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

UPPCL unlikely to revoke action against striking staff

Energy minister AK Sharma gives indications of initiating fresh penal action against the striking employees once the court issues order, retaining the tough observation it made

The high court had on Monday reserved its order on a PIL dealing with the issue of strike by electricity department employees of the state despite its previous order for not disrupting power supply. (Pic for representation)
Published on Mar 21, 2023 11:54 PM IST

Power strike:Both sides wanted quick truce despite tough public stand

The strike called by the UP Vidyut Karmchari Sanyukt Sangharsh Samiti was called off around eight hours before the schedule on Sunday afternoon following an “amicable meeting” between energy minister AK Sharma and UPPCL chairman M Devraj on the one side and the Sangharsh Samiti leaders on the other.

UP energy minister AK Sharma with Sangharsh Samiti convenor Shailendra Dubey and others in a meeting in Lucknow on Sunday. (SOURCED)
Published on Mar 19, 2023 11:38 PM IST

Competition among districts: Uttar Pradesh to release its first good governance index soon

The practice will aim at identifying districts’ strong and weak points to initiate a healthy competition among them and for encouraging better citizen centric administration and governance.

Uttar Pradesh to release its first good governance index soon (sourced)
Published on Mar 12, 2023 10:45 PM IST

State mulls more ‘GrainATMs’ after WFP project wins prestigious award

The award is a shot in the arm to the state’s plans to set up more ‘GrainATM’ or Annapurti machines in the near future.

A PDS shop equipped with Annapurti
Published on Mar 06, 2023 12:47 AM IST

Early onset of summer sets off alarms: Chief secy directs power dept to prepare for increased demand

During the meeting, the chief secretary asked the senior officials of U.P. Power Corporation Limited (UPPCL) to stay prepared to deal with the increased consumer demand for power in the coming weeks.

The U.P. Electricity Regulatory Commission (UPERC) on Tuesday accepted the UPPCL’s tariff hike revision proposal after weeks of vetting. (HT Photo)
Published on Feb 28, 2023 10:53 PM IST

Technology the game-changer as Uttar Pradesh reaches rice milestone

Uttar Pradesh makes the “fastest delivery” of custom milled rice to Centre in the country after application of technology for automatic allotment of paddy to mills

Custom milled rice is manufactured by milling paddy that the state government procures at the minimum support price (MSP) from farmers. (REPRESENTATIVE IMAGE)
Published on Feb 26, 2023 11:43 PM IST

Uttar Pradesh: Agra tops in road accident deaths caused by overspeeding

Kanpur heads the list of fatal road crashes due to use of mobile phone, Prayagraj in drunken driving deaths

Of the accident deaths in Uttar Pradesh in 2020, 38% were attributed to overspeeding. (REPRESENTATIVE IMAGE)
Published on Feb 25, 2023 12:31 AM IST

UP govt announces 100% rebate on power bills of farmers’ tubewells

Cash subsidy to UP Power Corporation Ltd (UPPCL), enabling it to provide free electricity to around 14 lakh electricity-run private tubewells owned by farmers in the state

In the last financial year, a 50% discount was given on electricity bills of private tubewell consumers (Pic for representation)
Updated on Feb 22, 2023 06:51 PM IST

U.P. receives 545 applications seeking nod to operate buses on 3 e-ways

LUCKNOW The state transport authority has received a cumulative of 545 applications from Uttar Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation (UPSRTC) and private operators, seeking permission to ply stage carriage buses on the three new expressways in the state

Out of the total, 444 applications have come from private transporters. (PTI)
Published on Feb 15, 2023 11:07 PM IST

UP Global Investors Summit: Nitin Gadkari says Uttar Pradesh has highest potential to make India an energy exporter

Uttar Pradesh, Nitin Gadkari said, was the best destination for investment and urged entrepreneurs to invest in the field of automobile industry, e-mobility and setting up vehicle scrappage centres

Union minister Nitin Gadkari and Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath at the UP Global Investors Summit in Lucknow on Saturday. (PTI PHOTO)
Published on Feb 12, 2023 12:14 AM IST

UP Global Investors Summit: We will resolve issues at speed of electricity, says energy minister AK Sharma

Uttar Pradesh energy minister AK Sharma said of the total investment intents worth more than ₹32 lakh crore received by the government till Friday morning, proposals of ₹7 lakh crore were for the energy sector alone, higher than any other sector.

