Kashmir to get additional free power
3 September 2006
Indo-Asian News Service
Jammu: Jammu and Kashmir will get an additional 237 million units of free power - alleviating its power crisis to some extent - once the Dul Hasti hydroelectric project is commissioned.It is mandatory for all projects commissioned by the National Hydro Electric Projects Corp (NHPC) to give 12 percent of the power generated as royalty to Jammu and Kashmir. With the commissioning of the Dul-Hasti project, work on which began in April 1983, the state would get 237 million units of free power costing over Rs.700 million annually.The project on Chenab river in Kishtwar area of Doda district is expected to generate 1,976 million units of power.'The project will be commissioned in a couple of months,' Power Minister Rigzin Zora told IANS.Jatinder Singh, general manager of the Dulhasti project, said Saturday that in addition to the Dulhasti project, two more power projects of NHPC - Salal and Uri - were generating around 6,206 million units of power annually and 12 percent free power worth over Rs.600 million was being supplied to the state.The state reels under a power crisis despite a huge potential for generating electricity. Though it has been over 100 years since electricity was introduced in Jammu and Kashmir, it has still not reached a large number of villages, and cities continue to suffer from long power cuts.Singh said that besides the construction of 390 MW Dulhasti Project, NHPC has also completed a survey for the 1,000 MW Dul Hydro Electric Project. In addition, surveys are underway for several projects, including the 1,020 MW Bursar, 320 MW Kawar and 430 MW Khu projects.These could go a long way in easing the power crisis in the state. Jammu and Kashmir presently gets 950 MW of power a day against the required 1,800 MW.