Gujarat Current Affairs

Gujarat becomes first state to distribute 2 crore LED bulbs under UJALA scheme

Gujarat has become the first state in the country to distribute two crore LED bulbs under the Centre’s UJALA (Unnat Jyoti by Affordable LEDs for All) scheme.

The state has reached the milestone in just 96 days and over 42 lakh households have already benefited from the scheme.

Key Facts

  • State-run Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL), under the administration of the Union Power Ministry had distributed about 2 lakh bulbs daily in Gujarat.
  • The distribution of 2 crore LED bulbs has led to an annual energy savings of 259 crore kwh, (Kilowatt Hour). It is equivalent to lighting up 5 lakh Indian homes for an entire year.
  • Besides energy savings, the state has also gained from daily CO2 emission reduction of 5,000 tonnes.

About UJALA scheme

  • The UJALA scheme was launched on 1 May 2015 replacing the “Bachat Lamp Yojana”. It was launched as LED based “Domestic Efficient Lighting Programme (DELP).
  • It was launched as part of Union Government’s efforts to spread the message of energy efficiency in the country.
  • The scheme’s objective is to reduce electricity bills of consumers, contribute to the energy security of India and also help in environment protection.
  • Under it, Government has set ambitious target to replace 77 crore incandescent bulbs across the country with LEDs by 2019.
  • LED bulbs have a very long life, almost 50 times more than ordinary bulbs, and 8 to 10 times that of CFLs, and therefore provide both energy and cost savings in the medium term.

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PM Narendra Modi launches first phase of SAUNI project in Gujarat

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has launched the first phase of SAUNI (Saurastra Narmada Avataran Irrigation) Yojana at Sanodara of Jamnagar district of Gujarat.

SAUNI Yojana is multipurpose project that aims to solve the water problems of a parched Saurashtra region of Gujarat.

Key Facts

  • Technically, SAUNI is a ‘linking’ project where the water will be filled in irrigation dams that are already equipped with canal network.
  • Under this project, 115 dams in the Saurashtra region will be filled with excess water from the Sardar Sarovar dam.
  • In the first phase, around 10 dams and reservoirs of Rajkot, Jamnagar and Morbi districts will be filled with water from Narmada River for irrigation and drinking purposes.
  • SAUNI project involves making pipe canals instead of the conventional open canals which has led to no acquisition of land for the project.
  • This network of canals will comprise 1,125-km network of pipelines that will help to channel water into farms.

Background

Saruashtra region of Gujarat comprises 11 districts. These districts faces drought like situation often and has been reeling under severe water scarcity due to scanty rainfall. The SAUNI Yojana was announced in 2012 when PM Modi was the Chief Minister of Gujarat.

SAUNI Project

Map Source: Indian Express

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Gujarat to host 2016 Kabaddi World Cup

The International Kabaddi Federation (IKF) has announced that 2016 Kabaddi World Cup will be hosted in Ahmedabad, Gujarat between October 7 and 22, 2016.

The event will see participation of 12 Kabaddi teams from around the world representing all the five geographies of the Olympic Games.

These 12 teams are India, Canada, United States, United Kingdom, Iran, Australia, Poland, Pakistan, Bangladesh, South Korea, Japan and Kenya.

Star Sports will be the official broadcaster of the 2016 Kabaddi World Cup. The matches will be aired exclusively on the Star Sports network and HotStar.

About Kabaddi

  • Kabaddi is a contact sport that had originated in ancient India. It is the national game of Bangladesh and is known as hadudu.
  • Kabaddi is an umbrella term which encompasses various forms of the game including International rules Kabaddi.
  • In India, it is the state game of Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Bihar, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh and Punjab.
  • It also encompasses similar sports known by their regional names in Indian states such as sadugudu in Tamil Nadu, chedugudu in Andhra Pradesh and hututu in Maharashtra.

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