• According to Central Pollution Control Board’s National Air Quality Index data, AQI reading at Delhi’s ITO area was ‘satisfactory’ at 53 on 31 March, 2020, a reduction of about 70% from previous year’s figure of 176 recorded on the same day.
  • The overall fall in air pollution in the major industrial cities during the lockdown period is primarily a result of factories being closed and restricted to no movement of workers and staff.
  • Fitch Solutions said it has broadly revised downwards India’s mineral production growth rates per mineral by an average of 4.0% from previous rates, and will likely revise them down further in the coming week.
  • Western Coalfields Limited (WCL), said it has achieved an output of 57.64 MT against the target of 56 MT set for the year 2019-20.
  • The government’s fiscal deficit touched 135.2% of the full-year target at February-end mainly due to slower pace of revenue collections, according to an official data.
  • East Coast Railway has decided to ensure uninterrupted supply of coal to different power houses across the country during the lockdown along with foodgrains, petroleum products and other essential commodities.
  • Even as the power demand was rising in the first two months of 2020, the lockdown as a result of the Covid-19 outbreak has reversed the trend.
  • Energy consumption has declined by 21-22% to 2,628 GWh since the second week of March, when the lockdown was announced, as per a report by brokerage firm Emkay.