• Jakson Group, India’s diversified energy and EPC Solutions company announced the signing of a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with Assam Power Distribution Company Limited (APDCL) for a 70 MW solar power plant at Amguri, Sivasagar District in Assam. The project will be the biggest solar power plant in Assam and contribute towards achieving India’s ambitious solar energy target of 100 GW by 2022.
  • Meghalaya Chief Minister Mr Conrad Sangma said a committee of the National Green Tribunal (NGT) has approved transportation of two lakh metric tonne of coal in the state on condition that safety and environment norms will be followed.
  • He also warned that illegal extraction or transportation of coal, if found, will attract legal actions under section 21 of the MMDR Act 1957.
  • Coal production from captive mines in the first eleven months of the ongoing fiscal have increased by 18.8% year-on-year (y-o-y) to 51.7 million tonne (MT) from the corresponding period in FY19. However, about 53% of the output came from coal blocks which were not cancelled by the Supreme Court in its September 2014 order.
  • India’s coal imports registered a decline of 14.1% to 17.01 million tonnes in February in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak, as per industry data.  The country’s coal imports in February last year stood at 19.82 million tonnes, according to mjunction services.
  • Construction, transport and chemical manufacturing sectors are likely to be the worst-affected by the coronavirus pandemic in China, says a report. However, India’s top imports, crude oil and gems and jewellery, which collectively account for 46% of total imports are relatively insulated from the public health crisis in China, according to the report by ICICI Securities.
  • The transport and logistics industry should gear up for stricter pollution norms and adopting liquefied natural gas (LNG) as a future fuel, according to Minister of Road Transport and Highways, Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises, Nitin Gadkari.