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

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)
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)
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
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)
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)
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)
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.
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)
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)
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)
UPSRTC buses parked at Prayagraj depot on Wednesday. (HT PHOTO)
Updated on Dec 22, 2022 12:31 AM IST
BySreya Deb, Brajendra K Parashar, K Sandeep Kumar, Hemendra Chaturvedi and Haidar Naqvi, Lucknow/prayagraj/agra/kanpur:

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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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 )
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)
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)
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

Despite frequent accidents, Uttar Pradesh yet to lay down design & specs norms for tractor trolleys

In less than two weeks, Uttar Pradesh has lost at least 37 lives in road accidents involving tractor-trolleys

A tractor trolley carrying people returning from Unnao met with an accident as it overturned in Ghatampur area in Kanpur district on Saturday. A majority of trolleys/trailers are attached to tractors illegally in Uttar Pradesh. (FILE PHOTO)
A tractor trolley carrying people returning from Unnao met with an accident as it overturned in Ghatampur area in Kanpur district on Saturday. A majority of trolleys/trailers are attached to tractors illegally in Uttar Pradesh. (FILE PHOTO)
Updated on Oct 05, 2022 01:25 AM IST

Over 1.21 lakh prisoners lodged in Uttar Pradesh jails against capacity of 64,000: State govt tells upper house

Minister of state for prison Dharamvir Prajapati, in his written reply, said that as on September 13, 2022, a total of 181 prisoners had completed 80 years of age or more in Uttar Pradesh jails.

The jail-wise list provided by the Uttar Pradesh government shows that in several jails, the number of prisoners was thrice (or more) the capacity. (REPRESENTATIVE IMAGE )
The jail-wise list provided by the Uttar Pradesh government shows that in several jails, the number of prisoners was thrice (or more) the capacity. (REPRESENTATIVE IMAGE )
Published on Sep 21, 2022 10:30 PM IST

Uttar Pradesh govt to regularise 3,700 defunct brick kilns to improve tax revenue

People aware of the matter said owners of all such kilns, which are no longer functioning, were being asked to fulfil the norms and resume operations after registering themselves with the state tax department.

For representation (HT Photo)
For representation (HT Photo)
Published on Sep 18, 2022 10:04 PM IST

Fresh bids to be invited for Noida film city project

The bidding process initiated last year had to be cancelled midway after only one bid, an incomplete one, was received

Before floating the global tenders, Yeida will also hold a pre-bid conference to know the prospective bidders’ viewpoints. (Pic for representation)
Before floating the global tenders, Yeida will also hold a pre-bid conference to know the prospective bidders’ viewpoints. (Pic for representation)
Published on Sep 16, 2022 11:53 PM IST

U.P Minister writes to CM Yogi alleging corruption in Mandi Parishad

Singh has written a letter to chief minister Yogi Adityanath, pointing out that, among other things, weigh bridges and the CCTV cameras in the state mandis have been rendered non-functional with officials’ complicity to facilitate tax evasion.

U.P Minister writes to CM Yogi alleging corruption in Mandi Parishad (File photo)
U.P Minister writes to CM Yogi alleging corruption in Mandi Parishad (File photo)
Published on Sep 13, 2022 12:39 AM IST

Levana Suites was running sans valid power connection NoC since 2020

The validity of the NoC lapsed in August 2020, after which the owner/management did not apply for its renewal, which was mandatory every three years

Firefighters try to douse a fire at Levana Suites in Lucknow on Monday. (File Photo)
Firefighters try to douse a fire at Levana Suites in Lucknow on Monday. (File Photo)
Published on Sep 07, 2022 09:49 PM IST

Power connection: Lucknow’s Levana Suites was running sans valid NoC since 2020

The validity of the NoC for the hotel’s power connection lapsed in August 2020, after which the owner/management did not apply for its renewal, which was mandatory every three years

Officials of the electrical safety department are mandated to inspect a premise and safety of electrical installations each time before they renew the NoC or reject the application for renewal, as the case may be (Picfor representation)
Officials of the electrical safety department are mandated to inspect a premise and safety of electrical installations each time before they renew the NoC or reject the application for renewal, as the case may be (Picfor representation)
Published on Sep 07, 2022 05:44 PM IST

U.P. set to repeal money-lending law

The govt believes the law has outlived its utility with banks reaching the remotest corners of the state

For representation only (HT File Photo)
For representation only (HT File Photo)
Published on Sep 06, 2022 12:58 AM IST

LESA online electricity bill fraud: High-level panel to decide punishment in Aug 29 meet

Additional chief secretary, home, Avnish Kumar Awasthi, has called a high-level meeting here on August 29 to take a call on the special investigation team’s (SIT) final report on the alleged online electricity billing fraud that flourished in the state capital more than 15 years ago

For representation only (HT File Photo)
For representation only (HT File Photo)
Published on Aug 28, 2022 12:51 AM IST

Uttar Pradesh gearing up to reintroduce decentralised system of foodgrain procurement

Uttar Pradesh had tried the system and discarded it more than a decade ago. Pending subsidy bills was the main problem.

U.P’s monthly PDS foodgrain requirement is a little more than 8 lakh metric ton (MT). (REPRESENTATIVE IMAGE )
U.P’s monthly PDS foodgrain requirement is a little more than 8 lakh metric ton (MT). (REPRESENTATIVE IMAGE )
Published on Aug 26, 2022 12:41 AM IST

Retail sale of bio-diesel likely to be permitted in UP

Currently, the retail sale of biodiesel directly to consumers is not permitted in UP though no additional permission or licence is required to be obtained for production and storage of such fuel in the state

Prior to the central government’s notification of April 30, 2019, the producers could sell biodiesel only to oil companies. (Pic for representation)
Prior to the central government’s notification of April 30, 2019, the producers could sell biodiesel only to oil companies. (Pic for representation)
Published on Aug 23, 2022 12:03 AM IST

FIRs in power theft cases must be registered within 24 hours: UPERC

Uttar Pradesh’s power regulator asks UPPCL to obtain appropriate justification from police officials concerned for not registering FIRs within time

UPERC also directed UPPCL to give clear directions to such officials that there should not be any delay in filling of FIR, failing which appropriate action would be taken against them. (REPRESENTATIVE IMAGE )
UPERC also directed UPPCL to give clear directions to such officials that there should not be any delay in filling of FIR, failing which appropriate action would be taken against them. (REPRESENTATIVE IMAGE )
Updated on Aug 21, 2022 10:47 PM IST
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