Current Affairs PDF Sales

Power Minister RK Singh launched India’s 1st public EV Charging Plaza in New Delhi & RAISE initiative

India’s-first-of-its-kind-public-EV-Charging-Plaza-inaugurated-by-Union-Power-Minister-StartOn July 20, 2020, Minister of State (MoS) for Power, and New & Renewable Energy, Raj Kumar (RK) Singh inaugurated two initiatives by Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL) focusing on energy efficiency (EE), improving indoor air quality (IAQ) and promoting e-mobility. Notably, both initiatives are on the lines of the pledge undertaken by EESL and other key stakeholders during the “#iCommit” campaign held on World Environment Day i.e. on June 5, 2020.

India’s 1st EV charging plaza inaugurated at Chelmsford Club in New Delhi

India’s first public EV (Electric Vehicle) charging plaza inaugurated by RK Singh at Chelmsford Club in New Delhi in order to make e-mobility hassle free and convenient for the consumers.

  • This plaza has been established by EESL, a joint venture of Public Sector Undertakings (PSUs) under Ministry of Power, in collaboration with New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC), which will host 5 Electric Vehicle Chargers of different specifications.

Launch of Retrofit of Air-conditioning to improve Indoor Air Quality for Safety and Efficiency (RAISE)- a joint initiative of EESL and USAID

The minister also launched a national programme namely “Retrofit of Air-conditioning to improve Indoor Air Quality for Safety and Efficiency (RAISE)” in order to alleviate the issue of bad air quality in workspaces and to develop healthy and energy efficient buildings.

  • This programme is a part of “Healthy and Energy Efficient Buildings”, a joint initiative of EESL and United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) MAITREE (Market Integration and Transformation Program for Energy Efficiency) programme, launched on the occasion of World Environment Day. Click Here to Read.
  • This initiative is considering employee’s occupational health and safety particularly in the COVID-19 scenario.

Pilot Project:

EESL’s corporate office in Scope Complex, New Delhi has been taken up as a pilot for this initiative to improve IAQ, thermal comfort, and EE in the office’s air conditioning system. Notably, this pilot project has shown 80% improvement in Air Quality parameters. 

About Market Integration and Transformation Program for Energy Efficiency (MAITREE):

MAITREE is a 5 year long (2017-2021) bilateral program between USAID and the Ministry of Power, Government of India, under the US government’s Asia EDGE (Enhancing Development and Growth through Energy) initiative. 

  • Environmental Design Solutions (EDS) of New Delhi is the program implementing partner.

About Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL):
Chairman– Rajeev Sharma
Managing Director (MD)– Saurabh Kumar
Headquarter– New Delhi

About New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC):
Chairperson– Dharmendra

About Ministry of Power
Raj Kumar Singh Constituency- Arrah (Bihar)
Secretary– Sanjiv Nandan Sahai

About United States Agency for International Development (USAID):
Headquarters- Washington, D.C. United States (US)
Acting Administrator- John Barsa
Acting Mission Director to India– Ramona El Hamzaoui

Recent Related News:

On January 3, 2020 the Department of Heavy Industries had sanctioned 2636 EV (Electric Vehicles) charging stations in 62 cities across 24 States/UTs under FAME India (Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Electric Vehicles in India) scheme phase II to clean the mobility in the Road Transport Sector.