March 2005 News

Baglihar First Stage Being Commissioned Next Year

28 March 2005
The Daily Excelsior

Jammu: The first stage of Bhagliar Project on river Chenab in Chanderkot area of Ramban is being commissioned next year and the power generation per MW on its all the three units will cost about Rs 8.50 cr. The official sources said that the work on this 450 MW capacity project is going on with great pace, as Government has already declared to commission first stage of the project in the mid or the third quarter of 2006. He said all the three units of Bhagliar Hydro- electric project stage-I are of 150 MW capacity each. He pointed out that amount required for completion of this stage of the project is estimated at Rs 3850 cr including the land acquisition, transmission lines and the interest during the construction (IDC). He disclosed that stage first of this project will generate 450 MW power and the generation cost per MW capacity will be Rs 8.50 cr. He said the generation cost is not much higher and it always depends on the factors like location of the project site, geological conditions, availability of material etc. In response to a question, the spokesman said that M-s Jaiparkash Associates Ltd is the contract agency for civil and hydro-mechanical works while M-s Youth Siemens- hydro Power Ltd are contractors for Electro-Mechanical works on this project. Commenting on the Dul project, the spokesman disclosed that work was delayed due to paucity of funds on this project. He disclosed that the Pakal-Dul hydro-electrical project and Burser Project have been handed over to the NHPC for execution in accordance with the MOU signed on July 20, 2000. For the last several years, the pace of work remained at snails pace and inadequate funding was the main reason behind it. About 18 micro- hydel power projects have also been identified in district Doda and work is going to be started soon. With this, the power situation will improve considerably after next two years. He said these two projects are now being covered under Prime Minister's reconstruction plan and there will not be any funding problem thereafter. The NHPC has already initiated action for starting work on these projects. He pointed out that there was a great potential of power generation in district Doda and the work on yet another 240 MW hydel project, Karthaie stage-I in Paddar area of Kishtwar bordering Himachal, will be taken up for execution when all clearances are obtained and the project is found to be techno-economically viable and the requisite funding arrangements are tied. He said in tehsil Kishtwar alone, nearly 50 villages are yet to be electrified.


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