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Union Government launches Coal Mitra portal to facilitate flexibility in utilization of domestic coal

The Union Ministry of Coal has launched Coal Mitra, a web portal for allowing flexibility in utilization of domestic Coal.

It was launched by Union Minister of State (IC) for Power, Coal, New & Renewable Energy and Mines Piyush Goyal in New Delhi.

Key Facts
  • The Coal Mitra Web Portal aims at optimum utilisation by private as well as public power companies of the coal.
  • It facilitates transfer of the coal reserves to more cost efficient State/Centre owned or Private sector generating stations.
  • The portal allows coal swapping between PSUs and the Private Sector in transparent manner and also helps to reduce operational and logistic costs, bringing power tariffs down for the consumers.
  • It facilitates state/Central Gencos to display information about normative fixed and variable charges of electricity for the previous month.
  • They can also display margin available for additional generation so as to enable the utilities identify stations for transfer of coal.
  • It will host data on Quantity and source of supply coal to the power plant, Operational and Financial parameters of each coal based station and Distance of Power plant form the Coal mine.

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Swachh Delhi Abhiyan launched in Delhi

A special cleanliness drive, Swachh Delhi Abhiyan has been launched in the national capital Delhi to remove debris and garbage lying in various localities.

The drive was launched by Urban Development Minister Venkaiah Naidu and shall continue in New Delhi till the end November 2015 month.

Key facts

  • Launched as part of Union Government’s flagship Swachh Bharat Abhiyan.
  • It is being undertaken up by the Union Government, Delhi government and all the three Municipal Corporations of Delhi.
  • Under the campaign, 3 municipal bodies in Delhi will clear the garbage and the concrete waste will be lifted by the Public Works Department (PWD) of Delhi government.
  • Earlier, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had launched a special mobile application to give a push to the drive.
  • Using this app and appilication people can send photographs of debris and garbage lying in their areas so that the concerned agencies could take steps to remove them.

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