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Karnataka CM B.S. Yediyurappa tells seers he will abide by BJP high command decision

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Amid talk of a leadership change in Karnataka, Balehosur Mutt seer Dingaleshwara Swamiji led a delegation of Veerashaiva-Lingayat saints to the official residence of Karnataka Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa on Tuesday.

He said Yediyurappa had told them that he will abide by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) high command’s decision.

Asked about a change of Karnataka CM, Yediyurappa said he did not wish to speak on the issue, adding that the decision by the party high command would be final, Swamiji added.

“Yediyurappa told us to let the high command take their call. He seemed to be happy,” Dingaleshwara Swamiji said.

The seer’s statement has led to speculation that Yediyurappa had already been told to quit his post and had prepared himself for the situation.

However, the Mutt seer warned the central BJP leaders that if they were unhappy with Yediyurappa’s leadership, it showed that the party did not think about the future of the state. As many as 500 religious seers from across the state will hold meetings to chalk out future plans supporting Yediyurappa, he said.

Political observers say that Yediyurappa’s body language seemed to be not so confident after returning from New Delhi. It seems that he has been told to announce his retirement on July 25 during the party legislators’ meeting.

Meanwhile, party sources said the central BJP leadership has taken a decision to appoint a Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) face in the state who would aggressively pursue Hindutva agenda.

Union Minister Prahlad Joshi, former minister and Karnataka Assembly Speaker Vishveshara Hegde Kageri, BJP MLAs Basavana Gouda Patil Yatnal and Aravind Bellad and Minister Murugesh Nirani’s names are doing the rounds for the CM’s post.

The party high command had also taken care that CM Yediyurappa does not take any major decisions until he resigns from the post.

Yediyurappa, known to take impulsive and bold decisions, is well prepared to face the present situation according to sources.

Maintaining that he will abide by the BJP top brass decision, he is trying to send a message that Veerashaiva-Lingayat seers will revolt against the party if he is sidelined. This decision gives enough hint to carry the momentum to Veerashaiva-Lingayat masses, who form the BJP’s core support base in the state.

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NTPC REL to setup country’s 1st green Hydrogen Mobility project in Ladakh

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NTPC REL, the renewable energy arm of NTPC, will setup the first green Hydrogen Mobility project in the country in Ladakh. It plans to ply 5 hydrogen buses, to start with, in the region and then will be setting up a solar plant and a green hydrogen generation unit in Leh.

The company on Tuesday signed an MoU with the Union Territory. The signing was also marked with the inauguration of NTPC’s first solar installations in Leh in the form of solar trees and a solar car port.

The MoU will enable NTPC to help Ladakh develop a carbon-free economy based on renewable sources and green hydrogen.

This will put Leh as the first city in the country to implement a green hydrogen-based mobility project, which would be zero emission mobility in true sense.

The NTPC has been aggressively pushing for greening its portfolio and green hydrogen project is another step towards achieving low carbon footprint. NTPC has also been promoting usage of green hydrogen-based solutions in sectors like mobility, energy, chemical, fertilizer, steel etc.

The company has recently revised its target of achieving 60GW renewables capacity by 2032, almost doubling the earlier target. Recently, NTPC commissioned India’s largest floating solar project of 10MW at Vishakhapatnam.

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Hyd Airport commissions 2nd solar power plant

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 GMR Hyderabad International Airport Ltd (GHIAL) on Monday announced commissioning of its second phase 5 MW solar power plant.

GHIAL’s total solar power capacity has now increased to 10 MW. In 2015, it had commissioned a 5 MW solar power plant for its captive consumption.

Spread over an area of 45 acres, more than 30,000 solar panels have been installed to produce 10 MW power. Both the solar plants have advanced ABB central inverters and poly crystalline PV panels, which are far more efficient than mono crystalline solar PV panels.

With the commissioning of this additional capacity, GHIAL will be able to reduce the dependency for power from the Telangana State Electricity Board by 12 million units per year, thereby saving around Rs. 90 lakhs per month.

