The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), as a result of the COVID-19 lockdown, has extended the date for submission of Expressions of Interest (EoIs) for evaluation of Component A and C of the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Urja Suraksha evam Utthan Mahabhiyan (PM-KUSUM) scheme. The new deadline for submission of EoIs is 20 May, 2020. The earlier deadline was May 8, 2020.
Union Minister for Road Transport & Highways Mr Nitin Gadkari said that his ministry has firmed up plans to execute Rs 15 trillion worth of national highway projects within the next two years. He said the ministry is working on the vehicle scrapping policy, and is likely to announced it soon.
India’s coal production is unlikely to be scaled down as the demand far outstrips the local supply available, global consultancy firm EY said. It further said that the buffer inventories of coal will be consumed once the downstream plants start running at full capacity after the lockdown is lifted.
India ranks at the fifth position among the countries of the world when it comes to the size of its energy economy, measured by the combined revenue of energy companies. The country also ranks 3rd on renewable energy investment and future plans, according to a new study by British Business Energy.
The supply of coal to the power sector by state-owned CIL registered a decline of 8% to 42.30 million tonne in March in the wake of slump in the fuel demand due to lockdown. CIL dispatched 45.84 million tonne (MT) of coal in the corresponding month of 2018-19, the coal ministry said. In 2019-20, the supply of fuel by Coal India Ltd (CIL) to the power sector dropped by 6% to 463 MT as compared to 491.5 MT in 2018-19.