Andhra Pradesh Current Affairs

ONGC gets environmental clearance for project in Krishna-Godavari basin

State owned Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Limited (ONGC) has received environmental clearance for a project in the Krishna-Godavari (KG) basin in Andhra Pradesh.

Under this clearance, ONGC project has been allowed to drill 45 development wells and other related infrastructure will cost over 53,000 crore rupees at offshore KG-DWN-98/2 block.

Other clearances

  • ONGC also has been asked to obtain Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) clearance, approval from Directorate General of Shipping (DGS) for commencement of drilling.
  • It also has been asked to comply with all recommendations and conditions specified by Andhra Pradesh Coastal Zone Management Authority.

Key facts

  • KG-DWN-98/2 block is located within 25-80 km from nearest coast and covers an area of 7,294.6 sq km.
  • Drilling in this block is expected to produce 51.33 billion cubic meters (bcm) of gas over a period of 16 years and 26.71 million cubic meters (mcm) of oil in 12 years.
  • ONGC’s is going to drill 45 development wells in this block and also set up a FPSO (Floating Production Storage and Offloading) facility.
  • It will also set up subsea production systems, offshore fixed platform and subsea pipelines connecting landfall point to existing onshore terminal of GAIL India Ltd.

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AP Government launches Giriputrika Kalyana Pathakam Scheme for tribal people

Andhra Pradesh Government has launched Giriputrika Kalyana Pathakam Scheme to support the tribal women in their quest for livelihood.

It was launched by Minister for Social Welfare Ravela Kishore Babu. The scheme seeks to reduce rampant infant mortality and child marriages among tribal people.

Scheme Highlights

  • The scheme is designed to provide a onetime financial assistance of 50,000 rupees to each tribal woman who gets married.
  • The amount will be directly disbursed to the bank accounts of the beneficiary through District Tribal Welfare Office.
  • To avail the benefits of this scheme, each beneficiary would have to fulfil some mandatory conditions.

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Former Sikkim Governor Ventrapragada Rama Rao passes away

Former Sikkim Governor and senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Ventrapragada Rama Rao passed away in Hyderabad, Telangana following an illness. He was 81.

Rama Rao was one of the founders of Jana Sangh (later became BJP) in Andhra Pradesh. He was also Andhra Pradesh BJP president during 1993 and 1997.

About Ventrapragada Rama Rao

  • Rama Rao was born on 11 December 1935 in Machilipatnam in Krishna district of Andhra Pradesh.
  • He was a lawyer by profession and had practised at the Andhra Pradesh High Court.
  • He was elected as Member of Legislative Council on four occasions in the erstwhile Andhra Pradesh State Legislature in 1966, 1972 and 1978 and in 1984.
  • He served as Sikkim Governor from October 2002 to October 2007.

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