With this addition of solar power generation, 50 per cent of the energy requirements of Hyderabad Airport will be met. There will be a reduction in carbon footprint by about 28 lakh kg carbon dioxide which is equivalent to saving of 1.4 lakh full grown trees.

“GMR Hyderabad International Airport is committed to green and renewable energy. This is a major milestone for us and a critical step in the right direction. As a sustainable airport operator, we have rolled out many initiatives to actively reduce the carbon emissions. As a member airport of the ACI (Airports Council International), we have committed to reach net zero carbon emissions by 2050. We continue to do our best in that direction,” said Pradeep Panicker, CEO – GHIAL.

GMR Hyderabad International Airport has been a pioneer in the field of energy efficiency and supporter of renewable energy usage. GHIAL has been recognized at various forums for its energy conservation initiatives. It was winner of ‘CII Excellent Energy Efficient Unit’ in 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020. It was also awarded with the ‘National Energy Leader’ for year 2019 and 2020. GHIAL also has been awarded with Gold award by Telangana State Energy Conservation Awards -2020 and CII’s Performance Excellence Award in ‘Ground Mounted Solar Category’. GHIAL has also achieved ‘Level 3+, Neutrality’ requirements in 2016 and has maintained this Level since then.

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3,500 industrialists invested in UP in last 4 yrs

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More than 3,500 big industrialists have acquired land in Uttar Pradesh State Industrial Development Authority (UPSIDA) areas, spread across 51 districts over the last four years since the Yogi Adityanath took charge and have set up factories worth of Rs 11,500 crore.

The factories, which are to be built on UPSIDA land, will provide employment to around one lakh people.

Some of these manufacturing units have already been completed and have also started production at their plants while construction of some others are underway.

The officers of UPSIDA are working on new projects to bring more investment to the state.

According to the government spokesperson, the projects include setting up of a Mega Leather Park in Unnao and a Perfume Park and a Perfume Museum in Kannauj.

Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said that such schemes will increase investment in traditional industries and help popularise leather products of Unnao and spread fragrance of Kannauj’s perfumes across the world.

The Mega Leather Park of Unnao, will be spread over an area of 42 acres. With the establishment of this park at a cost of about Rs 550 crore, leading leather products manufacturing companies will set up their factories and boost leather business.

Similarly, the Perfume Park and the Perfume Museum are expected to restore the pristine glory of Kannauj’s traditional perfume and enhance perfume business through installation of state-of-the-art technology.

Kannauj’s traditional perfume industry is in dire straits today due to the absence of latest technologies and its neglect under previous governments.

It is noteworthy that the artificial perfume companies and traditional perfume business have been badly hit in Uttar Pradesh due to lack of resources.

With the construction of the Perfume Park, people traditionally working in the perfume industry will get an opportunity to carry forward their ancestral legacy and not abandon it for lack of potential for growth while leading companies will come forward to set up their factories in Kannauj.

The Perfume Museum will help promote the state’s heritage of making pure and natural perfumes across the world and also boost local perfume business.

However, UPSIDA is not just promoting investment in leather or perfume business, but in many other areas as well.

Significant industries that are coming up include ITC Ltd. at Sandila area of Hardoi, Varun Beverages Ltd. (PepsiCo), Berger Paints Ltd., Green Ply Industries Ltd., British Paints Ltd., Webly Scott Ltd, Kribhco Fertilizer Ltd. at Shahjahanpur, Plastic Pack Ltd. at Kanpur, SMS G Ltd. at Barabanki (Coca-Cola) and Vaughan Wells Limited that are establishing their units in Agra.

Apart from this, during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, more than a thousand industrialists have acquired UPSIDA land to set up their factories in the state in the last one year.

British company, AV Mori, is prominent among the companies that have shown keen interest in setting up units in Uttar Pradesh. The company has got land in Chitrakoot and Pilibhit to set up its factories.

Similarly, Hindustan Unilever has acquired land at Sumerpur in Hamirpur, Triveni Almira at Kursi Road in Barabanki, Forever Distillery at Gorakhpur, Hindustan Petroleum Corporation at Badaun and Inox Air Products Limited at Rae Bareli to set up their factories.

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