Brajendra K Parashar

Brajendra K Parashar is a Special Correspondent presently looking after agriculture, energy, transport, panchayati raj, commercial tax, Rashtriya Lok Dal, state election commission, IAS/PCS Associations, Vidhan Parishad among other beats.

Articles by Brajendra K Parashar

U.P. govt plans 50 MW solar plant in Bakhira Bird Sanctuary

LUCKNOW The Uttar Pradesh government is all set to establish a 50 MW solar plant in the heart of the Bakhira bird sanctuary, a Ramsar site touted as India’s largest natural floodplain wetland in Sant Kabir Nagar district, officials aware of the development said

Uttar Pradesh government is all set to establish a 50 MW solar plant (HT File)
Updated on Dec 11, 2023 07:16 AM IST

Election results are a setback to INDIA bloc, says RLD chief

The Congress lost its governments in Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh, and failed to dislodge the BJP in Madhya Pradesh

Rashtriya Lok Dal chief Jayant Chaudhary said that the party will continue to play a leading role enabling the INDIA group to take things to a logical conclusion (HT Photo)
Updated on Dec 10, 2023 06:02 AM IST

HT Interview| Despite minor differences, INDIA bloc partners together: RLD chief

Jayant Chaudhary says his party’s “relations with the SP are as good as could be between blood relations”

RLD chief Jayant Chaudhry addressing 69,000 teachers at Eco Garden in Lucknow on Saturday. (HT photo)
Updated on Dec 09, 2023 10:43 PM IST

With 4,000 kw connection, magnificent Ram temple to outshine U.P’s ‘power centre’

Covering nearly 2.7 acres of land with its complex, the Ram Mandir is ready for “pran pratishtha” (consecration ceremony) of Ram Lalla (the child Ram) on January 22 though the full temple consisting of three floors is expected to be complete only by December 2025.

Ram Mandir is ready for “pran pratishtha” (consecration ceremony) of Ram Lalla (the child Ram) on January 22 (HT Photo)
Updated on Dec 09, 2023 06:26 AM IST

To push renewable energy, U.P. & MP agree on 40-year hydro-power partnership

The MP Power Management Company Limited (MPPMCL), as an entity, will solicit competitive bids on behalf of both states to acquire 500 MW of pumped storage power.

The MP Power Management Company Limited (MPPMCL), as an entity, will solicit competitive bids on behalf of both states to acquire 500 MW of pumped storage power. (HT Photo)
Published on Dec 06, 2023 08:13 PM IST

Campaigns fail to put brakes on pothole mishaps, U.P. on top with 55.4% deaths

Uttar Pradesh has the highest number of deaths in road accidents due to potholes in India, accounting for 55.49% of total fatalities. Prayagraj and Kanpur top the list among India's large cities. Other states with high death tolls include Tamil Nadu, Madhya Pradesh, and Assam. Several states and union territories reported no accidents attributed to potholes. Lack of road safety audits, regular maintenance, and use of inferior construction materials are contributing factors.

Uttar Pradesh on top with 55.4% deaths (File photo)
Updated on Dec 05, 2023 08:04 AM IST

U.P. plans stabilisation centres on highways for trauma care of mishap victims

The chances of saving the life of road accident victims increase if they get emergency medical care in the first hour called golden hour of their meeting with an accident

A report ‘Road Accidents in India’ released recently by the Union ministry of road transport and highways put U.P. with 22,595 road accidents deaths in 2022 on the first place. (For Representation)
Updated on Nov 25, 2023 05:18 AM IST

Push to green energy in U.P: 19 solar, biogas plants worth 18,831 cr granted land ahead of groundbreaking ceremony

Among the projects getting land are four big solar parks, five solar plants, and 10 compressed biogas plants

For representation only (HT File Photo)
Published on Nov 22, 2023 10:23 PM IST

Badaun CBG plant overcomes stubble challenge

The plant procures more than 38K metric tonnes of Parali after agreements between the CBG plant and aggregators, who are willing to buy stubble from farmers and then supply it to the plant. This way, the problem of stubble burning has been checked while ensuring raw material for the plant

Parali bales outside the CBG plant (HT)
Updated on Nov 22, 2023 06:58 AM IST

As prices soar, U.P. mulls selling onion at wholesale rate

Onions will be sold from mandis in all districts and each person could buy up to 1 kg at the whole sale rate

U.P. mulls selling onion at wholesale rate (Pic for representation)
Published on Nov 01, 2023 08:16 PM IST

Badaun school bus-van collision: Safety violations by multiple govt agencies exposed

A huge road-cutting that was left unrepaired and apparently failed to draw the authorities’ attention even during the ongoing two month’s state-wide ‘gaddha mukti’ campaign concluding on November 15, has been cited as the most important reason for the accident in a preliminary inquiry.

