Uttar Pradesh

PM Narendra Modi launches IPDS in Varanasi to ensure 24×7 power supply to every house

Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched National Integrated Power Development Scheme (IPDS) in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh to provide 24×7 power supply to every house.

To start the scheme in Varanasi, PM laid foundation stone of two power substations and Union Government will provide 572 crore rupees to implement it.

Apart from launching IPDS, PM also laid the foundation stone of seven other developmental projects in Varanasi. He also formally inaugurated the biggest Trauma centre of the country in Banaras Hindu University.

About Integrated Power Development Scheme (IPDS)

  • Aim: To strengthen the transmission and distribution (T&D) networks, 100 per cent metering urban areas and smarten it with information technology.
  • It was announced in Union Budget 2014-15 and is one of the flagship schemes of the Union Ministry of Power core attempt to ensure 24×7 power for all.
  • Objective: It envisages strengthening of sub-transmission network by Information Technology (IT) enablement.
  • IT enablement will help in reduction in Aggregate Technical and Commercial (AT&C) losses, establishment energy accounting /auditing system, improvement in billed energy based on metered consumption and improvement in collection efficiency.


Uttar Pradesh Minister Chitranjan Swarup passes away

Uttar Pradesh Minister of State (MoS) for Parliamentary Affairs Chitranjan Swarup passed away in Delhi. He was 70 and died after a prolonged illness.

He was a sitting MLA of Uttar Pradesh state assembly from Muzaffarnagar constituency, belonging to ruling Samajwadi Party.

In the current UP government led by Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, he was holding various portfolios including Urban Development, Urban Employment & Poverty Alleviation, Water Supply, Muslim Waqf and Overall Urban Development and Minority Welfare and Haj.

For first time, he was elected as MLA on a Congress ticket in 1974 and later on a Bhaujan Samaj Party (BSP) ticket in 2002 and 2012.


Demarcation of ESZ around Okhla Bird Sanctuary completed

Union Government has completed the demarcation of eco-sensitive zone (ESZ) around the Okhla Bird Sanctuary in the national capital region (NCR) of Delhi.

It was announced by Union Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar mentioning that notification in this regard will be issued soon.

Earlier, National Green Tribunal (NGT) had passed an order barring any infrastructure development within 10 kilometre radius from the sanctuary’s boundary. This order did not allow the people to get occupancy certificates who had booked flats in this protected area.

In order solve this problem NGT had directed the Union Ministry of Environment to issue the final notification on ESZ demarcation around the sanctuary.

Once the final demarcation notification is issued by the government, the home buyers outside the ESZ will be allowed to get occupancy certificates of their flats which were pending due to NGT’s order.

About Okhla Bird Sanctuary

  • Okhla Bird Sanctuary is situated in Noida Gautam Buddh Nagar district on Delhi-Uttar Pradesh state border.
  • Location: Okhla barrage over Yamuna River at the point where the river enters Uttar Pradesh.
  • It was designated a bird sanctuary in 1990 with an area of 3.5 square kilometres by the Uttar Pradesh Government of under the Wildlife Protection Act, 1972.
  • Okhla Bird Sanctuary is known as a haven for over 300 bird species, especially waterbirds.