Better buses can curb pollution

Why do Pune residents don’t like their buses?
Buses are typically considered to be an inferior service in India for a very good set of reasons – badly maintained, poorly driven, horribly designed, traversing Indian urban roads with great indiscipline, who would want to travel i


Diesel use down by 16%, Delhi used cleaner fuels more in 2016

Why is Diesel Consumption falling? And does it matter much?
This is being welcomed by many, and various arguments are being given ranging from improved awareness to rising costs, etc. However, the data suggest something worse is happening. And even if Diesel goes down, Delhi’s roads


Government's e-car dream could soon face a challenge it can't overcome

Lobbies work hard against electric Cars.
It is rarely a good idea for the government to specify a technology, it is always better to specify an outcome. By committing to electric cars, the government may not have considered the great potential of Hydrogen powered or CNG powered vehicles.


Want to save 30% on fuel costs? Altigreen holds the key

Improving fuel efficiency smartly.
This start-up captures the energy wasted due to India’s chaotic driving conditions, stores it and makes it available when required. Net saving can be around 30 percent. While the government works at incorporating Methanol in fuel to reduce petroleum


Old power plants: A lifeline for power generating equipment sector

About half the country’s power plants are more than 25 years old.
Then why should we retain or invest in them?  The depreciated value of these units is close to zero. An ideal time for the government to start afresh with old units converted to natural or biogas based power. In o


Solar's Bright Future Is Further Away Than It Seems

Here comes the sun, but there’s a delay.
A tightly written article on the status of solar power in India and even globally.  There is a natural limit to how much solar power is economically feasible given current technologies.  Either storage technologies in the form of bet


India's Ongoing Power Generation Course Correction

Finally a comprehensive piece on India’s power scenario – for the reader with time on her hands.

Government Actions this week


Identify areas to store stubble: NGT to States

Crop burning solutions difficult to implement.
The National Green Tribunal is asking states to find places where they can store the stubble. The judiciary should avoid venturing into the implementation of its decisions, or it will become susceptible to the same forces that have weakened th


Silence on thermal plants

Thermal power silence.
Is something brewing in the thermal power space that the government is not sharing? Whatever it is, the silence of the government is quite surprising where coal power is concerned. But the pressure is building and dirty coal power cannot survive for long.


Pharma associations bribes village heads to calm villagers over pollution

Immoral businesses corrupt local government.
Local government functionaries in a village are being accused of corrupt behaviour to allow businesses in their vicinity to pollute. The positive part of this story is that such behaviour was identified and news about it was spread widely.

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