According to the transport department’s inquiry report, the school van involved in the accident was not only over-speeding but also operating on a road worthiness (fitness) certificate that expired more than two years ago. (Pic for representation)
Published on Oct 31, 2023 11:41 PM IST

U.P. ready with draft Act to set up Inland Waterways Authority

The government, according to the officials dealing with the subject, is ready with the draft Act under which UP will set up its own Inland Waterways Authority on the pattern of the Inland Waterways Authority of India and proposal to create the new body may get Cabinet nod next week.

Chief secretary Durga Shankar Mishra held a high-level meeting on Thursday with transport department officials to review the readiness of the proposal and the draft Act. (Pic for representation)
Updated on Oct 28, 2023 10:28 PM IST

Formal vehicle scrapping industry faces an uncertain path amid low demand in U.P.

In the pursuit of attracting private investment and boosting employment, Uttar Pradesh is facing an uncertain future for its emerging formal vehicle scrapping industry

Lack of awareness among vehicle owners is cited as a major reason for the registered scrapping centres’ limited business. (HT Photo)
Published on Oct 21, 2023 06:31 PM IST

In a bid to check crop insurance fraud, U.P. employs 4 agencies to enhance agriculture data accuracy with AI, ML

Genuine farmers may find it more convenient to expedite the settlement of their crop insurance claims in a transparent manner.

Representative pic (HT File)
Published on Oct 18, 2023 08:05 PM IST

UP’s draft law provides for insurance of lift users

Mandatory annual maintenance of elevators, their registration and penal action against agencies concerned in the event of any negligence in upkeep may be among salient provisions of the first-ever law

The tragic incident in Greater Noida, where four labourers lost their lives as a service lift plunged from the 14th floor of an under-construction high-rise building, had sent shockwaves through Lucknow. (File Photo)
Updated on Oct 17, 2023 05:34 AM IST

Ghatampur thermal plant:December-end set as fresh deadline to start 1st unit

The Centre has set a December-end deadline for the first unit of the under-construction 1,980 MW thermal plant at Ghatampur in Kanpur. The Neyveli Uttar Pradesh Power Ltd is setting up the coal-fired power plant, with the first unit expected to be operational by November-end. The project has faced delays due to financial issues and disruptions caused by Covid-19 and farmer protests. 75% of the power produced by the plant will go to Uttar Pradesh, while the remaining 25% will be sold to Assam.

For representation only (HT File Photo)
Updated on Oct 07, 2023 07:36 PM IST

ETF clears 3 transmission & generation projects worth over 460 cr

The ETF also approved a proposal for formation of a joint venture company (JVC) between the UP Rajya Vidyut Vidyut Utpadan Nigam Ltd (UPRVYNL) and the NTPC to set up solar power plants in the state.

As per one of the proposals, the UPRVUNL will install an electrostatic precipitator (ESP) on its 1140 MW Parichha thermal plant in Jhansi to control air pollution caused by the fly ash from the plant (Pic for representation)
Updated on Oct 04, 2023 05:46 AM IST

UP’s peak power demand may touch record high in 2024

Demand forecast by the CEA comes as an alert for the UPPCL that is already grappling with issues related to smooth power supply primarily due to inadequate infrastructure

The highest peak demand projected for 2024-25 is around 4,000 mw more than the highest peak demand recorded so far this year (28,284 mw). (Pic for representation)
Updated on Sep 28, 2023 05:14 AM IST

CCTVs & public address systems to boost safety & hygiene in U.P. villages

The expenditure on the purchase of CCTV cameras, public address systems, their accessories, internet and electricity connection, etc.

Orders in this regard were issued on September 14. (HT Photo)
Published on Sep 20, 2023 08:38 PM IST

Tragic lift accident sparks urgency for lift safety law in U.P.