Energy minister AK Sharma at the Uttar Pradesh Global Investors Summit. (SOURCED IMAGE)
Updated on Feb 11, 2023 01:44 AM IST

Uttar Pradesh government likely to keep poll promise of free travel on UPSRTC buses for women over 60 years

The Uttar Pradesh government is most likely to earmark funds in the forthcoming budget to be tabled in the state assembly later this month to compensate UPSRTC the revenue loss it will suffer on account of ferrying women over 60 years on its buses free of charge

The UPSRTC has already made the passenger and other related data available to the state government for necessary action. (REPRESENTATIVE IMAGE )
Published on Feb 08, 2023 11:40 PM IST

US company signs LoI to invest 820 cr to produce geothermal power in U.P.

Lucknow: Though still in a nascent stage in India, geothermal energy (green power produced from the heat trapped in the earth’s crusts) may soon start being generated in Uttar Pradesh

Geothermal energy is a mature renewable energy technology that has a potential to provide clean and reliable energy for power generation and direct heating and cooling. (Pic for representation)
Published on Feb 01, 2023 12:24 AM IST

UP govt to spend over 110 cr to promote millets in 2023; drive to run for 5 yrs

The state cabinet may soon give its nod to the proposal after which a state-wide campaign -- ‘Uttar Pradesh Millets Revival Programme’ -- will be run to promote coarse grains like ‘bajra’

Coarse grains are prominently cultivated in 53 of the 75 districts in UP. (Representative file image)
Published on Jan 31, 2023 08:34 AM IST

Three more substations in works to power 6 new data centres in Noida region

Five upcoming cloud data centres in Noida and Greater Noida have together applied for an electricity load of around 550 MW, UPPTCL director of operations said.

The highest power load has been sought by Hiranandani Group’s NIDP Developers Pvt Ltd which is setting up its data centre at Knowledge Park-5 in Greater Noida
Published on Jan 21, 2023 12:58 AM IST

Power generation:UP not to import coal despite Centre’s directions

UP Rajya Vidyut Utpadan Nigam Ltd, a government-owned entity owning several thermal plants in the state, has already written to the state government, briefing it on the sufficient availability of domestic coal

A senior energy department official said that UP did not have any shortage of domestic coal and hence the question to import coal did not arise as of now. (Pic for representation)
Published on Jan 18, 2023 08:58 PM IST

U.P. recorded 22.5k deaths in road accidents last yr, 1.3k more than 2021: Govt data

The rise in the number of fatalities contradicts the tall claims of the government regarding the steps being taken to ensure road safety.

The death count has been revealed by the latest transport department report, which was accessed by HT. (Representational photo)
Published on Jan 17, 2023 10:31 PM IST

Banned on paper, Chinese Manjha continues to slit people’s throats

With the ban order largely remaining confined to files, and as the kite flying season in the state sets in with Makar Sankranti, the possibility of such incidents increasing is high.

People burning the effigy of Chinese Manjha in Varanasi on Thursday. (HT Photo)
Published on Jan 14, 2023 12:40 AM IST

Killer roads: 20 districts account for 43% of road accident deaths in U.P.

Kanpur Nagar stood at the top with most road accident fatalities, followed by Agra and Prayagraj. Lucknow, with 381 annual average deaths, was in the seventh spot

As per a report prepared by the transport department, these 20 districts reported as many as 9,858 deaths in 2019, 8,272 in 2020 and 8,904 in 2021.
Published on Jan 12, 2023 01:14 AM IST

Lucknow sees maximum reduction in road accidents, fatalities in 2021 among 50 cities with million-plus population

In 2020, Lucknow reported 946 accidents and 374 deaths, but the number came down to 790 and 261 respectively in 2021, the decrease being by 1.6% and 30.2%, respectively.

