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Date: 16 February 2019

Ministry of Power

  • PM dedicates 765/400 kV Sub-station Orai & 765 kV Substation Aligarh to the Nation Rs. 4976 crore project to improve the power system in Western UP & Bundelkhand The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi dedicated POWERGRID 765/400 kV Orai Sub-station & 765 kV Aligarh Sub-station and associated lines to the Nation today at a mega event held at Jhansi. These projects are part of Transmission System for interregional strengthening scheme for Western Region (WR) and Northern Region (NR) (Part-B). The project with an estimated cost of about Rs. 4976 crore will improve the power system in Western UP along with Bundelkhand.
  •  It will strengthen the inter-regional transmission corridor and facilitate reliable supply of power to Orai, Aligarh & adjoining areas of Western UP and Bundelkhand. The project involves establishment of Extra High Voltage (EHV) Sub-stations at Orai Gas Insulated Sub-station (GIS) & Aligarh Gas Insulated Sub-station (GIS) along with high capacity power transmission corridor between northern and western grids.
  • Apart from enhancing power transfer capability between western region & northern region grids to the tune of 2700 MW, it will also aid transfer of power from Sasan and Vindhyachal generation complexes in western region to load centres in western and northern regions.
  • This project constructed by Power Grid Corporation of India Limited (POWERGRID), a Navratna Company of Government of India, under Ministry of Power, will make Orai a key Sub-station to feed the demand of Orai and adjoining areas of western UP and Bundelkhand region. It will also enhance socioeconomic development, as quality power will be distributed to homes, agricultural setups, business establishments and industries of the region.

Ministry of Tourism

  • Government liberalizes the e-Visa regime making it more tourist friendly
  • Increase in duration of e-Tourist and e –Business Visa, Multiple entry among major changes
  • e- Conference & e-Medical Attendant Visas to be new subcategories The e-Tourist Visa which was introduced in September 2014 with 46 countries has now been made applicable for 166 countries. Recently, government has made series of amendments in e-visa regime, liberalizing it further and making it more tourist friendly. The Ministry of Tourism has been working very closely with Ministry of Home Affairs for easing of the Visa Regime in the country over a period of time.

Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs

  • Amrut Cities--Municipal Corporations of Raigarh, Ambikapur, and Kumbakonam Bag Top Swachhata Excellence Awards City Swachhata Livelihoods Awards for ULBS Introduced for Creating Enabling Environment for Dignified Livelihoods In Sanitation Sector AMRUT cities and Municipal Corporationsof Raigarh, Ambikapur and Kumbakonam have bagged the first, second and third prizes respectively of Swachhata Excellence awards 2019. Nagar Palika Parishad Jashpur Nagar, Malappuram Municipality, and Nagar Palika Parishad Surajpur have claimed the prizes in the category of Statutory Towns. For Million Plus Cities, Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation has been awarded with first prize. For Aspirational Districts, Chas Municipal Corporation has been awarded with a consolation prize. Giving away the awards here today, Shri Durga Shanker Mishra, Secretary, Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA), said that “each and every family needs to contribute towards making a New India including making Swachchata as a matter of habit. Once success stories on swachchata come from the common families, it will attain the shape of a Jan Aandolon”. He also chaired a national workshop where Shri Sanjay Kumar, Joint Secretary and Mission Director (DAY-NULM), and Shri Vinod Kr. Jindal, Joint Secretary (SBMU) were also present.
  • A total of 40 awards were distributed to the Area Level Federations (ALFs), City Livelihoods Federations (CLFs) and Urban Local Bodies (ULBs). 28 ALFs received Swachhata Excellence Awards, New learning resources prepared by the DAY-NULM Technical Support Unit, set up by Urban Management Center, Ahmedabad and supported by the Bill & Melinda gates Foundation were released.
  •  These included Urban Livelihoods e-Learning and Resource Network (U-LEARN), which is first of its kind online e-learning portal for building capacity of DAY-NULM mission functionaries, a Financial Literacy Module for Sanitation Workers, a training module for ULB officials and a compendium of case studies on the critical role of community organizations in urban sanitation and waste management.
  • This year the event formed part of the Shehri Samridhi Utsav, an initiative organized by MoHUA during the first two weeks of February, during which a number of activities and events have been organized at the City, State and National level.