Hydropower potential of Himachal pradesh

Himachal earns Rs. 3345 crore from 31 hydro power projects of 2067 MW capacity: Govt

To save time and efforts, now the developers can submit their applications to the concerned Deputy Commissioners instead of applying to various district level offices for obtaining different clearances.

Shimla: Despite environmental controversies due to the construction of hydropower projects, the State Government of Himachal Pradesh is aiming to commission more projects. The government said it will hunt down every possible location that possesses a potential for electricity generation and exploit it in a time bound manner.

In an official statement, the government claimed it has identified hydropower potential of 27436 MW in the state. Currently, the state is harnessing only 10351 MW.

It said during the current tenure, the state government has commissioned about 31 hydro power projects of 2067 MW capacity and earned a revenue of Rs. 3345 crore from the sale of free and equity power.

Some of the important projects include Koldam (800 MW), Rampur (412 MW), Kashang (130MW), Ghanvi on Satluj (10 MW), Parbati-III on Beas (520 MW) and Chanju on Ravi (36 MW).

The leading agencies in the hydro power sector were identified as NTPC, NHPC, SJVNL, HPPCL and HPSEB Ltd. HP State Electricity Board has also commissioned 22 eco-friendly projects of an aggregate 300 MW capacity.

HP State Electricity Board has also commissioned 22 eco-friendly projects of an aggregate 300 MW capacity.

The government has identified locations on Beas, Ravi and Pabbar basins for more projects. The upcoming projects include World Bank funded 18 MW Raisan project in Kullu district on a pilot basis.

The government said the 100 MW Uhl-II project is almost complete and trial run will be conducted soon.

The list of upcoming projects also includes Devi Kothi, (16 MW), Sai Kothi-I (15 MW), Sai Kothi-II (16.50 MW) and Hael (18 MW) in Chamba district.

For rehabilitation of the project affected families, the new provision has been introduced under which a particular part of the revenue generated will be transferred directly to the affected families, said the government. 

In a first, about Rs. 6.74 crore has been transferred to the eligible families since 2012-13, it said. The affected families are also receiving 100 units of free electricity as an incentive.

The government said it has simplified the procedure for obtaining techno-clearance. Now, the Directorate of Energy is authorized to lay down procedure and issue technical concurrence to the projects below Rs. 1000 crore cost.

During past year, the government has accorded technical concurrence to about 167 projects of 700 MW capacities, it said.

To save time and efforts, now the developers can submit their applications to the concerned Deputy Commissioners instead of applying to various district level offices for obtaining different clearances.

State Government said it has created a safety and quality control authority under the aegis of Directorate of Energy.

The government claims it has also ensured mandatory procedural guidelines for dam safety and operational procedures. The state is following specific codes of global standards, claimed the government.

Other than the aforesaid bodies, a monitoring unit will look after the progress of projects and assess the achievements of the project developers, the government informed.

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