As per MoRTH’s analytical annual report, ‘Road Accidents in India 2021’, the traffic crashes and resultant deaths in Lucknow declined by 156 and 113, respectively, in 2021 as compared to 2020. (REPRESENTATIVE IMAGE)
Updated on Jan 07, 2023 12:34 AM IST

DS Mishra gets one-year extension as UP chief secretary

Mishra was repatriated to UP, his home and cadre state, only two-three days prior to his retirement from the service on December 31, 2021 and was appointed chief secretary with one-year extension, replacing RK Tiwari who was moved to the UPSRTC as its chairman

Durga Shankar Mishra (File Photo)
Published on Dec 30, 2022 08:19 PM IST

UPSRTC gears up for fog halts with beds, all-night canteens

Uttar Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation (UPSRTC) didn’t operate 510 buses or had to stop them midway due to fog on Tuesday-Wednesday night in the state

UPSRTC buses parked at Prayagraj depot on Wednesday. (HT PHOTO)
Updated on Dec 22, 2022 12:31 AM IST
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UPPTCL to lease out its transmission lines to telecom companies

Officials say the move will not only benefit end power consumers (with asset monetisation benefits to be passed on to them in the tariff), but also help in the fast spread and percolation of the 5G network in the state

The UPPTCL, with a network 50,000 km of transmission lines across the state, is responsible for transmission/transfer of bulk power from generating stations and ensuring its adequate availability at transmission-distribution interface for distribution of energy for public consumption. (Pic for representation)
Published on Nov 23, 2022 07:40 PM IST

Six key commissions in Uttar Pradesh hamstrung by vacancies

Uttar Pradesh BJP president Bhupendra Singh Chaudhary said there were no specific reasons for the posts in some commissions being vacant and all vacancies would be filled soon.

The office of the Uttar Pradesh Commission for Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes in Lucknow. (HT PHOTO)
Published on Nov 13, 2022 11:22 PM IST

Uttar Pradesh government issues draft policy to promote green hydrogen production

The move is a precursor to rollout of the final policy that would aim to make Uttar Pradesh a 100% green hydrogen/ammonia consuming state by 2035.

The policy will focus primarily on two major hydrogen/ammonia demand centres in Uttar Pradesh – nitrogenous (N) fertilisers and the refinery sector. (REPRESENTATIVE IMAGE)
Published on Nov 12, 2022 10:44 PM IST

UP govt issues draft guidelines for production, sale of biodiesel

NEDA has invited public comments and suggestions on the draft guidelines for production, storage, distribution and sale of biodiesel in the state after the government recently issued the Bioenergy Policy 2022

Biodiesel is derived from vegetable oils, animal fat, residual edible cooking oils and is used as a fuel in different motor vehicles. (Pic for represenation)
Updated on Oct 27, 2022 12:51 AM IST

UPSRTC to invite fresh bids with more attractive terms for 24 high-tech bus stations in UP

The decision comes after developers gave a cold shoulder to the bids that the corporation has invited at least four times since 2018.

The UPSRTC has plans to develop 24 modern bus stations-cum commercial complexes in public private partnership (PPP) mode on the pattern of the one inaugurated in Lucknow (Alambagh) in June 2018. (HT File)
Published on Oct 18, 2022 01:14 AM IST

Uttar Pradesh aims at 100% transition of public transport to electric vehicles in 17 cities by 2030

The Uttar Pradesh government has also decided to create green routes in each of the 75 districts by 2025 to ensure plying of e-buses there and promote transition of public transportation to electric vehicles in other urban and rural areas as well

The government will promote electric vehicles in Uttar Pradesh. (REPRESENTATIVE IMAGE )
Published on Oct 14, 2022 11:19 PM IST

Farmers caught burning stubble to be dealt with an iron fist

In a government order issued to all divisional commissioners, district magistrates and district police chiefs on Monday, the CS has asked the officials to ensure legal penal action is taken against farmers found burning crop residues, and also to create awareness among them about the negative impact of stubble burning on the environment.

For representation only (PTI)
Published on Oct 12, 2022 12:46 AM IST

Uttar Pradesh plans Investment Bazar to fund energy efficiency projects

The proposed event will provide a platform to financial institutions (FIs), project developers, industries, government departments and other stakeholders for implementation of energy efficiency projects in Uttar Pradesh

Energy conservation with the help of energy efficiency projects and gadgets is being seen as an important way to increase availability of power to meet the increasing electricity demand in Uttar Pradesh. (REPRESENTATIVE IMAGE)
Updated on Oct 10, 2022 01:02 AM IST
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