few general category seats in order to accommodate people who do not have reservation, says Achal Khare, managing director of the National High Speed R

Why it is crucial for railways to reduce derailments, improve punctuality

Even as the union minister of railways Piyush Goyal claims of improving railways’ infrastructure and safety, Indian Railways still needs to put in massive efforts to curtail derailment accide

IRCTC listing still lingering despite clearance in 2017

Ministry of railways’ decision of holding the listing of Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) has exposed its seriousness in listing its public enterprises in stock exchang

No shortage of coal for power, says Piyush Goyal

Minister of railways, coal, finance and corporate affairs Piyush Goyal has denied that there is shortage of coal for the power sector. He said in the beginning of 2018-19, Coal India

Speed enhancement fiasco: Average speed of trains up by a meagre 0.20 kmph in 2018

Huge investment and collaborations with foreign countries to enhance the average speed of freight and passenger trains to cut down the travel time has been going on in the Indian Railways for a lon

Railway electrification: Easier said than done

Even as the railways minister Piyush Goyal lays thrust on the 100 percent electrification of entire rail network by 2022, the task cut out for the railways seems to be a strenuous one as it comes w

How railways plans to go green

With about 23 million passengers on an average day, the Indian Railways itself is the size of a small country. When India plans to significantly increase the share of renewable energy in its cons

Who’s to blame for Amritsar train tragedy

 The incident was not the railways’ fault. There was no lapse on our part and no action against the driver will be initiated. People should refrain from organising such events near track

Free Wi-Fi at 715 railway stations

The Indian Railways’ ambitious plan of providing free Wi-Fi services has started showing results, as 715 out of 5,734 proposed stations have got the facility as on December 14. Minist

Indian Railways 2018: Major achievements and challenges

 At a time when Indian Railways claims that it has achieved many milestones in 2018, there are numerous areas where the national transporter needs to turn its focus and improve its services.

Interim Budget 2019 rides high on elections

The interim budget for 2019-20, presented by the interim finance minister Piyush Goyal, is predictably focused on the coming elections. From agriculture to defence, and pleasing the middle class, t

Budget 2019: Here is the budget simplified in numbers

The interim budget for 2019-20, presented by the interim finance minister

Budget a helping hand for neo-middle class

An official who worked closely with Narendra Modi during his stint as the chief minister of Gujarat told me an anecdote to explain his style of working. Just before the 2007 state assembly election

PM flags off India’s first semi high-speed train

Indian Railways entered a new era as prime minister Narendra Modi on Friday flagged off the country’s first semi high-speed train, Vande Bharat Express, from the New Delhi railway station.

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