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Our clean world

Our clean world
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First Published: Fri, Feb 26 2010. 11 55 PM IST

Photo: Chip Chipman/Bloomberg
Photo: Chip Chipman/Bloomberg
Updated: Fri, Feb 26 2010. 11 55 PM IST
• Solar, small hydro and micro power projects at a cost of around Rs500 crore will be set up in Ladakh
• A National Clean Energy Fund to support research and innovative projects in clean energy technologies will be established
Photo: Chip Chipman/Bloomberg
• To build the corpus of the National Clean Energy Fund, a clean energy cess on coal produced in India at a nominal rate of Rs50 per tonne will be levied. This cess will also apply to imported coal
• A one-time grant of Rs200 crore will be provided to the Tamil Nadu government towards the cost of installing a zero liquid discharge system at Tirupur to sustain the knitwear industry
• Rs200 crore will be provided as a special golden jubilee package to Goa for the preservation of the state’s natural resources, including beaches and forest cover
• The allocation for the National Ganga River Basin Authority will be doubled in 2010-11 to Rs500 crore
• Schemes on bank protection works along the Bhagirathi and the Ganga-Padma in parts of Murshidabad and Nadia districts of West Bengal have been included in the Centrally sponsored Flood Management Programme
Greater support: Under Budget 2010, there is increased support for clean technology, including solar power and electric vehicles. A concessional excise duty of 4% has been given for the ‘soleckshaw’, a solar-electric rickshaw developed by the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research. The wind energy sector should also get a boost, with some inputs required for the manufacture of rotor blades for wind energy generators to be exempt from Central excise duty. Photos (Clockwise from top) Ramesh Pathania, Hindustan Times, Hemant Mishra, Harikrishna Katragadda/ Mint.
• A project at Sagar Island will be developed to provide an alternative port facility in West Bengal
• A concessional customs duty of 5% on machinery, instruments, equipment, appliances, etc., required for the initial setting-up of photovoltaic and solar thermal power generating units, also exempting them from Central excise duty. Ground-source heat pumps used to tap geothermal energy will be exempted from basic customs duty and special additional duty
• Some specified inputs required for the manufacture of rotor blades for wind energy generators to be exempt from Central excise duty
• Central excise duty on LED lamps has been reduced from 8% to 4%, at par with compact fluorescent lamps
• A nominal duty of 4% on electric vehicles imposed to neutralize the duty paid on their inputs and components. Some critical parts or subassemblies of such vehicles have been exempted from basic customs duty and special additional duty subject to actual user condition. These parts would also enjoy a concessional countervailing duty of 4%
• A concessional excise duty of 4% has been provided to “soleckshaw”, a solar-electric rickshaw developed by the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research to replace manually operated cycle rickshaws. Its key parts and components will be exempted from customs duty
• The import of compostable polymer has been exempted from basic customs duty
• Plan outlay for the ministry of new and renewable energy increased by 61% from Rs620 crore in 2009-10 to Rs1,000 crore in 2010-11, keeping in mind the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission
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First Published: Fri, Feb 26 2010. 11 55 PM IST