October 2006 News

NHPC working to harness 6040 mw power in J&K

2 October 2006
The Daily Excelsior
Gopal Sharma

Jammu: National Hydroelectric Power Corporation (NHPC) is working to harness nearly 6040 MW power generation through fourteen power projects taken in hand in J&K while the Corporation is all set to take up four new projects of 1700 MW capacity over river Chenab in district Doda. The Corporation with an authorised share capital of Rs 15,000 cr and an investment base of over Rs 22,200 cr is among the top 10 companies in the country in terms of investment. Executive Director of the NHPC Northern Region-I, S C Gupta told Excelsior that the Corporation is currently working to harness nearly 6040 MW power potential through 14 medium and large hydel power projects in the State. Out of the total, two projects with power generation capacity of 1170 MW have already been commissioned. Mr Gupta said that during 2005-2006, the NHPC power stations in the region achieved the highest ever generation of over 12567 MU against last year's generation of 11286.43 MU. He said the Company has signed power purchase agreement for Kishenganga, Nimoo Bazgo, Chutak, Uri-II and Dul-Hasti hydel power projects in J&K. Referring to the status of major projects undertaken in the region, the Executive Director said that work on 330 MW Kishenganga hydel power project, 240 MW Uri-II project, 120 MW Sewa-II, 45 MW Nimmo Bazgo and 44 MW Chutak power projects in Ladakh, 1020 MW Bursar, 1000 MW Pakal-Dul and 390 MW Dul-Hasti are under different stages of execution. He said while Dul is ready for commissioning, four other new projects of Doda- 430 MW Kiru, 560 MW Rattle, 320 MW Kawar and 370 MW Shamnot are in the first stages of planning and investigation. Replying to a question, Mr Gupta said these four projects have been entrusted to the NHPC for detailed survey, investigation and preparation of detailed project reports (DPRs) by the Central Electricity Authority under Prime Minister's initiative of 50,000 MW power generation in the country. Responding to another question, he disclosed that in Ladakh one power project is being built on Indus river in Leh while another (Chutak) on Suru river, a tributary of Indus in Kargil district. The Corporation will be investing Rs 1290 cr on these projects which will generate nearly 90 MW of power. While giving details of four proposed projects, the Executive Director said that for the first time in the State, the initiative has been taken to come with the hydel power projects on run of the river scheme. He said all these four projects are being constructed on river Chenab. While two projects will be constructed within 40 kms up-stream of Dul-Hasti project, the two others down- stream in between Doda and Dul. Mr Gupta claimed that NHPC plans to generate nearly 1700 MW power from these hydel projects. There will be no need to store water in the dam. This initiative has been taken to enhance the utility of water of river Chenab without inviting unnecessary objection from the Pakistani Government in view of Indus Water Treaty. The process of preparing detailed project reports has been started and after seeking clearance from the Union Ministry of Power the work would be started on the projects, Mr Gupta maintained.


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