Jharkhand Current Affairs

India’s first facility to produce nickel launched by HCL in Jharkhand

India’s first facility to produce nickel was launched by the Hindustan Copper Limited (HCL) at its Indian Copper Complex (ICC) at Ghatshila in Jharkhand.

The new facility “Nickel, Copper and Acid Recovery Plant” will be first facility in India to produce nickel metal of London Metal Exchange (LME) grade from primary resource.

Key Facts

  • Initially, the capacity of the plant is poised to be 50 tonnes per annum, given the current production rate from the Surda mines.
  • However, the nickel output will be increased nearly eight times after the completion of mine expansion projects located at Ghatsila.
  • The plant will utilize eco-friendly technology and help check pollution and also eliminate use of lead, reduce liquid effluents and cut down solid waste by 75%.
  • It will also utilise less energy, provide a safe working environment and conserve natural resources, the statement added.
  • Significance: The annual demand for pure nickel in India is around 45,000 MT and country’s domestic market is totally dependent on import. Thus it will help to curb import dependence.

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ADB, India ink pact to upgrade 176 km roads in Jharkhand

Multilateral lending agency Asian Development Bank (ADB) has signed a loan agreement with India for providing new loan of 200 million dollars to upgrade 176 km of roads in Jharkhand.

The loan funds will be used to upgrade existing sections of four State roads to two lane standard. It will also support improvements in the design, maintenance and safety of the road network.

The new assistance will increase the institutional capacity of the State Highways Authority of Jharkhand (SHAJ) which is an autonomous road development agency of state.

Besides, the project will also help the State develop an international standard road safety master plan for promoting road safety in Jharkhand. It will enhance the State’s ability to systematically identify, analyze, develop and prioritize critical road safety measures, which will benefit all road users.

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Rural Sanitation Initiatives for Ganga Rejuvenation launched in Jharkhand

The Union Government has launched nine projects initiatives for rural sanitation initiatives for conservation of river Ganga in Jharkhand.

It was launched by Union Minister for Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation Uma Bharti under Namami Gange Programme in Sahibganj, Jharkhand.

Key facts

  • Under this programme, villages located on the entire 83 Km. stretch of Ganga River in Jharkhand will be covered to improve the health and quality of life.
  • It will be carried out under the overall guidance of the Ministry with the support from UN Development Programme (UNDP), community organizations and NGOs.
  • The programme initiatives will contribute to improved, sustainable liquid and solid waste management in the identified 78 villages along the Ganga River.
  • It will also reduce contamination in the Ganga River from rural sources including agriculture. UNDP will provide technical assistance.
  • Eight village-level crematoriums, 32 bathing ghats and 40 community toilets will be constructed under the Programme.
  • This programme will focus on three significant interventions (i) Promotion of safe, individual hygiene practices to ensure open defecation free status of all villages along the river.
  • (ii) Promotion of cost-effective, appropriate local, easy to manage technologies to ensure improved access and maintenance of infrastructure created for effective management of liquid and solid waste.
  • (iii) Strengthening of local institutions including village level sanitation committees, panchayats, and self-help groups (SHGs) to manage, maintain and , enhance facilities established for improved sanitation in the villages and also integrated and a holistic livelihood approach.

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