Jammu And Kashmir To Have Baglihar II In Six Months

3 October 2009

Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir government is planning to initiate work on the second phase of the Baglihar hydroelectric project in Ramban district. The work should start in six months and is aimed at boosting the power generation capacity of the state. Chief Minister Omar Abdullah paid a visit to the proposed project site on Friday. He took the relevant information regarding the preparation of the Jammu and Kashmir Power Development Corporation (PDC) for undertaking the work. As per a PDC official who accompanied the chief minister, he had asked for the blueprint to be ready in the next two weeks. The Chief Minister also instructed that the work should start within six months. Baglihar I was installed last year in the month of October. It is constructed on the river Chenab and is located about 135km north of Jammu. It has proved extremely efficient in power generation and has a power generation capacity of about 450 MW. As per an official, the second part will also generate the same power. 'Now things are easier as the PDC has the knowledge and skills of construction of hydro-power projects after having successfully built the Baglihar project,' the official said. Jammu and Kashmir, despite having the potential to generate 20,000 MW of power, fails to do so. The main reason for this drawback is the shortage of resources and the absence of technical knowledge. The chief minister declared the need for the state to move forward. To stress his point further, he said, 'To boost our energy generating potential, we must put our act together. More power will bring more investment to the state, and that would help generate employment for our unemployed youth.'