According to officials aware of the issue, the draft of the law has been revised and sent and resent to the government several times over the last five years, but the final action is still awaited.

Uttar Pradesh has been sitting on the proposal to enact a law to regulate lift installation, operation, and maintenance. (HT Photo)
Published on Sep 15, 2023 08:45 PM IST

UP gives more for stray cows' food than pension to elderly, widows: Govt data

According to officials, nearly 1.37 million destitute cattle are sheltered across 6,889 cow protection centres and other sites in the state.

Catch stray cattle, put them in cow shelters: UP chief secretary to officials (File)
Updated on Sep 14, 2023 04:55 AM IST

Kharif crops output and food security

How have heavy rains in July and the El Nino effect in August affected major kharif-season crops?

Farm workers transplanting paddy saplings after rain in Bathinda district of Punjab on June 26, 2023. The state relies heavily on the monsoon and groundwater through tubewells to irrigate crops. (Sanjeev Kumar/HT file photo)
Published on Sep 09, 2023 10:10 AM IST

Power generators asked to import 4% coal till March next year

Power engineers’ body says move will put more burden on end users, asks Centre to pay for the import

The Union power ministry, in its orders to all government and private thermal power producers on September 2, said the blending of imported coal was essential to ensure the commodity’s availability in thermal plants since the power demand in the country was witnessing a robust growth. (File)
Updated on Sep 06, 2023 01:20 AM IST

UPSRTC to invite fresh bids for 18 hi-tech bus stations

Developers not showing much interest in the ambitious project; bids to be invited with further relaxation in terms and conditions this time

The passengers’ lounge at Alambagh bus terminal in Lucknow. (File Photo)
Updated on Aug 22, 2023 10:18 PM IST

Power connections for tube wells: UP farmers charged GST illegally? PAG begins test audit

The MVVNL has already admitted to having recovered GST from all 15 farmers who were issued tube well connections in one of half a dozen rural distribution divisions in Lucknow between February 2022 and March 2023, say people aware of the matter

On July 26, 2018, the central government had announced exemption on 18% GST on services supplied by electricity distribution utilities by way of construction, commissioning or installation of infrastructure for extending electricity distribution network up to the tube well of the farmer/agriculturalist for agriculture use. (Pic for representation)
Updated on Aug 22, 2023 01:14 AM IST

Dry, humid weather: UP faces emergency rostering as power demand shoots up again

The reduced power generation due to shut down of some power units has only compounded the problem forcing the UPPCL to import more electricity through the energy exchange to meet the deficit.

Dry, humid weather: UP faces emergency rostering as power demand shoots up again
Updated on Aug 20, 2023 08:36 PM IST

Delhi Services Bill: RLD chief Jayant’s absence from Rajya Sabha on voting day raises questions

The absence of RLD chief Jayant Chaudhary during the voting on the Delhi Services Bill raises questions about his future plans and the SP-RLD alliance. Some speculate that his absence is related to the possibility of him being wooed by the BJP. RLD leaders claim he was absent due to his wife's surgery.

Rashtriya Lok Dal chief Jayant Chaudhary. (HT file)
Updated on Aug 08, 2023 11:44 PM IST

Delhi Services Bill: RLD chief’s absence from RS on voting day raises questions

Earlier also, RLD chief Jayant Chaudhary had surprised many by not attending the Opposition’s first meeting in Patna in June

Rashtriya Lok Dal chief Jayant Chaudhary. (File Photo)
Updated on Aug 08, 2023 07:57 PM IST

Two UP government departments owe arrears worth 21,699 crore to power corporation

Urban development department continues to be the biggest defaulter with 70% of the total dues pending against it

Two UP government departments owe arrears worth <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>21,699 crore to power corporation (Pic for representation)
Updated on Aug 06, 2023 10:39 PM IST

Despite frequent accidents, tractor trolleys in U.P. continue to flout rules by ferrying people

Section 172 of the Uttar Pradesh Motor Vehicles Rules, 1998, clearly says, “No trailer manufactured in India and intended to be used as a transport vehicles shall be registered unless its design has been approved by the Transport Commissioner.”

Mishaps involving tractor trolleys keep on happening on U.P. roads despite the government’s directions for stopping such vehicles to transport people other than labourers. (For Representation)
Updated on Aug 05, 2023 11:48 PM IST
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